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Holyrood Park goes to the dogs!

29 July 2010


The Rangers at Holyrood Park are encouraging local people to come along to the Park’s Community Fun Day and annual Dog Show this Sunday, 1st August.  

This family event, which is from 10.45am until 3pm, will have something for everyone to enjoy or get involved in, including a host of games and competitions.

Dog lovers who bring their pets along can enter them in a variety of entertaining classes including  ‘Waggiest Tail' and 'Best Junior Handler'.  Dogs Trust will be demonstrating a rescue dog agility display at 12.30pm and there’s also a fun agility class, with every dog entering being awarded with a rosette.  Also attending will be the SSPCA and the PDSA, which will be providing free health checks for dogs and a bargain price microchipping service.

There will also be a series of lively sports activities on the day for all ages, with fun events including tossing a volcanic rock, a three-legged gull race, and a frog-hopper bouncing race.   

Other entertainments on offer include the opportunity to take part in an art workshop with Holyrood Park’s artist in residence, and to solve a wildlife crime mystery with the Park Rangers, and learn how the Rangers team promotes the responsible use of outdoor spaces in a fun and active way.

The Community Fun Day also provides a chance to meet the crews of the Emergency Services and explore their vehicles - so you can climb aboard a fire engine, see yourself on CCTV, and step inside an ambulance.  

Ranger Nicky Pettigrew, Holyrood Park Ranger, said: “The Community Fun Day promises an enjoyable and free day out for families and provides a nice reminder too that Holyrood Park is a fantastic space for walks, with nature and history all rolled into one."


  • Holyrood Park is in Edinburgh, east of Holyrood Palace and Abbey.

  • Tel: 0131 652 8150.  The Holyrood Park Rangers Service is based at Holyrood Park Education Centre, Tel: 0131 652 8150.

  • One of Edinburgh’s most famous and popular historic landmarks, Holyrood Park encompasses a five-mile radius of land and has probably been a Royal Park since the 12th century.  

  • Holyrood Park is in the care of Historic Scotland which is responsible for maintaining the natural environment and presenting the park for the enjoyment of the local community and visitors. The Ranger Service based at Holyrood cares for this unique historic and natural attraction and provides a range of important educational services.  The Historic Scotland network of Rangers Services is also based at Linlithgow Peel and at the Ring of Brodgar in Orkney.

  • Historic Scotland cares for 345 heritage properties and sites throughout Scotland – from prehistoric dwellings and stone circles, to castles and palaces, abbeys and cathedrals.  For further details, visit:

  • Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

  • Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for 16,000 dogs a year through its national network of 17 rehoming centres. For more information visit

For further information, interviews and images

Ellen Drummond Ferroni
0131 668 8685 / 07801 820757