2016 Festival Programme

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As in previous years we have an exciting programme of bookable workshops complemented by fringe events, evening entertainment, and our wonderful Braemarket held in the village hall on Sunday 23rd October. Scroll down the list below and go to the Bookings page to bag a place!

Evening Activities

We’ll update the list of activities as they get confirmed, so watch this space….but our evening programme will include…

Festival Dinner with live music at Braemar Lodge on Wednesday 19th **Booking Essential**
Torchlight Treasure Trail followed by fish & chip supper on  Thursday 20th **Booking Essential**
Annual Creative Quiz at Braemar Golf Club on Friday 21st
Traditional Music Sessions Night at Moorfield House Hotel on Saturday 22nd

Festival Fringe….

In the Fringe we have a range of activities going on alongside the main festival programme of pre-booked workshops, including competitions, trails and exhibitions, and the famous Braemarket

Here’s a taster of some of the things that will be on offer…

Pop Up Tutors Exhibition Wednesday 19th – Sunday 23rd

This year for the first time we’re inviting the workshop tutors to display and sell some of their wonderful art. The pop-up tutors exhibition can be found in the Braemar Gallery during the Festival.

St Margarets Exhibition Wednesday 19th – Sunday 23rd

Local artist Andrew Braidwood is creating a unique sound installation in St Margarets during the Festival. More on this later!

The Village Competition Wednesday 19th – Sunday 23rd

imagesThis year, to tie in with the sea to the mountains theme, we are asking you to make a sea monster!

Your monster needs to be in place before Wednesday 19th October, and robust enough to last until Sunday 23rd October! The competition is open to all, including businesses, residents, groups and clubs.

The judges will award points for creativity, use of recycled materials and craftsmanship!


Samba Sisters Demo Saturday 22nd

Come along to a free demo session of Samba Drumming in front of the Mews on Saturday afternoon…

Knitted Trail & Decorated Bridge Monday 10th – Saturday 22nd

In previous years the Deeside Knitwits have knitted squirrels, birds, flowers and mushrooms. This year we are bringing the Sea to the Mountains so you will find all sorts of fishy knitting around the village for 2 weeks from 10th – 22nd October.  Hopefully the knitted fish and sea life will be swimming along the Cluny Bridge; Ariel McMermaid will be lounging on the wishing well; Octavius Flexipants and friends will be crawling over the traffic island outside Taste… The fishy knitting will be on sale at the Braemarket on Sunday 23rd. All proceeds go to charity.

The knitted trail is always popular with families and this year you’ll be Finding Nemo!  Come and have fun exploring the area with our map and quiz.  Maps cost £2 and are available from Taste, Braemar Gallery, Loch Carron and Wild Thistle.

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Knitter Natter with the Deeside Knitwits, in St Margarets church Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 1-3pm, come along and learn to knit, make a bag from knitted squares. All welcome!

The Great Braemar Bake-Off Sunday 23rd

We’ve tested your abilities at making scones, cup cakes and victoria sponge… This year its the challenge of baking the perfect shortbread! The judges will be awarding points for taste, texture, and appearance!
To enter bring along 6 pieces of your shortbread to the Braemarket in the village hall before 10am on Sunday 23rd October!
The shortbread will be sold in aid of the Braemar Creative Arts Festival.

Braemarket  Sunday 23rd

Back for a fourth year running our show case of local arts and craft talent and an opportunity to buy some beautiful hand made items. The Braemarket will be held in the Village Hall o from 11am – 3pm


Day by Day the programme of bookable workshops looks like this ….
Bookings Open! Look out for multi class discounts.

Wednesday 19th – Beginners Harmonica, Beginners Whistle, Silkscreen Printing, Quilting, Willow Cordage & Coiling, Mosaics pt 1, Beginners Ceilidh Dancing, Creative cooking Tasty Treats

Thursday 20th –  Arranging Music, Beginners Chanter, Beginners Water Colours, Ceramics, Felting, Mosaics pt 2, Landscape Photography, BoHo Bags, Drama pt 1

Friday 21st –  Beginners Ukulele, Improvers Ukulele, Pastels, Paper Sculpture, Wood Carving, Drama pt 2, Creative Writing pt 1, Creative Cooking Cakes

Saturday 22nd –  Ukulele, Music Group Work, Choir, Oil Painting,  Landscape Photography, Kids Crafts, Beginners Scottish Country  Dancing, Creative Writing pt 2

Sunday 23rd –   Choir, Samba Drums