Aug
17
Fri
Outdoor Theatre at Gordon Castle Walled Garden @ Gordon Castle Walled Garden
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Outdoor theatre returns to Gordon Castle Walled Garden in Summer 2018 with theatre companies including Quantum,  Illyria  and Heartbreak Productions.  Join the team at Gordon Castle Walled Garden in their Outdoor Amphitheatre on various dates.  Their outdoor picnic hampers will also be available to pre-order starting from just £10.00.

If you would like further information, please email restaurantmanager@gordoncastlescotland.com

Midsummers Night Dream

Midsummer’s Night Dream

24th June at 1800hrs

Set on that most dangerous of nights when fairies are abroad and nothing is as it seems, four young, unsuspecting lovers become entangled in their magical affray and soon no mortals are safe in those bewitched and bewitching woods outside Athens. Quantum Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has enjoyed a fantastic response from audiences all over the country and, presented in their inimitable Quantum style, is fast paced, highly energetic, interlaced with live music and of course, being one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies, it’s rip-roaringly funny!

Quantum Theatre was founded in 1988 as a direct response to the lack of educational drama available to schools on the subject of numeracy and science. Their aim is to make the world of science and numeracy accessible and relevant to children’s everyday experiences by bringing it “to life”. With over 25 years experience and a notable characteristic style, Quantum Theatre combine educational elements with pacey, humorous musical theatre creating a must-see experience.

Running time is 1.45 hours inclusive of an interval and is recommended for ages 12+

 

Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

4th July at 1800hrs

The Merchant of Venice is a funny play that deals with serious issues – in particular the keeping of promises. Wealthy Antonio borrows money from Shylock, and both are so confident about his paying it back that they jokingly adopt a ridiculous agreement: that Antonio will give Shylock a pound of his flesh should he default. Then events conspire against him so that he cannot repay the loan. Meanwhile Bassanio risks everything in the hope of winning the hand of Portia in marriage. Admittedly he succeeds – but when she gives him a ring to keep, and he is compelled to give it away, what future for their domestic bliss? Shakespeare’s great courtroom drama is by turns gripping, funny, romantic and thought-provoking. International award-winning Illyria promise a production to keep you on the edge of your seat!

 

The Midnight Gang Outdoor Theatre

The Midnight Gang

7th July at 1700hrs

When the clock strikes midnight and everyone else is sweetly sleeping, Tom and his friends gather in the middle of the night in the name of magic, mischief, and memory making. Join The Midnight Gang on this crucial mission to overcome our greatest fears and uncover the magic ingredient to a fantastic friendship. It truly is an unmissable adventure! Be prepared to be daring at this outdoor adaptation of David Walliams’ bestselling book. Who knows where the night may lead?

Heartbreak aims to tell stories that inspire, entertain, challenge and help us come to a better understanding of human beings and how we can live together and are now in their 24th year of touring open-air theatre.

This event is suitable for children and families.

 

The Adventures of Dr Dolittle

The Adventures of Dr Dolittle

13th July at 1700hrs

When Doctor John Dolittle of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh is taught by his wise old parrot Polynesia how to talk to animals, news of his skills spreads far and wide. Soon animals across the world send messages asking for his help. So, he buys a leaky old ship and, together with his trusty pet-crew of Jip the dog, Chee-Chee the monkey, Dab-Dab the Duck and permanently hungry Gub-Gub the pig, sets forth on a mission to heal illness, spread compassion and gain a greater understanding of the animal kingdom. A funny, much-loved and exciting adventure, with a strong message about responsibility towards animals and the environment, this show is created by the same Illyria team who brought you an entire menagerie of animal puppets in DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD and a life-size T-Rex in THE LOST WORLD.

This show is suitable for children aged 5+

 

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

8th August at 1800hrs

The Bennet sisters, and a host of charming young bachelors (yes, Mr Darcy will be there. No really, yes, that Mr Darcy) will be hosting an evening of comedy, romance, and more than one come-uppance, as we learn how to behave, ahem, properly. Champagne and cucumber sandwiches are permitted at this creative outdoor adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but do ensure you know how to properly use a napkin, remember to chew with your mouths closed, and please try not to fall in love with Mr Darcy, as we believe he is very soon to be engaged. (You may also want to bring a blanket or chair to sit on and an umbrella, should the weather look inclement).

Heartbreak aims to tell stories that inspire, entertain, challenge and help us come to a better understanding of human beings and how we can live together and are now in their 24th year of touring open-air theatre.

