Magical parade of fairies and more at Aboyne

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  • Anniversary celebrations kick off on May 3
  • Mystical Fairy Day for all the family
  • Iconic Kelpies maquettes to go on show at Belwade

A parade of mythical creatures is set to descend on the countryside near Aboyne with fairies and unicorns joining local children for one day only.

To celebrate World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre’s 25th Anniversary, the maquettes of artist Andy Scott’s Kelpies will be visiting the facility near Aboyne.

The maquettes, which are scaled-down models of the iconic Falkirk Kelpies, will be arriving at the award-winning visitor attraction for three weeks.

One of the remarkable 100ft sculptures which tower above Helix Park in Falkirk was modelled on World Horse Welfare’s very own Baron, the famous Glasgow city dray horse who was retired back to Belwade Farm last year and is now enjoying a more relaxed life in a new home.

To kick off Belwade’s anniversary celebrations and mark the Kelpies’ arrival, Belwade Farm will be hosting a mystical magical Fairy Day for the whole family on Sunday May 3.

As well as having the opportunity to see the maquettes of the inspiring Kelpies close-up, families can enjoy a picnic in the centre’s megalithic stone circle which is thought to be based on a 3000-year- old ceremonial site.

The Belwade Stones are aligned to the energetic anomalies that emanate from the surrounding countryside and folklore says that these stones can help relieve anxieties by using the elements to answer nagging questions.

Children and grown-ups alike are invited to go dressed as fairies, pixies and medieval pirates, as well as nature’s mythical creatures to meet Belwade’s magical unicorn, pet a giant’s horse and hunt for secret fairy doors hidden in the fantastical forest. Who knows…the fairies might even venture out to play.

There will be face painting, prizes for the most imaginative fairy-tale costume as well as horse shoe painting.Younger visitors will even be able to design their very own postcard and have it delivered to their favourite World Horse Welfare horse, pony, donkey (or Unicorn) by Pixie Post.

Belwade Farm Fairy Day runs from 11am to 4pm and entry is free.

World Horse Welfare is an international horse charity that improves the lives of horses in the UK and around the world through education, campaigning, and hands-on care.

For more information about the charity visit www.worldhorsewelfare.org.