Galloway Forest Park - Easter Forest Festival

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4 APRIL 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16234

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Galloway Forest Park is marking the arrival of spring this year with a four-day, fun-packed Forest Festival, offering greats days out and activities for families and people of all ages.

The Forest Festival takes place the weekend before Easter (11-14 April 2014), with four days of outdoor events and wildlife events and activities taking place at the Park’s three visitor centres.  Many of the events are free and don’t require booking, meaning people can turn up to join in the fun.

A selection of the events and activities taking place include:

Friday 11 April
- Discover red kites with the RSPB, Clatteringshaws visitor centre, 10am-12pm.  Drop in.  Donations welcome.
- Working Forest Tour, Glentrool visitor cente, 10am. Booking essential.  Adult £5/Child £3.
- Den building contest, Kirroughtree visitor centre, 11am & 2pm.  Drop in.  Free.

Saturday 12 April
- Landscape & woodland photography workshop, Kirroughtree, 10am.  Booking essential.  Charges apply.
- Sun spotting, Glentrool, 11am.  Drop in.  Free.
- Comet making, Kirroughtree, sessions throughout the day.  Drop in.  Free.

Sunday 13 April
- Sun spotting, Glentrool, 11am.  Drop in.  Free.
- Outdoor photography for families, Kirroughtree, 1pm.  Booking essential.  £5 per family.
- Guided walk of Bargaly Glen, Kirroughtree, 1:30pm.  Booking essential.

Monday 14 April
- Guided hill walk to the Merrick, Bruces Stone at Glentrool, 9am.  Booking essential.  £15 per person
- Discover red kites with RSPB, Clatteringshaws, 10am-12pm.  Drop in.  Donations welcome.
- Woodland crafts, Kirroughtree, 1-3pm.  Drop in.  Free.

Free daily Orienteering for Families drop in sessions will run daily (10am-4pm) at all three visitors centres.  A full Festival programme with booking information can be found at or telephone 01671 402 420.

Kirroughtree visitor centre will also host Easter family fun events on Sunday 20 April, 12-4pm.

As the UK’s largest forest park, set over 75,000 hectares of outstanding natural beauty, Galloway Forest Park is a fantastic destination for a day out or short break this Easter.  The Park offers something for every kind of visitor, with a range of outdoor and recreation activities, including walking, cycling, wildlife watching, fishing and star gazing.
During spring, visitors to the Park will be able to visit the Wild Goat Park and meet this year’s new arrival of baby goats. 

Those looking for a more active experience can try out the world famous 7stanes mountain bike trails, offering a number of routes for different levels.  The Break Pad Bike and Outdoor shop, based at Kirroughtree, provides bike hire and equipment.  Walkers can experience the Park with a selection of trails, from gentle strolls to serious mountain hikes.

Visitors will also benefit from a range of fantastic new developments and improvements across the Park. 

A £4.5 million redevelopment programme has led to modernised visitor centres at Clatteringshaws and Glentrool and a fantastic new visitor complex at Kirroughtree. 

Visitors will have access to new toilets, shower and parking facilities, as well as delicious homemade food at the visitor centres, supplied by Galloway Lodge Preserves (Clatteringshaws and Glentrool) and Cream O’Galloway (Kirroughtree).  Bike trails and walking routes have also been realigned to improve ease of access to the forests around the visitor centres.

For more information on spring and Easter events and things to do at Galloway Forest Park go to

Notes to Editors:

1.  Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate.

2. Galloway Forest Park is the largest forest park in the UK, situated in the Dumfries & Galloway area.  It offers the great outdoors on a grand scale, with 75,000 hectares of wide open space, lush green forest, rolling hills, abundant wildlife, dark skies and a range of outdoor and recreation activities.  The Park is home to the UK’s first Dark Sky Park and hosts two of the world-renowned 7stanes mountain bike trails.

3.  Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.