Learn new skills at Monikie’s Angus Autumn Adventures day

Face painting is one of many activities on offer. Pic by  www.angusahead.com/autumnadventures
Face painting is one of many activities on offer. Pic by www.angusahead.com/autumnadventures

As part of the Angus Autumn Adventures weekend on September 8 Monikie Country Park will be the place to go for fun outdoor activities .

Whether a member of your family is desperate to learn how to spin plates, would like to brush up their mountain biking abilities or yearns to hold a frog, there’ll be something for everyone at Angus Autumn Adventures’ Monikie Family Fun Day.

The Family Fun Day will kick off at 10 a.m. and will include opportunities to learn circus skills such as juggling, wire walking and plate spinning, as well as expert instruction in mountain biking and, for budding Ryder and Solheim Cup team members, MiniGolf.

There will also be the excitement, thrills and spills of Lazer Zone as well as a bouncy castle and face painting.

Situated in stunning, easily-accessible countryside, Monikie Country Park is home to a varied selection of birds, small animals, fish and insects.

During the Family Fun Day at Monikie Country Park, Rangers from Montrose Basin Wildlife Reserve will be holding wildlife spotting classes at, while visitors to the petting zoo will be able to get close to snakes, lizards, mice and frogs to name but a few.

Entry to Monikie Family Fun Day is free, as are most of the activities, apart from the bouncy castle, face painting and Lazer Zone.

“With less than a year to go before Angus is the proud host venue of the Commonwealth Games shooting events, we’re keen that local people and visitors to the area have as many opportunities as possible to experience the vast range of outdoor activity facilities available in Angus,” said Councillor Jeanette Gaul, Angus Council’s spokesperson for sports and leisure.

“Monikie Family Fun Day is one of many family-friendly events in the Angus Autumn Adventures on September 8 and 9 that will encourage families to get out and about.”

Angus Council Ranger Services will also be holding an Activity Day at Monikie Country Park on Sunday, September 8.

For the reasonable price of £19.75 per person, the Activity Day includes exciting activities such as a low ropes course, climbing walls, a 160 metre zipline and the chance to take part in a Monikie treasure island rafting session.

“The Activity Day, which starts at 10 a.m. and finishes at 3 p.m., is suitable for ages 10 to 80,” said Alan Brennan of Angus Council Rangers Service, who stressed that, as demand is expected to be high, early booking - call 01382 370202 or email monikiepark@angus.gov.uk - is highly advisable.

“Instruction and equipment are included in the price and the only stipulations are that participants must be able to swim, must comply with the height and weight restrictions of a couple of the activities – and must be prepared to enjoy a day of fun and adventure.”

To find out more about the Monikie Family Fun Day or the Activity Day, the free Angus Angus Autumn Adventures’ guide is available at leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries and tourist attractions across Anguse or can be downloaded at www.angusahead.com/autumnadventures.

To keep up to date with outdoor activities in Angus throughout the year, ‘like’ www.facebook.com/angusadventure.

Other events taking place to mark Angus Autumn Adventures include activites at Geln Doll and Forfar Loch.

“I’m delighted to see how much this festival has grown,” said Councillor Mairi Evans, Angus Council tourism spokesperson. “The county of Angus has so many excellent facilities for adventure – from the mountains that tower over the Angus Glens, to our fast flowing rivers to the rocky coastline.”