Garden Open Day & Picnic Prom – 8th June

Join us from 11am, to explore the exquisite gardens, and choose a relaxing spot in our Walled Garden, whilst enjoying a leisurely lunch over a feast of music.

At 1pm, Blackbird Opera will present an hour-long concert of music, joined by four guest soloists, the singers will take you on an exciting journey through the wondrous world of opera.

Featuring well-known arias, duets and ensembles from much-loved operas by Bizet, Puccini, Verdi, Mozart and more, there is no better way to introduce opera to all the family.

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Galloway Hills, with plenty of time to walk around the gardens, enjoy catching up with friends whilst indulging in a slice of artisan pizza from our wood-fired pizza oven in the Walled Garden, or bring a picnic to share with family. Tea, coffee and ice cream also available – please be sure to book in advance.

We will have cover available in the event of rain, but please come prepared with something warm and waterproof, as well as picnic blankets and chairs (only if you need one). No dogs please.

Children 5 and under accompanied by an adult eat free

Marinated olive pot
Ciabatta bread filled with salami, mortadella, provolone, pistachio pesto, roasted red peppers, red onion & sundried tomatoes served with olive oil & balsamic dip
Ciabatta bread filled with mozzarella, beefsteak tomato, basil & olive served with balsamic reduction drizzle
Spiced nuts
Basil pesto & roasted Mediterranean vegetable orzo salad pot
Balsamic onions
Mini forest fruit tiramisu pot
All served in eco friendly disposables

Adult hampers (£16.50):

Sliced honey mustard & clementine ham
Oregano chicken skewers with pesto dip
Crusty bread
Local cheddar
Homemade chutney
Olive pot
Mixed leaves with olive oil and balsamic
Chocolate fudge brownies
All served in eco-friendly disposables

Adult hampers (£16.50):

Under 12 hampers (£9.50):



Includes music from:

Puccini La bohème, Verdi La traviata, Bizet Carmen, Mozart Don Giovanni, Rossini The Barber of Seville, Puccini Tosca, Bizet The Pearl Fishers, plus many more



Cameron Burns musical director, Claudia Wood soprano, Lynn Bellamy mezzo-soprano, Matthew Kimble tenor, Phil Gault baritone, Accompanied by piano.


This event is supported by the Innovate Create Cultivate Fund, developed by DG Unlimited (DGU), and supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

This event is also supported by Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival – Support for Ambition (Venues).


Access to the Gardens is taken entirely at your own risk. On agreeing to these terms and conditions you accept:

  • There are uneven surfaces and therefore need to take care at all times.
  • There are numerous water hazards. No swimming is allowed and children will be kept a safe distance from any water hazard.
  • No dogs are allowed except guide dogs.
  • No bicycles etc. are allowed around the garden; please do, however, cycle here if you can!
  • Care will be taken around any road.
  • No trees, statues or other structures can be climbed.
  • You will respect the serenity of the gardens; no football games etc. and keep quiet around any yoga class or talk.
  • No littering.
  • Please respect the privacy of those that live here and keep clear of houses.
  • Please respect others using the gardens.
  • Please let us know if you suffer from any allergies. If you are allergic to wasps or bees please be sure to have an EpiPen with you.
  • If you are pregnant or suffer from any relevant medical conditions that we should be aware of, please let us know.
  • In the event of an emergency, please contact any of the Estate Team; we will be in green Barwhillanty tops and will be scattered around the garden.

By booking your ticket, you are automatically accepting the above terms and conditions.