School’s out and Summer is in full swing at Castle Kennedy Gardens!


Wednesday 8 July, 2015

 School’s out and Summer is in full swing at Castle Kennedy Gardens with new and popular activities as well as open air theatre for all the family!

This Summer is packed full of activities at Castle Kennedy Gardens with fun for all to be enjoyed including new Garden Ranger activities for 2015 and this year’s open air theatre productions.

Castle Kennedy Gardens is holding several events, organised and led by their Garden Rangers and Head Gardener, over the summer holidays to encourage more visits to one of Scotland’s most magnificent gardens.

The Garden’s Tea Room will also offer visitors a different menu each week over the summer months and visitors are welcome to picnic in the Gardens alternatively.

‘What’s In A Name?’ is a guided walk on Wednesday 8 July, led by the Head Gardener, which will offer fascinating insights about the plants to be found in the Gardens and answer questions such as how the Monkey Puzzle Tree get its name.

On Wednesday 15 July, children are invited to take part in an exploration of one of the Garden’s most popular activities – pond dipping – where families are helped by the Garden Ranger to discover the many weird and wonderful creatures, including huge rare newts, living in and around the two acre Round Pond.

The first of two fantastic open-air theatre performances, ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ performed by Illyria, will take place on the early evening of Tuesday 21 July and will feature a spectacular set, special effects and eye-popping illusions by the world famous Illusionist Paul Daniels. The show features a huge amount of water and children are dared to sit in the Splash Zone!

The next performance – The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes – produced by Chapterhouse on Thursday 6 August, will wrap the audience up in a new case to be solved by Sherlock and Dr Watson who join the search for the most elusive treasure known to mankind.

New events this year include plant propagation introduced to visitors on Wednesday 22 July, where keen gardeners can watch demonstrations of how to take plant cuttings to grow their own and the first of Painting with Earth sessions will debut on Wednesday 5 August where the Garden Ranger will encourage families to try out different ways of using natural materials to create some modern day earth art.

Adding to the fun packed activities calendar kids can Build A Bird Feeder on Wednesday 29 July get dirty with Mud Faces on Wednesday 5 August build tepees and dens on 12 August. Activities continue into September and right through until the end of October with all details to be found on

All Ranger activities begin at Castle Kennedy Ruins with Ranger activity sessions running from 11:00am – 12:30pm & 2:00pm – 3.30pm and included in the admission cost. Guided Walks run from 2.00pm -3.30pm and cost £2 plus admission, offering participants a hot drink and delicious slice of homemade cake. Outdoor clothing is recommended, children must be accompanied by an adult and visitors are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

For more information on the event and activities taking place at Castle Kennedy Gardens this Summer please contact 01581 400 225 or 01776 702 024 or find us on facebook, twitter and google+ or book tickets on





For more information:

Castle Kennedy Gardens, Tel: 01776 702024, 01581 400 225 Email:

Notes to editors:


  • Open Daily from 31st March until 31st October, Castle Kennedy Gardens, Castle Kennedy, Stranraer, DG9 8SJ, 3 miles east of Stranraer on the A75.
  • Castle Kennedy Gardens is one of Scotland’s finest Gardens, set in 75 acres of beautiful grounds between two natural lochs (one being a Site of Special Scientific Interest). The Gardens form a magical landscape with the romantic ruined 16th century Castle Kennedy at one end and the 19th century Lochinch Castle at the other.
  • Perfect for relaxing or exploring, delights to see include colourful displays of rhododendrons and azaleas, a Walled Garden, 2 acre circular Victorian Lily Pond, 21 Champion Trees, sculptured landforms, the 150 year old Monkey Puzzle Avenue, stunning and rare fauna, beautiful scenery and four carefully planned magnificent walks.


















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