SunUp SunDown Gathering – June 20th – The Kelpies

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 in Past Events
SunUp SunDown Gathering – June 20th – The Kelpies

A celebration of Midsummer and raising awareness for mental health in Scotland

This is a walking event to celebrate midsummer – the longest day of the year. The original idea for the event was born out of the feeling that we don’t celebrate this magical day enough here in Scotland.  But we needed a magical venue to celebrate……  And then Andy Scott gave us the Kelpies.  A place where you can reflect and let the majesty of the horses carry you away. We think it will be the perfect setting for what we hope will be an impressive sunrise and sunset.  In addition to this, the event serves as a perfect venue for raising awareness around mental health in collaboration with the Joshua Nolan Foundation. Any funds raised from the event will primarily be donated to the Joshua Nolan Foundation and go toward providing 1 to 1 specialist counselling for those who feel down and in desperate need of help. 

And the plan?

The celebrations begin and end below the Kelpies at the Helix in Falkirk for sunrise and sunset. The base for the day is the Grangemouth Rugby Club which is a short walk from the Kelpies. At sunrise we will gather at the Kelpies where those registered will be receive a warming Hot Coco.

At 6am breakfast will be available to purchase at the Grangemouth Rugby Club. 

The club will be the venue for our final gathering of the day also.  Food will be provided by food trucks from 5pm in the evening with live music and DJ sets welcoming the year ahead and saying goodnight to the sun at sunset.  Sunset can be enjoyed at the Kelpies again or at the Club.

During the day at the Club there will be the opportunity to pick up maps and walking routes. Gatherers can download these beforehand or collect them on the day (link for this available shortly!).  In addition, we will be offering hosted walks – so you won’t be left on your own and we aim to give you a good day out with a bit of local adventure thrown in.


What time is it?

Sunrise at 4.26am

Sunset at 22.03pm

The day, or daylight, from Sunup to SunDown is 17hrs and 36 minutes long!

So how do you want to fill your day?  Are you more for SunUp or SunDown or both? Would you like to celebrate for part or all of the day? Mid summers day isn’t moveable. It’s a Monday this year – a work and school day.  If you can’t give up the whole day to the event that’s okay.  If you can only attend at SunUp not a problem.  If you prefer the livelier SunDown that’s okay too.  And if you can be with us all day that’s great.  The important thing is to mark and celebrate the day in some way and learn along the way from JNF and our partners.  Whatever the time, whatever the combination, we want you with us.

What about the need to know details?

From a practical point the Grangemouth Rugby Club will be available from 4am to 11pm on Monday the 20th of June.  Toilets, changing and shower facilities will be available and the Club is the base for the day. There will also be toilet facilities available from dawn at the Helix

Our evening food truck event will be open to all but the live music element of the evening will be on a first come first served basis; priority being given to those who have registered and stated an interest for the music event.

How to get there?

From Glasgow

Bus: From Glasgow to Falkirk Bus Station  (Buses 3/4/5 will get you closest to Helix Park)

Train: From Glasgow Queen Street to Falkirk High (20 minutes) or Falkirk Grahamston (50 minutes)

Car: From Glasgow – take the M80 towards Stirling, exit at Junction 8 for M876 and join M9, exit at Junction 6 for Falkirk/Grangemouth and then follow the brown tourism signs to `Helix park and Kelpies`

From Edinburgh

Bus: From Edinburgh to Grangemouth on the 909.  The stop (Grangemouth, Beancross Road) is within close walking distance of the Kelpies and The Helix.  For timetable follow the link:

Train: From Edinburgh to Falkirk High (25 minutes) or Falkirk Grahamston (35 minutes)

Car: From Edinburgh – take the M9 towards Stirling, exit at Junction 5 for Falkirk/Grangemouth and then follow the brown tourism signs to `Helix park and Kelpies`

**There are 2 designated Helix car parks – one at Helix Park and one at The Kelpies but free parking is also available at Falkirk Stadium where it is a short walk to THe Kelpies through Helix Park.

How to get involved?

We now have a dedicated mydonate channel for the SunUp SunDown Gathering.

The event is in it’s infancy and the first year of course. So here is what we would like you to do.

If you would like to attend the SunUp SunDown Gathering please go to mydonate by following the link above.

The event is by suggested donation only. We aren’t setting you a target to raise cash to allow you to attend or setting a ticket price this year. The main goal of our inaugural event is mental health awareness so give what you can or even start your own linked fundraiser on mydonate if you like.

Once you go to mydonate and assuming you make a donation then we would ask that you post one of the following messages at “Personalise your donation” – that will let us gauge numbers. Don’t forget to add your name.

  1. I am unable to attend the SunUp SunDown Gathering this year and making a donation only.
  2. I would like to attend the Gathering at SunUp.
  3. I would like to attend the SunUp SunDown Gathering during the day and take part in the planned group walks.
  4. I would like to attend The Gathering at SunDown & take part in theFlash-mob.
  5. I would like to attend the SunUp SunDown Gathering all day & take part in the Flash-mob.

Details of the full days programme for the Gathering will be released continually through the next week on the Facebook event page