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We are pleased to share our events schedule for 2024, marking 200 years of Dunoon’s Castle House. We hope to celebrate this anniversary with visitors from both near and far. With a walk, talks, family activities, and frightening festivities on offer, there is something for everyone. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us on or pop in and see us. Please note that all attendees under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 


Anniversary Tapestry Project: Drop In Story Session

Sunday 23rd of June, 1pm to 4pm. Free event, donations welcomed. 

To help commemorate the 200th anniversary of Castle House, we are creating a tapestry that celebrates the rich history of Dunoon. There will be three opportunities to get involved, with the first being our drop in story session. Come along anytime between 1pm and 4pm on Sunday 23rd of June to reminisce, share stories, and find out more about the fascinating history of our town. There will be the opportunity to handle objects from our collection, chat with staff, and themed activity sheets for the wee ones.  We want the tapestry to be representative of the history that is important to both local residents and visitors, and would love to welcome you on the day. Booking is not required for this event. 

Anniversary Tapestry Project: Drop In Collage Workshop  

Monday 1st of July, 1pm to 4pm. Free event, donations welcomed. 

Our  drop in, family-friendly collage workshop offers the opportunity to take part in the creation of our Dunoon tapestry. The workshop is open to all ages, and you can come along anytime between 1pm and 4pm. The collage workshop will see participants work with guidance from textile professional Katie to create the tapestry tiles, based on the feedback from the story session.This will involve working with colour and texture from old maps, papers and printed photographs. There will be opportunities for wee ones to get involved too by creating drawings of people and local landmarks that can be added to the tapestry. Booking is not required for this event. 

Anniversary Tapestry Project: Appliqué and Embroidery Workshop (Booking Required)

Monday 15th July, 2pm to 4pm. Free event, donations welcomed. 

In this appliqué and embroidery workshop participants will be guided by textile professional Katie to contribute to our community-created Dunoon tapestry. This will involve adding landmarks and labels. No previous sewing experience is needed, and the workshop is open to everyone ages 16 and up. Spaces are limited and should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. This workshop will last two hours. For more information and to book your space, click here. 


Family Fun: Cowal Games Celebration Day 

Saturday 10th August, 11am to 3pm. Suggested donation for all activities: £3. 

Looking for some family fun? We are throwing (pun intended) a Cowal Games Celebration Day to get ready for the town’s Highland Gathering weekend. All the family can take part in our  'Cowal Games Quest,' an interactive trail around Castle Gardens. There will also be the opportunity to handle objects 

related to the Games from the Museum collection.There will be plenty of themed craft activities on offer for the wee ones, including the chance to make their own tartan! Booking is not required for this event, but the suggested donation for these activities is £3. The Museum will be open as normal for those looking to visit, usual admission fees will apply. Booking is not required for this event.  We hope to see you there for a reel-y good time! 

Cowalfest Events 

Friday 13th September, 3.30pm/Saturday 14th September, 1pm/ Donations welcomed. 

Cowalfest is one of Scotland’s biggest walking festivals and we are delighted to be taking part this year. For more information, head to the Cowalfest website. All spaces should be reserved in advance on the Cowalfest website, which will be available soon. 


 First up is a historical talk by trustee Euan Macdonald, titled ‘Dunoon of 200 Years Ago.’ This is shaped around several paintings and drawings from the Museum collection relating to the Dunoon area, and will be taking place at the Castle House Marriage Rooms on the 13th September from 3.30pm. There is no fixed ticket price, but donations are welcomed. 


On Saturday the 14th of September, our Museum Assistant Iona Tytler will be leading the family-friendly ‘Dunoon Suffrage Trail.’ Follow in the trailblazing footsteps of the Women's Freedom League as you learn about how they fought on Argyll Street for women to gain the right to vote. This medium-paced walk will guide you along Argyll Street to the Burgh Hall. For the wee ones, there will also be the option to walk back to Castle Gardens and take part in a suffrage-themed treasure hunt. They will receive a certificate at the end of the session. Participants should meet outside Castle House Museum for a 1pm start. There is no fixed ticket price, but donations are welcomed. 


Doors Open Day 

Saturday 21st September, 10am-4pm. Free event, donations welcomed. 

Doors Open Day is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates places and stories both new and old. We are excited to take part again this year. Entry to the Museum will be free on 21st September for one day only. Booking is not required for this event.  Why not pay us a visit? Our friendly team will be delighted to welcome you. 

Talk by Dr Stephen Mullen: ‘James Ewing of Strathleven: Caribbean Slavery and the Making of Castle House.'

Thursday 3rd October, 6pm-7pm (refreshments to follow).  Free event, donations welcomed. 

We are thrilled to welcome back Dr Stephen Mullen from the University of Glasgow this year. He will deliver a talk on James Ewing of Strathleven who built Castle House. This will cover Ewing’s rise from University of Glasgow student, to West India merchant, planter/enslaver, as well as landowner, politician, and pro-slavery propagandist. Dr Mullen will also discuss Ewing’s landed purchases in Scotland: Glasgow House on Queen Street, Levenside (Strathleven) and of course, Castle House. He will place these purchases in Atlantic context, and underline how slavery-derived wealth affected the Scottish countryside. We look forward to welcoming Dr Mullen and attendees on the day.  Booking is not required for this event, but we recommend arriving with plenty of time to ensure you get a seat! 


Talk by David Dewar: ‘Sir Harry Lauder: A Scottish Superstar and Former Dunoon Resident.’ 

Monday 21st October, 6pm to 7pm (refreshments to follow).  Free event, donations welcomed. 

How did a man born into poverty in Portobello rise to become the world’s highest paid entertainer, and an international celebrity? Dave Dewar, former Kilmun resident, playwright and part time Tutor in Scottish History at the University of Strathclyde University, tells the inspiring story of the life of Harry Lauder. The talk will include recordings of some of Harry Lauder’s best known songs and a PowerPoint presentation. Booking is not required for this event, but we recommend arriving with plenty of time to ensure you get a seat! 

Halloween: Fright Night at the Museum (16+ event).

Saturday 2nd November,  6:30pm to 10:30pm.  Tickets: £10. 

Our Night At The Museum event is back- with a much requested terrifying twist. Get ready for a ghoulishly great evening as we open our doors after hours. Join us if you dare this fateful night and come face to face with the long-forgotten residents that have haunted the halls of Castle House over its 200 years. Expect an evening full of historical horror, with a ghastly guided tour of Castle House and the surrounding area. See the Museum itself in a terrifying new light as our exhibition area and Victorian rooms come alive for Halloween. Warning: this event is for adults, and is not suitable for those under the age of 16.  Tickets are £10 each, and we advise that you buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. These will be available soon  from the Museum and Toytastic Toys. They are also available on our Eventbrite, just click here.  (Please note that Eventbrite adds a small ticketing fee).  Dress up is optional but encouraged! 

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