What’s on for Kids and Families in Aberdeen City & Shire | 20th – 26th July 2019


Looking for something to do over the next week with the kids in Aberdeen City & Shire, then why not check out one of these family friendly events?

** Mummy Mimi provides this page for information only and cannot guarantee accuracy. Events are subject to change and/or cancellation. If any doubt, please contact the event organisers for confirmation**

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Circus Extreme – Aberdeen

Organiser: Circus Extreme – Aberdeen

Where: Circus Extreme – Aberdeen

Date: Thursday 11th – Sunday 21st July 2019

Description: From the producers of the World’s Most famous circus ‘The Moscow State Circus’ and The Extreme Stunt Show; comes the all new and sensational CIRCUS EXTREME® –

This year there should only be one date in your diary to come and see this adrenaline-packed performance, filled with stunts and acts never seen before in the UK.

With something for all the family CIRCUS EXTREME® combines world-famous circus artists, clown escapades and hair-raising extreme stunts that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/968331793557281/

Indoor Beach at Bon Accord 

Organiser: Bon Accord Aberdeen

Where: Bon Accord Aberdeen, George St, AB25 1HZ Aberdeen 

Date:  Friday 5th – Friday 16th August July 2019

Description: Our Indoor Beach will be back again from the 5th of July. Whatever your age, you will have buckets of fun down at the Indoor Beach.

Not only is the beach returning, we will be adding an exciting new attraction! Keep an eye on our social media channels to find out more.

The beach can be found on the lower mall, opposite Costa.


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2712655182143014/

Aberdeen Restaurant Week 2019 – July

Organiser: Aberdeen Inspired

Where: Aberdeen Inspired, 32 Upperkirkgate, AB10 1BA Aberdeen

 Date:  Monday 15th – Sunday 21st July 2019 Time:  09:00AM-00:00AM

Description: Save the date 15 – 21 July 2019!

Location: Aberdeen City Centre

Due to popular demand Aberdeen Restaurant Week returns this July for a whole week of delicious food, tasty drinks and foodie events, all offered up by your favourite city centre businesses!

The concept is simple – £10 for a two course lunch and £20 for a three course dinner, giving you the chance to try out somewhere new in our city centre.

Stay tuned for the full list of participating restaurants and more exciting announcements coming your way very soon!

RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2HDN4Ng

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/441013206713845/


Organiser: Brickmania Peterhead

Where: Peterhead Prison Museum, South Road, AB42 2ZX Peterhead, Aberdeenshire

 Date:  Saturday 20th July 2019 Time:  10:00AM-04:30PM

Description: A fun filled day full of Lego! Organised by Tartan LUG. Lots to see and do! Tickets can be purchased on the day at Peterhead Prison Museum.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2021072811347175/

Blast From The Past with AW Autotech Ltd.

 Organiser: Blast From The Past with AW Autotech Ltd

Where: Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, AB51 5XZ, AB51 5WU Inverurie, Aberdeen

 Date:  Saturday 20th July 2019 Time:  10:00AM-04:00PM

Description: The ‘BLAST FROM THE PAST’ Car & Motorcycle Show, Autotest & Family Fun Day hosted by AW Autotech Limited is returning for its 3rd fantastic year at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie on Saturday 20th July 2019 from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

With more than 300 classic, rare, modified and unique vehicles on display including cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles along with trade and craft stalls there is something of interest for everyone.

The Thainstone Auto Test, an official MSA event, will once again be arranged by the 63 Car Club along with rally car live action and displays of driving skills.

Outside live music will feature throughout the day starring Scottish Quo, a tribute to Status Quo with a touch of tartan, along with several local supporting bands.

Once again there will be lots of entertainment to keep the children amused all day and for the big kids amongst us, the driving simulators will be returning.

The whole family can enjoy a fun filled day out, have a meal in the Porterhouse Restaurant, a snack in the Gallery Cafe or from one of the outside catering units and enjoy in the picnic area.

The entire event is held on tarmac with disabled access throughout.

The event supports several local charities and good causes including the British Heart Foundation Scotland, COTAG 4×4 Response and NERVS the Blood Bikers.

Spectator entry is only £5 per person, tickets available at the gate on the day, with accompanied children under 12 admitted FREE.

