ANGUSalive continues to attract over 2.8 million visitors

03 Mar 2020 |

ANGUSalive continues to attract over 2.8 million visitors

ANGUSalive, the charity for culture, leisure and sport for the county of Angus has published its annual report for 2018/19.

Over 2.8 million visitors attended ANGUSalive’s venues and events within the period. Highlights include an increase in library visitors by 26,000 reaching nearly 360,000; an increase in Countryside Adventure visitors by 37,000 attracting 765,000 people, as well as the Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath raising the curtain to nearly 39,000, an increase of nearly 1,000 theatre goers.

Sport and Leisure centres attracted over 1.45 million participants with Museums, Galleries and Archives, which includes the Meffan in Forfar and the Signal Tower Museum in Arbroath, welcoming almost 45,000 visitors through their doors.  These figures experienced a reduction in visitor numbers for the 18/19 period.

The report also outlines the charity’s overall financial performance for 2018/19 which generated a net income of £415,000.* This income is transferred annually to the Recreation Renewal and Repair Fund held by Angus Council on behalf of the charity. As a not-for-profit organisation every penny is reinvested back into the facilities and programmes it runs for the local communities it serves.

Kirsty Hunter, Chief Executive of ANGUSalive explains more about the year’s performance. She said: “The report shows that the charity has had another successful year of operation, not only from a financial perspective in generating £415,000 in net income but also through the various events and activities that we run at our venues and the numbers of people engaging with them.

“The ability of the charity to generate net income to perform regular equipment refresh and replacement is essential. The programme of work helps ensure our facilities and services are maintained to high standards as well as improving the digital offering for our customers.

“Of course it’s our ambition to increase numbers using our facilities year-on-year and see all our areas achieve an increase in attendances, helping more people be healthy, active and creative. However, charities like ours are operating in an increasingly challenging environment with increased competition in terms of offering and price.

“We are determined to continue to generate income for reinvestment and diversify our funding streams so we can keep offering a fantastic range of services and activities to keep our important culture, sport and leisure services available for people to enjoy today and in the future. I hope if anyone hasn’t yet had the opportunity to visit any of our venues, that they will come and see us soon.”

Initiatives which helped attract over 2.8 million visitors in the time period included the annual Angus Glens Walking Festival enjoying its 16th year; the addition of a sixth Community Sports Hub in Forfar as part of the sportscotland Community Sports Hub initiative; Mischief in the Meffan and Scavenger Hunt in partnership with DC Thomson and the panto Aladdin at Webster Theatre.

The report also highlights successes achieved such as all five of ANGUSalive’s museums being awarded full accreditation status following a review by Museums Galleries Scotland, the level 5 grading by the quality improvement framework for libraries in Scotland, How Good is Our Public Library Service (HGLIOPLS) as well as the investment and refurbishment of Montrose Library creating new community spaces and learning resources.

Kenneth Fraser, Chairperson for ANGUSalive added: “Our vision since our establishment as an independent charitable organisation back in 2015 is to help change lives by inspiring healthy, active and creative lifestyle choices. I believe this report demonstrates the dedication and vast amount of work that has been undertaken by our employees and partners in helping us meet that vision. There’s still more to do as we transform the charity for the future and we look forward to offering up more exciting services and activities over coming years.”

For more details on ANGUSalive’s annual report visit


*Net income is before allowing for actuarially adjusted pension costs.