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Entertain your budding young artists this October

16 October 2008

Historic Scotland’s Regional Kids Go Free Drawing competition

Historic Scotland’s Kids Go Free month has been proving popular this year and a special drawing competition has been announced.

Budding young artists are invited by Historic Scotland to draw their own version of one of our cartoon characters featured on our trails at our properties across Scotland.  Drawings will then be entered into a gallery, with special regional runner-up prizes.

Rebecca Hamilton, Marketing and Media Manager at Historic Scotland said:

”Our Kids Go Free month is such a lovely way of kids getting involved and making friends with history. Children across Scotland have been really enjoying the trails and quiz sheets. We think this fun competition will inspire your young artists and keep them entertained throughout October. Take the kids for free to our properties and introduce them to the loveable legends, then they can get creative at home.”

At the Historic Scotland attractions kids can hunt down their favourite historical legends, hiding throughout the properties. 70 Historic Scotland attractions are hosing 6 cartoon trails, with 36 child friendly historical illustrated characters along the way.   

There will be prizes for the best 10 entries into this year’s competition. The prize will include a special drawing kit to inspire young artists.

Historic Scotland is also providing an information service by SMS text for the event.  By texting TRAIL to 84118 you will receive information to your nearest attraction to visit with child’s admission being absolutely free.

The Historic Scotland Kids Go Free campaign runs from 1 – 31 October 2008.  From castles to abbeys to cathedrals to prehistoric settlements to palaces to the mightiest artillery fortification in Europe, there’s something to delight the imagination of children and adult alike.  

Notes to Editors

  • The closing date for the cartoon drawing competition is Friday 31 October.

  • Entries should be sent to: CARTOON COMPETITION, Historic Scotland, Media and Marketing, Room 4.5, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SH. Please include your name, address, telephone number and age with your entry.

  • We can provide questions and answers from the trails and images of the historical cartoon characters.

  • Photos and cartoon images are available on request.

  • The artist commissioned for the light-hearted artwork is 26 year old Alice Druitt who set up her own company, Gingerpaws, selling cards showing famous Edinburgh scenes as an undergraduate.  While still at university she was commissioned by Historic Scotland to create the artwork for the popular Cartoon Castles range.

  • In addition to the trails, Edinburgh and Stirling Castle will have living history performers all through October. Urquhart Castle will have performances every weekend.


Edinburgh & Lothians

Edinburgh CastleCastles: Royals & Nobles
Craigmillar CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Crichton CastleCastles: Royals & Nobles
Linlithgow PalaceCastles: Royals & Nobles
Blackness CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Cairnpapple HillEarly Peoples
Dirleton CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Tantallon CastleCastles: Royals & Nobles
Seton Collegiate Churches & Cathedrals

Glasgow, Clyde & Ayrshire

Glasgow CathedralChurches & Cathedrals
Bothwell CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Crossraguel AbbeyAbbeys & Priories
Dumbarton CastleCastles: Royals & Nobles
Newark CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Rothesay CastleCastles: Royals & Nobles
Craignethan CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Dundonald CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants

Scottish Borders

Melrose AbbeyAbbeys & Priories
Smailholm TowerCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Hermitage CastleCastles: Royals & Nobles
Jedburgh AbbeyAbbeys & Priories
Dryburgh AbbeyAbbeys & Priories

Central & West

Castle CampbellCastles: Royals & Noble
Bonawe Iron FurnaceWorking Life
Stirling CastleCastles: Royals & Nobles
Doune CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Dunstaffnage CastleCastles: Royals & Nobles
Dunblane CathedralChurches & Cathedrals
Inchmahome PrioryAbbeys & Priories
Iona AbbeyAbbeys & Priories

Dumfries & Galloway

Caerlaverock CastleCastles: Royals & Nobles
Threave CastleCastles: Royals & Nobles
Dundrennan AbbeyAbbeys & Priories
Sweetheart AbbeyAbbeys & Priories
New Abbey MillWorking Life
MacLellan’s CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Cardoness CastleCastles: Royals & Nobles
Glenluce AbbeyAbbeys & Priories

Kingdom of Fife

St Andrews CathedralChurches & Cathedrals
St Andrews CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Aberdour CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Aberdour CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Dunfermline AbbeyAbbeys & Priories

Perthshire, Kinross & Angus

Arbroath AbbeyAbbeys & Priories
Lochleven CastleCastles: Royals & Nobles
Huntingtower CastleCastles: Royals & Nobles
Huntingtower CastleCastles: Royals & Nobles
Edzell CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Meigle MuseumEarly Peoples
Elcho CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Stanley MillsWorking Life

North & Grampian

Urquhart CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Elgin CathedralChurches & Cathedrals
Dallas Dhu DistilleryWorking Life
Fort GeorgeWorking Life
Spynie PalaceCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Huntly CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Corgarff CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Balvenie CastleCastles: Royals & Nobles
Kildrummy CastleCastles: Royals & Nobles
Tolquhon CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants


MaeshoweEarly Peoples
Skara BraeEarly Peoples
Bishop’s & Earl’sCastles: Royals & Nobles
Hackness TowerWorking Life
Broch of GurnessEarly Peoples


JarlshofEarly Peoples

The Western Isles

Kisimul CastleCastles: Courtiers & Servants
Arnol BlackhouseWorking Life

Kids Go Free Drawing Competition Terms & Conditions

  1. Prize includes a drawing kit which will include: pens, sketch pad, coloured crayons, paints, pencil sharpener and eraser.
  2. The competition is open to children up to the age of 15.
  3. Closing date for entries is Friday 31 October.
  4. The draw will take place at 2pm on Friday 31st October at Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SH.
  5. Winners will be notified by post or telephone after Friday 31st October.
  6. Historic Scotland reserves the right to use the winners names in PR surrounding the Kids Go Free month.

For further information

Laura Varney
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763