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Banffshire Coast Event Guide

December 2016 Events

A Very Victorian Christmas at Duff House

A Very Victorian Christmas at Duff House3rd Dec

Step into the 1800s and meet the Duke of Fife as he celebrates Christmas in his magnificent home and learn where our festive traditions originate from.

12 - 4pm

Included in the Duff House admission price: Adult £7.10, Concession £5.70, Child £4.30 

A Victorian Christmas at Delgatie Castle

A Victorian Christmas at Delgatie Castle3rd Dec - 4th Dec

A Victorian Christmas at Delgatie Castle 

Yes, its nearly that time again. Book these dates into your diary so you won't be dissapointed!

26th/27th November and 3rd/4th December 2016

Delgatie Castle will be open from 10.00am - 4.00pm daily and the entrance will be £5.00 each. This fee for children covers the cost of the gift they receive from Santa. 

We look forward very much to welcoming all the Artists and Makers from all over the North East of Scotland who will be exhibiting here over the two weekends of the Victorian Christmas event. We are very excited that there will be lots of new artists and makers this year.

For further information contact Joan Johnson on 01888563479 or e-mail Joan at Joan@DelgatieCastle.com

 

Super Saturday - Fraserburgh

Super Saturday - Fraserburgh10th Dec

The event is held on Saltoun Square and Broad Street and most of the street will be lined with local stallholders selling a huge variety of products, gift ideas, food items and crafts.

 

Local businesses are also getting into the festive spirit of things and will be offering visitors excellent deals on the day.

 

There is a packed programme of event.  Santa will be arriving to the Broch (Fraserburgh) in style by means of the RNLI lifeboat at 10.45am where he will then jump in his sleigh and make his way up to Broad Street where he will be piped in by the Fraserburgh Royal British Legion Pipe Band before meeting all the local children. All proceeds from the Santa’s Grotto will be donated to The RNLI.

Throughout the day visitors will be treated to a dance performance by local dance group KDance, music by Fraserburgh duo Killer Heels, Christmas carols from the Broch Drama Group and a brass band performance from the Salvation Army Band.

Fraserburgh Super Saturdays will also feature a disco dome, a tasting gazebo featuring food samples provided by local businesses, children’s entertainment and Bobs Buddies will also be there on the day with his feathered friends.

Fraserburgh Super Saturday's takes place from 10am - 3.30pm.

 

Santa dives into Macduff Aquarium

Santa dives into Macduff Aquarium10th Dec - 11th Dec

Macduff Marine Aquarium have confirmed that Santa will be visiting the aquarium on 10th/11th December and 17th/18th December 2016. Not only will Santa be at the aquarium but you will see Santa diving in the kelp reef display, Scotland’s deepest open topped tank.


Situated on Aberdeenshire’s scenic coast in the traditional fishing town of Macduff, Macduff Marine Aquarium features marine life from the Moray Firth, Scotland’s largest bay, in a variety of exciting and innovative exhibits. You will come face to face with hundreds of native fish and invertebrates normally only seen by SCUBA divers who brave the chilly waters of the North Sea.


Santa will be diving in to give the fish their annual Christmas treats! Don’t miss this at 2pm on both dates.

Durn House Christmas Craft & Food Fair

Durn House Christmas Craft & Food Fair11th Dec

Following a very successful event last year, the Durn House Christmas Craft & Food Fair is back!

Get yourself in the festive spirit by browsing through a fantastic range of home-made gifts and delicious food, enjoy entertainment from carol singers by the Christmas Tree and treat yourself to some yummy treats in our Festive Tea Room.

Sunday 11th December 2016
12pm - 4pm
Entry free for all
Mulled wine and mulled apple juice on arrival

Eat, Drink & Be Merry with Durn House

‘Glasgow Boy’ Heads to Banff - Sir John Lavery’s Pergola latest masterpiece on display at Duff House Georgian Mansion

‘Glasgow Boy’ Heads to Banff - Sir John Lavery’s Pergola latest masterpiece on display at Duff House Georgian Mansion17th Oct - 31st Dec

A painting by highly acclaimed post-impressionist and ‘Glasgow Boy’ Sir John Lavery has gone on public display in the UK for the first time since the 1940s. The Pergola is now being exhibited at the A-listed Georgian mansion of Duff House, near Banff.

