Borders Vintage Motoring Extravaganza (Sunday 4 June 2017)

Join us for the 45th Annual BVA Historic Motoring Extravaganza on Sunday 4 June 2017 at Thirlestane Castle ( with over 1,000 vehicles on display. A great family day out with a Craft and Gift Fair and displays during the day. From much loved veteran to 1990’s cars, motorcycles and commercial, steam, military and agricultural classes of vehicle on display, there is something for everyone. All set against the backdrop of magnificent Thirlestane Castle, one of the oldest and finest castles in Scotland. Book your ticket in advance to save money on the entrance fee. 
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Pride and Prejudice (Sunday 18 June 2017)
6pm - On the Front Lawn (Doors open at 5pm)

Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen's most loveable heroine. When Elizabeth meets the rude and abrupt Mr Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is there more to him than meets the eye? Brought to life by award winning writer Laura Tuner, this brand-new adaptation celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and promises to be the most splendid evening of the summer. So, join friends and family as you picnic under a beautiful summer sky and lose yourself in this unforgettable love story. After all, it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
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Civil War Re-enactment Weekend (Saturday 24th June & Sunday 25th June)

The oldest re-enactment society, the Sealed Knot, is coming to Thirlestane Castle to bring to life the history of Scotland's involvement in the Civil Wars. They will be delving into what it was like in the 17th Century for both the military and ordinary people. Soldiers, pipes, pikes and drums in drill displays, life on the living history camp and a skirmish will be all part of the weekend. An education and an experience not to be missed.
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Wind in the Willows (Wednesday 12 July 2017) - PLEASE NOTE - This a rescheduled date and is correct.
6pm - On the Front Lawn (Doors open at 5pm)

Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect summer of adventure. What starts as a search for the best picnic spot rapidly turns into the most hilarious of escapades. With the bumptious Toad’s heart set on a shiny new motorcar and his very liberty soon at stake, will his faithful friends come to his rescue – and will he let them? Alive with music and song, this magical family show is presented in beautiful traditional costume and features a woodland parade during the interval for everyone to join in with! Fun and frolics aplenty with this adaptation of the classic novel loved by children and adults alike, performed in the grounds of one of Scotland's most beautiful open-air venues.  
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Whether it’s for a special occasion, a charity auction, a sporting event, wedding, car rally, music festival, whatever the event may be, Thirlestane Castle is the perfect venue. Our events team will bend over backwards to ensure you and your guests have a truly memorable experience.

For making an impression, giving inspiration, motivating teams or celebrating a special occasion, Thirlestane really is a stunning venue for you or your business. There is no better place to drink in the atmosphere and tranquility, or to dance with your loved ones under a canopy of stars in the garden of a castle. 

Our facilities include: 

The Main Hall and Front Esplanade
Both are ideal for a champagne reception. 

The Drawing Room
With its rich plasterwork ceilings, this room makes a magical backdrop for a special occasion and can accommodate up to 100 guests.

The Dining Room
This room can hold up to 60 guests.

Outdoor Events
The garden is the perfect backdrop for an outdoor event. There is a marquee option in the pretty Rose Garden or for large scale events, the entire garden/outdoorspace can be hired, accommodating 2000+ guests.

For more information email Rhona Jamieson: