25th Ashbourne Highland Gathering (17 to 19 July; 10am to 6pm)

ashbourneTo celebrate their silver jubilee, some additional entertainment on the days preceding the gathering on Sunday 19th July 2009.

Friday July 17th
The Chris Dewhurst Ceilidh Band

Event will take place at the Empire Ballroom from 7.30pm to 11pm.
Admission is only £10 and includes a buffet bar. More information on this event and ticketing arrangements can be found here

Saturday July 18th
Red Hot Chilli Pipers & Clanadonia are in Ashbourne

Red Hot Chilli PipersOn the Saturday 18th July on the night before the Gathering a special one off concert will take place featuring the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, supported by Clanadonia. Bagpipes with attitude. Drums with a Scottish accent.  A blazing rock band and a show so hot it carries its own health warning.

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers have been rocking the world from New York to Beijing with musicianship of the highest order and a passion for pipes that will leave you breathless.

Sunday July 19th

Main Arena Events

Kangaroos Gymnastic Display Team
Gymnastics Display From The Kangaroos2009 sees the return of The Kangaroos, one of the best arena acts available. They have been performing for 26 years and will give two different displays. The first, during the earlier part of the day, is a vaulting display of seven different moves, which includes over 250 somersaults, some over a car, using trampolines, trampettes and high trestles. The later performance will be a comedy display; it is a classic “Keystone Kops” type Victorian routine in period costumes.

They have appeared at most of the major shows in Britain and twice for the British Army in Germany. They have also made over 15 television appearances including “You Bet!”, “Blue Peter” (twice) and “The Big Breakfast”. The best and most versatile gymnastics display in Britain.

Jason Smyth’s Adrenaline Tour – Motorcycle Stunt Show
Motorcycle Stunt ShowThe Adrenaline Tour uses ex World Championship moto-cross rider Jason Smyth to perform stunts.  You will see amazing tricks on a quad bike and a mini bike, as well as wheelies and stoppies on a motorbike. You will also see moto-cross freestyle jumps, catching items of memorabilia in mid air and then awarding them to the crowd and many more stunts that have to be seen to be believed.  Jason also performs all these stunts whilst giving an informative and humorous commentary via a microphone in his crash helmet.

The Recreation Ground, Cokayne Avenue, Ashbourne, DE6 1EJ

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