Banchory River Festival

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10 & 11 June 2017



Come down to Bellfield Park on Saturday 10 June and browse more than 30 stalls including Farmers Market traders. Try to Beat the Goalie, have a go at Zorbing or charm some worms. Watch the spectacular Lion Dance or peacefully walk the Labyrinth. Try your hand at skating or BMX, whilst enjoying a pulled pork roll from The Store.Our DJ for the day is Ian Macindoe who will be taking requests and keeping everyone up to date. There is also a fantastic programme of entertainment throughout the day:

11am Guarana Drummers

12noon  Keith White Award

12.30pm Finzean School of Piping

12 – 4pm Walk the Labyrinth (in conjunction with the Barn Flourish project (set-up between 10am and 12noon)

1pm Pilates flash mob with the Pilates Hut

2pm Tai Chi demonstration of the Lion Dance and 9 step with Tai Chi Aberdeenshire

2.30pm Guarana Drummers

3pm Deeside Dancers Hip Hop with Millenium Child

NEW!!! Skate park lessons and demos from Transition Extreme and BMX riders from 2 - 4.30pm

The knitted fish bunting that decorates the bridge (Venue 2) and the park was made by the Young at Heart group and volunteers from Number One using three different patterns.


Venue 3 – Introduction to Salmon Fishing at Invery/Tilquhillie fishing beats

9am join SGAIC qualified instructors and River Dee ghillies for a day of salmon fishing in partnership with Orvis. Meet at the Invery Hut, open to age 14plus, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential, limited to 10 places contact or 013398 80411. 9am start FREE


10am – 12noon Meet some wee woodland beasties, including live moths caught the night before and discover who is lurking in the pond at Burnett Park! Under 16s must be accompanied. Bring outdoor clothing suited to weather + stout footwear. Event organised by Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service in partnership with Butterfly Conservation for the Banchory River Festival. Meet at the tennis court car park, Burnett Park, Banchory AB31 4AE FREE

CONTACT (Booking essential): Marr Ranger on 07787583976,


Venue 5 - River Festival Ceilidh with Highly Strung at the Scout Hut.

7-11pm All welcome and beginners encouraged as dances will be called. Adults £12, conc. £8 Family Ticket for 2 Adults and up to 2 Children £30 including stovies. BYOB and Tea & Coffee will be on sale. Tickets available from the East and West churches, Woodend Barn and the Library.


Venue 5 – Bat Walk

9.45pm (for about an hour)  A walk by the Dee with North East Scotland Bat Group at a great location to watch and listen for bats using bat detectors. Meet outside the Scout Hut on Dee Street, Banchory. Bring a torch and midge repellent. Booking essential or 01330 822937 DONATIONS

Venue 6 – Pop-up cake shop at Number One Scott Skinner Square with Friends of Number One 

10am - 4pm loads of yummy homebakes, friendly faces and live music, all for a good cause. Catch us on FB Number One or email



Venue 7 - Duck Race at the Milton of Crathes with Banchory Round Table

11.30am Last year more than 500 ducks raced down the Coy Burn to the River Dee, will yours be the winner this year? Ducks are £2 each and can be purchased at Tesco on Friday 9 June and at Saturday in the Park on 10 June.

Venue 8 to Venue 7 - Canoe Trip from Banchory to Milton of Crathes with Aboyne Canoe Club

10.30am at Banchory Lodge. Approximately 2 hours depending on water levels/ability of the group.

Joining instructions – Common sense, warm clothing, change of clothing, snacks, buoyancy aid (if you have your own), waterproofs, footwear. You MUST contact the club at least 2 days in advance to book a place on the event as numbers are limited. You will be asked to sign in at the start of the event. Please remember that under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at all times during the event.  At the coaches discretion 16 and 17 year olds can attend events without an accompanying adult.  The Club has cag tops, buoyancy aids, helmets, etc. for use on this event. £10 per Adult, £5 per child. Age 7plus. Contact: Chris Redmond  013398 86241


Venue 9 - Dog Show & Car Boot sale

 10am – 4pm Bouncy Castle, face painting and refreshments in the Milton Events Field, next to the Milton of Crathes. £7 per boot or table. Dogs can be entered on the day from 10-12. Contact 07903 015716 or Funds raised are for Crathes Hall.


Venue 10 - Kincardine Castle Open Garden

1.30 – 5.00pm A superb series of gardens around a Victorian Castle with great views across Deeside. Walled garden with a world-class laburnum walk, a mixture of herbaceous and shrub borders, vegetables and fruit trees. Extensive lawns and wildflower meadows and a thought-provoking Planetary Garden. A woodland garden with 120 varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas, many of recent planting, set amongst mature trees. Sculpture by Lyman Whittaker of Utah.  A great day out.

DIRECTIONS Kincardine O'Neil on A93. Gates and lodge are opposite the village school.

ADMISSIONS £5.00, children £2.00 (including entry to the treasure trail)


Venue 11 - Open day at the Pilates Hut

Join us and meander through a series of Health, Healing and Wellness events showcasing what we offer on a regular weekly basis. Flow through a series of Yoga postures with Vikki and Ivana, travel from the Ganges to the Dee with Claudia, Plunge into Pilates where we will be Swimming, Swann Diving and more. Catch a break and fresh yourself at the Tee room. Duck in past Paul Lawrie’s Driving Range, the team will have events running through the day. Take a dip for as little as 30 mins or immerse yourself and spend the day. Booking is essential, see the event timetable at


Venue 9 - Waves at RiverFest @ Banchory Lodge

A delight for audiences from 8 to 80.

Waves is the story of Elizabeth Moncello: of her youth growing up on a small Australian island in the 1930’s and how she came to be the unofficial inventor of the butterfly stroke. An intimate theatrical event combining highly expressive storytelling, delicate movement and splashes of humour to tell Elizabeth’s amazing tale of a life fully lived. Running time 50 minutes. £5, or £10 including cream tea.

Tickets available through the Barn Box Office on: 01330 825431 or online at


Venue 12 – Open Day at Banchory Fire Station

11-4pm Vintage fire appliances, police, ambulance and mountain rescue plus a variety of stalls and bouncy castles, refreshment stalls, homebakes, tea and coffee. Junior firefighter obstacle course. Raffle and silent auction on the day, raffle tickets can be purchased at Saturday in the Park on 10 June.


Venue 13 - The Milton Gallery

The exhibition during the River Festival will be the Mixed Summer Exhibition 2017. This includes a wide variety of work from around 50 mainly local artists, and includes all subject matter with prices to suit all. Runs from 12 May until 9 July.

For the River Festival weekend come and ‘Paint a fish’ where there are ceramic fish for £5 to purchase and paint in the gallery. 11am – 4pm both Saturday and Sunday.


Venue 14 - Butterworth Gallery

11-4pm – River Exhibition with Howard Butterworth at the gallery on the Sunday in the style of meet the artist 2 – 4pm. Donations for refreshments going to River Dee Trust Charity FREE


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