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North Hop x Pitmedden Garden : Secret Garden Experience - THIS WEEKEND!

Tuesday 16th July 2019

And like a flash, it's summer, the holidays have started, the sun is shining (well most of the time!) and it's time to get zen with our awesome plant-based wellness fest, the Secret Garden Experience at the stunning Pitmedden Garden this weekend (20/21 July)!

This special event is part of our Summer Events Programme collaboration with the National Trust for Scotland and will feature lots of lovely plant based street food vendors and market traders, local makers, and some fun pop-up bars with gin, wild Scottish spirit, cocktails, beer, fizz and cider, which will be housed in our rather fun Mad Hatters Boozy Tea Tent!

The event will also feature wellness activities (see below) and is a great opportunity to discover and explore these beautiful historic gardens.

Although most of the set up will be outdoors, we do have some covered seating areas for taking shelter from passing showers, and a lovely chill-out teepee from Under the Teepee to hide away in!

Below we have given a bit of a summary of all key FAQs, our awesome vendors and of course how to get in on the action. See you at Pitmedden Garden this weekend for some garden fun!

KEY INFO:

Opening Times: 10am till 5pm on Saturday 20th July and 10am till 5pm on Sunday 21st July.

Tickets: This event is ticketed, advance tickets are available to avoid the queues and guarantee entry! Adults only £4 + BF (£5 on door), Kids under 12 go FREE. Tickets will be available on the door and NTS Members will receive a £1 discount. VIP tickets are also available (but must be booked in advance) and include entry to the event, a special tour of the garden, plus fizz or beer and canapés in the Thunderhouse to finish.

50% off all ticket sales go direct to National Trust for Scotland to support the great work they do across their properties!

Shuttle Buses: Premier Coaches will be running shuttle buses from/to Aberdeen, Ellon, Oldmeldrum and Inverurie for the event on both days. Times/pick up/drop off locations as below...

Leaves Aberdeen Union Terrace Gardens 9.45am
Leaves Ellon New Inn Hotel 10.15am
Arrives Pitmedden Garden 10.30am
Leaves Inverurie Town Hall 11.00am
Leaves Oldmeldrum Square 11.15am
Arrives Pitmedden Garden 11.30am

Leaves Pitmedden Garden 3.30pm
Arrives Ellon New Inn Hotel 3.45pm
Leaves Pitmedden Garden 4.00pm
Arrives Oldmeldrum Square 4.15pm
Arrives Inverurie Town Hall 4.30pm
Arrives Aberdeen Union Terrace Gardens 5.00pm

Tickets only £5 return! Pay the bus driver.

Cash is Key:
Mobile signal is limited and wi-fi is non-existent at Pitmedden Garden so most exhibitors will be working on a cash only basis (unless they strike it lucky with their stand positioning and mobile signal!) so we recommend taking cash with you as there are no cash machines within the close vicinity.

Dogs:
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed into this event due to the set up of the garden, sorry!

Children:
This event is definitely more orientated towards adults but kids are more than welcome to attend. A special kids teepee by Under the Teepee will be set up in the garden with some colouring books, etc to keep them occupied, and we will have some giant garden games set up on the top lawn for all to enjoy. The garden is also great for some picnic adventures with the wee ones, with lots of yummy food & drink on site to make one up from!

Activities:
We are delighted to be working with Melissa from Third Eye to run outdoor yoga and guided mediation sessions throughout the weekend. These sessions are free to attend but are limited in numbers and will be worked on a first come, first served basis! There will be Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes 12pm till 1pm, and 2pm till 3pm each day, with a guided mediation taking place at 1.30pm. Please feel free to take along your own yoga mats for the classes and blankets for the meditation.

Picnic Rugs & Chairs: Although we will have some garden rugs and lovely seating areas on site we are more than happy for you to bring along your own picnic rugs and camping chairs for the day.

Guided Garden Tours:
The only way you can enjoy a guided tour of the garden (we would highly recommend!) is by grabbing one of our special VIP tickets (see above)!

Vendor Line Up:
The Saucy Horse (noodle broths, gyoza, chai tea & gluten free cakes), Trusty Buck’s (plant based burritos), Food Story (vegan toasties w/ Left Coast Culture cheese, vegan chilli nachos & kombucha), North Hop Bar (fizz, beer, cider), Highland Boundary (wild scottish spirit - serves & cocktails/mocktails), The Teasmith (local gin - serves & cocktails), Hollie Bruce Designs (botanical themed illustration gifts), North Hop Creations (gifts & hand crafted wood items), Third Eye Tribe (Palo Santo crystals & yoga/meditation), Surya Luna (natural soaps & skincare), Left Coast Culture (plant based cheeses), Fernweh (handcrafted bags & accessories), Westhaven Creations (shell crowns & jewellery), Granite Rose Candles (coconut cream & soy wax candles), Unravel Tea (loose leaf tea & infusions), Prissy Queen of Desserts (vegan mallow nuts), Zepice (Mauritian spice blends), The Wee Hemp Company (CBD infused products), Wee Hemp Spirits (hemp & CBD infused spirits), Phudge (vegan chocolate spread), Unfiltered Bev Co (coffee & hot drinks), Barra Berries (ice cream & local berries), Vegan Bay Baker (vegan baked good), Succulento (plant based sauces - Saturday only). The NTS onsite cafe will also be open all weekend for cakes, sandwiches and more.