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Hororata Highland Games - Kilted Mile
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Major festivals to return to Hororata

Cindy Driscoll —

The Hororata Community Trust is excited to bring back the Hororata Highland Games and Hororata Glow Festival!

Bagpipes, kilts and whisky are set to return to the Hororata Domain this summer with the 11th Hororata Highland Games set to take place Saturday 5th November 2022. 

After a year off the Clan Hororata is excited to welcome everyone back to our community as we celebrate all things Scottish, with a kiwi twist as always. The Clan has not remained idle have spent their time dreaming up new attractions for this iconic festival.

The Hororata Community Trust’s other large-scale event the Hororata Glow Festival which was hugely successful in 2021 will be back Saturday 13th May 2023. The Glow has fast become a major event that our community is so proud of. It was always intended for this festival to be bi-annual, turns out that has worked in our favour this year. 

With so much disruption in the past couple of years, it is great to be looking forward with confidence again. The government extending its insurance scheme has given the Trust the certainty to plan for the Games in 2022. We are extremely grateful to our partners for their ongoing support, they have all stuck with our community through these times.” 

The Hororata Highland Games and Glow Festival are fabulous events that are different to anything else available in Canterbury, or even South Island. The Hororata Community Trust prides itself on staging events that bring people together. 

The events are also having a huge financial impact for this rural community, not only as fundraising for the Trust but for all community groups in the area. “The Trust’s core focus is a united community. These festivals are a big part of this, our community swells from 1000 people to 10,000 people when they are on. 

The fact the events have a community at the heart of them is why they are successful; visitors can feel the passion and unity from the second they drive into the carpark, Games competitors and Glow balloonists become part of Clan Hororata. Eleven years ago, who knew just what our community would achieve? We believed in ourselves, we collaborated and we put in the hard yards, this philosophy has not changed.