Pupils travel back in time at Haddo House

120 pupils from six local primary schools took part in creative workshops as part of this year's Haddo Arts Festival
120 pupils from six local primary schools took part in creative workshops as part of this year's Haddo Arts Festival

Over 100 pupils from six local primary schools enjoyed taking part in drama and storytelling workshops as part of the Haddo Arts Festival last week.

In total 120 pupils joined in with the creative workshops which explored the rich history of Haddo.

These workshops were inkeeping with this year’s Arts Festival which focused on the theme of Echoes and ran from Saturday, October 3, to Thursday, October 8.

Children in primaries four to seven were able to take part in the workshops which involved dressing up as chambermaids and hall boys.

They were then given a tour of Haddo House by Julie Hutton and John Lemon, who took on the roles of Mrs Chambers the Housekeeper and the Laird in order to give the pupils an insight into the lives of both rich and poor Victorian children.

Professional storyteller, Bea Ferguson, then regaled the children with local stories as well as working with them to develop their own storytelling techniques.

Festival Director, Alice Dennis, said: “I am so pleased to see children getting their minds opened to new things at the Haddo Arts Festival.

“We continue to provide kids with interesting and stimulating workshops.

“I understand one or two of them were quite frightened of the ghost - I do hope they slept well afterwards!

“I would like to thank Julie et al for their work this year, broadening horizons is a main aim for HAF and I am so gratified to see this happening due to their hard work.”

The workshops were supported by Total and E&P UK Ltd who supplied the transport to and from the schools.

The Scottish Book Trust also supported the events through their Live Literature Fund.