Boost for Scottish events and festivals: St Ninians open for hire

The arena is set alongside Charles Jencks’ ‘walnut whips’ land art forms, Thornton Wood Loch and Loch Fitty

IN A major boost for Scottish events and festivals, a brand new 5,400 sq. metre outdoor all weather event arena in Fife is available for hire.

Located within the spectacular reformed setting of the former St Ninians open cast coal mine, at Junction 04 off the M90 near Kelty in Fife, the arena hosted a major event in June this year. This was the Platinum Jubilee Youth Spectacular, which boasted over 450 performers including the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and hosted by celebrity Stephen Mulhern.

Nearly 1,800 spectators at each of the performances were entertained but the new arena space can accommodate much larger spectator and visitor numbers as each event requires.

Set alongside the Charles Jencks’ stunning land art forms, known locally as the ‘walnut whips’, and the large water bodies of Thornton Wood Loch and Loch Fitty, the site provides a large and flexible venue for hosting trade shows, commercial and corporate events and entertainments.

The arena and adjacent internal access roads and facility areas were constructed of over 30,000 tons of recycled rock from within the site so greatly reducing the performance areas carbon footprint.

National Pride UK CIC has long term plans to develop the former opencast coalmine St Ninians into an Eco-Wellness and Leisure Park

Irene Bisset, Chair of National Pride UK, said: “This arena is located in a truly spectacular setting with easy access to the national major road network. It is now available for hire as a highly versatile venue and could be used to host a variety of possibilities.”

We would be delighted to speak with any event organiser looking for a unique outdoor venue in a setting that showcases Scotland’s heritage and potential.”

Enquiries should be made to National Pride UK  Community Interest Company (CIC) through

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