Aboyne and Deeside Festival

Details of the annual Aboyne and Deeside Festival which includes guest speakers such as actors, entertainment like concerts, exhibitions and shows

Each year, in July, there is an arts and theatre entertainment festival held throughout Royal Deeside at Braemar, Ballater and Aboyne. The event attracts local, national and international audiences and performers. Events and performances at the Aboyne and Deeside Festival include:
  • Music
  • Concerts
  • Poetry Readings
  • Readings
  • Conversations and Talks
  • Workshops
  • Open Gardens,
  • Archaeological Walks
  • Historical Events
  • Art Shows and Exhibitions
  • Storytelling
  • Recitals
  • Film Nights
  • Illustrated Talks
  • Storytelling
  • Cinema Performances

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Active Aboyne

To coincide with it there are a number of more active and outdoors activities called Active Aboyne. These include organised walks including some Munros, kayaking, mountain biking, golf, sub aqua, Nordic walking, orienteering, bush craft classes, gliding, water skiing, geocaching (treasure hunting using a handheld GPS), Swedish wood carving , trail running and the Braemar Junior Highland Games.

The full programe of events can be viewed at their website www.aboyneartsfestival.co.uk

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The first Aboyne and Deeside Festival was held in 1990.

Past performers and speakers have included Joan Bakewell, Kate Adie, Clement Freud, James Naughtie, George Melly, Dennis Healy, Paul Anderson and Lisa Milne.

It is nicknamed The Festival In The Hills.

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