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Fun at Dirleton - and no cold shoulder

20 September 2006

Visitors to Dirleton Castle this weekend will get a warm welcome – with no hint of the cold shoulder – at a special Family, Food and Fun Day.  The Historic Scotland property is hosting the event as part of the annual East Lothian Food Festival which highlights the variety and quality of local produce.

This year there will be the chance to enjoy storytelling, a puppet show and stovies provided by the Open Arms. Humble Pie, a new company using local produce, will also be offering tastings of its barbeque and oven-ready food packs.

Andrew Spratt, Monument Manager, will entertain visitors with costumed performances explaining how modern sayings have their roots in medieval cuisine. They include the practice of indicating to visitors that they had outstayed their welcome by serving them cold shoulder of lamb rather than hot roast beef for dinner.

There will also be the opportunity to try painting on ceramics including fridge magnets, plates, coasters and mugs.

Chris Calvert, Historic Scotland District Visitor Services manager, said:

"It should be a fun day for all the family.  Everything, even the storytelling, will be themed round food.  We have worked with the council and community to support this festival in the past and are delighted to do so again."

The event takes place between 10.00am and 4.00pm on Saturday 23 September and entry is included in the normal ticket price. Charges are made for some activities and for food and drink.

Notes for editors
  • Dirleton Castle and Gardens is in Dirleton village three miles west of North Berwick. Telephone 01620 850330.
  • Tickets are £4 for adults, £3 concessions and £1.60 for children.
  • For further information about the festival visit the website at
  • The festival is an East Lothian Council initiative in conjunction with local producers, hotels and visitor attractions.
  • Dirleton Castle is perhaps most famous for its gardens, which feature the world’s longest herbaceous border. The lands were given to John de Vaux in the reign of King Malcolm IV 1153 to 1165 but the castle which remains today originates from the first half of the 13th century.
  • It remains one of the most complete castles of that era in Scotland today, despite much damage and many later changes.
  • 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.

For further information

Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959