Culture Day Forres

Saturday 24 September
11am - 4pm


Returning for a fourth year, Culture Day Forres will see the streets, parks, shops and public buildings of Forres come alive with a carnivalesque explosion of art, music, film and dance, talks and tours and much, much more.

Don’t forget. All events are FREE and suitable for ALL AGES. So get involved and get creative.

Tolbooth Street will be closed to all traffic on Saturday but the High Street will remain open. Please take care when crossing roads, stick to pedestrian pavements and use designated crossing points. 

Whatever the weather Culture Day Forres will go ahead! However, some outdoor events may be moved indoors if it’s a real dreach day.  

Free parking across town and overspill parking is available at the back of Forres Academy.  


What's On

Grant Park

Dance WalkWalk / 11am @ Cricket Pavilion

Bring your own music player and headphones and join Ruby Worth in this fun interactive dance walk complete with warm up and cool down.

Drumduan Upper SchoolEvent Details

Find out more about Drumduan School at their stall in Grant Park.

Elemental Community Arts Have A Go

Make a festival mask to accompany festival mascot, Struan the Stag! Arts for all ages and abilities is at the heart of Elemental Community Arts’ work.

Fly ArgaricHave A Go

Drop in circus skills for everyone.

Drum Fun & Forres in BloomHave A Go / 11am @ WeeFIBBees Garden

Try your hand at drumming with Steve Sharpe from Drum Fun. African drums, bells, maracas, a giant xylophone and even more to make a joyful noise!

Canberra CockpitHave A Go

Join Morayvia to sit in the place of a pilot, navigator or bomb aimer in a historic Canberra Jet and find out about the role of this cold war veteran.

Newbold House ShowcaseStall

Newbold Trust will showcase the work of the social enterprise and opportunities it provides for the local community.

Introducing StagePerformance / 11am

Young musicians stage showcasing local talent. See chalkboard for performance times.

Forres Skate Park InitiativeHave A Go

Temporary half-pipe for all your skating and biking fun in Grant Park.

The Little Red BusHave A Go / £3 per ride

Back by popular demand our Little Red Double Decker Bus will be ready for trips for everyone.

The Royal British Legion

Intro to Argentine TangoHave a Go / 11am

An introduction to the music dance and culture of Argentine Tango with Argentine Tango Highland.

Dance ScottishHave a Go / Noon, 1pm & 3pm

Take a turn at ‘Strip the Willow’ and ‘The Gay Gordons’ with Forres’ own Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

#Everybody#Dance #NowHave A Go / 2pm

A taster dance session for all ages and abilities with BodysurfScotland: because dance is for everyone, and everyone can dance.

Forres House & Library

At the Heart of ThingsStorytime & Have A Go

Drop-in workshops on downloading eBooks & audio plus quizzes, music, film and storytelling! Activities all day. Storytime: 10.30 – 11am; Have A Go: 12 – 2pm.

The Mocado ExhibitionExhibition

A touring exhibition showcasing young talent from around the UK, with a particular focus on Highland-based artists. Curated by Maddie Lennon and Caitrin Edmond.

Forres, it’s Buildings, History and ArchitecturePresentation / 10am

Take a metaphorical journey around the streets of Forres with local historian Norman Thompson and discover the hidden history of one of Scotlan’s most distinguished ancient Royal Burghs.

The Story of the Dava WayPresentation / 11am

Discover the nature, history and legends hiding amongst the embankments and bridges of one of Scotland’s most picturesque railway walks. With the Dava Way Association.

St. Leonard's Church

Rising StarsPerformance / 11.30am

Young talented Moray group performing a variety of songs.

Classical MusicPerformance / Noon

Local musicians who met at music school, Rosie Swan, Abi Collins plus guests join Culture Day to perform a range of classical and traditional music.

Dreamtime Community ArtsPerformance / 2pm

An interactive performance of well-known songs interpreted to sign language and expressive dance.

Sounds DeepPerformance / 3.15pm

Men’s community choir based in Forres singing inspirational songs from around the world.

Sing Moray at GordonstounPerformance / 3.45pm

Based on the Moray Firth, Sing Moray gives experienced and less experienced singers the chance to come together and enjoy making music.

Wild Gorse Studio Have A Go

Pop in to get involved with some fantastic floral creations and chat about the adventures you’ve been having at the festival.

Too Many KooksPerformance / 11am

Theatrical cappella singing at its very best. Glamorous and humurous and a feast for the eyes as well.

Town Hall

Coffee MorningCoffee Morning / 10am - Noon

Join Dyke Primary School for a coffee and a blether in the Town Hall.

Light CollectiveHave A Go, Exhibition

Come on and be a lighting guerilla, take a photograph or just watch the action.

Mad Hatter’s Tea PartyPerformance / 1pm

Some of the colourful characters from Alice in Wonderland cause havoc in Forres Town centre and invite you to join them at their tea party.

Tolbooth Street

Apple T’ArtHave A Go, Exhibition

Various artists with local connections exhibit.

