Pitmedden Garden has a wonderful layout in the style of Versailles. It also has a collection of rare apples in its orchard. But there is more to this important heritage garden.
Come and learn about its herb garden and gain a knowledge of layout and practice.

Saturday 6 July 2019.



Hollywood hit film The Greatest Showman will be given a special outdoors screening at an Aberdeenshire attraction next week.

The movie will be on show at Pitmedden Garden on Saturday, June 8.

The musical, starring Hugh Jackman, features plenty of sing-a-long tunes and fans are invited to bring their best singing voices to join in the fun.

David Edgar, catering and hospitality manger at the National Trust for Scotland, which operates the venue, said he is looking forward to welcoming audiences to the beautiful surroundings of the garden for the special screening.

He said: “We’re really excited for our audience to experience the magic of The Greatest Showman at Pitmedden Garden’s outdoor cinema screening.

“Whether you’ve seen the film once, or watched it a million times, its popularity knows no bounds.”

Hot drinks and snacks will be on offer.

Those wishing to attend are encouraged to bring a picnic rug or a low seat, and dress suitably for the weather.

Gates open at 6pm and the film commences at 7pm. Advanced booking is recommended at www.nts.cloudvenue.co.uk

(For more stories like this – courtesy of the press and Journal)


Mental Health Awareness at Haddo – May 2019

During the month of May Haddo will be home to a variety of activities and events designed to settle the mind and give people the tools to strive for better mental health.

Haddo is a place of solace for many, and the perfect environment to work on overall wellbeing. Working with partners Gillian Watt of ‘And Breathe123’ and Agnes Bruce of ‘Wellbeing with Agnes’, Haddo will be host to a series of talks, walks and workshops, all with the purpose of improving our ability to switch off and be present.

Suzanna Atkinson, Haddo visitor services officer said: “We are so pleased to play our part in bringing better mental health and wellbeing to our visitors. Many of us are affected by stress, have super busy lives, live with depression, sensory deficits and countless other conditions that can be relieved by spending time in the outdoors in guided sessions.

“We are working with Gillian and Agnes to introduce wellbeing at Haddo, which will initially ‘kick-off’ during Mental Health Awareness Week, but we hope will become a regular addition to the many activities at Haddo.

“The events and activities throughout May include a mindfulness walk for mums, several meditation and mindfulness workshops, and how learning to be present in the outdoors can drastically help how our brains process the world around us. There is something for everyone and there is a small fund available for people who can’t afford to pay the full cost of the activities.”

If you would like to donate to allow as many people as possible to attend the events and activities: search Haddo at Just Giving. Every penny helps the Haddo team to help someone else.

To find out more take a look at the Haddo Facebook page @visithaddo or email Suzanna on vsohaddo


Charity Haddo Egg Hunt

Once a year, on Easter Sunday, an Aberdeenshire Council park hosts a very special egg hunt. Organised by local Rotary Clubs at Haddo Country Park, Methlick, an Easter bunny leaves beautifully painted wooden eggs for children to find.

Haddo Visitor Services Officer, Suzanna Atkinson, said: “It is an incredibly busy day at Haddo, so we have to close the estate to all vehicles except those who have pre-purchased parking passes for the hunt, these can be bought by searching for Haddo Egg Hunt online at brownpapertickets.com or visiting our Facebook page @visithaddo.”

As well as the charming eggs to find, there will be a face-painter, crafts, an egg-rolling competition and tasty treats to buy. Income from all activities and stalls goes to charity, so it’s a very fitting way to spend Easter with the family.

Suzanna said: “So many community groups get involved in this event. We plan it for a year to make sure it’s a wonderful day out for families. It’s a real credit to the volunteers that we manage to put on something so fun, but yet so rewarding for all involved.”

All profits from this year’s event will be going to the Neonatal Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Suzanna can be contacted on vsohaddo.

Ellon Social, Sports, Charitable and Community Clubs Showcase Evening

‘Ellon Social, Sports, Charitable and Community Clubs Showcase Evening.’

Ellon’s Community Groups, Charities, Sports and Social Clubs are holding a free open evening showcase event at the Station Hotel on Thursday 28th March 2019 from 18.30-20.00.

Come along and find out about 30+ clubs from in and around Ellon and perhaps sign-up for a new interest.

Contact Graham Clark for further information on grahamc.ellon


Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society

Join us on Saturday 23rd March 🌼🌸
A collection of works drawing on traditional folk music, from Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Rutter and Lauridsen.

Performed by Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society
Musical Director: Dr Paul Tierney
Piano: Dr Jeremy Coleman

Haddo House Hall

Tickets on sale here https://hhcos.org.uk/buy-tickets/

9th Methlick 5km and 10km FUNd Run Saturday 6th April

Do a TENNER for the kids in Kenya.

The 9th Methlick FUNd run will take place on Saturday 6th April starting on the cricket pitch at 10am . Runners can register in the Scout Hut from 8am. Your support would be much appreciate. All monies raised goes to New Life Homes in Kenya who support and care for abandoned babies.

We have a 5km and 10km route, which you can run or walk. Dogs welcome, but most be on a lead. Younger children can run laps of the cricket pitch. Tea and tray bakes to follow. Come along and support this great cause. All runners £10 to register or why not try and get 10 sponsors. See links below.