Eventful Summer At Crawick Multiverse

From circus and solstice to theatre, music and dance, Crawick Multiverse is a popular outdoor venue for festivals and events in the South of Scotland

On the border of Dumfries and Galloway and Ayrshire, Crawick Multiverse is a popular four-star visitor attraction and a stunning outdoor venue. The former open cast coal mine, inspired by the wonders of the universe and the vision of the late Charles Jencks, boasts a spectacular landscape of striking landforms, each one representing cosmological or astronomical features and theories. It is perfect for family days out, motorhome adventures, dog walks, picnics, group outings, school trips, festivals and events.

With the summer events season officially underway, Crawick Multiverse has already hosted Cirqulation; a fantastic modern-day circus act that took centre stage at the Sun Amphitheatre on 26th May, as part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival’s 45th Anniversary Celebrations.

Crawick Multiverse is also a special place to celebrate the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, and on Thursday 20th June, Crawick Multiverse will host a Summer Wellbeing Day. It will be an (optional) early start at 4am, with a sunrise tour led by Kathleen Cronie starting at 5am. This will be followed by yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong sessions throughout the morning and a midday gathering around the Sun Amphitheatre with entertainment from the Cairn Chorus, Motiv8 Dance Group and Polyhedra Dance with performances from Nonsuch History and Dance, Keneish Dance – Balance, Denise Telles Hofstra and Tom Hughes. Kathleen Cronie will also take visitors on a guided tour of the site at 10.30am and will lead a storytelling session at Cosmic Collisions from 12.30pm. Visitors can enjoy all of this and a pass to explore Crawick Multiverse from 4am to 6pm that day by purchasing a Solstice Pass for just £10.

In the evening of the 20th, The Crawick Multiverse Trust is partnering with The Open University in Scotland and partners to co-host a public Solstice Seminar at The Crichton in Dumfries. This event is open to the public and will include talks from experts in lunar science and exploration as part of the European Lunar Symposium (16th – 21st June). Speakers include; Masaki Fujimoto (Deputy Director of JAXA, the Japanese Space Agency), Bethany Ehlmann (Principal Investigator of NASA’s Lunar Trailblazer) and Tim Crain (Chief Technology Officer at Intuitive Machines). Seminar tickets are available online for just £5.

With the summer holidays fast-approaching, Crawick Multiverse will also host an outdoor theatre performance of The Adventures of Dr Dolittle by Illyria, as part of their UK tour, on Tuesday 16th July.  Family, friends, a picnic and great entertainment in the stunning setting of Crawick Multiverse – this has to be a must-do holiday activity in Dumfries and Galloway this summer.

Crawick Multiverse has once again secured a late-summer spot in Scotland’s annual festival calendar for its two-day festival; Music at the Multiverse on the 31st August and the 1st September. The festival has an exceptional line-up on the main stage including The Hoosiers, Toploader, Tide Lines, Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5, The Lucky Doves, The Lutras, EBB, Elias T. Hoth, Kissing the Flint, The Mocking Byrds, Tiderays and The Cherry Pinks.

The Big Top Dance Tent will include performances from Public Domain, Flip N Fill, Technotronic, Michael Smith, Malcolm X, We Love Old Skool, Stevie Lennon, Brett Lawrie, Steven Allan, Stephen Holland, Blair Crawford, Nicky Nally, Jamie Benson and Paul Cooper.

Thanks to a partnership with the Up Yer Airts team there will be a new Cosmic Lounge performance and chill out space featuring local talent; Dopesickfly, Zoe Bestel, Ella Campbell, Benji Haynes, Alexander and the Greeks, Kate Kyle and Palliro, as well as an artist showcase for new young performers.

There will also be an expanded food village, a new campsite, motorhome pitches and coach travel to and from the festival from Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway, so this is a weekend not to miss and a great way to celebrate the end of the summer season with family and friends. Limited Early Bird tickets remaining.

Sharon Glendinning; General Manager at Crawick Multiverse said:

“As well as welcoming day visitors and providing a peaceful spot for motorhome stopovers, we are working with partners to build on the success of past events and to introduce new experiences to our summer programme for 2024. We are looking forward to making the most of our beautiful outdoor venue by bringing people together to enjoy everything from circus and solstice to theatre, music and dance.  As our visitor numbers and audiences continue to grow, we hope our summer programme and festival line-up will attract new and returning visitors to Crawick Multiverse again this summer.” 

Crawick Multiverse is open daily from March to November. Day and annual passes can be purchased online in advance or at The Coalface on arrival. Further information about events and how to purchase tickets can be found on the events page of the Crawick Multiverse website.

Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic, visit local eateries or to purchase snacks and refreshments on site at The Coalface.


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