Speyside whisky festival offering visitors a lot more than whisky

Three Bags Wool offering unique craft experience at Spirit of Speyside

An Aberlour craft shop is set to demonstrate that the Spirit of Speyside festival is not just about whisky.

Speciality craft shop Three Bags Wool is offering an opportunity for festival visitors to spend a few creative hours creating a felt sheep scene.

Tools, equipment and materials will be provided that will allow visitor to create their own masterpiece – but staff are warning that it is a craft that can become seriously addictive.

The offer is one of several craft-related attractions that will be offered during the festival, which runs from April 30 to May 4.

Other attractions will include the chance to try out wood turning under the guidance of master carver Julian Schmechel at the Burnside of Ballintomb Furniture Makers. Just four places at each session will be available for the day-long workshops which will include lunch.

While at Grant Hall in Rothes there is the chance to meet several local craft workers and see them in action at the Speyside Crafts Market. The friendly, knowledgeable stall holders will represent a wide range of local crafts and will be happy to demonstrate their skills and chat to visitors on May 2.

Creative Cairngorms and other craft businesses will display their expertise and have a range of their creative output for sale at an open day at The Glenlivet Distillery, also on May 2, which will include bee-keeping, embroidery, information about salmon in the River Spey and its tributaries, as well details of activities in the area.

From stitching to woodcarving there’s all kinds of arts and crafts featuring in this year’s festival programme alongside comedy, food, activities, music and of course whisky events.

With almost 400 events over the five day festival, there will be lots to do and see across the region.

Visit www.spiritofspeyside.com to buy tickets and follow the Festival on their Facebook page.

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