Energetica Summer Festival 2017

Energetica Summer Festival 2017


The Energetica Summer Festival is back! Following on from the 2016 festival, where attendee numbers doubled year on year, we're excited to be returning for a fifth year with an action-packed line-up of events.

Energetica is a 30-mile haven for walking, wildlife and stunning coastal scenery stretching from the north of Aberdeen to Peterhead. Take part in the activities running from May - August and discover the delights of this beautiful corridor.

Share the fun of the festival on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #energeticafest. Our favourite photos will be used to promote next year's festival.

General Information


Cost:
Activities are FREE unless otherwise stated.
Equipment:
Sensible footwear and waterproof clothing advised.
Children:
Must be accompanied by an adult.
Dogs:
Where allowed to attend, must be on a lead.
Refreshments:
Not provided. Please take appropriate snacks and drinks.
Booking:
Essential to book a place unless otherwise stated.

  • May
    • Rogues and Rule-Makers - Saturday, May 6, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 13:30 - 15:30
      Location: Peterhead
      Meeting Point: Drummers Corner, Peterhead
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: Heather Barclay - Peterhead Town Trail
      07584 267789
      Detail: A look at how most of the citizens of Peterhead managed to keep on the straight and narrow, while others didn’t even try. Why was the Earl Marischal banged up in the Tower of London? Which Baron Bailie (allegedly) headed the biggest smuggling ring in Buchan? Who ate all the sausages? Find out how NOT to run a board meeting. Who was the mysterious international traveller known as Mrs Gordon-Baillie (and at least 40 other aliases)? And what led to Sherriff Officer Alexander Chalmers’ appearance in the dock of his own court? Join our free tour to find out more. We KNOW where the bodies were buried…
      Restrictions: Well behaved dogs welcome
    • RSPB Scotland's Dolphinwatch - Thursday, May 11, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 11:00 - 18:00
      Location: Torry Battery
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: RSPB North East Scotland
      dolphinwatch@rspb.org.uk
      Detail: Come and see Aberdeen’s amazing bottlenose dolphins. RSPB Scotland staff and volunteers will be on hand Thursdays to Sundays 11am-6pm, with binoculars and telescopes to help visitors find out about these fascinating creatures and other wildlife from the high vantage point of Torry Battery, Aberdeen, where you'll discover panoramic views of the harbour mouth and North Sea.
      Equipment: Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing
    • Energetica Ranger Cycling Road Show: Get on your bikes and ride - Sunday, May 14, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 10:00 - 13:00
      Location: Ellon
      Meeting Point: Golf Road car park, Ellon
      Bus: Yes
      Booking Required: Yes
      Contact: Formartine Ranger
      01358 726417
      formartine.ranger@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
      Detail: A bike ride through little used country lanes, beautiful views and up moderately bracing hills (but every hill has its down-side!) from Ellon to Newburgh and back on a circular route. This ride is for adults only, you must be fit enough to cycle 16 miles, your bike must be in good working order and you must be able to repair a puncture.
      Distance: 16 miles
      Equipment: Cycle helmets are compulsory. Please bring a snack.
    • Newburgh Gala - Saturday, May 20, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 13:00 - 17:00
      Location: Newburgh Mathers School
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact:
      Detail: Join in the fun of Newburgh's annual Gala Day! Attractions to look forward to include: Paw Patrol mascot The Critter Keeper Inverurie Pipe Band Stalls: Julie's Sweet Treats On stage: Yee Hung Ga Kung Fu
    • Cruickshank Botanic Garden Tour at University of Aberdeen May Festival - Friday, May 26, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 11:00 - 12:30 | 13:30 - 15:00
      Location: Cruickshank Botanic Garden, University of Aberdeen
      Meeting Point: : Cruickshank Garden Courtyard
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: Yes
      Contact: University of Aberdeen May Festival
      01224 273233
      festival@abdn.ac.uk
      Detail: Join Mark Paterson, Curator of the Cruickshank Botanic Garden, for a tour of the UK’s most northerly botanic garden. The 4.5 hectare property has over 2,500 species grown in picturesque settings, including an arboretum, a sunken garden and a stunning herbaceous border.
