Clans on the Coast makes Raymond Terrace move

It won’t just be Danny Boy that the pipes will be calling at this year’s Clans on the Coast Festival, to be held at Raymond Terrace on 23 September.

ONE of Port Stephens’ most colourful festivals returns next month, with Clans of the Coast scheduled for 23 September 2023 at Lakeside Sports Complex, Raymond Terrace.

The iconic Celtic festival was previously held in Nelson Bay.

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People of Celtic origin were amongst the first settlers in the Hunter region and celebrating their culture is an important acknowledgment of their contribution to the community.

Started by Ron Swan OAM, heading a committee of like minded people, the first Clans on the Coast was held in 2007.

Adam Nicholas, one of the event organisers, said this year’s move to Raymond Terrace allowed the festivities to expand.

“Raymond Terrace is more centrally located,” Mr Nicholas said.

“Lakeside is a larger venue, allowing the festival to be spread out across two football fields.”

The festival provides a family day out, encouraging the involvement of local and regional amateur artists, community groups and service clubs.

Opening the day will be a performance by pipe bands from far and wide.

Festivalgoers are encouraged to wear something Celtic-themed to help with the atmosphere on the day.

Schools are being invited to march in the opening and the best dressed student will take home prize money to be equally split with the school they attend.

One key change for the event is the cancellation of the long-running Dogs competition, as pets are not allowed in the complex.

Also entertaining the crowd will be strong men, reenactors, dancers and bands.

Attendees can pick through the stalls and enjoy the great food.

The event will have something for everyone, including rides for the children.

The day will end with another pipe and drums march and an awards ceremony and Ceilidh.

This year the Ceilidh (a social event with Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling) is being held in the Raymond Terrace Bowling Club.

“We can confirm that we will be marching a pipe and drum band through the Bowling Club on the night,” Mr Nicholas said.

“You can expect a two course meal, and experience the ‘Address to a Haggis’ by Robert Burns with a bit of pageantry.”

Haggis will be optional to try with a side helping of bashed neeps (turnip).

The Ukulele Scotsman will also be playing at this event.

Tickets are now available online for both events through


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