Loch and loaded: For­far set for a week of fun

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

For­far folk are gear­ing up for a big week of fun, as For­far Gala Week and For­farFest are rolled into one. Or­gan­iser For­far Ac­tion Net­work (Fan) is plan­ning to de­liver an even big­ger event than last year. Fan is made up of a small group of lo­cal vol­un­teers and works with lo­cal busi­nesses to put on the cel­e­bra­tion. Pre­vi­ously, Gala Week and For­farFest were sep­a­rate events, which Fan has de­cided to com­bine into one “big week”.

The event be­gins on Sun­day June 17 with Fun Around the Loch, where vis­i­tors can walk or cy­cle around the For­far Loch, stop­ping at var­i­ous points to en­joy ac­tiv­i­ties such as crazy golf, ca­noe­ing, sail­ing and more.

Fol­low­ing this ex­cit­ing start to the gala, the fes­tiv­i­ties will con­tinue un­til June 24 with a truly mixed bag of events for ev­ery­one. Chil­dren can en­joy a range of fun ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing face paint­ing, games, pony rides and bungee tram­po­lines. Mean­while, adults can en­joy a poker night, cook­ing demon­stra­tions, a crafts mar­quee and, of course, For­farFest. June 23 is billed as For­farFest’s “big Satur­day”, while June 24 is Gala Day Sun­day.

For­farFest is the An­gus town’s own mu­sic fes­ti­val, held in venues all over town to­wards the end of the week. It will show­case the best in lo­cal tal­ent and gala-go­ers can ex­pect per­for­mances from acts such as coun­try and folk band the Swiz­zle Sis­ters, acous­tic cover band The Ar­cades and – for those in­clined to per­form them­selves – open mic nights will also be dot­ted around For­far.

The week’s en­ter­tain­ment won’t be lim­ited to mu­sic acts, as there will be pipe bands, High­land danc­ing and even a dog show.

A high­light of the pro­gramme will be per­for­mances of play The Jurassic Parks by For­far Dra­matic So­ci­ety. Orig­i­nally cre­ated by Su­per­bolt The­atre, The Jurassic Parks has been a sell-out hit at Ed­in­burgh’s Fes­ti­val Fringe and is a comedic spin on Spiel­berg’s clas­sic film as well as a the­atri­cal cel­e­bra­tion of cin­e­matic nos­tal­gia.

The week has taken months of prepa­ra­tion and hard work from Fan and funds were raised by bag-pack­ing in Tesco, host­ing tea dances and par­ties. Fan’s chair­man, Stu­art Pirie, says of the ef­fort that goes in to or­gan­is­ing the gala: “This year we aim to build on the suc­cess of last year. It’s a lot of hard work but so re­ward­ing too!”

Find out more about this year’s ac­tion­packed pro­gramme via the Face­book page: For­far Ac­tion Net­work in­clud­ing For­far Gala Week.

Fun Around the Loch and a host of mu­sic events, plus all the gala ac­tiv­i­ties, will be part of a big week in For­far, left.

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