23 Events at Castle Fraser

  • Self-led Activity - Summer Bird Quiz North East Ranger Events

    Self-led Activity - Summer Bird Quiz

    Dates:Tue 2 Aug Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    Collect our new Summer Bird Quiz from the castle and head off on an adventure. Explore the woodlands, make giant feathers out of sticks and find out more about life as a bird.

    Details

    Self-led activity available during castle opening hours.

    Cost: £1.00 per quiz

    Castle open daily 11.00am-5.00pm

    Dates & Times:

    • 02 Aug 2016 - 02 August 2016 : 11:00 - 17:00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833810

    Booking:

    Self led event - no booking required
  • 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
  • Superheroes & Princesses at Castle Fraser

    Superheroes & Princesses at Castle Fraser

    Dates:Wed 20 Jul - Sun 14 Aug Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    Not all Superheroes wear capes and not all Princesses need rescued!

    Details

    It's time to wear your crown and zip up your lycra! Join us at Castle Fraser in your finest attire for two indoor trails to discover whether you truly are a crime busting Superhero or Castle owning Princess.

    Normal admission entry applies - £1.00 per trail map (there will be a certificate and chocolatey treat for all that pass).

    Fancy dress is optional but encouraged!

    Dates & Times:

    • 20 Jul 2016 - 14 August 2016 : 11:00 - 16:15

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 1.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463

    Booking:

    Buy your trail sheet at the front desk
  • 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
  • ‘Sacred Stones’ - Stone Circles Exhibition

    ‘Sacred Stones’ - Stone Circles Exhibition

    Dates:Fri 29 Jul - Mon 31 Oct Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    Back by popular demand... Our 'Sacred Stones' exhibition on the stone circles of Aberdeenshire.

    Details

    Aberdeenshire is home to many stunning stone circles. Find out more in our fascinating exhibition about this beautiful wonder.

    This exhibition takes place within Castle Fraser and is part of the entry price, FREE to NTS members.

    Dates & Times:

    • 29 Jul 2016 - 31 October 2016 : 11:00 - 16:15

    Prices:

    • Ticket price is included in admission cost.

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463
  • Murder by Gaslight - Theatre

    Dates:Fri 29 Jul - Sat 30 Jul Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    Murder by Gaslight is a ghoulish audience with two of most infamous poisoners in British history - William Palmer and Harvey Crippen. We invite you to encounter these murderous men of medicine as the diabolical doctors regale you with their case histories, and invite you to judge for yourselves whether they were in fact, guilty as charged!

    Details

    Brought to you by Don't Go Into The Cellar! Theatre - the British Empire's leading practitioners of macabre Victoriana!

    Half Time non-alcoholic fruit punch and other refreshments will be served in the Dining Room.

    Advance Booking Discount listed online.

    Entry price on the day is £25 per person

    Dates & Times:

    • 29 Jul 2016 - 30 July 2016 : 19:00 - 22:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 20.00
    • Child : £ 15.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463

    Booking:

    Price listed is advance booking price
  • Dowsing - Traditional Skills

    Dates:Sun 31 Jul 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:

    • 31 Jul 2016 : 14:00 - 15:00

    Prices:

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

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463
  • Fantastic Fossils!

    Fantastic Fossils!

    Dates:Mon 1 Aug Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    Discover our fascinating Castle Fraser Fossil and Geology Collection.

    Details

    Find out more about the prehistoric past and use museum gloves to handle real fossils from the age of the dinosaurs.

    This workshop is included in your entry ticket.

    Dates & Times:

    • 01 Aug 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Ticket price is included in admission cost.

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463
  • Ranger Guided Children's Walk: Hedgehog Trail Launch and Event

    Dates:Wed 3 Aug Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    Join the Rangers on our Hedgehog Trail. Help us find hedgehog food, a place to hibernate and make your own spiny friend out of pine cones and twigs. Discover all the secrets of a hedgehog's life.

    Details

    All our events begin and end in the property's car park where there is a car parking charge for non-members.

    Children's walks are aimed at 5-11 years olds.

    Please let us know if you have any special requirements, some of our trails are unsuitable for pushchairs.

    Dates & Times:

    • 03 Aug 2016 : 10:30 - 12:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 1.00
    • Child : £ 5.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 844810

    Booking:

    Booking essential 01330 844810
  • Self-led Hedgehog Trail North East Ranger Events

    Self-led Hedgehog Trail

    Dates:Dates between : Wed 3 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:

    • 03 Aug 2016 : 09:00 - 17:00
    • 23 Oct 2016 - 23 October 2016 : 11:00 - 17:00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 844810

    Booking:

    Self led activity, no booking required
  • Self-led Activity - Hedgehog Trail North East Ranger Events

    Self-led Activity - Hedgehog Trail

    Dates:Dates between : Wed 3 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 castle opening hours, 11.00am-5.00pm, see website for days Castle Fraser is open.

