Formartines Review, Aberdeen | Day Out With The Kids

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Fabulous Formartines: Reviewing a local favourite in Aberdeen

Stephanie Withers

16 May 2017

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4 minutes

After a drive through the rolling green hills of Aberdeenshire’s countryside, it doesn’t take long to reach Formartine’s, a place to shop, eat, walk and play! It’s a local favourite for young families and with good reason, it’s cosy, cheerful and has something for everyone to enjoy. It’s the perfect place to take in the outdoors, with a few modern comforts within easy reach so you can visit, whatever the weather!

The Formartines Visitor Centre is the perfect place to start your visit

Start your adventure by taking a walk around the beautiful Haddo Trout Lake

The best way to kick off your day out is to start with a short but beautiful walk around the Haddo Trout Lake. For families with babies, it’s best to take a baby carrier with you so you’re able to cross over the bridges and head up into the forest. Don’t worry about getting lost, you’ll find a path clearly marking the trail.

Follow the signs to enjoy the Woodland Walks at Formartines

There’s plenty to entrain little ones along the way from fairy dens in the trees to secret forts. Once you complete the route it’s time to head in for something to eat and drink! Or if it’s a nice day then you’re encouraged to go for a picnic in the grounds.

Kids will love exploring the forest dens at Formartines

The cheerful cafe is brimming with natural light and is undeniably a reason to visit in its own right. Using top quality local and seasonal ingredients, the main courses on offer are truly delicious! Kids will find healthy lunch boxes and if it’s a chilly day an impressive choice of hot chocolates to choose from. Alternatively, you can head straight to the cakes, with no shortage of baked treats to sample. For the grown-ups, the range of Fair Trade teas and coffees on the menu more than hit the mark.

You won't be able to resist the homemade cakes in the cafe at Formartines

Whilst Mum and Dad finish their drinks the kids can run out to play in the large enclosed playground, which is overlooked by the cafe. If it’s a nice day you can sit outside on the terrace, whilst the kids play on the swings, monkey bars, tree house, slide… you get the picture! They’ll be busy out there for a while so why not order yourself another flat white?

Kids will love the large playground at Formartines, including this seesaw

Finally, it’s time to check out the shop, which is stocked with a wonderful collection of hand-selected goodies such as produce picked from the grounds, unusual gins and other tasty foods to fill your fridge and cupboards with. Not to mention, there’s usually some tasty tablet to sample - it would be rude not to, right?

Shop for tasty treats and unusual gifts at the Formartines shop

Teaching our kids to care about the planet and preserve the environment is something that’s never been more topical. It’s an issue Formartine’s cares deeply about, which is why they run their building on renewable energy, which gives them a 100% zero-carbon emission. For somewhere so laid back and welcoming towards their customers, it seems even more impressive to know that they are equally as respectful towards their surroundings within rural Aberdeen. So if you happen to be in the area, be sure to pop in for a visit, it’s not one to miss.

Explore the stunning forest at Formartines on a day out with the kids

Have you visited Formartine's Visitor Centre? Let us know your favourite things in a comment below, or the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!



Stephanie Withers

16 May 2017

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Stephanie Withers is a blogger, freelance writer, compulsive coffee drinker and mother to two wildlings, Finlay and Parker. Stephanie is one of our much loved Trusted Explorers, which means all content has been written exclusively for in exchange for a contribution to their family piggy bank. All posts are first hand, honest and based on real experiences.

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Shirley • 20 May 2017 10:00
There is hardly a week goes by that we don't visit Formartine's. It is a great place for our family to meet up and enjoy the delicious coffee and a bite to eat before we set off to enjoy the forest fun. My grandkids love cycling along the paths and we have spent hours building dens undaunted by the rain at times. It is our favourite family meeting place and have celebrated two zero birthdays this year. The staff are extremely friendly and even recognise us now amid the continual flow of customers. I look forward to the weekends to visit Formartine's. Also very impressed with their zero emissions. Great spot for bird watchers too.

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