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Easter fun for all this weekend as April Foolery invades Edinburgh Castle

5 April 2012

Edinburgh Castle is gearing up for a fun Easter this weekend with an action-packed programme of April Foolery events on Saturday and Sunday, April 7th and 8th.

From 12:00 until 4:00 pm there will be themed treats for all ages, featuring jester performances, fire juggling, plate spinning and a host of 16th century fashion and make-up tips.

The year is 1562, and Mary Queen of Scots is missing her childhood home of France. The monarch is not happy, and she has decided to do something about it. Cue the Royal order for merriment, in the French style of foolish behaviour, mirth and mischief.

Nick Finnigan, Executive Manager of Edinburgh Castle said: “This is going to be a fun weekend for all the family.

“Why not work off any excess Easter egg calories and come along and try your hand at plate spinning and juggling?  In addition our jester is looking for a new, young recruit to help him succeed in his mission to make Mary Queen of Scots laugh. Do you have what it takes?”

Ticket prices:
Adult (aged 16 to 59):  £14.50
Child (aged 5 to 15):  £8.60
Concession (aged 60 and over, unemployed):  £11.60
Child under 5: FREE

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission free for Historic Scotland members

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For information:
12.00: Meet the Queen: Mary Queen of Scots is not happy. Come along and find out just why and what can be done to change her mood!
12.15: Thrills and Spills: Angus the Juggler has been summoned to perform for Mary the Queen. Witness his incredible skills with clubs, knives and fire as he tries to impress the queen.
12.45: Fool Skool: Jock the Jester is on the look out for a new young recruit to help him make the queen laugh. Do you have what it takes?
1.30: French Fashion and Finery: An informative guide to how the well heeled renaissance lady is dressed.
2.00: Thrills and Spills: Angus the Juggler performs his best moves to impress the queen’s loyal subjects.
2.30: Fool Skool: Jock the Jester is on the look out for a new young recruit to help him make the queen laugh. Do you have what it takes?
3.00: French Fashion and Finery: An informative guide to how the well heeled renaissance lady is dressed.
3.30: The Queen’s Speech: Queen Mary delivers her verdict on her day at Edinburgh Castle. Will Jock’s head be safe on his shoulders?

In addition, kids can try their hand at juggling, plate spinning and other interactive activities.

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.


  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at: www.visitscotland.com/creative

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at  www.visitscotland.org/yearofcreativescotland-toolkit

                                                  Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information


Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866
jennifer.johnstonwatt@scotland.gsi.gov.uk