Northumberland Scottish Festival & Highland Games – Our New Location

“Port Hope Agricultural Park – June 14th & 15th, 2024”


After calling Cobourg our home since 1963, we’ve changed our name to Northumberland Scottish Festival and Highland Games and moved to a different location to hold our 60th anniversary events.

Join us on June 14th and 15th at the Port Hope Agricultural Park where it’s as if you’ve been transported to ScotlandExperience Celtic music at its best whether it’s dancing along at the evening Ceilidhs or listening to over 20 Pipe and Drum bands play iconic melodies at Northumberland Scottish Festival and Highland Games.

Entering the Northumberland Scottish Festival grounds

We’ve competitions too, with Heavy Events, Highland Dancing and Pipes and Drums.  You can explore your heritage on Clan Avenue, shop for the latest Celtic merchandise or visit the British-themed food vendors if you feel peckish.  Our Refreshment Tent is the best place to enjoy a cold beverage while you’re taking in all the action at Northumberland Scottish Festival and Highland Games.

Scottish piper

Bring the kids along, our Wee Highlander area is packed full of fun including sword fighting, face painting and a big bouncy castle.

Pipers at the Northumberland Scottich Festival

We’ve reduced admission prices this year and parking at this location is free!  Head over to our website for all the details and to buy your early bird tickets – they’re on sale until May 31st.

The Pipes and Drums


History of the Cobourg Highland Game (Part One)

(now the Northumberland Scottish Festival and Highland Games)


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Our Founder, Davey Carr on the right

Since the earliest days of its settlement, the lands within and around Cobourg, and indeed across the nation itself, have been home to courageous Scots Exiles seeking their fortunes in the New World. From early explorers, soldiers and settlers, to politicians, ministers and men of business, the steady hand of the Scots can more clearly be seen in Canada than in any other country on earth outside of Scotland itself.

And wherever they went, they took their love of music and dance, drink and battle tests with them…and called it The Highland Games.