Half Term at The Fife Arms
Gather the family and join us for a holiday getaway with a difference. Enjoy four nights for the price of three whilst all children under the age of 12 will eat for free. Find out more about our half term offer here.
From Saturday 11th – Sunday 19th February we have a programme full of events, from the creative to the outdoors. All materials are provided, so all you need to do is come along and create.
Daily in the Fife Arms Family Room
Family Portraits 9am – noon
Using our Picasso and Lucian Freud portraits as inspiration, experiment with different artistic styles to create your own self-portrait or depict a family member. Whether you want your drawing to be realistic and lifelike in pen or pencil or more abstract and geometric using paper collage techniques, we’ll provide all the materials you need to create your perfect Portrait.
This is a drop in session designed for families to have some creative fun together!
Family Room Film Screenings at 4pm
Grab a complimentary snack and curl up on our giant sofa to watch our ‘Wildlife Edit’ of classic family movies including My Neighbor Totoro, Chicken Run and Fantastic Mr Fox .
Artists in Residence Studio Open Day 1pm -3pm
A unique opportunity to visit our artist’s studio, just behind Gordons Tea Rooms, and see some of the new artwork and research being undertaken by artists Hattie Gledson and Zoe Andrews who are ‘in residence’ in Braemar during February.
Braemar Castle Display
Although Braemar Castle is currently closed for renovation until Summer 2023, you can still have a chance to look inside and learn all about the castle’s fascinating history as we host a touring, scale model of the castle within the Fife Arms. With lots of hands on learning activities to enjoy, there may even be the chance of an historical figure or two making a personal appearance!
Tuesday 14th Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16thth
Nature Walk & Creative Workshop 2pm – 3.30pm
Join Annie Armstrong of Wild Braemar on a short accessible walk to the nature hide at nearby Craig Chionnich woods to look for red squirrels and local birdlife, learning all about the local wildlife of the area along the way. Gathering natural materials, under Annie’s guidance, these items will act as a the creative inspiration for a workshop in the Family Room to create your own wild work of art.
Hotel Conservation Tour & Creative Workshop (Wet Weather Alternative) 2pm – 3.30pm
Join outdoor expert Annie Armstrong on a fascinating tour of the hotel’s Victorian taxidermy collection and artworks featuring the natural world, and hear about the importance of wildlife conservation happening around Braemar in the heart of the Cairgorms National Park. The tour will be followed by a workshop in the Family Room using a touch-table of natural materials and textures to use as inspiration to create a wild work of art of your own to take away. Led by Annie Armstrong of Wild Braemar
Fish/Leaf Weaving Workshop (Ages 10 and above) 2pm – 3pm
Learn the art of weaving with natural fibres with basketmaker Helen Jackson. In this hour-long workshop you will create a fish or leaf-shaped platter to take home.
Carving and Casting Workshop (Ages 10 and above) 1.30pm-4.30pm
Channel your inner sculptor and learn how carve cuttlefish bone to make relief shapes that will be cast in molten aluminium to create nature-themed charms for use as jewellery or a decoration. The workshop will be led by master technician Eden Jolly of ‘Fire, Forge and Furnace’.