12 Events at Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

  • Willow Weaving Workshops - Cordage & Coiling

    Dates:Sat 28 May Location:Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    Join us as part of our Chelsea Fringe celebrations to learn about willow weaving with the talented Helen Jackson.

    Details

    There are 2 sessions. The morning session is from 10am – 12.30pm and is designed for adults. The afternoon session is especially for children and is from 1.30pm – 4pm.

    Please note that children should be over 8 years and with a parent helper.

    Price includes refreshments.

    Dates & Times:

    • 28 May 2016 : 10:00 - 12:30
    • 28 May 2016 : 13:30 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 18.00
    • Child : £ 18.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 700334

    Booking:

    Advance on-line booking is required and price includes refreshments
  • Digging it Down on Deeside - Cheslea Fringe at Drum

    Dates:Sat 28 May - Sun 29 May Location:Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    The beautiful gardens at Drum Castle are once again taking part in the Chelsea Fringe, the off-beat gardening festival that has bloomed around the prestigious Chelsea Flower Festival.

    Details

    The theme of the festival at Drum Castle is ‘Digging It Down on Deeside' and includes features that were popular last year including planting a herb garden in a bag for life, the Haiku Poetry trail, bee keeping display and honey sales, and plant sculpture workshops led by celebrated willow weaver Helen Jackson (separate booking required).

    New to the event this year is a display by the Embroiders’ Guild, a collection of floral couture, and miniature gardens inspired by Drum’s magical fairy door trail, as well as Bring your Teddy to the Teddy Bear Picnic.

    Plant workshop require advance booking.

    There is a separate garden entry charge for the Chelsea Fringe event of Adult £4 / Child £2.

    Dates & Times:

    • 28 May 2016 - 29 May 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 4.00
    • Child : £ 2.00
    • Family : £ 10.00
    • Concession : £ 2.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 700334
  • Muddy Puddle Club

    Dates:Dates between : Sat 28 May - Sun 29 May Location:Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    Be prepared to get mucky! Muddy Puddle Club activities include gruesome clay faces and slimy clay snails, exploding seed bombs and more!

    Details

    Activities will still take place in wet weather although we will endeavour to find shelter wherever we can.

    Suitable for ages 5 and above.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults may need to be hands on, too so should be prepared.

    All participants to register at reception before start time as sessions will start promptly.

    Dates & Times:

    • 28 May 2016 : 13:00 - 14:30
    • 29 May 2016 : 11:00 - 12:30
    • 29 May 2016 : 13:30 - 15:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 5.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 700334 or email drum@nts.org.uk
  • Scotland's Gardens Yellow Book Open Day Guided Walks Scotland\'s Gardens

    Scotland's Gardens Yellow Book Open Day Guided Walks

    Dates:Dates between : Wed 6 Jul - Wed 27 Jul Location:Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    Join the Head Gardener for a walk through the historic rose garden each Wed at 2pm in July.

    Details

    The Trust has established a collection of old-fashioned roses which is at its peak for blossom and colour during July. Other areas include a pond and bog garden, wildlife meadow, wildlife garden, a cutting garden and new viewing platform and stumpery.

    Other garden workshops & events throughout the year - such as:

    Chelsea Fringe weekend is the furthest north venue for harnessing and spreading excitement and energy around gardens and gardening.

    Plant sales will include home grown herbaceous and bare root plants.

    See website for details!

    Dates & Times:

    • 06 Jul 2016 : 14:00 - 15:00
    • 13 Jul 2016 : 14:00 - 15:00
    • 20 Jul 2016 : 14:00 - 15:00
    • 27 Jul 2016 : 14:00 - 15:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 5.00
    • Child : £ 5.00
    • Concession : £ 5.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 700334
  • Ranger Guided Children's Walk: A Bats Life at Drum

    Dates:Tue 12 Jul Location:Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    Find out about a bats life here in the castle at Drum. Where they live in summer and winter and make some batty crafts to take home.

    Details

    Dates & Times:

    • 12 Jul 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
  • Illyria present Gilbert and Sullivan’s RUDDIGORE

    Dates:Thu 14 Jul Location:Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    An unusual and topical treat for our Gilbert and Sullivan fans – this year ancient Drum makes the perfect backdrop for 'Ruddigore' - a romping tale of love, magic, sorcery and good versus evil set in an ancient castle!

    Details

    Robin Oakapple, a shy young farmer, loves Rose Maybud, a prim student of etiquette. Eventually he summons the courage to ask for her hand in marriage. But at the wedding it is revealed that Robin is really Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, heir to the ancestral pile of Ruddigore and consequently subject to its attendant curse: that each Lord of Ruddigore must do an evil deed, every day, or else die an agonising death.

    Rose is horrified and offers herself in marriage to his younger brother. But how will Robin/Sir Ruthven win her back? And how can he avoid perpetrating crimes on a daily basis? When an army of long-dead ancestors emerge from dusty portraits to demand his death might there be some kind of loophole by which he could avoid the ghoulish onslaught, dodge the terms of the curse and marry the girl of his dreams?

    A family ticket is for 2 Adults and 2 children. The performance is suitable for children aged 5 and above.

    Gates open from 6pm.

    The performance is outside on the South Lawn of Drum and the audience is encouraged to bring chairs and wear warm clothes. The production will only be cancelled in the event of extreme weather.

    Dates & Times:

    • 14 Jul 2016 : 19:00 - 21:30

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 15.00
    • Child : £ 9.00
    • Family : £ 45.00
    • Concession : £ 15.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 700334

    Booking:

    Advance booking required
  • Jaguar Classic Car Show Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design

    Jaguar Classic Car Show

    Dates:Sun 31 Jul Location:Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    From 1920s classics to modern dream machines, the big cats have defined automobile innovation and design.

