October in the Enchanted Forest

October is the perfect time to see the Enchanted Forest in its full glory, making the autumn very special indeed. In 2014, Perthshire celebrates the Year of Homecoming, with the The Enchanted Forest—a multi-award winning show—that creates an imaginative experience that will dazzle viewers. If you come to Scotland looking for a unique and thoroughly entertaining experience then you will not be disappointed with the 2014 event: Elemental. In 2013, this show attracted more than 40,000 people with its dazzling, innovative and visually fulfilling design set against the backdrop of its own original music.

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It’s all in the Name

The show explores Faskally Wood, near Pitlochry. Running from 3rd to 26th October 2014, The Enchanted Forest is the perfect excuse for an October break at Crieff Hydro that the whole family can enjoy. The show has won the name of ‘Best Cultural Event’ in Scotland twice now. Elemental aims to celebrate nature with special effects that complete the experience and ensnare the senses.

How About a Story?

By popular demand, the team have set up their story yurt again this year, with a view to some interesting and fun storytelling adventures. Now, because the yurt will only fit so many, there is an additional charge of a pound and it’s on a first come first served basis, so get there early if you want to hear a story.

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Dinner in the Dark Forest

You can complete the whole experience by having dinner in the Forest’s great outdoors as the superb catering team agreed to come back this year to feed the crowd. Adults get the choice of mulled wine or hot chocolate and the minors get the hot chocolate, along with sizzling beef burgers or hot dogs. Our large family rooms are perfect for enjoying a good night’s rest after the fun has finished so grab your tickets and come join us for an October adventure.

Perth Show – a celebration of agriculture and horse riding in Perthshire

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We’re only a couple of weeks away from the annual Perth Show, which Perthshire Agricultural Society are hosting to celebrate the area’s agriculture for over 150 years.

The show originally began as a rather modest affair but, having grown steadily in popularity over the years; it is now one of the highlights of the Perthshire summer holidays’ events calendar attracting up to 20,000 visitors every year. No longer solely about the judging of livestock (although that still remains a much-loved integral part of the show’s activities) the Perth Show is now also a fantastic Perthshire day out for the whole family with plenty of activities for kids.

There are a huge number of events and attractions to enjoy across the two days including the Grand Parade and judging of livestock, piping, horse riding and many more. The show boasts some of the country’s finest cattle, horses and ponies – in fact the Crieff Hydro Riding Centre is proud to be sponsoring one of the Ridden Highland horse showing classes and showing their support of horse riding in Perthshire.

For those of you who enjoy horse riding, or perhaps feel inspired to give it a go by the beautiful horses on display at the Perth Show, you’ll be pleased to hear that at Crieff Hydro Riding Centre we have a great range of options for horse riding in Scotland – from children’s pony rides for under 5s to horse riding lessons for beginners and experienced riders, all at our approved riding school. We even have both an indoor riding arena and an outdoor riding arena so the ever unpredictable Scottish weather won’t stop us!

Perth Show Need to Knows

Friday 1st August – Adult £10 – Concessions £5 – Parking £5 – Family ticket £25
Saturday 2nd August – Adult £10 – Concessions £7 – Parking £5 – Family ticket £27

Gates open to the public at 7am on each day. Please note that members and exhibitors MUST present their entry tickets, entry will not be permitted without a valid ticket. Click here for directions on how to get to Perth show.

For more information on horse riding in Scotland visit us at hydroriding.com, check us out on Facebook or contact Crieff Hydro Riding Centre on 01764 651 616

A Bit of Fun and Games At The Highland Games

You might not know this, but the Highland Games are an extremely popular attraction and not only in Scotland. Every year in Portland, Oregon, you can join in the fun of the games where Americans celebrate the Scottish culture. This event attracts thousands of people throughout the two days it runs, and you can see the tossing of the caber, hammer throwing and all the sporting events that we here in Scotland do. You can also see the pipers and drummers parade, and it is one to enjoy, for sure.