      Restrictions: Please note some locations on this tour are not accessible by wheelchair.
    • Women's Literary Heritage Walk at University of Aberdeen May Festival - Friday, May 26, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 11:30 - 13:30
      Location: Aberdeen City Centre
      Meeting Point: Castlegate, Aberdeen
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: Yes
      Contact: University of Aberdeen May Festival
      01224 273233
      festival@abdn.ac.uk
      Detail: Join members of Aberdeen Women’s Alliance for a city centre tour to discover the places linked to some remarkable literary women and hear fascinating stories of their achievements and contributions, literary and otherwise.
    • Capturing Nature! - Saturday, May 27, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 10:30 - 12:00 | 13:30 - 15:00
      Location: Cruickshank Botanic Garden, University of Aberdeen
      Meeting Point: Cruickshank Garden Courtyard
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: 01224 273233
      festival@abdn.ac.uk
      Detail: Prepare yourself for a hunt in the magical botanic gardens. Discover hidden places and look out for fantastic creatures! Using cameras, phones and drawing tools you will capture nature. Your pictures and drawings will tell wonderful stories! Older children and adults will be encouraged to start creating a nature journal.
    • Seabird Watch: Bullers of Buchan - Saturday, May 27, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 12:00 - 15:00
      Location: Bullers of Buchan
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: Buchan Countryside Ranger
      Detail: Much of the Aberdeenshire coast is designated as a Natura 2000 site because of its international importance for breeding seabirds, at these two events the Ranger Service will offer you the chance to get close-up views of one of the best seabird colonies on our coastline. This is a drop-in session, the Ranger will set up a telescope on the cliff top and hopefully we will get close-up views of Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Fulmars, which come ashore in the summer months to breed and raise their young. If we are lucky we may also get a chance to spot Puffins and Dolphins.
      Restrictions: Car parking is available at the lay-by on the A975, a couple of hundred yards from the junction with the A90. As this is a drop in event there is no need to book, but please be aware of the cliff-top location, this is not a place for young children or those who don’t like heights.
    • Hall of Mayhem at University of Aberdeen May Festival - Sunday, May 28, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 12:00 - 16:00
      Location: Elphinstone Hall, University of Aberdeen
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: University of Aberdeen May Festival
      01224 273233
      festival@abdn.ac.uk
      Detail: Lots of fun, interactive, hands on stalls for all the family! Learn how to make a bracelet or badge, discover about the world of minibeasts, make a bird’s nest and find out more about how your body works.
  • June
    • RSPB Scotland’s Dolphinwatch - Thursday, June 1, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 11:00 - 18:00
      Location: Torry Battery
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: RSPB North East Scotland
      dolphinwatch@rspb.org.uk
      Detail: Come and see Aberdeen’s amazing bottlenose dolphins. RSPB Scotland staff and volunteers will be on hand Thursdays to Sundays 11am-6pm, with binoculars and telescopes to help visitors find out about these fascinating creatures and other wildlife from the high vantage point of Torry Battery, Aberdeen, where you'll discover panoramic views of the harbour mouth and North Sea.
      Equipment: Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing
    • Guided Walk: Cruden Bay to Longhaven - Saturday, June 10, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 11:00 - 15:30
      Location: Cruden Bay
      Meeting Point: Car park at the end of Main Street, Cruden Bay.
      Bus: Yes
      Booking Required: Yes
      Contact: Buchan Countryside Ranger
      buchan.ranger@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
      Detail: Enjoy a spectacular 6 mile coastal walk along a small section of the North Sea Trail past New Slains Castle and the Bullers of Buchan. At this time of year the cliffs are home to hundreds of seabirds who have come ashore to breed and raise their young. We will walk North along the coast from Cruden Bay to the Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve at Longhaven where we will be collected by mini-bus and returned to Cruden Bay.
      Distance: 6 miles
      Equipment: Bring waterproofs, stout footwear and a packed lunch.
