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Scottish Highland Dancing Competition

Join us on Saturday 8th July 2023 at Minnigaff Playing Fields from 11am for a day of Scottish Highland Dancing competition, overseen by judges from the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing. This will be the fourth year of competition after a fantastic year, and a return to competition, in 2022 with local dancers doing us proud so please come along again and show your support for dancers from Dumfries & Galloway.

The Primary, Beginners and Novice and Intermediate and Premier sections start at 11:00am.

There will be 9 different dances, across all sections, accompanied by live traditional Scottish bagpipes and all under the watchful eye of Royal Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (RSOBHD) judges.

It's a terrific opportunity for dancers from Dumfries & Galloway to compete at a home competition, demonstrating and celebrating the wonderful local talent that we have and we would like to wish them all well as they compete against some of the best in the UK & Ireland.

Dancers will compete on stage in the dance marquee which will be open on three sides to allow easy spectating whilst providing cover should the weather not be kind to us!

As well as the dance marquee, pipes and dancers there will be catering available on site along with stalls and bouncy castles to keep everyone entertained.

Register Online

You can register and pay online by selecting the section/s you require from the list below. Prices listed are per competitor, per section.

Registration Form

Click the "Open/Print" link/icon below to open the registration form (PDF format) which contains QR code and links to the registration for each section.


Stall Holders

Are you a local crafter, make local produce, products or services? Perhaps you're a local organisation that would like to promote what you do? In 2019 a total of 47 dancers competed at the park, supported by family, friends and spectators throughout the day. It's usually a busy day and, Covid-19 aside, it's an event that has continued to grow and develop every year.

Gazebos are available at £20.00 per stall or, if you have your own gazebo/unit, it's just £15.00 per pitch. You'll be sited directly opposite the highland dancing marquee and stage area giving you a full view of the dancers and piper, with easy access for spectators to browse your stall, products and services.

Please call 01671 404924 or e-mail festival@tradmusic.com to book your place today.

Dana Stewart Inflatables

Telephone: 07825 090406

Little Penguin Paints

Telephone: 01988 500096


Minnigaff Playing Fields are located just north of the B7079 New Galloway Road which runs from the A712 and A75, to the West, over the Creebridge to meet the A714 which runs directly, north/south, through Newton Stewart.

If you're travelling from the West, take a left turn off the A75 onto the A712 and then an immediate left onto the B7079 heading towards Minnigaff & Newton Stewart. Take the second right off the B7079 into McGregor Drive. Continue along McGregor Drive and around onto Kirroughtree Avenue. Minnigaff Playing Fields are on your left, midway along Kirroughtree Avenue.

If you're travelling from the South, through Newton Stewart on the A714, take a right, or a left if you're travelling from the North, directly over the Cree bridge, which becomes the B7079. Take what is effectively the 4th left once you've crossed the Cree bridge onto McGregor Drive.

Access & Parking

Vehicle access to the park will be via an anti-clockwise one-way system around McGregor Drive, Kirroughtree Avenue and Bruce Place. This will be in place to reduce traffic congestion and will be in operation from 9am - 5:30pm. Stall holder access is be available from 8:00am

The event will be well signposted and there is plenty of parking at the site or within a short walking distance should the available parking reach capacity.

Trad Music Trust

The 10th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival takes place over the 12th-14th July 2024. It's an incredible achievement. The charity has created a viable, sustainable, event that continues to grow and develop, proudly celebrating the very best in traditional Scottish, Irish and World music. Make sure you book early for what is shaping up to be the biggest event yet!

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