7 Aug 2014
This weekend will be a busy one for Haddo as we host the Routes To Your North East Roots Festival 2014.
The Festival is a three day celebration of the local and familiy history of Aberdeenshire and the North East, from stories of whale hunts and salmon fishing, to the Haddo Babies. Entry costs £3 for adults, free for under 16's and includes a Local and Family History Fair in the hall, free talks in the library and free tours of the house and park. There will also be lots of local food and drink available, including Glen Garioch whiskey and a barbecue from the Adelphi Kitchen.
You can find a full list of talks on our events page or at Route To Your North East Roots.
We'll also be leading free historical tours of the park (with a bit of wildlife watching too!). Walks start at 11.30am and 2pm and last about 90 minutes. Places will be limited and on a first come first served basis, so make sure you drop us an email if you want to make sure you get on a tour! If you're interested in becoming a volunteer tour guide then just turn up to the 11.30am tour and speak to Harriet who'll give you more some more information.
Access to the park, playground, tearoom and shop is free as usual.
The long awaited renovations to the Dog Park are finally getting underway. The first of the materials have arrived and on Saturday 16th August we'll be having our first volunteering day to start building the new jumps, walk alongs, tunnels and weaving poles. The more people who come along to give us a hand the more we can get built so we hope we'll see lots of you there (dogs welcome too!)
The park has certainly changed a bit in the past two weeks. The wild flower meadow, previously yellow with Bird's Foot Trefoil is now a sea of blue and purple Devil's Bit Scabious. The butterflies using the meadow have changed too, there are stilla few little Common Blues about but they've been joined by loads of Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and Green-veined Whites. Harriet found a Small Copper butterfly in the Doolies this week and we also saw our second big dragonfly of the year- a passing Common Darter in Knockorthie Wood.