Final day fun at May Festival

The May Festival enters its final day with a host of great events and big name speakers, including former BBC war correspondent Kate Adie talking about life on the front line.

The festival, which began on Friday and concludes this evening with a Homecoming Finale Concert featuring the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, has already welcomed thousands of visitors to Old Aberdeen.

Yesterday saw the Marathon Oil Children’s festival get underway with every event in the programme fully booked and youngsters also enjoying drop-in events at the Reading bus, the Festival photo booth and entertainment from stilt walkers.

A host of other children’s events are on the programme for today and visitors of all ages can drop in to the Hack ‘N’ Make Faire featuring engineering, arts and crafts, music, fire and water!

Festival co-ordinator Joanna Wallace said: “Friday and Saturday have been fantastic and we are looking forward to even more fun on our final day.

“The Great British Bake Off’s James Morton proved a huge hit with crowds packing into his bread making demonstration and talk.

“We also had a great evening of entertainment with Tony parsons sharing his new book, The Murder Bag, with an audience for the first time, and the Bright Club was packed out.

“Events at the Zoology Building and Cruickshank Gardens also proved hugely popular, with a great festival atmosphere around the Cruickshank campfire.”

Highlights for Sunday include:

  • Former war correspondent Kate Adie talking about life on the front line
  • The Battle for Britain, a debate on the referendum hosted by journalist and broadcaster David Torrance
  • Health or Wealth, looking at what really impacts on our health and wellbeing from the food on our plates to the money in our pockets
  • Musicians in the Trenches, music by composers caught up in the First World War performed by recent University of Aberdeen graduates.
  • Kitchen Killers – 50 years on from the Aberdeen typhoid epidemic, experts will look at the dangers still lurking in our kitchens and how to prevent them.
  • Energy versus Anxiety – a look at whether developing technologies can really keep the lights on hosted by a panel of energy experts.
  • An hour of prose with award-winning short story writers Wayne price and Helen Lynch

Tickets for events are available at the Festival Box Office in King’s College Conference Centre. For the full programme visit