    • Blubber and Foy - Scotland’s First Oil Boom - Saturday, June 10, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 13:00 - 16:00
      Location: Peterhead
      Meeting Point: Arbuthnot House, Broad Street, Peterhead
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: Heather Barclay - Peterhead Town Trail
      07185526737
      Detail: Join us for a whale of a walk, to find out about the original oil boom and explore the courage and the horror of Peterhead’s whaling past. From a little-remembered Napoleonic naval battle, and a memorable solar eclipse, to chasing Whales off Greenland and dodging hungry Polar Bears - hear the tales of Peterhead’s wooden ships and the iron men who sailed in them.
      Restrictions: Well behaved dogs welcome
    • Bram Stoker’s Cruden Bay - an exhibition - Saturday, June 17, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 10:00 - 16:00
      Location: Port Erroll Village Hall, Serald Street, Cruden Bay
      Meeting Point: Port Erroll Village Hall, Serald Street, Cruden Bay
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: Lisa Shearer
      07756 845712
      Detail: Port Erroll Heritage Group presents Bram Stoker’s Cruden Bay. An exhibition of photographs, displays, fascinating information and often strange fact to celebrate the 17 year relationship between Bram Stoker, author of Dracula and Cruden Bay. Stoker took inspiration for his many novels from the dramatic coastline, castles, shipwrecks and the people of the area and this exhibition offers an insight into the mind of the man who also penned, amongst others, The Watters Mou' and The Mystery of the Sea. The event will also see the launch of an information pamphlet with walking trails highlighting the locations that appear in Bram Stoker’s novels. Entry is free and refreshments are on offer.
    • Energetica Walking Festival & The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology: Following in the Footsteps of Bram Stoker - Sunday, June 18, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 10:00 - 16:30
      Location: Cruden Bay
      Meeting Point: The car park in Port Erroll; beyond the Post Office
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: Yes
      Contact: Formartine Ranger
      07786 021780
      formartine.ranger@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
      Detail: Bram Stoker is best known for that book about a vampire but this walk traces the long walks he took around Cruden Bay, Whinnyfold and Slains Castle whilst up here on his holidays and which appear in his two novels ‘The Mystery of the Sea’ and ‘The Watter’s Mou’. The walk is long but mainly on the level. It will end at the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel in Port Erroll, where we can see his signature in the register and watch local resident Jill McWilliam’s short film on Stoker, whilst also enjoying an afternoon tea! Free event (that does not include afternoon tea) but booking is essential.
    • Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology: A Midsummer Night’s Scream - Tuesday, June 20, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 20:00 - 21:30
      Location: Haddo House & Country Park
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: Diana Spencer, Haddo House
      Detail: Kemble’s Seat is tucked away in Haddo Country Park and regular visitors may well have walked past it dozens of times without noticing it. It was here that the 4th Earl’s friend, James Kemble, an actor by profession, would sit and meditate whilst a guest at Haddo House. Bring something to sit on (the story-teller gets the Seat!) learn about James Kemble and enjoy an hour of tall tales about trees, including one set on Midsummer’s Eve itself - and be safe back home before sundown!
      Equipment: Something to sit on.
    • Macro Magic - Saturday, June 24, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 14:00 - 16:00
      Location: Scotstown Moor Local Nature Reserve
      Meeting Point: Meet at the nature reserve car park off Scotstown Road, Bridge of Don. First Bus number 8 will take you to Dubford Road.
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: Yes
      Contact: Ian Talboys, Aberdeen City Countryside Ranger
      01224 326429
      countrysideranger@aberdeencity.gov.uk
      Detail: As a part of the Energetica Summer Festival, come to Scotstown Moor LNR and get up close and personal with minibeasts, fungi and other micro inhabitants of the nature reserve. Learn or practice how to use the macro close-up settings on your camera, giving you a chance to really see how these animals live and record their images.
    • Energetica Walking Festival: Seabird Watch at Bullers of Buchan - Sunday, June 25, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 12:00 - 15:00
