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Banffshire Coast Event Guide

March 2015 Events

Friends of Duff House Winter Talks - Contemporary Paper Art in Scotland

Friends of Duff House Winter Talks - Contemporary Paper Art in Scotland5th Mar

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:  ‘Contemporary Paper Art in Scotland’ by Alison Simpson, MA, Artist.  A talk about paper artists working in Scotland today, ranged over disciplines of printmaking, sculpture and socially engaged practice. A discussion of historically significant materials and traditional craft skills which are developing new relevance for Scotland’s culture in the 21st century.

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

 

Friends of Duff House Winter Talks - Toonsfolk, Farmers and the Fisherfolk at War

Friends of Duff House Winter Talks - Toonsfolk, Farmers and the Fisherfolk at War12th Mar

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:  ‘Toonsfowk, Fermers and Fisherfolk at War’ by John Crawford.   The Great War of 1914 – 1918 was fought throughout the world and when it was finished countless lives from nations across the world and our own United Kingdom had been lost.  Although the World War I on the Western Front tends to take precedence in most people’s minds, the sacrifices made by men who served at sea can be considered no less.  This, along with many direct references to men and women from the North East who served in Flanders fields - ordinary people who by their brave actions underline the significant part played in the War by the people from this area - justifies the title – “Toonsfowk, Fermers and Fisherfolk at War.

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

Tiddlers' Fun Time at the Aquarium

Tiddlers' Fun Time at the Aquarium2nd Mar,  9th Mar,  16th Mar

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 Talks3rd Mar,  10th Mar

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

2nd Annual Portsoy Bothy Book Festival

2nd Annual Portsoy Bothy Book Festival14th Mar - 15th Mar

The festival will take place over two days and will feature four well-known Scottish authors. First on the programme is an extra-special event for children to be held at the STATION HOTEL PORTSOY. The other three events will take place in the atmospheric setting of Upstairs at the Bothy, SALMON BOTHY, Main Street, off Schoolhendry Street, or from the Links Road Bothy car park.
 
Book sales and signings will take place at all the events.
 
Saturday 14th March:

10.00:  the Festival will be opened by Mrs Clare Russell in the Station Hotel Portsoy, where a special children’s event takes place. MAIRI HEDDERWICK, writer and illustrator, will talk about her creation, Katie Morag, who lives on an imaginary West Coast island. The books have recently been adapted for BBC television.  This event is suitable for primary school age children who must be accompanied by an adult.  Admission will be £3 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the event, at the Portsoy Ice Cream Shop, or by calling 01261 843455.
 
14.00:  Come and meet SARA SHERIDAN, author of crime mysteries set in the 1950s, at a Vintage Tea Party in the Portsoy Salmon Bothy. Her books include Brighton Belle and London Calling and she will be talking about her new novel England Expects.   Tickets for the Tea Party and Sara’s presentation will cost £10.00 and for that there will be tea, sandwiches, scones and cakes to accompany a fascinating afternoon with this writer of thrillers. Why not get into the spirit of the period and dress up with a hat for the occasion!  All tickets for this event must be purchased in advance from the Portsoy Ice Cream Shop or by calling 01261 843455.
 
Sunday 15th March:

10.00:   ALEX GRAY is an award-winning Scottish crime writer who has created Detective Chief Inspector William Lorimer whose job it is to solve various foul murders and other crimes. Scotland is the scene for most of her novels and her latest mystery "Keep the Midnight Out" takes place between Glasgow and the western Isle of Mull.   Her first 2 novels won the Constable Trophy and Pitlochry Trophy respectively.  Alex is currently the Scottish Chapter Convenor for the Crime Writers Association and keenly supports both established writers and newcomers to the organisation.  Tickets: £5.00 including refreshments. Available from Portsoy Ice Cream Shop or by calling 01261 843455.

14.00:  The Portsoy Bothy Book Festival will be brought to a fitting climax with the presence of SHONA MCLEAN, the creator of the Mirabelle Bevan Mysteries, as well as a set of stand-alone historical novels which are based on the real-life explorers of the British Empire.  Her first novel featuring her hero, Alexander Seaton, was set in Banff, and since then he has visited northern Ireland and other parts of Scotland. Shona’s latest novel The Seeker is set in the time of Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth when Scotland was occupied by the New Model Army.  Her fascinating insight into the 1950s will sit well alongside three-tiered cake stands bedecked with sandwiches, scones and cakes.  Tickets - £10 including refreshments - must be purchased in advance. Available from Portsoy Ice Cream Shop or by calling 01261 843455.

The Red Blues

The Red Blues14th Mar

A night of Blues and Bluegrass music with The Red Blues.

Soup & sandwiches, coffee and tea available throughout the evening.

Entry is free, but raffle tickets will be sold with great prizes to be won. All proceeds go to the band and donations welcome.

Doors open at 7.pm. Everybody welcome.

St Patrick's Day Party

St Patrick's Day Party14th Mar

Come and be a part of the craic at Banff Rugby Club as we go Irish to celebrate St Patricks Day.

Fancy dress is Green Green Green and essential!

More information to follow.

Friends of Duff House Winter Talks - Simple Heraldry - Cheerfully Illustrated

Friends of Duff House Winter Talks - Simple Heraldry - Cheerfully Illustrated19th Mar

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: ‘Simple Heraldry – Cheerfully Illustrated’ by Gordon Casely, C St J, FRSA, FSA (Scot), Journalist.  This is a 45 minute presentation introducing how coats of arms decorate, inform, educate and identify.  The speaker, Gordon Casely, is a lifelong promoter of heraldry in modern context, and his well illustrated talk is guaranteed to be an entirely jargon- free zone.

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

Monthly Club Nights at Folk at the Salmon Bothy

Monthly Club Nights at Folk at the Salmon Bothy20th Mar

Free tea and coffee are served at the break. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments.

Doors open at 7pm and we normally finish between 10.30 and 11.00.

Please park down in the open area in front of the Bothy.  Thank you.

Friends of Duff House Winter Talks - Kirkyards of the North East

Friends of Duff House Winter Talks - Kirkyards of the North East26th Mar

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: ‘Kirkyards of the North East’by Janet McLeman, retired educationalist, writer, reader, naturalist.  The older burial grounds of the North East of Scotland contain a diverse range of tombstones ranging from ornate memorials of the wealthy lairds to the simply inscribed grave slabs of our humbler ancestors. Each graveyard reflects the character of the community it served and indicates how it evolved and related to the wider world. They provide a rich resource for the local historian giving an insight into how our ancestors saw themselves, how they wished to be remembered and what they considered to be important. 

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

Allan Ramsay, Master Draughtsman - Exhibition at Duff House

Allan Ramsay, Master Draughtsman - Exhibition at Duff House27th Mar - 5th Jul

Explore the work of Allan Ramsay - an 18th century Scottish artist, born in Edinburgh.

This exhibition, from the National Galleries of Scotland, is a showcase of outstanding drawings and a masterpiece painting.

Spring over the Giant's Steps

Spring over the Giant's Steps29th Mar

Remember to put your clocks forward by one hour, and mark the start of British Summertime with a circular walk along a spectacular stretch of coastline.

Walk over the Giant's Steps and learn how they were single-handedly put in place.

Discover the story of Charlie the Hermit and look out for natural gems hidden along the coast.

Please wear suitable clothing and strong, sturdy footwear.  This walk is only suitable for adults and booking is essential.

Meet at Cullen Harbour by Tigh Na Mara (Landranger Map 29 NJ513675).

Contact the Banff and Buchan Ranger on 01261 813299, banffandbuchan.ranger@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

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

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