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Meanwhile, back here in Scotland

This year the Perth Highland Games will be hosted in North Inch on Sunday 10th August. One of the most popular events on the Highland Games circuit, there are a host of traditional events taking place including highland dancing and heavyweight events such as tossing the caber. You can even sample some of the local food at the number of trade stands on site.
We love getting involved, here at the Crieff, and the Highland Games is no exception. We offer unique things to do throughout the year, and we love to give you options with our experience packages. If the Highland Games makes you want to try something new, we have a massive selection of sporting activities to choose from.

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Let’s say you feel inspired to play golf…we have that. Alternatively, how about archery? Yup, you can do that too. Or you want to try the rifle range? That’s no problem either. You can even take part in your own mini Highland Games. Our half day mini games will give everyone a taster of the traditional events and bring the whole group together for some team building fun. How far can you hurl the Haggis?

There’s no better way to spend an adventurous weekend, week or more having some great fun at Crieff Hydro, so come on up and let us show you and your family the best time ever.

All the Fun of the Festive Season at Crieff Hydro

We know you are still planning your summer fun but many already have an eye on organising a memorable family festive season. An amazing 70% of people who stay with us at Christmas will re-book for the year after. It’s not hard to understand why as we offer great food, comfortable accommodation and the best Christmas entertainment around.

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Festive Breaks at the Crieff Hydro

Christmas offers the promise of the warmest welcome, warm hearths and a whole lot of Christmas fun and celebration. You also get the benefit of exploring and enjoying the 900 acre countryside land that surrounds us. On a wintery, snowy day you can sit in the warm beauty of Crieff Hydro with its towering trees that reach from the floor to the ceiling.

We offer daily entertainment such as arts and crafts, wine tasting sessions and Ceilidh classes, among many others. There is a whole menu of fun to choose from and it’s all available to all our Christmas guests. For just £469.00 per person for a three night stay you get all the above plus your meals, the choice of more than 60 leisure activities and a welcome drink reception to get your Christmas party underway.

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Celebrate Hogmanay with the Crieff team

Looking to welcome in the New Year in style? The whole family can enjoy the celebrations at Crieff Hydro with a mouth watering Scottish 3 course meal before dancing the night away with a traditional ceilidh. If your wee ones are too little to see in the bells then we even offer free childcare for 2-12 year olds in BIG Country. So it looks like your cosy Scottish retreat is closer than you think.

 

A Bit of Southern Fried Hospitality, Right Here in Scotland

What we at Crieff Hydro love is that we can share our experience and culture with the rest of the world and reciprocate the joy and respect we have for our fellow peoples around the globe. For instance, we know that in Oregon, the Americans have their own Scottish Highland Games which took place this year on the 18th and 19th July. At the Crieff Hydro, we also like to get involved with local events paying homage to American culture, albeit Southern, rather than Northwestern.

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What is the Southern Fried Festival?

The Southern Fried Festival was launched back in 2008 to roaring crowds and was a significant success. Since from then it has had some huge names lining up to play here. Taking place in Perth Concert Hall, right up the Road from the Crieff Hydro, between 25th and 27th July, the festival will include Buffy Saint-Marie as a headliner, along with Rosanne Cash and Steve Earle. Other big names that have appeared at the festival in the past are The Mavericks, Los Lobos, Nanci Griffith, Eddi Reader, Seasick Steve and Lyle Lovett.

Not only do attendees get to hear some of the best that music and country music has to offer, but they will also get to experience the tastes of authentic soul and southern food cooked by the people in the know. Our local celebration of all things southern explores American music from its roots up, while all the time bringing you the authentic tastes of the south. You can expect to hear bluegrass, gospel, soul music and everything in between as you are taken on a journey through southern American history.

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All the fun of the Festival

At Crieff Hydro, we are expecting hoards of guests who are travelling from all over to come for the festival. Staying at Crieff Hydro ensures you can enjoy the fun of the festival and then relax in our peaceful surroundings ready for the next day. Why not extend your stay and take advantage of some of our great special offers? There’s plenty more to see in the local area after your American inspired weekend.

The Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games

In much the same way that the Olympic Torch takes a global journey on the run up to the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games symbol has a very similar journey. On October 9th 2013, the Baton, known as the Queens Baton, began its journey from Buckingham Palace where it headed to Glasgow, en route to India. From India, it has visited a number of Commonwealth countries, covering around 118,000 miles, until it arrived in Scotland on June 14th. The torch is currently going the length and breadth of Scotland before finishing in Glasgow on July 23rd for the official opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2014.

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Design and Pride of the Baton

The overall design of the 2014 baton was intended to take the baton straight back to its traditional roots making it as similar to the original baton as possible. This year, the Queen’s handwritten message was the primary inspiration and her message was emblazoned into the baton so as to be hidden like an inner secret, only hinted at by the internal illumination from the surrounding lattice titanium framework. The cleverness of the design continues in the secreted gemstones that belong to each territory. The gemstones are dispensed to each of the territories using a puzzle mechanism that when correctly manipulated, gives the gemstone by way of an invitation to join in the Games at Glasgow. The curiosity doesn’t end there; there is also secondary mechanism that keeps the message hidden until the very day of the opening ceremony where then, and only then, will the secondary puzzle be revealed.

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The Scottish Leg

We at Crieff Hydro kept a very close eye on the Baton Relay and were thrilled when it came through the town of Crieff on Saturday 5th July. There was a great atmosphere with many locals out to celebrate. As the relay powers towards the final leg, we’re excited to discover what the hidden message is! The Commonwealth Games fun doesn’t stop there though as we have lots of sporting packages to keep you entertained during your stay. With the Games kicking off on 23rd July, your little sporting stars can try their hand at a range of sports from archery to pony riding making an unforgettable experience.

Relax, it’s National Relaxation Day

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Crieff Hydro – Hair And Beauty At Crieff Hydro

If we were to tell you that August 15th 2014 is National Relaxation Day you might have trouble believing it, unless you know that there is such a thing. Come Friday August 15th, 2014, the country will breathe a deep sigh of relaxation and just sit back and take it easy.
Obviously not everyone is going to be able to do that because they will be working and that includes us, up here at Crieff Hydro. However, it won’t feel much like work because we will be helping you to relax in the Crieff Hydro Spa.

Give yourself a lift

Treat yourself to a spa weekend up here with us and you will not regret one second of it. Start your Friday in style by having a complimentary breakfast—full Scottish breakfast, of course—and then spend the day having spa treatments, soaking in the pool, and making yourself feel perfectly and totally relaxed. The Crieff Hydro has been serving the public since 1868 and was known locally for its healing waters. The Victorians were heavily into therapeutic waters and healing spas and the steam and sauna rooms were among the most popular.

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Crieff Hydro Hotel – Culcrieff Golf Club

What else can you do to Relax?

Well, we have a huge list of things that you can choose from to help you relax for the entire weekend, or a week if you need to. You can play a round of golf, go horse riding, hire a quad bike or a Segway, go swimming, play badminton, do archery, and play 5-a-side football, bowls, clay pigeon shooting, air rifle shooting and a whole lot more. Out list of things to do is nearly endless, so when you book your stay with us, all you have to do is ask and it shall be given.

 

Perth Agricultural Show

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For more than one hundred and fifty years Perth in Scotland has celebrated all things Agricultural with the Perth Show. The show is held on the first weekend in August—this year on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd—at the South Inch. The idea is to showcase cattle, livestock and farm animals in a sort of farm version of ‘Crufts’ but with the added fun of it being an entire town experience for all to enjoy.

Hours of Opening and Information

Doors open to the public around 8am in the morning and close around 6pm in the evening. We can tell you at this point that there will be trade stalls, entertainment and other livestock shows. However, the entire show run-down and information hasn’t yet been decided upon, but we at Crieff Hydro will get first-hand knowledge as soon as it is available and of course, pass it on to you—just watch this space.

