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Free Entry to Stanley Mills for the Festival of the River

28 April 2009

Visitors can enjoy free entry to Stanley Mills and have a great afternoon at the second annual Festival of the River.

The 18th-century water mill complex outside Perth is hosting the community festival between noon and 4pm on Sunday, 17 May.

But entry charges for the visitor centre will be waived for the whole day – meaning two adults and two children can save £15.

Kaye Finlay, manager of Historic Scotland’s Stanley Mills visitor centre, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this community festival and to be able to support it with free entry.

“It promises to be a great family day out with the chance to enjoy all the interactive exhibits in the mills and lots of activities outside, like music, dancing, storytelling and much more besides.

“What’s more, it all takes place next to one of the loveliest rivers in Scotland.”

There will also be genealogy and arts activities, plus a chance to learn more about the natural environment with the Historic Scotland ranger service.

  • Stanley Mills is seven miles north of Perth, off the A9. Postcode: PH1 4QE. Tel: 01738 828 268. It is open in the summer only. Tickets are £5 for adults, £2.50 for children and £3.75 for concessions.

  • The former water mill complex harnessed the power of the River Tay for cotton spinning. The first mill was built in 1786 and the last commercial operations ended in 1989.

  • In 1995 Stanley Mills was purchased by Historic Scotland with financial assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The buildings are category A listed.

  • The Bell Mill and part of Mid Mill now form a visitor attraction which tells the story of Stanley Mills and provides an education centre and a venue for community use. The HLF provided £2.1 million of the £4.7 million cost of this latest phase.

  • Historic Scotland has worked with a number of local groups and former workers to gather information and conserve items associated with the mills. Memories of the workers have also been collected in an oral history project.

  • The visitor centre includes an education area which has been designed to allow schools and educational groups to carry out a wide variety of study projects linked to the Curriculum for Excellence.  

Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.

For further information


Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871
rebecca.hamilton@scotland.gsi.gov.uk