What’s On 2017

For most events advanced booking is not required. Where applicable, the events you need to book in advance, are highlighted.

Where a cost is indicated this will be collected on the day by the Ranger leading the event.


 

Celebrate Burns Day – Saturday 11th February

  •  Follow our Burns Trail
  • Complete our Burns activity sheets
  • Hear a recital of Burns Tam O’Shanter and more…

Cost: Free
Where: Penicuik House
Time: 10:00-15:00
Suitable for: All


 

Easter Event – Sunday 16th April

Come and join storyteller Allison Galbraith on an Easter ramble through the Estate. Listen to her magical tales and look out for the creatures of the Woodland on the way.

Then join the Rangers for some traditional Egg rolling. Have fun decorating an egg before rolling it down the grassy hill.

Cost: £1 per egg.
Start: Penicuik Estate Car Park
Finish: Penicuik House
Time: 13:00-16:00
Suitable for: All


 

A spring fungal foray on the Penicuik Estate – Sunday 23rd April

Fungi specialist and mycologist Cameron Diekonigin will lead this workshop for anyone who wants to learn more about identifying fungi, one of the world’s largest groups of organisms with potentially 1.5 million species!

This course is an introduction and aimed at those who have no or very little understanding of fungi.

The workshop is mostly out of doors so please dress sensibly for the changeable Scottish weather. We suggest waterproofs, layers plus a hat and gloves. The route is muddy and uneven in places so walking boots/stout footwear is advised.

Cost: This is a free workshop
Where: Ranger Office at Old Penicuik House
Time: 13:00-17:00
Suitable for: All


 

Midlothian Heritage Week – 1st to the 7th May

Standing at the heart of one of Scotland’s most important 18th-century designed landscapes Penicuik House was designed and built in the 1760s and later extended with two large wings in 1857. The house quickly became established as one of the finest second-generation neo-Palladian houses in the country until a fire in 1899 devastated the roof and interiors and left the once-magnificent building in ruins.

In 1985, the Penicuik House Preservation Trust was created with the aim of preserving and allowing public access to the ruined house for the first time in over a century. Work began in 2007 and was completed in 2014, paving the way for a new project, launched in 2015, to focus on restoring the numerous fascinating built structures within the Designed Landscape.

In support of Midlothian’s first Heritage Week, Penicuik House will be opening its doors to the public every day from 2-4pm with a guided tour at 2pm.

Cost: Free
Meeting point: Penicuik House
Time: Daily 14:00-16:00
Ssuitable for: All

Blue Badge holders only are welcome to drive up into the heart of the Estate and park beside the house. Please contact the Ranger Service Office on 01968 670738 to arrange this in advance.


Penicuik Spring Fling – Sunday 7th May

‘Have you heard of Geocaching, but never tried it? Come along to Penicuik Estates event and discover the world of geocaching with help from our geocaching friends in Midlothian.

For the experienced, there will be several new caches published for the event and many of the old ones will be retained.

And for the beginner, an introductory course will be available on the day with volunteer’s available to show you what this hi tech treasure hunt is all about!

Please note the some of the estate paths and tracks can be muddy and appropriate footwear should be worn.

Cost: Free
Meeting point: Penicuik House (co-ordinates NT21759 59179)
Time: 13:00-15:00
Suitable for: All


Community Litter Picks

Its that time of year again and three local litter picks are taking place this year. Its an ideal opportunity for residents and local groups to help make Penicuik that wee bit prettier.

The dates are 29th April at Beeslack, 6th May at Cuikenburn and 13th May at Lowries Den.

Event: Lowries Den Litter pick
Date: 
13th May
Meeting point:
Penicuik House car park just off the A766
Time:
09:30


Celebrate Burns  – Sunday 16th July

 

Have you ever heard of a Burns’ Brunch ? Well the Ranger Service will be holding a Celebrate Burns’ Day that will centered round the conserved ruin of Old Penicuik House and its front Lawn.

Most people think celebrating Burns means celebrating Burns’ Night at the end of January. However, more and more people now celebrate, on or around, the date of our national Bards’ death (21st July).

We encourage you to visit. Bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn while having the opportunity to follow our Burns’ Trail, hear our guest Burns expert recite some Burns’ poems and families and children can enjoy completing our activity sheets.

Cost: Free
Where: Penicuik House
Time: 12:00-15:00
Suitable for: All


Doors Open Day  – Saturday 8th September

Penicuik House is the finest and most influential example of Palladian architecture in Scotland. It was gutted by fire in 1899 and has stood as a ruin for over 100 years. It sits at the centre of an important 18th century designed landscape, which together form an exceptional physical record of the artistic patronage of the Clerk Family.

Penicuik House and its immediate surroundings are now in the ownership of the Penicuik House Preservation Trust, and the 6 year project to consolidate this magnificent ruin and improve access to the surrounding estate is now complete. The second phase of the project has now commenced and involves the conservation and repair of the many eye-catching built features in the designed landscape, including the Roman Bridge and Knightslaw Tower.

Cost: Free
Where: Penicuik House
Time: 10:30-15:30

Guided walking tours at 11:30 and 13:30

Please note that the converted stable block is not included in the Doors Open Day programme and there will be no access to this building.


An autumnal fungal foray on the Penicuik Estate – Sunday 22nd October

Fungi specialist and mycologist Cameron Diekonigin will lead this workshop for anyone who wants to learn more about identifying fungi, one of the world’s largest groups of organisms with potentially 1.5 million species!

Autumn is the perfect time of year to explore your local woodland for fungi and this workshop is an introduction and suitable for beginners who want to know more about identifying fungus.

Learn how to identify fungus by understanding the structure and the key features, essential when using an identification guide. Then using these tools we will head into the woodland heart of the Estate to discover the fungi that lives there.

The workshop is mostly out of doors so please dress sensibly for the changeable Scottish weather. We suggest waterproofs, layers plus a hat and gloves. The route is muddy and uneven in places so walking boots/stout footwear is advised.

Cost: This is a free workshop
Where: Ranger Office at Old Penicuik House
Time: 13:00-17:00
Suitable for: All