Strong programme for Tartan Week!

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There will be plenty in store for visitors to Angus over the next week as part of the annual Tartan Day Scotland Festival.

The event will run from tomorrow, April 3, to April 12.

Arbroath Abbey, the scene of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, will play its part in proceedings, with a re-enactment at 1320 to pay tribute to the year of the signing, 1320.

Tartan Day Events

Monday, April 6

Tartan Day at Arbroath Abbey

Story-telling, free, 10 and 11 a.m. Sylvia Troon, storyteller and puppeteer, brings Scottish history and stories alive for the audience. To book, call 01307 473226.

Monk’s Tours, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Let a Benedictine monk from 1600 be your guide on a Monk’s Tour of Arbroath Abbey and get an insight into the story of the abbey. To book, call 01241 878756.

Graveyard Tour, 12 noon. Join Jim Tollerton for a tour of some of the Abbey’s fascinating gravestones and learn about the mysterious symbols and the lives of those commemorated on the stones. To book, call 01307 473226.

Celebrate Tartan Day with live music in the courtyard, 12.45 p.m.

Declaration Commemoration with Arbroath Abbey Timethemes, 13.20 p.m. Join the nobles of Scotland as they assemble in Arbroath Abbey to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320.

Sewing and Embroidery Demonstration, 2 p.m., Watch sewing demonstrations with the Arbroath Abbey Timethemes in the Abbot’s House.

Enjoy the exciting and unique sound of The Trybe in the courtyard, 2.30 p.m..

Talk with Jim Tollerton, 3.30 p.m. Join Jim Tollerton in the visitor centre as he tells the fascinating story of the abbey. To book, call 01241 878756.

Throughout the festival

The following events will run throughout Angus for the whole of the Tartan Day Festival, April 3 to 12.

Lego in the Library – Read it, Imagine it, Build it! In libraries across Angus, free. Visit your local McLibrary and build a Scottish McLego model. Listen to a Scottish story and let your McImagination run wild, be it building the Loch Ness monster or a flying haggis!

Get information from these libraries: Arbroath, 01241 435605; Brechin, 01356 622687; Forfar 476476; Kirriemuir, 577109; Montrose, 673256; Monifieth, 01382 533819; Carnoustie 01241 859620.

Tartan Day Shop Window Competition, various shops in Forfar, free, for primary school children. Find the tartan in the shop window and name it. Completed forms can be handed into Strachan the Jewellers and Forfar Library. Details, Jeanette Gaul, 01307 464698 or

‘The Freedom Casket’ Exhibition, Gateway to the Glens Museum, Kirriemuir (closed Sunday and Monday), free. Known as ‘The Heart of Kirriemuir’, the Silver Casket which housed the Burgess Ticket offering the Freedom of Kirriemuir was presented to Sir J.M. Barrie on June 7, 1930. Details, 01575 575479 or

Digit! 2015 Exhibition, Gateway to the Glens Museum, Kirriemuir (closed Sunday and Monday), free. Digit! 2015 is a year long celebration of Scottish archaeology. A selection of Treasure Trove finds from the Kirriemuir area is on display. Details, 01575 575479 or

Bon Scott Exhibition, Gateway to the Glens Museum, Kirriemuir (closed Sunday and Monday), free. Born in 1946 and raised in Kirriemuir, Bon Scott became a Rock & Roll legend in the band AC/DC. Details, 01575 575479 or

‘Ideas o’ Their Ain’ Exhibition, Montrose Museum (closed Sunday & Monday), free. Explores the role of Montrose and the inspiration the town provided to the main players of the Scottish Renaissance during the 1920s cultural revolution in Scotland. Call 01674 673232 or email

Hogtastic, Forfar Loch Ranger Centre, 2 to 4 p.m. Free. April is an important month for hedgehogs. 01307 461118.

Today until Monday (April 6)

Easter Trail, Monikie Country Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., £1. Explore the woodland to find clues. Prizes. Suitable for all ages. Details, call 01382 370202.

Easter at Glamis, Glamis Castle, 10 a.m., normal entry fee. An Easter egg hunt with a difference, and hear the ‘Glamis Gory Story’.

Friday, April 3.

Montrose Museum, Kenneth M. Hay Photograph Day, 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrated local photographer recording the late 20th century. Free. 01307 468644 or 01674 673232.

Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5

Peel Farm, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join the Easter Bunny for an Easter egg hunt on the nature trail. 01575 560718 or

Saturday to Saturday

Gateway to the Glens Museum, Kirriemuir, Tartan Craft, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Sunday and Monday), free. Make your own kilt. 01575 575479 or

Saturday, April 4

Angus Farmers’ Market, Montrose High Street, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., free.

Easter in the City, Brechin Town centre, 10 a.m. Coffee morning, Easter egg hunt, classic cars, vintage vehicles, side shows and more!

West Links Family Fun Day, Arbroath, 10 a.m. onwards, start of 2015 season with fun and excitement for the whole family.

Tartan Day Fun Day, Monifieth Beach, starts 10 a.m. Many activities including bagpipes on the beach! 01382 534150.

Highland Dancing Festival, Reid Hall, Forfar, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. £4 (spectators only). Traditional Highland dancing competition. 01307 463822.

Easter ‘Tail’, Brechin City Hall, noon and 3 p.m., £5. A particularly funny bunny tries to graduate from Brechin’s Bunny College.

Forfar & District Pipe Band, The Cross, Forfar, 1.30 to 3.30 p.m. 01307 464698 or

Sunday, April 5

Going the Whole Hog, Forfar Loch Ranger Centre, 2 to 3.30 p.m. More hedgehog facts. Free. Booking essential. 01307 461118.

Tuesday to Thursday, April 7 to 9

Outdoor Activities Club, Monikie Country Park, 1.30 to 3.30 p.m. High ropes, mountain biking, rafting, canoeing and kayaking for ages 10–15. Booking essential, numbers limited to eight per day. 01382 370202.

Tuesday, April 7

Conservation Action, Crombie Country Park, 10 a.m. to noon, Practical conservation, hot drinks included. Meet at the visitor centre. 01241 860360.

Wednesday, April 8

Spring Activities for Children, Crombie Country Park, 10 a.m. to noon. Exploring and crafts with the rangers – wear old clothes. Booking essential. 01241 860360.

‘The Mulbuie Murder’ by Graham Clark, Gateway to the Glens Museum, Kirriemuir, 7 p.m., free. Discusses his latest book which involves a murder on the Black Isle in 1835, with a Montrose connection. Fascinating tale! Booking essential. 01575 575479 or e-mail

Thursday, April 9

Spring Activities for Children, Crombie Country Park, 10 a.m. to noon. As Wednesday.

Family History Taster Sessions, Angus Archives, Restenneth Priory, Forfar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free. Half-hour sessions must be booked in advance. 01307 468644.

Friday, April 10

Family History Taster Sessions, as above.

Monifieth’s Famous Historical Foundries, Monifieth Community Cabin, South Union Street, Monifieth, 2 p.m., free. Photographs, memorabilia and research information relative to the part played locally and internationally by firms such as J.F. Low and Low & Duff. 01382 532231 or

Saturday, April 11

Angus Farmers’ Market, Strathmore Hall, The Mart, Forfar, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.

Angus Archives Drop In Day, Restenneth Priory, Forfar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free. On display will be a selection of interesting letters which share the thoughts and feelings of Lords and Ladies, soldiers and sailors. 01307 468644.

Young Naturalists’ Club – Beautiful Bulbs and Seeds, Crombie Country Park, 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Help plant and sow wildflowers for the bees. Meet at the car park cabin. 01241 860360.

Natural History Walk, Glen Doll Ranger Base, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wildlife walk to observe the Flora and Fauna of the glen including Golden Eagle, Crossbill, Red Deer, Red Squirrel and a variety of wild flowers. Bring stout shoes, waterproofs, warm clothing, packed lunch and binoculars if you have them. Booking essential. 01575 550233.

Forfar & District Pipe Band. The Cross, Forfar, 1.30 to 3.30 p.m., free.

Sunday, April 12

Angus HaM, Monikie Country Park, 10.30 a.m. Run 13.1 miles in this half marathon.

Froglife Training Event, Crombie Country Park, 1 to 4 p.m., free. Learn about amphibians and pond restoration with James Stead of Froglife. 01241 860360.

Tartan Day Menus

The following venues in Angus are offering special Tartan Day menus, featuring traditional Scottish dishes and local produce. For full menu details,

The Bell Rock, Ladyloan, Arbroath. April 3 to 12, noon to 9 p.m. 01241 873656,

Sugar & Spice, High Street, Arbroath, April 6 to 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 01241 437500,