Holy Fair draws in the crowds for Armed Forces Day and Pipes in the Park

 26 June 2018  |  


Thousands of people flocked to Ayr's Low Green this year for the Holy Fair with Armed Forces and Pipes in the Park. The event, which took place on Saturday 23 June, was a fun filled family day out with something for everyone.

An estimated 9,000 people turned out for the event which started with the Official Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Ceremony, and was followed by market and charity stalls, a pipe band contest, military attractions, fairground rides, food outlets, children's activities and the ever popular children's dog show.

Councillor Brian McGinley, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure said the event had been a success, "The recent spell of good weather showed off Ayr at its best, with thousands of people voting with their feet and supporting this popular festival.

"As a Council, we're committed to making life better and events like the Holy Fair help to bring people together to celebrate the best of community life, showcase first-class piping, and highlight support for our armed forces.

"I'd like to thank everyone who worked so hard to organise the event and most of all to those who made the journey to Low Green to make this family occasion such a success each and every year." 

New for 2018 was the Highland Games 'Fling Zone' where people were invited to test their skills in Highland Games events including Shot Putt, Caber Toss, Weight Over the Bar, Welly Throw & Haggis Hurling. The Scottish Beach Volleyball Tour also added Ayr to their schedule with both male and female teams in various age categories competing on the beach as part of their tour.