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Looking for something to do this weekend?  Why not join in the Tartan Day Celebrations in Arbroath!

Over the 5th and 6th of April, the Tartan Day Scotland Homecoming Weekend will take place in Arbroath as part of the Tartan Day Scotland Festival. The festival will bring an array of special events to the town, including free entry to Arbroath Abbey over the weekend. Within the Abbey’s mighty sandstone walls you can join in with a variety of fun historical activities for all ages, including a free tour with the Abbey’s Monk.

Monk At Arbroath Abbey

Join our Monk At Arbroath Abbey

There will be further activities at Arbroath Abbey on Sunday where you can meet some characters from the past and see the story of the Abbey come to life.

You could also pop into the nearby Webster Theatre to enjoy the Tayroots family and local history day. This sounds like a good venue for all those interested in researching their family roots! There will be talks from leading genealogists and historians, family history workshops and the chance to talk to members of local and family history organisations and archivists.

family activities

Lots to keep everyone entertained!

At lunchtime on Sunday, a pipe band will march from Kirk Square to Arbroath Abbey’s High Altar, where the Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath (which took place on April 6, 1320) will be re-enacted. Although this ceremony has been performed on April 6 (known across the world as Tartan Day) for several years now, this will be the first time in many years it has been performed within the walls of Arbroath Abbey.

Arbroath Abbey

Plan your weekend now

The Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2014 takes place across Angus from 5 – 13 April 2014 and the programme is packed with activities to keep everyone entertained.  Sounds like a good place to be this weekend – let us know how you get on in the comments below!

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Lisa Robshaw

Lisa is Historic Scotland's Marketing Manager and mostly blogs about our fascinating sites and the fun to be had at our brilliant events! Her 'must see' sites are Linlithgow Palace and Castle Campbell, and top of her 'to visit' list for 2014 is Orkney.

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