Creativity blooms at Drum

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Launch seed bombs, weave willow, marvel at moths and recite rhyme at Drum Castle’s debut Chelsea Fringe this weekend, May 30-31.

The historic Aberdeenshire estate is the first Scottish venue ever to be included in the vibrant festival which runs around the time of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London.

Property Manager Alison Burke said: “We have let our imaginations bloom in planning the programme for our Chelsea Fringe event. We’ve involved our own experts and some of the most original and creative writers, poets and makers we know to help make our debut at this festival of flowers something really special.”

To marks its first inclusion in the fringe, the team at Drum have pulled out all the creative stops and are offering a packed programme of activities. There will be plenty of opportunities to get hands on – making herb-filled doorstops, weaving willow and hanging thoughts on the thinking birch tree.

And, as ever, Drum have created a brand new tradition – why not make and don a Chelsea Bonnie May Bonnet, for a promenade around the property?

There will be storytelling, poems throughout the garden and the North East premier of ‘A Lassies Love’ following on from its debut at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in the atmospheric library at Drum Castle on Saturday, May 30, at 5pm.

For more information about Chelsea Fringe at Drum, and to book for the Willow Weaving, Magic of Trees Walk and A Lassie’s Love, please visit