Autumn Fest at the castle

Children play in the autumn coloured leaves at last year’s Autumn Fest. Photograph: Kate Sampson.

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Brodick Castle, which has been transformed with its magnificent autumn colours, is celebrating the season with a number of fun events catering for adults and children alike during the October school holidays.

The annual autumnal celebration, now in its second year, is known as Autumn Fest and will take place every day from tomorrow (Sunday) until Monday October 21 in the gardens and country park.

Fun activities planned during the festival include an autumn-themed scavenger hunt in the adventure play park, a specially created scarecrow forest trail, historical ghost tours in the castle, autumn crafts with the rangers, and pumpkin carving.

Those wishing to enjoy the fresh autumn air and the beautiful colours of the trees and shrubs can take in the Scarecrow Forest Trail with all-new special creations that will fill the forest around the adventure playpark. Outdoors too, those that love a good scavenger hunt will be able to find a set of clues hidden around the adventure playpark and the nearby buildings to win a prize.

If indoor comfort is what you are after, there is always the chance to learn about some of the dark events in Brodick’s history as well as some spooky occurrences experienced by staff and visitors today during one of their popular historic ghost tours.

And what would autumn be without pumpkins? For just £1 you can purchase a pumpkin and Brodick Castle will provide you with everything you need to carve it at one of their pumpkin carving sessions. You just take along your favourite designs and imagination, and they will help with all of the rest.

Of course, after a long day of fun and exploration there will be a selection of autumn themed treats available in the cafe in addition to their usual lunches and snacks and warm drinks.

Both the Scarecrow Forest Trail and the scavenger hunt will run from 12noon to 4pm. The pumpkin carving is 1pm to 2pm and the ghost themed guided tours at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

All activities are included free with normal admission and there is no need to book in advance.


Children play in the autumn coloured leaves at last year’s Autumn Fest. Photo Kate Sampson. No_B1Castle01