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Energetica Summer Festival Doubles in Numbers

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Energetica celebrates triple-digit percentage growth of annual Festival

The 2016 Energetica Summer Festival, showcasing the beauty and variety of the Energetica corridor as a place to live and visit, has concluded with attendee numbers having more than doubled since last year’s festival.

Approximately 1,250 people enjoyed the various family-friendly events on offer, marking significant growth of the festival, which is now in its fourth year.

Running from May through to August, festival participants joined in the fun against a backdrop of stunning coastal scenery and diverse wildlife, all showcasing the corridor from Aberdeen to Peterhead. The second festival to span the duration of the summer season, the Energetica Summer Festival has grown from a single weekend in 2013, to a line-up promoting 42 events over four months in 2016.

From exploring Ellon’s very own secret castle gardens and bat watching after dark at Haddo House, to Rockpooling adventures at Gadle Braes, the action-packed line-up of events enabled visitors to explore the great outdoors and discover the corridor’s many hidden gems.  

Energetica development manager, James Welsh, said: “We’re very fortunate to work within a region offering a great work life balance. We have a lot to shout about, with new investment in digital connectivity, infrastructure and housing, coupled to a stunning natural environment, a haven for wildlife and enviable quality of life.

“In addition to many of the popular returning events, we were lucky to welcome several new additions to the line-up this year, which is a reflection of the overall growth in awareness of Energetica. We are thrilled with the progress of this year’s festival, and the notable increase in visitor numbers.

“We would like to pass on our thanks to all those who participated in the events, and in particular the expert staff and volunteers who made them happen. We look forward to the Summer Festival returning next year as we continue to showcase Energetica and the north east of Scotland as a great location to live, visit, work and invest.”  

Steve Harris, chief executive of VisitAberdeenshire, added: “The energy industry brings a great number of people to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, and projects like the Energetica Summer Festival are vital in showing them that the region has so much more to offer than just work. From a whale and puffin adventure event to a red squirrel guided walk and bat watch it’s been such a diverse festival for all ages.

“We are lucky in this part of Scotland to have some incredible venues and attractions set against a stunning backdrop. It is great to see a much wider audience interacting with our beautiful countryside and exploring the attractions available in the north east.”

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