Take-off for Wings day

Fam­ily fun day at Th­reave

The Galloway News - - THE TICKET -

Th­reave Gar­dens and Es­tate are fa­mous for crea­tures that fly.

They are home to breed­ing ospreys, have Scot­land’s only bat re­serve and last year brought in the crowds for the Bee at Th­reave fes­ti­val.

On Satur­day the Na­tional Trust for Scot­land venue at Cas­tle Dou­glas will wel­come visi­tors to its fam­ily open day Wings Over Th­reave – a cel­e­bra­tion of all things that take to the air.

The day will pro­vide fun and games with chil­dren’s trails and spe­cial walks, a kite-mak­ing work­shop and na­ture con­ser­va­tion demon­stra­tions with small birds and owls.

Sam Gal­lacher, NTS op­er­a­tions man­ager for Dum­fries and Gal­loway, said: “In­spir­ing our visi­tors with the nat­u­ral world is at the heart of the Na­tional Trust for Scot­land’s broad mis­sion.

“Wings Over Th­reave will be fun and ex­cit­ing with new ways of en­gag­ing our au­di­ence, es­pe­cially chil­dren, through a range ofac­tiv­i­ties and demon­stra­tions.”

Also, in part­ner­ship with the Dum­fries and Dis­trict Glid­ing Club, there will be glid­ers and planes in the gar­dens.

And, for the first time, for those aged over 12 with no fear of heights, the tower at Th­reave House will be open to small groups of visi­tors.

The house, at the cen­tre of the pop­u­lar gar­dens, was built in 1871 for the Gordon fam­ily.

The last of the fam­ily, Alan – who was cel­e­brated by the NTS last year – used the tower for astron­omy be­cause of its great van­tage point.

Richard Pol­ley, NTS gen­eral man­ager for Dum­fries and Gal­loway, added: “Th­reave Gar­den is spec­tac­u­lar at the mo­ment and we want as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to en­joy it.

“The com­mu­nity should be at the heart of what we do and we hope many peo­ple will choose to come to this spe­cial place to have fun with their fam­i­lies and learn new things about the na­ture of Gal­loway at the fam­ily open day.”

The prop­erty will be open from 10am with a later clos­ing time of 7pm.

Book­ing on­line, or through the vis­i­tor cen­tre on 01556 502575, is ad­vised.

In­vite Richard Pol­ley

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