Questions you should ask before you visit May Festival
With over 11 festivals to choose from in Aberdeen this year, being in the know before you choose is important. You could, of course, go to all 11, but for those limiting it to a few we’ve answered some of the questions you might ask before you plan your May Festival trip!
First thing’s first, May Festival takes place from 26-28 May in the historic University of Aberdeen campus, Old Aberdeen.
Can I spend the whole day at May Festival?
Of course, the whole weekend will be jam packed with entertainment, workshops and events. The programme is coming soon but in the meantime we hope we answer some of your other questions below…
Are there sights to see nearby?
Aberdeen is a tale of two distinct areas, Old Aberdeen was the home of scholars and monks and New Aberdeen was where fisherman, weavers and linen makers settled. Old Aberdeen is the oldest part of the city and this means that there is so much charm and history to be discovered here (where May Festival runs). Make sure to check out the Kings College, Kings Museum, St Machar’s Cathedral, Seaton Park, Brig O’ Balgownie and Cruickshank Botanic Gardens. For more information visit www.visitabdn.com/what-to-do/aberdeen.
Is there anything for the kids to do between shows?
There’s plenty to do around May Festival! The Zoology Museum is just round the corner and it’s here that you will get to see a stuffed Bengal tiger, skeletons of great apes and whales as well as historic blue whale limbs.
Why not take a picnic with you and enjoy it on one of the many green areas around the University of Aberdeen campus or head to nearby Seaton Park.
Just a 15 minute walk from Old Aberdeen you will find Aberdeen Beach, lined with quaint seaside cafes, the charming historic fishing village of Fittee and potentially even our resident urban dolphins!
Old Aberdeen is just a 15 minute from the city centre so if you have a few hours in between shows head into the city for museums, galleries, shopping, food and drink! Visit www.visitabdn.com/what-to-do/aberdeen for all there is to do in Aberdeen.
Is there somewhere to grab a bite to eat?
There will be onsite street food and coffee sellers but if you fancy venturing a little further up the charming cobbled streets of Old Aberdeen there are a few places to check out! Grub – for a quick bite to eat including quirky food pairings to create toasties, paninis, wraps and salads. Shakes ‘n’ Cakes – for those with a sweet tooth – cakes, hot cookie dough delights and ice cream. Kilau – a great cup of coffee, sandwiches or delicious evening meals.
Tell me one interesting fact about May Festival
Each year the festival welcomes famous faces. Last year, Pat Nevin and Elaine C Smith. We can’t wait to find out who’s coming this year. Watch this space…. www.abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival.
Tell me one interesting fact about Old Aberdeen
St Machar’s Cathedral is a historic place of worship, built in 1530, but is also one that seems to have a slightly gruesome (but interesting) fact associated with it. Firstly, it’s the only medieval granite cathedral in the world! Secondly, Sir William Wallace is a permanent resident here – or least part of him according to local legend! When Wallace was hung, drawn and quartered, parts of his body were sent round the UK – one of his arms is said to be interred in a wall of this Cathedral with a carving of a star marking the spot! Visit www.visitabdn.com/listing/st-machars-cathedral for more information.
For more information about May Festival and to find out what's coming up in 2017 just go to www.abdn.ac.uk/mayfest...