Hold on i'll check that link recently posted..
Event Date: Saturday 30th June 2012
Usual Events: Heavyweight Events, Track & Field, Scottish Backhold Wrestling, Solo Piping, Highland Dancing, Pipe Band, Local Races, Fun Fair, Side Stalls and Beer Tent etc
Contact: Jennifer Lawrie, Castlepark, Ceres, Fife.
Aye that looks all in order. It'll be a smaller affair than most I imagine but worth a look if you are in the area.
Yes to food, stalls an beer tent.
Many thanks for the tip- will we be able to couple the visit to the highland games with visits towns/villages along the way? What would be good to see in the area? We like villages/towns with quaint shops, atmosphere and history. Many thanks!
Cupar is the nearest town - a nice spot but not that quaint. Fisher and Donaldson bakers is fabulous for (expensive) cakes and pastries.
Also, Ceres highland games has a good reputation amongst the locals, I'd recommend it!
Alanrow thanks for the link :)
worth a lookEdited: 01 May 2012, 16:24
Great tips - many thanks!
In the 1960s( when I was but a lass) Ceres Highland Games used to be a small affair with hardly any stalls - and it still had the famous Ceres Derby when locals (and others) used to gallop their steeds around Ceres Green at high speed - very risky considering the Ceres Burn ran along one side of the track!!
Now, like most Highland Games, health and safety has come into play and the Derby is no more :(((.
However its still worth visiting as Ceres is a beautiful village with a lovely little museum.
The Games will be full of stalls selling food and other items as well as a lot of "tatt" (rubbish!) but its a must for a visit.
If you have time you may also want to visit nearby Hill of Tarvit Mansion which has beautiful gardens and a lovely view from the hill behind the house if you have the puff to climb it.
There you go - a full day's entertainment for all the family!
A couple thoughts....
1st, we attended the Strathmore Games at Glamis Castle last year. It was one of the highlights of our trip. You get a good dose of music, dance, sports and community in one event.
2nd, can't speak specifically about Ceres. May be a good/big games or not, but frankly, it shouldn't matter. Sounds like you are traveling in June, but haven't finalized dates. Do look at the link provided earlier to the ALBAGAMEs site. There are one or two games scheduled for each Sat and Sun, all summer long, through out the country. May be that there is another Games that fits your plans better.
3rd, generally speaking, each game will start around 12noon or 1pm and last till 5 or so. The games begin w/a "march on" where the bands march onto the field and end in a "massed pipes", which is all bands playing en mass. These are both very stirring, so I'd plan to be there for both. In between, its like a "3-ring circus) with various events going on simultaneously.
4th, which leads to your question about doing something else. You couldn't go wrong catching a tour (castle, Hill of Tarvit (as W mentioned)) at opening, then heading over to the games. Looking at the map, perhaps visiting the Falkland Palace in Falkland, in the AM before the games may make sense.
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