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Easter fun for all as April Foolery comes to Edinburgh Castle

19 March 2013

Visitors to Edinburgh Castle will be able to step back in time and experience life at the court of Mary, Queen of Scots this Easter.

The castle is playing host to a special event over the Easter weekend (Saturday 30th March – Monday 1st April) which will give visitors the chance to experience the mirth and merriment of the royal court, as Mary hosts a very French celebration.   

Visitors can also find out what foods were traditionally eaten and enjoyed throughout the centuries as the cooks prepare a sumptuous feast to celebrate the end of Lent.  

There will also be a number of children’s events including special shows covering Easter at Edinburgh and a special children’s trail, where they can solve the mystery of who stole the Queen’s Golden Easter Egg by following a trail of clues. They may also meet one or two of the castle’s past residents along the way!

Executive Manager of Edinburgh Castle, Nick Finnigan said:

“We are gearing up for a fun-packed Easter at Edinburgh Castle that all the family can enjoy.

“Prepare yourself for some Easter Foolery as Mary, Queen of Scots, missing her childhood home of France, orders her court to celebrate Easter in the French style of foolish behaviour, mirth and merriment.

“Or bring your little explorers along and find out more about Edinburgh Castle in our special Easter Trail.”

The events are included in the admission price to the castle and will take place at set intervals during the day on Saturday 30th March, Sunday 31st March and Monday 1st April except the Easter at Edinburgh Children’s show which will run at 11am and 1.30pm on the Saturday and Sunday only. For further information please visit www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk.

Easter Foolery
The Queen is missing her childhood home of France and has ordered her court to celebrate Easter in the French style of foolish behaviour, mirth and merriment.
Daily (Saturday 30th March – Monday 1st April) : 12.30, 13.30, 14.30 & 15.30

Easter Feast
The cooks have been busy in the kitchens all day preparing a sumptuous feast to celebrate the end of Lent.  Discover what foods have been traditionally eaten and enjoyed throughout the centuries.
Daily (Saturday 30th March – Monday 1st April) 12:00 noon – 16:00

Easter at Edinburgh
For a great day out join us over Easter Weekend for special children's sessions, performances and fun.  
Please note that the children’s Easter at Edinburgh show will run on the Saturday and Sunday only. 11am and 1.30pm.

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For further information


Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858
iona.matheson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk