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Banffshire Coast Event Guide

May 2015 Events

James Calam's 36-Hole Open - Duff House Royal and Turriff Golf Clubs

James Calam's 36-Hole Open - Duff House Royal and Turriff Golf Clubs2nd May - 3rd May

Open to Gents, Ladies and Juniors (Juniors must play with an adult); prizes on both days.

To book your tee time, please ring Duff House Royal Pro shop on 01261 812075.

On both days from 09.30 to 15.00, the Nike Team will be at Turriff Golf Club advertising the 2015 latest products.  Also available will be a ball test which gives you the best distance and feel.  To book your half-hour slot, call Turriff Pro Shop on 01888 563025.

Entertainment on Sunday 3rd May evening at Duff House Royal Golf Club, with the amazing Dave Edwards Trick Show, followed by the fantastic group Wonderland.  Call the Pro Shop for details.  Adults £15; Children £5.

For more information, phone 01261 812062 or e-mail info@duffhouseroyal.com or visit www.duffhouseroyal.com

Live Recording - Iain Macdonald at The Salmon Bothy Portsoy

Live Recording - Iain Macdonald at The Salmon Bothy Portsoy2nd May

Come along to this concert of Whitehills singer-songwriter, Iain MacDonald who will be recording an album of other writers' songs live on stage at the Salmon Bothy in Portsoy.

Some of the writers will include Tommy and Colum Sands from County Down, Townes Van Zandt of Texas, the Canadian superstar Neil Young, Mike Scott of Waterboys fame; and late Scottish songwriter and guitarist John Martyn, along with many others.

Iain will be using 7 instruments on the night, so there will be lots of variety to listen to, as well as plenty of opportunities for joining in.

Craft Fair at the Cullen Bay Hotel

Craft Fair at the Cullen Bay Hotel3rd May

Come and have a browse around the Craft Fair, including patchwork, knitting wool, paintings, soap, jewellery, crochet, felt work, bunting, soy candles, wooden keepsakes, book art, ceramics, chocolate truffles; Cullen Christmas Lights and Cullen Guides will have Raffle tables.

The hotel will be open for lunch 12 – 2pm,  with a free car park.

Duff House Stories - Grounds Tour

Duff House Stories - Grounds Tour3rd May

This is the ideal opportunity to uncover little known tales with Duff House Stories, a series of guided tours by Historic Scotland's volunteer team taking place over the summer months.

Historic Scotland, with support from the Friends of Duff House, have created two tours, one of the house and one of the grounds.

The House Tour looks at the role of Duff House during the war, the history of the Duff family and explores specific artefacts and the story behind them.  The Grounds Tour takes in the grounds and Wrack Woods, looking at the ice house, mausoleum, plant and wildlife.

Places are limited to 12 people per tour, so you should telephone Duff House on 01261 818181 to book.

The cost of the tours is included in the admission fee.

Cannot make it on the 3rd? - then look out for the following dates and times:-

3rd May:  House Tour at 2 p.m.

24th May:  Grounds Tour at 11.15 a.m.

1st June:  House Tour at 11.30 a.m.

12th July:  Grounds Tour at 11.15 a.m.; House Tour at 2 p.m.

30th August:  Grounds Tour at 11.15 a.m.; House Tour at 2 p.m.

Duff House Stories - House Tour

Duff House Stories - House Tour3rd May

This is the ideal opportunity to uncover little known tales with Duff House Stories, a series of guided tours by Historic Scotland's volunteer team taking place over the summer months.

Historic Scotland, with support from the Friends of Duff House, have created two tours, one of the house and one of the grounds.

The House Tour looks at the role of Duff House during the war, the history of the Duff family and explores specific artefacts and the story behind them.  The Grounds Tour takes in the grounds and Wrack Woods, looking at the ice house, mausoleum, plant and wildlife.

Places are limited to 12 people per tour, so you should telephone Duff House on 01261 818181 to book.

The cost of the tours is included in the admission fee.

Cannot make it on the 3rd? - then look out for the following dates and times:-

24th May:  Grounds Tour at 11.15 a.m.

