6 Nov 2014
The NTS staff have just about recovered from an incredibly busy long weekend. The Hallowe'en Horror Tours were a huge success, and thoroughly scared the living daylights out of everyone who came along. The actors and effects in the house looked absolutely amazing, and you can see lots of photos of the frighteners and the terrified survivors on the Haddo House Facebook Page.
On Friday there was also a paranormal investigation team at work in the house, looking for signs of real ghostly activity. You can see their video and recordings of the evening at Haunted Scotland.
The Christmas Craft Fair at the weekend was also incredibly busy, and slightly busier than our very wet overflow car park could cope with. We know some of you had to queue for quite a while before getting in so thanks for your patience, and huge thanks to the Aberdeen Air Cadets and NTS staff (plus a couple of helpful 4x4 drivers) who did a super job managing the parking and rescuing the occasional wayward car from the mud!
Unsurprisingly we've spent quite a bit of this week looking at various options to extend the car park and looking at ways we can re-line the current car park to give us a few extra spaces. It'll be quite a big project but hopefully we'll have something in place for the big spring events next year.
We're taking a little break from special events this weekend, but we're busy again on the 15th and 16th with Kids' Christmas Bushcraft and a Winter Wildlife Wander around the park. On Saturday you can make your own natural Christmas decorations (or if it's too early for festive crafts, you can design and make whatever you like!) out of woven willow, natural fibres and whatever you can find around the park! It's ideal for families and younger children, we'll start from 11am at the Pheasantry and you can stay as long as you like.
On Sunday 16th I'll be leading a guided wildlife walk, looking for Red Squirrels in the park, ducks and grebes on the lake and hopefully watching a few hundred geese fly in to roost for the evening. The walk starts from the visitor centre at 2pm and costs £5 per person.
As always there's more details of each event on our events page.
Christmas still seems a long way away, but tickets went on sale this week for the annual Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society Christmas Carol Concerts. There are four concerts this year at 2pm and 4pm on Sunday 14th and Saturday 20th December, and as always they look set to be a beautiful few hours of seasonal music. You can buy your tickets direct from HHCOS at www.hhcos.org.uk/events
NTS Members Centre are also holding a carol concert his year on the 7th December and you get your tickets for that via www.nts.org.uk/Events