COVID 19 : The NPC Statement - Updated 25.03.2020
Update 25.03.2020 - Closure of The Bagpipe Shop Online Store
With the latest restrictions on movement, The National Piping Centre’s online shop, The Bagpipe Shop, has closed. As staff members are required to be in store to facilitate the fulfillment of orders, meet post and more, it was felt that this was an unnecessary risk to the team, meaning that The Bagpipe Shop has now closed online, as well as its physical stores.
If you have placed an order since 12noon on Monday 23rd March, you will be contacted directly by a shop member to discuss options for your goods. If you were waiting for an order, where a product was still to reach The National Piping Centre, please contact us directly and we can discuss further options with you.
The National Piping Centre is disappointed to have to close its online shop at this time, but feels that for staff and public safety this is the right course of action for these times.
We hope to welcome you back as soon as we reopen.
The NPC Closed - 23.03.2020
In light of the ongoing global health risk posed by COVID-19, we’ve taken the difficult decision to close The National Piping Centre for the time being.
Of course, this is incredibly disappointing news for us to share with you, but the well-being of our students, staff, customers and visitors will always be a top priority to us. Our position as a school, restaurant, shop and tourist destination means we have a responsibility to help reduce the further spread of this pandemic.
We have already moved to Skype teaching as much as we can, but from 5pm on Friday 20th March, both the National Piping Centre venues at McPhater Street and Otago Street will be closed to the public until further notice.
As mentioned, Skype Lessons will be going ahead and we are looking at exciting new ways of bringing you lessons and more. In the meantime our teachers would encourage you to keep up the work on your practice chanters, listen to whatever great piping you can, look at new tunes and brush up on your favourites.
The Bagpipe Shop is still open online, with order fulfilment on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. The restaurant, hotel and public teaching areas will be completely closed, with The Bagpipe Shop closed to walk in customers. However we are creating great new menus for you to come back to and our great drinks selection is on ice, ready and waiting.
We are continuing with our online lessons, social media pages with ideas and teaching and wedding blogging, as well as posting news over on Bagpipe.News all about the latest events in the piping world. We’ll continue to follow the advice of the UK Government and relevant local and global health authorities and will keep you updated as to when we will re-open to staff and the public. We will continue to keep you updated and when we do reopen, we hope you will come and see us soon.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.