FAQ The Championships, the day’s entertainment and timing

  The European Pipe Band Championships

Q             What day does the Championship take place on?

A              The Championships take place on the last Saturday in June, which in 2017 is the 24th June and on 2018 is the 30th June.

Q             How can we enter the Pipe Band Competition?

A            The competition is being run by the RSPBA. Please refer to their website for details of how to enter the championships.

Q             How can we enter the Highland Dancing Competition?

A            The competition is being run by the RSPBA.  Please contact the Association for details of how to enter.

Q             What is involved in the Highland Dancing?

A            This day long competition always draws the crowds! Enjoy the Scottish Music and graceful dance displays in the Highland Dancing area.  The dancers will compete in competitive heats throughout the day.

The Main Event – not just piping

Q            Is it just a Pipe Band Competition?

A             No, there will be loads of exciting activities on site including The Tattie Scone World Championships, Highland Dancing and Drum Major Competitions, a Traders’ Village including a Craft Fair, a Food and Drink Village and other entertainment of various sorts.

Q            What is available for Kids and Youth on Grant Park?

A            The piping and dancing provide entertainment for all ages, but in addition there will be a variety of activities in the Have A Go Row, the AES Solar science tent and at the funfair specifically designed for younger visitors, as well as a range of stalls and enticing food and drink.

Q            Will there be a traders’ area?

A            There will be two areas offering a wide selection of trade stands around the site, offering a variety of offerings. One will include essential Pipe and Drums merchandise, craft and other retail offerings. The second will focus on food and drink, including delicious local fare, in the Food and Drink village.  Each area will include a marquee and freestanding stalls.

Q            Will there be a Craft Fair?

A             There will be craft stalls displaying a wide selection of local handmade Scottish Crafts within the Craft and Retail village.

Q            Will there be a beer tent?

A            There will be beer tents, a gin bar and a prosecco bar.  Moray Council have kindly agreed that the whole Grant Park can be licensed, so people can wander round the Park not worrying if they have stepped out of a licensed area or not and being able to watch and listen to different Pipe Bands around the arena.

Unfortunately this means that you are not permitted to bring your own alcohol into Grant Park.

Q            What will be available on the Pipe Bands’ coach park?

A            There will be a bandsmen’s entrance into Grant Park directly from the Pipe Bands’ coach park. A stall offering breakfast will be available in the coach park area from 07.30 in addition to the various food outlets in the park.

Please note that for safety reasons BBQs will not be permitted in the coach park. The whole of the Grant Park event area and bus park will be licensed for the consumption of alcohol purchased from the various outlets in the park; local bylaws prohibit the consumption of alcohol outwit those areas.

Q            What is the Cookery Theatre?

A             Foodie fans will be treated to culinary demonstrations throughout the day in conjunction with Oakwood Cookery Theatre. In addition we will be running The Tattie Scone World Championships again as part of Piping At Forres.

Timing during the day

Q            What time will gates open on the day?

A            The gates will be open for competitors and all ticket holders at 09.00.

Q            What are the running times for the Events on the Day?

A            The Piping Competition is expected to start at 10.00,  but the precise time is not yet available. The Pipe Bands will be warming up for at least an hour before. The dancing competition will be expected to start at about 11.00.

Q            How can I find out which band is playing when?

A            The running order for the Competition is set by the RSPBA and, once available, will be on the RSPBA website, this website and in the programme.

Q            What time does the event finish?

A            The event will finish after the massed bands parade and prizegiving, with the lowering of the Event Championship flag at about 18.30. The park will close to the public at 19.00.