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6 reasons why we think you’ll love the World Pipe Band Championships

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6 reasons why we think you’ll love the World Pipe Band Championships

Whether you’re a hardcore piping fanatic or just fancy a fun day out, here are six reasons why we think you’ll love a day out at the World Pipe Band Championships.

  1. Bagpipes and drums

    Let’s face it, with 214 bands from across the globe, there’s going to be lots of them. You won’t be able to deny the incredible talent, dedication and infectious energy on display.

  2. Tossing the caber
    Tossing the caber and highland flings

    It’s not just about the pipe bands, there’s also a chance to see some very strong men and women at the Highland Games, or catch some sword dancing at the Highland Dancing competition.

  3. Something for all sizes

    Keep the little ones entertained at the Kids Zone with storytelling, arts and crafts, face painting, as well as circus skills and sports activities!

  4. The outfits

    It’s probably the most traditional event of the year and, oh yes, there are outfits to match. Dig out that Glengarry or just observe… you’re in Scotland now!

  5. Moments to give you goose bumps

    At the end of the day the 'March Past' takes place, a moment where all 214 bands join a huge procession to salute The Worlds’ Chieftan. It’s an absolute spectacle, and the sight (and sound!) of every piper playing in unison is guaranteed to give you goose bumps.


  6. The electric atmosphere

    This is the biggest event in the piping calendar and with around 8,000 pipers and drummers having travelled from as far as Zimbabwe, New Zealand and Canada to compete for this prestigious title, you can feel the energy in the air. Even more so when the winners are crowned.


    We hope to see you there and don’t forget to check out our beginners guide – you’ll be a pro in no time.

    The World Pipe Band Championships take place on Glasgow Green on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 August. Book your ticket now