Events announced for 2015 River Fest

River of Fish
River of Fish

The programme has been announced for this year’s Banchory River Festival, which is set to brighten up the town for the third year running in June.

More family-focused than ever, and with many free events, Banchory River Festival, or “#BRF2015” as it has been dubbed, the programme will provide a fun-filled weekend of activities.

Friday starts with a River Womble clean up along the River Dee in the early evening, followed by a Banchory Quiz and a Bat Walk.

Saturday sees the largest ever Community Village in Bellfield Park, comprising over 45 retail and charity interactive stalls with everything from making ceramic scales for fish to worm charming!

Entertainment will be provided by Deeside Dance Centre and Banchory Pipe Band, and there will be ferret racing, which is not to be missed.

Keep your eyes peeled for Knitting the Bridge - a mysterious knitting ninja team will be out and about in Banchory leaving their woolly mark for the weekend.

Banchory Town Co-ordinator, Jan Leatham, said: “We have arranged for an extra River Festival Farmers Market with a Hog Roast where you can pick up fresh produce, and there’s a Chill Out Zone just a short walk away in St Ternan’s Park. There you can learn Tai Chi or walk the Labyrinth in a calm space, or watch one of our best known local artists, Howard Butterworth complete an original oil painting of the River Dee. Children can decorate River Festival pebbles or make a fishy wish.

“In the evening we have a Family Ceilidh in the Scout Hut with Hehir, Jones & MacCallum, part of the Woodend Barn Birls season.”

Sunday focuses more on the river itself, starting with the opportunity to join Belles on Bikes for a jaunt along the Deeside Way,

The Duck Race will be held again in the Coy Burn at Crathes, and new for this year is a come and try canoeing event.

Dawdle Doon the Dee will start at Banchory Lodge and end at the Milton of Crathes, enabling pairs of beginners to dip their toes in the world of canoeing. Adults and children will also have the opportunity to try fly fishing on the Dee and at Raemoir Trout Fishery.

The ceramic swimmers of the “River of Fish” project will be on display on the bank of the Dee next to Banchory Lodge Hotel. The community project will run until October 2015 and is open to all on June 10.

Some of the events such as the bat walk, fishing, canoeing, cycling and the ceilidh should be booked in advance,

Visit www.banchoryriverfestival.co.uk for the full programme for the festival, which runs from June 12-14.