Sponsorship and funding

Information about the 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.

Can my business have a partnership with Illuminight?

Yes. Illuminight is an excellent opportunity for businesses to partner a high-profile, world-class event, obtaining brand awareness with an event which will attract large numbers of visitors and generate press and media interest from across the UK and beyond. If you would like to enquire about event partnership opportunities and levels of sponsorship, please get in touch via the contact page.

Event Information

What is Illuminight?

This October to November, Dean Castle Country Park will be opening after dark with a magical outdoor light event to celebrate the relaunch of the newly renovated and restored attraction. This is an unaccompanied tour of the grounds following a designated route with installations, illuminations and lighting of the plants, paths and selected buildings.

Where is Illuminight taking place?

The event is being staged at Dean Castle Country Park Kilmarnock, KA3 1XB. The Illuminight event starts at the main entrance by the new visitor centre and follows a trail through the Country Park, ending at the spectacular castle building . The trail involves being outdoors for approximately one and a half hours.


Who is responsible for managing the event?

Illuminight is presented by East Ayrshire Leisure in association with Scotland’s leading independent event producers Unique Events, working with lighting, AV and sound specialists Black Light

Press & media

For all press and media related enquiries please contact:

Louise Kyle, Marketing Officer, East Ayrshire Leisure, T: 01563 554300 or Lynne Buchanan, Communications Manager, East Ayrshire Council. E:
T: 01563 576520