14 Events at Castle Fraser

  • Festival of Architectures 2016 Exhibition

    Festival of Architectures 2016 Exhibition

    Dates:Thu 14 Jul - Wed 31 Aug Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    We are delighted to be hosting the Festival of Architectures Exhibition of winners following their Focus on Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen photography competition.

    Details

    This exhibition opens on July 14th and will run until the end of August in the Gatehouse.

    The Gatehouse is located in the Castle Fraser courtyard and will be open seven days a week from 11am until 5pm.

    FREE

    Dates & Times:

    • 14 Jul 2016 - 31 August 2016 : 11:00 - 17:00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463
  • The Gatehouse - Second Hand Book Shop!

    The Gatehouse - Second Hand Book Shop!

    Dates:Wed 20 Jul - Mon 31 Oct Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    Introducing our permanent second hand book sale to Castle Fraser!

    Details

    In June we opened our permanent second hand book shop in the courtyard at Castle Fraser.

    From history to children's books we have something for everyone.

    Small books 50p

    Large books £1

    The Gatehouse is located within the Castle Fraser courtyard and is open 7 days a week (11-5pm) Monday to Friday during July and August.

    From September 1st until October 31st it will be open Wednesday to Sunday from 11-5pm.

    Dates & Times:

    • 20 Jul 2016 - 31 October 2016 : 11:00 - 17:00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463
  • Self-led Hedgehog Trail North East Ranger Events

    Self-led Hedgehog Trail

    Dates:Thu 4 Aug - Sun 23 Oct Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    Collect our hedgehog trail from the castle and head off on a spiny adventure all around the Woodland Secrets play area. Will you be able to find the sluggery and food for hedgehogs?

    Details

    Self led activity, trail available during normal castle opening hours.

    Cost £1.00 per trail

    Castle open 11.00am-5.00pm but not every day each month - see website for further details.

    Dates & Times:

    • 04 Aug 2016 - 23 October 2016 : 11:00 - 17:00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 844810

    Booking:

    Self led activity, no booking required
  • Fashions of the Frasers

    Fashions of the Frasers

    Dates:Fri 26 Aug - Mon 31 Oct Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    For two weeks only we will be displaying our stunning 1800s wedding dress worn by Lady Blanche Drummond in 1871.

    Details

    There will also be Historical costume colourings to take away and a mini Historical Fashion Photos exhibition.

    Blanche Mackenzie Fraser’s wedding dress of 1871 will be on display from 26th August to 9th September.

    This beautiful satin and lace Victorian dress is rarely on display due to its fragile state.

    The dress will be on display for the first time and only time in 2016.

    A photographic display features fashions of the 1860s and 1870s from the Fraser’s own photo collection.

    Crinolines, Capes, Tartans, Bonnets, hairstyles from Dundreary Whiskers to False Fringes and all the Victorian trends.

    From 26th August to end of 2016 season.

    This exhibition will take place in the North Bedroom.

    Dates & Times:

    • 26 Aug 2016 - 31 October 2016 : 11:00 - 17:00

    Prices:

    • Ticket price is included in admission cost.

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463
  • Bulb and Produce Sale

    Bulb and Produce Sale

    Dates:Dates between : Sat 10 Sep - Sun 18 Sep Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    Bring some colour to your garden with a wide variety of Spring bulbs for sale, and why not try some of our garden grown veggies for your tea, all grown without the use of chemicals in our walled garden.

    Details

    Want some advice on the bulbs you have purchased? Why not ask our gardeners for their expert advice?!

    Dates & Times:

    • 10 Sep 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00
    • 11 Sep 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00
    • 17 Sep 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00
    • 18 Sep 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463
  • Aberdeen ChairArt

    Aberdeen ChairArt

    Dates:Sat 17 Sep - Sun 18 Sep Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    Aberdeen ChairArt is a Deeside-based community art project open to all, old or young, with or without previous artistic experience.

    Details

    This exhibition will be coming to Castle Fraser on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 of September and will be available free.

