Festivals and Events

Shows, events, games and festivals make up the rich and diverse culture of Aberdeenshire.

Turriff Show, established 149 years ago is the largest 2-day Show in Scotland. Apart from competitive classes of livestock including horses, ponies, cattle, sheep, poultry, fur and feather and dogs there is exciting ringside entertainment suitable for all the family. This year’s attractions include the Jason Smyth Adrenalin Tour, sulky trotting and Cyril the Squirrel with his racing terriers.

The Show features over 300 trade stands, a renowned food fayre, shopping mall, exhibition hall with cookery demonstrations, art and craftmarquee, a large industrial marquee and horticultural show. For children there’s a special educational marquee, interactive displays in the forestry area, a kid’s corner with mini quads and inflatable slides, Codona’s funfair, children’s races and children’s pet parade.

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Highland Games and Agricultural Shows take place in the north-east most weekends throughout the summer.

The Taste of Grampian is a day-long exhibition of food and drink with celebrity chefs attending and takes place in Inverurie, usually at the beginning of June.

The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival at Portsoy celebrates our rich maritime heritage and culture with skiff races on the open sea, traditional craft demonstrations, live music and dance, food and drink.

The Doric Festival centred in the heart of Aberdeenshire, celebrates the rich dialect of the north-east with music, dance, ballads and poetry.