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Enjoy Royal Pursuits Fit For A Queen at Holyrood Park this Sunday

15 July 2013

Come along to Edinburgh’s magnificent Holyrood Park on Sunday 21st July 2013 and step back in time to take part in a fantastic, fun-filled day of ancient royal sports and outdoor pursuits.

                         

The event is free and takes place from 12 noon until 4:00 pm.  

Matt McCabe, Interpretation Ranger at Historic Scotland  said: “Visitors will have the  opportunity to learn about the long heritage of these activities and their links to the rich past of Holyrood Park, together with its importance as a royal hunting ground.

“Come and find out about some fascinating traditional outdoor activities which are less common today, for example you can come along and try your hand at archery, a favoured sport of kings and commoners through the ages.  

“Falconry was another great pastime of centuries past and we’ll have a variety of magnificent birds of prey here for people to get right up close to.  And if ground conditions permit, we will also be hosting a display of artificial lure coursing with whippets.  Queen Elizabeth I formalised the rules of this sport which, as a result, is historically known as ‘The Sport of Queens’.

“This is the 5th year we’ve been running this event which is always a popular and entertaining day out. If people haven’t come to Holyrood Park before, why not come along on Sunday – it’s a great way of being introduced to the Park and try something different.”

For more information people should contact the Ranger Service on 0131 652 8150, or by email at hs.rangers@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.

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Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Media & PR Officer
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0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866
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