Clans to unite in Nelson Bay for Celtic fun

PROUD: Port Stephens Celtic Association president Ron Swan with his sister and
PROUD: Port Stephens Celtic Association president Ron Swan with his sister and "backbone" of the annual Clans of the Coast Celtic Festival, Diane Soper, at Birubi Beach. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

For some good old fashioned Celtic fun, head along to Tomaree Sports Complex next weekend for the annual Clans on the Coast festival.

The festival, organised by the Port Stephens Celtic Association, is an action-packed day of medieval fighting, pipe bands and heavy event championships.

This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, September 16.

The official opening ceremony will begin at 9.30am with a marching parade of pipe bands and clans. 

Entertainment throughout the day includes Celtic music, highland dancing, singing, medieval fighting re-enactments, pipe bands, the East Coast Heavy Events Championships and children’s activities.

Festival-goers can participate in amateur events including the caber toss, tug-of-war and push up contests.

They will also be able to witness a happy couple tie the knot in Scottish tradition during an authentic Celtic wedding ceremony on the day.

Dedicated clan representatives travel from near and far to provide festival-goers the opportunity to learn about their family’s ancestry, Clan history, coat of arms, family crest and tartans.

The day will wind down at 4.30pm with a mass pipe band parade.

The cost to attend the festival, on the gate or from clansonthecoast.com, cost $15 per adult, $10 for pensioners and $2 for children under 18.

Money raised at the gate is donated to charity.

A traditional Ceilidh dinner dance will be held at Nelson Bay Bowling Club from 6.30pm.

On September 17, a blessing at the Kirkin Of The Tartan will be held at d’Albora Marinas at 10.30am.

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