25 May 2013
Our ‘Wild about Boat’ Osprey Festival offers a day of wildlife-themed activities celebrating The Year of Natural Scotland, the Tenth Anniversary of the Cairngorms National Park, our local environment and its wildlife. The unveiling of the 4.5m Osprey Feather sculpture will be one of the highlights.
The Festival will have a hub in the Community Garden, where you can sign up for: wildlife and woodland guided walks; craft workshops, African Drumming and pond dipping; story telling, face painting and much more! There are lots of places to have lunch or a picnic within walking distance of the garden. You can also do your own exploring – pick up our trails map and head off on your own.
The Speyside Wildlife guides and a Highland Council Ranger will be on hand to answer your wildlife questions – and remember to bring a bag to take home your purchases from our plant stall!
The formal opening of Station Square and our two sculptures – the Osprey Feather and the Horse and Cart - will take place at 5pm and we hope you’ll stay on afterwards to share a glass with us and enjoy our BBQ and live jazz.
Car parking in the Strathspey Railway car park, but why not walk or cycle here along the Speyside Way or Sustrans route, or take the Steam Train? Extra trains will be running throughout the day, with the first one leaving Aviemore at 8.30am.
We’ll also be running a raffle with some great prizes, including a pair of boots from Merrell, a Justin Prigmore Osprey print donated by RSPB Loch Garten and a pair of binoculars donated by Mortimers of Speyside in Grantown!
Our popular Pavement Art competition will have great prizes provided by Derwent Pencils!
Thanks also to our local partners: Boat of Garten Community Hall, the Community Council, St Columba’s Church, Deshar School, Strathspey Steam Railway, RSPB Loch Garten, BSW Timber Group, the Badenoch & Strathspey Community Transport Company, the Boat Hotel, Andersons Restaurant and Moorfield House.
See the programme at Osprey Festival Programme 2013. And here’s a preview of some of the great raffle prizes:
The Osprey Festival is organised by Boat of Garten Community Company.
You can see photos of 2012 Festival on our Boat of Garten Facebook page.