Angus Heritage Week

Pirates will be causing havoc at The Caledonian Railway in Brechin on Sunday, 7 September

Credit: Photo courtesy of

Pirates will be causing havoc at The Caledonian Railway in Brechin on Sunday, 7 September Credit: Photo courtesy of

A week of fun events, interesting talks and pirate adventures await you during the jam packed schedule for this years Angus Heritage Week from September 5 - 12.

“The week celebrates our county’s unique and fascinating past,” said the Provost of Angus, Helen Oswald. “The extensive programme features a range of family activities and special events with that unbeatable combination of fun and facts, which adds up to a great day out for everyone, of all ages.”

This year, the week includes a Doors Open Days on the weekend of September 6 - 7 offering a rare chance to go behind the scenes at several high-profile Angus premises, including the Guide Dog Training School in Forfar and Kinnaird Castle, family home to the Earls of Southesk as well as an evening at Hospitalfield Arts to enjoy readings from the characterful letters penned by William Kidd and William Calder Marshall presented by actor and musician Dave Anderson,

There will also be opportunities to visit Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club’s Glamis headquarters, participate in children’s activities at Pictavia Visitor Centre, slip into the past at the Royal Observer Corps Post Museum or get your inspiration flowing the former Arbroath Sheriff Court in Arbroath.

Angus Archives are giving you a chance to add to the ‘Your Local Hero Blank Canvas Collage’ by bringing in wartime photographs. “Alternatively, you can simply add the name of a relative who fought or was lost in the First World War,” explained Craig Pearson, who added that all contributors will be entered into a free prize draw to win two hours of archival research by the Angus Archives team.

We can also reveal that on September 7 the Caledonian Railway will be the scene of a swashbuckling crime! Apparently, a gang of shipwrecked pirates will attempt to hold passengers travelling on the railway line between Brechin and Bridge of Dun to ransom. Rumour has it that the dastardly buccaneers will also be hoping to sign up new recruits and have even offered a prize for the best dressed pirate! As well as train rides, there will a treasure hunt, pirate code competition, bouncy ship and chocolate treasure.

Trains depart Brechin at 11 a.m., 12.20 p.m., 1.40 p.m. and 2.55 p.m.




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