Take-off for Wings day
Family fun day at Threave
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.
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Fun Fern Hiddleston enjoyed Bee at Threave