Singing TreesPerformance

Visit the acoustic stage situated at the bottom of Tolbooth Street.

Vivian HendryHave A Go

Join Vivian on Tolbooth Street to explore your artistic creativity.

Pop Up Cinema Hub Film, Presentation

Moving Picts presents a small film studio showcasing a range of local artists.

The Moose Mobile RadioMobile Radio

Open air busking stage, pop by and hear local talent and visiting musicians hosted by Mr Moon. Featuring musicians include Michiel Turner, Footerin’ Aboot, Abi Rooley-Towle and Jerry Akehurst.

The Falconer Museum

How to Grow a DinosaurPerformance / 11am & 2pm

Frozen Charlotte presents an interactive theatrical science demonstration for children aged 3-6. Come and try a touch of transmogriphication!

Power to the PeopleExhibition, Have a Go

Part of The Falconer Museum’s exhibition all about energy and the history and future of Power. From 10am – 5pm.


Craft FairCraft Fair

Meet local Forres Crafters working together to showcase their skills, talents and creativity. From 11am – 4pm.

Transient LightExhibition, Presentation

Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015, Ian Cameron, presents work in the historic Tolbooth, with two talks from the artist at 11.30 am and 3pm.


Selena Kuzman and The T-Exchange to explore celtic legend and link art, mythology and technology in this exciting installation. Supported by Creative Place ProjectARTS.


Euphemia’s Museum of Curiosities

One of a kind event recreating the atmosphere of the original Victorian Shop Shows, complete with imaginative, local curiosities on display, each with its unique tale of superstition and folklore to tell. Local artists hand picked by the museum’s curator include Caroline Bury, Lucas Dew, Karen Grant, House of Automata, Naturally Useful and Sporran Nation.

Face Painting

Become whatever you want for the day with some fun face painting!

FACT Office

Kinloss & Forres Model ClubExhibition

Displays and demonstrations of scale models.

Tech & Tea PartyHave A Go

Enjoy tea and cake whilst learning to use your tablets, laptops and phones. You can take part in a little online challenge too.

Bird House

Frames Per SecondExhibition, Meet the Artist

Installation by Graeme Roger and Chris Bird using traditional methods and techniques inspired by the pioneering Lumière Brothers.

High Street

Painting in ProgressMeet the Artist

Artist Brian C Young paints and talks about art as you watch! Plus a pop-up gallery of his work.

Extremely Pedestrian ChoralesPerformance / 11am & 2pm

A light-hearted look at walking as dancing and a choreographic response to Bach’s famous Chorales with BodySurf Scotland’s Karl Jay-Lewin. Taking place in the window of Solo Hairdressers.

The Institute of Design Innovation (InDI), the Glasgow School of Art: Open DoorsExhibition, Performance

Visit the Forres studios of the Glasgow School of Art and learn all about the fascinating work their designers and researches are doing across the Highlands and Islands

Helping HandsExhibition, Performance

Collaboration between local poet and storyteller, Margot Henderson, and staff and customers of charity shops on Forres High Street. Sharing stories and reflections on loved items changing hands.

Ingrid A FraserExhibition

An exhibition of Ingrid’s work inspired by Scottish landscapes. Taking place in Babalu.

Depressed Cake ShopInfo, Open Doors

Moray Wellbeing Cafe. Pop up shop and chat for change.

Castle Hill Park

Local Forres Food FestHave A Go, Stall

Learn about local produce, bumble bees, biodiversity, eating the rainbow and more with Getting Incredible and Let’s Eat.

Rose Garden

Into the RhythmHave A Go

Join Carol Scorer in the drum circle and make some big noise! Carol has drums to suit all ages and abilities and everyone is welcome.

The Nicholson Building

Plane SpottingExhibition

A photographic exhibition by Paul Campbell that captures that fleeting moment of a journey taken by unknown travellers to unknown destinations.


Hannah Laycock presents a photographic journey exploring life living with multiple sclerosis.

Small PaintingsExhibition

Culture Day is delighted to present a series of small paintings by Moray’s Elizabeth Strath, one of Scotland’s most sucessful fine artists.


Alt-w:Blush ResponseExhibition

The Travelling Gallery, a custom-built gallery in a bus, presents new works by artists based in Scotland.

St. John's Lodge

Science and IngenuityHave A Go

The T-Exchange will be presenting and demonstrating machines including 3D printers, micro-computers, programming languages and robots. From 11am – 5pm.

Out & About

Throughout Culture Day the streets of Forres will be packed with street performers out and about to entertain everyone plus ways for you to get involved with lots of fun, creative activities.

How many of our performers you can spot?

Mr H. • Animal Antics • Alice in Wonderland • Sophie Matheson • Aberlour Reelers • Dudendance • TNT Youth Band • Footerin’ Aboot • Stilt Walkers • Arts in Motion • Porridge • Sid Innes • BodySurf Youth Dance • Struan the Stag • Forres & District Pipe Band • Bukhari choir • Dreamtime Community Arts • Melodies • Calum Jones • Pop Up Poetry

Big Culture Day events at 4pm