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A brand new fire and light spectacular in Kilmarnock’s Dean Castle Country Park is set to be this autumn’s hottest ticket.  ILLUMINIGHT will be a magical experience for all the family with stunning visuals, state of the art lighting installations and music along a trail showing the Country Park in a whole new light.  The 1.5km trail will take visitors through the historic woodland, alongside an illuminated Kilmarnock Water and through the fantastic new wetland areas with surprises around every corner.  

The event will take place in October and November 2017 and forms part of the celebrations for the re-opening of the famous Kilmarnock attraction, following a multi-million pound restoration and renovation project.

The experience for visitors will be enhanced by quality local food outlets offering the very best of Scottish fare along the way.

Organisers East Ayrshire Leisure and Unique Events, are keeping full details of ILLUMINIGHT under wraps for now, but promise visitors an unforgettable illumination experience at one of Scotland’s most picturesque heritage attractions.

ILLUMINIGHT will run from Wednesday 25 October to Sunday 19 November, every night except Mondays.  Tickets, for allocated time slots, are on now from or by telephone on 0844 573 8455.*  Adult tickets are £12.00 (including all fees), children’s tickets are £6.00 (including all fees). Family and Group tickets are also available. Adult tickets are available to KA postcode holders at a special rate of £10.80 (incl. all fees). This discount is limited and is applied automatically to eligible purchases at checkout. 

Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council and formerly Chair of East Ayrshire Leisure said “We are reaching for the stars in East Ayrshire with the multi-million pound redevelopment of Dean Castle Country Park. Illuminight is a fitting way to celebrate the park re-opening and this world class event will shine a light on Dean Castle Country Park. We look forward to welcoming visitors from far and wide.”


Penny Dougherty, Director of Unique Events said: “Unique Events are thrilled to be producing a brand-new fire and light spectacular at the stunning Dean Castle Country Park.  The location is truly world-class and promises an incredible experience for families which will captivate and thrill thousands of visitors from across the country. Given the unique nature of this impressive event and Dean Castle Country Park’s loyal following, we know this will be a very popular event and recommend you get tickets early.  As the nights start to draw in, we can’t think of a better way to brighten-up a dark autumnal evening.” 


ILLUMINIGHT is designed in collaboration with production specialists Black Light.


For further information, please contact:

Louise Kyle, Marketing Officer, East Ayrshire Leisure. E: / T: 01563 554330 or Lynne Buchanan, Communications Manager, East Ayrshire Council. E:  / T: 01563 576520


Box Office & Ticket Details:

Tickets, for allocated time slots, are on sale from 10.00am on Friday 4th August from or by telephone: 0844 573 8455*

*Please note that calls cost between 2p to 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge. Mobile networks charges may be more expensive.


Tickets for Illuminight are priced as follows:

  • Full Price: £12.00 (includes all fees)
  • Child (under 16): £6.00 (includes all fees).
  • 2x Adults & 2x Children: £33.00 (includes all fees).
  • Groups (10 Adults): £10.50 each (includes all fees). Please note all group tickets must be purchased as one transaction.
  • Infant (0 – 2 years): Free, but still require an event ticket.
  • Carers of visitors with specific access requirements: Free, but still require an event ticket.

    Postage costs apply

    Adult tickets available to KA postcode holders at a special rate of £10.80 (incl. all fees). Discount is limited and is applied automatically to eligible purchases at checkout. 

    The following concessions are available:

  • Child (under 16): £6.00 (includes all fees).
  • Infant (0 – 2 years): Free, but still require an event ticket.
  • Carers of visitors with specific access requirements: Free, but still require an event ticket.
  • 2x Adults & 2x Children: £33.00 (includes all fees).
  • Groups (10 Adults): £10.50 each (includes all fees). Please note all group tickets must be purchased as one transaction.


Dean Castle Country Park:

Dean Castle Country Park in Kilmarnock is one of Ayrshire’s most popular and well-loved destinations and a fantastic free day out for all the family.

In July 2015, it was awarded £3.34m from Heritage Lottery Fund towards a £4.7m development programme. This ambitious multi-million pound development programme for the park had 5 key elements to encourage visitors to participate in and enjoy our local, natural and cultural heritage.

The funding for the project has allowed for an improved and extended path network around the park opening up areas of the park that were previously inaccessible, restoration of the designed landscape, a new rural life centre, improved play park, an upgraded and extended visitor centre which now incorporates a residential centre and a new activity programme.

Dean Castle is one of Ayrshire’s best preserved castles and was the stronghold of the Boyds, Lords of Kilmarnock, for over 400 years. Their connections with Robert the Bruce made them one of the most powerful families in Scotland. Steeped in history, with world class collections and regularly changing exhibitions, Dean Castle and its estate was gifted to the people of Kilmarnock  in the 1970’s by Lord Howard de Walden and has been enjoyed by millions of visitors since.

Unique Events:

Founded in the early 1990’s, Unique Events is Scotland’s leading events and festivals creation company. Unique has created and produced a huge range of events throughout Scotland, from sports gatherings to street parties, classical music to rock/pop festivals; an unparalleled range of indoor and outdoor, ticketed and free events.

With over 25 years’ experience within the event and music industry, Unique have a small, dedicated full-time team engaged throughout the year on a selected portfolio of projects working with Scotland’s top freelance Event Producers to deliver specific events.

Black Light:

Black Light Ltd has been providing lighting, stage, sound and AV solutions across Scotland for over 30 years. In that time becoming the country’s leading sales, hires, events and installation company. Black Light has experience in a wide range of sectors including retail, education, theatre, events and construction. In recent years our work has broadened to include blue-chip architectural lighting projects on some of Scotland’s most iconic buildings. Black Light prides itself on providing clients with the best solutions to the job in hand, working collaboratively (often as part of larger project teams) so that we can properly understand our clients’ goals and the constraints they are working under.

Black Light focus on developing long-term partnerships with our trade and business clients, acting as consultants to help them enhance their product knowledge and technological capabilities. Increasingly our clients are now commissioning us to undertake their maintenance and aftercare support as the trend to outsource these services grows.

“We are delighted to be in partnership with Unique Events and Dean Castle Country Park to bring an enchanting event that all the family will enjoy. We have been working on the outdoor event for many months and are extremely excited for it to begin”.