Co-op Community Fund

We are fortunate to have been selected as one of the chosen local charities to benefit from the Co-op Community Fund. For more information and to sign up please click on the image above. When you have chosen us, you just need to make sure to use your swipe card in the Co-op, 2p from every pound you spend will then automatically go to Tarlair. So, please get swiping your Co-op card and thank you once again for your continued support.

Notice of AGM

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AGM will be on Monday 30th October 2023 at 7pm in MPC Hall, Market Street, Macduff.

This will be a good opportunity to see Tarlair progress on our photo story board . Tarlair Mugs, Water Bottles and Quiz will be on sale.

All Welcome. Thank you for your support.

Monday 2nd October

Lets introduce…

Our water bottles and mugs, available at a cost of £10.00 each. Orders can be placed by emailing and payment details can be found on our facebook page.

Your interest has been astounding, and we look forward to you receiving your items. Thanks again

Saturday 22nd July 2023

Whenever were photographs more exciting? The digger is in the kitchen, and the tarpaulin is the cafe seating area with workshop beyond. The light and the views from the unbricked up windows is astounding and if you are all round outdoor sort of folk then the roof terrace will provide you with space for you and your dog with cafe furniture for your comfort.

The toilets are behind the digger with an outdoor accessible toilet also in the plans. Everything that can be kept from the original 1930’s design will be with windows and doors replaced with those of the same design type as the original.

All is ticking on nicely with V.G. Willox (Crimmond contractors), Studio Octopi architects and team, plus our own Project Coordinator working together to pave the way forward.

Sunday 4th June 2023

Prior to work commencing at Tarlair a few of the team met up and enjoyed the finest of the Moray coast’s weather.

We are pleased to have employed a skilled team comprising of:

  • Architects – Studio Octopi
  • Heritage Consultant – Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture
  • Cost Consultant – WI Talbot
  • Structural Engineer – Narros
  • Services Engineer – KJ Tait
  • CDM – Principal CDM & Safety
  • Contractor – VG Willox

Monday 5th June 2023

Today’s work out.

Here’s hoping that clearing the terrace nearest the water of the seaweed thrown up during Winter will keep the visitor experience as a pleasant one while work continues on site.

It took a few visits from our friendly water pumper ooter to get the level of the water low enough to clear and clean, and we had assistance from two girls from a local primary school choosing to help cart the rubbish away on their Monday holiday. That’s community spirit for you.

April 11th 2023

Friends of Tarlair celebrate the next milestone as it appoints VG Willox to develop lido pavilion block

Friends of Tarlair are celebrating the next step of their incredible 11-year journey to save the Tarlair art deco lido near Macduff.

The contract to renovate the pavilion block and old tearoom has been awarded to Crimond-based builders VG Willox Ltd, with a start date scheduled for June.

Since being awarded funding through the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and Place Based Investment Programme and Aberdeenshire Council’s Macduff Vision and Action Plan, the project has really picked up the pace.

The funding package of around £1.8million has included additional match funding support from Garfield Weston, Pilgrim Trust and many others which you will find listed on our website and has powered the project forward to the next critical stage.

Conservation plans have been drafted by architects Studio Octopi and their team of professionals who have been tasked with working within heritage architecture guidelines to help reinstate the original design as demanded by the structures A-listed status.

Studio Octopi’s passion for reinstating Britain’s lidos made them a great choice of architect to take the Tarlair project forward.

There has been an enormous amount of community engagement to reach where we are now, with a variety of age groups involved in various activities and fundraising events organised by both individuals, groups of enthusiasts and more general participation in events such as our annual galas.

The support from Aberdeenshire Council has been extraordinary in the last few years and they have helped the Friends of Tarlair weather many a storm, getting us to where we are now.

Wicek Sosna has been employed as our Project Coordinator since November last year and will be working with the project until its completion.

This full and sympathetic renovation of the original Tarlair Pavilion will serve as a catalyst for new local economic activity and increased community pride and will showcase the great natural landscape of our north coast.

The café and community space will accommodate a host of activities including musical evenings, heritage talks, small celebrations and even film nights, while the fit-for-purpose workshop will offer opportunities to work in creative activities.

Pat Wain, chair of the Friends, said: “This community-led regeneration project will encourage tourism, provide new opportunities for enterprise, increase skills and educational development. We are confident these facilities will become a thriving centre for the community and visitors alike and will enhance the coastal path network in Macduff, reinstating a feeling of pride in a much-loved cultural and leisure space.

The pavilion café, workshop and heritage display facilities will provide many volunteering opportunities within the local community and we are looking forward to working with everyone in the years to come.

The Friends of Tarlair committee is delighted to be the bearer of such great news and looks forward to welcoming lots of people to our renovated facilities in due course.”