Ardchattan to hold festival fete

The Ardchattan fete is part of Scotland’s Summer Garden Festival.

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Ardchattan Priory at Oban will be celebrating the season by holding a charity garden fete on Sunday July 31.

The fete is part of Scotland’s Summer Garden Festival, a country-wide programme that includes a Platinum Jubilee garden party at Dunrobin Castle near Golspie and a summer of craft markets and family activities at Armadale Castle on Skye.

Also coming up are performances of David Walliam’s ‘Awful Auntie’ on the sweeping lawns of Castle Kennedy near Stranraer and ‘A Mid Summer Night’s Dream’ at Ellon Castle Gardens, Aberdeenshire.

There will be art exhibitions at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Logan Botanic Garden in the Rinns of Galloway and at Benmore in the Borders, while New Hopetoun Gardens at Newton in West Lothian will be staging ‘Art in the Garden’, when the grounds of the garden centre will feature work by a selection of Scottish sculptors working in various interesting materials.

St Andrews Botanic Gardens will be running a summer of events aimed at children and its Great Big BioBlitz is open to anyone who wants to help survey the garden’s wildlife.

There will be fetes and fairs too, at Saughton Park in Edinburgh, while Ashbrook Nursery at Forfar will be holding a ‘Summer Shindig’.

The Summer Garden Festival is organised by Discover Scottish Gardens, a network of almost 100 gardens, parks and estates that are open to the public.

Its director Dougal Philip said: ‘Scotland’s gardens aren’t just packed with beautiful plants and trees, but they are also much-loved social spaces for people of all ages, and the Summer Garden Festival, with activities for everyone, is another way of discovering, exploring and enjoying them.’

The Summer Garden Festival runs until Sunday August 14 and full details of all events are available from www.discoverscottishgardens.org