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Active 08 at Linlithgow Palace

12 August 2008

IT’S LIKE A MINI-OLYMPICS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

It’s time to get active at Linlithgow Palace with a day of sports, adventure, arts, music and dance.

Sunday’s event will offer fun for all the family including sailing, kayaking, kite making and there will be rugby, snag golf and much more.

Eco activities, like loch dipping, will be run by the Historic Scotland ranger service and other groups.

Adults and children will be able to watch breathtaking displays of mountain bike stunts – and then test their own cycling skills.

Gillian Urquhart, Historic Scotland assistant events manager, said: “Active 08 should be one of our best family events of the year.

“There will be lots to watch and to try out whether its sports, adventure and nature activities or arts projects.

“The whole day has been designed to show just how much opportunity there is for fun and excitement that makes the most of the environment.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to get away from the telly and computer games and find something much more entertaining to do instead.

“There will also be the chance to join in with activities run by the RSPB, the Woodland Trust and Rangers from Historic Scotland and Hopetoun House.

“With all this happening there’s a good chance that you might discover a fabulous new hobby.”

In between burning up energy in sailing boats, trying the archery or learning Scottish country dancing there will be the chance to enjoy live music from a samba band or admire the birds of prey in a falconry display.

Those looking for something a little quieter can help make a giant dragonfly with artist Barbara Middleton, enjoy some storytelling, have a go at the giant snakes and ladders or follow the super treasure trail.


Notes for Editors

  • Active 08 is at Linlithgow Palace on Sunday, 17 August from 12.30am to 4.30pm.

  • All activities are included in the ticket prices of £7 for adults, £5 for children and £6 for concessions. This also includes the chance to look around the historic palace.

  • Those wishing to try the sailing and kayaking will need to register on arrival as spaces are limited. All other taster sessions will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • Other environmental groups taking part include Waste Aware West Lothian, the Edinburgh and Lothians Badger Group plus the chance to meet a bat expert.

  • The palace and loch are in the care of Historic Scotland.

For further information


Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871
rebecca.hamilton@scotland.gsi.gov.uk