Family fun tops the Tartan Day agenda

Fun for all ages
Fun for all ages

This year’s Tartan Day Scotland Festival, which runs across the county of Angus from April 5 to 13, coincides with many schools’ Easter break.

With that in mind, the organisers have ensured it’s packed full of fun, mainly free, activities for families.

Throughout the period, libraries in Angus will be hosting activities such as haggis hunts, story-writing sessions and, for pre-school children, Bookbug sessions, which feature Scottish stories, rhymes and songs.

There will also be tartan craft sessions at Brechin Library and Kirriemuir’s Gateway to the Glens Museum and, for those aged 12 and over, a week of wildlife, navigation and bushcraft at Crombie Country Park.

In addition, throughout the Tartan Day Scotland Festival, Pictavia Visitor Centre, which focuses on the Pictish tribes who lived in this part of Scotland 2,000 years ago, will be offering free admission to children.

During The Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2014, a major Homecoming event will take place in Arbroath over the weekend of April 5 and 6. On April 5, the packed programme of special events includes storytelling sessions at the Signal Tower Museum by Sylvia Troon, who will be assisted by her highly-entertaining cast of puppets.

For braver members of the family, a ghost walk is taking place around the streets of Arbroath, an event which is expected to be highly popular so places must be booked in advance by calling 01307 473226 or emailing

On April 5 and 6, free entry to Arbroath Abbey will be on offer. Inside the Abbey’s mighty sandstone walls, there will be a medieval encampment, with the opportunity to train for battle, be entertained by the King’s jester and even test your muscle against the King’s troops in a Tug O’ War, as well as tours of the ancient building by a Benedictine Monk.

On April 6, the Abbey hosts the re-enactment of the historic 1320 Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, complete with members of Scotland’s medieval nobility, led by Robert The Bruce.

For those youngsters with an adventurous streak, on Sunday, April 6, there will be a chance to climb a high tower, take the Leap of Faith and speed down a zip line at Monikie Country Park. There is a charge for this event and booking restrictions – for more information, or to book, call 01382 370202 or email

A hedgehog safari at Forfar Loch Country Park is another free event which will capture the attention of many children. Going The Whole Hog on Sunday, April 13, will provide children with opportunities to discover more about Scotland’s 300,000 hedgehogs and how to encourage them to move into their neighbourhoods and gardens.

“The Tartan Day Scotland Festival always features an excellent selection of things for children, of all ages, to do,” said the Provost of Angus, Councillor Helen Oswald.

“This year is no exception and I am hoping to take my grandchildren to several of these exciting events – and also to try local, seasonal dishes at the many eating places across Angus which are offering special Tartan Day menus. Having fun at the Tartan Day Scotland Festival is hungry work – especially when grandchildren are involved!”

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

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