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Festive fun at Edinburgh Castle

6 December 2012

Edinburgh Castle has lots of fun activities on offer for all the family over the festive season including a storyteller recounting tales of a Victorian Christmas, Renaissance Music, a Winter quiz for children and  Christmas Carols in the Great Hall by pupils from George Heriot’s School.

And if you want to get out of the house after Christmas, come and join Mary, Queen of Scots, as she celebrates The Daft Days, a time of mirth and merriment.  With advice on how to dress for the Queen, period games and musketry displays by the Royal Guard, there is fun for all the family.

Nick Finnigan, Executive Manager of Edinburgh Castle said: “Bring the kids to the castle and take them on an exciting trail with our new Winter quiz where they can find out about the fun and fascinating facts about winter traditions at the castle.

“With Renaissance Music, tales of Christmas in Victorian times and Christmas Carols in the Great Hall, there is something to entertain all the family.”

For information:

Renaissance Music - December 8th and 9th
Providing a fascinating insight into the music of the renaissance, discover how a hurdy gurdy or renaissance racket was played.
11.15 am, 12.15 pm, 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm

Christmas Carols in the Great Hall Sunday 16th December
Come and listen to some of your favourite Christmas Carols performed by pupils from George Heriot’s School in the spectacular surroundings of the Great Hall.
1.15 pm and 2.45 pm

Christmas Tales at Edinburgh Castle - 22nd and 23rd December
Come in from the cold, join our storyteller around the fire in the Great Hall and listen to the tales of a Victorian Christmas.  Discover the fascinating stories behind the Christmas traditions that survive today
11.15 am, 12.15 pm, 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm

The Daft Days - 27th December to 2nd January
Come to Edinburgh Castle and join in with Mary Queen of Scots as she celebrates The Daft Days, a time of mirth and merriment!  With advice on how to dress for the Queen, period games and musketry displays by the Royal Guard, there is fun for all the family this Christmas.
12.00 - 4.00 pm

All of the activities are included as part of the admission price. For further information please visit www.festivefun.co.uk

Notes for editors

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with ensuring that our historic environment provides a strong foundation for a successful future for Scotland. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.


  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at: www.visitscotland.com/creative

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at www.visitscotland.org/yearofcreativescotland-toolkit

                                                         Year of Creative Scotland 2012


For further information


Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858
iona.matheson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk