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The Crichton Trust will be hosting two inspirational events on The Crichton Estate in Dumfries on the 20th and 21st April.  Both events are designed to engage local young people in a range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities. In doing so it is hoped that this will stimulate interest in STEM subjects and raise awareness of STEM related study and career opportunities.


The first event, The Big Bang Dumfries and Galloway, will take place in Easterbrook Hall on Friday 20th April from 10am to 3pm and is aimed at S1-S3 pupils attending secondary school in Dumfries and Galloway.  The Big Bang Dumfries and Galloway is being organised by the Energy Skills Partnership (ESP) in partnership with DYW Dumfries and Galloway, The Crichton Trust, Food and Drink Federation Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway College.

Organisations with a particular interest or expertise in STEM subjects, courses or careers will be exhibiting at this event.  As well as providing young people with the opportunity to experience a range of inspiring activities, it will also provide organisations with a platform to interact with their workforce of the future and in particular scientists, technologists and engineers.  There will be a particular focus on promoting careers in the food and drink sector through a series of interactive workshops and presentations.

Justin Thomas, DYW Programme Manager has been instrumental in attracting the event to Dumfries and Galloway and in generating support from key partners and organisations.  Justin is delighted that the Big Bang event is coming to Dumfries and Galloway for the first time.  He said: “It has been fantastic working with EDT, FDF Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway College and The Crichton Trust to develop this brilliant Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths fair. This event provides Dumfries and Galloway with yet another superb attraction.  The fair promises to provide something new for our young people and a twist on the usual open days where everyone will be given an opportunity to partake in an activity related to the hosting business or organisation. This will illustrate what they do and how important STEM is for our region. I can’t wait to see how the businesses and organisations involved interact with our regions young people!”

Jim Brown, Director of the Energy Skills Partnership said: “ESP is delighted to be a key partner in bringing the Big Bang Near Me to Dumfries and Galloway. The event will clearly demonstrate how regional partnerships can make a real difference in promoting STEM subjects by bringing them to life and inspiring school pupils through active engagement and hands on activities.”

This was echoed by Janet Weir, Head of Curriculum at Dumfries and Galloway College who added: “We, at the College, are delighted to be working with other key partners to bring the Big Bang event to Dumfries. The opportunity to work in partnership to inspire young people to study and pursue STEM related careers comes at a crucial time as STEM is a regional and national focus for us. We look forward to the Big Bang becoming an annual event for the region.”

Meanwhile Moira Stalker, Skills Manager from Food and Drink Federation Scotland reinforces that there is demand for these skills within the food and drink sector.  She said: “There are a wide range of exciting and rewarding careers on offer in the food and drink industry, including for scientists and engineers. The sector has a skills shortage with around 27,000 new job opportunities forecast over the next 10 years. Higher level technical skills, especially STEM skills are in high demand. We are delighted to be involved in this event and hope that we can inspire youngsters with an interest in STEM subjects to consider a career in food and drink.”


After an inspiring day at The Big Bang event with classmates and teachers on the Friday, it is hoped that young people will return to The Crichton Estate with their friends and families on the Saturday to attend the Dumfries and Galloway Science Festival.  This free family day will take place from 12noon to 5pm on Saturday 21st April in Easterbrook Hall on The Crichton Estate in Dumfries.  There will be an opportunity to watch some amazing science shows, learn gruesome facts, carry out experiments, build cool structures, play with real robots, build rockets and so much more.  There is also the opportunity to join Dumfries and Galloway Bat Group on an educational bat night walk around The Crichton Estate staring at 8.30pm on Saturday 21st April from outside Easterbrook Hall.

Alex Haswell, Chief Executive of The Crichton Trust said: “It is great to see organisations working together to offer these interactive events for the young people of Dumfries and Galloway, and of course we are very pleased to be hosting both events on The Crichton Estate, where business and academic partners already work in collaboration to address the needs of learners and businesses. I very much look forward to welcoming everyone to Easterbrook Hall and also invite visitors to call into Neuro’s Bar, Restaurant and Spa to enjoy snacks, meals and refreshments while they are here.”

