Ballater Victoria Week

Ballater Victoria Week

Great week ahead at Ballater –  don’t miss out on all the fun.


AH/VH – Albert / Victoria Hall

BG – Ballater Golf Club

BO – Victoria Week Box Office

BoV – Burn O’Vat Visitor Centre

BL – Ballater Library

BS – Bridge Street

CG – Church Green

CV – Crathie Visitor Centre

DI – Deeside Inn

GC – Glenmuick Church

GH – Glenaden Hotel

MS – Mike Sheridan Room (VH)

MP – Monaltrie Park

PS – Ballater Primary School

RD – River Dee / Royal Bridge

SS – Station Square

SK –  St Kentigern’s Church

F – Free Event

D – Donation

Friday, 4th August

  • NEW! QV Flashmob: CG, 11.00am, F
  • Box Office opens: 11.30am – 5.00pm
  • Bats and Moths: CV, 8.00pm – late
  • QV Flashmob encore: CG, 7.00pm, F


Saturday, 5th August

  • Potted Sports: CG 2.30pm, F
  • Film: A Royal Night Out: AH/MS, 7.00pm for 8.00pm, £12


Sunday, 6th August

  • Book Fair: VH, 10.00am – 5.00pm, £1
  • Sunday Fayre: from 11.00am, 
  • Vehicle Parade: BS, 1.00pm, F
  • NEW! Cartie Race: BS, after parade
  • Songs of Praise: GC, 6.30pm, D


Monday,7th August

  • CLAN Messy Play: VH, 10.00am – 11.30am, £2
  • Remembering The Past: CG, 11.00am – 3.00pm, D
  • Small Pet Show, AH, 12 noon, £1
  • NEW! Descendants of Loinmuie: BO, 11.00am – 5.00pm
  • Rufts Dog Show: CG, 2.00pm, £ varies
  • Pantomime + NEW! Hobby Horse Trials: CG, 3.00pm, F
  • History@the Halls: MS, 2.00pm, £5
  • Highland Dancing: VH, 7.00pm, D


Tuesday, 8th August

  • NEW! Stay & Play with Highland Hustle Tots: MS, 10.30am
  • Weel Kirkit: meet GC, 11.00am, D/F
  • Remembering The Past: CG, 11.00am – 3.00pm, D
  • Buttony Bear’s Picnic, CG, 12.00pm – 2.00pm, F
  • NEW! Bonnie BVW Baby: CG, 1.00pm, F
  • Strawberry Tea: GC, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Kids’ Quiz: GH, 2.30pm, F
  • Highland Hustle: PS, 7.30pm, F
  • NEW! 80s TV Quiz Show Quiz: VH, 7.30pm


Wednesday, 9th August

  • Storytelling: BL, 10.00am, F
  • NEW! Old Royal Station Tours
  • NEW! The Big BVW Lego Event: MS, 11.00am – 1.00pm, drop-in, F
  • Remembering The Past, CG, 11.00am – 3.00pm, D
  • Family Putting: BG, 11.00am – 1.00pm, F / £1
  • Prizewinning Putting! BG, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, F
  • Bowling Club Open Day (tbc): BG, 11.00am – 3.30pm, £1
  • Teen Team Challenge: CG, 2.00pm, F
  • Puppet Workshop: MS, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, F
  • Fishing: CL, 11.00am – 2.00pm, F
  • Upper Deeside Music: GC, 3.00pm – 5.00pm, £10
  • NEW! Haunted Halls: BC, 8.00pm, £5


Thursday, 10th August

  • Ballater Highland Games: MP, 10.00am, £8/£2
  • Beat Retreat: CG, 7.00pm, D
  • Ceilidh: VH, 7.30pm, £10/£5


Friday, 11th August

  • Weel Kirkit: meet GC, 11.00am, D/F
  • Friday Funday: CG
  • CLAN Afternoon Tea: DI, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, £6
  • NEW! It’s A Knockout: CG, 6.30pm, F
  • Ghost Tour: SS, 10.00pm, £8


Saturday, 12th August

  • Car Boot Sale: CG, 10.30am
  • Focus Craft Fair: VH, 10.00am – 4.00pm
  • Family Disco: AH, 6.30pm – 8.00pm, u11s, £2
  • Teen Disco: AH, 8.30pm – 10.00pm, £2
  • Ghost Tour: SS, 10.00pm, £8

Sunday, 13th August

  • NEW! Antiques Fair: VH, 10.00am – 4.00pm, £1
  • Ecumenical Church Service: GC, 11.00am
  • Duck Race: CG, 1.00pm, £2.50/F
  • NEW! BIGGER Duck Race: RD, 3.00pm, F
  • NEW! Spirit of Ballater Awards: VH, 7.30pm


More info here:


Ballater Highland Games

Ballater Highland Games

The Ballater Highland Games will be held on Thursday, 10th August 2017 in Ballater Royal Deeside’s Monaltrie Park (Provost Craig Road, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5NN).

There have been Games held in Ballater since 1864 and, apart from the war years, the Games have continued uninterrupted until the present day.

Ballater Highland Games

Many famous athletes and champions have competed at Ballater. Today the events form part of the circuits comprising the Glenfiddich Heavy Events Championship and the Grampian Games Qualifying Championship, which encourages the younger athletes to participate in the heavy and field events.

Ballater Highland Games prides itself in having something for everyone, young and old alike. On Games Day there are multifarious trade stands, together with a fun fair for the children. On occasion, personalities are to be seen, and one memorable day a military 25 pounder was fired by a certain television presenter to signal the start of the Hill Race.

To complete the day, Beat Retreat by the Pipe Bands is planned for 7.00 pm on the Church Green in Ballater.

For more info, visit Ballater Highland Games website ( or Facebook (

All photos credit to Ballater Highland Games.