Clans of the Coast Celtic Festival on Saturday at Tomaree No 1 oval

CELEBRATION: Clans of the Coast founder Ron Swan in his Scottish regalia in preparation for Saturday's festival at Tomaree No 1 sports field.
CELEBRATION: Clans of the Coast founder Ron Swan in his Scottish regalia in preparation for Saturday's festival at Tomaree No 1 sports field.

Now in its 12th year, the Clans on the Coast Celtic Festival has become one of the most popular on the Port Stephens tourism calendar.

From humble beginnings, the event has earned national and international status attracting visitors from right across Australia and overseas, proudly showcasing the traditional Celtic spirit in a day of song, dance, games and fun activities.

This year's event will be staged on Saturday, September 21, at Tomaree No 1 sports field from 8.30am to 4.30pm, followed by the Ceilidh dinner dance and entertainment to take place at the Nelson Bay Bowling Club from 6pm.

The brainchild of former Port Stephens mayor and proud Scotsman Ron Swan, Clans on the Coast in 2019 will be full of colour, entertainment and pageantry.

"We are a group of volunteers who take great joy in bringing this event to Port Stephens each September, while striving to facilitate and preserve the memory of the Celtic traditions," Mr Swan said.

"We want to pass this onto our youth so that the culture remains part of the fabric of our proud Australia heritage, and create an opportunity for our performers and community groups to put on a fun-filled day that the whole family can enjoy."

Mr Swan said that all proceeds from the not-for-profit community event are donated to palliative care, cancer care and other charitable organisations.

This year's festival features Scottish pipe and Celtic bands, dancers, food stalls, caber toss, tug-of-war, highland and Irish dancers, dog parade and the Rusty Harper Irish Folk Band. The Vanguard Historic Reenactment Guild will also perform.

"But no doubt the highlight of the day will be the East Coast strongman championships," Mr Swan said.

Bookings for the dinner dance can be made at the bowling club on 4981 1272, with tickets $55 per adult including a three course meal, children $15.

Admission to the Saturday festival at Tomaree oval is $15 for adults, $10 concessions and $2 for children under 18. For information email admin@clansonthecoast.com.au or call Ron Swan on 0418 495 336 or Di Soper on 0411 619 471.