Dornoch Festival Week 2017

Every year the towns and villages across the region each dedicate a week to fun, laughter, music, dancing and games. Whole communities come together to celebrate and have a great time. Tourists are very welcome and during each week is a range of activities for all ages from raft races and clay pigeon shooting to funfairs and storytelling!


Dornoch Festival Week 2017– Monday 7 – Saturday 12 August 2017
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Dornoch Festival week takes place every year in the week after the Highland Gathering (this year Friday 4 August- www.dornochhighlandgathering.com and the Games Night Dance: (9.30pm, Meadows Park)

This year you can expect to see all of the usual fun and games including: Sandcastle Competition, Pram Race, Pet Show, Duck Race, Fancy Dress Football, Teddy bear’s picnic, Kid’s treasure hunt, Arts and Crafts, Pipe Band, Baking competition, Family quiz night, Car treasure hunt and loads more besides!

Monday 7th August

10.30am- Pet Show at Meadows Park.
2.30pm- Family Bingo at the Marquee.
6pm- Crowning of the Princess, Prince and Attendant at the Marquee.
6.30pm- Car Treasure Hunt starts at the Marquee.

Tuesday 8th August

2pm- Children’s Fancy Dress- The Marquee.
7pm- Cash Bingo at the Marquee.

Wednesday 9th August

9.30pm-1pm- Dornoch Community Market.
10.30am- Window Spotting Competition.
7pm- Junior 5-a-side Football at Meadows Park.
7pm- Family Quiz Night at the Dornoch Social Club (Bring your Own Bottle)

Thursday 10th August

12pm- Teddy Bear’s Picnic at the Marquee.
2.30pm- Kids Sports at the Meadows.

Friday 11th August

10am- Sandcastle Competition at the Beach
3pm- Dornoch Cinema (BFG) in the Social Club (£5 adult, £3 Child)
7pm- Adult Fancy Dress 5-a-side Football. Meadows Park.
7pm- Goggle Football and Fusion Laser Tag.
7.30pm- Dornoch Cinema La (La La Land) at the Social Club (£5 adult, £3 Child)

Saturday 12th August

11am- Duck Race at the Dornoch Burn.
6.30pm- Junior and Adult Pram races- Dornoch Square.
7pm- Fancy Dress and Parade of the Floats- Dornoch Square.
8pm- Dornoch Pipe Band- Dornoch Square.

Full Programme available at the Visitor Centre.

Get in touch with marlene.mackay@btconnect.com for further information.


Think Festival week sounds awesome but are not going to be in Dornoch whilst it is on? Take a look at similar events taking place in other local towns and villages- there’s so much happening this summer in Sutherland!

Lairg Gala Week- Saturday 8 until Saturday 15 July 2017
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Lairg Gala week is in it’s 24th year and continues to provide a fantastic program of events for locals and tourists alike.  Last year’s highlights included: Fun Day at Ferrycroft: Parade & Crowning of the Gala Queen, Show of Vintage Vehicles, Bubbles the Clown, Climbing Wall, Face Painting, Bouncy Castle, BBQ, Zorbing ball and more! There was also a Car Treasure Hunt, Fun Fair, Sports Day, Whist Night, Fancy Dress Disco, Fun Fishing, Story Time/FacePainting, Coffee Afternoon, Clay Pigeon Shoot, Play-day, Kids Disco, Table Tennis and Bingo! Full program available nearer the time at Cost Cutter in Lairg and the Spar in Bonar Bridge.

Brora Carnival Week- Sunday 23 until Saturday 29 July 2017
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Brora Carnival week is packed full of fun activities and last year included a Raft Race, Wheelbarrow race, Kids fancy dress wheelbarrow race, Disco, sandcastle competition, Car treasure hunt, bouncy castle, duck race and much much more. Take a look at the Facebook page to get more information about this year’s programme.

Golspie Gala Week- Saturday 29 until Saturday 5 August 2017
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Last year’s event included: the Demolition Derby, the Fancy Dress Parade with its spectacular groups, individuals and floats, the Ben Bhraggie Hill Race and the Novelty Wheelbarrow Race, the Flower Show, now in its 28th Year and of course the Grand Finale with the Massed Pipe Bands, a beautiful spectacle against the backdrop of Ben Bhraggie. Throughout the week there are sports competitions, quizzes and treasure hunts and live music.

Kyle of Sutherland Gala Week- Saturday 30 until Sunday 7 August 2016
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Last year’s week included: Fete with Craft & Food tent, Sideshows, Games, Fire Brigade, Bouncy Castle, Burger Van, Ice Cream Van, Hook a Duck, Music, Tractor Display & Dog Agility Display. The rest of the week was packed with activities such as a Pet Show, Car Treasure Hunt, Bushcraft Survival, Flower Show, Sports Sessions, Cycling, Disco, Children’s Sports, Pub Quiz and Treasure Hunts, as well as a Whist Drive, a trip to the Black Isle Show and much, much more!