TARTAN Week in Angus will have something for everyone this year by all accounts.
The official guide to the week of festivities celebrating all things Scottish was launched by Angus Council last week.
Angus Provost Helen Oswald is looking forward to a busy schedule arranged to celebrate Tartan Week.
She said: “Judging by the packed programme of events, the Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2013 has certainly hit a chord with businesses, organisations and voluntary groups throughout Angus.
“The Events Guide highlights just how many fabulous events will be taking place in and around the county of Angus during this year’s Tartan Day Scotland Festival.”
Key events include the Tayroots Family History Day, the re-enactment of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath on April 6 and the Tartan Spirit Fashion Show.
Throughout the region museums and libraries will be joining in by holding craft days, competitions, story telling sessions and workshops.
Among those locally are a haggis hunt at Monifieth Library, the Carnoustie Tartan Day Parade and an evening of Scottish themed debate and speeches by members of the Arbroath and Strathmore Speakers’ Clubs.
The guide also gives visitors a chance to enter two competitions, one to win tickets worth £25 to the Tartan Spirit Fashion Shown at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on April 3, and the other, to win a family ticket to the Pictavia Centre near Brechin.
The brochure, which details every official event from March 29 to April 7, is available in all council facilities such as ACCESS offices, leisure centres, libraries, museums and tourist attractions.
It can also be found online at www.tartandayscotland.com, on Facebook or by contacting 01307 473262.
Also on the agenda for Tartan Week is a special conference at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel orientated at helping local businesses develop their approach to tourism.
The ‘Making the most of the visitor economy’ business conference will take place in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Thursday, April 4, 2013.
The event has been organised by Angus Council in partnership with Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, Dundee City Council and VisitScotland.
Angus Council’s tourism spokesperson Councillor Mairi Evans is keen to highlight the usefulness of this conference.
She said: “Tourism is a key industry in Dundee and Angus. The next three years will bring many exciting opportunities to the area with the opening of V&A Dundee, Commonwealth Games in 2014, the Ryder Cup in neighbouring Gleneagles in 2015, a new five star hotel and golf resort in Angus and the Waterfront redevelopment in Dundee.
“This conference gives businesses the opportunity to learn about how this industry will grow locally over the next few years, and how they can get involved with this, no matter what type of business they have, and how they can help shape the future of this sector in Dundee and Angus.
“We have an impressive programme set for the day with respected industry speakers such as Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, and Stephen Leckie, chair of the Scottish Tourism Alliance.
“We are also pleased to announce that John Swinney MSP will be presenting the keynote address. It’s going to be a very interesting day.”
In addition to the speakers, there will be workshops in the afternoon and discussions on topics such as collaborative working and knowing your customers.
Tickets for the event, priced at £20 plus VAT for Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce members and £25 plus VAT for non-members, and are available from www.dundeeandangusahamber.co.uk