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What's On Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire

Deeside Holiday Park is a tranquil retreat set in the southern valley of the River Dee ideal for getting away from it all. And yet, the park is only a few miles from the lively city of Aberdeen – “the granite city" with its sparkling stone architecture and its international culture as the Energy capital of Europe.

Deeside has long been a favourite destination for the Royal family and for many other visitors to the north-east of Scotland. Steeped in history and tradition, the area is a must for heritage lovers with its castles and folklore, whisky distilleries and museums and of course its atmospheric stone circles – history comes to life at every turn.

Whether you choose to visit Deeside Holiday Park to relax and explore the great outdoors or to have some fun on a lively activity break, there are a host of opportunities on your doorstep.

Please check the websites listed before travelling to or booking tickets for any events as dates/times may be subject to change and we're not liable for any changes to events.


January - March 2020


13th - 16th February

SPECTRA Light Festival 2020

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png Various Locations, Aberdeen

The 2020 theme for SPECTRA will Visit Scotland’s themed year to create and support works that are inspired by our remarkable costal landscape. Click through to propose a work for the festival or a panel/talk for the conference.

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24th February - 1st March

Aberdeen Restaurant Week

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png Aberdeen City Centre

Due to popular demand Aberdeen Restaurant Week returns this February for a whole week of delicious food, tasty drinks and foodie events, all offered up by your favourite city centre businesses! The concept is simple - £10 for a two course lunch and £20 for a three course dinner, giving you the chance to try out somewhere new.

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12th - 22nd March

Aberdeen Jazz Festival

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png Various Locations, Aberdeen

you can expect cutting edge, vintage, swing, fusion and every other style of Jazz you can think of. There’s also acoustic and electric Blues, soul, R’n’B, hip hop, Big Band, world music, and all manner of derivatives that create a festival of national and international importance, while focusing on creating special occasions for people to enjoy.

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April - June 2020


7th June

Ballater Duck Festival

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png Ballater, Aberdeenshire

Join us on Royal Deeside on Sunday 7th June 2020 (To be confirmed) for a quacking good day out at the Ballater Duck Festival!

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18th - 20th June

Midsummer Beer Happening

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png Baird Park, Stonehaven

The Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven announces its dates for 2020 and “locks in” the third weekend in June for future years.

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20th - 21st June

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png Portsoy

Packed with brilliant moments, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival engages the local region, bringing together boats, music, crafts, food and drink to celebrate the region’s rich cultural heritage.

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21st June

Aberdeen Highland Games

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png Hazelhead Park, Aberdeen

A highlight on the Aberdeen summer calendar, it promises to be a day full of family entertainment, including traditional Scottish Highland Games competitions, pipe band championships and solo piping competitions, as well as a funfair, family entertainment stage performances, free children’s activities, catering outlets and a beer tent.

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July - September 2020


4th - 5th July

Summer Fair at Garioch Heritage Centre

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

Exclusively Highlands brings their summer craft and food fair to Garioch Heritage Centre, Inverurie. Some of Scotlands finest handmade crafts and food producers will be appearing at this unique venue, which will be our only wheelchair and buggy friendly event in Aberdeenshire, no spiral stairs here!

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10th-12th July

Stonehaven Folk Festival

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png Stonehaven

The Stonehaven line-up combines old favourites and exciting new acts in a programme of concerts, ceilidh, workshops, sessions and the Tradition Bearers Concert.

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11th July

Art, Craft and Food Festival - Summer at Crathes

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png Crathes Castle, Banchory

The finest Arts Craft & Foods come to Crathes Castle for our second Summer at Crathes Fair. Beautiful displays throughout the Castle and the Horsemill and an outdoor fair also continues into the stable courtyard, an enjoyable summer event not to be missed.

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19th July

Stonehaven Highland Games

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png Mackie Academy, Stonehaven

The 2020 Games will be held on Sunday 19th July 11am to 5pm at Mackie Academy and will feature, Highland Dancing, Running and Heavy events like Tossing the Caber, Hammer Throwing etc and Pipe Band Competition.

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25th July

Banchory Show

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png King George V Park, Banchory

An agricultural one day show set in the heart of Royal Deeside. Come and see cattle, sheep, horses, tractors and lots more. A fun day for all the family!

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Thursday 13th August

Ballater Highland Games

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png Monaltrie Park, Ballater

Ballater Highland Games prides itself in having something for everyone, young and old alike. On Games Day there are a number of varied trade stands, together with a funfair for the children.

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24th - 27th September

True North Festival

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png Aberdeen

True North is Aberdeen’s music festival - located at the heart of the city, the festival features the contemporary music industry’s most interesting, relevant and exciting artists.

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26th - 27th September

Drum Castle Autumn Food & Craft Festival

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png Drum Castle, Banchory

Exclusively Highlands is at Drum Castle for Drum’s Food and Craft Festival with more exhibitors than ever before as we combine the festival within the Castle, Brewhouse and Courtyard.

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October - December 2020


1st - 11th October

Aberdeen International Comedy Festival

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png Various, Aberdeen

From Fringe favourites to stand out headliners Aberdeen's the funniest place to be every October. Keep an eye out here and on our social channels for up to date news on our acts which are added to the line up frequently….stay tuned comedy fans!

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22nd October - 1st November

Sound Festival

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png Various, Aberdeen

An innovative festival of new music bringing together a wide range of different musical styles in a variety of concerts, workshops, installations and talks.

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12th - 13th December

Drum Castle Christmas Festival

Deeside-Map-Marker-Icon.png Drum Castle, Banchory

Come and see the Castle transformed for the festive season, peruse Exclusively Highland’s unique Christmas Fair situated througout the entire castle - ceramics, candles, jewellery, photography, wood, felted creatures & art, try the wonderful 'german inspired' courtyard food and visit the Secret Drum Fairy hideaway

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