Lots to Do

Festival Café Bar / Festival Marquee

Waiting for a talk or coming out of one? In our Festival marquee, soup, sandwiches, wraps, large selection of cakes, tray bakes and scones together with teas, coffees, wine, beer and soft drinks will be on offer for your delectation. Feel free to take your drinks into the Pavilion.

Waterstones Bookshop / Festival Marquee

Kenny Bryan and his excellent team from Waterstones, Ayr are our on-site bookseller. On offer will be a superb selection of titles by or about our authors for all to browse and discover new delights. A separate children’s bookshop will operate at the Engineering Centre.

Book signings

Authors will be delighted to sign copies of their books immediately after their events.

Coach House Café

A short walkway takes you to the newly extended Coach House where there is a more extensive menu on offer, from a warming bowl of homemade soup and a wide range of hot or cold snacks to a light lunch or supper. Freshly brewed coffee and tea with delicious cakes also await you or alternatively relax with a glass of wine or beer.

Friday:10.00am - 10.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am - 10.00pm
Sunday: 10.00am - 9.00pm

Woodlands Restaurant

This stylish restaurant offers a refreshingly imaginative range of delicious dishes using fresh and locally sourced ingredients, including seasonal vegetables from the Dumfries House garden.

Special Festival Menu: 2 course £19.95 / 3 courses £25.00

Friday 5.00pm - 10.00pm
Saturday 5.00pm - 10.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm - 9.00pm

Reservations on: 01290 425959

Onsite Accommodation: Tamar Manoukian Outdoor Centre

Book a room in the outdoor centre and stay onsite on Dumfries House estate to enjoy a bed and breakfast experience with likeminded people.Then you can relax and immerse yourself in the Festival without your fun being dampened by the thought of a long drive home.

£25 per person per night.

For bookings, please contact Anne Kelso on 01290 429 917