    We would like to encourage everyone to take part so please see the website for more information and to view galleries from previous shows: www.aberdeenchairart.org/

    “Everyone is an artist when it comes to chair art"

    At the end of the season chairs are sold to raise funds for local charities and this year’s charity is the dementia group FORGET-ME-NOT: www.forgetmenotclub.co.uk

    Paula Swan, pswan@nts.org.uk

    Dates & Times:

    • 17 Sep 2016 - 18 September 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463
  • Dry Stone Dyking Course

    Dates:Sat 17 Sep Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    Learn the traditional skill of dry stone dyking with professional local dyker James Watt. This is a 2-day course and is £100 for the whole weekend.

    Details

    This course will teach you how to:

    Safely dismantle a dyke

    Repair dry stone walls

    Prepare foundations for a new dyke

    Build a dry stone dyke

    This course will run from Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 September.

    On purchasing your ticket you will be contacted and provided with instructions for when you arrive on the estate as well as your kit list.

    Dates & Times:

    • 17 Sep 2016 : 10:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 100.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463
  • Traditional Skills: Dowsing

    Dates:Sun 18 Sep Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    What will you find on the Castle Fraser estate? Forgotten tunnels, lost archaeology, hidden waterways? Using basic tools, which will be supplied, this interesting and hands on workshop teaches you the art of dowsing.

    Details

    Explore the estate and learn about its hidden history, which might even be unknown to the staff, through the skills you learn.

    Suitable for all ages.

    Dates & Times:

    • 18 Sep 2016 : 14:00 - 15:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 6.50
    • Child : £ 6.50
    • Concession : £ 6.50

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463
  • The Big Hedgehog Draw

    Dates:Tue 11 Oct Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    Imagine art attack, but using natural debris?!

    Castle Fraser are taking part in the big draw and plan to create a large mother and baby hedgehog using twigs, leaves, conkers and more.

    Details

    The perfect outdoors activity for the October Holidays!

    Games, facpainting and crafts will also be available.

    Pre-Booking is essential!

    There will be two workshops running at 10.30am and 1.30pm

    A meeting pack will be e-mailed to you upon booking.

    Dates & Times:

    • 11 Oct 2016 : 10:30 - 12:00
    • 11 Oct 2016 : 13:30 - 15:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 2.00
    • Child : £ 4.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463
  • Scone of Destiny

    Dates:Sat 15 Oct Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    Do you love baking? Join judges Norman Calder (Great British Bake Off contestant) and Hamish Vernal (Provost of Aberdeenshire) for an afternoon of scones!

    Details

    Introducing our first scone competition, the Scone of Destiny! Do you love baking? Fancy being crowned the best baker of Fraser?

    With four category's to choose from now is your chance to show off your scone baking skills and be crowned Scone Baker of Fraser!

    There are four category's to choose from:

    - Plain

    - Sweet

    - Savory

    - Wildcard

    Can't bake? No problem! We also have a crafted scone category for all your knitted, painted or crafted scone.

    There will be a separate children's round and a chance to be crowned Star Baker of Fraser.

    Guest judges for this event are Great British Bake Off 2014 contestant, Norman Calder, and Aberdeenshire Provost, Hamish Vernal!

    £2 adult admission ticket

    £1 children admission ticket

    There is a £2 entry for every scone entered into a category or £1 for every child scone entered into the children's round.

    If you would like to take part please email castlefraser@nts.org.uk to register your place.

    Dates & Times:

    • 15 Oct 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 2.00
    • Child : £ 1.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463
  • Wickedly Wonky Chocolate Challenge

    Dates:Sat 29 Oct - Sun 30 Oct Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    There’s chocolate and gobstoppers and sweeties galore;

    There’s challenges to be done and rooms to explore!

    Do you have what it takes to earn your ticket of gold?

    Can you create the most lavish candy to behold?!

    Details

    The castle is home to the Wickedly Wonky today;

    There’s fun to be had – what more can we say.

    There’s more than just chocolate for you to see;

    So come on down for Halloween with me!