 

The Reluctant Dragon Outdoor Theatre

The Reluctant Dragon

17th August at 1730hrs

“You’ve got to fight him some time or other you know, ’cos he’s St George and you’re the dragon…” Everyone knows St George has to do battle with the dragon, but what happens when the dragon simply won’t fight St George? In this beloved classic story, a young boy befriends a poetry-loving dragon living in the Downs above his home. When the town-folk send for St. George to slay the dragon, the boy needs to come up with a clever plan to save his friend and convince the townsfolk to accept him. A classic retelling of St George and the Dragon from the author of The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame, The Reluctant Dragon is a funny, touching and enchanting story of bravery, friendship and derring-do.

It’s a one hour 20 minute production, which includes an interval. This performance is for children and families with a Kids Afternoon Tea and Picnic.

 

The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

22nd August at 18oohrs

Frederick, apprenticed to the Pirates since a child, learns that he was born in a leap year on 29th February, and that he is contracted to the Pirate King until his 21st BIRTHDAY, not his 21st year. With only the inept Penzance constabulary to protect him, how will he resist being forced to endure a life of crime until he is 84 – and will his sweetheart, Mabel, wait for him that long? With hilarious melodrama, sharp satire and glittering wit, “The Pirates of Penzance” is as fresh as if it had been written today. It is packed-full of memorable songs such as “To be a Pirate King!”; “Modern Major General” and “A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One”.

Illyria’s mission is simply stated: to create a varied programme of outstandingly enjoyable theatre and to make it available for everyone to see. They are proud that for 25 years its popularity has enabled it to operate on a professional basis without any public funding.

 

 

 

Aug
19
Sun
Dumfries House Food Markets 2018 @ Dumfries House
Aug 19 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Dumfries House Food Markets 2018 @ Dumfries House | Scotland | United Kingdom

Food is a serious business at Dumfries House, where you’ll find education programmes that teach children about the origins and cultivation of vegetables and meat. It’s no surprise then that the estate is now holding a farmers’ market on a monthly basis.

Held on the third Saturday of each month, the market features only produce that has been sourced from within a 60-mile radius, which ensures that the food is genuinely fresh and local.

Expect to pick up fresh veg, fruit, jams, chutneys, honey, local cheeses, rare breed and duck eggs, meat pies and sausages from nearby establishments including Barlochan Highland Beef, Battlefield Bakery and Rhone Cottage.

All produce is sourced from less than 60 mile radius ensuring the food is truly fresh and local.
Stall holders can include the following but there are changes every month so just come long and enjoy.


The Galloway Soup Company selling delicious creamy soups.
Betty May’s Fudge Kitchen selling high quality tradional fudge.
everythingCHILLI selling fruit and savoury spreads with a hint of chilli.
Barlochan Highland Beef with their naturally reared highland beef.
Annanwater selling their own lamb hogget and mutton produce.
Rhone Cottage, selling homegrown fruit & veg, salads, eggs, honey, jams, chutneys.
Battlefield Bakery ,selling artisan breads and other bakery products.
The Moniaive Chocolatiers, selling tartan chocolates and confectionery.
Baking Sinsations selling delicious home-baked cakes and biscuits.
Fencebay & Fins, selling fresh and smoked and shell fish.

Aug
22
Wed
Outdoor Theatre at Gordon Castle Walled Garden @ Gordon Castle Walled Garden
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Outdoor theatre returns to Gordon Castle Walled Garden in Summer 2018 with theatre companies including Quantum,  Illyria  and Heartbreak Productions.  Join the team at Gordon Castle Walled Garden in their Outdoor Amphitheatre on various dates.  Their outdoor picnic hampers will also be available to pre-order starting from just £10.00.

If you would like further information, please email restaurantmanager@gordoncastlescotland.com

Midsummers Night Dream

Midsummer’s Night Dream

24th June at 1800hrs

Set on that most dangerous of nights when fairies are abroad and nothing is as it seems, four young, unsuspecting lovers become entangled in their magical affray and soon no mortals are safe in those bewitched and bewitching woods outside Athens. Quantum Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has enjoyed a fantastic response from audiences all over the country and, presented in their inimitable Quantum style, is fast paced, highly energetic, interlaced with live music and of course, being one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies, it’s rip-roaringly funny!

Quantum Theatre was founded in 1988 as a direct response to the lack of educational drama available to schools on the subject of numeracy and science. Their aim is to make the world of science and numeracy accessible and relevant to children’s everyday experiences by bringing it “to life”. With over 25 years experience and a notable characteristic style, Quantum Theatre combine educational elements with pacey, humorous musical theatre creating a must-see experience.

