Variety of events across Angus to celebrate Tartan Day Scotland festival

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This year’s Tartan Day Scotland Festival, which runs across the county of Angus from April 5 to 13, coincides with many schools’ Easter break.

With that in mind, the organisers have ensured it’s packed full of fun, mainly free, activities for families.

Throughout the period, libraries in Angus will be hosting activities such as haggis hunts, story-writing sessions and, for pre-school children, Bookbug sessions, which feature Scottish stories, rhymes and songs.

There will also be tartan craft sessions at Brechin Library and Kirriemuir’s Gateway to the Glens Museum and, for those aged 12 and over, a week of wildlife, navigation and bushcraft at Crombie Country Park.

Throughout the Tartan Day Scotland Festival, Pictavia Visitor Centre, which focuses on the Pictish tribes who lived in this part of Scotland 2,000 years ago, will be offering free admission to children.

During The Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2014, a major Homecoming event will take place in Arbroath over the weekend of April 5 and 6. On April 5, the packed programme of special events includes storytelling sessions at the Signal Tower Museum by Sylvia Troon.

A ghost walk is taking place around the streets of Arbroath. Places must be booked in advance by calling 01307 473226 or emailing blackg@angus.gov.uk.

On April 5 and 6, free entry to Arbroath Abbey will be on offer. Inside the Abbey, there will be a medieval encampment, with the opportunity to train for battle, be entertained by the King’s jester and even test your muscle against the King’s troops in a Tug O’ War, as well as tours of the ancient building.

On April 6, the Abbey hosts the re-enactment of the historic 1320 Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath.

For more information about the Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2014, pick up a copy of the Events Guide from tourist information centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums and tourist attractions across Angus or download from www.tartandayscotland.com.