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Massed Pipe Band Day


Sunday 24th August 2014  11am - 4pm
A fantastic day out for the whole family. Featuring Pipe Bands from across the Scottish Borders, Highland Dancers, Falconry, Dog Agility and much more.

Now a well-established tradition, the Massed Pipe Bands Day was initiated by the present Duke’s father who recognised in the spectacular setting of the Castle the most evocative backdrop for an event of this nature.

There has been a fantastic response from bands this year. With bands from all over the Scottish Borders playing (en masse) music passed down through the centuries - tunes which have given courage and inspiration to Scots on battlefields throughout the world.

We are privileged once again to welcome Alasdair Hutton as our narrator for the day.

Narrator of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo since 1992, Alasdair narrates a wide variety of live shows and concerts around the world, as well as videos and audio presentations. He became Convener of Scotland Borders Council in 2003.

Alasdair has been presenting our Massed Pipe Bands Day event for the last fifteen years.

As well as some inspiring Scottish music, there is also a host of entertainment for all the family including:

• Ceilidh Band • Adventure Playground • Laser Clays • Bouncy Castle • Crazy Golf • Face Painting

• Falconry • Garden Games • Garden Tours • Tractor & Trailer Rides • Treasure Trail

• Free Entry to Castle


11 am                  Gates Open

12.00 noon          Lone Piper                              

12.10 pm              Falconry

by leading falconer Adrian Hallgarth, an internationally respected falconer and author of falconry books with over 30 years experience. Adrian is Chairman of the Federation of Professional Falconers.

12.40 pm              Highland Dancers - Lynella School of Dance

by the Lynella School of Dance, a group of young Highland dancers from all over the Borders whose ages range between 4 and 16.

1.15 pm                 Ceilidh Band

2.00 pm                 Massed Pipe Bands – 1st Programme

                             Bands coming from all over the Borders, Edinburgh and the Lothians.                                                 

2.30 pm                 Falconry

3.00 pm                 Dog Agility

3.30 pm                 Massed Pipe Bands – 2nd Programme

4.00 pm                 Finish


An abundance of side attractions are available to keep all ages entertained.

Your ticket gives you Free Entry to the Castle

The largest inhabited house in Scotland and home to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, this magnificent edifice is a treasury of sumptuous tapestries, porcelain and 17thcentury French furniture and artwork.

Free Garden Tours with Andrew Simmons

the Estate’s head gardener (please sign up at the information point - Garden Tours will be run at 11.30, 12.45, 14.30 and 15.45).Before joining Floors Castle, Andrew enjoyed a few years at Balmoral Castle, producing a colourful garden for the Royal Family.

Childrens Activities

An array of activities is available - Don’t forget to visit our FREE adventure playground located near the Plant Centre and Terrace Café.


Garden Games and Crazy Golf

Our garden games are provided for your entertainment. Please look after them carefully and ensure your child is supervised whilst using them.

Treasure Trail

A quiz sheet is available from the information point. Don’t forget to hand your quiz back in to be in with a chance of winning a prize.


We have a delicious BBQ provided by the Castle Kitchen as well as an ice cream van by the Yorkshire Ice Cream Company. The Courtyard Café and Terrace Café also offer alternative selections of delicious Castle-made dishes. See map for locations.


If you’re looking for a bit of retail therapy, the gift shop next to the Courtyard Café offers a fine selection of Castle gifts. Alternatively, the Plant Centre and Terrace Café is the place to go to pick up beautiful pieces for the home and kitchen.

Enjoy a delicious BBQ.
Adults £9, Senior £7, Children £5, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £22.50
Under 5's Free
Tickets available on the day.

Event contact: For further information and bookings, please contact the Roxburghe Estates Office on 01573 223 333
or email Charlotte Newton


AWARDED BY VISIT SCOTLAND Luxury visitor attraction Floors Castle in Kelso has been confirmed as a five star visitor attraction by tourism body, VisitScotland.

Where to Eat

Where to Eat
The Terrace Cafe Our spotty teapots, the delicious bread, fresh Salmon fishcakes, the moreish eclairs… there is so much to enjoy at our Terrace Café. View offer


The perfect venue... From product launches to private dining experiences, Floors Castle can provide one of the most exclusive venues in Scotland. View offer


Where to stay Stay in our luxurious 22 bedroom country house hotel complete with four poster beds, deluxe suites and roaring log fires. View offer