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Aberdeen Jazz Festival

Jazz lovers will adore the vibes of at this annual festival. As Aberdeen’s largest free admission music event, the festival includes performances by local artists as well as international stars.

Date: 12 March 2020 - 22 March 2020
Venue: Various venues.


May Festival

Incorporating elements of its predecessor, Word, May Festival takes place over three days at the historic King's College Campus of the University of Aberdeen and other venues throughout the city. More than 6,000 visitors come to meet around 50 authors in a packed weekend of readings, lectures, debates, music and art exhibitions, and film screenings. Added to this are the Festival of Gaelic and a unique programme for schools and children. Gaelic, Imagination, and Story Tents occupy the King's Lawn, and lectures are given in a state-of-the-art university auditorium.

Date: 24 May 2020 - 26 May 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: King's College Campus, University of Aberdeen

Various. Some events are free.

Royal Deeside Golf Week

Offers golfers a chance to test four courses of Grampian's 72 picturesque hole event. Breath-taking scenery and challenging courses allow golf-lovers to experience all the beauty Scotland’s greenery has to offer.

Date: 26 July 2020 - 31 July 2020
Venue: Various golf courses

Sound Festival

Come and celebrate contemporary classical, traditional, popular, jazz, and experimental music. The Sound Festival features new music from prominent composers, as well as the exploration of distinctive music in historic venues across Aberdeen. A journey of discovery fit for anyone, the Sound Festival is a sure-fire hit.

Date: 22 October 2020 - 01 November 2020
Venue: Various venues

Tickets are required for some events.

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Featured Hotels


Marcliffe Hotel and Spa

This celebrated 5-star hotel sits in verdant grounds. Its beautifully appointed rooms have paintings, antique furniture, and TV. The Conservatory chefs specialise in Grampian produce - Aberdeen Angus beef and game with fish and shellfish from local rivers and ports. The wine cellar has over 400 wines, and the Drawing Room bar has more than 100 malt whiskies.

Roselea Hotel

The Roselea is housed in a listed Aberdonian granite house built in the mid 19th century. This is a friendly, family-run guesthouse situated close to bus and rail links and the ferry terminal for Orkney and Shetland Islands ferries. Every bedroom has a TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Craighaar Hotel

An award-winning hotel located just off the A96 provides easy links to the City centre and Aberdeen Airport. Enjoy a luxurious experience at an affordable price.

Skene House Suites

Skene House Suites are serviced apartments that offer an affordable alternative, particularly for groups. Prices are per suite, per night, so the larger suites become great value for money if shared by a few people. The suites are all located in the centre of Aberdeen and are all well appointed and individually designed.

Chester Hotel

Perhaps the smartest hotel address in town is this handsome 19th-century granite villa on Queens Road. Their Classic and Grand guest rooms have muted colours and intelligent en-suites, while two lavish Clubrooms occupy the entire top floor. Facilities include sumptuous dining, a bar with booths, and over 60 treatments in its IX Beauty Centre.

Park Inn by Radisson

This reliable Radisson hotel in the city centre uses modern architecture to blend in wonderfully with the Granite City surroundings. With 185 rooms to choose from, plus all mod cons and that Radisson stamp of quality, the Park Inn is the best mid-range chain option in Aberdeen.