    Fancy Dress Competition at 1pm and 3.30pm

    Dates & Times:

    • 29 Oct 2016 - 30 October 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 7.00
    • Child : £ 5.00
    • Family : £ 21.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463

    Booking:

    Prices shown are discounted - entry on the day is Adult: £8, Child: £6, Family: £24
  • Exclusively Highland - Christmas Fair

    Exclusively Highland - Christmas Fair

    Dates:Sat 26 Nov - Sun 27 Nov Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    Fine Arts, Crafts & Food from the Highlands

    Details

    One of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses, Castle Fraser will be all dressed for Christmas and together with a roaring fire and exquisite arts, crafts and food from all corners of Scotland this is a beautiful event not to be missed.

    Refreshments will be available in the Superbly reknown Castle Fraser Tea Rooms.

    Access - Apologies but the Castle has narrow doorways and turnpike staircases which make it unsuitable for Wheelchairs and Buggies

    £3 per entry (children free)

    Dates & Times:

    • 26 Nov 2016 - 27 November 2016 : 10:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 3.50

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463

    Booking:

    Tickets will go on sale in September
  • Deck the Halls at Christmas

    Deck the Halls at Christmas

    Dates:Fri 9 Dec Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    The Great Hall will be coming alive with a festive treat of carol singing, clarsach playing, readings, solo performances and much more for Castle Fraser’s Deck the Halls at Christmas.

    Details

    Tonight there will be unforgettable Christmas performances and festive cheer.

    Following the performance join the performers and staff of Castle Fraser for delicious canapés and some warming mulled fruit punch.

    Dates & Times:

    • 09 Dec 2016 : 19:30 - 21:30

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 15.50
    • Child : £ 15.50
    • Concession : £ 15.50

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463

    Booking:

    Tickets will go on sale in September
  • Giant Gingerbread Christmas Party

    Giant Gingerbread Christmas Party

    Dates:Sat 10 Dec - Sun 11 Dec Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    Christmas is all about having fun and, of course, meeting Santa. This Christmas party is packed with party games (with prizes), festive crafts, facepainting, wreath making, clay decorations, storytelling and a chance to sit on Santa’s knee and get a present.

    Details

    If we are very lucky, then we might get a visit from Santa’s pony – he may even let you brush and feed him ....!

    Party food and refreshments will be served at 3.45pm in the Great Hall.

    Advance booking is essential – please e-mail castlefraser@nts.org.uk with the name and age of your child. Last gifts will be purchased 48 hours before the event.

    Please note that tickets will go on sale in September 2016.

    Places are limited so please book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

    Family ticket (two adults and two children)

    Dates & Times:

    • 10 Dec 2016 - 11 December 2016 : 13:30 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 10.50
    • Child : £ 13.00
    • Family : £ 40.50
    • Concession : £ 10.50

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463

    Booking:

    Tickets will go on sale in September

Castle Fraser is an atmospheric baronial castle dating back to the 15th century and was the ancestral home of the Fraser family. As you venture through the castle and up to the round tower, with its panoramic views of the gardens and estate beyond, you get a sense of life from the medieval to the Victorian period.

Although the main castle was completed around 1636, there were several 18th and 19th-century alterations. To a large extent the story of Castle Fraser is the story of its lairds. It retains the atmosphere of the family home with portraits, furniture and mementos.

Highlights include the Great Hall dating back to the 1400s, a library filled with family books, and the grand Worked Room featuring 18th-century embroideries. The estate has two easily followed trails taking you through a mixture of parkland, farmland and woodland, opening out to give views of Bennachie.


Castle Fraser Guidebook

Castle Fraser Guidebook

Built between 1575 and 1636, the family seat of the Frasers was intended to be a statement of strength to any would-be detractors. The castle contains many Fraser family portraits, including one by Raeburn, and fine 19th century …

Castle Fraser Guidebook£3.50
 

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Opening times & Prices

28 Aug
  • Castle: 11.00 - 17.00
  • Last Entry: 16.15
  • Shop: 11.00 - 17.00
  • Tearoom: 11.00 - 17.00
  • Tearoom Last Orders : 16.15
  • Garden: all year daily
  • Grounds: all year daily
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Prices
  • Member: FREE
  • Adult: £10.50
    Family: £24.50
    1 Parent: £18.00
    Concession: £7.50

    Car Parking
    Member: FREE
    Non Member: £2.00

Gradings & Awards

  • The Green Tourism Award - Silver
  • Scottish Tourist Board - 4 Star