Running time is 1.45 hours inclusive of an interval and is recommended for ages 12+

 

Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

4th July at 1800hrs

The Merchant of Venice is a funny play that deals with serious issues – in particular the keeping of promises. Wealthy Antonio borrows money from Shylock, and both are so confident about his paying it back that they jokingly adopt a ridiculous agreement: that Antonio will give Shylock a pound of his flesh should he default. Then events conspire against him so that he cannot repay the loan. Meanwhile Bassanio risks everything in the hope of winning the hand of Portia in marriage. Admittedly he succeeds – but when she gives him a ring to keep, and he is compelled to give it away, what future for their domestic bliss? Shakespeare’s great courtroom drama is by turns gripping, funny, romantic and thought-provoking. International award-winning Illyria promise a production to keep you on the edge of your seat!

 

The Midnight Gang Outdoor Theatre

The Midnight Gang

7th July at 1700hrs

When the clock strikes midnight and everyone else is sweetly sleeping, Tom and his friends gather in the middle of the night in the name of magic, mischief, and memory making. Join The Midnight Gang on this crucial mission to overcome our greatest fears and uncover the magic ingredient to a fantastic friendship. It truly is an unmissable adventure! Be prepared to be daring at this outdoor adaptation of David Walliams’ bestselling book. Who knows where the night may lead?

Heartbreak aims to tell stories that inspire, entertain, challenge and help us come to a better understanding of human beings and how we can live together and are now in their 24th year of touring open-air theatre.

This event is suitable for children and families.

 

The Adventures of Dr Dolittle

The Adventures of Dr Dolittle

13th July at 1700hrs

When Doctor John Dolittle of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh is taught by his wise old parrot Polynesia how to talk to animals, news of his skills spreads far and wide. Soon animals across the world send messages asking for his help. So, he buys a leaky old ship and, together with his trusty pet-crew of Jip the dog, Chee-Chee the monkey, Dab-Dab the Duck and permanently hungry Gub-Gub the pig, sets forth on a mission to heal illness, spread compassion and gain a greater understanding of the animal kingdom. A funny, much-loved and exciting adventure, with a strong message about responsibility towards animals and the environment, this show is created by the same Illyria team who brought you an entire menagerie of animal puppets in DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD and a life-size T-Rex in THE LOST WORLD.

This show is suitable for children aged 5+

 

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

8th August at 1800hrs

The Bennet sisters, and a host of charming young bachelors (yes, Mr Darcy will be there. No really, yes, that Mr Darcy) will be hosting an evening of comedy, romance, and more than one come-uppance, as we learn how to behave, ahem, properly. Champagne and cucumber sandwiches are permitted at this creative outdoor adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but do ensure you know how to properly use a napkin, remember to chew with your mouths closed, and please try not to fall in love with Mr Darcy, as we believe he is very soon to be engaged. (You may also want to bring a blanket or chair to sit on and an umbrella, should the weather look inclement).

Heartbreak aims to tell stories that inspire, entertain, challenge and help us come to a better understanding of human beings and how we can live together and are now in their 24th year of touring open-air theatre.

 

The Reluctant Dragon Outdoor Theatre

The Reluctant Dragon

17th August at 1730hrs

“You’ve got to fight him some time or other you know, ’cos he’s St George and you’re the dragon…” Everyone knows St George has to do battle with the dragon, but what happens when the dragon simply won’t fight St George? In this beloved classic story, a young boy befriends a poetry-loving dragon living in the Downs above his home. When the town-folk send for St. George to slay the dragon, the boy needs to come up with a clever plan to save his friend and convince the townsfolk to accept him. A classic retelling of St George and the Dragon from the author of The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame, The Reluctant Dragon is a funny, touching and enchanting story of bravery, friendship and derring-do.

It’s a one hour 20 minute production, which includes an interval. This performance is for children and families with a Kids Afternoon Tea and Picnic.

 

The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

22nd August at 18oohrs

Frederick, apprenticed to the Pirates since a child, learns that he was born in a leap year on 29th February, and that he is contracted to the Pirate King until his 21st BIRTHDAY, not his 21st year. With only the inept Penzance constabulary to protect him, how will he resist being forced to endure a life of crime until he is 84 – and will his sweetheart, Mabel, wait for him that long? With hilarious melodrama, sharp satire and glittering wit, “The Pirates of Penzance” is as fresh as if it had been written today. It is packed-full of memorable songs such as “To be a Pirate King!”; “Modern Major General” and “A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One”.

Illyria’s mission is simply stated: to create a varied programme of outstandingly enjoyable theatre and to make it available for everyone to see. They are proud that for 25 years its popularity has enabled it to operate on a professional basis without any public funding.

