Over 100 bands from the UK and Ireland, Europe, Canada and the USA will descend upon Lurgan Park on Saturday 15th June as the park plays host to the prestigious UK Pipe Band Championships for the first time.

The inaugural event at Lurgan Park is the first of three UK Championships to be held at the venue, following a successful bid by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to host the UK-wide event in the park until 2021.

Over the next three years the event is expected to attract over 30,000 spectators and contribute a six-figure sum to the local economy, boosting tourism in the local area and reaffirming Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s strengthening credentials and experience in hosting major national events.

Organised by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, the competition will feature over 3,000 players, including the best local pipers from varying competition grades ranging from juvenile right up to Grade One, along with drum majors and highland dancers, who will all be hoping to be crowned UK champions.