Castle Kennedy Gardens

Castle Kennedy Gardens
Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 8SJ
  • Telephone 01581 400225
  • Opening times Mon–Fri 10am–5pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.castlekennedygardens.com
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Castle Kennedy Gardens

Castle Kennedy Gardens is one of Scotland's finest, set in 75 acres and offering something for everyone to enjoy. From spectacular flowering plants and exotic trees to beautiful scenery, scultptured landforms, magnificent walks and popular bird hides, the Gardens are a hidden treasure in South West Scotland and a perfect haven for relaxing and exploring.

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  • Provides: Free wi-fi

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Autumn Glory Guided Walk

The Head Gardener leads a guided tour of the gardens in all their autumnal splendour.

Wed 11 Oct

£5.50 (£4.50; Children £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Brilliant Borders Guided Walk

This is the best time of year to visit the walled gardens, so take advantage of the osteospermum, delphiniums and perennials in full bloom.

Wed 2 Aug

£5.50 (£4.50; Children £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Build a Bug Hotel

Help the wildlife at Castle Kennedy Gardens by building minibeats a new home. Part of the bug hotel will be a special hedgehog space. Meet at Castle Kennedy ruin and wear outdoor clothing. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sun 13 Aug

£5.50 (£4.50; Children £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

All Ranger Events are an additional £1 per person per event.

  • 11:00 – 12:30
  • 14:00 – 15:30

Campfire Treats

Learn how to be safe around a fire with a garden ranger, and cook some campfire treats. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Outdoor clothing essential.

Wed 9 Aug

£5.50 (Over 65s £4.50; Under 18s £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

All ranger events are an additional £1 per person per event.

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Wed 25 Oct

£5.50 (Over 65 £4.50; Family £12; Under 18s £2) / 01581 400225

All ranger events are an additional £1 per person per event.

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Den Building

Den building workshop for all ages. Children must be accompanied.

Wed 23 Aug

£5.50 (£4.50; Children £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

Children - 2.00GBP (Under 18's) Family - 12.00GBP (2x2)

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Dirty Dancing

  • 3 stars
  • 1987
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Emile Ardolino
  • Written by: Eleanor Bergstein
  • Cast: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

The plot – in the summer of 1963 bad boy Johnny (Swayze) meets good girl Baby (Grey) and teaches her hip grinding, eventually winning the respect of her parents. Sure it's full of stereotyping, bad dialogue and a pre-teen sugar coated prurience, but decades on Dirty Dancing still has the ability to send a generation of…

Fri 15 Sep

01581 400225

Open air screening.

  • 20:00

Dream Catchers

Join the Garden Ranger to make the frame, weave a dream catching web and add natural items to help you get a good nights sleep.

Wed 9 Aug

£5.50 (Over 65 £4.50; Under 18s £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

All Ranger Events are an additional £1 per person per event.

  • 11:00 – 12:30

Heart Shaped Bird Feeders

Join the ranger to make a heart shaped bird feeder and learn all about seeds and what birds like to eat in the process.

Wed 18 Oct

£5.50 (Over 65 £4.50; Under 18s £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

All ranger events are an additional £1 per person per event.

  • 11:00 – 12:30

Home-made Rocket Laboratory

Meet a Garden Ranger, who will show you how to make your own rocket.

Sun 3 Sep

£5.50 (£4.50; Children £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Late Summer Guided Walk

A tour of Castle Kennedy Gardens in the final stages of bloom.

Wed 27 Sep

£5.50 (£4.50; Children £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Leaf Art

Create some unique art works using rhododendron leaves.

Sun 17 Sep

£5.50 (£4.50; Children £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

  • 11:00 – 12:30

Moon Gazing

Learn a bit more about the moon with the help of a Biosphere Dark Sky Ranger and some astro-binoculars.

Fri 27 Oct

£10.50 / 01581 400225

  • 19:30

Mud Faces

A fun and muddy activity where you can make muddy hand-prints and faces on the trees to surprise future visitors. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sun 17 Sep

£5.50 (Over 65 £4.50; Under 18s £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

All ranger events are an additional £1 per person per event.

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Nature Weaving

Create your own unique nature weaving using twigs, grasses, cones and feathers with the help of the Garden Ranger.

Wed 18 Oct

£5.50 (Over 65 £4.50; Under 18s £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

All Ranger Events are an additional £1 per person per event.

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Orienteering

Join the ranger to learn some new skills in reading maps and using compasses to find your way around the gardens

Wed 25 Oct

£5.50 (Over 65 £4.50; Under 18s £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

All ranger events are an additional £1 per person per event.

  • 11:00 – 12:30

Plant Propagation and Seed Sowing Guided Walk

A guided walk around Castle Kennedy Gardens giving an insight into plant propagation.

Wed 30 Aug

£5.50 (£4.50; Children £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Pumpkin Trail

Hunt for pumpkins and prizes at Castle Kennedy Gardens' Pumpkin Trail.

Sat 14 Oct

£5.50 (£4.50; Children £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 15 Oct

£5.50 (£4.50; Children £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Mon 16 Oct

£5.50 (£4.50; Children £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

  • 10:00 – 16:00
…and 13 more dates until 29 Oct

Scavenger Hunt

Get exploring the gardens and learn about animals and wildlife as you go.

Sun 3 Sep

£5.50 (£4.50; Children £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

  • 11:00 – 12:30

Sunshine on Leith

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 1h 40min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
  • Cast: Jason Flemyng, Peter Mullan, Antonia Thomas
  • UK release: 4 October 2013

For his second feature, Fletcher directs this adaptation of the popular stage musical based on the songs of The Proclaimers. Two soldiers return from Afghanistan to Edinburgh and struggle to adapt to civilian life.

Fri 1 Sep

01581 400225

Open air screening.

  • 20:00

Tepee Shelters

Join the Garden Ranger to create a shelter from the materials provided, plus learn some knots to help you create the tepee. Wear outdoor clothing; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wed 23 Aug

£5.50 (£4.50; Family £12; Under 18s £2) / 01581 400225

£1 additional cost per person per event.

  • 11:00 – 12:30

The Wind in the Willows

Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a summer adventure in a beautiful outdoor setting as Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents a musical and fun-filled adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic novel.

Mon 7 Aug

£14–£15 (Children £9–£10; Family £40–£44) / 01581 400225

  • 17:00 – 20:00

The Wonder of Honeybees

A look at the life of honeybees and their important role in the countryside.

Sun 20 Aug

£5.50 (over 65s £4.50; Under 18s £2; Family £12) / 01581 400225

  • 10:00 – 16:00

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