1st June:  House Tour at 11.30 a.m.

12th July:  Grounds Tour at 11.15 a.m.; House Tour at 2 p.m.

30th August:  Grounds Tour at 11.15 a.m.; House Tour at 2 p.m.

An Illustrated Talk - The Picts in the North East

An Illustrated Talk - The Picts in the North East4th May

An Illustrated Talk by Dr Gordon Noble, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Aberdeen University, focusing on the work he has led over recent years at Rhynie and last year at Gaulcross (Fordyce), both of which made significant discoveries.

This promises to be a really interesting talk about cutting edge archaeology and what it tells us about those who left little record but beautiful sculpture in abundance.

Being organised by the Cullen, Deskford and Portknockie Heritage Group.

Members £2; Guests £3; includes tea, coffee and biscuits.

All welcome!

May Day in Turriff

May Day in Turriff4th May

Come to Turriff and enjoy all the attractions, including a range of fundraising and charity stalls, the farmers' market, craft fair, a classic car show, and birds of prey on display at the 2Wit2Woo stand.

Portsoy's Skip 2 The Beat will be holding impressive skipping demonstrations throughout the day.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Turriff Silver Band and Turriff and District Pipe Band.

Deveron FM will be on hand to provide the music soundtrack for the event.

And be on the lookout for guest appearances from the Turra Coo!

Italian Specials Menu at Boyndie

Italian Specials Menu at Boyndie6th May - 10th May

Italians celebrate May Day with a national holiday. 

So, to get you in the mood for summer and sun, Boyndie Visitor Centre will be running their popular Italian specials menu from Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th May.

Family Fun Day at Banff Primary School

Family Fun Day at Banff Primary School9th May

Lots of fun for everyone - games, face paints, refreshments, stalls, homebakes, and lots of entertainment.

Coffee Morning - Portsoy and Fordyce Scout Group

Coffee Morning - Portsoy and Fordyce Scout Group9th May

Butteries, Pancakes and Homebakes

Coastal Capers

Coastal Capers10th May

Join the Rangers as we discover the fascinating world of rockpools. Find out about the suckers, gluers and swimmers lurking beneath the waves.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.  All welcome, children must be accompanied.  Booking essential.

Booking available on 01261 813299 or banffandbuchan.ranger@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

For the full progamme of Ranger summer events, click here

Gents Senior’s (55) 1 Round Golf Open at Cullen Golf Club

Gents Senior’s (55) 1 Round Golf Open at Cullen Golf Club14th May

For more information, phone 01542 840685 or e-mail info@cullengolfclub.co.uk  or visit www.cullengolfclub.co.uk

Monthly Club Nights at Folk at the Salmon Bothy

Monthly Club Nights at Folk at the Salmon Bothy15th May

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.

Ladies Day

Ladies Day16th May

Enjoy the ultimate relaxing day out with friends and family at Durn House in 2015.

Start with a warm welcome, sit back and enjoy some chat and the surroundings at beautiful Durn House with a complimentary tea or coffee.

Then, you'll be floating on air after an expert relaxing treatment from one of our Clementina Spa therapists. Choose one from the following:

Swedish Back Massage
Aroma Back Massage
Reflexology
Mini Manicure
Mini Pedicure
Mini Facial

And finally savour your choice of Posh Afternoon Tea on tiered cake stands, or our new two-course luncheon menu. We also have a fully Licensed Bar open so why not indulge with a glass of Fizz!

The perfect treat!

Gents Open - Duff House Royal Golf Club

Gents Open - Duff House Royal Golf Club17th May

For more information, phone 01261 812062 or e-mail info@duffhouseroyal.com or visit www.duffhouseroyal.com

COAST Festival

COAST Festival22nd May - 24th May

Welcome to COAST 2015.  This year, in the International Year of Light, the Festival is celebrating the theme of light in its broadest sense.  The programme will feature visual art, music, workshops and participatory events.  It features the work of international, national, and locally acclaimed artists in a wide range of venues including Duff House, Banff Castle, Macduff Town Hall and Tarlair. 

