The Crichton Festival of Transport 2013

If classic cars take your fancy then get along to the Crichton festival of transport on the weekend of July 28th and 29th.  You can wonder the grounds of the estate looking for your dream wheels and of course call in for lunch where we have a special car themed menu as follows:

Festival of Transport Opt

Watch this video to find out more about the event:

Be sure not to miss out, click here to book for this event!

Dumfries Ghost Tours

Over the next few weeks we will be asking our team at Aston Hotel Dumfries for their “Dumfries Bucket List”. Starting this week with the events team: I asked “What is the ONE thing you must do if you were visiting Dumfries and Galloway?” They unanimously agreed, “Mostly Ghostly Investigations” Ghost Walk is a must do if you are staying in Dumfries!

The tour starts from the Midsteeple in the centre of town and lasts roughly 1 hour and a half. The tour covers the horrible history in Dumfries from where famous murderer Hare (as in Burke & Hare) spent his last night in Scotland, a visit to the haunted Royal theater to a trip to the Whitesands where 9 women were strangled and burnt having been accused and found guilty of witchcraft. The tours run all year and in July/ August they are on every Wednesday starting at 9pm. Who would have thought that Dumfries’ history could be so gruesome!

For more information or to book a tour visit

Re-launch of Dumfries & Galloway Life Magazine

Aston Hotel Dumfries proudly hosted the re-launch of Dumfries & Galloway Life magazine and would like to say a huge thank you to all those who attended and made it such a success.

Sales Manager Shonagh Wright said, “It was even better than we had hoped, the fantastic weather meant we could hold the entire event outside on the lawn. The Crichton Estate which is in full bloom made the perfect backdrop for over 80 guests who arrived in the early evening”. Guests were welcomed with iced Pimms, sparkling Elderflower cordial and presented with a “hot off the press” copy of the new look magazine.

The Dumfries Community Choir sang their hearts out as guest mingled and caught up with friends and collegues old and new. Heart-felt speeches from Alex Ferguson MP, Dame Barbour Kelly and Cathy Agnew spoke of how the magazine which is in its 7th year has transformed the way that we and our valued visitors discover and take pride in our region. Cathy Agnew declared, “this magazine is open.”

Aston Hotel Chef John Gibson from Sanqhar created a stunning selection of hot and cold canapés featuring local ingredients which were offered round and went perfectly with the evening. He said, “It’s been a pleasure to cook and prepare for such a special event, perhaps they should have a re-launch every year!”

To find out more or to subscribe to this magazine please visit

10 Top Tips from our Wedding Planner Crystal Durok.

1) Don’t forget to thank the Best Man, Ushers, Bridesmaids etc. for all their help not just on the day but in the run up to the wedding.

2) Don’t let others force their opinions and ideas onto you as it will blur your vision of what you want.

3) Never put your wedding cake in the fridge unless it is made from butter icing it will sink!

4) Always have a spare piece of raw meat available to tempt down an owl who may have stolen the rings during the ring delivery (True story).

5) Think outside the box when it comes to your guest book. Why not try a wishing tree or a message in a bottle.

6) Keep your guests entertained throughout the day, whether this is with a magician, kids play table or Photo challenges with disposable cameras.

7) Ask a friend to remind you of the time throughout the day so it doesn’t rush past you

8) If you are really struggling with your table plan, only allocate your top table and let everyone sit where they wish. After all you’re all friends and family.

9) Remember to enjoy your day, after all, regardless of what happens you have just married your soul mate.

10) Save a piece of wedding cake for your hard working, Wedding co-ordinator! See our website for latest wedding offers

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Home to Lord Barnard’s family since 1626, Raby is one of the finest medieval Castles in England.

