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Medieval Days and Knights at Aberdour

3 June 2010

Enjoy a family day out with a difference this weekend.  Take the family to Aberdour Castle to be transported back to the 14th century.  A fascinating and entertaining insight into medieval life – and a meeting with The Knight of Liddesdale – awaits.

The armoured hero in question, Sir William Douglas, was an influential Scottish nobleman and a prominent soldier during the Second War of Scottish Independence.  He’ll be at Aberdour on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th June to share stories of his colourful life and tales of his role in the conflict, what part this 12th century stronghold played in it, and how the property was granted to him in 1342.

In addition, visitors will be able to walk through an authentic medieval encampment to meet The Knight of Liddesdale’s entourage and troops, as re-enactors from The Historic Saltire Society bring to life the costumes, weaponry, food, pastimes, and crafts of the period in a series of colourful living history performances and displays.

Historic Scotland Events Manager, Nick Finnigan, said: “We’ve got a great programme lined up at Aberdour, with some really engaging presentations and shows.  There’s something for everyone to enjoy, and visitors will also get a chance to try their hand at a variety of medieval skills.

“The programme starts off with Sir William introducing us to the period and setting the scene.  Then we take a look at what life was like for a woman of the times, to get a completely different perspective on the medieval experience. Next, the food of the period is highlighted – for example its preparation and how the diet of a nobleman differed dramatically to that of a lowly peasant. Then there are displays on medieval games, amusements, crafts and skills, as well as a great feature on the dressing and arming of a knight.  And rounding up the event is a presentation on a key struggle of the time - the Battle of Ferryhill - and its aftermath.

“The Knight of Liddesdale event is from 12 noon until 4.00pm on Saturday and Sunday, with all of the entertainment included in the price of admission to Aberdour.  And as that’s just £4.20 per adult, £2.50 per child, and £3.40 for concessions, it’s excellent value for a fantastic family day out.”

The event also provides another great opportunity for all those who are taking part in the current ‘Family Challenge’ - to visit as many of Historic Scotland’s attractions as possible by 11th July - to add another visit stamp to their Challenge passport.  So take yourself back to the medieval days at Aberdour and get one step closer to winning a historic VIP prize!



- Aberdour Castle situated 8 miles east of the Forth Bridges on the A921. Postcode KY3 OSL.

- The 12th century fortified residence of Aberdour was extended by the Douglas family in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. It boasts a delightful walled garden and terraces with beehive-shaped dovecot. The castle also features a fine painted ceiling.

- Aberdour Castle is just one 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. Among the most popular are Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Skara Brae, and the Border Abbeys.  For further details of all of Historic Scotland’s sites visit:

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

- Historic Scotland’s current ‘Make Your Own History’ membership promotion is offering 15 months’ membership for the price of 12 when membership – enabling unlimited access to 78 paid attractions - is purchased by direct debit.  Family membership costs less than £7 a month.  For more information on the offer, which runs until mid July, visit:

- Historic Scotland’s ‘Family Challenge’ – asking families to see how many different attractions they can visit by 11th July -  is designed to encourage take up of the three months’ free offer before it closes.  To take part in the Family Challenge, families need to download a ‘passport’ from the ‘Make Your Own History’ microsite,  They then have to get their passport stamped at each Historic Scotland site they visit by 11th July.  After the deadline, they have to send their stamped passport to Historic Scotland to show the number of sites they’ve visited.  A winner will then be selected to win a special prize – a VIP family experience at one of Historic Scotland’s top castles.

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Ellen Drummond Ferroni
0131 668 8685 / 07801 820757