Tartan Day Festival looms

Arbroath Abbey Timetheme's re-enactment of the Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath is one of the highlights of the annual Tartan Day Scotland Festival

Arbroath Abbey Timetheme's re-enactment of the Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath is one of the highlights of the annual Tartan Day Scotland Festival

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For 10 days in early April, the Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2015 will celebrate Scotland and the Scots across Angus.

The Tartan Day Scotland Festival runs from April 3 to April 12. The programme features a fabulous mix of historical events, Scottish-themed menus, wildlife walks, fun days out, family activities, farmers’ markets, live music and, of course, the re-enactment of the Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, the history-changing event which inspired the annual Tartan Day Scotland Festival.

The Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath almost 700 years ago will be commemorated at Arbroath Abbey on April 6, when entry to the ancient monastery will be free.

At 1.20 p.m. (1320) that afternoon, visitors to can watch the spectacle of King Robert The Bruce and his nobles signing the Declaration of Arbroath under the watchful eye of Abbot Bernard of Arbroath, thought to be the author of Scotland’s most famous document.

Throughout the week of the Festival, there will be a host of Tartan Day activities in Angus, including, on April 11, cookery lessons for all ages at Angus Farmers’ Market in Forfar and a natural history walk starting at the Rangers Base in Glen Doll.

For more information, and a full list of events, The festival programme is available at www.tartandayscotland.com/whatson.