Mr Magnolia has many things,
such as an old trumpet that goes rooty-toot,
some very fat owls learning to hoot,
a big purple dinosaur who’s a magnificent brute,
two sisters who play the flute,
and even a swimming pool. But he still only has one boot!

Join Mr Magnolia on his wacky adventures, filled with Folksy Theatre’s bold characters, live music, puppetry and audience interaction. It’s a day out not to be missed!

Based on the book by Quentin Blake.

There’ll be soft and hot drinks and snacks available on the evening.

Dress warmly and bring a picnic and rug or low seating

Date: Thursday 18 July

Time: Gates open 5.30pm; performance starts 6.30pm

Adult: £15.00
Child: £12.00
Family (2+2): £45.00

***Please note tickets are non-refundable.***


NEWS FROM THE P&J – 27 JUNE 2019 -Whisky auction business plans for new centre and tasting room near Pitmedden recommended for refusal

Plans put forward by an online whisky auction company to build a new base of operations, including a tasting room, at an Aberdeenshire quarry have been recommended for refusal.

The Ellon-based Whisky Hammer company was established in 2015 by “two Aberdeenshire brothers holding a passion for whisky”.

The company, which facilitates the purchase and sales of rare malts around the world via the internet, has quickly grown in size and is now seeking to build a new, larger home.

It has put forward a planning application to turn the former Allathan Quarry just outside of Pitmedden into a purpose-built facility that is “functional yet contemporary”, and “reflective of the many agricultural buildings in the area”.

The proposed development would provide new space for Whisky Hammer’s storage and distribution of sought-after bottles and would include a shop and tasting room for local customers to enjoy an “all-round whisky experience.”

Council planners, however, have recommended members of the Formartine area committee refuse the application, arguing the proposals do not meet planning policy requirements set out in 2017.

A statement from Whisky Hammer said: “The day-to-day business is managed by five full-time staff and involves taking safe receipt of whisky, professional handling and photography of bottles and subsequent dispatch to buyers following the close of an auction.

“Whisky Hammer envisages the proposed location as a perfect fit for the business and, as part of its future growth plans, a new source of jobs for the local area.

“It will also offer a new and exciting location for whisky-loving locals to browse and taste some of the rarest whiskies available on the market.

“Whisky Hammer very much looks forward to contributing to the development of the local community.”

In a report which will go before councillors, the council’s director of infrastructure services, Stephen Archer, notes the “sensitive choice of materials” and a design “unlikely to significantly erode the rural character of the site and wider setting”.

But he concludes the application should ultimately be thrown out as “the land does not constitute a brownfield site”.

Mr Archer writes: “This is due to the lack of evident structures on it, in conjunction with its naturalised state.

“Given the principle of development cannot be established, the application is recommended for refusal.”

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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

(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 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