Christmas festivities in Dumfriesshire for all the family

24th December, 2018

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate celebrated the festive season this year with its annual fair and a show-stopping concert.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Castle and Queensberry Estate, a marquee located at the front of the Castle hosted the annual festive fair with an array of crafts, gift and food stalls on Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December. The weekend of activities were suitable for the whole family so everyone could get involved – from shopping to music and horse and carriage rides.

To start the Friday evening off in style there was live music of popular carols where everyone was encouraged to have a sing-along and get into the festive spirit. Visitors on the Saturday could take in the spectacular grounds with the Blackstone Clydesdales offering carriage rides and there was a trail through the gardens for kids to explore.

Nibbles and beverages were available throughout the weekend from the Tearoom where alcoholic and non-alcoholic winter warmers were served, accompanied with mince pies and shortbread.

Of course no Christmas event would be the same without a visit from Santa himself. Children popped into Drumlanrig’s grotto and whisper their wish lists to Mr Claus and his elves.

The Christmas magic continued at Drumlanrig on Sunday 2 December when award winning Scottish singer Emily Smith kicked off her ‘Songs of Christmas’ tour. This was the fourth year that Emily performed her sell-out concert at Drumlanrig Castle.

The musician was joined by three others so guests could also enjoy performances from Jamie McClennan, Anna Massie and Ross Hamilton. The talented band performed vocals with the support of bass, guitars and fiddles.

Claire Oram, Castle Manager at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate, said: “We thoroughly enjoy hosting festive events and getting all the family in the spirit.”