Annual Garden Festival organized by Rundāle Palace Museum takes place already from 2007, usually on the last Saturday of June or first Saturday of July. The target audience of the festival includes gardening professionals, garden enthusiasts and other interested public, tourists from both neighbouring and other countries. We always welcome families with children. Festival provides the possibility not only to visit the garden, the park and the palace, but also to discover and acquire new knowledge, enjoy musical and theatrical shows, purchase seedlings of roses and other garden plants, and produce of local craftsmen.
Each festival is dedicated to particular subject related to activities of Rundāle Palace Museum. Festivals in the recent years have been dedicated to roses, tulips and other bulb flowers, tree collections and historical orangeries, parters, fountain and the Green Theatre as well as hunting. This year the Garden Festival is dedicated to the subject ‘Entertainment in 18th Century’ Games were main entertainment of aristocratic society and at the courts of the kings. In 1682 game days (jours d`appartements) at the court of Louis XIV, the King of France, were held three times a week. Being involved in various games courtiers took the liberty not to interrupt them even upon arrival of the king and the queen. Special game tables were used already at that time, but the variety was even more pronounced in 18th century.
Programme of the Garden Festival ‘Entertainment in 18th Century’*
30 June 2018
|Time||Location (see map)||Activity|
|11:00-19:00||Square of the Central Alley||Carousel|
|12:00-12:40||The Green Theatre||Show 'Butterfly of the Moon' (Riga Youth Puppet theatre 'I-a' or RJLT)|
|13:00-14:00||Children's programme – magic tricks with circus elements (RJLT)|
|14:15-15:30||The Large Stage||Opening ceremony of the festival – address by I. Lancmanis, the director of Rundāle Palace Museum|
|Edutainment show 'Entertainment in 18th Century'|
|15:45-16:45||The Green Theatre||Entertaining concert programme for children (RJLT)|
|17:00-17:40||The Large Stage||Performance by hip hop artist Reiks|
|Performance by singer Markus Riva|
|18:00-18:45||The Green Theatre||Dance and game programme 'Around the World' for children and their parents (RJLT)|
|19:00-20:30||The Large Stage||Conclusive performance of the festival by band 'Jumprava'|
|All through the day||Bosquet of decorative fruit-trees||Reconstruction of historical illumination (Association for Research and Reconstruction of Baroque Festivities 'Rastrelli')|
|West canal curve||Shooting with a bow|
|Labyrinth Bosquet, Picnic Area||Catering services|
|Bosquet of Lilies||The large games and creative workshops for children|
*programme may be subject to changes PRINT THE PROGRAMME
- adults 6.00 EUR
- pensioners 3.00 EUR
- pupils 1.00 EUR
During the festival tickets will be available at several sales locations in the palace and the palace compound.
To save your time and avoid lengthy queuing, please, make use of teh possibility to purchase e-ticket!
Visitors upon producing valid ticket at the entrance to the park shall have Garden Festival wristbands put on their hands. Wristbands may be checked during the festival. If checkup officer finds wristband invalid or there is no wristband, visitor shall be asked to leave the park area.
It is forbidden to transfer the wristband to another person. Only wristband fixed around the wrist shall be considered valid to enter the Garden Festival and stay there. Tampered, damaged (torn, cut, sewn, glued, wristbands with damaged security locks), loosely fixed (wristbands that can be removed from the hand without damaging) wristbands shall be considered invalid.
From Rīga through Bauska
From Rīga – 67 km along the road A7 to Bauska, from Bauska to Pilsrundāle – 12 km along the road P103.
From Rīga through Jelgava
From Rīga – 47 km along the road A8 to Jelgava, from Jelgava to Pilsrundāle – 43 km along the road A8 to Eleja and from Eleja by road P103 to Pilsrundāle.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Bus traffic “Rīga – Bauska”, then “Bauska – Rundāle – Svitene”, “Bauska – Jelgava” (via Eleja or Jaunsvirlauka), “Bauska – Dobele” or “Bauska – Bērstele”
Direction Rīga – Bauska – Rīga
Direction Bauska – Rundāle – Bauska
Public mobile WCs shall be available during the festivities. Placement of the lavatories is shown on a diagram, on site in the garden there shall be direction signs erected.
Smoking shall be permitted at specially indicated locations only (please, follow the direction signs and see the locus indicated on the diagram).
Please, take into account the forecast weather! In the event, the rain has been forecast raincoats might become handy (use of umbrellas is not advisable to prevent disturbing others), whereas in case of hot sun – drinking water and head-dress. We also recommend to chose footwear appropriate for gravel paths and lawn.
There shall be a medical doctor available at the festival venue and necessary medical assistance shall be provided (follow the direction signs).
We encourage everybody to be tolerant and kind towards others – including when queuing for snacks or other merchandise.