Banchory River Festival Kicks Off tomorrow

Here are a list of events going on in and a round Banchory this weekend:

Banchory River Festival

Date: 7 June 2013 00:00 to 10 June 2013 00:00

EVENTS confirmed
10-12 Finzean Primary School –  BCT’Teas, in association with Birse Community Trust,  with performances of local music and a display the children have prepared on the local heritage sites. All welcome

Whilst visiting on Friday  you are welcome to peruse a special exhibition based in the Old School Building behind Finzean Primary School entitled In the Valley of  the Feugh –hosted by Birse Community Trust. The exhibition will provide a window into the fascinating local community archive,up to and including the present day. FREE 10-2 Fri & Mon; 10-4 Sat & Sun.
8pm River Festival Opening Event – The Big Fat Electric Ceilidh a fresh, new and intense ceilidh experience, mixing up traditional and club culture – imagine dancing the Dashing White Sergeant to live, original electronic dance music mixed with live pipes, fiddle and guitar! Tickets £10/£8 conc./£5 u16 if bought in advance. Box Office 01330 825431
10am–6pm Land Coracle Workshop in Bellfield Park come and make a coracle kartie on Saturday and race it on Sunday! Workshop suitable for age 10 and above. £5 Box office 01330 825431 Meet at the Guide Hut.
10am-2pm Intro Dee event at Raemoir Fishery an expert introduction to the environment and wildlife on the river including insect and vegetation identification, and a chance to try casting and fly fishing. FREE. Open to ages 16 and under, accompanied by parents. Booking essential 013398 80411
10am-12noon Marvellous Mini-Beasts in partnership with Butterfly Conservation. Come and discover some of the smaller residents of the woods and pond at Burnett Park – check the contents of live moth and pitfall traps! FREE children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential 013398 80868
10am-3pm Children’s Activities in the Library, Museum & Visitor Info Centre in Scott Skinner Square.This includes Water Vole Kids Fun Day in the Visitor Centre. FREE
10am-4pm Music in Scott Skinner Square local musicians and singers will perform in the square in the centre of Banchory.FREE 10-11am Shoogliepeg 11-12noon Graham Lirg (Jazz) 12-1pm Daniel Mutch (Daniel will also play sets at the Birdhouse and the Falls of Feugh restaurants)  1-1.40pm Banchory Singers 1.40-2pm  Lizzie Thomson & Anna Madrick
2-2.30 Gee it Laldy 2.30-3pm Banchory Pipe Band (who will then play at Inchmarlo House Open Garden
3-3.30pm Morris Men 3.30pm-4pm Cat Mathew
There will also be a selection of craft stalls including -Mauve Magpie, Country Cake Queen, Frost Flower, Abacus Beading HW Visual Art, Community Learning & Development.
8pm Beer Tasting event Deeside Drinks Emporium £5 booking essential 01330 822650
12noon Heritage Walk around significant sites in Banchory with particular reference to local saints and the River Dee. Start in Banchory Kirkyard.
12noon – 4pm Come & Try Arts and Crafts Village in St Ternan’s Park. See a variety of artists and crafters at work next to the River Dee in a tented village. Graffiti crochet, fly-tying, singing, knitting and feltmaking.Ken Reid of the River Dee Trust will be on hand with advice and information about the river and its inhabitants. FREE Belinda Rose will also be weaving River Braids at Buchanans 11-4pm
1pm Land Coracles Race in Bellfield Park
1pm Ferret Racing in Bellfield Park – back by popular demand!
1pm – 3pm Its a Duck-Out competition including water and inflatable fun. Teams of 8 (ages 11-25) pre-registration necessary contact
2pm-4.30pm A Vintage Afternoon Tea at Banchory Lodge Hotel including entertainment by City of Roses accapella chorus. £10.50pp Booking essential 01330 822625
2pm Walking Tour with Dan MacCannell author of Lost Deeside. Begins at Yeadons Bookshop, 20 Dee St. £6.50 includes tea and coffee afterwards with the author. 01330 822221
Meet Aboyne Canoe Club
10.30am-11am Entry chat to club members and see them negotiate the Potarch Rapids
3pm-3.30pm Exit see canoeists arrive at Dee St Bridge in the centre of Banchory and chat to them afterwards. More info from
Peter Kneeshaw from Banchory Cycles may be spotted riding his genuine penny farthing around the village, please take pictures if you see him!
Howard Butterworth will be painting live on the riverbank approximately a mile along Little Blackhall from 10.30am until mid-afternoon.  A rare chance to see a well-known artist at work!
Pop Up Exhibition in Taylors of Banchory six local artists & makers will “pop-up” in the window of Taylors in the High Street. Basket maker Helen Jackson, glass artist Pat Mallen and potter Hilary Duncan will hold interactive sessions in their crafts; while painters Beverley Black, Mel Shand and Geraldine McGowan will demonstrate their skills. Original artwork & prints will be on sale. Throughout the weekend:  People can draw a fish on peel-off film to add to the frieze on the window of Taylor’s, or draw a fish on the pavement outside (£1 donation to charity)
Workshops -Make a willow fish with Helen Jackson on Friday and Monday morning, Saturday and Sunday afternoon (£5).  Make a pottery fish with Hilary Duncan all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Monday afternoon (£10 including glazing, firing and P&P).
In the Valley of the Feugh – Birse Community Trust Exhibition based in the Old School Building behind Finzean Primary School, the exhibition will provide a window into the community’s photographic archive, up to and including the present day. FREE 10-2 Fri & Mon; 10-4 Sat & Sun.
Flower Festival in the East Church 10.30 – 6pm Fri- & Sat 12-6pm Sun
The East   Church will be decorated with flowers and exhibits depicting the themes of History and Service. Musical accompaniment plus teas and coffees by Christian Aid Fri/Sat. FREE ENTRY (donations welcome)
Original new poem by Yeadon’s artist-in-residence Eddie Gibbons the poem will be displayed in Yeadon’s window over the Festival weekend Coracle made by Helen Jackson, lined by quiltmaker Linzi Upton on display in Orvis window.
Winners of the River Festival Photo Competition will be displayed in the function room at the Douglas Arms Hotel next to the upstairs bar from Tuesday 4 June.
GO with the FLOW exhibition in empty shop window next to DFS. The results of 6 weeks of river festival related workshops will be displayed.

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