Festival focus on the countryside

Scotland’s Countryside Festival, which is held in the grounds of Glamis Castle, by Forfar, has changed its dates this year.

The festival, which until last year was held in September, will now take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29.

Organiser Catriona Jamieson said: “The change in date will bring us into the summer holiday season, and will also avoid us clashing with other events in the north-east area.”

The festival, which was established at Glamis Castle ten years ago, remains a family-run event.

This year’s main ring entertainment features the popular Devil’s Horsemen Stunt Riding Team, The Drakes of Hazard, Ye Olde Redtail Falconry display and the Scottish Terrier Racing Team.

Highlights around the event include poultry displays, fly-casting, beekeeping displays, weaving demonstrations, farriery, air-rifles, clay shooting, vintage vehicles and archery.

“We try to provide a mixture of ‘have a go’ style entertainment, as well as spectator events,” explains a spokesperson for the festival.

“People like the chance to try out new things, and everything is coached by experts in their field.

“We try very hard to provide a superb value, fun day out for everyone, and heartily appreciate the support given to us by our visitors.”

For the less energetic who want to shop, the event boasts a vast array of shops including a food marquee, the 3D2D craft marquee and an independent craft-workers marquee.

The event opens at 9.30 am and closes at 6 pm on both July 28 and 29. Dogs (and ferrets) are welcome.

More information is available on their website http://www.scotlandscountrysidefestival.co.uk