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Easter events for all the family at Edinburgh and Stirling Castles

9 April 2014

Two of Scotland’s top visitor attractions will be laying on a diverse programme of events for families over the Easter weekend.

At Stirling Castle, children will be given the chance to attend ‘fool’s school’ as part of A Stirling Easter. They’ll be able to find out about the role of the jester in the royal court and will have the opportunity to learn some of the tricks jesters might have used to entertain the royal household.

Visitors will also be able to meet Pickles the Bear and Hamish the Highlander and participate in fun outdoor games in the gardens.

At Edinburgh Castle, things will be taking a magical turn with A Magical Easter, part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Kramus the Wizard will be on hand for a display of sorcery and visitors will also have the opportunity to get up close to some birds of prey while learning about the myths surrounding owls and their links to wizards and magic.

An interactive science show will teach visitors about medieval construction techniques, and little explorers can even test their knowledge of Edinburgh Castle in a special Easter quiz. The team from the Royal Observatory Edinburgh will also be on hand to teach visitors about the use of the sun and stars for navigation.

Dr Lorna Ewan, Head of Visitor Experience, Content and Learning at Historic Scotland, which operates both sites said: “We’ve got a packed programme of events planned for this summer across our 78 sites and we’ll be kicking things off over the Easter weekend with family events at two of our most popular sites. From a medieval construction show at Edinburgh Castle to the opportunity to play the fool at Stirling Castle, it promises to be a fun weekend for all ages.”

A Magical Easter will take place at Edinburgh Castle from 12pm on 19, 20 and 21 April. A Stirling Easter will take place at Stirling Castle from 12pm on 20 and 21 April.

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