North Hop

North Hop x Castle Fraser : USA Roots - THIS WEEKEND!

Wednesday 28th August 2019

And just like that our 3rd event of our Summer Events Programme with National Trust for Scotland is upon us! This weekend you'll find us at Castle Fraser with a full blown American themed festival, combining lots of tasty and fun American elements with our Scottish roots!

The event is being held in the Events Field at Castle Fraser, but fear not, we have plenty of lovely covered spaces out of the elements if the Scottish weather doesn't want to play game, although we have been super lucky with our last two events despite poor forecasts so fingers crossed the weather gods are on our side again!

Across the weekend we have got some awesome entertainment lined up, with something for everyone alongside lots of fab food, drink, makers and market traders. This event will be theme-centric and we are delighted to have 4 amazing themed bar areas set up, along with our street food avenue, and even some live art...

Below we have given a bit of a summary of all key FAQs, our epic vendors, the entertainment line up and of course how to get your hands on tickets. See you at Castle Fraser this weekend for an event like no other!


Opening Times: 10am till 5pm on Saturday 31st August and 10am till 5pm on Sunday 1st September.

Tickets: This event is ticketed, advance tickets are available to avoid the queues and guarantee entry! Adults only £4 + BF (£5 on door), Kids under 12 go FREE. Tickets will be available on the door and NTS Members will receive a £1 discount. VIP tickets are also available (but must be booked in advance by 10pm Friday) and include entry to the event, a special tour of the castle (with an Outlander twist), plus fizz or beer and canapés in the Dining Room to finish.

50% off all ticket sales go direct to National Trust for Scotland to support the great work they do across their properties!

Shuttle Buses: No public transport runs direct to Castle Fraser however we are delighted to be once again working with Premier Coaches to put on shuttles buses from/to Aberdeen, Inverurie, Kintyre and Kemnay across the weekend! Here's all the key details:

9.15am Departs Aberdeen Union Terrace (opposite Caledonian Hotel)
10.00am Arrives Castle Fraser
10.30am Departs Inverurie (Town Hall)
10.45am Departs Kintore (Town Square)
11.00am Departs Kemnay (Car Park opposite Kemnay Chip Shop)
11.15am Arrives Castle Fraser

3.30pm Departs Castle Fraser
3.45pm Arrives Kemnay (Car Park opposite Kemnay Chip Shop)
4.00pm Arrives Kintore (Town Square)
4.30pm Arrives Aberdeen Union Terrace (opposite Caledonian Hotel)
5.00pm Departs Castle Fraser
5.30pm Arrives Inverurie (Town Hall)

Aberdeen - £5 Return
Kintore, Inverurie & Kemnay - £3 Return
Pay Driver, Cash Only

Please note times are approximate, depending on traffic, etc
Please be at pick up point 15 minutes prior to departure time

Parking: Parking is available on site and the standard NTS £3 pay at the machine (or NTS attendant) applies.

Cash is Key:
 Mobile signal can be limited at Castle Fraser so most exhibitors will be working on a cash only basis (unless they strike it lucky with their stand positioning and mobile signal!) so we recommend taking cash with you as there are no cash machines within the close vicinity. On the door ticket sales are cash only!

 Dogs are most welcome to this event but please ensure they remain on a lead at all times, and please clean up after them! Drinking water will be readily available. We will have a small area within the main entrance for them to exercise.

 This event is very child friendly and there's plenty of space for them to run around and explore! There will be plenty of choice food and drinks wise for them to enjoy and we also have Party Box Aberdeen coming along with lots of goodies and some fun activities to keep them occupied...

Picnic Rugs & Chairs: Although we will have some garden rugs and lovely seating areas on site we are more than happy for you to bring along your own picnic rugs and camping chairs for the day.

Guided Castle Tours:
 Castle tours will be running daily, and all event attendees will receive a 50% discount on these tours, or alternatively grab one of our special VIP tickets (see above) for a tour with a difference!

Vendor Line Up:
 Louise’s Farm Kitchen (American themed burger menu plus breakfast pancakes w/ bacon), Haydn’s Woodfired Pizzas (wood fired pizzas w/ American themed menu), Lost Bothy (Scotland - Scottish dishes w/ and International twist), Lost Bothy (America - classic American dishes), Wark Farm (handmade pies), Poco Prosecco (fizz & fizz cocktails w/ Italian Fizz Garden), Brew Toon (craft beer w/ Beer Garden featuring Beer Pong), Highland Boundary (Outlander bar), Island Slice Rum (tiki bar), Loch Dress (tartan corsets), Gin and Jigsaw (drink related up-cycled gifts), Humble Abode (gifts & homeware), Rose-Tea & Rabbit (jewellery), Kilted Fudge Company (flavoured fudge), Paisley Drinks Co (craft sodas), PERK (doughnuts), Vegan Bay Baker (vegan bakes/cakes), Gut Feelings Kombucha (kombucha refill station), Fetternear Fruit (fresh local fruit & jams/marmalades), Filly Your Cup (coffee, hot/cold drinks & cakes), Party Box Aberdeen (kids food/drink & activities), Stew n Drew’s (ice cream & ice cream burgers), Aberdeen Roughnecks American Football (raising awareness of the club + demos).

Entertainment Line Up: Piper - Charlie from Granite City Pipes & Drums (12.00pm & 4.30pm both days), Line Dancing Instruction w/ Elma Robertson (1.30pm both days), Highland Dancing & Group Canadian Barn Dance w/ Yvonne Milne Dance School (2.30pm both days), Live Music - Broken Rivers (Saturday - 3.30pm) & Sean McGouldrick (Sunday - 3.30pm), Cheerleading w/ Aberdeen Dance & Cheer Co (Sunday only - 1.00pm).

Activities: Castle Fraser Tours (small charge), Kids Garden Games, Beer Garden Games (Cornhole, Beer Pong & Quoits), Under the Teepee Kid & Adults Bell Tents, Kids Activities w/ Party Box Aberdeen, Kids NTS Trail.