Saturday 6th Aug
Pop-up Soft Play
Church Green 10am, FREE
Safe, varied, inclusive fun for ages 0-7.
Older siblings welcome. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Book online at www.visitballater.com/events
Church Green 2.30pm, FREE
For children aged up to 11. Older ones welcome to
keep score and help Gary keep them in order!
Prizes for the winning team. Arrive 2.30pm to get in
a team; sports start 3pm.
Departing from Hut on Green, 10am, £D
An easy walk from Ballater, passing lochs, through forests and skirting Birkhall. Ascent negligible. Approx 6 miles. 3hrs. Wear sturdy walking boots, rainproof clothing and bring a picnic. Max 12 walkers. Book online at www. visitballater.com and pay your donation (to Ballater Walking Festival) in person on the day.
Film: Death On The Nile
Mike Sheridan Room, 7 for 7:30pm, £15
Raising funds for the fabulous organisation, Crathie Opportunity Holidays. Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into
a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Includes buffet and wine. For more info and to book go
Sunday 7th August
Run Piggy Run! (FUN Run)
Monaltrie Park, 10am, £2-10
Fun runs with obstacles and challenges starti ng
and fi nishing in Monaltrie Park. 1km and 5km
distances. Raising funds for Ballater Playpark
Improvements Group (PIG). Entry price includes
cake and medal. For more info and to book go
Monday 8th August
Victoria Hall, 10am, £3
It’s time to get messy with the help of Ballater’s
fabulous group for under-5s – the Ballater Busy Bees
– with a range of hands-on acti viti es involving paint,
foam and sand, among others. Art-gluey acti viti es
are also available, and we’ll have some non-messy
pasti mes to enjoy too. Wear old clothes and bring
a change of clothes. Also maybe a towel...! Suitable
for ages 0-6. All children must be accompanied by a
Pantomime/Mascot/Hobby Horse Trials
Church Green, After Ruft's, FREE
The perfect complement to a mad afternoon on the green following the Dog Show (see over page). BVW has dded Hobby Horses to the Pantomime Horse Trials but you are welcome to bring your own, bought or made, and Panto and Mascot entries can follow any theme... Open to all ages. So, get together with your best pal or nay-bour and join in!
Remembering the Past
Hosted by the Ballater Local History Group, this popular exhibition of photos from the 1850s to the present day runs from Monday to Wednesday. Featuring pictures of local characters, Ballater scenes, weather extremes, royalty and school days, among many others, the organisers hope to encourage conversation and bring back memories for local people, and generate interest for visitors too. Optional donation bucket for entry. Please support.
RUFTS DOG SHOW
MONDAY 8TH Church Green 2pm FREE!
An hour of doggie fun and madness and laughter, not to be missed. Registration for all classes takes place on the Green
from 12 noon, where you will receive your tickets for your class or classes to allow access to the arena. Please note each of this year’s categories are restricted to 10 entrants only. Please remember to bring along your poo bags... All dogs must be on a lead and it is the owners’ responsibility to ensure their dog/s are well behaved towards other dogs and humans. Come along to spectate for free and watch the
madness unfold in front of you.
Be Amused. Be very, very Amused.
Tuesday 9th August
Picnic Church Green, 12pm onwards
Weather permitting, a fun time on the green. Bring
yourselves and food, and settle in for Bonnie Baby
(below)! Donation bucket for Ballater PIG.
The Bonnie BVW Baby Fancy Dress Comp
Church Green, 1pm, FREE!
Bonnie Baby tradition gets a BVW makeover in this event for
the under-3s. Dress your child/charge in any Victoria Week
theme you like – take your inspiration from this rogramme’s
pages and think: Be Amused. Three categories: 0-1, 1-2 and 2-3. Judged by Ballater’s senior citizens. Prizes!
Lego Play Session
Albert Hall, 10.30am-12pm, £3-5 (booking advised)
Come and build whatever you like using Ballater Lego Club’s resources – LOTS of bricks, sets, added extras and challenges! Open to Lego fans of all ages. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult (free).
Beaton Craigie Room, V&A Halls, 2pm, £D
Sandy Dolan delivers a talk called “Our Platinum Queen”.
Ade’s Hall of Games Quiz Show Quiz!
Victoria Hall, 7.30pm, £5pp
Test your skills and knowlege in Ade’s new quiz. Taking
inspirations from Quiz demigod Richard Osmond
and other TV Challenges, it will be a fun evening for
everybody! BYOB and snacks. For more info and to book go
Wednesday 10th August
Quine VictoRyah’s Story Session
The Hub, 10am, FREE
Bring your favourite picture/story book or just grab one from the carpet for a storytelling session with a difference... All children must be accompanied.
Try for a Trout!
Chapel Loch, 11am-2pm, FREE!
A special opportunity to learn the delights of fly fishing from the friendly and experienced team that is Ballater Angling Associatition, just a mile or so outside the village in the beautitiful setting of Chapel Loch. For directitions ask at the Box Office.
Meet at The Hub, 3pm, £D
To celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories, we’ll be telling the legends - and a few facts - about some of Scotland’s trees Joan Anderson will mix Claire Hewitt’s stories with older, local legends and skills learned on workshops, including How to Measure a Tree using a pencil and a small child, with the alternative of measuring a tree by looking through your own legs!
All children must be accompanied.
Tree and Teas
St Kenti gerns Church, 2pm-3:30pm, FREE!
Plantiti ng a tree for the Jubilee, followed by a cup of tea. It is open
to anyone to pop along during that titi me and join for a cuppa.
Open to all ages, but younger children will need adult supervision. Taking place over two courses and including a 1km and 2km distance. There’s a treat and certificate for each child who completes the course. To take part, come to the base of the hill via Craigendarroch Walk where the team will explain the event to you.
