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Bumper Easter sees Estates gear up for summer

Friday, 07 June 2019

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate and Bowhill House and Grounds are ready to spring into the summer visitor season following successful Easter openings.

The family friendly activities organised by the Estate teams, coupled with the unseasonably sunny Scottish weather, resulted in bumper visitor numbers across the holiday weekend in April.

When compared with Easter weekend 2017, Drumlanrig in Dumfries and Galloway saw an 83 per cent leap in visitors numbers whilst Bowhill in the Scottish Borders welcomed almost 30 per cent more people come through the gates.

Thousands of visitors enjoyed family fun at both Estates – with a bouncy castle, ball pool, giant games and 50ft assault course by Team Challenge, as well as Segway tours and archery sessions at Drumlanrig; and Nutty’s Little Squirrel Club, archery and a mighty climbing wall at Bowhill.

The weekend gave just a taste of what to expect over the summer visitor season at both Estates, with action packed event calendars in place.

Sarah Richardson, Marketing Manager at Buccleuch Estates, said: “Easter weekend was fantastic for both Bowhill and Drumlanrig, with glorious weather and plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Between the two, we welcomed more than 3,000 visitors across the holiday weekend, which represented a real boost compared with Easter weekend 2017.

“We always look forward to the summer visitor season, but our successful Easter weekend has got the teams at both Estates even more excited about the months ahead.

“There will be plenty to keep individuals, families and groups occupied – from history, fine art, architecture and theatre to Ranger-led activities, Adventure Playground fun and tasty tearoom treats. And that’s all without mentioning the biggest event in Dumfriesshire’s rural calendar – Galloway Country Fair – which takes place at Drumlanrig on 17 and 18 August.

“Of course, the grounds themselves are spectacular during the summer months, and there are plenty of tranquil walking routes and challenging uphill hikes to make the most of the season.”

Visitor season at Drumlanrig is from 10am – 5pm daily, with the Castle open for tours from 1 July – 31 August.

Entry to the Estate costs £6.00 for adults, £4.50 for children aged 5-16 years, and under-5s go free. A small additional fee applies to take a Castle Tour and discounts for large group visit are available on request.

Alternatively, a season pass offering unlimited entry to the Estate during opening hours and exclusive discounts costs £20 for adults and £35 for families (two adults and three children).

Bowhill’s grounds and exhibition are currently open Friday to Sunday until 30 June and between 1 – 29 September and will open daily from 1 July – 31 August. Bowhill House is open for tours 1-31 August and 26-27 October.

Entry to Bowhill’s grounds and exhibition costs £5.50 for adults, £4.50 for concessions and children aged 3-16, free for under 3s and £18 for a family pass including up to two adults and two children. 

To keep up to date with the latest news at Drumlanrig and Bowhill visit www.drumlanrigcastle.co.uk  or www.bowhillhouse.co.uk and follow @DrumlanrigCastle or @BowhillHouse on Facebook and Instagram.


Issued on behalf of Bowhill House and Country Estate by Beattie Communications. For further information please contact:

Hayley Blackwood      01698 787873             hayley.blackwood@beattiegroup.com
Carla Rinaldi                01698 787862             carla.rinaldi@beattiegroup.com