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Child's play at Stirling's Castle's Royal Court

15 July 2011

Travel back five hundred years in Scottish history and experience what life would have been like for a child of the royal court at Stirling Castle.

On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July, from 11:00am until 4:00pm visitors can learn how to be a knight, what noble people wore, why boys wore long dresses until they were seven and be instructed on courtly past times and crafts by the ladies of the court.

There will also be a school for jesters and spies, a treasure hunt around the Castle, an audience with the young Queen, storytelling sessions and a demonstration of the weapons used at that time.

Horrible history tales will also be told about food and manners, why fruit and vegetables were not on the menu and why washing wasn’t good for you.

Castle Executive Manager Gillian Macdonald said:  “Visitors can join in lots of activities with our costumed characters and enjoy a fun-packed day out.  They can also learn all about the childhood of Mary Queen of Scots, one of the most fascinating females in Scottish history.”   

“Furthermore it is an opportunity to see the beautifully refurbished interiors of six royal apartments in the palace building, which was the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots, and her mother Mary of Guise.”  

Entry is included in the normal price of admission to the castle.

Adult £13.00   Concession £10.00   Child £6.50

Entry free for Historic Scotland members

A Child of the Royal Court - Programme for the day
11.00amStory Telling Aesop’s Fables
11.30amFashion for the young noble
12.00noonSchool for fools
12.30pmTo be a Knight (dependant on weather)
1.00pmFashion of the young noble
1.30pmAn audience with the young Queen
1.45 pmSchool for fools
2.00pmStory Telling Aesop’s Fables
3.00pmTo be a Knight (dependant on weather)
Fun and food throughout the day
Princes’ and Princesses’ pastimes, throughout the day

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For further information


Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07920 768096
lesley.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk