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Winton Castle Spring Open Day


Due to the threat of COVID-19 and based on current government guidelines, we have decided to postpone our annual open day to ensure the well-being of our guests and staff. We hope to open our doors later on in the year so guests can enjoy the cosy ambience of the Castle and the amazing autumnal colours of our stunning gardens, so please keep your eyes peeled for further updates.

Many thanks for your understanding.

You’re Invited to Winton’s Castle Spring Open Day – Sunday 29th of March 2020 (12 noon – 4.30 pm).

Winton’s popular annual Family Spring Open Day is part of Scotland’s Garden Scheme and Winton’s Spring Festival weekend (which includes the Winton Trail Run).

All profits from the Open Day will be going to Marie Curie, the charity for terminal illnesses, and Scotland’s Garden Scheme charities.

As always, there will be lots of family entertainment, including:

  • Be amazed by ‘The Drakes of Hazard’ sheepdog and duck display team.
  • Try your hand at Archery.
  • Take your children on a Easter Egg Hunt or for Face Painting.
  • Go on Guided Castle Tours: you’ll learn about Winton’s Scottish Renaissance ceilings and chimneys, and the castle’s links to the powerful Seton family, Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Elgin Marbles.
  • Refuel with teas and light lunches: the Castle Tea Room will be offering its delicious homemade sandwiches, cakes, hot lunches, burgers and soup. Or, bring your own picnic and find a spot in the gardens.
  • Visit the famous Lucas ice cream van.
  • Sample the fayre from local East Lothian Food & Drink artisans in the newly rejuvenated Potting Shed.

Gardens Open for Scotland’s Garden Scheme

Garden enthusiasts and dogs can enjoy walking through the walled and terraced gardens. And, garden tours will be provided by our talented gardeners, Toby and Claudia.

We’re delighted to announce that the Winton Trail Run (28th March) and Open Day (29th March) are sponsored by East Lothian’s Myreton Marquees.

Entry costs are £4 per adult and children are free. Historic castle tours are £5 per person (£3 for concessions).

Pre-booking is not required for the Open Day. Just put the date in your diary!

Winton Castle Walled Garden Open Day

Royal Visit to Winton’s Gardens

Since 1931 Winton has been opening its gardens under Scotland’s Garden Scheme longer than any other Scottish garden. Read about the Royal Visit to Celebrate 85 years  in June 2016.

You can watch the video of the Royal Visit below:

Do you and your kids enjoy keeping fit? You may be interested in the Winton Trail Run the day before, Saturday the 28th March 2020.

Credits and thanks to Tony Marsh Photography and Helen Pugh Photography for some of the Open Day photos displayed.