Cowal Games gathers delights for the kids

Children at the 2013 Cowal Highland Gathering will be spoiled for choice when it comes to entertainment just for them.

Among the highlights will be Artie Trezise, who spent 30 years as one half of The Singing Kettle – Scotland’s biggest children’s act.

The veteran entertainer will be performing ‘Artie’s Tartan Tales’. Instead of a kettle, his only prop will be a tartan trunk filled with souvenirs and trinkets to weave into his traditional but interactive Scottish stories.

Artie will be doing four sessions on Saturday August 31 at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm. The sessions will be free to any child with a stadium ticket.

For those who are more science-minded, Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) will be on hand with its Bodyworks Tour. This ‘science on the move’ will feature GSC representatives performing various experiments and shows for kids throughout the Saturday as they move around the event.

Still on a science theme, Edinburgh University will be hosting a stand-full of fun free interactive activities for families, including games.

Last – but by no means least – is the Gathering’s own Cowal Kids’ Tent – featuring the usual mix of puppet shows, clowns, magicians and balloon benders as well as other attractions.

Ronnie Cairns, Chair of the Cowal Highland Gathering, says that this year’s event promises to prove a hit with all ages: ‘We pride ourselves on being one of Scotland’s top family events, and we believe we’ve put together an entertainments schedule which ensures all our spectators will have a fantastic time, whatever their age.

‘I would encourage people to get their tickets as soon as possible – whether it be from the Dunoon office [Ed: in Hillfoot Street] or on the website – to make sure they get the chance to be involved in the world’s most spectacular Highland games.’

The 2013 Cowal Highland Gathering – part of EventScotland’s National Events programme -  is in Dunoon from Thursday 29th to Saturday 31st August.

This year’s Games will include a classic car show, a family ceilidh and a fireworks display as well as the full range of Highland dancing, piping and heavy athletics competitions.

There is more information  – as well as online ticket purchasing – on the Gathering’s website here; and  the booking phoneline is: 01369 703206.

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