From New Abbey to Madrid and Japan – Shambellie House Goes from Strength to Strength

New Abbey, Scotland – Easter weekend at Shambellie House marked the first open day of the year, and the response was overwhelming. Visitors poured in from New Abbey and the local area, as well as from distant locales such as Liverpool, Derbyshire, and beyond.

One family from Liverpool, with two children and two mischievous dogs in tow, shared their delightful experience: “We thoroughly enjoyed the day. Margot absolutely loved the crafts, and her egg basket now proudly sits on the mantlepiece! Big shout out to Louis McEwen for organising a top-notch egg hunt – even if we did have to ask for help. We’ll definitely be back for more fun at Shambellie House. It was a brilliant day out, so thank you!”

Shambellie House has gained a reputation for its Creative Workshops and serene setting as a place to Relax, Learn, and Enjoy. Our upcoming Batik workshop with internationally renowned Batik Artist, Rosi Robinson, on April 13th and 14th has attracted participants from as far afeild as Madrid, Spain.

Llany, one of the attendees, expressed excitement: “This is a very important dream to finally meet Rosi and learn from her. Thank you to Rosi and Shambellie House for all your help in making this possible. We are very excited to meet you and can’t wait to start the next steps for this amazing trip.” Embracing an international theme, later this year, a representative from the Japanese Consulate will inaugurate and conclude our first Japanese Festival, organised by JetAA, celebrating and promoting Japanese culture and traditions.

Throughout the year, Shambellie House offers a diverse range of events and workshops, catering to varied interests. Expectations are high for the Quilt Fling in May, and September will witness the second-largest quilt festival in the country. Additionally, funding from the Regional Events Growth Fund has been secured to host a 2024 Photography Festival starting in June, with the theme “Community” and featuring a special event for Refugee Week.

For those yet to experience the charm of Shambellie House, the first-ever “Artists of Shambellie House Exhibition” will run from April 19th to 21st. Supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council and DG Unlimited, this exhibition promises family-friendly activities, demonstrations, and a raffle, as well as exhibits for the theme ‘Flock’ from seven local artists, welcoming all to explore this unique showcase in a magical setting.

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary local resource that attracts visitors from far and wide. Shambellie House encourage local residents to join us and sign the Shambellie Visitors Book, contributing to their vibrant community.

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