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The team at Easterbrook Hall on the Crichton Estate is buzzing after winning Scottish Wedding Venue of the Year 2018.

After launching the new Crichton Estate Weddings Brochure and hosting the annual Easterbrook Hall Wedding Show on 25th February, the Crichton Estate Weddings team went off to The Scottish Wedding Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow.

As a result of the nominations and testimonials received from brides and grooms and their families, and the support and endorsements received from other wedding specialists and suppliers, Easterbrook Hall was shortlisted for the regional Best Wedding Venue in the south of Scotland and went on to win the award.

Photo: Fiona Rands and Kirsty Normand from Easterbrook Hall on the Crichton Estate in Dumfries, collecting the award for regional Best Wedding Venue in the south of Scotland at The Scottish Wedding Awards.

All regional finalists were then entered into the national award to determine the Scottish Wedding Venue of the Year and, representatives Fiona Rands and Kirsty Normand were exceptionally proud to bring the national award back to Dumfries and to share the news with colleagues at The Crichton Trust.

Photo: Fiona Rands and Kirsty Normand from Easterbrook Hall on the Crichton Estate in Dumfries, collecting the award for the Scottish Wedding Venue of the Year 2018 at The Scottish Wedding Awards.

For anyone looking to secure their wedding venue, the team at Easterbrook Hall is always willing to help plan a Crichton Estate Wedding, and to offer the flexibility of Easterbrook Hall, the Crichton Church and the Crichton Gardens for wedding ceremonies, receptions or both.

The team can also put couples in touch with a range of other experienced wedding specialists to ensure everyone gets the unique wedding they want and deserve.  Easterbrook Hall is well connected with other suppliers whether it’s photography, car hire, venue accessories, table décor, wedding stationery, hotel accommodation, music, wedding dresses, beauty, cakes or flowers. Neuro’s Bar, Restaurant and Spa is also on the estate offering a venue for pre and post wedding day celebrations as well as spa and beauty packages and treatments.

Fiona Rands, Manager at Easterbrook Hall said: “Wow, what a great week it has been for everyone here at Easterbrook Hall. Our annual wedding show was a great success on Sunday where we also launched our new wedding brochure. Being nominated and shortlisted for the Scottish Wedding Awards was a great honour and going on to win the regional wedding venue award in Glasgow on Monday evening was just fantastic, but to win the Scottish Wedding Venue of the Year Award for 2018 was truly overwhelming. I can’t thank our suppliers and customers enough for their support, but coming back to share the news with the rest of the winning team on Tuesday morning was the best part and I want to thank every member of the team for their contribution to this achievement.”

Photo: The award winning team at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries.

Anyone interested in booking a Crichton Estate Wedding or holding any other celebration, function, exhibition or conference at Easterbrook Hall is invited to contact Kirsty or Fiona on 01387 702020. The new Crichton Estate Wedding brochure is now available.

Overall Winner - The Scottish Wedding Awards 2018


As a long-term supporter of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival and the arts in Dumfries and Galloway, The Crichton Trust recently attended the launch of the 2018 Festival.

The Trust is looking forward to hosting a number of festival events in 2018, at both Easterbrook Hall and the Crichton Memorial Church including Impressions of Galloway  and The Village and the Road.  Pre-show dinners available at Neuro’s Bar, Restaurant and Spa.

Now in its 39th year, the 2018 Arts Festival was launched at Theatre Royal in Dumfries on the 15th March, and was followed by a concert by the Scottish Ensemble. For more information visit Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival website here.

The Crichton Trust also hosts its own programme of events throughout the year. For more information visit Easterbrook Live.

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Call us today on 01387 70 20 20 or email: events@easterbrookhall.co.uk

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