The painting was completed in 1906, the same year that the Fife family gave up Duff House and gifted it to the nearby towns of Banff and Macduff. The house is now in the care of heritage body Historic Environment Scotland and open to the public, and The Pergola is housed alongside several collections of art treasures and superbly furnished rooms.  

Hugh Morrison, Collections Registrar at Historic Environment Scotland, said:

“We are thrilled to receive this important masterpiece on loan at Duff House and very grateful to the private lender for the opportunity of putting it on public display for the first time since the 1940s. The quality of this painting is sure to attract many fans of The Glasgow School to see it in its new setting.

“The Pergola by Sir John Lavery is a welcome addition to the wealth of artworks on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland and other lenders. The painting will join works by El Greco, Gainsborough and Raeburn and the collection of paintings belonging to the Erskines of Torrie, a wealthy 18th century Scottish family from Fife.”

Belfast-born painter Sir John Lavery, who passed away in 1941, spent some time in Glasgow and was associated with The Glasgow School, a circle of influential artists and designers that flourished from the 1890s to around 1910.

Painted in 1906 and first exhibited in 1908 at the Paris Salonne d’Automne, The Pergola depicts Lavery’s favourite German muse, Mary Auras, and his teenage daughter Eileen enjoying a leisurely breakfast in the dappled sunlight terrace of the artist’s residence in Tangier. Sir John began a fascination with the Moroccan port in 1891 - later purchasing the small villa in the painting known as Dar-el-Midfah or the House of the Cannon in 1903. The identity of the young man in the painting is unknown, however it is said that the man could be one of Mary’s many suitors.

Regarded by his biographer Walter Shaw Sparrow as an ‘original contribution to the latter day art dubbed Post-Impressionism’, Sir John Lavery’s post-impressionist artistic style is part of a movement including artists like Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gaugin. He exhibited across Europe in the major salons and successions and was favoured in Paris, Rome and Berlin.

The Pergola can be viewed as part of general admission to Duff House. Tickets are available online from www.historicenvironment.scot

 

Santa dives into Macduff Marine Aquarium

Santa dives into Macduff Marine Aquarium17th Dec - 18th Dec

Macduff Marine Aquarium have confirmed that Santa will be visiting the aquarium on 10th/11th December and 17th/18th December 2016. Not only will Santa be at the aquarium but you will see Santa diving in the kelp reef display, Scotland’s deepest open topped tank.


Situated on Aberdeenshire’s scenic coast in the traditional fishing town of Macduff, Macduff Marine Aquarium features marine life from the Moray Firth, Scotland’s largest bay, in a variety of exciting and innovative exhibits. You will come face to face with hundreds of native fish and invertebrates normally only seen by SCUBA divers who brave the chilly waters of the North Sea.


Santa will be diving in to give the fish their annual Christmas treats! Don’t miss this at 2pm on both dates.

Treasures of Historic Banffshire

Treasures of Historic Banffshire28th Oct - 28th Feb

An exhibition of national importance is now open at Duff House in Banff.  The 'Treasures of Historic Banffshire' exhibition celebrates Celtic metalwork and the archaeological heritage of the Banffshire region.  

Artefacts on display include the famous Deskford Carnyx, an ancient musical instrument and the Gaulcross Hoard, a collection of Pictish jewellery, discovered locally.

Full details at http://duffhouse.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/treasures/

Portsoy Hogmanay Fireworks

Portsoy Hogmanay Fireworks31st Dec - 1st Dec

The Hogmanay Fireworks take place just after midnight on the Back Green (nr. Sail Loft Bunkhouse/Portsoy Links Caravan Park). This is a free to view display but donations are welcome.

There will be light music and in the Institue Hall which will be open from 11.30pm - 1am.

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