    Details

    Our popular Jaguar Classic Car show comes again to Drum - a 'must do' event for all car enthusiasts.

    The event is free to NTS/NT members, who will be asked to show their membership on the driveway.

    For Non-members there is the standard grounds-only admission ticket - Adult £4, Children/Cons £2, Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) £10.

    Dates & Times:

    • 31 Jul 2016 : 12:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Ticket price is included in admission cost.

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 700334
  • MG Classic Car Show Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design

    MG Classic Car Show

    Dates:Sun 7 Aug Location:Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    From the 1920s to the present day, MGs have been loved as the definition of the British sports car. With strawberries and cream, jazz on the lawn, this is a fun day for all the family.

    Details

    This year celebrates the best in Design, so why not bring the family along to the beautiful Drum castle to appreciate the evolution of the classic Morris Garage's sports car design!

    This event is free for NTS/NT members who will be asked to show their cards on arrival.

    Non-members are eligible for the 'grounds only' admission charge of Adults £4, Children/Cons £2 and Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) £10

    Dates & Times:

    • 07 Aug 2016 : 12:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Ticket price is included in admission cost.

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 700334
  • Midsummer Night's Dream

    Dates:Sat 13 Aug Location:Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    400 years since the death of Shakespeare, the magical Drum Castle pays tribute to the bard of Avon by hosting his most popular and endearing comedy a Midsummer Night's Dream.

    Details

    In Illyria’s 25th anniversary season this inimitable company reprises the show they performed in their very first year. Five couples – three human, one fairy, and one mythical – find their relationships sorely tested, intimately probed and indecently exposed when a troupe of amateur theatricals bumble into the forest to rehearse a play. Add to this bawdy mix a heady brew of confusion, magic and mischief, and you have the most perfectly frothy comedy for a moonlit summer evening.

    A family ticket is for 2 Adults and 2 children. The performance is suitable for children aged 5 and above.

    Gates open from 6pm.

    The performance is outside on the South Lawn of Drum and the audience is encouraged to bring chairs and wear warm clothes. The production will only be cancelled in the event of extreme weather.

    Dates & Times:

    • 13 Aug 2016 : 19:00 - 21:30

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 15.00
    • Child : £ 9.00
    • Family : £ 45.00
    • Concession : £ 9.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 700334

    Booking:

    Advance on-line booking required
  • Ranger Walk: Fungi Fact & Fiction

    Dates:Sun 2 Oct Location:Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    Delve into the fascinating world of fungi. We will look at simple ID, fungal facts & folklore. Aimed at beginners.

    Details

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

    This walk is aimed at adults.

    Please let us know if you have any special requirements.

    Dates & Times:

    • 02 Oct 2016 : 10:30 - 12:30

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 5.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 844810

    Booking:

    Booking essential 01330 844810
  • Drum Plant Sale for the benefit of Scotland's Gardens Scotland\'s Gardens

    Drum Plant Sale for the benefit of Scotland's Gardens

    Dates:Sat 8 Oct - Sun 9 Oct Location:Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    A wide range of interesting plants and bare root stock will be on offer to liven up your garden.

    Details

    Plant sales will include home grown herbaceous lifted and dived from Drum Garden as well as bare root plants.

    Dates & Times:

    • 08 Oct 2016 - 09 October 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 4.00
    • Concession : £ 2.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 700334
  • Exclusively Highlands Craft Fair and Bare Roots Sale

    Dates:Sat 8 Oct - Sun 9 Oct Location:Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    Drum hosts over 30 trade stalls featuring a wide range of exquisite hand crafted products and a flash sale of Drum's own bare roots in the Garden of Historic Roses.

    Details

    Exclusively Highlands comes to Drum Castle for a wonderful Meet the Makers Craft and Food Fair. A wonderful opportunity to see expert crafters at work and have a chat about what inspires them to produce such wonderfully unique items. A full range of bespoke produce of both crafts and foods will be available to purchase. The gardeners from Drum will also be on hand to meet with their expert knowledge and a range of plants and books will be on sale.

    From 10am - 4pm. Tickets cost £4 per adult, £2 for concessions and children and £10 for a family of 2 adults and up to 4 children.

    Dates & Times:

    • 08 Oct 2016 - 09 October 2016 : 10:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 4.00
    • Child : £ 2.00
    • Family : £ 10.00
    • Concession : £ 2.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01330 700334

Take in an enormous sweep of Scottish history as experienced by the Irvine family who lived in Drum Castle for over 650 years, from the 14th century onwards.

Drum is one of Royal Deeside’s top historic attractions, just 10 miles from Aberdeen. It is one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses and is set beside an ancient oak woodland and a walled garden that contains a fine collection of historic roses which perfume the air.

William de Irwyn was gifted the Royal Forest of Drum and the Tower of Drum by King Robert the Bruce in 1323. The tower has benefitted from various improvements over the centuries, including a Jacobean mansion house extension in 1619 and Victorian adaptations, such as the impressive library converted from the lower hall


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Drum Castle Guidebook

A visit to Drum Castle is a little like striding across the centuries. It has evolved with the additions made to the building over the years. Here you'll find a medieval tower, a Jacobean mansion house and …

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Opening times & Prices

26 May
  • Castle: 11.00 - 16.00
  • Shop: 11.00 - 16.00
  • Tearoom: 11.00 - 16.00
  • Garden of Historic Roses: 11.00 - 16.15
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Prices
  • Member: FREE
  • Adult: £12.50
  • Family: £29.50
  • 1 Parent: £23.00
  • Concession: £9.00

Gradings & Awards

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