Half-Term Family Fun at Castle Kennedy Gardens

Young people will find lots to do at Castle Kennedy Gardens during Autumn half-term-break. Enjoy story telling, enter an art competition, watch the wildlife from our new bird hide, find the impressive 25 champion trees or go exploring on one of the many walks set in 75 acres of gardens!

Join story teller Renita Boyle on Tuesday 16th October for ‘Tales and Tunes of the Changing Seasons’, specially tailored for families. Described as a ‘remarkable story teller – a powerball of imagination and inventiveness’(Norman Stone 1A Production), Renita will capture young imaginations as she tells stories, against some of the most magical backdrops around the gardens. Guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s face, her stories include stories that are rowdy and reflective, traditional and tall and often have a moral tale of faith and personal development.

‘I love story telling and seeing how stories connect an audience of initial strangers and often linger with the listeners,’ explained Renita. ‘Autumn is so full of glorious colours and a perfect time of year to come to Castle Kennedy Gardens and tell stories and songs in the outdoors where young people can connect with the environment around them.’

Choose from two sessions of Renita’s Story Telling at either 10:15am-11:00am or 11:30am-12:15pm. Admission is £1.50 plus admission to the gardens (children must be accompanied by an adult). Stout footwear and waterproofs are recommended and you may like to bring a cushion or rug to sit on. Renita will tell her tales indoors should the weather be unfavourable.

Visitors can also enter the annual art completion which closes on Wednesday 31 October. This year’s theme is ‘Flight’ and entrants (aged 4 years to adults) are encouraged to be inspired by the many examples of flight they see during their visit to the gardens. Local business have sponsored excellent prizes across four age categories. Full details available at www.castlekennedygardens.co.uk

A few events remain during the last month of the busy annual Gardens Event Programme. On Wednesday 17th October at 2:00pm and join Dumfries and Galloway Council Ranger, Elizabeth Tindal ,on Thursday 18th October or Wednesday 24th October to learn about the Garden inhabitant’s preparations for winter.

Castle Kennedy Gardens are open daily from 10am – 5pm until Wednesday 31st October. While the Tea Room will be open daily for refreshments, delicious home baking and light lunches, the gift shop will only open at weekends during October. The gardens re-open on Saturday 2nd February 2013. Contact 01581 400225 for further information. ENDS