There are even more great artists, makers and performers taking part this year, and even more community groups as well.

Searching through the programme, you will find many different ways in which artists think about and use light in their work - not to mention the chance to hear music, sound and stories, bang on a drum or two, and look around our fabulous buildings and beautiful towns.

As well as the regular favourites, you will definitely find some surprises.

This is a great opportunity to experience a diverse programme of arts, have a great day out and enjoy the fun.

For the full programme, click here.

Charity Mixed Golf Open at Royal Tarlair Golf Club

Charity Mixed Golf Open at Royal Tarlair Golf Club23rd May

For more information, phone 01261 832987 or e-mail info@royaltarlair.co.uk or visit www.royaltarlair.co.uk


Ladies 18-Hole Open - Turriff Golf Club

Ladies 18-Hole Open - Turriff Golf Club23rd May

For more information, phone 01888 562982 or e-mail secretary@turriffgolf.sol.co.uk or visit www.turriffgolfclub.com

Duff House Stories - Grounds Tour

Duff House Stories - Grounds Tour24th May

This is the ideal opportunity to uncover little known tales with Duff House Stories, a series of guided tours by Historic Scotland's volunteer team taking place over the summer months.

Historic Scotland, with support from the Friends of Duff House, have created two tours, one of the house and one of the grounds.

The House Tour looks at the role of Duff House during the war, the history of the Duff family and explores specific artefacts and the story behind them.  The Grounds Tour takes in the grounds and Wrack Woods, looking at the ice house, mausoleum, plant and wildlife.

Places are limited to 12 people per tour, so you should telephone Duff House on 01261 818181 to book.

The cost of the tours is included in the admission fee.

Cannot make it on the 24th? - then look out for the following dates and times:-

1st June:  House Tour at 11.30 a.m.

12th July:  Grounds Tour at 11.15 a.m.; House Tour at 2 p.m.

30th August:  Grounds Tour at 11.15 a.m.; House Tour at 2 p.m.

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.

Gents Senior Open - Duff House Royal Golf Club

Gents Senior Open - Duff House Royal Golf Club28th May

For more information, phone 01261 812062 or e-mail info@duffhouseroyal.com or visit www.duffhouseroyal.com

6th Haal Festival Portsoy

6th Haal Festival Portsoy29th May

A weekend of Songs, Tunes, Stories, Poetry, Dance, Workshops and Sessions - to be held in and around Portsoy

Friday 29th May events include:-

Festival office opens 12 noon in the lounge of the Station Hotel, Portsoy.

13.30 - 15.00   Heading Oot and Aboot - Festival performers will visit Portsoy Primary School and Macrae Court

16.00 - 17.30   Early Session (hosted by Bill Gray) - Station Hotel, Portsoy - admission free

19.30 - 22.30   Jimmy McBeath Memorial Concert in the Town Hall Portsoy - Bothy ballads and traditional songs and tunes; MC for the evening - Les Wheeler, featuring Mabel Duncan Trio, Joe Aitken, Geordie Murison, Shona Donaldson, Paul Anderson and Emily Smith with her band; doors open 19.00; £12 (U16 - free admission)

Bar facilities, with a wide selection of Craft Real Ales on tap and in bottle, provided all weekend in Lesser Town Hall, by Portsoy 75 Club.  Tea, coffee and snacks will also be available.

20.00 - 22.30   A Taste of Festival Music - performances in various locations.  During the evening, Amy Papiransky Band, Cupla and Moonshine Madness will each play a set at each of the Boyne Hotel (MC - Ron Gardner), Shore Inn (MC - Bob Sharp), Station Hotel (MC - Mike Blackburn).  Admission free

23.00 - 01.00   Late Night Festival Club Sing Around (hosted by Arthur Watson and Danny Couper) - Lesser Town Hall, Portsoy; £3 - free with Weekend Ticket; 75 Club Real Ale bar open until late

Ticket Prices: 

Weekend Ticket:  £40 (£35 concession) - covers all events, workshops etc plus discount to play

