Wild Autumn Festival offers family activities at Castle Kennedy Gardens

Celebrating The Wild Autumn Festival (9-26 October) Castle Kennedy Gardens is offering some fun activities for all the family during the October Holidays before the winter sets in.

The October half term holidays begin with schools breaking up on Friday 9 and returning Monday 26 with two weeks to fill with fun for all the family!

Kids can become cavemen and join a Painting with Earth session on Wednesday 14 October, sourcing natural colours from the Gardens to create some modern day earth art. Visitors can enjoy delicious, homemade cake and a hot drink before then choosing to join an afternoon Minibeast Adventure with the Garden Ranger helping them to discover fascinating bug life.

The changing face of Castle Kennedy Gardens will also be highlighted on Wednesday 14 October when an Autumn Glory Guided Walk, led by our Head Gardener, will invite visitors to experience the formidable fall.

Pond Dipping has proven incredibly popular again this year and our last of these sessions runs on Sunday 18 October when we discover what’s lurking in the dark waters of the White and Black Lochs that surround the Gardens. And in the afternoon our Garden Ranger will be using some of the great, natural colours from the plants here to encourage the kids to create their own Mud Faces.

Building Tepee Shelters and dens has been another really popular introduction into our events programme this year and will conclude this year’s Garden Ranger events on Wednesday 21 October.

In preparation for Christmas a range of exciting arts, crafts and food stalls will be available in our Christmas Marquee at Lochinch Castle, and in the Victorian Carriage Houses at this year’s Lochinch Castle Charity Christmas Fair event on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 November in support of Home Start Wigtownshire. Santa’s Grotto, seasonal music and hot food will be on offer, topping off what promises to be a magical meander in this atmospheric location.

For more information on the events and activities taking place at Castle Kennedy Gardens this Autumn please contact 01581 400 225 or 01776 702 024 or find us on facebook, twitter and google+ Garden entry and events can also be booked on www.castlekennedygardens.com