All things weird and wonderful for Festival of Frolics

Will Finlay catches sight of a fish out of water.
Will Finlay catches sight of a fish out of water.

THERE’S something fishy going on at Greenbank Gardens this summer - and young Will Finlay (10) has found the culprit.

The youngster took part in photoshoot to launch a new two-day performance and visual arts festival for East Renfrewshire.



The Festival of Frolics has been commissioned by East Renfrewshire council to mark the 250th anniversary of the tourist attraction, and will invade the gardens on August 10 and 11.

It’s the work of Culture Creative, the company behind the successful Electric Glen event in February this year — and artistic producer Zoe Bottrell promises a magical mystery tour throughout.

She explained: “Overnight, the garden will be taken over by the weird and wonderful, and the Greenbank Gardens staff will need everyone’s help to bring it back under control.

“Even the car park will have been taken over, so all visitors will need to arrive via a magical mystery tour on a special bus that will be picking up from Williamwood high school — an important part of the performance and the first part of the clue trail.

“Once you enter the garden , guides will lay out the challenge ahead, and everyone will have to follow the trail and crack the riddle.”

The National Trust for Scotland is suspending normal business for the weekend, and head gardener David Ferguson added: “We can’t wait to see the enormous flowers and man-size fish that will give our beautiful gardens an almost psychedelic Alice in Wonderland feel.”

Visitors can expect everything from talking plant pots to one giant dog, as well as eccentric inventor Roger Hartley, from the Bureau of Silly Ideas.

The Festival of Frolics may well become an annual event — but for now, all that’s left to say is: watch out for the hungry triffids.

Tickets (£7.50 adult, £5 concession, £17.50 family) go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday, July 10) from the Festival of Frolics website.