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Medieval Mayhem rules at stunning strongholds for family fun

29 July 2010


If the school holidays seem to be dragging on and you’re looking for something new to keep the kids entertained, don’t delay in getting straight over to Stirling Castle!  

The stunning historic stronghold is about to host four days of fun and games specially designed to offer a great day out, and that ‘wicked, awesome’ appeal for kids (which the summer break may just be starting to lack).

The Medieval Mayhem family event takes place from 11am to 3.00pm on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd August.

With a host of activities including junior jousting, sword-play, archery and crossbow shooting, as well as exciting story-telling with tales of legendary outlaws, heroic quests and thrilling battles, it promises to be a child’s dream come true – not to mention a bit of midsummer magic for parents tired of little voices bemoaning, “I’m bored; what can I do now?”

As all of the Medieval Mayhem entertainment is included in the normal admission to Stirling Castle (priced adult - £9.00, concession - £7.20, child - £5.40, with free entry for Historic Scotland Members), the event offers great value as well as great fun – whilst of course also providing a perfect opportunity to explore the many fascinating highlights of one of Scotland’s most outstanding heritage attractions and important sites in our country’s history.

And if you can’t make any of the dates at Stirling Castle, you don’t need to miss out on the Medieval Mayhem experience - there’s another chance to enjoy the event at Caerlaverock Castle on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August.  

With its moat, twin-towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, this dramatic-looking medieval stronghold near Dumfries is always a favourite with children, so Medieval Mayhem should prove popular there.  The event is again on from 11am to 3pm and included in the cost of admission to Caerlaverock (adult - £5.20, concession- £4.20, child - £3.10, and free for Historic Scotland members).


  • Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture. From the castle’s ramparts, visitors can take in views over two of Scotland’s most important battle sites – Stirling Bridge (1297) and Bannockburn (1314). The castle is at the head of Stirling’s historic old town, off M9 junction 9 or 10. Tel: 01786 450000.  For details of opening times and further information on the castle, visit

  • Major conservation work has been carried out at Stirling Castle over many years to preserve the attraction as a major national and international monument. An ambitious £12 million scheme, the Stirling Castle Palace Project, is currently underway to restore and refurbish the Royal Palace at Stirling and present the Royal Lodgings as they might have appeared in the heyday of Scotland’s Stewart court in the mid 16th century. An interpretive display on the court of James V will be created in the palace vaults and a Renaissance Gallery on the upper floors of the palace will house the original Stirling Heads, a rare group of intricately carved oak ceiling medallions depicting kings, queens, courtiers and mythological creatures.  Costumed interpreters will bring to life the history of the 16th century to enrich visitors’ enjoyment. The refurbished Palace will open next Easter.

  • Caerlaverock Castle is 8 miles south-east of Dumfries on the B725. Postcode DG1 4RU.  Tel: 01387 770244.  Caerlaverock’s impressive architectural features make it the epitome of a medieval stronghold. The castle’s turbulent history owes much to its proximity to England, which brought it into numerous border conflicts over the years. Caerlaverock was built by the Maxwell family, who enjoyed peaceful prosperity there until the invasion of Scotland by Edward I. The castle became a target for Edward’s wrath against Scots resistance and, in 1300, Lord Maxwell was forced to surrender to the might of the besieging army. Caerlaverock remained caught up in border disputes for many years afterward and peace did not come until James VI’s accession to the English throne in 1603.  The truce collapsed with the 1640 Civil War and the final siege at Caerlaverock came when the Royalists surrendered to the Covenanters.

  • Stirling Castle and Caerlaverock Castle are two of 345 outstanding heritage properties and sites in the care of Historic Scotland.  Ranging from prehistoric dwellings to medieval castles, and from cathedrals to industrial buildings, these include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country. For further details of all Historic Scotland’s sites visit:

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

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Ellen Drummond Ferroni
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