Banffshire Coast Event Guide

May 2016 Events

A Grand Day Out

A Grand Day Out1st May

Experience the magnificent Duff House at the turn of the 20th century as the Duke of Fife welcomes you for a fun family day out. 

Play lawn games, picnic on the grass and discover more on a guided tour.

Time: 12pm - 4pm

Cost: Included in normal admission. Tickets can be purchased on the day or in advance online.


Colm Sands at Folk at the Salmon Bothy

Colm Sands at Folk at the Salmon Bothy7th May

More info to come

Could you be a Lighthouse Keeper?

Could you be a Lighthouse Keeper?14th May

We need you to join our Lighthouse Keeper’s Bootcamp! Sign up at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses and Fraserburgh Heritage Centre on Saturday 14th May and see if you have what it takes to become a keeper.
For this year’s Festival of Museums we’re helping you to get hands-on experience of what life was really like on a lighthouse!

Come along and gain the vital skills to keep our seafarers safe! Can you climb to the very top of our lighthouse? Rescue someone from a shipwreck? Learn to tie knots? Work a lens mechanism? Make a weather vane? Or use a Marconi Radio?
When you’ve finished the Bootcamp you’ll get your official certificate to prove you’re an honorary lighthouse keeper.

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses and Fraserburgh Heritage Centre are doing a special joint family ticket of £12 for the day so there’s never been a better time to see if you could be a keeper.

This event is part of the Scotland wide Festival of Museums taking place 13 – 15 May 2016. Visit www.festivalofmuseums.com for more details

Super Saturday - Fraserburgh

Super Saturday - Fraserburgh14th May

Super Saturdays are event days packed full of fun for the whole family and each month has a different theme. Each event has a different theme and we have a super range of market stalls, tasting gazebos, demonstrations using local produce, all day live street entertainment and plenty of great activities for children and families to take part in.

Super Saturday takes place in Saltoun Square and Broad from 10.00am - 3.30pm with the following themes:

May 14th: Fraserburgh and the Great Outdoors

June 11th: Fraserburgh’s Creative Talent

July 9th: Get Fit Fraserburgh.

August 13th: Fraserburgh’s Foodie Delights

September 10th: Fraserburgh Land and Sea.

December 10th: Fraserburgh’s Festive Fun.


Coastal Capers

Coastal Capers14th May

Join the Rangers as we discover the fascinating world of rockpools. Find out about the suckers, gluers and swimmers lurking beneath the waves. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. All welcome, booking essential.

Croquet on the Lawns

Croquet on the Lawns15th May

Every 3rd Sunday during the summer FoDH are continuing the popular croquet afternoons. Everyone is welcome to come for a game, a little bit of competitiveness and a lot of fun. Croquet is an easy game that all abilities and ages can enjoy.

Medieval Open Day

Medieval Open Day15th May

Medieval Open Day - Sunday 15th May 11am - 4pm.

The event is being held on the site of the Medieval Banff Castle

See the Scottish Knights in Action, Wander around the Medieval encampment, Try your hand at Medieval Skills...

Open to all AND Free Entry

Banff Castle, Castle Street, Banff AB45 1HN

The Historic Saltire Society
Bridge of Alvah Walk

Bridge of Alvah Walk22nd May

Celebrate Scotland’s Nature Festival with a 5 mile walk through Wrack Woodlands and down by the Deveron, as we discover more about the natural and social history of the area.

Please bring a packed lunch for our stop by the magnificent Bridge of Alvah. Suitable clothing and footwear required. This walk is only suitable for adults and booking is essential.

Writing Fringe

Writing Fringe22nd May

Writing Fringe: part of the Coastal Fringe 2016

Sunday 22 May from 2pm

DAFT Writing presents a programme of workshops and readings celebrating north east writing talent.

Join us on Sunday 22 May
Upstairs At The Kelpie,
Banff Castle, Banff.

DAFT Writers & Friends are invited to take part in a lightning strike Writing Workshop
lead by Wayne Price - be prepared to work!
From 2pm - 2.45pm
Entry By Donation

Headliners Preview 
Aberdeen May Festival
Headliners can be seen first at Banff Castle.
From 3pm,
Entry By Donation

  • Alison Lumsden, poet and senior lecturer at Aberdeen University, will talk about 20th century north-east writers including Shepherd and Gibbon: illustrating the traditions new writers of the region draw on today. 
  • Shane Strachan, Peterhead fiction writer focussing on north-east fishing communities, featuring Doric dialect. His work has been published widely and his drama staged in Aberdeen.
  • Jen Cooper, Aberdeen poet and winner of Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award 2016. Her poems have been published in several literary magazines including
    The Rialto, Ambit, New Writing Scotland and Envoi.
  • Wayne Price, Aberdeen poet, fiction writer and winner of Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award 2011 is Co-Director of the WORD Centre for Creative Writing. His work is widely published and his poetry pamphlet Fossil Record was selected for the Laureate's Choice series 2015 by Carol Ann Duffy.

Question & Answer session
Got a burning question you want to ask the panel of writers? Hang around for the Q&A. Chat about writing influences and experiences, 

This event is supported by Aberdeenshire Council's Towns' Regeneration Scheme

Duff House 'Wings' Public Art and Recreation Project

Duff House 'Wings' Public Art and Recreation Project28th May - 29th May

Duff House has been described as the grandest classical country house to be built in 18th century Scotland. William Adam (of the famous architectural and furniture design family) had an even grander plan for additional “wings” but unfortunately these were never built. 

This weekend FoDH are re‚Äźcreating the layout to give an impression of an even more magnificent House. As part of the Coastal Fringe festival the public can come, for free, and paint scenes they envisage in the windows of the west pavilion on large format boards.

Coastal Fringe

Coastal Fringe28th May - 29th May

A colourful and creative mix of stalls with local artists, craft makers and vintage businesses on two floors at Banff Castle, Car Boot stalls, food and activities in the grounds. Sat 28 and Sun 29 May, 10am to 4pm. Free entry

Circus Skills Workshop

Circus Skills Workshop28th May - 29th May

Free fun for everyone! Take part in a FREE Circus Skills Workshop at Macduff Marine Aquarium.

Part of the Coastal Fringe Big Weekend in Banff and Macduff.


Picnic in the Park

Picnic in the Park28th May

Enjoy Canapés & Prosecco in the Castle Great Hall for the VIPs, then a gourmet lunch served before the concert.

A variety of different bands will be playing, including Casablanca Steps (headlining act) and Tripple, The Spiers Family and Northern Shore (supporting bands).

Seating:  Public - seated on the lawns; VIP - viewing area close to the stage.

In aid of The Brain Tumour Charity.

Banffshire Cycle Challenge 2016

Banffshire Cycle Challenge 201629th May

The Banffshire Cycle Challenge 2016 takes place on Sunday 29th May - 10am, starting from Banff Harbour.

You can take part in either the full 25 mile cycle run or a 6 mile short run.  Registration can be completed in advance either online or by downloading the registration form and posting it. You can also register in person on the day of the Cycle Challenge. Registration facilities will be open from 9am at Banff Harbour on the day of the Cycle Challenge.

Full details at http://banffshirecc.weebly.com/

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