Get down to the Braemar Hub!

Get down to the BIG Weekend hub!

Look out for the BIG Marquee at the BIG Weekend Braemar Hub on Saturday 12 and take part in over a dozen different events for all the family from 10am to 10pm.

Our very special guest Marra the Sea Eagle and her winged friends will be here all day – come and see for yourself why these magnificent birds are considered the masters of the skies.  The falconry display will include both static and aerial displays so be sure to get down early to get the best view as they soar above you and the BIG Weekend.

Bring the whole family along for a BIG exploration of the wildlife, stories and wonder of Braemar. From listening to tree folklore as you walk through the local woodlands to building luxury bug hotels, there will be a mix of drop-in events and events we highly recommend you book in advance, too keep you entertained all day long.

Events we recommend you book….

  • The butterfly family workshop; live, think and flutter like butterflies with a local ranger from 2pm to 4pm.
  • Walk, listen and absorb the stories of our local woodlands at the free Tree Folklore events at 10am and 2pm.
  • The BIG Braemar Ceilidh; everyone’s welcome from the ceilidh novice to the jig expert, enjoy an evening of local traditional music and dance with the Braemar Tourism Group.

Drop-in sessions

Forget about booking and just drop on in – all our sessions are free and run from 10am to 4pm at the Braemar Hub.

  • Slow the flow – learn how nature can help to reduce the risk of flooding and how simple changes we can have big impacts on our most loved wildlife, landscapes and even our wellbeing.
  • Everyone needs somewhere to rest their weary heads and legs after a long day which is why we’re building a Bug Hotel at the Braemar nature trail – help build something ‘luxurious’ for our smallest inhabitants and learn a little bit more about these incredible beasties along the way.

  • If bugs aren’t your things then why not drop into the Bat and Bird box building workshop, create more bespoke homes for some of the other winged creatures in Braemar or take your creation home to share with your own local wildlife.
  • Keeping up with the theme of winged creatures, join us for the Marvellous Moths and Powerful Pollinators drop in event and find out how to tell your bumblebee from your hoverfly. Head along in the morning to watch as local rangers open live traps set the night before to see which moths have been caught.
  • Why not take part in a bit of Wild Watching with the National Trust for Scotland at their pop-up hide and look out for red squirrels, birds and other local residents.

  • Or head out armed with microscopes to see beyond the grasses and mosses to reveal the insects, fungi and wriggly worms just beneath our feet.
  • Want to do something completely different? Join Petra Vergunst on a poetry walk through the woodlands of Braemar, listen to her poem Embrace from 11.30am.
  • After all that inspiration be sure to head along to Crafty Creations another free drop in session at the Hub where your kids can turn their imaginings into something you can take home.

Wondering how to get around?

Get yourself to Braemar, leave the car and take advantage of our free curtesy bus running from Braemar to Mar Lodge and Linn of Dee throughout the day.

The bus will be running from Taste Café in Braemar starting at 9.30am and will be doing runs to Mar Lodge and onto Linn of Dee and back again all day, with the last run arriving back at Braemar at 4.30pm.

So what is happening at Mar Lodge and Linn of Dee?

  • Get your wheels on! From 10am join Cycle Highlands and Mar Lodge Head Ranger for a guided off-road bike ride from Mar Lodge through Glen Lui to Derry Lodge – booking is recommended!
  • Get involved and give a little back with one of our popular volunteering days – there are four sessions taking place throughout Saturday; help with some path maintenance along the River Dee or look after the local woodlands of Mar Lodge and Linn of Dee – there are morning and afternoon sessions to join – be sure to register your interest here.
  • Would you like to know more about the story of the Caledonian Pinewoods? Then be sure to join Mar Lodge Estate and the National Trust for Scotland for a look at how they are working to restore nationally significant woodlands on a morning or afternoon walk.
  • Explore the new Linn of Dee orienteering course – a new permanent nature orienteering course starting and finishing at the Linn of Dee car park (catch the Braemar Bus from outside Taste Cafe!)
  • Want to introduce your wee ones to the outdoors? Then we recommend you head along to the Outdoor Woodland Learning School at Linn of Dee (transport via bus is available from Braemar all day).
  • Finally the Mar Lodge Open Day, bring the outside in for a change and take a look around the lodge itself, including the Stag Ballroom, not normally open to the public, and discover just for yourself how it got its namesake.

With so much to choose from it makes BIG Weekend sense to head on down to the Braemar Hub for the day!

Of course there are plenty of exciting events taking place in Badenoch & Strathspey, Blair Atholl and Tomintoul – check out the programme here.