We are so excited that this year’s procession is back! 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 competitions 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 competitions 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 competitions 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.
SIBCAS PARK FESTIVAL
FAMILY ZONE & THE HIVE CHILDREN’S MARQUEE
Van Buren Magic Show
2pm & 4pm (30 mins)
Van Buren Magic Illusion Spectacular
“The only show of its kind in the world”
Prepare to be magically baffled!
Van Buren Magic Illusion Spectacular Workshop
2:35pm & 3:35pm (25 mins)
Close Encounters of the Amazing Kind!
What would you do if you came face to face with a real live dinosaur?
Well – it’s time to find out!
A life-size dinosaur that walks amongst you.
Various activities between 1pm and 5pm
Ever wanted to run off to the circus?
Now’s your chance to try!
Walk the tightrope, ride unicycles, juggle, diabolo, plate spinning, stilts, Chinese ribbons
and much more in this non-stop session for all ages.
THE HIVE CHILDREN’S MARQUEE
Central Voices Choir
1:45pm (15 min)
Central Voices was founded in August 2022 to empower young people’s voices through music, drama and story telling.
Singing Club, who are based in Bathgate welcome children in P1-P5 where they play games, sing songs and explore the power of their own voices.
To learn more about Singing Club and other classes offered by Central Voices take a look at their website.
Forget Me Not
2pm & 3pm (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
Various activities between 2pm and 5pm
Discover the wonderful world of wildlife at ReptiZoo Encounters filled with fun, excitement, learning experiences for all!
Animals are non-judgemental and give unconditional love and give you a chance observe the natural world up close.
Come along and meet our rescue animals from bearded dragons to chickens and snakes, even get that chance to meet a tarantula or chameleon up close.
All ages enjoy visiting our petting zoo and exotic experience, and if you are brave enough come and meet our Creepy Crawlies and learn all about them.
Various sessions throughout the day
RED Light vs BLUE Light
A thrilling DJ battle will take place where you will be able to switch between channels at the touch of a button.
Picture you and your family busting out a move to your favourite dance tracks on one channel, switching to timeless pop classics on the other – it’s all possible!
Who will win?
The Conveyancing Practice
Drop in activities
Face Painting: 1pm – 5pm
Weird and Wacky bicycles: 1pm – 5pm
Video Game Van: 1pm – 5pm
Plaited ponies: 1pm – 5pm
THE RECONNECT REGAL MUSIC TENT
Yes sir, I can boogie but I need a certain song!
2pm (60 mins)
Dirty Harry captures the rapture of Blondie and has not only the original sound, feel, attitude, and full back catalogue of the band but a look- a- like of Debbie to deliver the good stuff. Dr Sarah Kennedy is stunning as Ms Harry, backed by a group of Scotland’s finest musicians. If a recap of some of the top tunes are required, lets remind ourselves; Heart Of Glass, Call me, Rapture, Sunday Girl, Dreaming, Atomic, Denis, Hanging on the telephone, Maria, One way or another. Dirty Harry do it all plus plenty more of the best chart toppers and fan’s favourites.
The Railway Tavern
DJ Christian Rogers
3pm (45 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.
Kaim Park Garage
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Carpets
3:45pm (60 mins)
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Carpets are a tribute to the music of Oasis and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Since the band were formed in 2015 by local Bathgate lad Derek McCabe, they have gone from playing local pubs and bars to headlining shows and festivals all over the UK and Ireland and most recently performing to over 5000 people in Manchester’s famous Bowlers Exhibition Centre They also became the 1st tribute band in Scottish history to ever have a No1 single when their lead singer, Derek, sang alongside Ladbaby for the Christmas No1 in December 2022 with ‘Feed The UK’. A 5-piece band of talented musicians and the closest sounding tribute act for anything Oasis and Noel Gallagher related.
Midnight Breakfast Club
The Taylor Roofs Arena
Arena 1: 1:30pm & 3:15pm (30 mins)
Thrilling Outdoor Event Entertainment!
It’s non-stop, thrill-a-minute with Dangerous Steve’s full arena attraction.
A fast-moving act with Quad Bike and trick Motorbike riding… It’s a
dynamic and fast-moving act including his unique and daring motorised Mono Cycle with the amazing one of a kind “roll over”. Steve is the only person in the world performing this feat on a genuine mono cycle.
His act is full of sensations with his amazing, blindfolded motorbike jump, giant unicycle and chainsaw stunts, it’s a real crowd pleaser!
Steve is one of the most experienced outdoor attractions on the circuit – he started presenting his motorbike stunt show age six!
Little Nippers Racing
Arena 2: 2:05pm & 3:50pm (30 mins)
The ‘Little Nippers’ are the latest addition to the Ridgeside Family – and they can’t wait to bring real mayhem to shows and fayres all over the UK with the ‘Little Nippers Racing’.
In the arena they will race both over obstacles and at full speed chasing the electric lure. They offer a fast, action-packed demonstration with an informative and humorous commentary by Phill.
The public will have the chance to “have a go” with their own dogs – whatever their breed!
Not only great fun for the dogs – audiences love it too!
The BMX Show
Arena 3: 2:40pm & 4:25pm (30 mins)
The only BMX team in the UK, that are able to move in and out of a shared arena.
With the BMX Show you can expect the riders to to fly through the air performing the most breath taking tricks and stunts.
Only the very best BMX riders will be performing in the BMX Show (including RedBull athletes) to guarantee you see the most impressive tricks – usually only seen on TV.
Tricks include the audience favourite – ‘The Backflip’.
17:00 Massed bands parade
Parade commences from Meadow Park to George Street
Unfortunately due to 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.