Are you ready for the river festival?


Banchory’s second River Festival, starting June 13, is shaping up to be a memorable event, definitely worth sticking around in Banchory for.

The weekend kicks off officially with The Big Fat Electric Ceilidh Band at the Woodend Barn, as traditional musicians play alongside electronic music to create a unique, vibrant experience.

The River Wombles are also meeting on Friday evening at the Scout Hut to clean up the River Dee.

Saturday sees the first ‘Community Village’ – all stalls are run by charitable organisations, and every stall has an interactive element.

On Saturday night there is a Jazz Supper Club with Cindy Douglas at the Guide Lodge or the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the Woodend Barn.

Sunday sees the first ever Duck Race, run by Round Table at the Milton of Crathes, and Salmon the Steam Train will be running all weekend from the Milton of Crathes station.

In Bellfield Park youth teams will be competing for the It’s a Ducking trophy. Stop by the Ferret Race to see these entertaining creatures take centre stage. Take a walk from there to the St Ternan’s Park next to the graveyard, where the Craft Village showcases workshops, demonstrations and stalls including Howard Butterworth painting live by the riverside. End your weekend with the film Kiss the Water at Finzean Hall.

Artist Mel Shand will be signing her new book at the launch of a Portrait of the River Dee, alongside an exhibition of the ghillies’ photos.

Children are spoilt for choice at the Banchory River Festival – with learning to fish at the Raemoir Trout Fishery, willow fish making at the Tourist Info and the DeeSong workshop at Finzean Hall on Sunday both of which are free but do require advance booking. For a sense of History, visit the Museum and Library for a taste of the Muckle Spate, a huge flood that devastated much of Strathspey and caused the River Dee to rise to 27ft in 1829.

Those wishing to find out more about the area can either choose a historic walk or a guided run, depending on how much energy they have left.

The East Church are hosting a look back to World War 1 with artefacts and household memorabilia, whilst the newly re-furbished West Church invites all-comers to have a look and listen to the Banchory Singers entertain.

See or pick up a River Festival Times for more info.