“Routes to your north east roots” will take place on Friday 8th (evening only), then Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th August from 10am to 4.30pm in the magnificent setting of Haddo House and Country Park.
On Friday evening there will be a reception and talks by author and broadcaster Jim Naughtie and emigration expert Professor Marjory Harper from Aberdeen University. Tickets, priced £10, are available online.
Over Saturday and Sunday there will be a family and local history fair in the Main Hall featuring local heritage and family history societies, libraries, museums, archives and registrars.
There will be a series of talks in Haddo House Library. Speakers include Dr Bruce Durie from BBC Radio Scotland’s “Digging Up Your Roots”; genealogy expert Chris Paton (British GENES blog); Tristram Clarke and Robin Urquhart from the National Records of Scotland.
There will be a programme of traditional music and dance featuring local artists.
A marquee showcasing local arts and crafts will also be set up in the South Courtyard.
On the lower lawn there will be a food and drink marquee featuring the finest local produce from the likes of Formartine’s Visitors Centre, Ola Oils, local specialist bakeries and Glen Garioch Distillery, Oldmeldrum. And cooked food, sourced from local produce, will be provided by the Adelphi Kitchen, Aberdeen and Formartine’s.
Free tours of Haddo House will also be offered throughout the weekend.
Admission to the event is £3 per day, with children under 16 free. There will be special activities available for children.