      Location: Bullers of Buchan
      Meeting Point: Bullers of Buchan
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: Buchan Countryside Ranger
      buchan.ranger@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
      Detail: Much of the Aberdeenshire coast is designated as a Natura 2000 site because of its international importance for breeding seabirds. At this event the Ranger Service will offer you the chance to get close-up views of one of the best seabird colonies on our coastline. This is a drop-in session, the Ranger will set up a telescope on the cliff top and hopefully we will get close-up views of Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Fulmars, which come ashore in the summer months to breed and raise their young. If we are lucky we may also get a chance to spot Puffins and Dolphins. Car parking is available at the lay-by on the A975, a couple of hundred yards from the junction with the A90.
      Restrictions: Please be aware of the cliff-top location, this is not a place for young children or those who don’t like heights.
  • July
    • Dolphinwatch School’s Out Sunday - Sunday, July 2, 2017
      Cost: Free activities all day. £3 Rockpool Ramble at 1.30pm
      Time: 11:00 - 18:00
      Location: Nigg Bay, Aberdeen
      Meeting Point: Torry Battery car park, AB11 8QX
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: RSPB North East Scotland
      01224 627853
      dolphinwatch@rspb.org.uk
      Detail: Celebrate the start of the summer holidays at RSPB Scotland’s Dolphinwatch. Expect facepainting, arts & crafts, competitions and fantastic encounters with dolphins and other wildlife! Staff will lead a Rockpool Ramble between 1.30 and 3.30pm to see what creatures can be found on the beach. Please let us know in advance if you’d like to book a place.
      Equipment: All necessary equipment provided. Bring warm clothing, sun cream and something to eat.
      Restrictions: Maximum 12 children for the Rockpool Ramble.
    • RSPB Scotland’s Dolphinwatch - Thursday, July 6, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 11:00 - 18:00
      Location: Torry Battery
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: RSPB North East Scotland
      dolphinwatch@rspb.org.uk
      Detail: Come and see Aberdeen’s amazing bottlenose dolphins. RSPB Scotland staff and volunteers will be on hand Thursdays to Sundays 11am-6pm, with binoculars and telescopes to help visitors find out about these fascinating creatures and other wildlife from the high vantage point of Torry Battery, Aberdeen, where you'll discover panoramic views of the harbour mouth and North Sea.
      Equipment: Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing
    • Energetica Walking Festival: Rockpooling at Gadle Braes - Saturday, July 8, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 10:00 - 11:30
      Location: Gadle Braes
      Meeting Point: Details upon booking.
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: Yes
      Contact: Buchan Countryside Ranger
      buchan.ranger@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
      Detail: Join the Buchan Ranger on a rockpool rummage to discover the secrets of this fascinating world between the tides. Find out how plants and animals survive the constant pounding by waves and changing conditions. Are they suckers, gluers or tanglers? Learn how you can you use seaweed to forecast the weather and if you’ve ever eaten seaweed without realising. All equipment will be provided.
      Equipment: Enclosed footwear and a change of clothing may be advisable for younger participants.
      Restrictions: All welcome but not suitable for buggies. Booking essential.
    • Blackdog Community Gala Day - Saturday, July 8, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 11:00 - 15:00
      Location: Blackdog Community Park
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: Vattenfall & Blackdog Community Council
      Detail: New for 2017, come along to Blackdog's first Community Gala Day. Enjoy the BBQ, Beer Tent, Bouncy Slide, Kids Corner and MORE. Mr Whippy will even be making an appearance, you don't want to miss out. See you there!
    • Guided Wildlife Walk at RSPB Dolphinwatch - Sunday, July 9, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 14:00
      Location: Nigg Bay, Aberdeen
      Meeting Point: Torry Battery car park, AB11 8QX
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: Yes
      Contact: Mark Lewis | RSPB
      01224 627853
      dolphinwatch@rspb.org.uk
      Detail: Join local naturalist Mark Lewis for a guided walk to explore the amazing wildlife of Aberdeen Harbour. The walk will focus on birds as well as providing fantastic opportunities for viewing the area’s resident dolphins, seals and otters.
