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Important Notice

We're excited to announce changes taking place for our Highland Games in 2024.

After calling Cobourg home since 1963, we are moving to a new location in Port Hope for our 60th anniversary in 2024. To coincide with the move, we are changing our event name to the "Northumberland Scottish Festival and Highland Games". Our new website is ;

Every thing else stays the same. You will still be entertained by Celtic music, see competitions in solo Piping and Drumming, Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing and Heavy events, learn about your Clan heritage and visit food and merchandise vendors. There's fun for the little ones too, in our Wee Highlanders area. But best of all? Parking is free!

Why are we moving to Port Hope?

The decision was not made lightly, nor in haste, however there are several reasons for our move to Port Hope. While Victoria Park in Cobourg is a beautiful setting beside Lake Ontario, we are outgrowing the park and need a larger space for our competitors, vendors and attendees. The Port Hope site offers that additional space, dedicated spots for all events, as well as a large outbuilding where Highland Dancing can take place.

It's not only Northumberland residents who attend our Games. We host approximately 1,000 competitors from all over Ontario and the USA, who bring family and friends, giving us lots of out of town visitors.  Also, as we said above, a big bonus for the new site is we can now offer free parking for our guests!!

As a non-profit organization, comprised solely of volunteers, we are very aware of our financial health. 

Our operating costs in Port Hope will be reduced and that allows us to pass the savings to our guests.

As a result, one of the first things we have done, is to lower the entry fee for 2024.

Where will the 2024 Games take place?

Our new location is at the Port Hope Agricultural Park, which Northumberland residents will know as the site for the Port Hope Fair.

If you are not familiar with the site it's in the east end of town at 62 McCaul St. Port Hope, ON, L1A 1A2.

There is easy access to the park from both Highway 2 and Highway 401. Free parking is available at the park. 

Why are we changing the name of our event?

We will always cherish our connection with Cobourg - being able to host an event for 60 years in the town is a remarkable achievement! We feel the new title "Northumberland Scottish Festival and Highland Games" better reflects our ties with Northumberland County and the communites within.

Need more information about the Games?

Keep checking this website ""  or go to our Facebook and Instagram pages for the latest news. You can also send an email with your questions to


We want to make this 60th anniversary memorable, so there's lots of planning and behind the scenes activities happening right now.


We will share more details about our 60th anniversary, as they become available, so come back here, or visit Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates. 

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