Events in and around Arbroath and Angus.
Angus hosts a lively annual calendar of festivals, events, and great family days out.
In 2007, the Open Championship will return to Carnoustie from Thursday 19th - Sunday 22nd July, bringing around 200,000 visitors and focusing the attention of the world on this small but famous coastal Angus town in golf's historic heartland.
Superb golf to watch on one of the world's most challenging courses, visitors from around the world and a party atmosphere around the county, with the terrific buzz which the Open generates, all make this one of the most exciting times to be here. Check out our advice on visiting the Open Golf Championship, and visiting, staying, and playing golf at any time in the county.
You too can play in the footsteps of the greats - from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 May 2007 the Carnoustie Country Classic Tournament takes place. Now in its sixth year, it has already built up a loyal followiing with entries from all parts of the UK and beyond. It offers you the challenge of playing four of the world's best courses, including the venue for the 2007 Open Championship, under competitive conditions. Go to Carnoustie Country golf for more information.
Angus' annual Tartan Day celebrations provide a week-long programme of events in April each year to mark the Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath on 6 April 1320 and Angus as Scotland's Birthplace. Highlights include a historic re-enactment at Arbroath Abbey itself, together with a wide range of daytime and evening cultural and family events.
The Angus Glens Walking Festival is a four-day event in May and June offering a varied programme of walks and evening entertainment to suit all ages and abilities. It has attracted hundreds of walkers to Angus, walking everywhere from the heights of the Glens to the gentle rambles by shore and cliffs. The fifth Festival, will be held in 2007 from Thursday 31st May to Sunday 3rd June.
The Hairst is Angus' summer-long festival of traditional Scottish culture. Held over six weeks, it provides a range of events for arts and culture lovers, focusing on fine traditional singers and instrumentalists and creating accessible events in pubs, hotels, local halls, and theatres.
The Arbroath Smokie Blues Festival 2006 was held on the weekend of 15th & 16th July 2006 (the same weekend as the Seafront Spectacular). It had numerous acts performing at various venues throughout the town. There was music to thrill all blues lovers, including delta blues, Chicago blues, bluegrass, early rock and roll and even Cajun/zydeco music. For more information, visit www.smokieblues.com.
Arbroath SeaFest is an annual festival of the Sea held in August along Arbroath's seafront, charming harbour and new marina. It celebrates the town's maritime heritage, including the famous Arbroath Smokie which now has the same protected status as Parma Ham and Champagne.
The Forfar Food Fest is an annual celebration of the fantastic food and fine produce of Angus. Mouth-watering dishes to tempt the palate, fresh home-grown produce, and the best of Angus beef, fruit and fish - all this and more is showcased at this event held in August each year in Forfar, and now expanding throughout Angus.
Highland Games and Country Shows are held throughout the summer in Angus at a wide range of locations including Glamis Castle, Cortachy, Glenisla, Kirriemuir, Brechin and Montrose. There's a full line-up of events with traditional favourites including agricultural shows and competitions, heavies tossing the Caber, track events, Tug-of War and plenty of piping and highland dancing.
There is a wide variety of annual Transport Events throughout Angus, such as the Arbroath Seafront Spectacular, featuring the stunning Red Arrows, Scottish Transport Extravaganza at Glamis Castle and the Caledonian Steam Railway seasonal events which include Murder on the Brechin Express, Days out with Thomas the Tank Engine, and the Christmas Santa Specials.
The Scottish Transport Extravaganza is hosted by the Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club at Glamis Castle in July each year. In 2007 the event will take place on 7th and 8th July. A magnificent celebration of things mechanical and roadworthy, the weekend is a must for lovers of classic, vintage, and veteran vehicles of every sort. Suitable for the whole family, with craft and food stalls, and set in the glorious surroundings of the grounds at Glamis.
The Ancient Cathedral City of Brechin in Angus hosts the Brechin Arts Festival
over two weeks at the end of September each year. The Festival has grown in a short time into a veritable feast of cultural activities, with an exciting variety of classical, folk and jazz music, poetry readings, visual art and craft, and street performances.
A wide range of outdoor, wildlife and environmental events make up the year-long Angus Ranger Events Programme. Events for both children and adults are based around the Rangers Centres in Monikie, Crombie and Forfar Loch Country Parks, Montrose Basin and the Angus Glens.
When visiting Arbroath and Angus area the ideal place to stay is The Nestings self catering cottage style apartments. Overlooking the old fishing harbour, the Nestings 4 star apartments have been tastefully converted to provide modern comforts with stunning sea views. Perfect for a romantic getaway, family holiday or golf expedition.