Tartan Day Festival in Arbroath this weekend

Celebrating the Tartan Day Scotland Festival
Celebrating the Tartan Day Scotland Festival

From now until April 13, the county of Angus will be in celebratory mode as local people, organisations and businesses join in with the fun during the Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2014.

Tartan Day Scotland celebrates Scotland’s history, heritage, culture and people and this year’s week-long festival includes a very special event in Arbroath.

The Arbroath Homecoming Weekend (Saturday and Sunday) features free entry to Arbroath Abbey, where, amongst other activities, there will be a medieval encampment, a hog roast and tours of the Abbey with a Benedictine monk.

On Saturday, there will be a Taste of Angus event at Arbroath Harbour, historical re-enactments of fisher life almost 200 years ago at Arbroath’s Signal Tower Museum and fire breathers, stilt walkers, jugglers and balloon modellers providing fun and entertainment along Arbroath High Street.

In addition, top Celtic rock band Gleadraich will play at Arbroath Harbour from 11-12 noon, followed by Kirriemuir’s excellent Sonnet 65 from 1-2 p.m., while The Trybe will perform their unique combination of drums and pipes from 10am to 11am at Arbroath Abbey, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at Arbroath Harbour and along the High Street from 2 to 3 p.m.

On Sunday - Tartan Day - there will be opportunities for people to find out how to trace their family tree at the Tayroots Family History Day at Arbroath’s Webster Theatre. This event will close over lunchtime so attendees can join the crowds cheering on the Angus Massed Pipe Bands as they march from Kirk Square to the Abbey, where, from 1 p.m., the 1320 signing of the Declaration of Arbroath by Scotland’s nobles will be re-enacted by Arbroath Abbey Timethemes.

Later that day, Auchmithie will host an evening of information, stories and music about the families who once lived in the clifftop village. This event will include the première of a new song which has been written specially for the Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2014.

The Homecoming Weekend in Arbroath is only the start of the packed Tartan Day Scotland Festival programme. Until the Festival closes on April 13, there will be activities for all interests and all ages, including ceilidhs, farmers’ markets, pipe bands, highland dancing competitions and special Tartan Day menus highlighting Angus’ excellent local food and drink.

And, for those keen for another opportunity to uncover their Scottish roots, on April 11, the Tartan Day at Angus Archives will provide a chance to study the unique records and documents held there.

This year’s Tartan Day Scotland Festival is expected to attract visitors from near and far. “The Tartan Day Scotland Festival is already a well-established part of Scotland’s calendar, taking us another step closer to the fulfilment of our 2020 Vision,” said the Provost of Angus, Councillor Helen Oswald.

“This Vision places Arbroath at the epicentre of the global celebrations of the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, the historic document which changed the course of Scottish history and is widely accepted as both the start of democracy and as the inspiration for the American Declaration of Independence.

“The Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2014 marks the beginning of our six-year countdown to the 2020 celebrations,” continued the Provost. “Planning is already well under way with local and national groups and organisations to ensure that, on April 6, 2020, the attention of the world turns to Arbroath and the surrounding area for the 700thanniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath.”

For more information about the Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2014, pick up a copy of the Events Guide from tourist information centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums and tourist attractions across Angus or download from www.tartandayscotland.com. To keep up to date with the latest news about the Tartan Day Scotland Festival, ‘like’ the Tartan Day Scotland facebook page.