What's on in September and October?

A small selection of organised events
22 Aug

What’s on in September and October?

Our beautiful area is rich in culture and outdoor activities and it’s impossible to list all events but we have put together just some of the things happening in the area over the next couple of months. If you click on any event that interests you will find additional details for that particular event.

Saturday September 2nd: Braemar Gathering.

The Braemar Gathering has had its place on the local calendar since the time of King Malcolm Canmore, 900 years ago. The day begins at 9.30am.

September 9th to 17th: North East Open Studios. (NEOS)

NEOS is an award-winning collective of artists, makers and designers all based in the North East of Scotland. The artists open their studios to the public for 9 days in September.

Wednesday September 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th: Torphins Market.

Scotland’s only weekly outdoor market held from 10am till 2pm whatever the weather! Local homemade and homegrown produce.

Friday September 22nd to Sunday 24th : Tarland Food and Music Festival.

A very local festival that celebrates quality local produce with the area’s thriving musical talent. It’s a weekend of food, both eating and preparing, and indeed foraging, alongside musical workshops and concerts. Something for all ages.

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Saturday 23rd September: Ballater Farmers Market.

The organisers are passionate about promoting local businesses so all stalls are local produce. Runs from 10am till 2pm

Wednesday October 4th,11th, 18th, 25th:  Torphins Market

Scotland’s only weekly outdoor market held from 10am till 2pm whatever the weather! Local homemade and homegrown produce.

Wednesday 11th October and Sunday 15th October : Clash of the Titans, Mar Lodge Estate

Accompanied by a ranger you will walk approx. 4-5km to an area where red deer frequently rut. Hopefully you will witness the magnificent stags showing off to one another and listen to their roars echo through the glens as they strive for dominance. A shorter walk is available on Wednesday 11th October for those less able. Reasonable level of fitness required Booking essential, places limited

Red deer

Saturday 14th October : Squirrel Watch, Mar Lodge Estate

The pinewoods around Mar Lodge Estate are a great place to see our native red squirrels. Join the ranger and his team on a walk in search of red squirrels and their feeding signs. Please bring binoculars and a camera if you have them. Booking Essential.

Red squirrel

Wednesday 18th October to Sunday 22nd October: Braemar Creative Arts Festival

Located in the village of Braemar, music, drama, dance, photography, visual arts, crafts, cooking….classes and workshops suitable for all. Entertainment in the form of concerts, film shows, quiz nights, ceilidhs etc every evening, and a fantastic market at the weekend.

 Saturday 28th October : Ballater Farmers Market.

The organisers are passionate about promoting local businesses so all stalls are local produce. Runs from 10am till 2pm

Saturday 28th October: Illuminator Run.

Felling fit? Go wild through the night on Scotland’s toughest night half marathon+. Run or walk 15 dark miles over rugged hill trails with just the glow of your head torch to lead the way. See the natural beauty of Glen Tanars ancient Scots pine forest in a spectacular new light. Walk the route, race hard or just jog round – the average finishing time for runners is 2.5 hours and 6 hours for walkers. The course is clearly way-marked and there will be a hot drinks station with stunning light effects at the halfway point. Total ascent over the course is 600m.

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