What’s On: Watch, Discover, Have a Go!

  • Watch


  • Discover


    • 120 Stalls: Crafts, gifts, and much more
    • Demonstrations and knowledge
    • Food vendors with something for everyone
    • Taste of Scotland: Scottish wares, food and wine
    • Discover our full range of stalls
  • Have a go kids

    Have a go!

    • Take part in one of our events for adults or kids and have the chance to win
    • Have a go at a new activity with lots of help from our experts
    • The Children’s Fairground offer plenty of entertainment
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Have A Go Events

The Hororata Highland Games is not only a fantastic spectacle to be enjoyed from the side line, but there are numerous opportunities to get involved and HAVE A GO! Can you toss a caber or sheaf? Enter a team in the Gough CAT Vehicle Pull or take on a legend in the Hororata Pie Eating competition. Get a bull’s-eye in the archery or small bore rifle shooting.  Are you feet footed? Then you need to enter the Sewlyn Times Kilted Mile and Zelam Lightweight Farmers Walk. For the kids check out the Harraways Junior Warriors, porridge eating competition or Haggis Hurl! Visit the More FM team and Have A Go on the famous Tugging Rig.

This year we have more events than ever, see our list below. Visit our Have A Go page for full details of each event.

  • Gough CAT Vehicle Pull a team event with $300 cash prize! More
  • The Selwyn Times Kilted Mile Our traditional obstacle challenge More
  • Harraways Oats Junior Warriors Traditional fun for primary schools and individuals More
  • Hororata Pie Eating Competition Deliciously dangerous More
  • New team Mahindra Sack Carry event Strength and tactics require More
  • Heaps more events Including archery, shooting, haggis hurling! More
  • Small Bore Rifle Shooting Test your eye and see if you can shoot the perfect score


Duncan Cotterill Stage – click here for programme

The Kilmarnock Edition

The Kilmarnock Edition began performing as a group over thirty years ago. Audiences enjoyed their musical vocal and instrumental style and the group’s popularity grew rapidly. The group has released four records. The group features mainly Scottish and Irish songs, both serious and amusing, with audience participation welcomed. Their harmonies and instrumentals are a feature of their performances. The band members perform in their kilts. 

Southern Fiddle Orchestra

The Southern Celtic Fiddle Orchestra (SCFO) has been playing together for 10 years. Based in Leeston, they play Celtic music from Ireland, Scotland , Northumberland , and from the Shetland and Orkney Islands. The Southern Fiddle Orchestra is a major contributor to the Hororata Highland Games having played from the very first Games, missing only one year.

Kay-Hallissey Irish Dance School

Enjoy the colour, energy and excitement of Irish Dancing with students from the Kay-Hallissey Irish Dance School. Based in Christchurch this is one of the top Irish Dance schools with many students winning Championships.


Learn about medieval life with members of the Society for Creative Anachronism who will have combat demonstrations every hour from 10:00am – 3:30pm and in between try your hand at a variety of medieval skills or just chat about recreating the past.

In Clan Lane discover your Scottish lineage or talk to the Genealogy team about your family tree. The Canterbury Scottish Heritage Council provide lots of entertainment including live musician, Willie McArthur who provides a fair taste of Scottish song and culture is to be had and a few stories and chuckles too.  In Clan Lane you will find: Scottish Heritage Council, Scottish Society, Bishopdale Genealogy, Clan Cameron, Clan Donald, Clan Davidson, Clan Grant, Clan Fraser, Clan Johnston/e, Clan Keith, Clan MacAulay, Clan McLean, Clan Mac Kenzie, Clan Mac Neil, Clan Mac Nicol, Canterbury Shetland / Orkney, Scottish Lodge.  Click here to view more information on the Clans attending the event.

There will be performances throughout the day by the Scottish Country Dancers, you might even get the chance to have a whirl.  See the programme for times.

In the Highland Spin marquee, you can see sheep shearing demonstrations, have a go at spinning and see the teams racing to create a jersey from the raw wool in only six hours. More info here

Visit the District iSite to discover our area, its heritage, activities and attractions.

Check out Canterbury Sled Dog Club, fun for the entire family from school age through to adults and the dog! It’s educational, plenty of fun and social for you and dog. Racing is done on dry tracks mostly in forests as traditional snow is not often available, with bikes, large wheeled scooters and rigs. A variety of different breeds take part in the sport, not just your arctic breeds such as huskies, we’ve had Labradors, Pointers, and Huntaways, all you need is a medium to large dog that loves to run or pull, dogs tend to get very happy when they know they are going for a run! The season runs in the cooler months from April through to September for the benefit of the dogs.

NB: no dogs are allowed at the Highland Games, please leave your own dogs at home and visit the Canterbury Sled Dog Club canines instead!


We have over 120 market stalls at the Games. Plus an amazing variety of food vendors offering a huge selection of taste treats. Don’t miss the haggis burgers, lorne sausage’s and Scottish themed food. Click here for a full list of stall holders. 

Children’s Fairground

Close to the competition and sporting events is the Children’s Glen area, with entertainment including side shows, stalls, face painting, pony rides and fun participation events. New this year the Water Walkers, Bumper Boats and Wipe Out Zone.

Visit the Mums and Bubs area near the Fairground. Mums can feed and change their bubs while toddlers can play with the toys.