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BEWARE THE BURKERS! - MEDICAL MAYHEM IN ABERDEEN 
WEDNESDAY 18 JULY

A SPOOKY SPECIAL FOR ABERDEEN STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

Hidden Aberdeen Tours and Taezali Players present a one-off storytelling and drama session exploring more from the dark side of Aberdeen's medical history.  Recalling a time when medical students had to resort to digging up freshly-buried corpses to supply their anatomy lessons, this show includes new stories of how Travelling people lived in terror of being murdered by the "Noddies" or "Burkers", who saw them as non-persons, and thus ripe to supply the dissection table; of a disturbing experiment which took place in Marischal College in 1821, when Drs Skene and Ewing attempted to replicate a "Galvanic Arc" as created by chemist, Andrew Ure at Glasgow University in 1818, the same year that Frankenstein was published.  Meet James "Satan" Sangster, port-watchman and grave-digger turned grave robber, who gets more than he bargained for when he meets 18th century prostitute, Ivy, who proves to be not just a pretty face!

This will chill your hearts and make your toes curl! Stories are only stories when they have listeners, so please take the opportunity to join us as we support Grampian Association of Storytellersthe founders of the Storytelling Festival which started last year.  Hosted again by the wonderful Inn at the Park. Take the opportunity to use your event tickets to claim 25% off your food order before the show.  There is disabled access to the venue and car parking at the rear.

VENUE: Inn at the Park Hotel, Deemount Terrace, Ferryhill, Aberdeen (MAP
DOORS OPEN: 7PM

SHOW STARTS: 7.35PM
DURATION: approx 2hr (with interval)
TICKETS:
Click HERE to book.  Online bookings ONLY - call box office if you are unable to book by this method (07572 582198)


DUTHIE PARK: SECRETS & STORIES (MINI TOUR)
THURSDAY 19 JULY 2018

Mini-tour set in Ferryhill's pleasure park, which was given to the city by Miss Elizabeth Crombie Duthie in 1881. Duthie Park is full of artefacts, stories, and scenes. Join us for a one-hour wander around, looking at things like:  The Kittybrewster Memorial Fountain, The Bridge That Flitted, The Fountainhall Cistern, The McGrigor Obelisk, Arthurseat, Hygeia's Statue and a few other forgotten things.  Accessible for disabled and children.  Details here

MEET: Polmuir Road Gates, Duthie Park (MAP)
STARTS: 2pm
DURATION: approx 1hr
TICKETS: Click HERE to book or, in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre, Shiprow


THE WAY OF THE ASH TREE: ABERDEEN'S OLDEST STREET
THURSDAY 19 JULY 2018

Second run of our newest tour (really hoping there's NO monsoon rain this time!), featuring the route of the Netherkirkgate, aka Vicus Fraxini, "The Way of the Ash Tree", the oldest known street of Aberdeen, first recorded in 1212AD in a land grant.  Including the Mither Kirk, St Thomas' Hospital, Wallace Tower, and a special featuring on the lost Guestrow, now Marischal Square, and its two remaining residents, Provost Skene's House and the Illicit Still Bar.  Learn of those forgotten closes and lanes and their residents.  A fascinating look behind the modern.  More details here.

MEET: Outside Prince of Wales Pub, St Nicholas Lane, Aberdeen (MAP)
STARTS: 7.30pm
DURATION: approx 2hr
TICKETS: Click HERE to book or, in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre, Shiprow


ROSEMOUNT RAMBLE
FRIDAY 20 JULY 2018

Our new favourite, taking you around the streets of Rosemount and revealing its past as Gilcomston, home of weavers and craftsmen, and the site of the earliest medieval mills when the landlords, the Menzies of Pitfodels had the best grain and lint mills outside the city.  Featuring the hidden gems of Mackie Place and Rosemount House.  More details here.

MEET: Outside the Cult of Coffee, 28 Esslemont Avenue, Aberdeen (MAP)
STARTS: 7.30pm
DURATION: approx 2hr
TICKETS: Click HERE  to book or, in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre, Shiprow


HOSTING SCOTLAND'S GHOSTS: ADULT STORYTELLING SESSION
SATURDAY 21 JULY 2018
PART OF THE ABERDEEN STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

As part of the Aberdeen Storytelling Festival, Dr Fiona-Jane Brown, founder of Hidden Aberdeen Tours, and a member of Grampian Association of Storytellers, hosts a night of ghostly stories from across Scotland. Featuring guest storytellers, Pauline Cordiner (Fizzy's Funtastic Parties), David Brown (Specialist in Viking and Celtic epic tales) and Maggie Fraser (co-founder of GAS), who will be aiming to terrify you with the most fearful, creepy stories and tales from all around our green isle! Proving that the best tales are the ones for grown-ups!

