Exciting year in prospect at Haddo

An exterior view of Haddo House. Summer 2008.
An exterior view of Haddo House. Summer 2008.
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It promises to be an exciting year ahead for Haddo House and Country Park.

The end of building work marks the start of phase two of the estate’s regeneration project and a full events programme is being lined up, which will include monthly wildlife workshops and courses.

A new website is being developed which will act as a ‘one stop shop’ for all news, information and events in and around the house and country park. The website is scheduled to go online around April.

Haddo’s regeneration project has involved improvements to make it a major visitor attraction.

The key elements within the project have included improvements to the visitor arrival area including new access paths to the Stables complex, the installation of an interpretive centre at the Stables, new signage, and improvements to the visitor reception area.

All major building works are now complete. The adventure playground is being finished by Aberdeenshire Council and will be open for the Easter holidays.

The new car park at Craigie Wood is open and the loop of pathways through the wood is fully open for walkers.

Diana Spencer, Haddo’s visitor services officer, said: “2014 looks set to be a great year at Haddo.

“The end of the building work marks the start of phase two of the regeneration project- and this year we can begin showing off our beautiful site to even more locals and visitors.

“There’s a full events programme in the works, with old favourites such as the Egg Hunt and Haddo Arts Festival alongside new events like our history re-enactment weekend in September and monthly wildlife workshops and courses.”

Over the coming months a range of new volunteering projects will be introduced.

This will include the Friends of Haddo Discovery Garden, improvements to the dog park and building a new red squirrel feeding station.