Castle Kennedy & Gardens
A garden for all to enjoy
Date 18 June 2012
Open Air Summer Theatre is Back at Castle Kennedy Gardens
Open air theatre is back at Castle Kennedy Gardens this summer with classic performances of The Railway Children and Jane Austin’s Emma.
Pack a picnic, bring a rug and enjoy the unique atmosphere of outdoor performances against the stunning backdrop of Castle Kennedy ruins and the beautiful surrounding gardens.
Children of all ages will enjoy The Railway Children performed by Heartbreak Productions, under the directorship of Peter Mimmack, on Sunday 15th July at 4:30pm. The whole family are guaranteed to be on their feet and cheering at this inspirational and uplifting journey with Bobbie, Phyllis and Peter as their adventures help them piece together the mysterious separation from their father and make new friends in the local railway community.
Chapterhouse Theatre Company will return to the gardens after a successful performance last year, on Wednesday 8th August at 7:00pm with Laura Turner’s adaption of Emma. A heart warming tale of matchmaking, marriage and merriment as Emma pairs her friends with their perfect matches and finds her own true love where she least expected him.
‘We’re delighted to be bringing open air theatre back to Castle Kennedy & Gardens this summer,’ explained Lady Emily Stair. ‘ It’s a very unique and relaxed atmosphere for all the family and has become increasingly popular over the last few years. So bring your picnic, a rug and maybe some insect repellent and join us for a very different experience in our wonderful gardens!’
The Castle Kennedy Gardens tea room will be serving light refreshments at both events complemented with wine and beer at the performance of Emma.
Tickets are now on sale for both events at Castle Kennedy & Gardens shop and Stranraer Tourist Information Centre. Purchase in advance of the performance and enjoy a discounted rate of £11 (adults) and £7 (Students and Children) and £32 (family 2 + 2). Grounds open at 3:30pm so bring along a picnic or visit the tea room before the performance commences.
Castle Kennedy Gardens are one of Scotland’s finest situated in 75 acres of beautiful landscaped terraces and avenues. With the romantic ruined 16th Century Castle Kennedy overlooking a beautiful walled garden at one end, and Lochinch Castle at the other, these famous gardens provide a picturesque setting for open air performances. A number of events will be taking place over the summer months including Lochinch Castle Summer Art Festival (20 July – 29th July), garden walks, bird watching from the new bird hide and children’s activities from pond dipping to kite building. Visit www.castlekennedygardens.co.uk or contact 01776 702024 for further information.