Ample FREE car parking space adjacent to the show site.

Display Vehicles: £10 per car / £5 per motor cycle / £20 per commercial vehicle.

For further details visit: www.nes-blastfromthepast.co.uk

Email enquiries to: info@nes-blastfromthepast.co.uk

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/309698652999870/

North Hop x Pitmedden Garden : Secret Garden Experience

 Organiser: North Hop

Where: Pitmedden Garden, Pitmedden House, AB41 7PD Pitmedden

 Date:  Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July 2019 Time:  10:00AM-05:00PM

Description: For our second North Hop x National Trust for Scotland collaboration we are pretty excited to be popping up at the stunning Pitmedden Garden for a rather special ‘Secret Garden Experience’ on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July 2019.

As well as being able to take in the beautiful surroundings of the garden you’ll be able to enjoy some awesome plant based street food (other options will be available too!), check out some amazing plant based producers and lovely market traders, go down the rabbit hole into our Mad Hatters Boozy Tea Tent for tipples and sweet treats, and take part in some super relaxing wellness classes!

Think yoga on the lawn, high tea with the Mad Hatter, reiki by the fountain, courtyard food vibes and strolls through the walled garden…

Children are welcome and we will have some garden games set up to keep them occupied but due to the nature of the activities, etc throughout the weekend the event will be more suitable for adults.

Full details of all traders and activities will follow in due course but in the meantime grab those tickets quick to guarantee entry and skip the queues!

Advance Tickets £4 + BF

On the Door £5

NTS Member (on the door) £4

Kids Under 12 FREE

VIP Tickets £14 + BF

VIP Tickets include entry to the event, a special guided tour of the garden, followed by canap’s and a beer or glass of fizz. Total value worth over £20! These tickets will be very limited in numbers so we recommend grabbing them asap!

As this is a collaboration event 50% of all ticket sales go to National Trust for Scotland to support the amazing work they do in running and taking care of these fantastic venues!

Unfortunately due to the nature of the garden dogs are not allowed entry to this event.


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2062401957399590/

Old Aberdeen’s Historical Secrets Mini Tour

Organiser: Hidden Aberdeen Tours

Where: Elphinstone Hall, 21 High Street, AB24 3EF Aberdeen

Date:  Saturday 20th July 2019 Time:  11:00AM-12:00PM

Description: A zip through Old Aberdeen’s history comparing the 20th century and medieval quadrangles, hearing the stories of Elphinstone Hall, New Kings and Kings College; visit the hidden remains of the Snow Kirk and the tales attached to the Powis estate represented today by the impressive gates which replicated the former towers in the old quad.

One of our series of mini tours suitable for all

Start: Outside Elphinstone Hall, Kings Lawn, Old Aberdeen

End: Kings Quad

Starts: 11am

Duration: Approx. 1 hour

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME.  If you have not booked in advance, please note it is CASH ONLY, we have no facilities to accept cards on an actual tour.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2332146780390188/

Summer Fete

 Where: Kindergarten Huntly, AB548 Huntly, Aberdeen

 Date:  Saturday 20th July 2019 Time:  12:00PM-04:00PM

Description: The Kindergarten Huntly, are holding a Summer Fete.

Bouncy Castle

Face Painting


Bake Sale

Car Boot Sale

and lots more!

Adult entry – £2

Children – Free

Car Boot Sale – £5 per car, please message us to book a space!

We are raising funds for new nursery resources as well as for The Archie Foundation.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2329553943926718/

Fittie: Aberdeen’s Planned Fisher Village – Mini Tour

Organiser: Hidden Aberdeen Tours

Where: Pocra Quay, AB11, Aberdeen

 Date:  Saturday 20th July 2019 Time:  02:00PM-03:00PM

Description: Beginning on Pocra Quay near the site of the original Block House, a stone fort first erected in the 15th century to protect the city from “English invaders”, we follow the fall and rise of the fisher residents of the Kirktoun of Futty, who forced the council into providing them a new home when harbour development threatened to obliterate the old village of Pockraw in the late 18th century.

