New ‘BIG’ family fun in Glenesk

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Angus Arts has a new project, Be Inspired in Glenesk - BIG, which offers people the chance to get involved in outdoors arts adventures.

These are running from May through to October in what many regard as ‘Montrose’s Glen’.

Maria MacDonell, co-creative director, said: “Glenesk is one of the hidden gems in Angus, and we want to encourage people to come and discover this beautiful place. We will be offering a variety of environmental arts sessions where the activities are inspired by a particular location, be it woodland, moor, river or historical building.

“We might make sculptures or kites, build dens or create rafts to float along the river, and whatever activity we do we’ll make sure that we leave no environmental impact so that people can continue to enjoy this stunning area long after we’ve gone. All ages are welcome, and you don’t need any particular skills to take part. Just bring your imagination, and be prepared for all weathers!”

There will be one adventure each month, made possible by funding from the Angus Council Community Grant Scheme. The first one will take place on Sunday, May 26, from 2 to 4.30pm at The Green Shed, The Retreat Visitor Centre in Glenesk (nine miles up Glenesk from the B966 Edzell to Fettercairn Road). Entitled ‘Big Picture, Small World’ it offers a gentle introduction to the project, is suitable for both adults and children and will be wheelchair friendly. The cost is £5 (under 8s must be accompanied).

To book a place please phone Angus Arts on 01674 850842 / 01356 648669 / 01356 670304, e-mail or simply turn up on the day. And for those wishing to make a day of it The Glenesk Retreat is open from 10am and is home to a Folk Museum (free entry), restaurant/tea room, a gift shop and a nature trail and outdoor play area.