An update on goings-on at Kelburn Castle!
Ticket Alert, Programme Update, More Info

Summer Greetings! Finally the mercury is rising and summer had decided to say hello up here in Scotland - delightful! It's also a very good day as our local Council has now granted our license and it's all systems go for The Kelburn Garden Party 2015. Our license has allowed us to up the capacity slightly this year, and as a result we can tell you that there are just over 300 tickets left at the time of writing. Boom!

We're also writing with more info on our full daily music line-upThe Neverending Glen, the Kelburn bus and food & drink at the festival. Please do read on.


A-Z of Music at Kelburn

Once again we are tremendously proud of the musical menu we present to you. By turns experimental, leftfield and accessible, it's a smorgasbord that mixes up the best Scottish underground talent (Optimo, Auntie Flo, Hector Bizerk, Miaoux Miaoux, Mungo's Hi-Fi, Loki, Dallahan, Jazz Spastiks to name a few), with well chosen international talent (Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, Nightmares on Wax, DJ Vadim, Romare, Ulrich Schnauss) and a selection of the most entertaining acts bubbling through the European festival circuit (Gentleman's Dub Club, Afriquoi, Rozi Plain, 47soul, Chainska, Jenova Collective, MC Xander). It's a programme utterly unique to Kelburn, and one that we think you are going to love.

Aside from the "main stages" we have been busy building relationships in recent years with Scotland's best and most creative young collectives in order to push the boundaries of achievement at Kelburn. We take full advantage of the unique mix of enthusiastic talent that descend on the festival once a year to create a kind of non-stop magic - where anything seems possible. So groups like The Too Much Fun Club, Edinburgh Palette, Ideal Mexico, Tinderbox Orchestra, Chapel Perilous, We Are Tall Order, Decagram and many more will be busy collaborating with us this year with new and unpredictable results!


The Neverending Glen & Other Treats

Our new interctive arts project, The Neverending Glen shapes and draws the contours of an enhanced visual and creative experience, for artists and audiences alike. Take a walk and discover of a pop-up gallery or restaurant for two in the forest, the musical wonders of Half a Piano Cube in the walled garden or a giant Roland 909 drum machine, to pop-up gigs and secret parties, to the meditative walks and workshops organised along the numerous paths of the Glen – the aim is always the same: to unlock a new state of mind towards the arts, where through playfulness, something unexpected, engaging and surprising can happen. The glen will even have it's own bus service!

Away from the Glen you will be able to enjoy many other treats this year, including our ever popular Secret Forest "living theatre" Project, and a new specially-curated cabaret and circus programme, Nurea Nights, featuring a bewildering array of spoken word, theatre, dance, magic, music and more. Elsewhere, there will be a huge array of hidden entertainment and attractions of offer - all you need to do is explore.

We are also hosting a very special afterparty on the Monday afternoon after the festival is over - a Magical Monday Mystery Cruise! We're not saying too much more - but it will involve a sea-going vessel, actual cruising, music and beer!


Kelburn For Kids

This year we have our biggest range of activities for the wee ones we've ever put together. Aside from Kelburn's usual attractions - The Secret Forest, adventure playground, falconry etc - we are installing two dedicated kids spaces at this year's festival. 

The main kids area will be situated next to the Teepee field, and will be packed with entertainment ranging from circus skills, musical interaction, science, workshops, sensory play and much more. Down in the family campsite we have a new yurt going in, where you will find the Lullaby Collective, where bedtime will be a fun and stress free experience! 

Additional events like the famous Kelburn duck race, lazer quest, music workshops, interactive theatre, ranger activites and glen walks you will see that the Kelburn will be an unrivalled paradise for the wee ones. Full detail and programme of activities will be available on arrival.

Kelburn Fun Bus

We will be running a bus from Glasgow and Edinburgh to the Kelburn Garden Party 2015 - as well as shuttle buses from Largs Station that meets certain Glasgow trains. For more information and to book on, please go to the travel page of our website. 

You can also find more info on how to get to the site on this page.

Food & Drink

We like to look after our tummies here at Kelburn. So once again we will have a great range of food and drink on the go. We'll have high quality lager from Williams Bros., ales from Kelburn Brewery and cider from Thistly Cross. The Shipwreck bar will  be concocting an enticing cocktail menu too. We will also be introducing the  Fort Bar, where whisky and rum will be a special. There will be real coffee and fine teas too.

Food-wise - expect a diverse and affordable approach, with traders including wood-fired pizza, pasta, curry, crepes, salads, haggis, burgers, home made chips and wraps and cakes all on the menu from a range of quality stall holders using fresh and locally sourced produce. There will be plenty of great vegetarian and vegan options too. Yum!!
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