Featuring the picturesque Fisher Squares, designed by city architect, John Smith aka “Tudor Johnny”, who also designed the new St Clements’ Kirk in 1828.  Including the sad tale of Fittie’s tragic harbour master, widowed, blighted by wreck after wreck on his watch, and finally disciplined by the Board of Trade, he finally worked himself to death.  (a brand new tale)

Meet in front of the War Memorial, Pocra Quay, opposite car park on seafront

Tour ends at Round House.

Tickets available for the special price of £5

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/422114805069348/

Balance Bikers at Hazlehead Park

 Organiser: Balance Bikers

Where: Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen

 Date:  Sunday 21st July 2019 Time:  09:30AM-11:30AM

Description: As British Cycling coaches we are experts in teaching children to ride.

Our sessions are FUN, CHALLENGING & PROGRESSIVE.  They are 30 minutes long, booking is essential!

Developing the riders CONFIDENCE is at the heart of what we do.

Whether you’re new to it all, or riding well already, this is the session for you!  Suitable for ages 18 months to 4 years old.  Bikes and helmets available to borrow.


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2372602959417239/?event_time_id=2372603006083901

Free! Puppet shows 

Organiser: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Where: Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow, AB11 5BY 

Date:  Saturday 20th July 2019 Time:  10:45AM-11:05AM

Description: Enjoy free 20-minute puppet shows with www.kidglovespuppets.co.uk

Free – please donate to support the Family Fun programme

3-12 yrs and their grown-ups

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/724619594599751/

5-8 years session 

Organiser: Dinky Doctors

Where: Trinity Centre, 155 Union Street, AB11 6BE Aberdeen   

Date:  Sunday 21st July 2019 Time:  10:30AM-12:00PM

Description: For children aged 5-8 years. Come and learn basic first aid skills in our Dinky hospital and meet our characters.

Sponsored by The Trinity Centre and supported by Peter Vardy and Original fm. All proceeds going to local charities Me Too! and VSA.Fun interactive sessions aimed at 3-5 years, 5-8 years and 8-12 years and all children receive a free gift.Become a life saver this summer!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1328586537290128/

Furry Friends of Anchor – Charity Dog Walk

 Organiser: Haddo House & Country Park

Where: Haddo House & Country Park, AB41 7EQ Ellon, Aberdeenshire

 Date:  Sunday 21st July 2019 Time:  10:30AM-03:30PM

Description: Nicol of Skene are holding a charity dog walk to raise some much needed funds for local charity Friends of ANCHOR.

Join us for a fun day of all things doggy at Haddo!  Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.

About this event…

Adult and child tickets include a sandwich and bottle of water.

All doggy participants will receive a complimentary doggy goody bag.

All money raised will be donated to Friends of ANCHOR.

For all Terms and Conditions please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/furry-friends-of-anchor-tickets-60052611979

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2250383308556152/

Chapelton Farmers’ Market Sunday 21st July 2019

Organiser: Chapelton

Where: Chapelton, Elsick Development Company, AB38 3SH Newhall, Newtonhill,

Date:  Sunday 21st July 2019 Time:  11:00AM-03:00PM

Description: Come to Hume Square in Chapelton for our first ever Farmers’ Market on Sunday 21st July 2019, 11am-3pm.

We’ll have hot food from Haydn’s Woodfired Pizza and The Principled Pig, or grab a seat at our cafe, Teacake for award winning coffee and lunchtime treats.

Our stalls include Bannerman Butcher, The Devenick Dairy, All About Lemons, Cove Honey Bees, Wrapr, The Bread Guy and Sillyflatt Fare, Flowers and Gatherings More to be announced over the coming weeks!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/804355919948842/

Summer Walk Along The Beach

Organiser: Baby and Me

Where: Aberdeen Beach Front, AB24 5, Aberdeen

Date:  Monday 22nd July 2019 Time:  10:00AM-01:00PM

Description: Let’s meet at the Fittie end and walk along the beach front to the park outside the Beach Ballroom. The children can have a play and we can all bring a picnic. On the way back we could maybe stop off for an ice cream!!!!

Fingers crossed for nice weather! Everyone is welcome. The route will be pram, bike, scooter friendly so feel free to bring whatever you prefer.

