What's On

Sunday 21st July 2024

The 2024 Gathering is being held at in the beautiful grounds of Isle of Wight Steam Railway in Havenstreet. Not only can you listen to the bands, you can ride the Steam train too (tickets from Havenstreet).

Red Funnel ferries are the main sponsor, supporting the event by bringing bands and dancers across the Solent for the day. In fact, Red Funnel’s CEO, Fran Collins, is the Gathering’s Chieftain.

The event has grown since its humble beginnings and in 2024 there will be various pipe bands from across the Country, the Island’s Medina Marching Band and the Island’s own IoW Pipes and Drums. Be dazzled by the spectacle of Scottish dancing as well as a pipe and drum competition. Join in one of the contests if you’re feeling competitive.

A highlight of the day is the Highland Games, a delight for all the family.  The Gathering invites visitors into the main arena to ‘have a go’ at Haggis Hurling, or Tossing the Caber.

Delve further into the Scottish spirit at a whisky tasting, where you can sample some of the finest Scottish single malt whiskies and learn about the rich history and culture behind whisky making.

In addition to the music and dancing, there will falconry displays by Haven Falconry Bird of Prey Centre, and a display of Classic Cars.

There will also be food stalls, craft stalls from Island artisans, a licensed bar, and places to buy tea, coffee and cake.

The Island Highland Gathering is organised by a small committee entirely to raise money for charity and to bring something different to the Island.

Group photos of the Isle of Wight Highland Pipes and Drums at the Island Highland Gathering in 2023.

IoW Highland Pipes & Drums

The pipe band first formed in the latter part of 2018 when John Brodie was approached by a few individuals seeking to learn to play the bagpipes. It has become a popular feature of local events as we showcase some of the traditional music of Scotland that is enjoyed around the world. You see us dressed in the band’s distinctive Black Stewart kilts.
The Isle of Wight's Medina Marching Band in London.

Medina Marching Band

Founded in 1976, Medina Marching Band is proud to be a true military styled marching band with a long standing tradition as one of the country’s foremost youth marching bands. Based on the style of the United Kingdom’s armed forces with the unmistakable red jackets, white helmets and caps, Medina Marching Band, now in its 47th year has become a welcome and familiar sight at parades, shows and events the length and breadth of the country.
The Reading Scottish Pipe Band

Reading Scottish Pipe Band

The Band was formed in 1957 by former pipers of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. Thus it wears the Cameron of Erracht tartan. It has an extensive repertoire of Scottish music including Slow Airs, Marches, Strathspeys and Reels which can be arranged to suit any occasion, including processions, marching displays, static shows, and solo performances. It's one of the few Bands in the area to have both full number one dress, including doublet, plaid and feather bonnet, as well as day dress, with black jackets, shirt, tie and glengarry.
The Rose and Thistle Pipes and Drums band group photo.

Rose & Thistle Pipes & Drums

The Rose and Thistle Pipes and Drums is a Gosport and Portsmouth based band, which has been running successfully for 68 years. There is a wealth of experience and knowledge in the band pertaining to the playing of Scottish pipe and drum music. A large proportion of the band are members of the Royal Naval Piping Society. The band enjoys close relationships with other bands in the South Coast area and frequently join together at piping shows, which have included the Scottish Tattoo at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Wight Hot Pipes band at Havenstreet steam railway.

Wight Hot Pipes

Thought you knew bagpipes – think again! Wight Hot Pipes just brought the pipes smashing into rock music with an edgy attitude that ignites the room and whips up nothing short of euphoria. The image and sound of this Island-based Celtic Rock band screams out from the stage, particularly with the added thrill of fire breathing bagpipes!
Uniquely exciting.