January in the North East
Our 2020 calendar takes us on a picturesque tour of some of the North East’s most cherished villages, bays, castles, countryside scenes and more.
The calendar features a selection of specially commissioned photographs by the acclaimed Aberdeen-born photographer Ray Smith, who captures the location in which we work and live in a unique and engaging way.
Our first calendar image of 2020 showcases one of the most popular Munros in the North East, Lochnagar, a mountain located in the Grampians of Scotland, close to Balmoral.
Here, we take a look at some of the events being held in and around the North East in the upcoming month.
Wizard School 18th January
Visit the Aberdeen Science Centre for an exciting magic show designed for young children. Each show lasts around 45 minutes and will run throughout the day at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Booking in advance is not required, simply turn up on the day and enjoy the entertainment.
Dunimarle Library Display Throughout January
The Dunimarle Library Display at Duff House will be showcasing interests, stories and themes surrounding the Erskines of Torrie’s rich family history and experiences, through an exhibition of artefacts that once belonged to the family.
In over 4,000 volumes, the library snapshots a well-preserved glimpse of the period in which the family lived. Family life, children’s books and Persian texts are among the pieces on display.
Scottish Ballet: The Snow Queen 22nd – 25th January
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s popular story, The Snow Queen is a glittering winter tale performing live at His Majesty’s Theatre.
Set to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov and choreographed by Christopher Hampson, it’s sure to be a spectacular celebration of the Scottish Ballet’s 50th year. Fans of the animated film Frozen will be in for a treat, given that this tale is its inspiration.
Banff Mountain Film Festival 25th January
Take on the mountains from Aberdeen’s Music Hall with the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Immerse yourself in a series of adrenaline-packed films, created by some of the world’s best film-makers, athletes and explorers.
Grampian Hospitals Art Trust Open Exhibition Throughout January
Grampian Hospitals Art Trust (GHAT) has partnered with NHS Grampian Corporate Communications to launch their first Open Exhibition at the Suttie Arts Space. Paintings, drawings, sculptures and more have been created by professional, amateur and NHS Grampian staff artists.
Visit the exhibition at the Suttie Arts Space in the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
A Kilted Killing: A Burns Night Murder Mystery 25th January
Take it beyond the haggis, neeps and tatties this Burns Night and celebrate with a fun murder mystery at the Drum Castle, Garden and Estate.
Get into the thrill of the storyline and work together as a team to figure out motives and clues. A three-course buffet style supper is included.
Scottish Snowdrop Festival 31st January
Enjoy a wonderfully wintry walk at Crathes Castle in Banchory to see the earliest signs of returning garden flora. The garden and estate are home to a flurry of naturalised snowdrops at this time of year.
Sculpted yew trees and nature trails also adorn the grounds. Home to the likes of roe deer, red squirrels and woodpeckers, it’s a great spot for some nature watching.
To beat the ‘January Blues’, which events will you be attending this month?