British Pipe Band Championships 2017 British Pipe Band Championships 2017
One of the biggest events in world piping continues its three-year run in Paisley on Saturday 20th May 2017. With up to 4,000 pipers... British Pipe Band Championships 2017

One of the biggest events in world piping continues its three-year run in Paisley on Saturday 20th May 2017.

With up to 4,000 pipers and drummers from across the UK and abroad set to compete, and over 200 live performances, this should be a spectacle of sight and sound not to be missed!

More than 140 pipe bands from as far afield as Canada, Denmark and Ireland will compete in the day-long event before judges from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA).

The event is free to attend and a crowd of thousands is expected – the event arena opens at 10am, with the final march-past and prize-giving to take place around 5.30pm.

Attractions will include:

  • a food village
  • a children’s entertainment zone
  • the Slug in a Bottle craft market

Free parking for the event is available at the Paisley 2021 Stadium, Greenhill Road and West College Scotland, Renfrew Road with a free shuttle bus running between both these parking sites and the event site.

A free shuttle bus will also run between Paisley Gilmour Street Station and the event site if you’re travelling to Paisley by train or in the town centre beforehand. Paisley St James Station is only a short five-minute walk from the event site.

Attractions on the day include a bar, as well as a food market with a focus on quality Scottish produce from farm to fork, and the Slug in a Bottle craft market.

Free activities include a Highland dancing competition and children’s entertainment zone including giant inflatables, face painting and sporty fun with the team behind Renfrewshire’s Street Stuff Culture Bus.

This year’s chieftain is Renfrewshire charity champion and quadruple amputee Corinne Hutton – who has helped hundreds of people through her Finding Your Feet charity.

There will be no parking at the site – other than for pipe band coaches – but free shuttle buses will run to and from the free event parking sites at the Paisley 2021 Stadium (Greenhill Road) and West College Scotland (Renfrew Road).

There will also be a free shuttle bus running to and from Paisley Gilmour Street station (Old Sneddon Street entrance) for anybody arriving in town by train. All three shuttle buses run every 15 minutes from 8am to 7.30pm.

Related Link: Paisley to welcome 4,000 pipers for British Championships