Please let me know if you are coming by selecting ‘GOING’ in the event section.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/916491232030558/

Breakfast with Toy Story 

Organiser: Innoflate Aberdeen

Where: Innoflate Aberdeen, 1a Beach Esplanade, AB24 5NS Aberdeen

 Date: Tuesday 23rd July 2019 Time:  09:00AM-11:00AM

Description: Come along and interact with your favourite characters!

All details available on ticket link


To infinity and beyond!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2405841919437323/

Decoupage a plant pot 

Organiser: Meldrum Library

Where: Meldrum Library, Colpy Road, AB51 0NT Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire

 Date: Tuesday 23rd July 2019 Time:  10:30AM-11:30AM

Description: There will be a £1 charge for this activity.

Spaces are limited so booking is essential.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/399114694279346/

Hilltop Treasure Trail 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Council Countryside Ranger Service

Where: Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve, Nigg Way East Carpark Abbotswell Cresent, AB12 5BJ Aberdeen   

Date:  Wednesday 24th July 2019 Time:  10:00AM-12:00PM

Description: Explore some of the history and wildlife to be found on Kincorth Hill with an easy to use orienteering map to follow the trails around the nature reserve. Join a Countryside Ranger on this guided walk to find the bronze panels of leaves and animal tracks along the way and take crayon rubbings to complete your treasure hunt!

This is a family friendly event (all under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Please wear sensible footwear and dress for the weather.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/263967437815237/

Outdoor Family Yoga Adventures 

Organiser: Castle Fraser Garden & Estate

Where: Castle Fraser Garden & Estate, Sauchen, AB51 7LD Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

 Date:  Wednesday 24th July 2019 Time:  10:30AM-11:30AM

Description: Fun story-based Yoga sessions that use body, breath and imagination to connect to the magic inside and all around us.

Family Yoga is a great way to nurture and inspire the child within us all.  In these story-based sessions, we use body, breath and mind to connect to the magic inside and all around us.

Children (pre-school and primary years) can come with an adult or two and together we will explore the wonders of nature as we take magical mindful adventures through the grounds of Castle Fraser.

We will move our muscles, bend our bodies and awaken our attention in the secret woodland playground, around the tepee and in the orchard.

No experience necessary, just a smile and your imagination!

Sessions will run on Wednesdays 10th, 17th, 24th &; 31st July, 10.30-11.30am.

** £3 per session drop-in for 1 child and up to 2 Adults. £1 extra per additional child or adult.

£10 for all 4 sessions for 1 child and up to 2 Adults. £3 extra per additional child or adult. **

Sessions delivered by Emma Kidd Yoga in partnership with NTS, Castle Fraser.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/324351575117663/?event_time_id=324351585117662

Free! Puppet crafts

Organiser: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Where: Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow, AB11 5BY   

Date:  Wednesday 24th July 2019 Time:  10:30AM-12:30PM

Description: Get creative with textile designer and maker Elaine Grant and make colourful puppets to take home. Different craft activities each day.

Free, drop in, please donate to support the Family Fun programme


(under 3s welcome to attend with siblings)

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2401542333236222/

Illyria: The Tempest

 Organiser: Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

Where: Drum Castle, Banchory, AB31 5, United Kingdom

 Date:  Wednesday 24th July 2019 Time:  07:00Pm-09:30PM

Description: It’s time for another amazing season of outdoor theatre at Drum! Dust down those folding chairs and waterproofs, and head on down to the South Lawn. Sumptuous refreshments will be available from Drum’s tea tent.

The magician Prospero is marooned on an island with his daughter Miranda. With the assistance of a powerful air spirit he keeps in servitude, he conjures up a storm to shipwreck his enemies on the shore of the island. Inexorably they are driven towards the centre of the island to answer to Prospero – until Prospero learns that in spite of everything Miranda has met and fallen in love with Ferdinand, the son of his enemy. Which is greater – his thirst for revenge or his aptitude for forgiveness?

In their 28th open-air touring season, and renowned all over the world for their clarity, quality and ingenuity, Illyria return to their home-turf: Shakespearean comedy. The play, believed to be the last that Shakespeare wrote single-handedly, is lyrical, thought provoking and raucously funny. More than 400 years after it was written it still has the capacity to surprise!