All monies go to Grampian Association of Storytellers for next year's Storytelling Festival. GAS merchandise will be on sale at the interval including last year's story-guide for youngsters, GAS storytelling CDs etc.  Suitable for ages 15+

VENUE: The Inn at the Park, Deemount Terrace, Ferryhill (MAP)
DOORS OPEN: 7pm
EVENT STARTS: 7.30pm
DURATION: Approx 2hr (with added interval) (Bar open till 1am)
TICKETS: Click HERE to book
Online bookings ONLY - call box office if you are unable to book by this method (07572 582198)



HORRIBLE HISTORIES WEEK -
A BLOODCURDLING COLLECTION OF OUR CREEPIEST STORIES!

 

CASTLEGATE: THE BLACK KALENDAR
MONDAY 23 JULY 2018

First of a series of 4 walks on the creepiest, most disturbing and terrifying aspects of Aberdeen's history.  Learn of the horrors which occurred around Aberdeen's old medieval marketplace beginning at Old Blackfriars, once a merchant's house where the dastardly folk involved in child slavery hid their kidnap victims, and including many tales from Aberdeen's Black Kalendar, the city's list of court proceedings over several centuries. More details here.

MEET: Lower Bar, Old Blackfriars Pub, 52 Castle Street (MAP)
STARTS: 7.30pm
DURATION: approx 2hr
TICKETS: Click HERE to book or, in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre, Shiprow


GHOSTS & GHOULS OF THE AULTOUN
TUESDAY 24 JULY 2018

2nd of our series of walks revealing Aberdeen's dark side!  Come to the medieval university campus and hear the stories of the ghosts of auld lang syne.  There's Sacrist Downie, the unfortunate victim of a student prank gone badly wrong. Hear the supernatural situation of Mrs Baird and Dr Reid, the minister's wife and the spiritualist who tackle a creepy entity in the Chaplainary near St Machar's.  Also includes the Hermit of Powis; the Ghost of the King St Barracks and the mysterious Mason's Mark.  More details here

MEET: Outside Kings College, entry path, High Street, Old Aberdeen (MAP)
STARTS: 7.30pm
DURATION: approx 2hr
TICKETS: Click HERE  to book or, in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre, Shiprow


TRAGIC & TERRIBLE TALES OF TORRY
THURSDAY 26 JULY 2018

3rd of our walks investigating the dark side of the city's history. Beginning in Abbey Place, outside the Old Torry Community Centre, we tell tragic and terrifying stories from this ancient fishing community, including: The Dee Ferry Disaster (1876); The Wreck of the Oscar (1813); The Unsolved Murder of Betty Hadden (1945); The Mysterious Death of Robert Davidson Jnr (1829); The sad tale of brave Covenanter, William Milne of Kincorth who defended his cause to the death, in far away Yeovil at the Battle of Langport (1645).  A revival of the old Torry Ghost Tour from years back!

MEET: Outside Old Torry Community Centre, 2 Abbey Place, Torry (MAP)  
STARTS: 7.30pm
DURATION: approx 2hr 
ENDS: Old St Fittick's Kirk
TICKETS: Click HERE to book or, in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre, Shiprow


BLOOD & GRANITE: THE MURDER HISTORY TOUR
FRIDAY 27 JULY 2018

The original and the best crime history tour in Aberdeen.  The ONLY tour with research from the late lamented Grampian Police Museum! Final of our 4 walks delving into Aberdeen's dark side.  See the sites and hear the stories from our city's dark and criminal past. War and bloodshed, murder and mayhem, it's all under your feet!! Taking you back in time to some of the city's most notorious slayings, the Murder History Tour brings out the horrors behind the doors of some of our most innocuous tenements and monuments. More details here

MEET: Trinity Cemetery, Park Road Gates nr Pittodrie (MAP)  
STARTS: 7.30pm
DURATION: approx 2hr 
ENDS: Justice Port Flats, Park St.
TICKETS: Click HERE to book or, in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre, Shiprow


UNION STREET: ABERDEEN'S MODERN HEART 
MONDAY 30 JULY 2018

Union Street represented the break with and indeed the destruction of the medieval city as it cut through the old, crowded streets and lead the way to a new development at the far side of the Denburn Valley which had once been the border of the burgh. This tour aims to show a little of what was there before, including a look at the vaults, the piers which hold up our main street, as well as explaining the fight the business community had to persuade the council to go ahead with this new development.  More details here.