      Equipment: Bring binoculars if you wish. RSPB Scotland can provide a few extra pairs.
      Restrictions: Maximum 12 people.
    • Bushcraft Skills for Young People - Tuesday, July 11, 2017
      Cost: £5
      Time: 10:30 - 12:00 | 12:30 - 14:00
      Location: Haddo House & Country Park
      Meeting Point: Haddo House & Country Park
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: Yes
      Contact: Haddo House
      vsohaddo@gmail.com
      Detail: Join Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service and Haddo House & Country Park to learn essential bushcraft and camping skills, or to improve on your existing skills. Sessions may include campfire set-up/take down; knots and ropes; basic knife skills; saws and other hand tools; safe campfire lighting and campfire cookery (activities may be weather dependent, if there’s something you particularly want to learn let us know when booking and we’ll do our best to include it).
      Restrictions: Activities suitable for 7yrs plus accompanied by an adult. Younger children may come along but may not be able to take part in activities.
    • Dynamic Dragonflies - Wednesday, July 12, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 14:00 - 16:00
      Location: Scotstown Moor Local Nature Reserve
      Meeting Point: Meet at the nature reserve car park off Scotstown Road, Bridge of Don. First Bus number 8 will take you to Dubford Road.
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: Yes
      Contact: Ian Talboys, Aberdeen City Countryside Ranger
      01224 326429
      countrysideranger@aberdeencity.gov.uk
      Detail: Join a Countryside Ranger at Scotstown Moor Local Nature Reserve for a fantastic opportunity to see colourful dragonflies and damselflies. Bring along your camera if you want to photograph these eye-catching creatures.
    • Haddo's History, Heritage & Archaeology Weekend - Saturday, July 22, 2017
      Cost: Mostly free with a nominal charge for carriage rides and face painting.
      Time: 10:30 - 16:00
      Location: Haddo House & Country Park
      Meeting Point: Haddo House & Country Park
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: Haddo House & Country Park
      haddo@visithaddo.com
      Detail: To celebrate the year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the team at Haddo has planned a weekend of events and activities, both at the house and in the park. The timeline will begin with a Neolithic Calendar, moving through the millennia to Picts, Vikings and Jacobites, to end as a Victorian picnic at Haddo House. The weekend will include: • Pipers: local pipers from Reid Pipers will be setting the scene with beautiful song. They will be piping throughout Haddo all weekend, a perfect setting for such atmospheric music. • Mesolithic Calendar: did you know the world's oldest calendar was found in Aberdeenshire? Archaeologist, Dr Pete Klemen will be on hand to tell you about it. • Iron Age Settlement: the Rhynie Wifies will be at Haddo giving demonstrations on Iron Age living. • Vikings: the Vikings played an important role in shaping Scottish society. Carrick 800 will be at the Pheasantry giving demonstrations and making lots of noise. • Story-tellers: the Scots are known for being great story-tellers. Join Joan Anderson and Diana Peers at the amphitheatre for tales of north east Scotland. • Nature Detectives: there's been a murder! Help solve the case in the outdoor classroom. • Medieval Blacksmith: Irons in the Fire will be at Haddo to give live blacksmithing demonstrations. • Jacobites: The Jacobite Squad are a team of reenactors who specialise in the Jacobite era. They will be doing battle with swords, guns and even letting you have a go! • Carriage rides: two stunning Clydesdale horses will be pulling a carriage through Haddo. For a small fee you can ride around Haddo as though from a different time. • Victorian Picnic: don't worry if you get a little peckish. The team at Haddo House will be holding a Victorian picnic on the lawn. You will be able to buy a picnic to enjoy with your family, as Queen Victoria once did. • Library Service: Bringing us bang up to date, the Aberdeenshire Council Library Service will be in the Peatyards. They will show you how you can access loads of free online services.
      Restrictions: Picnic lunches available to buy at Haddo House.
    • Haddo's History, Heritage & Archaeology Weekend - Sunday, July 23, 2017
      Cost: Mostly free with a nominal charge for carriage rides and face painting.
      Time: 10:30 - 16:00
      Location: Haddo House & Country Park
      Meeting Point: Haddo House & Country Park
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: Haddo House & Country Park
      haddo@visithaddo.com
