Outdoor theatre and visual art parks among the great summer activities in the Year of Creative Scotland
Our natural landscape has inspired creativity for generations, and there’s no better place to experience our incredible cultural offering this summer than outdoors. Find out all that this special year has to offer at www.visitscotland.com/creative.
Our performances aren't only played out in theatres ...
This July, experience an enchanting programme of outdoor theatre set against Scotland’s most impressive backdrops.
Culzean Castle hosts Oscar Wilde’s classic satire, The Importance of Being Earnest (Mon 4 Jun-Tue 10 Jul), as well as Sleeping Beauty (Mon 4 Jun-Wed 11 Jul). The Festival Players promise slick productions of both Twelfth Night at Hill of Tarvit (Cupar, 7 July) and Richard III at Newhailes House (East Lothian, Sun 29 Jul) which will also stage Heartbreak Productions’ award winning adaptation of E. Nesbit’s The Railway Children (Sat 14 Jul). Kids will love seeing Peter Rabbit and friends at Drum Castle (Fri 6 Jul) as well as a gruesome yet outrageously funny rendition of Roald Dahl's The Twits by Illyria at Crathes Castle (Sat 14 Jul).
... and we don't just keep our art in galleries
Enter a secretive world of sculpture gardens and hidden artworks in unexpected places. Jupiter Artland in the grounds of Bonnington House, Edinburgh is a work-in-progress where you will always discover new art; and beneath the Pentland Hills find Little Sparta, a sculpture garden created by Scottish artist and writer Ian Hamilton Finlay.
Head out of the city to Cairnhead, Dumfries & Galloway where Andy Goldworthy’s red sandstone Striding Arches crown the land. Sculpture lovers will also enjoy Tyrebagger Wood, Aberdeenshire.
Find out more about arts & culture in Scotland at www.visitscotland.com/creative.
The celebrated outdoor sculpture park opens its doors for the fifth summer season with works on show by Anya Gallacio, Andy Goldsworthy, Henry Castle, Antony Gormley, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Charles Jencks, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and others.
The Tales of Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit & Benjamin Bunny
Quantum Theatre's production of these two much-loved tales, the first concerning the misadventures of the well-known mischievous rabbit, and the second about how his cousin helps him to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder and retrieve his clothes from Mr McGregor's scarecrow.
Roald Dahl's The Twits
Take a picnic and rug to this outdoor performance of Roald Dahl's classic tale of the revolting twosome, presented by Illyria.
An outdoor performance of Shakespeare's comedy. Bring a picnic and a lawn-friendly seat.
The Railway Children
An outdoor performance of E Nesbit's Victorian children's classic. Bring a picnic, some comfortable seating and clothes appropriate for Scottish evening weather.
The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde's comedy of bachelors, ladies, an aunt and a handbag-shaped McGuffin is still as crisp as a table water biscuit. See it, weather permitting, in the outdoor surroundings of the Carriage Ring, immediately in front of Culzean Castle.
The Festival Players Theatre company present the tale of the (unconfirmed) hunchback king, the longest play in Shakespeare's canon.
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