Ballater Tennis Courts, 1-4pm, £D
Come along to Ballater Tennis Courts to enjoy some fun
tennis games and activities. All equipment provided if
required. Participation by donation to help raise funds
for the club’s new surface appeal.
The Golf Club, 11am-3pm, £D
Playing just for fun? Or do you have a competitititive
streak...?! There are generous prizes for the category winners with the lowest scores. Categories: Children under 10 and age 10-15. Check The Hub for results and to collect your prize after the event!
Pop next Door where the Bowling club will also be holding a open day!
It’s a Knockout!
Church Green, 6:30pm, FREE!
BVW’s swat team brings you a fun evening of specially tailored acti viti es to bring out the best of competitive spirits. Come along as a family or a mixed team (various skills and numbers required, we are soooo not fussy) or just come along and join one. Just for fun, open to all ages and team types.
You’d be a neep to miss out.
Thursday 11th August
BALLATER HIGHLAND GAMES
Ballater Highland Games
Monaltrie Park, from 10am, £10/£3
You are invited to join the traditional Highland Games this year on Thursday 11th August in Monaltrie Park in the village.
Known as the Friendly Games on Royal Deeside for good reason, and you can be assured of a warm welcome. Our full programme has pipe bands; piping and highland dancing competitions; track and light field events; a hill race; heavy field events including tossing the caber; tug o’ war; children’s races, including sack races; and tilt the bucket fun. To add to your interest and enjoyment, there is our fast food court, beer tent, an interesting variety of trade and craft stalls, and a funfair. Our gates open at 10am, competitions start at 11am, and the formal opening is at noon.
For further information, including pre-purchasing of admission tickets, visit.
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 13th August
Hall of Bricks
Victoria Hall, 11am-3pm, 2-£10
We are beside ourselves with excitement to be able to bring you a mega Lego event in Ballater for BVW this year. Working with Tartan LUG and Ballater Lego Club, our aim is to fill the Victoria Hall with as many large-scale builds as we can, with talented exhibitors from all over Scotland. There will also be a separate play zone for builders to go wild in upstairs (so please don’t touch or allow your children to touch the main exhibits!) plus refreshments, games, robots
and other fun stuff, a Bring What You Built comp and fundraising raffle. There will also be a Quiet Hour from 10-11 for people who prefer it so.
All proceeds from this event go to the V&A Halls (Ballater) Trust. For more info and to book go
Car Boot Sale
Church Green, 10am - 2pm
Following a couple of years off , Ballater’s very own car boot sale is back! Taking place on the village greens, there will be loads of cars, tables, and stalls filled with bargains. Plus Sheridan’s burgers, Shorty’s ice cream, and a few other tasty treats to keep you going (cause we all know you have to go round a car boot sale at least twice!) In aid of and
organised by Ballater Winter Festival.
Disco! Disco! Disco!
Victoria Hall, 6:30pm, £2
Fast becoming a legendary event in the BVW calendar. All
ages are welcome but children must be accompanied by a
responsible adult, who gets in free! Music from DJ Slim
Ade; fun and mayhem from his friends. Snacks available
Sunday 14th August
4x4 Safari and Optional Walk
Leaves Church Green 11am, £20pp
The BVW 4x4 safaris, made hugely popular by the late great Hugh Gibson, are back for 2022... A team of volunteer drivers will chauffeur you to Auchallater, a couple of
miles south of Braemar, then head 3 miles up the Glen Callater track to the Lodge, where you can enjoy a BBQ outside the mountain bothy by Loch Callater. Hear the stories of folklore, the Priest’s Well, the Arrow Maker’s Crag, the Burn of the Skull, the unique natural environment and Jock’s Road. For the adventurous there will be the option of a guided walk (about 4 km/2.5 miles of paths and track) around Loch Callater, to take in the mountain
scenery. Return to Ballater by 4pm. For more info and to book go to www.visitballater.com/events
‘It’s a Funny OLD Game!’
Monaltrie Park, 10:30am
A new event for BVW from the multi-talented Gary B. Members of the Over-30s Football team (which gets together weekly in Aboyne) have challenged their younger counterparts at Ballater FC to a match!
Players will pay £5 each to play, in aid of CLAN Cancer Support. A collection bucket will also be circulated for spectators to contribute to and raise much-needed
funds for the regional charity. The old boys have also been kind enough to allow the opposing whippersnappers an advantage, by opting to play in Victorian period dress...
Spectators, cheerleaders and mascots welcome.
SIR PATRICK GEDDES
The Sir Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust have sent BVW some information
and short video on polymath Patrick Geddes (1854-1932) who was born in
A pdf with 39 slides which tell a story of Geddes and the formation of the Ballater Geddes Group and how it promoted his legacy by inspiring a range of educational and cultural activities. They focus on the 150th anniversary of his birth in 2004 and physical artefacts in Ballater: his birth house plaque; Geddes sculpture gates at school and the walkway waymarkers; The Geddes bus stop; the street named after him and a round bronze portrait which is destined for the Library. The images describe connections alive now across Scotland, in France, India, and around the world.
A short Geddes inspired YouTube video: https://youtu.be/3MrjpczwC44
This was part of the language of Rivers and Leaves project which brought a Bengal boat to Ballater in 2004. It starts in Bengal and ends at launching the boat at Loch Kinord. This project enabled school children at Ballater and Finzean to learn about ecology via the Geddes story. Their artwork was displayed with a series of marvellous panels made by Tom Potter supported by Aberdeenshire Council.
From 1998 to 2007 The Ballater Geddes Group, with great input from the Potter family, enabled this exciting international exchange between school children in India, where Geddes worked.
CLAN FARQUHARSON UK ANNUAL GATHERING 9-13 AUGUST 2022