What a Spectacle!


Wiston Lodge opened up its doors and grounds last weekend for a spectacular showcase of its work!

Despite the showers, spirits were not dampened and the visitors to the event were delighted with activities on offer! Parent and local Teacher, Lucy Campbell said, “It was a fabulous day despite the weather. I was really impressed with the range of activities on offer and our children had a lovely time!”

Activities on offer included tree climbing, canoeing, bush craft, wall climbing and dragon quest orienteering. There was a Kidz Zone with a range of craft activities, face-painting and storytelling, ably provided by Social Enterprise Project 31 and the local Glencaple and Lowther Kid’s Club.

Throughout the day, there were a number of displays, including skilled sheep dog demonstrations from Ian Fleming of Douglas and Angus Estates, Malc’s Birds of Prey, an interactive Combat Cassie Keep Fit workout and lively battle re-enactments from the Glasgow Vikings! A giant Orc also patrolled the grounds exciting the children and adults alike!

looking up

There were a number of stalls showcasing traditional craft skills, selling Wiston garden produce and linking in with wider local community development work. Fun fundraising stalls with great prizes added to the excitement of the day, with Viking Iain McCord winning the Pirate Treasure Hunt (and a free night in the Cabins) and wee Rosie Thirsk of Tweedsmuir winning a free day’s activities on the forthcoming Summer Holiday Programme through her successful completion of the Dragon Quest!

viking canoe

Throughout the day the Wiston Lodge Cafe and B.B.Q. kept visitors fed and watered with their wonderful home-cooked food! Musical entertainment delighted visitors all afternoon, including Paul Dear’s Drumming Circle, the Barrow Band’s dancing fruit and veg and Mr. Boom, Flying to the Moon!

Dennis Canavan, Chair of Yes Scotland’s Advisory Board, rushed down from a campaign event in Perth to take part in a debate on The Common Weal, a new proposed political and economic philosophy, in which people come together for the benefit of all members of society.


The music and dancing continued long into the night, including fantastic performances from Imogen Bose-Ward, Amy Baillie, Rik Walker, Si Colley and the Wiston band, The Darlin’ Clementines! George Ormiston & Andrew McIntyre and friends provided uplifting ceilidh music for the dancing! The events were ably MC’d by Paul Dear.

A 30+ strong team of volunteers helped the Great Outdoor Spectacular become a reality and many of the exhibitors and contributors to the day gave of their time freely for the charity!


The Wiston Lodge staff would like to thank everyone who helped make the day a great success. Feedback about the day can be made via the Facebook site and your pictures and memories of the day would be welcomed! You may even win the ‘Best Picture of the Day’ competition!

Other memories of the day:

“Great Day! Kids loved it!”, Parent

“...a super fun day...my son has not stopped raving about it!” Parent

“Thanks to you..we really enjoyed it...the playing was great!” Grandfather of musician

“FAB day!!! We all really enjoyed it, although proper tired now!” Volunteer

“We had a great time, even the weather didn’t hamper it too much.” Parent

“Was a good day. Had nice chats..” Stall holder.