 

 

 

Aug
23
Thu
Outdoor Theatre at Logie Steading @ Logie Steading
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Cafe is open for 30 mins before each performance, and during the interval, serving hot and cold drinks, cakes, ice cream & crisps.

Many of the courtyard shops will also be open at these times, some offering special on-the-day theatre discounts.

The Merchant of Venice

5th July, 7pm

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice is a funny play that deals with serious issues – in particular the keeping of promises. Wealthy Antonio borrows money from Shylock, and both are so confident about his paying it back that they jokingly adopt a ridiculous agreement: that Antonio will give Shylock a pound of his flesh should he default. Then events conspire against him so that he cannot repay the loan. Meanwhile Bassanio risks everything in the hope of winning the hand of Portia in marriage. Admittedly he succeeds – but when she gives him a ring to keep, and he is compelled to give it away, what future for their domestic bliss?

Shakespeare’s great courtroom drama is by turns gripping, funny, romantic and thought-provoking. International award-winning Illyria promise a production to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Tickets are available from Logie Steading Art Gallery, 01309 611378 or online here.
Adults: £14, children: £6, Concession: £11

Group / family tickets are only available from the Art Gallery

The Merchant of Venice, outdoor theatre at Logie Steading 5th July

The Adventures of Dr Dolittle

12th July, 7 pm

THE ADVENTURES OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE by Hugh Lofting

When Doctor John Dolittle of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh is taught by his wise old parrot Polynesia how to talk to animals, news of his skills spreads far and wide. Soon animals across the world send messages asking for his help. So, he buys a leaky old ship and, together with his trusty pet-crew of Jip the dog, Chee-Chee the monkey, Dab-Dab the Duck and permanently hungry Gub-Gub the pig, sets forth on a mission to heal illness, spread compassion and gain a greater understanding of the animal kingdom.

A funny, much-loved and exciting adventure, with a strong message about responsibility towards animals and the environment, this show is created by the same Illyria team who brought you an entire menagerie of animal puppets in DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD and a life-size T-Rex in THE LOST WORLD.

The show is suitable for cheeky monkeys aged 5+.

Tickets are available from Logie Steading Art Gallery, 01309 611378 or online here.

Adults: £14, children: £6, Concession: £11
Group / family tickets are only available from the Art Gallery

 

Dr Doolittle outdoor theatre at Logie Steading 12th July

The Hound of the Baskervilles

16th August, 7.30 pm

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Who killed Sir Charles Baskerville? Can anyone prevent the same fate befalling the young Sir Henry Baskerville? Is a monstrous hound really roaming Dartmoor? Why is someone systematically stealing Sir Henry’s shoes? And how does a ghostly hound manage to leave vast paw-prints and other unwelcome evidence of its existence?

The original and greatest literary detective of them all, Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant Doctor Watson, tackle the most baffling case of their careers in this faithful, cheeky but chilling adaptation…

Tickets are available from Logie Steading Art Gallery, 01309 611378 or online here.

Adults: £14, children: £6, Concession: £11
Group / family tickets are only available from the Art Gallery

Hound of the Baskervilles outdoor theatre at Logie Steading 16 August

The Pirates of Penzance

23rd August, 7 pm

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE by Gilbert & Sullivan

Frederick, apprenticed to the Pirates since a child, learns that he was born in a leap year on 29th February, and that he is contracted to the Pirate King until his 21st BIRTHDAY, not his 21st year. With only the inept Penzance constabulary to protect him, how will he resist being forced to endure a life of crime until he is 84 – and will his sweetheart, Mabel, wait for him that long?

With hilarious melodrama, sharp satire and glittering wit, “The Pirates of Penzance” is as fresh as if it had been written today. It is packed-full of memorable songs such as “To be a Pirate King!”; “Modern Major General” and “A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One”.

Tickets are available from Logie Steading Art Gallery, 01309 611378 or online here.

Adults: £16,  children: £8, concession: £14
Group / family tickets are only available from the Art Gallery

pirates of Penzance outdoor theatre at Logie Steading 23 August

 

Sep
7
Fri
#BOWFest2018 at Inveraray Castle @ Inveraray Castle
Sep 7 – Sep 9 all-day
#BOWFest2018 at Inveraray Castle @ Inveraray Castle | Scotland | United Kingdom

Mud free & Under Canavas

On the 7th, 8th & 9th September the gates to the grounds of the iconic Inveraray Castle will open for the 8th annual Best of the West Festival.

The festival is now arguably Scotland’s finest boutique festival, one where music and food lovers from the world over gather to celebrate the very best in Scottish music, food and drink. As well as a stunning line-up of 21 different musical acts performing on two stages the festival has been extended to three days and finishes later each evening.