Built by the mighty Nevill family in the 14th Century, Raby remained in the Nevill family until 1569 when after the failure of the Rising of the North, the Castle and its lands were forfeited to the Crown. In 1626, Sir Henry Vane the Elder purchased Raby and the Castle has remained in the Vane family ever since. The 200 acre (80ha) deer park surrounding Raby Castle has Red deer, the largest British wild land mammal, and the smaller Fallow deer – both herds containing the descendants of deer preserved in this area since Norman times. You can also browse the shops and relax in the tearooms, with a Woodland Adventure ground for the younger ones. High Force Waterfall is situated 20 miles away from Raby Castle.

Guided Tours around the castle on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday, April June and September. Park and gardens are open May until September.

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“Thrive for Business” arrives at the Aston

July is a very exciting month for us here at the Aston as we welcome “Thrive for Business” a networking club that allows members to connect, collaborate and interact with key local business in a structured and professional environment. Thrive members will meet at Aston Dumfries on a monthly basis and are also launching the first Sponsored Seminar here at the Aston on July 25th. This innovative event will feature 4 VIP speakers and be followed by wine and local cheese buffet.

Managing Director of Thrive for Business, Amanda Kremer said today, “ We are delighted to be running Thrive for D&G at The Aston Hotel, both on the club meeting front and the Sponsored Seminars. We think that the revised timing will encourage a greater participation from a wider audience and the buffet lunch will be a great feature where delegates can network informally. Frankly we can’t wait!”

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Wickerman Festival – Scotland’s friendliest festival!

Watch Scottish national treasures such as Amy McDonald, Katie Tunstall and Primal Scream as they entertain revelers of all ages.

Set in Dundrennan just 25 miles from the hotel the Wickerman festival is in its 12th year. The events success can be attributed to the friendly, family atmosphere and the wide range of music, poetry, dance and food that is on offer.

Tickets available up to and on the day – weekend adult tickets from £95.00 Children under 12 free – see website for terms and conditions

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Scotlands national tennis treasure has been putting us through our paces! Phew we need a drink after last nights game!

If this weekends tennis fixtures games are going to get you hot under your polo shirts may we suggest a refreshing drink from our Wimbledon menu at the Aston Hotel Dumfries?

Centre Court – Glass of Champers with a side of Fresh Scottish Strawberries and cream – £9.95

Mixed Doubles – Non Alcohol Fruit smoothies Mango & Pineapple or Strawberry & Banana – £3.50

Jug Judy – Jug of Pimms with cucumber fresh mint, strawberries and ice – Serves four – £15.00 per jug

Double Fault – Large Gordons Gin and Tonic served over crushed ice and Lime wedge £7.50

Murrays Mound – A piled up portion of Scottish Strawberries and freshly whipped cream – £3.95

So where did Pimms come from? Usually credited to James Pimm, a shellfish monger from Kent who opened his famous Pimm’s Oyster Bar in London in 1823. Using gin, quinine and his own secret mixture of herbs, Pimm created a drink that he served as an aid to digestion.

Make your own at home? You will need – 3 parts lemonade to one part Pimm’s, 1 slice orange, 1 slice lemon, 2 slices cucumber, 1 sliced strawberry, sprig of mint.

Then mix it like this – Pour Pimm’s into a glass half filled with ice. Add fruit and fill the glass with more ice. Top with lemonade, lightly stir and serve. For an alternative to lemonade, try ginger ale.

Tramlines Festival

Tramlines is back and bigger than ever, returning for its 5th year after turning the City into a weekend Festival bonanza for over 80,000 music lovers last year.

Why not join the party and take advantage of the Aston Hotel’s special £49.00 Room Only Rates to lay your head to rest after the sights and sounds of Tramlines?

Lindisfarne gospels arrive in Durham Cathedral

Lindisfarne Gospels arrive in Durham! After more than 2 years of preparation, the Lindisfarne Gospels arrive in Durham Cathedral. There original journey from Lindisfarne to Durham took 200 years arriving in 995AD.

The worlds most remarkable manuscripts were created by monks on Northumberland’s Holy Island in AD700 in honour of St Cuthbert, they are a symbol of culture, scholarly and spiritual leadership>

This is an opportunity not to be missed, displayed from 1st July until 30th September. Aston Hotel Darlington 10 minutes from Durham.