- 9 Jul 2022
The Helix, Saturday 9 July, 1–4pm
Our Free for Alls are travelling Scotland this summer, bringing free plants to anyone who fancies having a grow. Join us for mini-festivals of growing – with performances, advice on how to get started and free plants for all. You can just turn up on the day with no need to book, and both admission and plants will be – yes! – absolutely free.
We’re heading to the home of Falkirk’s iconic Kelpies to give away thousands more free plant plugs.
Venue and Access Information
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The Helix Park is The Home of the Kelpies - the largest equine sculptures in the world. Located between Falkirk and Grangemouth, it was created as a space for communities to come together.
The two closest railway stations are Falkirk High (located 3 miles away) and Falkirk Grahamston (located 2 miles away).
Trains leave Glasgow Queen Street for Falkirk High every 30 minutes and journey time is approximately 20 Minutes. Trains leave Glasgow Queen Street for Falkirk Grahamston every 55 minutes and journey time is approximately 40 Minutes.
Trains leave Edinburgh Waverley for Falkirk High every 30 minutes and journey time is approximately 30 Minutes. Trains leave Edinburgh Waverley for Falkirk Grahamston every 30 minutes and journey time is approximately 25 Minutes.
Before travelling, remember to double-check all travel arrangements and for the most up to date information check out your journey on the day on www.travelinescotland.com
There are several bus routes which will take you to the side entrance to the Helix Park - (watch out for the pink bus stop). Journey time from Glasgow takes approximately one and a half hours. Journey time from Edinburgh takes approximately 1hour 40minutes.
If travelling by car:
- From Edinburgh - take the M9 towards Stirling, exit at Junction 5 for Falkirk/Grangemouth.
- From Glasgow - take the M80 towards Stirling, exit at Junction 8 for M876 and join M9, exit at Junction 6 for Falkirk/Grangemouth.
- From Perth and the North - A9, M9 towards Edinburgh, exit at Junction 6 for Falkirk as above.
There is a small car park at the Helix and a larger car park at The Kelpies, near The Kelpies and Visitor Centre. All paths are asphalt and there is level access to the Helix Park. There are no significant gradients and all paths have dropped kerbs at road crossings.
All blue badge parking in the Helix is free of charge at all times. The Helix Car Park 1 has 5 blue badge spaces and is open at all times. The surface is level and mono-blocked. This car park is 0.25 miles (10minutes walk) from the Plaza Cafe, and 0.5 miles (20 minutes walk) from the Kelpies Plaza and Visitor Centre. Car Park 2 has 3 tarmacked blue badge spaces. It is 0.2 miles (8 minutes walk) from the Helix Visitor Centre and 0.25 (10 minutes walk) from the Kelpies. There are several park benches along this route. Car Park 3 has 7 blue badge spaces.
There is a drop off point near the Visitor Centre.
The Visitor Centre has 3 wheelchairs available free on loan which can be reserved in advance by telephone or email.
The cafe is accessible to wheelchair users and the external picnic benches surrounding the café include some specifically designed for wheelchair users.
There are 3 sets of toilets within the Helix. Plaza Café toilets are accessed from the café seating area or from outside the building. Level vinyl flooring inside leads to one accessible toilet. The Kelpie’s car park (and Changing Places Toilet) toilets are accessed over level thresholds from the pavements outside. There is an accessible toilet as well as a Changing Places Toilet inside the cafe.
The Free for All Information Point will be situated at the entrance to the site.
Assistance dogs are welcome and fresh drinking water will be provided.
If you have any access requirements or enquiries please
contact Caroline Thompson @ [email protected] scot.