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Making it Medieval-style at Caerlaverock

25 July 2008

Historic Scotland announce details of a special event taking place at Caerlaverock Castle. On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 August visitors will be transported back to medieval times and the atmosphere of a genuine castle at Make it Medieval. The merchants' medieval camp will bring the castle and grounds to life, with a series of authentic activities and dramatic demonstrations to keep the whole family entertained.

Young visitors will be put to the test with a series of challenges that will see them emerge as a noble knight, royal princess or esteemed merchant. In a range of interactive opportunities, prospective knights will be able to learn pike drill and preparing for battle, princesses will be shown etiquette and dance and merchants will be instructed in crafts such as calligraphy.  

The real knights will clash in a thrilling finale.  The closing dramatic combat tournament will include of swordsmanship and daring as they fight for land, money, honour and power.

Nick Finnigan, Events and Filming Manager, said;

“Caerlaverock Castle is a striking medieval residence and a fantastic back-drop to Make it Medieval. With its own turbulent history it is the perfect setting for this exciting re-enactment weekend, which gives visitors a real insight into the drama of medieval life.”

Make it Medieval is on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 August from 12 noon to 16.00 each day. Tickets are adults £7, children £5 and concessions £6. Advance tickets can be bought online, saving 10% and helping beat the queues.

Notes for Editors

  • Caerlaverock Castle is on the B725. The postcode is DG1 4RU. Tel 01387 770 244.

  • Caerlaverock Castle is open all year 21 March to 30 September from 09.30 to 17.30 and 1 October to 31 March from 09.30 to 16.30. The admissions is adult £5.20, child £2.60 and concession £4.20.

  • With its moat, twin-towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold. The castle’s turbulent history owes much to its proximity to England which brought it into border conflicts.  Today visitors can enjoy a siege warfare exhibition, a children’s adventure park and a nature trail.

  • Each year Historic Scotland hosts a full programme of events at properties across Scotland, designed to entertain and educate people of all ages. Full details of the programme of events can be found online at

  • For the best value, Historic Scotland membership offers free entry to all sites and free entry to day events. Membership can be purchased from as little as £6 a month for a family package.

  • On request Historic Scotland can provide advance photography and interviews with members of the living history groups and event facilitators.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys and Skara Brae. A full list can be found online at

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

For further information

Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871