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Banffshire Coast Event Guide

January 2015 Events

An Exhibition by Ruth Nicol - Three Rivers Meet

An Exhibition by Ruth Nicol - Three Rivers Meet7th Nov - 2nd Jan

Ruth Nicol, inspired by Alexander Moffat’s "Poets’ Pub", investigates the landscapes of the seven great Scottish poets; Hugh MacDiarmid, Edwin Morgan, Norman MacCaig, Sorley Maclean, George MacKay Brown, Robert Garioch and Iain Crichton Smith. 

Moffat's portraits of Morgan and Garioch will be exhibited alongside the vast and varied landscapes captured by Nicol. It is a unique opportunity to see both artists’ work together.

For further information, contact Duff House on 01261 818 181.

Tiddlers' Fun Time at the Aquarium

Tiddlers' Fun Time at the Aquarium12th Jan,  19th Jan,  26th Jan

While most children are back at school, hundreds of toddlers will descend on Macduff Marine Aquarium to have their own first encounters with the natural world.

Tiddlers' Fun Time is a series of fun-filled sessions designed specifically to inspire pre-school children to learn about the world around them.  Each week will introduce a different theme exploring the underwater world through colour, shape and numbers, along with quests to find mermaids, monsters and treasure.

The little ones will have close encounters with real live animals at the aquarium's touch pool, where they will count the arms of a starfish, search for hermit crabs hiding in shells, feel the spines of an urchin and tickle the tentacles of an anemone.

A sea-themed story time will be chosen from a range of fantastic story books provided by Aberdeenshire Council's library service.

Tiddlers' Fun Time will run on Mondays (EXCLUDING 16TH FEBRUARY).  Normal admission prices apply.

For more information, please contact Macduff Marine Aquarium on 01261 833369, or visit www.macduff-aquarium.org.uk

Banff and District Tuesday Talks

Banff and District Tuesday Talks13th Jan,  20th Jan,  27th Jan

A series of five talks will be given in the Reception Room of Banff Castle at 2 p.m., commencing on Tuesday, 13th January 2015 and running weekly until 10th March 2015. The fee for these five talks is £9.00 payable at the first meeting. If attending only one talk the charge is £3.00.

For more details, follow this link: http ://www . banffcastle . org . uk/item/880392

Launch of new Stuart MacBride novel in Banff

Launch of new Stuart MacBride novel in Banff16th Jan

Award-winning author Stuart MacBride is launching his latest novel - "The Missing and the Dead" - at Banff Academy.  The event will include a talk and a book signing.  Tickets (free) are available at Macduff Library, or by calling the Library on 01261 833289.

The book is the latest instalment in the career of MacBride's jaundiced hero, Detective Inspector Logan MacRae.  It is set in Banffshire, where the body of a young girl is washed up on a beach, sparking a murder investigation.  The novel features many local references, and the front cover features a depiction of Tarlair's open air swimming pool.  The synopsis reads:  "One mistake can cost you everything...  When you catch a twisted killer, there should be a reward, right?  What acting Detective Inspector Logan MacRae gets instead is a 'development opportunity' out in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire.  Welcome to divisional policing - catching drug dealers, shop lifters, vandals and the odd escaped farm animal.  Then a little girl's body is washed up just outside the sleepy town of Banff, kicking off a massive man hunt.  The major investigation team is up from Aberdeen, wanting answers, and they don't care who they trample over to get them.  Logan's got enough on his plate keeping B Division together, but DCI Steel wants him back on her team.  As his old colleagues stomp around the countryside, burning bridges, Logan gets dragged deeper and deeper into the investigation.  One thing is clear:  there are dangerous predators lurking in the wilds of Aberdeenshire, and not everyone is going to get out of this alive..."

Stuart MacBride described the Banffshire Coast as very dramatic, the perfect setting for a crime novel and one of his favourite bits of Scotland as well.  For more information on the author, visit:  http://bit.ly/1CovEMo

Cinema Night at Banff Castle

Cinema Night at Banff Castle16th Jan

A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.  Stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine.

Watch out for future showings of:-

How To Train Your Dragon 2 - PG
What We Did On Our Holiday - 12
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes - TBC
Effie Gray - 12
Mr Turner - 12
One Hundred Foot Journey - PG
Imitation Game - 12

Soup and Sweet

Soup and Sweet17th Jan

Fundraiser for Harvest Centre Trinity continued restoration

Cinema Matinee at Banff Castle

Cinema Matinee at Banff Castle17th Jan

The time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son, as they endeavour to fix a time rift they created.  Stars Ty Burrell, Max Charles and Stephen Colbert.