      Detail: To celebrate the year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the team at Haddo has planned a weekend of events and activities, both at the house and in the park. The timeline will begin with a Neolithic Calendar, moving through the millennia to Picts, Vikings and Jacobites, to end as a Victorian picnic at Haddo House. The weekend will include: • Pipers: local pipers from Reid Pipers will be setting the scene with beautiful song. They will be piping throughout Haddo all weekend, a perfect setting for such atmospheric music. • Mesolithic Calendar: did you know the world's oldest calendar was found in Aberdeenshire? Archaeologist, Dr Pete Klemen will be on hand to tell you about it. • Iron Age Settlement: the Rhynie Wifies will be at Haddo giving demonstrations on Iron Age living. • Vikings: the Vikings played an important role in shaping Scottish society. Carrick 800 will be at the Pheasantry giving demonstrations and making lots of noise. • Story-tellers: the Scots are known for being great story-tellers. Join Joan Anderson and Diana Peers at the amphitheatre for tales of north east Scotland. • Nature Detectives: there's been a murder! Help solve the case in the outdoor classroom. • Medieval Blacksmith: Irons in the Fire will be at Haddo to give live blacksmithing demonstrations. • Jacobites: The Jacobite Squad are a team of reenactors who specialise in the Jacobite era. They will be doing battle with swords, guns and even letting you have a go! • Carriage rides: two stunning Clydesdale horses will be pulling a carriage through Haddo. For a small fee you can ride around Haddo as though from a different time. • Victorian Picnic: don't worry if you get a little peckish. The team at Haddo House will be holding a Victorian picnic on the lawn. You will be able to buy a picnic to enjoy with your family, as Queen Victoria once did. • Library Service: Bringing us bang up to date, the Aberdeenshire Council Library Service will be in the Peatyards. They will show you how you can access loads of free online services.
      Restrictions: Picnic lunches available to buy at Haddo House.
    • Collieston Gala - Saturday, July 29, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 13:00 - 16:00
      Location: Collieston Beach
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact:
      Detail: Stalls and activities including old favourites like Tombola, Cake and Candy and White Elephant as well as activities for young and old, plus a visit from Peterhead Lifeboat - conditions permitting.
  • August
    • Bushcraft Skills for Young People - Tuesday, August 1, 2017
      Cost: £5
      Time: 10:30 - 12:00 | 12:30 - 14:00
      Location: Haddo House & Country Park
      Meeting Point: Haddo House & Country Park
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: Yes
      Contact: Haddo House
      vsohaddo@gmail.com
      Detail: Join Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service and Haddo House & Country Park to learn essential bushcraft and camping skills, or to improve on your existing skills. Sessions may include campfire set-up/take down; knots and ropes; basic knife skills; saws and other hand tools; safe campfire lighting and campfire cookery (activities may be weather dependent, if there’s something you particularly want to learn let us know when booking and we’ll do our best to include it).
      Restrictions: Activities suitable for 7yrs plus accompanied by an adult. Younger children may come along but may not be able to take part in activities.
    • RSPB Scotland’s Dolphinwatch - Thursday, August 3, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 11:00 - 18:00
      Location: Torry Battery
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: RSPB North East Scotland
      dolphinwatch@rspb.org.uk
      Detail: Come and see Aberdeen’s amazing bottlenose dolphins. RSPB Scotland staff and volunteers will be on hand Thursdays to Sundays 11am-6pm, with binoculars and telescopes to help visitors find out about these fascinating creatures and other wildlife from the high vantage point of Torry Battery, Aberdeen, where you'll discover panoramic views of the harbour mouth and North Sea.
      Equipment: Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing
    • Bumblebees for beginners - Saturday, August 12, 2017
      Cost: Suggested £5 donation
      Time: 9:00 - 16:00
      Location: Haddo House & Country Park
      Meeting Point: Haddo House & Country Park
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: Yes
      Contact: Bumblebee Conservation Trust
      katy.malone@bumblebeeconservation.org
      Detail: Please join us for the day to learn about Bumblebees and how to identify them. This one day course is run by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. The course is free, but a donation of £5 is recommended to allow the Trust to continue their vital work.
