Getting set for Victoria Week fun

Victoria Week promises 10 days of fun and entertainment
Victoria Week promises 10 days of fun and entertainment

Ballater is preparing to take on a new look with the launch on Friday of the ever-popular Victoria Week.

Every year the colourful 10-day celebration raises thousands of pounds for local causes.

Visitors and residents alike are in for a treat as more than 60 events, including films, a car parade and Sunday fayre, pet shows, duck races, scarecrow trail, Highland games, discos, quizzes, and many other sporting, music, foodie, outdoor and historical events are scheduled to take place.

Organisers say there is something for everyone and many events are free, thanks to numerous generous donations of resources and time.

The fun starts tomorrow at 11am with what is hoped will be the Deeside’s longest conga line on the Church Green, in a planned flashmob.

Another highlight will be the vehicle parade on Sunday (August 7). More than 80 vintage, agricultural and super cars are set to follow the Ballater and District Pipe Band down Bridge Street from 1pm, with more likely to join on the day.

Ballater Highland Games will take place on Thursday, August 11, followed by the Crerar Ceilidh in the Victoria Hall from 7.30pm.

A new event pitching Lads v Lassies is on the following day. There is duck racing on the river at 3pm on Sunday (August 14) and look out for decorated sandbags this year.

Tickets and programmes are available from various outlets in the village, and also the box office in the hut on the green, which will be open daily from 10am until 5pm.