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Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

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Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5QJ
  • Telephone 0844 493 2166
  • Admission £12.50 (£9; family £29.50; one-parent family £23; members free)
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  • Website www.nts.org.uk/visit/…
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Art, Craft and Food Festival: Summer at Crathes

Art, Craft and Food Festival: Summer at Crathes

Three-day festival throughout Crathes Castle.

Fri 12 Jul

£4 (Children free)

Sat 13 Jul

£4 (Children free)

Sun 14 Jul

£4 (Children free)

Botanical Outing to Crathes

David Welch and David Elston explain the diversity of the flora at Crathes Castle's garden. Suitable for adults.

Sat 22 Jun

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Family-friendly Easter egg hunt on the grounds of Crathes Castle, with plenty of chocolatey prizes to be found as well as music and arts performances to be enjoyed.

Fri 19 Apr

Children £3

Sat 20 Apr

Children £3

Sun 21 Apr

£2–£3

Mon 22 Apr

Children £3

Castle Ghost Hunt Experience

Castle Ghost Hunt Experience

Seek out paranormal activity at historic locations with the Scottish Ghost Nights team.

Fri 11 Oct

£59

CLAN Walk

CLAN at the Castle

Sponsored walk and fun day, raising awareness and funds for CLAN Cancer Support. There are two routes to choose from: The Banchory Big One (15 miles; for ages 12+) and The Milton Mini (3 miles).

Sun 1 Sep

£10–£15

Crathes Plant Fair

Crathes Plant Fair

Annual plant fair where you can buy some plants to give your garden and home some new colour.

Sat 18 May

Flowers Through The Lens: Photography Workshop with Paul Glendell

Flowers Through The Lens: Photography Workshop with Paul Glendell

Learn how to better capture the beauty of the outdoors with this photography workshop.

Sun 5 May

£15 (£12)

Landscape Through The Lens: Photography Workshop with Paul Glendell

Landscape Through The Lens: Photography Workshop with Paul Glendell

Paul Glendell teaches groups how to compose landscape photographs.

Sun 26 May

PIM Running Festival

PIM Running Festival

Run a half-marathon or a 5k at this running event through the country roads around Crathes Castle. There is also a 1.5km route if the wee ones want to partake.

Sat 14 Sep

half-marathon £26; 5k £12; children's 1.5k £6

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 16min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

Sat 4 May

£10 (Children £6; Family £26)

Outdoor Cinema

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

Fairytale-like turrets, gargoyles of fantastic design and the ancient Horn of Leys given in 1323 by Robert the Bruce are just a few of the features of this historic castle.

The Crathes gardens and estate are ideal for a family day out. A delight at any time of year, the famous gardens feature great yew hedges and colourful double herbaceous borders.

Further afield, the 595-acre estate offers six separate trails to enjoy.

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Reviews & features

Castles of Aberdeenshire: Brew Dogs and the Queen

18 Aug 2015

Castle Fraser, Craigievar Castle and Crathes Castles have played their part on big screen and small

Among the National Trust for Scotland’s properties in Aberdeenshire are an array of castles, many of which have featured in films and photo shoots. Helen Mirren won an Oscar for her portrayal of Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006). And although it’s not…

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