Most of the festival is under canvas including the three stages and there is not a single drop of mud to be found anywhere. So forget the wellies, the weather can rain or shine the BOWFest experience is always amazing.

BOWFest is family-friendly and includes free children’s art workshops, face painting and outdoor activities. Inveraray is only a 90 minute drive from Glasgow and even shorter if you take one of the many festival buses from Glasgow, Oban and Dunoon.

To buy tickets, click here.

Sep
8
Sat
Bowhouse Food Weekend @ Bowhouse
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – Sep 9 @ 4:00 pm
Bowhouse Food Weekend @ Bowhouse | Saint Monans | Scotland | United Kingdom

Bowhouse is a place where food makers work to make their products from the wonderful raw ingredients of the East Neuk and its coast.

Bowhouse holds food and drink markets through the year, of which Bowhouse Food Weekend is one.   This is an occasional market – an opportunity to see, discuss, taste and buy food and drink made in the East Neuk of Fife and beyond

Come and meet the farmers and makers; taste and buy their produce.

We hope you will join us to sample and buy the best Scottish food, drink and related produce at the next market on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March 2018, 10am–4pm.

 

 

 

Sep
9
Sun
Bowhouse Food Weekend @ Bowhouse
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm
Bowhouse Food Weekend @ Bowhouse | Saint Monans | Scotland | United Kingdom

Bowhouse is a place where food makers work to make their products from the wonderful raw ingredients of the East Neuk and its coast.

Bowhouse holds food and drink markets through the year, of which Bowhouse Food Weekend is one.   This is an occasional market – an opportunity to see, discuss, taste and buy food and drink made in the East Neuk of Fife and beyond

Come and meet the farmers and makers; taste and buy their produce.

We hope you will join us to sample and buy the best Scottish food, drink and related produce at the next market on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March 2018, 10am–4pm.

 

 

 

Sep
13
Thu
Colonsay Folk Festival
Sep 13 – Sep 16 all-day
Colonsay Folk Festival @ Scotland | United Kingdom

Welcome to Ceol Cholasa, Colonsay’s Annual Music Festival held in the 3rd week of September.  Tickets are now on sale for this wonderful festival of music.

Sep
16
Sun
Dumfries House Food Markets 2018 @ Dumfries House
Sep 16 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Dumfries House Food Markets 2018 @ Dumfries House | Scotland | United Kingdom

Food is a serious business at Dumfries House, where you’ll find education programmes that teach children about the origins and cultivation of vegetables and meat. It’s no surprise then that the estate is now holding a farmers’ market on a monthly basis.

Held on the third Saturday of each month, the market features only produce that has been sourced from within a 60-mile radius, which ensures that the food is genuinely fresh and local.

Expect to pick up fresh veg, fruit, jams, chutneys, honey, local cheeses, rare breed and duck eggs, meat pies and sausages from nearby establishments including Barlochan Highland Beef, Battlefield Bakery and Rhone Cottage.

All produce is sourced from less than 60 mile radius ensuring the food is truly fresh and local.
Stall holders can include the following but there are changes every month so just come long and enjoy.


The Galloway Soup Company selling delicious creamy soups.
Betty May’s Fudge Kitchen selling high quality tradional fudge.
everythingCHILLI selling fruit and savoury spreads with a hint of chilli.
Barlochan Highland Beef with their naturally reared highland beef.
Annanwater selling their own lamb hogget and mutton produce.
Rhone Cottage, selling homegrown fruit & veg, salads, eggs, honey, jams, chutneys.
Battlefield Bakery ,selling artisan breads and other bakery products.
The Moniaive Chocolatiers, selling tartan chocolates and confectionery.
Baking Sinsations selling delicious home-baked cakes and biscuits.
Fencebay & Fins, selling fresh and smoked and shell fish.

Oct
13
Sat
Bowhouse Food Weekend @ Bowhouse
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – Oct 14 @ 4:00 pm
Bowhouse Food Weekend @ Bowhouse | Saint Monans | Scotland | United Kingdom

Bowhouse is a place where food makers work to make their products from the wonderful raw ingredients of the East Neuk and its coast.

Bowhouse holds food and drink markets through the year, of which Bowhouse Food Weekend is one.   This is an occasional market – an opportunity to see, discuss, taste and buy food and drink made in the East Neuk of Fife and beyond

Come and meet the farmers and makers; taste and buy their produce.

We hope you will join us to sample and buy the best Scottish food, drink and related produce at the next market on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March 2018, 10am–4pm.