Third time’s a charm for jazz castle picnic?

The organiser of the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival is hoping for dry weather on the day of the ever-popular jazz picnic at Rothesay Castle.
The organiser of the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival is hoping for dry weather on the day of the ever-popular jazz picnic at Rothesay Castle.

Could it be third time lucky for the open air Jazz Picnic at Rothesay Castle on the Sunday afternoon of the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival?

“We really hope the sun has got its hat on and will be coming out to play,” said festival chairman, Tim Saul, “as this year the Rothesay Common Good Fund has given us a grant towards the costs of putting on the event for which we are extremely grateful.

“The picnic is specifically aimed at Bute families and with the Brownfield/Byrne Hot 6 providing the entertainment it provides a focal point for the different generations to come together for a couple of hours in an informal setting to enjoy themselves.”

As in the last two years, if the heavens do open the event will be transferred to the Pavilion Main Hall.

This may well be the last jazz picnic for a couple of years, however, as there is unlikely to be a suitable alternative venue available in the event of rain while the Pavilion is being restored.

The picnic starts at 3pm on Sunday, May 3, and for this event only a Single Session ticket costing £8 will admit one adult and up to two children aged under 12. Early Bird Weekend Rover tickets, Special Offer Saver tickets and Standard Weekend Rover tickets are also valid.

Other community events are Sunday’s Jazz Praise Service at the United Church of Bute with Penman’s Jazzmen at 11am, and the Brolly Parade, led by the inimitable Jenny Brown, on Saturday morning along Montague Street, starting off from Guildford Square at 11am.

* For more information on this year’s Isle of Bute Jazz Festival, check out the official website at www.butejazz.com.