Education & Outreach

Staged as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, the Findhorn Bay Festival education programme offers a range of activities for schools and community groups to further their awareness and understanding of Scottish arts and culture, embracing and celebrating the talents of our young people.  For schools, the activities support the Curriculum for Excellence and enhance learning in a number of subjects areas, including: Science, History, English, Music and Language.

Writer and Illustrator Talk for Schools with James Robertson & Kate Leiper
Wednesday 26 September | 11am – Noon | Town Hall, Forres | £2 per child (P4 – P7)
Join author James Robertson and artist Kate Leiper as they tell the story of how they came to write and illustrate The Buke of the Howlat. Between them they have created an enchanting
new version of one of Scotland’s oldest poems – originally written here in Moray, in the 1440s. A young Owl (Howlat) believing himself to be ugly goes to see the bonniest bird of all, the Peacock,
hoping that he can persuade Nature to make him equally handsome. However, the Howlat’s plan goes badly wrong, and he learns a very important lesson…

Beatboxing, Sound and Composition with Jason Singh
Friday 28 September | 5pm – 6pm | The Tolbooth, Forres | £5 (Suitable for all)
Jason Singh is a composer, musician, sound artist and performer. He has created unique live beatbox film scores, large scale ambisonic sound installations, sound design for gallery/museum exhibitions and collaborative experiments with sound, ceramics, textiles and museum objects. Jason is currently the artist in residence for Hull City of Culture 2017, an awardee of the PRS New Music Biennial Award and Associate Artist with Fermynwood Contemporary Arts. Join Jason for a 1-hour introduction to sound and beatboxing.

Storytelling and Creative Making Workshop
From 20 August | Darnaway Forest | Free
Set on the edges of the ancient forest and underneath the shade of an ancient oak tree at Darnaway, experience ‘an exquisite re-telling of one of Scotland’s oldest poetic gems’, The Buke of the Howlat written by James Robertson. Inspired by the story school children will create their own pieces of artworks which will form part of the set for The Buke of the Howlat production.

The Wildlife of Findhorn Bay with RSPB
Sunday 30 September | 10am – 11am & 1pm – 2pm | Kinloss Church Hall Annexe | £4 per adult and £2 per child and RSPB members. Under 5s free.
Join RSPB Scotland to learn more about the amazing wildlife of the Findhorn Bay Nature Reserve. Bring wellies and we’ll stomp around in the gloopy mud and see how many birds we can name. You’ll learn about the curlew with its curly-wurly beak and discover how different birds use different techniques to feed themselves. You can even have a go at foraging for worms yourself!

Landscape – Mixed Media Workshop with Kirstie Cohen
Saturday 13 October | 10am – 4pm | Moray Art Centre | £55. Please call Moray Art Centre on 01309 692 426 to book. Working in a series of small scale panels on board, you will create as many images as possible in a variety of mixed media and oil paint, with an emphasis on colour and variety of mark making. Kirstie will demonstrate the components that are needed to create a successful art work and different ways of making effective and dramatic statements. This will be an absorbing and fun filled experience with an outcome of wonderful images from the imagination, and direct sources of reference, to enjoy and build from.

Language Workshops
From 22 October Schools Workshops 4 weekly sessions, follow on from attending The Buke of the Howlat production. Teachers introductory workshop week of 17 September.
Suitable for P5-P7 & S1-S4. Free.

Saturday 29 September | 11am – 4pm | St John’s Lodge, Forres
Learn about Scots/Doric language through writing and song-making, singing local traditional songs from the 1930s Carpenter collection and find out about their historical background and connections to North East Scotland. Brought to you by the Elphinstone Institute of Aberdeen who work to promote and celebrate culture and traditions in the North and North-East of Scotland.
Join them for schools workshops or drop in throughout the day as part of Culture Day Forres.


We welcome school and community groups to events and can offer booking incentives and some free community transport too. Limited community transport is available by arrangement to groups across Moray, please contact or call 01309 673137 for further information.