The annual Ballater Duck Festival, held on the first Sunday in June from 11am to 4pm, is a family fun day on the Village Green (AB35 5NE) in the centre of Ballater on Royal Deeside involving 40-50 trade, craft and charity stalls, with entertainment for children including bouncy castle, bouncy slide and merry-go-round.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus restrictions on holding large crowd events, the 2020 Ballater Duck Festival has been cancelled. Hopefully, some normality will be restored by next year and we’re all looking forward to holding the 2021 event on Sunday 6 June.
As well as the local shops, restaurants and cafes, there are food stalls on the Green including burgers, pizza and donuts. The Ballater Pipe Band plays and there’s live musical entertainment on the stage plus many other events on the Green, culminating in a giant inflatable duck race on the River Dee at 3pm and a Tote if you fancy a ‘flutter’ on one of the ducks.