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Let's go fly a kite!

30 October 2008

There’s a fun, free kids’ event at Edinburgh’s biggest and most popular green space - Holyrood Park - on Sunday 9th November, when local children are invited to come along and have a go at making and flying their own kites.

The Ranger Service based at Holyrood Park is hosting the ‘Cool Kites’ event to encourage youngsters to get creative and make the most of the outdoors by enjoying the traditional arts of kite-making and kite-flying.

Stuart Rivers of the Ranger Service said: “We ran a ‘Cool Kites’ event last year and it prove a real hit with all ages.  We’ve already had a good number of  bookings for next Sunday’s event at our Education Centre, so anyone who’d like to come along - from 1.00 to 3.00pm - to join the fun should get in touch as soon as possible, as places are limited.

“We’ll be giving children, and grown-ups accompanying them, a sun kite template to colour in and cut out to make their own kite. Then - weather permitting - everyone will get the chance to try their kite out.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed for good conditions and a dry day, with a fair wind.  But whatever the weather, our kite makers are in for some great fun and will come away, we hope, with an increased interest in creating their own amusements and getting out and about to enjoy nature.”

The ‘Cool Kites’ event takes place in the Holyrood Park Education Centre beside Holyrood Palace.  To book a place, contact the Historic Scotland Rangers by email at hs.rangers@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or telephoning 0131 652 8150.

Notes for Editors

  • Holyrood Park is one of Edinburgh’s most famous and popular historic landmarks.  It encompasses a 5-mile radius of land and has probably been a Royal Park since the 12th century.  

  • The Park is designated as both a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Site of Special Scientific Interest.  It has a wealth of geological and archaeological treasures dating back thousands of years. These include Arthur's Seat, one of four hill forts dating from around 2000 years ago, a prehistoric farmstead of scooped circular hut, east of Dunsapie Crag, and the remains of medieval and later rig-and-furrow cultivation.  The park is also an important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, flora and fauna.

  • Holyrood Park is in the care of Historic Scotland, which is responsible for maintaining the natural environment and presenting the Park for the enjoyment of the local community and visitors.  The Ranger Service based at Holyrood Park cares for this unique historic and natural attraction and provides a range of important educational services.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care.  These include some of the leading tourism attractions and most important heritage sites in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For further details visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places

  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year Of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with the other heritage organisations

For further information


Laura Varney
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763
laura.varney@scotland.gsi.gov.uk