MEET: Outside Aberdeen Town House, Union St entrance (MAP)  
STARTS: 7.30pm
DURATION: approx 1hr 
TICKETS: Click HERE to book or, in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre, Shiprow


ABERDEEN'S MEDIEVAL & PREHISTORIC ORIGINS
TUESDAY 31 JULY 2018

Starting at Shiprow, once thought to be the city's oldest street when it was called "The Way of the Ash Tree" in 1212AD, then skirting the remains of St Katherine's Hill, now the Adelphi through to the Green where the Trinitarian and Carmelite Friars had their monasteries. We then follow the trail through the Denburn Valley, now Union Terrace Gardens, to the site of the city's mineral spring of repute, the Spa Well,and end at Hill Street, Gilcomston to the earliest sites of local settlement stretching back to Neolithic and Mesolithic times (6-10,000 years ago).  More details here.

MEET: Outside Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow (MAP)
STARTS: 7.30pm
DURATION: Approx 2hr
TICKETS: Click HERE to book or, in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre, Shiprow 


OLD TORRY'S LOST VILLAGES (MINI TOUR)
WEDNESDAY 1 AUGUST 2018

Following on from the talk "A Tale of Two Torrys", the mini tour takes you on a journey of 800 years in just one hour! From the ancient kirk of St Fittick's dedicated to Torry's mysterious patron saint and the brave Covenanter, William Milne, who is buired in the kirkyard, to the story of how old fisher Torry was demolished TWICE, due to harbour development and the coming of the oil industry, with just 100 years between.  More details here.  N.B. AFTERNOON TOUR

MEET: Junction of Sinclair Road/ Baxter Street (Outside former Torry Bar) (MAP)
STARTS: 1pm
DURATION: approx 1hr
TICKETS: Click HERE to book or, in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre, Shiprow


CASTLEGATE'S HISTORIC PAST: MINI TOUR 
THURSDAY 2 AUGUST 2018

A whirlwind tour of Castlegate's Georgian, Victorian and medieval past including the Mercat Cross, Peacock's Court, the Salvation Army Citadel and the tale of Aberdeen's vanished castle.  Begins Old Blackfriars pub where you can get 25% off your food order by presenting your ticket.  Pop in for either a late or early lunch! More details here

MEET: Old Blackfriars, 52 Castlegate (MAP)
STARTS: 1pm
DURATION: Approx 1hr
TICKETS: Click HERE to book or, in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre, Shiprow


OLD ABERDEEN: HISTORICAL SECRETS (MINI TOUR)
FRIDAY 3 AUGUST 2018

A zip through Old Aberdeen's history comparing the 20th century and medieval quadrangles, hearing the stories of Elphinstone Hall, New Kings and 16th century Kings College; visit the hidden remains of the 15th century Snow Kirk and the tales attached to the post-Reformation Powis estate represented today by the impressive gates which replicated the former towers in the old quad.  More details here

MEET: Outside Elphinstone Hall, Regent Walk, Old Aberdeen (MAP)  
STARTS: 2pm
DURATION: approx 1hr 
TICKETS: Click HERE to book or, in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre, Shiprow


GALLOWGATE GALA - HISTORICAL TALK
WEDNESDAY 8 AUGUST 2018

As part of the local gala held at St Margaret's Episcopal Church, Hidden Aberdeen Tours' director, Dr Fiona-Jane Brown will be giving a talk on the history of the Gallowgate, partly to highlight the launch of the new tour "Aberdeen's Borderlands: The North - Gallowgate" on Thursday 9th.  Including Gallowgate's earliest origins as the first site of civic execution, the development of industry and the changing face of the street through time.  Free talk, donations to the church suggested.  Followed by tea/coffee in the church hall.

VENUE: St Margaret's Episcopal Church, Gallowgate (MAP)
STARTS: 1pm
DURATION: approx 1hr
FREE EVENT


THE GALLOWGATE: ABERDEEN'S BORDERLANDS - THE NORTH (NEW TOUR!)
THURSDAY 9 AUGUST 2018

A brand new tour, first in a series of four, covering "Aberdeen's Borderlands".  The Gallowgate represented the way to the city's Northern border, Mounthooly, as Aberdon was a separate burgh until 1891.  From its earliest origins as the first site of civic executions to the home of the city's earliest thread mill, Porthill, the Gallowgate has changed rapidly through time.  An industrial area from earliest medieval times with the home of the Tannery near Broadgate, and later Soapy Ogston's; site of the Quakers' burying ground, often dug up by an less than supportive council; the home of "Mar's Castle", a curious building latterly used for the medical students to hold their earliest meetings of the Medico-Chirurgical Society; and the site of the famous Middle School, the first to have a swimming pool in the city.  Gallowgate hides many secrets, we will attempt to reveal some on this tour.

MEET: Outside NESCol, Gallowgate (MAP)
STARTS: 7.30pm
DURATION: approx 2hrs

TICKETS: Click HERE to book online or at Visit Scotland's iCentre, Shiprow


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