Tickets are now on sale for the Kelburn Garden Party Festival. Their 2017 line-up is a kaleidoscopic collection of underground club culture and rock, folk, jazz, electronica and world music, tying together modern and traditional programming strands.
The whole thing takes place in the grounds of the 800 year old Kelburn Castle, seat of the Earl of Glasgow. It’s also home to the eye-catching and fairly unique Castle Graffiti Project.
The festival offers a cultural safari over three days, including art installations, carnival entertainment, music performance, children’s events and hikes through the countryside.
Kelburn Garden Party for Kids and Families
Instead of a simple kid-safe zone that is the norm for many UK festivals, Kelburn is bursting with a whole spectacle of family-friendly fun throughout the weekend. Kelburn estate is an award-winning family attraction, and festival goers get access to most of the features of the estate on top of all the extra events taking place. Drive a bus, discover the Green Man’s Maze, learn fantastic circus tricks or tackle the rope bridge…
The Secret Forest
The Secret Forest is a labyrinthine trail through the woods above the main festival site that includes many bizarre attractions: from the Chinese gardens and Pagoda, the gingerbread house and maze, to the crocodile swamp and grotto and the “inner wood”. At the Kelburn Garden Party this is where you can catch the The Secret Forest Project – a living installation where over 25 performers will play magical characters inhabiting the forest, each with their own story to tell as you make your way through the pathways.
Families will also find musicians and artists within the family camping field with their own programme of workshops. Elsewhere there will be puppets, masks, instruments, face painting, a toddler assault course and family-friendly yoga.
Big Fish Little Fish Family Disco
The award-winning “2-4 Hour Party People” host sold out family-friendly raves all over the UK, and are hugely popular with parents who just can’t leave their clubbing days behind them. They make their Kelburn debut with a disco on both Saturday and Sunday of the Garden Party – expect banging (but not too loud) tunes, confetti cannons, ballons and all kinds of party magic. Ideal for those parents who need to be in bed with the wee ones by dark.
Full details of how to travel to the Kelvin Garden Party site can be found on the website, with sat-Nav location, Train & Bus timetable details and information on parking/caravan fees.
THE KELBURN GARDEN PARTY
30th June – 3rd July
Kelburn Castle, Nr. Fairlie, KA29 0BE
Tickets available now. Kids under 5 go free to the festival, and there is a flat rate £25 ticket for ages 5 to 13.
Images by Stevie Powers, Graham Wynne and Zul Bhatia