Messy Family Fun

An All-Age Holiday for Families: 14th-17th October

The Messy Family Fun Holiday is a place for families to come together and enjoy a break based on creativity, hospitality and celebration. If you are involved in a Messy Church then this is a chance to experience the Messy Church atmosphere over the course of a holiday. If you haven't experienced Messy Church, why not come along and see what all the fuss is about?


How to Book

Simply download the Booking Form here and send it with payment to the address below.  Cheques should be made payable to 'Scripture Union Scotland'.

Please send your completed form to:

SU Holidays
Scripture Union Scotland
70 Milton Street
G4 0HR

Once booked, we will email or write to confirm your booking and to provide more information.

**Bookings open on 24th May - Any forms received before this date will not be processed**


The cost for Messy Family Fun is £95 per adult and £55 per child (under 16), there is no cost for children 2 and under. [Age at time of the holiday]

A deposit of £20 per person (age 3 plus) is due at time of booking.

Included in the cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • All Messy Family Fun Activities (There may be an additional charge for some optional activities provided by Gowanbank.)
When & Where Is It?

The Messy Family Fun Holiday take place from 14th - 17th October at Gowanbank - SU Scotland's new Centre in Darvel, East Ayrshire.  Accommodation is in comfortable, en-suite dorms, one per family, with plenty of space indoors to relax and chill-out.  Set in acres of beautiful grounds to enjoy as well as lots to explore in the surrounding area.

What does it look like? - A typical day at Messy Family Fun

The day starts with breakfast together with other Messy families in our dining room with food
for all ages. Each day there will opportunities to take part in an optional organised activity with other families (e.g. activities may include Archery, Bushcraft, Hill-Walking at Loudon Hill, a trip to Troon beach) or enjoy some free time with your own family to do your own thing.

We have loads of activities to explore different parts of the Bible – it will be Messy and fun and each day we will celebrate together with stories, songs and prayer.

Lunch and dinner will be served back in our dining room, and we round off the day maybe with a bonfire or a film. To give adults a chance to relax in the evening, once smaller people have gone to bed, there’ll be a free babysitting service which you can use, ensuring the children are safe in their rooms while you relax in the comfortable lounges.

What is Messy Church?

Messy Church is a way of being church for families involving lots of fun! It’s a church - not a craft club - that allows families to encounter Jesus. Messy Church is for adults and children to enjoy together and it uses hands-on activities to explore Bible stories, to reflect on a God of creativity and to give families a chance to play together. Messy Church is about hospitality, expressed through eating together!

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