Win a fabulous family treat at Castle Kennedy

THE Galloway Gazette has teamed up with Castle Kennedy Gardens to offer readers a chance to win a family ticket to an open-air theatre production of The Railway Children.

The performance of this wonderful work takes place on Sunday, July 15, at 4.30pm in Castle Kennedy Gardens, near Stranraer.

So get your thinking caps on and answer this easy question about the much loved classic tale of The Railway Children, and you could be enjoying the performance for free with your family!

Children of all ages will enjoy Heartbreak Productions’ staging as they share the inspirational story originally written by Edith Nesbit, of the Waterbury children who are forced to move from their luxurious Edwardian villa in the London suburbs to Three Chimneys, a house near the fictional Great Northern and Southern Railway in the Yorkshire Dales. Join Bobbie, Phyllis and Peter on their exciting adventures as they piece together the mysterious separation from their father and make new friends in the local railway community.

For your chance to win a free ticket (admitting two adults and two children), simply fill in the competition entry form and tell us the name of the author who wrote The Railway Children. Was it: a) Edith Nesbit, b) Kennedy Nesbit, c) Ernest Nesbit?

Entries should be returned to Railway Children Competition, The Galloway Gazette, 71 Victoria Street, Newton Stewart, DG8 6NL no later than Thursday, July 12, at 9am. Or email your answer to, putting Railway Children Competition in the subject line and include your name, address and telephone number.

Tickets are now on sale for this event and the later open-air performance of Jane Austin’s Emma (on Wednesday, August 8, at 7pm) at Castle Kennedy and Gardens shop and Stranraer Tourist Information Centre. Purchase in advance of the performance and enjoy a discounted rate of £11 (adults), £7 (students and children) and £32 (family 2+2). Grounds open at 3.30pm, so bring along a picnic or visit the tea room for light refreshments before the performance commences.

Visit www.castlekennedy or call 01776 702024 for information on exciting summer events at Castle Kennedy and Gardens, including walks, bird-watching from the new bird hide, children’s activities from pond dipping to kite building, and the popular week-long Lochinch Castle Summer Art Festival (July 20-29) featuring work by local artists who will also give workshops, talks and demonstrations.