We are so excited that the procession is back in 2022! We hope you enjoy the day and make the most of everything it has to offer.
PROCESSION DAY TIMETABLE
8:00 Judging of decorated houses
Both houses and frontages will be judged. More details on the competitons page
10:00 Judging of decorated floats
One entrant from each vehicle must report to the table with trophies on Marjoribanks Street, near the corner of Academy Place. More details on the competitons page
10:30 Judging of decorated bicycles & fancy dress
Entrants must report to the table with trophies on Marjoribanks Street, near the corner of Academy Place. More details on the competitons page
11:00 Principle characters parade
Parade starts from the EU Church and Scout Hall to the Old Academy
11:15 Historical pageant
Join us at the front of the Old Academy to watch our children do us proud
Leaves the Old Academy & parades the town by way of Marjoribanks Street, Drumcross Road, Torphichen Street, Waverley Street, Livery Street, George Street, South Bridge Street and Glasgow Road
13:15 Procession arrives at Meadow Park
13:30 The Procession Park Festival
Come to Meadow park for an afternoon you won’t forget.
FAMILY ZONE & FOOD CREATIONS CHILDREN’S MARQUEE
1:30pm & 4:30pm (45 mins)
Fabulous Fraser presents a fun-filled show packed with magic, comedy and prizes! Fun for all the family, this show is filled with eccentricity, energy and he ensures everyone feels involved in the fun.
Forget Me Not
3:30pm (45 mins)
Welcome to Wonderland, where the fun never ends! There will be lots for kids to do, including freeze game, musical statues, balloons, story time, bubble disco, parachute and much more!
This is an Alice in Wonderland Party
2:30pm (45 mins)
Coming to wow you with the most amazing and interactive Science show – fire, magic, forces and fun! Warning, brave volunteers from the Audience are needed every step of the way. Everyone becomes a scientist in this fabulously entertaining hour and you might just learn something too (accidental side-effect).
Tour 1 – 2pm & Tour 2 – 3:20pm
This year we are welcoming Silent Adventures for the first time. “What on earth is Boogie Bathgate?” we hear you ask. Well it’s a flash mob. It’s a silent disco. It’s a roaming, rhythmic riot across the sound-soaked highlights of Bathgate.
To participate you must reserve a space via facebook
Drop in activities
Face Painting: 1:30pm – 5pm
Slime Making: 1:30pm – 5pm
Helicopter Building: 1:30pm – 5pm
Balloon Making: 3pm – 4pm
THE MUSIC TENT
Hands up if you’ve missed live music over the last couple of years 🙌
Party Fears Three
4pm (60 mins)
Party Fears Three, made up of Synthmeister Don Thomson, along with Guitarist and “Man of many voices” Michael Lyden, have thrilled audiences at venues and festivals across the UK, including Scotland’s Party at the Palace. Having supported many of the eighties icons whose music they pay homage to, the band continue to bring to life the music & spirit of artists such as The Human League, Erasure, Depeche Mode, David Bowie & many more. Party Fears Three – Synthetically Recre80d
The Railway Tavern
2:30pm (60 mins)
The Festivals are a 4-piece Scottish Cover band who hail from Glasgow. They cover all music genres including Indie, Rock and Funk. Although this is their Bathgate Procession debut, they have performed endless gigs providing top quality music and entertainment
Midnight Breakfast Club
1:30pm (30 mins)
Singer Songwriter Fraser McLean is not new to performing in his hometown of Bathgate but post pandemic he now performs original & latest material with his band to accommodate his new bigger sound. His next single is due to be released on 10th June, but he’s promised to give us a taste of what’s to come. Taking inspiration from artists like Lauv, Finneas, JP Saxe and Conan Gray, his sound consists of richly textured layers of synths and pop melodies which approach modern pop from a singer/songwriter’s perspective.
The Balbairdie Hotel
DJ Christian Rogers
2pm & 3:30pm (30 mins)
West Lothian DJ and Producer Christian Rogers will play a bit of every genre in his sets from disco to house, old and new. Having recently sold out his own show at the Regal he is currently working on setting up his second West Lothian Based Club night. When he isn’t performing live, you’ll find him producing tracks with a sound that consists of heavy kicks and melodic keys. His last
release ‘Daydreamin’ is up on Spotify now and he is also aiming to have lots more music out before the end of the year.
The Railway Tavern
The Sibcas Arena
Vander Wheel of Death
1:30pm, 2:50pm & 4:10pm (20 mins)
Established in 1987, Vander Wheel of Death has performed worldwide, including at the Queen’s Golden & Diamond Jubilee. The nine meter steel structure that revolves around a central axis, has two open-sided steel cages, with artistes performing at each end. Using body momentum they get the wheel to spin faster, which then allows them to perform jumps and flips on the inside. The Artistes then get onto the outside of the rings and perform blind-folded, juggling, skipping.
No net, no wires, no fear – just 100% Concentration.
Mark Wylie & “The Drakes of Hazard”
2:15pm & 3:35pm (30 mins)
Mark Wylie with his sheepdog and duck display team are a fantastic show that will entertain, enthral, enchant and educate any audience. After an introduction, including a short talk about the training of the dogs, the tenacious Indian Runner Ducks will skip with a nonchalant laid-back arrogance across the two infamous bridges, run through the long, dark and mysterious “Bermuda Tunnel”, before taking a leap of faith at the “Tower of Doom”, ending the performance by sliding into a pool of ice-cold water. Not only will they have members of the audience participating, children also have the opportunity of meeting both dogs and ducks at the end of the show.
1:55pm, 3:15pm & 4:35pm (20 mins)
The stars of the World Wide Wrestling League will be bringing body slams and flying elbows in action packed wrestling matches. Exciting contests that will have the whole family on the edge of their seat!
17:00 Massed bands parade
Parade commences from Meadow Park to George Street
Unfortunately due to budget constraints and lack of volunteers there will be no Torchlight Procession or Fireworks this year
We need help from the community to put on the best day we can for our town. If you can volunteer your time or help with fundrasing then go to the Help Us menu for ideas & how best to contact the committee.