Banffshire Coast Event Guide

November 2017 Events

Aden-een, the Shell Fireworks Parade

Aden-een, the Shell Fireworks Parade3rd Nov

Join a celebration of culture and community in the beautiful surrounds of Aden Country Park as young people bursting with energy and enthusiasm create an extravaganza of delight.

This year's event celebrates the work of the great Scottish teller of tales, Robert Louis Stevenson, who is best known for Treasure Island, Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

The Shell Fireworks Parade
Now in its ninth year the Shell Fireworks Parade brings together and engages hundreds of participants from across Aberdeenshire, giving young people real and transferable skills and experiences as they create routines, props and performances for the big event.

Entry: Adults £3 - Children £2. Please bring exact change.

Wristbands are on sale at Peterhead Community Centre, the Modo Office (above Errol's Kebabs) in Erroll Street, Macbi in Mintlaw, The Gift Shop at Aden Country Park, Buchan Development Partnership in Maud.

Tickets are on sale online at: www.ticketsource.co.uk/modo

Bring torches, wellies, fancy dress and a sense of adventure.
Leave plenty of time for parking. Not recommended for under 5s. No alcohol. No dogs.

Aden-een is a youth regeneration project led by Modo in partnership with Shell, Aden Country Park, Buchan Development Partnership, Community Planning Partners and Aberdeenshire Council.

Aden-een the Shell Fireworks Parade is suppporteed and funded by: Shell, Creative Scotland, Cashback for Communities, Your Voice Your Choice, the Roundhouse and Aberdeenshire Council.

Steak & Date Night

Steak & Date Night13th Nov,  20th Nov,  27th Nov



Steak & Date Night

Back by popular demand!

Durn House is proud to offer you the opportunity of an irresistible Tuesday night treat.

Durn House has created Steak & Date nights whereby you and your loved one can indulge in delightful canapes and prosecco on arrival, and an excellently cooked three-course steak meal.

Our 28-day aged quality steaks are expertly prepared by our Head Chef and his team to your exact liking.

Our Steak & Date night isn't just a romantic evening for couples, it's also a great night for good friends, for a chance to relish in a luxury meal, enjoy an excellent experience, in an elegant atmosphere and beautiful building.

After your delicious steak evening meal, guests are welcome to truly experience luxury by spending the night in one of our stunning suites, at a discounted price.

£55 per couple and prior booking is required, and reservations can be made by calling 01261 843424 or emailing enquiries@durnhouse.co.uk.

Psychic Supper

Psychic Supper16th Nov

Experience luxury and supernatural enchantments at Durn House this November.

On Thursday 16 November 2017, we will be proud to welcome Derek Mcgillivray, A Happy Medium, to Durn House.

Derek will be offering readings to groups or couples at tables, and providing a spiritual and historical tour of our Grade 1 listed 1770 Georgian Mansion House, before you enjoy a 3 course elegant and luxury evening dining menu which showcases the finest local and seasonal produce.

The cost per person for this fantastic and magical evening is £38.95.

Places are limited, and booking is required.

Discounted stunning overnight accommodation is available to guests who have booked places for the Psychic Supper.

In addition to this, Derek is available the morning after this event, for private readings at Durn House, and he is happy to organise this with you after the Psychic Supper itself.

Call us on 01261 843424 or email to make your reservation now.

Gamrie Creatives Christmas Craft Event

Gamrie Creatives Christmas Craft Event18th Nov

Visit Gardenstown and meet the crafters and start or finish your Christmas shopping!

Free Admission

Refreshments available

Macduff Comedy Night

Macduff Comedy Night18th Nov

Featuring a line up of Scotland's funniest comedians: Gary Little, Kate Dillon, Jim Smith, Gary Meikle

Please come along and support local comedy in your area. Book tickets online at http://www.breakneckcomedy.co.uk/tourdates/macduff-comedy-night/

*Once you've booked, you just need to turn up and mention your name at the door. We are doing our bit for the environment.

Christmas Craft Fayre

Christmas Craft Fayre25th Nov

The Banff Castle Christmas Craft Fayre takes place on 25th November 2017 featuring local crafters and artists, childrens play zone, homebakes, raffles, archery, teas & coffees, Banff Pipe Band and Childrens choir.

Admission: £2.00 Adults, £0.00 Children.

Cullen Skink World Championship & Food Fayre

Cullen Skink World Championship & Food Fayre26th Nov

The 5th Cullen Skink World Championships take place on Sunday 26th November 2017 at the Cullen Bay Hotel.

The rather odd name is said to come from the Gaelic word "Essence". Initially, Cullen Skink referred to a type of broth made with the scrapings of beef from the front legs of cattle. Hard times in the early 1890s left the Northern people unable to buy this product. By this time, Cullen Harbour (completed in 1819) had become the thriving centre of herring fishing and the village also specialised in the production of smoked haddock. With many families in the local villages having a fishing background, they turned to smoked haddock which was in plentiful supply. By using smoked haddock and various other products all put together, a distinctive delicious soup was made.  Hence Cullen Skink was born.


  • A panel of three or four judges are selected by the Cullen Voluntary Tourist Initiative
  • Judging is undertaken as a blind tasting and each competitor’s bowls are given a number known only by the organisers
  • Each competitor is awarded points between one and ten by each judge and the soup with the highest score will be declared the winner

Competition entries are now closed and those invited to the cook-off have been contacted. Come along on Sunday for part or all of this fantastic competition and see who is awarded the crown of World Champion!

Alongside the Cullen Skink World Championships there is a food fayre which will run for the day featuring local artisan Scottish food.

Guests can watch the morning competition, have a look around the food fayre, to make purchases with Christmas shopping in mind!

Previous Winners and Recipe

Two worthy winners for the 2015 Cullen Skink World Championships - Click here for more information

2014 Traditional Cullen Skink World Championship winning recipe - Click here for the recipe.


Cullen Christmas Lights Switch and Fireworks Event

Cullen Christmas Lights Switch and Fireworks Event30th Nov

Cullen Christmas Lights Switch On Event 2017

Thursday 30th November in Cullen Square and Town Hall. There will be 14 sales tables in the hall and manned by local groups or charities from 6pm to 8pm approx.

Christmas music will be playing both inside and outside and visitors will get the chance to meet Santa and his helper will be handing out goodies to the children.

Teas / Coffees and mincemeat pies will be on sale in the Memorial Hall between 6pm and 8pm.

Cullen Brownies and Guides will be singing in the town hall after the light switch-on.

The Cullen Fire Engine will be in attendance giving young and old the opportunity to see the fire engine, meet the crew and learn more about fire safety.

The light switch-on will be at 7pm with children from Cullen Primary School and Nursery pushing the button.

The Christmas street lights feature four new lights at the top end of Seafield Street. Three of the new lights were designed by pupils at Cullen Primary School in a ‘Design a Christmas Light’ competition.

There will be a short firework display immediately after the Christmas Lights switch-on.

Following their successful introduction in 2016, Cullen’s famous 8 arched viaduct will be illuminated following the main Christmas lights switch on and fireworks.

The lights on the viaduct were very well received last year and we have added some more lights to the display this year.

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