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Pipes in the Park - this Saturday!

23 July 2014

This Saturday, 26 July, North Down Borough Council in conjunction with the Ulster-Scots Agency is hosting an Ulster-Scots Day at the Town Hall, Bangor featuring a full programme of Ulster-Scots music and activities with the highlight of the day being a performance from the world-renowned Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

The event will include live music from The Broken String Band and Chanter, soda bread making, linen spinning demonstrations, re-enactors and talks on the Ulster-Scots, all taking place at North Down Museum.


On The West Lawn of The Town Hall, the Ulster-Scots Agency Juvenile Pipe Band will be entertaining the crowds along with the Bright Light Ulster-Scots Dancers who will be performing traditional dancing throughout the afternoon. For anyone who fancies learning how to play the bagpipes or drums, the Ulster -Scots Juvenile Pipe Band will be carrying out tuition workshops throughout the day. So come along and have a go!


Also on the West Lawn there will be archery and a children’s area featuring a selection of giant games, face painters and balloon modellers. All of these activities run from 12 – 4pm.


The day will culminate with a performance from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers from 4pm-6pm. This world-famous bagpipe act have reached incredible heights with their ground-breaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop anthems which they proudly call ‘Bag Rock.’ Fresh from their performance at the Opening Ceremony of The Commonwealth Games and a recent appearance at T- in the Park, Bangor is in for a very special treat!


Speaking about the concert, North Down Borough Council’s Tourism Manager, Alison Stobie said: “We are thrilled to welcome The Red Hot Chilli Pipers to Castle Park in this weekend. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are a world-class act and everyone is welcome to come to Castle Park, Bangor to enjoy the show.”


Also commenting on the event, the Chief Executive of The Ulster-Scots Agency, Ian Crozier said: “The Ulster-Scots Agency is delighted to be supporting the event in Bangor this July. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are a wonderful headline act and sure to draw a large crowd to this fantastic event. Combined with the other Ulster-Scots based activities on the day including music, dance and family fun we are sure that the event will be a huge success”.


The Ulster-Scots music and activities will be running from 12 – 4pm and The Red Hot Chilli Pipers will be playing from 4pm – 6pm and the event is free and non-ticketed. So come along this Saturday for a great family day out!

Event Day Programme:

North Down Museum, 12 noon - 4pm

Soda bread baking and Linen spinning demonstrations
Lectures, 1.30pm & 3pm: "The Tale of Ulster-Scots" in North Down & Ards
Performances from 'Broken String Band' and 'Chanter' in the Museum Courtyard


Bangor Castle (Town Hall) West Lawn, 12.30pm - 4pm

Performances from Ulster-Scots Agency Juvenile Pipe Band and Bright Light Ulster-Scot Dancers
Ulster-Scots Agency Juvenile Pipe Band will be carrying out pipes and drums workshops on the lawn throughout the day.

12noon - 4pm
Archery Display - "Come and Try"

Children's Area (Bangor Castle, Town Hall West Lawn)
A selection of giant games as well as face painters and balloon modellers!


Red Hot Chilli Pipers Live on Stage 4pm - 6pm
Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show so hot it carries its own health warning. The band's achievements have reached incredible heights with their ground-breaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and Rock/Pop Anthems which they proudly call 'Bagrock'.

In conjunction with the Ulster-Scots Agency.

More Information:


028 9127 0069



Free Event - Non-ticketed