Sat/Sun Ticket:    £35 (£30 concession) - covers all Sat/Sun events, workshops etc

Saturday only:     £30 (£25 concession)

Friday Concert:    £12

Workshops:         £7 (£4 U16)

Saturday Concert:  £15

Farewell Concert:   £8 (£6 concession)

Information from www.bothyfolk.org or Bob on 01261 842571 or bobphilips25@live.co.uk

Tickets available from Bob Philips (01261 842571; bobphilips25@live.co.uk), The Station Hotel (01261 842327; enquiries@stationhotelportsoy.co.uk), the Boyne Hotel (01261 842242; info@theboynehotel.com)  

Both hotels will be offering weekend deals, including tickets.  Call for information.

Please note that some minor changes may be made.  Main programme available from middle of May 2015.

6th Haal Festival Portsoy

6th Haal Festival Portsoy30th May

A weekend of Songs, Tunes, Stories, Poetry, Dance, Workshops and Sessions - to be held in and around Portsoy

Saturday 30th May events include:-

10.15   In Memory of Jimmy McBeath - A song or two from Danny Couper, Bill Gray, Tom Spiers and Arthur Watson at the graveside of Jimmy McBeath

10.45 - 12.15   Brakfast o' Porridge & Brose - Accompanied by a ballad, a poem and a story.  Hosted by Alan and Jim Taylor, with the help of Folk at the Salmon Bothy's Alison, Anne, Lorna, Derek and Doug.  Boyne Hotel - £5

12.30 - 14.15   Fiddle Workshop - led by Paul Anderson.  Station Hotel - £7 (£4 U16)

12.30 - 14.15   Percussion as Acc. Workshop - led by Aiden Milligan, accompaniment led by bodhran, spoons, bones etc.  Town Hall - £5 (£4 U16)

12.30 - 14.15   Traditional Song Workshop - led by Shona Donaldson.  Portsoy Salmon Bothy - £7 (£4 U16)

12.30 - 14.15   Whistle Workshop/Competition - led by Kenny Hadden with a competition for the Wendy de Rusett Memorial Trophy.  Town Hall - £7 (£4 U16)

13.00 - 14.45   Blues and Bluegrass - Gary Taylor's Red Blues and Guests.  Beggars Belief - £5

13.00 - 14.00   A Play, A Pie and a Pint - a NEAT Production of John Muir's Rhapsody in Green with Mike Maran.  Town Hall - £7 (£3 with weekend ticket)

13.00 - 14.00   The Secret of the Doonie - a tale by Paulina Honig and her pupils about pixies, pirates and a dragon.  Portsoy Past & Present - free admission

14.30   Greig - Duncan Song Competition - open to senior and junior (U15) singers and accompanied duo or trio, singing a song of their choice from the Greig - Duncan collection of folk songs.  Portsoy Salmon Bothy - Participants free/Audience donation

14.30 - 16.00   Family Ceilidh Dance Workshop - led by Garsoch Street Rapper.  Station Hotel - £7 (£4 U16)

15.00 - 16.30   Shories Session - Ronan Fitzsimons, Guy Burgess, Aiden Milligan, Patrick Cassidy and friends.  Shore Inn - free admission

17.00 - 18.00   Bawdy Songs Workshop - with Arthur, Danny and Tom.  Strictly for adults with a very broad mind!  Town Hall Bar - £7 (£4 U16)

17.00 - 19.00   Tea Time Music - with Gifford Lind and Guy Burgess.  Boyne Hotel - free admission

19.30 - 22.30   Main Festival Concert in the Town Hall Portsoy - featuring Cupla (a superb young duo from Northern Ireland), The Rapparees (Belfast based band of young traditional musicians and well known to Portsoy audiences), Rab Noakes (one of Scotland's greatest singer/songwriters).  There will also be a song or two from our MC for the evening Arthur Johnston.  Doors open 19.00.  £15

Bar facilities, with a wide selection of Craft Real Ales on tap and in bottle, provided all weekend in Lesser Town Hall, by Portsoy 75 Club.  Tea, coffee and snacks will also be available.

