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SPONSORED: Plan the perfect celebration with these local Angus businesses

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Are you planning a birthday party, family day out or special event?

These local Angus businesses and experts have everything you need to make your celebration one to remember.

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly activity to keep everyone busy, accommodation for guests, extra-special food and drink or a thoughtful gift, these places will have you covered.

Check them out and start planning your event!

Experience the fun of a real farm

Newton Farm Holidays & Tours offers unique award-winning farm experiences on an authentic working farm with the farming family.

It boasts a variety of interactive farm experiences, including tours to meet and feed friendly animals like cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas, Lucy the pig, hens and ducks.

Learn where your food comes from in a fun, educational and immersive experience for all the family. They also offer alpaca walking experiences and educational unique birthday parties – there’s something for everyone!

Not only are they VisitScotland’s Thistle Awards Regional Winner of the Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience 2018-2019, they also claimed VisitScotland’s Thistle Awards National Winner for Most Hospitable B&B/guesthouse 2018-2019. This is thanks to the unique guest experience with the farm and their 4-star farmhouse B&B & holiday cottage.

Accommodation and farm tours are dog friendly which is a plus (although alpaca walking is not), and all ages and abilities are welcome to experience Newton’s epic farming life.

Find out more about visiting or staying at Newton Farm


Find a unique and thoughtful gift to show you care

Rosie’s Boutique is a treasure trove of clothes and gifts, situated at the Westport of Arbroath just down from the train station.

it’s like a mini department store with a handmade chocolate bar and rooms of cashmere, silk and linen clothing, homeware, gifts and accessories.

It stocks British brands such as Caroline Gardner, Bomb Cosmetics, East of India, Joe Browns, Estella Bartlett, Keith Brymer Jones, Chalk UK and more.

This spring, the team is opening a White Stuff mini shop inside Rosie’s offering a large range of the popular brand’s collection.

A free gift-wrap service is available and the packaging used is 100% sustainable. All bags, wrap and even ribbon is recycled and recyclable paper, and the shop is working towards a zero landfill waste policy.

Personal service is important to Rosie’s; they want everyone to have a good experience visiting the boutique.

Pop in to browse the clothing collections, or pick up a baby gift by Disney, Peter Rabbit, Guess How Much I Love You, Kaloo or Little Bird Told Me. Why not also have it gift-wrapped and find a pretty card from a quirky UK graphic designer, too?

The shop also offers gift cards, bespoke chocolate boxes, personalised Terramundi money pots and a relaxing atmosphere to shop. It’s open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

See the latest arrivals at Rosie’s Boutique on Facebook.


Get up close with friendly horses, ponies and donkeys

Situated near Forfar, Redwings Mountains is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 4pm.

Set in 220 acres of beautiful paddocks and woodland, the Scottish centre provides a place of sanctuary to 90 horses, ponies and donkeys, as well as bountiful wildlife including red squirrels and mountain birds.

After a relaxing stroll, you can enjoy a warm cuppa and tasty snacks in the Nosebag Café, while an on-site gift shop offers a wide range of souvenirs, with all proceeds supporting the hundreds of animals in Redwings’ care.

Redwings Mountains also offers a jam-packed schedule of activities during the school holidays, so if you’re planning a visit be sure to check out the website for details of the latest events.

Entry and parking are free, and dogs on leads are welcome.

Plan your trip to Redwings Mountains.


Plan an extra-special event with local caterers

Since 2017, Kate’s has been dedicated to crafting special events, whether it’s weddings, corporate events or gatherings of friends.

Each and every event is special to them and they bring the same sense of fun, creativity, style and imagination to everything they do.

Kate’s is passionate about using local Scottish food producers. Apart from making good environmental sense and ensuring the best taste possible, supporting family businesses and local communities is important to them.

From the intimate to the extravagant, the informal to the unexpected, they have access to a range of venues suitable for your event.

Whether you’re planning a conference or cocktail party, a wedding or birthday party – or something else entirely – Kate’s will help you find the perfect setting. Plus, they’ll take care of all the practicalities, including the things you’d rather not have to think about.

Find out more about Kate’s Bespoke Catering.


Stock up on food and drink – there are 220 gins to choose from!

Smithies is a unique Cafe, Deli & Gin Emporium run by friendly staff who provide customers with a selection of 220 gins and over 40 cheeses.

They also offer everything from light lunches to specialised liqueurs.

The store has a retro vibe with the original thistle and shamrock tiles dating back to the start of the 20th century, when the shop was known as Liptons.

They hold theme nights every month with “Smithies After Dark”, usually ranging from French, Italian, Caribbean, Spanish and so on.

They also provide personally selected gift-wrapped hampers for every occasion, available all year round!

The shop is a must for people who like original and different shopping experiences.

Keep up to date with Smithies’ latest theme nights on Facebook.


Treat your nearest and dearest with a gift

At Home opened in the old Market Place of Arbroath in 1999.

The aim was to create a unique shopping experience built on friendly and informative service, to provide a lowkey approach to interior design and create a treasure trove of gifts and home accessories.

From feature wallpaper and made-to-measure curtains to full show house design, there’s no job too big or too small for At Home.

In this Aladdin Cave, you’ll find elegant vases, picture frames, cushions and beautiful artwork nestle amongst an eclectic mix of statement lamps, chairs and other small occasional pieces.

Meanwhile, the candle and diffuser bar is full of all your favourites scents.

The shop’s beautiful range of stylish Italian clothing, handbags, scarves and jewellery changes by season. It includes brands like Joma, Miss Dee, David Jones, Powder and Dreamy Kaloo Baby Gifts for your latest family additions.

Pop by – At Home is sure to have the perfect gift for you or your nearest and dearest.

See more of the selection of gifts available form At Home.