Watch out for future showings of:-

How To Train Your Dragon 2 - PG
What We Did On Our Holiday - 12
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes - TBC
Effie Gray - 12
Mr Turner - 12
One Hundred Foot Journey - PG
Imitation Game - 12

Friends of Duff House Winter Talks - Tables of Unspoken Dreams

Friends of Duff House Winter Talks - Tables of Unspoken Dreams22nd Jan

The Friends of Duff House present a series of talks at 2pm on Thursday afternoons from October to March, with a break for Christmas and New Year.  Held in the Long Gallery, access by lift is available on request at the shop on the ground floor.  The talk normally extends for 45-50 minutes followed by an opportunity for questions from the audience.

An admission charge of £4.40 will be payable at the Duff House shop. Members of Friends of Duff House are eligible for free admission to the talk. Members of Historic Scotland are eligible for free admission to the talk and the House. Free access to the shop and tea room is available to all visitors.

The Friends of Duff House is a registered charity whose aim is to support and promote the interests of this historic Adam property. 

Today’s talk is: 'Tables of Unspoken Dreams' by David Watson Hood, Artist.  A Scottish artist’s explorations in the language and aesthetics of Chinese scholars’ objects and literati painting.  A project that was funded by the Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Craft Makers Award Scheme, 2012.

Further information can be found at www.friendsofduffhouse.org.uk.  A copy of the full programme can be downloaded here.

Banff Cinema - Penguins of Madagascar

Banff Cinema - Penguins of Madagascar23rd Jan

Banff Cinema presents Penguins of Madagascar.  Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with undercover organisation The North Wind to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it.  

Tickets available from Strachan Pharmacy - Banff and Turriff

Banff Cinema - Exodus: Gods and Kings

Banff Cinema - Exodus: Gods and Kings23rd Jan

Banff Cinema presents Exodus: Gods and Kings (12a) - The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

Directed by Ridley Scott - and starring Christian Bale and Ben Kingsley.

Tickets available from Strachan Pharmacy - Banff or Turriff.

 

Tartan Night at the Royal Tarlair Golf Club

Tartan Night at the Royal Tarlair Golf Club24th Jan

Tartan Night with Ted Christopher

Stovies - Raffles - Dancing

Members and Guest Most Welcome.

Open Club Night - Banff & District Accordion and Fiddle Club

Open Club Night - Banff & District Accordion and Fiddle Club28th Jan

Open Club Night for Local Musicians.

Refreshments available

Friends of Duff House Winter Talks - Synaesthesia

Friends of Duff House Winter Talks - Synaesthesia29th Jan

The Friends of Duff House present a series of talks at 2pm on Thursday afternoons from October to March, with a break for Christmas and New Year.  Held in the Long Gallery, access by lift is available on request at the shop on the ground floor.  The talk normally extends for 45-50 minutes followed by an opportunity for questions from the audience.

An admission charge of £4.40 will be payable at the Duff House shop. Members of Friends of Duff House are eligible for free admission to the talk. Members of Historic Scotland are eligible for free admission to the talk and the House. Free access to the shop and tea room is available to all visitors.

The Friends of Duff House is a registered charity whose aim is to support and promote the interests of this historic Adam property. 

Today’s talk is: ‘Synaesthesia’ by Birgitte H. Morison, Painter.  What the world looks like from inside a synaesthetic’s head. Where the sound of a fire-engine leaves a long silken trail of blinding blues and yellows across the landscape. Where names and numbers must be de-coded from strings of blobs of colour - and where we strive to actually listen to what folks are saying instead of just watching and marvelling at the shapes and colours billowing from their mouths like ectoplasm. The advantages of this extra sensing as well as the disadvantages.  Illustrated.

Further information can be found at www.friendsofduffhouse.org.uk.  A copy of the full programme can be downloaded here.

The Nation // Live at Duff House

The Nation // Live at Duff House29th Jan - 15th Mar

The Nation // Live is the culmination of a community outreach project arranged across five themes - Work, Union, Faith, Civil War and Roots - the exhibition links local heroes, characters and events to the collection, and features a range of mediums, including video, music, performance and sculpture. These artworks present a dramatic vision of Scotland’s story as interpreted by its people. The five themes explore crucial turning points in the nation’s history.

The exhibition is a fascinating mix of past events and present-day lives, national issues and regional experiences, historical artefacts and contemporary art. It presents a vivid picture of how Scots think and feel, via newly created works of art, which in turn help to refresh and renew the national narrative.

For further information, contact Duff House on 01261 818 181

Burns Supper and Ceilidh - Banff Rugby Club

Burns Supper and Ceilidh - Banff Rugby Club31st Jan

Come join us at the Fife Lodge Hotel for our annual Burns evening with traditional fare and the fantastic Ceilidh Mor.

A fantastic opportunity to belatedly bring in the New Year and celebrate the life of Robert Burns.

For more information please contact Calum Christie via email at calumdchristie@gmail.com or on 07813906221

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