23.00 - 01.00   Late Night Festival Club Sing Around - led by Bill Gray - Lesser Town Hall, Portsoy; £5

23.00 - 01.00   Late Night Instrumental Session - led by Kenny Hadden, Guy Burgess, Patrick Cassidy and friends.  Upper Town Hall - £5

Ticket Prices: 

Weekend Ticket:  £40 (£35 concession) - covers all events, workshops etc plus discount to play

Sat/Sun Ticket:    £35 (£30 concession) - covers all Sat/Sun events, workshops etc

Saturday only:     £30 (£25 concession)

Friday Concert:    £12

Workshops:         £7 (£4 U16)

Saturday Concert:  £15

Farewell Concert:   £8 (£6 concession)

Information from www.bothyfolk.org or Bob on 01261 842571 or bobphilips25@live.co.uk

Tickets available from Bob Philips (01261 842571; bobphilips25@live.co.uk), The Station Hotel (01261 842327; enquiries@stationhotelportsoy.co.uk), the Boyne Hotel (01261 842242; info@theboynehotel.com)  

Both hotels will be offering weekend deals, including tickets.  Call for information.

Please note that some minor changes may be made.  Main programme available from middle of May 2015.

Artie's Tartan Tales

Artie's Tartan Tales31st May

Action-packed, high energy storytelling experience ... with a difference!

Lots of singing, music and actions to join in with.  For kids full of imagination.

"Artie (formerly of the Single Kettle) has proved he's still got the magic touch.  With his Tartan Tales, he can keep an audience of children enthralled with stories, songs and lots of laughs." (Daily Record)

6th Haal Festival Portsoy

6th Haal Festival Portsoy31st May

A weekend of Songs, Tunes, Stories, Poetry, Dance, Workshops and Sessions - to be held in and around Portsoy

Sunday 31st May events include:-

11.00 - 12.00   Story Telling/Poetry Session - led by Lorna, Derek, Les and Doug.  Breakfast rolls will be available with tea.  Beggars Belief - free admission

12.00 - 13.30   Stars of the Future - Cupla, Amy Papiransky, Trio, Mabel Duncan Trio - MC Iona Fyfe.  Station Hotel - free admission

13.30 - 15.00   Informal session - led by Graham Legge and BB First Sunday Session Regulars.  Beggars Belief - £3

14.00 - 15.00   Artie's Tartan Tales - songs and stories for Children with Artie Trezise of Singing Kettle Fame.  Town Hall.  Doors open 13.30.  £5 (U3 - free admission)

15.00 - 17.00   Shories Instrumental Session - led by Kenny Hadden, Patrick Cassidy, Aiden Milligan, Guy Burgess and friends.  Shore Inn - free admission

15.00 - 17.00   Singaround - led by the Spiers Family.  Boyne Hotel - free admission

19.30 - 22.30   Grand Farewell Concert in the Town Hall Portsoy - Open Mic Farewell Concert.  A chance for Folk at the Salmon Bothy regulars and visiting performers to take centre stage.  Plus competition winners and possibly a guest or two if time allows.  Participants must register with MCs by 18.30 to ensure a slot.  Depending on demand, organisers reserve the right to close the list and/or limit time.  MCs - Anne Stewart, Lorna Summers and Doug Way.  Doors open 18.30; £8 (£6 concession)

Ticket Prices: 

Weekend Ticket:  £40 (£35 concession) - covers all events, workshops etc plus discount to play

Sat/Sun Ticket:    £35 (£30 concession) - covers all Sat/Sun events, workshops etc

Saturday only:     £30 (£25 concession)

Friday Concert:    £12

Workshops:         £7 (£4 U16)

Saturday Concert:  £15

Farewell Concert:   £8 (£6 concession)

Information from www.bothyfolk.org or Bob on 01261 842571 or bobphilips25@live.co.uk

Tickets available from Bob Philips (01261 842571; bobphilips25@live.co.uk), The Station Hotel (01261 842327; enquiries@stationhotelportsoy.co.uk), the Boyne Hotel (01261 842242; info@theboynehotel.com)  

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