All aboard Bessie the Bus

Hop aboard the Play, Talk and Read Bus when it visits Mintlaw on Wednesday.
Hop aboard the Play, Talk and Read Bus when it visits Mintlaw on Wednesday.

Parents and their wee ones are invited to jump on board the free PlayTalkRead bus ‘Bessie’ when it visits Mintlaw on Wednesday (February 10).

Designed as a free drop-in playground, Bessie offers parents and carers a fun and relaxed environment to pick up exciting new ideas and tips to play, talk and read more with their little ones which will help make a positive difference to their health and happiness.

Bessie will be stopping at Macbi Community Hub on Newlands Road, from 2pmto 4pm.

On board, parents and carers of young children can enjoy all types of fun from interactive storytelling, song and rhyme sessions to easy craft activities.

The qualified and experienced play leaders will showcase lots of great low-cost or free activities that can fit into parents’ daily routines.

Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell commented: “As a mum of two young children, I know first-hand how difficult it can be to fit playing, talking and reading into your daily routine – the PlayTalkRead buses, Benji and Bessie, offer lots of ideas and advice for parents and carers to just do that.

“You don’t need lots of toys or expensive equipment to do it, it’s all about enjoying your time together and helping their brains grow.

“Being a parent is one of the most important jobs you’ll ever do and playing, talking and reading more with kids will give them the best start in life.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming all the mums, dads, grandparents and carers in Aberdeenshire on board Bessie.”

Last year more than 27,000 people visited the PlayTalkRead buses as they went to ten per cent more venues than in 2014. A total of 77 percent of those who visited the buses were introduced to new methods of playing, talking and reading with their children and 83 percent did something different following a visit to the bus.

The PlayTalkRead roadshow will visit every local authority in Scotland as part of the Scottish Government’s Early Years campaign focusing on the first three years of children’s lives.

Entry is free. You can see when the PlayTalkRead buses will next be in your area at:

For more information – plus lots of handy tips and advice - visit