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Big-bang-boom arty fun at Fort George

6 October 2008

Children can enjoy some arty fun at one of Scotland’s best historic attractions – and it’s free to get in.

Fort George is taking part in this year’s Big Draw, the nationwide campaign to encourage drawing and art.

And as it takes place during Historic Scotland’s Kids Go Free month it won’t cost a penny for youngsters to take part.

Fort George was created in the 18th century to be one of the most powerful artillery fortresses ever built and there are still lots of cannon and other weapons on display.

Historic Scotland has teamed up with the Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Museum to invite youngsters to draw a picture inspired by the guns then turn it into a badge they can keep.

Sheena Garden, Historic Scotland interpretation manager, said: “We hope that this will be a really fun way for children to enjoy the fort and to create some artwork which they can take away as a memento of their visit.

“The guns at the fort never had to be fired in anger but are a fascinating reminder of Highland history and the worries there were about Jacobite uprisings.

“The fort is always a great day out and what’s even better is that children can look around, make a badge and follow a special cartoon trail all for free.”

Kids Go Free takes place each October and gives free entry for youngsters to 75 Historic Scotland attractions where there is normally an entry charge.

Throughout the month there will also be a cartoon trail, featuring a host of delightfully drawn characters from history, for children to follow round the fort while filling in a quiz sheet.

The art activities will be based in the museum and take place on Saturday and Sunday the 11th and 12th of October between 11am and 4pm.
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
● Art materials will be provided and are free of charge. Once children have drawn a picture it will be turned into a badge at the museum, which is inside the fort.
● During October entry to the fort is free for children under 16 if accompanied by a paying adult – with a maximum of six children per adult.
● Tickets for the fort are £6.70 for adults and £5.20 concessions. Children’s tickets are normally £3.35.
● Fort George is six miles west of Nairn and 11 miles north east of Inverness off the A96. Telephone 01667 460232.


For further information


Laura Varney
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763
laura.varney@scotland.gsi.gov.uk