Illyria is an intrepid band of five actors who perform Shakespeare’s plays, entirely uncut, direct from the First Folio, the most authoritative edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It’s swift, it’s polished and it’s spoken beautifully (uniquely among open-air touring theatre companies Illyria’s artistic director has published articles on verse-speaking) – and scholars on both sides of the Atlantic agree that Illyria’s performance style is the most authentically Elizabethan to be seen. Since 1992 they have performed on what feels like every patch of grass from Land’s End to John O-Groats – and also in Ireland, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, USA and Canada. They are the only UK open-air touring company to have won no less than 4 international awards, and have a well-deserved reputation for being, quite simply, the best.

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)

Adults: £15.00

Children (3 – 18): £12.00

Concessions (over 60s / students): £12.00

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/382091639259340/

Zoolab in the Racquets Court

Organiser: Fyvie Castle

Where: Fyvie Castle, A947, AB53 8 Turriff, Aberdeenshire

Date:  Thursday 25th July 2019 Time:  11:00AM-02:00PM

Description: Back by popular demand! We are delighted to welcome back the good folks from Zoolab and their wonderful creatures these summer holidays. Zoolab bring fascinating animals like snakes, giant millipedes, rats, tarantulas, frogs, and a few surprises. The expert Zoolab guide will explain all about these creatures (and also why we shouldn’t be afraid of them!). The kids will get the chance to get up close and maybe even to handle some of the animals. The National Trust for Scotland ranger will also have an arts and crafts table set up for the kids to make a little bit of a fun mess!

Booking essential for this event

Children £8

Adults £5

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/541387739706253/

Gangsta Granny at House of Dun

Organiser: House of Dun

Where: House of Dun, A935, DD10 9LQ Montrose, Angus

 Date:   Thursday 25th July 2019 Time:  06:30PM-08:30PM

Description: Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

 25th July, 2019 18:30 start time

 Age 7+

 Running Time: 2hours inc interval

 Meet Ben, an 11-year-old want-to-be plumber fed up with spending his Friday nights at granny’s. All she wants to do is play scrabble and eat cabbage-not exactly his idea of fun!

 Hungry and bored Ben goes searching for something more edible in the kitchen and stumbles upon an old biscuit tin. The tin holds more than just digestives, however, it containes Granny’s biggest secret…

 Ben’s Granny is an international jewel theif- and she needs his help to pull off her biggest heist yet, stealing the crown jewels!

 Heartbreak productions invites you to share in this exciting escapade, a David Walliams best seller adapted for the outdoor stage. Join us, Ben, Gangsta Granny on their grandest adventure full of forbidden fun. It could be very hungry work so come prepared with picnics and appropriate outdoor gear.

 Pre order your Picnic!

£12 for 2 people, email houseofdun@nts.org.uk for more information.

 Adult: £14.50

 Conc: £11.50

 Child: £10.50

 Family (2 adults & 2 chidren): £45.50

 Outdoor performance, bring low backed chairs or picnic blankets.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/403155720420621/

Outdoor Cinema: Jurassic Park! 

Organiser: Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

Where: Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate, AB31 5QJ, Banchory   

Date: Friday 26th July 2019 Time:  06:00PM-09:00PM

Description: Rawrrrr! One of the biggest adventure classics comes to Crathes in its full 90s sci-fi glory! Allow to be taken onto a faraway island where a fun theme-park experience with living dinosaurs is about to turn deadly! Cheer on your favourite characters and enjoy the thrills of Jurassic Park under the stars!

6pm start

Doors open 5:30 – come in early to grab a free seat (limited numbers available!), enjoy music, delicious pizza, popcorn and ice cream!

Tickets available on-line and on the night:

Adults: £10, Children £6 Family £27 Under 3 Free

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/482063949197520/

Woodside Bat Walk 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Council Countryside Ranger Service

Where: Granholm Bridge, AB22 8AA, Aberdeen   

Date:  Friday 26th July 2019 Time:  08:30PM-10:30PM

Description: Join a Countryside Ranger for an insight into the world of the bat.  You’ll be using bat detectors to hear the bats’ ultrasonic communication while keeping an eye out for other wildlife along the river.

This event is ideal for adults and older children (all under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Please bring a torch, wear sensible footwear and dress for the weather.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/381340119385489/


Don’t forget you can also check out our events calendar for planning ahead with events in Aberdeen City & Shire.