    Cost - £1.00 per trail

    Dates & Times:

    • 03 Aug 2016 - 03 August 2016 : 11:00 - 17:00
    • 23 Oct 2016 - 23 October 2016 : 11:00 - 17:00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 844810

    Booking:

    Self led event , no booking required
  • Jillian Bain Christie – Ae spark o’ Nature’s fire

    Dates:Thu 4 Aug Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    Soprano Jillian Bain Christie and pianist Catherine Herriott come to Castle Fraser for an exclusive sneak peek!

    Details

    Performing a series of concerts to celebrate the release of their debut album Ae spark o’ Nature’s fire, a collection of songs by Robert Burns, with arrangements by contemporary Scottish composers including Rory Boyle and John Maxwell Geddes. Professor Paul Mealor FRSA, composer of the Royal Wedding Ubi Caritas and the No 1 hit Wherever you are, wrote an arrangement of Ae fond kiss especially for Jillian.

    The concert will include tracks from the album as well as other works by Mealor, Geddes and Rachmaninoff.

    "This album of Burns’ beautiful poetry set to music is sung superbly by Jillian Bain Christie. Her dedication to diction, expression and a deep understanding of the texts, born from her own heritage and heart, gives this recording insights that have never been given before."

    – Professor Paul Mealor FRSA, Classic BRIT Award-winning composer.

    This is a ticketed event and will take place in the Great Hall.

    Dates & Times:

    • 04 Aug 2016 : 19:30 - 20:30

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 10.00
    • Child : £ 8.00
    • Concession : £ 8.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463
  • Ranger Guided Children's Walk : Pond Dipping

    Dates:Thu 11 Aug Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    Join us for some pond dipping and find out more about the amazing world of water creatures in this special pond.

    Details

    Two sessions: either 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30pm -3.30pm

    Wellies recommended, trail not suitable for pushchairs. All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

    All our events begin and end in the property's car park where there is a car parking charge for non-members.

    Children's walks are aimed at 5-11 years olds.

    Please let us know if you have any special requirements.

    Dates & Times:

    • 11 Aug 2016 : 10:30 - 12:30

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 1.00
    • Child : £ 5.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 844810

    Booking:

    Booking essential 01330 844810
  • Buzzing with Activity!

    Dates:Fri 12 Aug Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    A day of celebrating the importance of BEES at Castle Fraser!

    Details

    Drop in craft workshops will take place during the day, along with a very old Victorian bee game, facepainting, unBEElievable bee facts, and a buzzing outdoor woolly bee trail to complete!

    If you love gardening you can take part in wild flower seed bombing (£1 to take part) around the Estate to help our local bees enjoy yummy new flowers (and they love wild flowers!).

    We will also have members from the Kemnay Community Bee Group who will be bringing an empty hive to explain what bees do and how important they are to the world.

    There will be bee friendly plants and yummy honey products to buy!

    Dates & Times:

    • 12 Aug 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 5.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463
  • Treasure Hunt

    Treasure Hunt

    Dates:Sat 20 Aug - Sun 21 Aug Location:Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

    All young buccaneers come to prove yer worth; Arr ye a pirate by blood; given the right by birth? Castle Fraser’s treasure map aims to test yer skill; Jumping round the course and searching for yer fill

    Details

    Navigate your way around the Seven Seas;

    Solving riddles and clues, hopefully at ease.

    Prove yer swashbuckling agility and guile;

    To collect your chocolaty surprise that’ll make ye smile

    Follow the treasure map and solve the riddles to claim your prize!

    Dates & Times:

    • 20 Aug 2016 - 21 August 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 2.00

    Contact:

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

    Dates:Sat 27 Aug 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 27 to Sunday 28 August.

    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:

    • 27 Aug 2016 : 10:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 100.00

    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
  • 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
  • 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. Tonight there will be unforgettable Christmas performances and festive cheer.

    Details

    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 : £ 15.00
    • Child : £ 15.00
    • Concession : £ 15.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 833463

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

27 Jul
  • 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
Opening times are for today Use the buttons to change date or see all dates in calendar.
Saturday 30 July: Please note that there will be restricted viewing of the castle due to a private event.
Saturday 6 August: Please note that there will be restricted viewing of the castle due to a private event.
Saturday 13 August: Please note that there will be restricted viewing of the castle due to a private event.
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