Braemar Junior Highland Games is the wee brother of the world-famous Braemar Gathering and takes place on Saturday 22nd July 2023. The action kicks of with a pipe band march past at 10.50am and the event closes at 4.30pm.
Entry to the Junior Games is by donation.
The Junior Games was introduced in 2005 to provide a fun day out for families, to give young people the chance to try out traditional highland games events and to provide an opportunity for young pipers, drummers, dancers and athletes to show off their skills.
This year we are teaming up with the Ghillie’s Larder – Braemar’s Farmers’ Market – to provide an even bigger, better day out for visitors and locals to enjoy.
We’re delighted to announce the exciting news that we will have an RAF Flypast of Hurricane and Spitfire aircraft on the day of the event, which is not to be missed!
Braemar Junior Highland Games is organised by a dedicated team of volunteers and is compered by Robert Lovie who all merit a special thank you for their efforts.
On Friday 21st July there is an evening fundraising dinner at the Pavilion, ticket for the dinner is £40 and can be obtained by contacting Colin Hunter: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday 22nd July evening, there is a family ceilidh at the Village Hall with the Ellie McLaren Trio - tickets are priced £12 adults and £7 school child, £30 family (2+2). Again tickets can be obtained by contacting Colin Hunter: email@example.com
We look forward to welcoming you to Braemar this July.
Note – all timings are approximate – please listen for announcements for each event
10.50 March of Pipe Bands
11.00 220 yards sprint for secondary pupils
11.15 Toddler Running Race
11.15 HEAVY EVENTS FOR SECONDARY PUPILS
11.30 Flat Races for primary pupils
11.30 PIPING COMPETITIONS COMMENCE
12.00 Toddler Hoop Race
12.00 DANCING COMPETITIONS COMMENCE
12.15 Hoop and Bean Bag Races for primary pupils
12.45 Huntly and District Pipe Band
13.00 HEAVY EVENTS FOR PRIMARY PUPILS
13.00 100 yards sprint for secondary pupils
13.15 Long Jump secondary pupils
13.30 Sack Race secondary pupils
13.45 Ballater and District Pipe Band
13.45 Medal Ceremony 1
14.00 HILL RACE Age 8-12
14.30 Sack Race primary pupils
14.45 Newtonhill Pipe Band
14.45 Medal Ceremony 2
15.05 RAF MEMORIAL FLIGHT FLY PAST
15.10 HILL RACE Age 13-17
15.30 Medal Ceremony 3
15.40 Tug-o-war competitions
16.20 Medal Ceremony 4
16.30 Bands March Away
The dancing competitions take place from 12.00pm. Please register at the dancing boards from 11.00am.
Under 7s 1 or 2 step Fling, Pas de Bas
Age 7-8 2+1 step Sword Dance, 4 step Fling
Age 9-12 3+1 step Sword Dance, 6 step Fling, 3+1 step Seann Truibhas
Age 13-16 6 step Fling, 4 step Barracks Johnnie,4 step Hornpipe, Reel of Tulloch
Judge dancing: Marlyene Fraser Piper: Diane Wright
Awarded for the best dancer in each age group.
Under 7 Mike’s Fish Trophy
Age 7-8 Aberdeen Trophy Centre Cup
Age 9-12 Ledingham Trophy
Age 13-16 CIS Trophy
Piping and Drumming
The piping competition starts at 11.30am. There are opportunities to play in the chanter class, strathspey, march and piobaireach. Pipers up to the age of 19, at all stages are welcome.
The drumming competitions for side, tenor and bass drums will follow the piping competitions – listen for announcements.
Judges - Piping: Dr Jack Taylor Drumming: Drum Major David Rae
Trophies Piping and Drumming
Chanter Meldrum Memorial Chanter Shield
March Chanter on Wood
Strathspey Elizabeth Hunter Memorial Quaich
Piobaireach David Geddes Trophy
Side/Solo Danny Bennet Memorial Shield
Tennor Russell Memorial Shield
Bass Alister MacAlister Memorial Shield
The tug-o-war is a fun family event. We are looking for teams of eight (generally 2 adults and children under 14). If you have a ‘ready-made team’ then come and register at the tug-o-war desk from 2.30pm.
If you don’t have a team but would like to take part – come and tell us and we will do our best to make up teams.
Referees: Jeff Gaskin, Derek Mutch
Grampian Police Tug-o-war Shield
Here is an opportunity to try out some of the classic highland games events with our expert tutors.
For secondary school pupils you can throw the hammer, putt the stone and toss the caber – join us in the arena from 11.15am.
For primary school children – putt the stone and toss the caber – in the arena from 12.45pm.
Under 13 Boy Under 13 Heavies Trophy
Under 13 Girl Susan Anderson Trophy
13-15 Boy Trophies International Cup
13-15 Girl Barbara Anderson Trophy
16-17 Boy Under 18 Heavies Trophy
16-17 Girl Committee Cup
The 13-17 hill race is over 5Km, 110m elevation and requires proper running shoes.
Hill Race Winners Trophies
Junior Girls Champion Age 8-12 Mike Grant Memorial Cup
Junior Boys Champion Age 8-12 Mike Grant Memorial Cup
Local Age 8-12 Mike Grant Memorial Cup
Senior Girls Champion Age 13-17 Morag Armour Cup
Senior Boys Champion Age 13-17 Indicator Challenge Cup
Local Age 13-17 Indicator Challenge Cup
Races – Overall Winner Trophies
Results are aggregated over the track events to identify winners
Junior Girls Champion Age 5-8 Glenshee Trophy
Junior Boys Champion Age 5-8 Specialty Shop Trophy
Intermediate Girls Champion Age 9-12 Cliff House Cup
Intermediate Boys Champion Age 9-12 Butchers Cup
Senior Girls Champion Secondary Braemar Tourism Trophy
Senior Boys Champion Secondary Braemar Tourism Trophy
Games Ceilidh with:
The Ellie McLaren Trio
7pm – 10pm Saturday 22ndJuly
Braemar Village Hall
All ages welcome
Dances called Bar
Tickets at the door £ 12 (adult) £7 (school pupils)
£30 (family = 2 adults and 2 children)