Our guide to the top 10 things to do this weekend
1 ABERDEEN TORCHER PARADE Annual Student Charities’ torch-lit parade featuring over 50 floats. The route goes from Marischal College, Schoolhill, Skene Street, Queen’s Cross, Albyn Place, Union Street and King Street. From 7.30pm Saturday 2 HEAVY HORSE OPEN DAY Strathorn Farm, near Old Rayne, grooming and plaiting demonstrations, shoeing, pony rides, obstacle and carriage driving and display by Strathorn Clydesdales drill team. From 10am to 4pm Sunday. 3 INTERNATIONAL MARKET Featuring over 25 traders from France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Holland and Poland many in traditional costume, with a wide
range of goods on offer. The
Square, Inverurie, 9am to 5.30pm Saturday and Sunday. 4
SPRING ROUND-UP Fun for all ages, axe and knife throwing, horseshoe pitching, buffalo hunt (archery), target shooting, gunfights. Tranquility Wild West Town, Drumblair, Forgue, Huntly, 1.30pm Sunday.
5 BREAKNECK COMEDY SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL
Featuring former SMTV presenter with Ant and Dec, turned ace comedian, Des Clarke, The Wee Man, Graham Mackie, Gus Lymburn and open mic section. The Blue Lamp, Gallowgate, Aberdeen, 8pm Saturday. 6 THE SPIRIT OF SPEYSIDE WHISKY FESTIVAL Various Speyside venues, five days of whisky, food, music and fun, for details visit www.spiritofspeyside.com. Whisky train specials operating Friday to Monday From today until Monday. 7
MINI BIRL Storytelling, poetry and music for all ages. Banchory Library and Museum, 11am to noon Saturday. 8 THE WILLOWS ANIMAL SANCTUARY Near New Pitsligo. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 11am
to 5pm, last admission 9 OGSTON MUSIC PRIZE Performances from the five finalists, Renowned opera singer and teacher, Irene Drummond will lead the judging panel and there will be a recital by last year’s winner Alison Gormley. Cowdray Hall, Schoolhill, Aberdeen, 7.30pm Sunday. 10 INAUGURAL RUGBY SEVENS TOURNAMENT Featuring 18 schools and clubs competing, also beer tent, barbecue, stalls, bouncy castle, grand raffle and auction. Lathallan School, Johnshaven, 10.30am to 4pm Saturday.
GOOD TIMES: The Torcher Parade takes to the streets this Saturday.