    • Family Insect Safari - Wednesday, August 16, 2017
      Cost: £5 per family (up to 3 children)
      Time: 14:00 - 16:00
      Location: Haddo House & Country Park
      Meeting Point: Haddo House & Country Park
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: Yes
      Contact: Haddo House & Country Park
      01651 851041
      svsohaddo@gmail.com
      Detail: Discover the tiny, secret world of the insects and minibeasts which live at Haddo. We’ll hunt for grasshoppers in the meadows, woodlice in the forest and butterflies and damselflies around the lake. We’ll also try and set up a moth trap and possibly squeeze in some pond dipping as well (weather permitting).
    • Go Wild in the Woods - Thursday, August 17, 2017
      Cost: £5 per child
      Time: 10:00 - 11:30 | 11:30 - 13:00
      Location: Haddo House & Country Park
      Meeting Point: Haddo House & Country Park
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service
      01651 851041
      svsohaddo@gmail.com
      Detail: Join Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service and Haddo House & Country Park to learn essential bushcraft and camping skills, or to improve on your existing skills. Sessions may include campfire set-up/take down; knots and ropes; basic knife skills; saws and other hand tools; safe campfire lighting and campfire cookery. Activities may be weather dependent. If there’s something you particularly want to learn let us know when booking and we’ll do our best to include it.
      Restrictions: Activities will be suitable for children aged 7 or older (accompanied by an adult). Younger children may come along but unfortunately will not be able to take part in the activities.
    • Summer Butterfly Walk - Saturday, August 19, 2017
      Cost: £5
      Time: 14:00 - 16:00
      Location: Haddo House & Country Park
      Meeting Point: Haddo House & Country Park
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: Yes
      Contact: Haddo House
      svsohaddo@gmail.com
      Detail: On a warm summer day, Haddo’s ancient wildflower meadows are full of spectacular coloured butterflies and other insects. We’ll walk around identifying all our common butterfly and day-flying moth species, with a good chance of scarcer species including Painted Lady. We’ll also look for bees, hoverflies and dragonflies. Weather permitting we’ll also set up a moth trap overnight.
      Restrictions: Suitable for most ages but recommended for adults and older children.
    • Educating Peterhead - Saturday, August 26, 2017
      Cost: FREE
      Time: 13:30 - 15:30
      Location: Peterhead
      Meeting Point: Muckle Kirk, Errol Street, Peterhead
      Bus: No
      Booking Required: No
      Contact: Heather Barclay - Peterhead Town Trail
      07185526737
      Detail: Where was Peterhead’s first school, and what was on the curriculum? And why were some scholars reluctant to sit down on a Monday morning? Find out about the religious educational divide on the stairs of the Town House, and how the girls of Peterhead found a place to learn. Where was the Chucknie School? Hear about the Academy’s accident-prone past, but don’t be late – the belt may be banned, but lines are still possible…
      Restrictions: Well behaved dogs welcome

General Enquiries


Please email info@energetica.uk.com.
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Feedback


If you have any feedback about the walks, the activities or the festival in general, please email: info@energetica.uk.com

Energetica wishes to thank the following organisations & individuals for their support and participation in the Energetica Summer Festival:
- Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre
- Aberdeen Community Ranger Service
- Aberdeenshire Council
- Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service
- Haddo House & Country Park
- Ian Hay, East Grampian Coastal Partnership
- North-east Ranger Service
- Oceanlab, University of Aberdeen
- OPAL
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Scottish Wildlife Trust
- University of Aberdeen

Festival Funding from:


Aberdeenshire Council Scottish Enterprise

Photographs provided by:


- Aberdeenshire Council
- Aberdeen City Council
- Diana Spencer,   Haddo House & Country Park
- Scottish Wildlife Trust

Liability & Fitness


Participants in the Energetica Summer Festival take part at their own risk and should consider their own abilities and medical requirements before undertaking any of the activities. They should adhere at all times to the guidance and safety information provided by the organisers.
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