The Braemar Gathering, held on the first Saturday of September, is regarded as the biggest event in the highland games calendar. Queen Victoria first attended the Gathering in 1848 and the royal family are still loyal supporters and attend every year. Braemar Mountain Festival takes place in March and is organised by locals with a passion for the mountains (including us!). The varied programme includes workshops in ski and winter skills, and low level walking. Photography and art exhibitions, talks, films, ceilidhs and food are just some events based in the village. The award winning Braemar Creative Arts Festival is held during October and showcases new and traditional craft workshops.