Family fun at festival

20130406- Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath. 'Photographs of the re-enactment of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath by the Arbroath Abbey Timethemes Group at Arbroath Abbey. Fergus "The Fearless" Bone spars with The Bruce. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography.'No use without payment.

20130406- Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath. 'Photographs of the re-enactment of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath by the Arbroath Abbey Timethemes Group at Arbroath Abbey. Fergus "The Fearless" Bone spars with The Bruce. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography.'No use without payment.

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The start of the 2015 Tartan Day Scotland Festival coincides with the beginning of the school holidays so there will be no shortage of activities for children.

This year’s festival runs from April 3 to 12 and is an annual celebration inspired by the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320.

Throughout the festival, libraries across Angus will be holding ‘Lego in The Library’ events, where children can listen to a Scottish tale and build McLego models. In addition, young visitors to Kirriemuir’s Gateway to the Glens Museum can colour in kilts and design their own tartans, while children of primary school age can compete in a fun competition spotting – and naming – the tartans on display in Forfar’s shop windows.

On Saturday, April 4, West Links Family Fun Day will celebrate the first day of Arbroath’s summer season and the re-opening of the park’s many family activities.

As well as fun activities such as speeding around a track on go-karts, playing crazy golf and travelling on Arbroath’s famous Little Trainie, the family fun day will feature a visit by Animal Man’s Mini Zoo and the chance to have a close encounter with lizards, snakes and spiders.

The start of this year’s Tartan Day Scotland Festival also coincides with Easter Weekend. From April 3-6, Easter events with a tartan tinge will be held at Glamis Castle and Peel Farm, while on April 4, Brechin will host a family celebration in the town centre with a host of attractions to enjoy.

Monikie Country Park is the venue for an Outdoor Activities Club every afternoon from April 7-9, and there will be activities for children at Crombie Country Park on the mornings of April 8 and 9, as well as a meeting of Crombie Park Young Naturalists Club on April 11, when members will plant and sow wildflowers for the park’s bees.

For more details the full programme is available at www.tartandayscotland.com.