The Ringwood Highland Games and Celtic Festival has been held annually on the last Sunday of March for over 50 years, and is usually the last gathering of the Victorian state season.
Events prior to the Games include a Street March in the Main Street of Croydon shopping precinct during the Maroondah Festival in November, and a Cèilidh on the preceding Friday Night.
The 2020 event was cancelled due to Covid, and the 2021 event has been postponed to October.
Where: Eastfield Park, 119 Eastfield Rd, Croydon
When: 3rd October 2021, 9am-5pm
Cost: Adults $15, Concession $10, Children U16 Free
The attached handouts depict the program that was planned for the cancelled 2020 games. Updated handouts will be available shortly.
Ringwood Highland Games is a 55 year old gathering in the tradition of the highland games held in Scotland and other countries to celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage. In their original form many centuries ago, highland games revolved around athletic and sports competitions.
Through these competitions the finest athletes were identified. The games were also a way for the clans to demonstrate their relative strength to each other without actually having to go to war.
The bagpipe symbolises music at our Games and, indeed, in Scotland itself. In addition to the massed bands, our gatherings feature a wide range of piping and drumming competition, including solo piping and drumming, small group ensembles and, of course, the pipe bands themselves.
Our event gathers the best competitive Highland & Country dancers from around Australia.
Our games includes other forms of Celtic music, such as dancing, fiddling, harp circles and folk bands.
Various food vendors will also offer assorted types of traditional Celtic refreshment and sustenance.
The Festival is managed by a committee of volunteers:
Alistair McInnes firstname.lastname@example.org
- Steve McRae
- Shane Hume
- Rhonda Watson
- Mick Ryan
- David Cain
- Bill Butler
- Jeff Henderson email@example.com
Volunteers and Helpers
- Committee member spouses and family
- Ian McInnes
- Many others.....