What’s on this summer in Aberdeen
The longer days, lighter nights and endless sunshine is really getting us in the summer spirit. There’s no better time than now to get your summer trip organised – and don’t forget that if you’re visiting from far and wide you could save money with our special Aberdeen Festivals accommodation, food and drink and festival ticket deals!
Its very location is what makes this must-visit summer festival stand out from the crowd! When you’re not at one of over 100 May Festivals shows, chill out and pack a picnic to enjoy in the scenic grounds of nearby Seaton Park shows or get your camera ready for a tour of the extremely photogenic Old Aberdeen.
This festival truly does appeal to all audiences whether you’re visiting alone, with a friend, partner or taking the whole family event. Festival highlights include: An audiences with Sir Tony Robinson; Hall of Mayhem; The King’s Dig; Scottish Falsetto Socks do Shakespeare and An audience with Laura Main. Head to www.abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival to see what’s on in May Festival, Aberdeen, later this month.
Watch on from “one of the world’s most outstanding coastlines” (National Geographic) as crews race across the North Sea waters. Breathe in the aromas of our local produce including freshly cooked seafood. And join traditional skilled local craftsmen in building and restoring boats.
The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival takes place again this year in the picturesque seaside village of Portsoy. The village is renowned for its marble and 17th century harbour. It has a rich maritime heritage which is not only celebrated at the annual festival but also widely throughout Portsoy with a Salmon Bothy Museum, harbour and fresh seafood. For more information about how to extend your festival trip in Portsoy visit www.visitabdn.com/plan-your-trip/towns-villages/portsoy.Aberdeen International Youth Festival, 28 July - 5 August
The fact that it holds such sway in the hearts of so many Aberdonian’s is no secret. Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF) which celebrates the best in youth arts from across the world is now in its 45th year. This year, the festival will showcase a Steel Pan Orchestra from the West Indies, musical theatre from the USA; traditional musicians from Norway; orchestral and choir music from Italy, Holland, Scotland and Russia as well as dance and contemporary music from India, Italy, Scotland, Czech Republic, China and Russia.
With the programme taking place both in the city centre and throughout Aberdeenshire it’s the perfect opportunity to get exploring just why we say this land is from ‘mountain to sea’. To plan your AIYF weekend visit www.visitabdn.com.