Planning your Visit

You should probably plan well in advance so that you have accommodation sorted out before your visit to Scotland. We have some great special offers to help you enjoy your stay for the best price possible. Don’t forget you can book direct with us and save even more. The Perth Agricultural Show gives you the chance to walk around and see shows, exhibitions and shop at the stalls for goods made and produced locally. However, there is always lots going on in the area all year round. 

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Crieff Hydro – Hair And Beauty At Crieff Hydro

After the Show

After your visit to the Perth Show you can opt for a little R&R by visiting our spa and leisure centre and having a massage, using the pool or sauna or having a relaxing day at the salon. There is so much to choose from when you stay at Crieff Hydro that you will be spoilt for choice and if you choose to do nothing but relax, then go right ahead and do that too.

Kid’s Activities for the Summer Holidays at Crieff Hydro

Crieff-Hydro-Family-EatingCrieff Hydro was designed, and built for families to come and enjoy a family holiday with no stress and no fussing. We are proud of our tradition of welcoming families to our hotel and providing them with some excellent fun and entertainment. One thing we are especially proud of is our six hours of fun that we offer your kids.

Six Whole Hours of Fun

We take your kids for 2 sessions of 3 hours each throughout the day and the good thing? It’s already paid for with your room. Yep, that’s right. We take fun very seriously here at the Crieff Hydro and our Big Country team will entertain your kids for the full 6 hours, wearing them out so that all you have to do is hear the excited voices tell you what fun they had just before they fall asleep. Your kids must be between 2 and 12 to qualify for Big Country crèche.

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 Book now for the Fair

Perth Concert Hall is also welcoming The Singing Kettle Fantastic Funfair on 9th August. The fun starts at 12 noon and goes right through to 3pm with the performance featuring dancing, singing and fun for kids of all ages. You even have on-site refreshments at the café. Tickets start from £12.50 per person and can be a great addition to your stay at Crieff Hydro. 

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Entertainment Programmes for the Whole family to Love

Our entertainment programme for your kids starts with family fun, face-painting, and treasure hunting. There is also a cinema where we show kiddies movies. For kids older than 12 we have the Gallery which contains a TV, foosball table, Xbox and pool table. Evening entertainment is for the adults and we offer a variety according to the season. For more information about seasonal entertainment, please check with us when making your booking.

Blair Castle Horse Trials

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From Thursday 21st August to Sunday 24th August 2014, the Crieff Hydro will be welcoming a large amount of guests for the Blair Castle for the International Horse Trials. The full title of ‘Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair’ is bestowed on Scotland’s foremost equestrian event. There are an estimated 40,000 visitors expected to attend and watch the Olympic medalists compete in all classes.

What’s happening…?

On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August, the Bruadar Country Fair will run in conjunction with the trials. This attracts visitors who come to see the countryside pursuits and traditional countryside pastimes. There is also a massive shopping village with more than 200 stands and plenty of bargains. Tickets are already on sale, so get in early to avoid disappointment. We at Crieff Hydro have some great special offers for those who are planning to attend. You can get your booking in early with us so that you have a comfortable and convenient room to stay in while you are here.

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Crieff Hydro Riding Centre – A Typical Day At Crieff Hydro Riding Centre 

Be Inspired

You know when Wimbledon is on people start playing tennis and when The Masters is on people start playing golf? Well, when the International Horse Trials are on people will want to start horse riding. At Crieff Hydro, we have our own riding school, which we proudly claim as the best for miles around. We like to think we can inspire young riders to take up horse riding and continue the tradition of entering the Trials as an amateur, professional or indeed an Olympic medalist.

What’s to see?

Well, you can see all things equestrian, including British Show jumping, Hunter Showing, Highland Pony Showing, The Athol Estates Show jumping Championships, Dressage, and the NPS Scottish Finals, among many other events. The timetable is still provisional at this moment, but we hope to get an updated version at the earliest time to let our visitors know what else there is to see.


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