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Enjoy live music, storytelling, talks and tours, a ceilidh and food and drink at our Unexpected Gardens Harvest Celebration.

Enjoy live music, storytelling, an Unexpected Ceilidh featuring The Boatshed Band and local food and drink at our Unexpected Gardens Harvest Celebration.

Be inspired and get creative at our Mini Market Shop. Meet local growers and producers and get creative in the Market Square from 10am to 1pm.

Share ideas, stories, and knowledge at our Cultivating Connections event at Forres Town Hall (1pm to 4pm). 

Then celebrate the coming harvest at our Unexpected Ceilidh featuring The Boatshed Band and special guests Andy Thorburn, Dopey Monkey and DJ Dolphin Boy (8pm to 12midnight). 

All events are FREE. (Booking required for Cultivating Connections and the Unexpected Ceilidh.)

Mini Market Shop

Market Square, Forres (10am to 1pm)

Our mini-market shop is expanding with stalls outside, featuring Rising Roots microgreens, Green Grow Mushroom meals, Gut Feelings Kombucha and an abundance of local produce to buy. Enjoy creative activities including recycled paper-making courtesy of Festival of Thrift (England). Connect with our musicians-in-residence Dopey Monkey who will be sharing their specially commissioned album all about what’s growing in Forres.

And keep an eye out for those blooming marvellous Mad Hatters of Moray in their new floral outfits.

Cultivating Connections

Lesser Hall, Forres Town Hall, (1pm to 4pm)

Share ideas and stories in facilitated discussions around food networks of the future. Presented in partnership with Transition Town Forres.

Be inspired by innovative growers who are leading the way in producing and thinking about sustainable food in Moray and beyond, with talks by Lisa Shaw (Biomatrix Water Solutions), Clare Fennel (Scotland The Bread), Iain Findlay (Green Grow Mushrooms) and Mairi McCallum (Moray Food Plus).

A complimentary lunch will also be provided by Brett Mather (Forres Coffee House) using locally produced ingredients drawn together into a menu which celebrates the town of Forres.

Unexpected Ceilidh

Main Hall, Forres Town Hall (8pm to 12midnight) 

Featuring The Boatshed Band and special guests Andy Thorburn, Dopey Monkey, DJ Dolphin Boy and visuals by John McGeogh (Arts in Motion). 

Since their Moray coastal origins in 2014 The Boatshed Band have skilfully entertained thousands of revellers with their eclectic mix of Scottish and Pan-European traditional and modern folk tunes. If you’re looking for a braw ceilidh dance, then look no further than this 7-piece collective, complete with fiddles, keyboard, mandola, guitar and bodhrán. And no worries if you don’t know the moves: their seasoned caller Morag will keep your feet firmly off the ground!

Bring your own bottle and enjoy complimentary vegetarian stovies prepared by Brett Mather (Forres Coffee House) using locally grown produce.

All ages welcome. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.


Unexpected Gardens have been grown by the local community in partnership with Findhorn Bay Arts as part of Dandelion, the Scotland-wide creative growing initiative. Find out more on our project page.

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