At the heart of the Estate
Life in Crathes and Banchory and Leys Estate are deeply intertwined. The Leys Estate Group strives to provide the facilities and opportunities that help build a thriving community.
Throughout the year we make land available to host a diverse range of activities and events in the area from festivals, to sporting events, club gatherings and the circus.
The Milton Events Field at Milton of Crathes is also a key community facility, providing a versatile location for events big and small from horse shows, to flyball competitions and the Caravan Club.
In addition, we support the community by making land available for housing, fuelling the continued growth of Banchory. We have also played a key role in the development of Banchory Sports Village through the provision of land for the facilities at no charge.
We also lease land at nominal rates to a whole host of community enterprises such as Deeside Rugby Club, Banchory St Ternan Football Club, Milton Art Gallery, Deeside Dance Studio and The Barn.
However, our support doesn’t end there. We are passionate about supporting local events, clubs, third sector organisations and individuals whether it is a promising local athlete, annual event or fundraising campaign.
We helped to build & support The Barn
The Barn began its life as a cultural space in the early 1990s when the Estate offered the use of a derelict farm steading and cattle byre as a makeshift rehearsal space for a community play, designed to celebrate the anniversary of 400 years of Crathes Castle and community life in Banchory.
Energised by the success of the play, which involved 200 local people in its making and presentation, a small committee of local residents, artists and supporters took over The Barn, and began the long journey of transforming the former farm site into, what is now, Aberdeenshire’s leading multi-arts venue, welcoming artists, performers and visitors from across the world.
For more information about The Barn, click here.