Children’s Activities 2018-06-24T23:01:53+00:00

With thanks to programme sponsors, Portsoy Thrift Shop, an exciting programme for children and the young at heart will be brought together, with events to be found throughout the town from the Salmon Bothy to the Wally Green and Loch Soy – and everywhere in between!


Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre – Fee Fi Fo Fum

Saturday at 1.30pm and 3.00pm and on Sunday at 12.30pm and 2.45pm – 35 minutes, free entry.

Fee Fi Fo Fum, this is a lively version of this famous story about Jack who plants a magic bean, grows a beanstalk and ventures into the Giant’s Castle. Faithful to the original stories, Clydebuilt have created a show with baskets and boxes that become a house or even a castle. Just bring your imagination.  Suitable for family audiences.

Teddy Bears Picnic

On Saturday and Sunday at 1.00pm there will be a teddy bears picnic. Derek Merson will be at the Home-Start Deveron tent in the Wally Green. Remember to bring along your teddy!

Magic Show

At 2pm on Saturday prepare to be amazed with Allan’s Magic Show. Free event. Sponsored by MFV Silver Wave.

Look out for the bus stop where the Wee Red Bus will be tooting its horn ready to take you on a journey around the Festival streets in miniature style on both days!


Meet the Scottish Exotic Animal Rescue team.
Come along on Saturday and get hands on and learn all about the amazing exotic animals. The charity was founded by Nick Martin and is based on the outskirts of Inverness, Scotland. S.E.A.R takes in exotic animals of all shapes and sizes from members of the public, police seizures and also the SSPCA and RSPCA.

The Walking Theatre Company – Wiz Around The Soy
On Sunday at 2.00pm, meet The Walking Theatre Company opposite the Salmon Bothy and join a performance of Wiz Around The Soy – free event.  A brand new adaption of The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy has lost Toto, the Cowardly Lion has lost the Tin Man, the Wicked Witch of the West has lost the Wicked Witch of the East, the Scarecrow has lost the way, and the Great Wiz has lost his marbles!  Munchkins need to sort it all out!

Aberdeenshire Mobile Library Service will be in attendance on Saturday and Sunday with the mobile library. Pop in and listen to a tale come to life with our wonderful storyteller, Derek Merson and maybe have a go at some Doric Graffiti art.

We also have the ever-popular bungee trampolines and new for this year the crazy bumper carz.


Children’s Treasure Trail
Join our Children’s Treasure Trail on both Saturday and Sunday.  Look out for painted anchor prints beside a Doric word or phrase throughout the Festival area.  Note them on a treasure trail sheet available from the pay gates and at the Friends of Anchor stand on Low Street or the Mobile Library Van.  Return the completed sheet to either the Friends of Anchor stand or the Mobile Library Van for a piece of treasure to keep!

Rock Pool Rummage
On Sunday morning at 10am there will be a Rock Pool Rummage at the Links led by Aberdeenshire Rangers.  Meet the Aberdeenshire Rangers at the Caravan Park play park. Discover the fascinating world of rock pools, find out about the suckers, gluers and swimmers lurking beneath the waves at Portsoy. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Children must be accompanied. Booking is essential, to book your place and for more information, please contact the Banff & Buchan Ranger on 07788 688855 or email banffandbuchan.ranger@aberdeenshire.gov.uk


A host of adrenalin fuelled activities including sailing, climbing wall, bike track and zorbsFull details on the Loch Soy page.