Grantown 250

Midsummer Tryst

Sunday 21st June

A colourful and historic opening day

Picnic below ancient beech trees at Old Grantown. Cycle the Jacobite Trail: Get involved with Traditional Crafts: Games and Re-enactments: Enjoy Dance and Highland Music Join in the Summer Family Fun of the Fair Visit the Displays and the Food and Drink stands Take part in the Procession and the Regality Cross Ceremony.

In “New Grantown” take part in the Special Sunday Services: Visit the “Georgian Tea House” for a Festival Reception, Book Launch, Memories and gentle Music for Midsummer.


Celebrity Day

Thursday 25th June

A day to celebrate Grantown, past and present – its foundation, its people and their achievements especially in sport and culture.

The twin focus of the day is a Planned Town Conference and a Festival of Cycling.

There will be Displays, Tours, Trails, Skills, Workshops, Challenges, Veteran and Modern Cycles: and an evening Rideout. For Family History Researchers there is advice and a “Who Do You Think You Are?” event.

In the evening sporting celebrities will be celebrated with Football and Vintage Golf and other events. A further conference will celebrate good building design. Make time, too, for “Horrible Histories” and the Celebrity Concert with international performers


Georgian Day

Monday 22nd June

Providing a real flavour of the post-Culloden Georgian Highlands plus a range of other musical and sporting events.

Take part in the welcome to Grantown Ceremony and 18th Century Re-enactments. Enjoy Musical and Costumed Events. Help pupils Recreate “Monday was Washday”. Visit the numerous exhibitions and the Museum.

Venture out on the Walks and Cycle Runs.

In the evening go to “Come Bowl with Me”

The Unveiling of Grantown’s 250 Tapestry”

Enjoy the Gorgeous Georgian Fashion Show and go to the Classical Evening Concert.


Heritage Day

Friday 26th June

A day to explore and enjoy the town and its environment, its past, its music and its education with many exhibitions and unique events from croquet to carding.

Take the opportunity to visit the Primary School for their Scholars’ Day with Music, Conducted Tours and Playground Games A Chance to go to the Special Museum Event Join Walking and Cycling Groups, Take part in “Whisky Galore” and dine at the “Laird’s Table” and perhaps, as well, understand more of the poverty of so many.

In the evening there is a Historic Pub Crawl and Pub Quiz a Pipe Band Event and a Friday Night Concert and Dance


Totally Locally

Tuesday 23rd June

A focus on Grantown’s vibrant shops and businesses, turning back the clock to

show their Georgian and Victorian roots

Spend time (and money!) in Grantown’s vibrant High Street. Become immersed in the colour and activity of the High Street Carnival with Street Entertainers, Music,

a Quiz, Costumed Traders and Decorated Shops. Visit the Merchants’ Bazaar, and watch the Georgian Drama. Be energetic and go walking and Cycling on Guided Tours.

Take part in a full, unique and entertaining

evening with a Heritage Dinner and Gala Concert.


Fairs Day

Saturday 27th June

A day when you can take part in one of Strathspey’s oldest fairs with a range stalls and activities. Enjoy the colour of the costumes, the entertainment and the fun. You too can dress for the occasion!

At Figgat Fair and the Farmers’ Market there will be Side Shows and All the Fun of the Fair: a Georgian and Victorian Parade: Sports Games and Challenges (including Boules) Horrible Highland History and The (Equal) Adventure Show as well as great Music to enjoy.

In the evening don’t miss the opportunity to take part in the Festival Final Ceilidh.


Food and Famine

Wednesday 24th June

Strathspey is famous for its quality produce. It also has a history of famine and rich store of tales of smuggling and poaching.

Following a Special Highland Welcome make the most of the Regality Food Fair with Sales, Samples, Displays, Crofting and Farming Skills, Nature’s Larder, Conservation, Cookery Demonstrations. There are still exhibitions to visit, including “Crimes of Food and Drink” and cycling and walking activities including “Bogtastic”.

Enjoy a meal at The Laird’s Table and later, drama with “Is there a Doctor in the House?”. “Anyone for Tennis?” There is also a Gala Dinner and both a mid week Concert and a choral evening.


Foundation Day

Sunday 28th June

The climax of the week on exactly the 250th anniversary of laying the first stone of New Grant Town.

Following your chance to take part in Interdenominational Church Service and Foundation Lunches with Film/Photos of the week Join in the massive open air costumed picnic with entertainments of all kinds:

The Great Grantown Cake Bake

Music, Drama, Draughts Championship and a chance to ring the Old Museum Bell.

In the evening there is an outdoor service and a final Georgian Celebration.