Returning for its sixth year, May Festival promises to be bigger and better.
And with more than 100 events across the weekend, Jill Murray, festival manager and an events organiser at the University of Aberdeen, is certain the May Festival offers something for everyone.
She said: “The May Festival has a diverse programme offering something for every age, taste and interest all hosted in the beautiful surroundings of our Old Aberdeen campus.
“Families can fire their imaginations with workshops in science and storytelling, try their hand at circus skills, get stuck in at the Hall of Mayhem and even navigate their way around an obstacle course.”
Popular walking tours are also set to return this year. They will follow a trail of women’s literacy heritage, exploring the historic and beautiful King’s College Chapel and the hidden gems of Cruickshank Gardens.
There are many events covering subjects like music, literature, history, environment and science which attendees need to book in advance.
However, the festival will host multiple drop-in events too.
According to Jill, these include “a produce market showcasing the best the north-east has to offer and the Hall of Mayhem which promises fun for all ages with hands-on-stalls where Mayhem makers can hunt for mini beasts”.
There’s also a chance to earn about DNA with Lego and find out more about some of Aberdeenshire’s local wildlife.”
While young people and their families have always been at the heart of the popular festival, this year people are invited to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.
A programme dedicated to honouring the youth will run alongside the main festival.
Jill said: “We have a drop-in circus skills sessions, the Guarana Street Band, stories and songs from traditional Traveller encampments, the wonderful world of Stick Man in the Cruickshank Gardens and a relaxing session of mindfulness for parents and children.”
The festival manager said they are particularly looking forward to welcoming Graham Stuart back to the city. Graham, a graduate of the University of Aberdeen, currently works as a managing director of a successful production company So Television.
He will share his unbelievable stories from the show business. The May Festival runs from tomorrow till Sunday. Times and venues vary.