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Face painting, balloon artistry, live music and lots of opportunities to try your hand at golf are all on the agenda at Gleneagles. Here’s our pick of what to see and do when you’re there:

  1. On-site family parking: There will be a number of parking spaces dedicated to families just a five-minute walk from the Spectator Village and all the activities. If you wish to book a space in the family car park, tickets are priced from £5 and must be booked in advance via the tickets page.
  2. Golf Zone: Kids can try their hand at driving, putting and chipping by hitting balls in the specially-designed interactive Golf Zone, as well as taking part in a long-putt competition.
  3. Family Area: This is for younger children and is a place where parents can have a coffee while their children enjoy arts and crafts, storytelling and a play area (aimed at babies to under-7s). After the competition, the contents of this area will be donated to Perth & Kinross Council to pass on to local community groups.
  4. John Deere Tractors: The agricultural giant will be bringing along mini diggers and tractors for children to ride.
  5. Catering: Unlike some outdoor public events, catering trucks in the Spectator Village will be introducing children’s menus so even the fussiest eaters will be satisfied. See below for more catering info.
  6. Opening Ceremony: The Spectator Village will host the main stage for the Opening Ceremony Thursday 12 September, where there will be a full afternoon of live music, dancing and entertainment for families, headlined by Texas and also featuring Bjorn Again and Morrison’s Academy Pipe Band.
  7. Quiet Zone: For those wishing to escape the crowds, there is an autism-friendly chill-out area.
  8. Celebrity Match: As part of the launch of The Solheim Cup on the Opening Ceremony Day (Thursday), there will be well-known faces and Scottish junior golfers taking part in an exhibition challenge match from midday.
  9. Autograph Zone: Players from the European and American teams will be on hand to meet and inspire young people as well as sign caps and other golf memorabilia. This is also a great photo opportunity for selfies. Remember to share your photos on social media using the event hashtag #ItAllLeadsToThisMoment.
  10. Merchandise: There will be plenty of mementos to purchase in the Official Solheim Cup Merchandise Shop which will stock golf-related clothing and products in wide range of adult’s and children’s sizes. Some of the exhibition units in the Spectator Village will also be giving away free goodies too.

Food and Drink

There are plenty of options to keep you well fuelled for a busy day, including:

  • Spectator Village – Fish & Chip
  • Spectator Village – Alice Mays
  • Spectator Village – Coffee Bar
  • Spectator Village – Family Zone Lintons Coffee
  • 1st Tee – Alice Mays
  • 2nd Fairway – Churchill Highland Venison
  • 2nd Fairway – Waffle
  • 7th Hole – Alice Mays
  • 7th Hole – Coffee
  • 7th Hole – Highland Hog Roast
  • 12th Hole – Buffalo Burgers
  • 12th Hole – Mac & Cheese
  • 15th Hole – Alice Mays
  • 15th Hole – Whole Hog
  • 15th Hole – Fish & Chips
  • 15th Hole – Bar
  • Driving Range – Coffee
  • Bus drop-off / pick-up – General Refreshments