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Highland Games

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Saturday 1st August 2020

Saturday 1 August 2020

Dundonald Highland Games is one of Ayrshire’s premier cultural events. It is unique in capturing traditional Scottish heritage and strong community spirit within the picturesque setting of Royal Dundonald Castle.

Unfortunately, this year we are not able to bring the usual Highland Games to you.

We want to be absolutely clear that there will be no mass events on the playing fields this year, and there will be no activities that involve mass gatherings.

But, Dundonald Highland Games 2020 will be going ahead this year as a series of small and virtual events. Everything that we do will be in accordance with the Government guidelines around social distancing so that we can keep our community safe and still have fun.



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Dundonald Highland Games Schedule

Car Treasure Hunt

Monday 27th July, 7pm Make up a team of family (from the same household) and explore and solve clues that will take you on a local adventure.  Questions will be posted on Facebook at 12 noon on 27th July and the event starts at Dundonald Primary School car park at 7pm. Social distancing guidelines must be observed at all times.  

Walking Treasure Hunt

Monday 27th July - Saturday 1st August at 12 noon Starts at Castle Visitor Centre Clues will be posted on Facebook on 27th July and you can then take part whenever you are free. The route is approximately 2 miles. Download the Walking Treasure Hunt Due to social distancing guidelines, please only enter as a same household group.  

Pet Show

Wednesday 29th July, 5.30pm This year's event will be a virtual pet show on Zoom and is kindly sponsored by Dundonald House who will provide prizes. Register by emailing info@dundonald-games.org.uk before 27th July stating what class(s) you are entering. You will then be sent a link to the Zoom Pet Show. This event is open to adults and children. Please be aware we are streaming live on Facebook. Classes:
  • Waggiest tail
  • Fancy Dress
  • Best trick

Children’s Art Competition

1st to 10th July Open to any children in nursery or Primary 1 - 7 who live in Dundonald or surrounding area. The theme is "Well Done Dundonald" and the picture should be a celebration of the things that make our village so special. The artwork should be photographed and sent to info@dundonald-games.org.uk including child's name and age.

Poetry Competition

1st July to 24th July Recite your own poem or a famous poem.  Open to all - all ages, children, adults. Record your entry and submit by 24th July to poetry@dundonald-games.org.uk.  Free entry. Prizes up to £100.

Window / Garden Competition

Wednesday 1st July to Friday 24th July Decorate a planter, window box or part of your garden with a Dundonald Games theme.  Register by email to info@dundonald-games.org.uk. Judging will take place from 27th July - please make sure your entry is visible from the pavement - and winners will be announced on 1st August.


Wednesday 1st July to 29th July Starts at Drybridge Road and finishes at Dundonald Castle. This year's race is a virtual race organised by Dundonald Games Society in association with Ayrshire Harriers. It is a solo race and can be run any time between 1st and 29th July. Register at https://www.entrycentral.com/dundonald10kvirtualroadrace  

Fancy Dress Competition

Saturday 1st August, 9am - 11am Age categories for this competition are:
  • 0-2 years
  • 3-4 years
  • 5, 6 and 7 years
  • 8 years and above
  • Groups

Dundonald Games Day

Saturday 1st August On Games Day we will bring you some pipe band music and village fun in other ways.  We would like you to celebrate in small permitted groups from your homes and gardens throughout the village and beyond. Why not throw a barbecue or a small garden party, join us online and we will bring Dundonald Highland Games 2020 to you. Different, but still together.

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What's your favourite part of Dundonald Games? Whether it's the pipe bands, procession, the events of Games Week or something else........have you ever taken a moment to think about how it all comes together?

Dundonald Highland Games is run by committee members who volunteer their time to make this event happen for the benefit of everyone in the village.

It is a rewarding activity but we need more committee members URGENTLY! Otherwise the Games may NOT continue!

As everyone knows, 2020 has been a very different year but even with all the restrictions your committee still managed to put some alternative events on for you and keep the tradition of Games Day alive.

We want to make 2021 Games bigger and better, whether that is back on the field or virtual again. BUT the sad reality is that we may not be able to continue this tradition without more volunteers bringing new ideas and energy.

Dundonald Highland Games brings generations together and brings competitors and visitors to our village. We want this to continue - do you? If you do, please participate in our virtual meeting on Wednesday 25th November at 7.30pm. You'll be able to meet the committee and hear what you can do to help. If you are interested please email info@dundonald-games.org.uk and we will provide zoom dial in details.

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Support those businesses that support your Games, now more than ever #shoplocalthischristmas Eden Garden CentreOur Christmas trees have arrived!!!!! 🎄🥳

The Garden Centre is still OPEN for business, however our cafe will close on Friday at 5pm. The cafe will open for takeaway on Saturday at 9.30am.

To reassure and remind our customers...

🎄We will be limiting the amount of people allowed in our shop at any one time

🎄We will of course PICK and DELIVER your tree if you do not wish to come in this year or you live in an area which means you cannot visit us - just give us a call on 01563 850215 and we will sort it all for you

🎄We have managed to keep our tree prices the same as last year!

🎄We are still offering FREE LOCAL DELIVERY on real Christmas trees!*

*set days for certain areas apply

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Let's make our village shine even brighter with our 🌟 ⭐ 💫 🌠Make/create a star this Christmas for our wall of star-filled joy. 2020 has been a hard year but as a community let’s share our joy and gratitude and make this Christmas a special one. #christmasisnotcancelled. Share widely. ...

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Dundonald #highlandgames 2020 different, but still together! #DHG2020 #staysafe #virtualgames

We can't wait for this year's Dundonald Highland Games to showcase the World's first CHIEFTAINSHIPS.
All our Past Chieftains alongside this year's new Chieftain will compete in a Gladiators-style heavy events contest within the main arena.Who will be our CHIEFTAIN OF CHIEFTAINS?

Pipe Up For Key Workers! Join us at 8pm BST on Thursday 2nd April and play Scotland The Brave! Full details at our event https://t.co/XMoqt829hc

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Dundonald Playing Fields
Winehouse Yett