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Shop in style at our fabulous festive fayre

19 November 2010

 If the thought of trailing round the streets scouring the shops for your Christmas presents fills you with dread, come to Stirling Castle for the alternative, enjoyable way to solve your present(s) crisis!
The castle’s magnificent Great Hall, beautifully decked out with its splendid Christmas tree and roaring log fire, is the setting on the evening of Wednesday 1st December for our special Christmas Shopping Fayre.  And with a host of wonderful goodies to buy, plus some seasonal entertainment on offer, it’s the perfect place to find all your festive gifts and start celebrating Christmas in style.  

From 5.30pm to 8.30pm, the Shopping Fayre will feature a host of festive stalls from a wide range of local and national retailers and suppliers, including Hamley’s Toys, Sheila Fleet Orkney jewellery, Jennifer Morrison Florists, Trees For Life, and the Rainbow Rooms hair and beauty.  The more unusual gift ideas include present suggestions from Blair Drummond Safari Park – such as the chance to be an animal keeper for the day.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without fabulous festive food and drink, and shoppers will be able to buy delicious treats from hand-made chocolate truffles to haggis and whisky.  There will also be some great seasonal cookery demonstrations by John McWhirter, Head Chef in Scotland for benugo - the castle’s award-winning caterers.

The Shopping Fayre also offers the chance to meet the team behind the ever-popular cartoon series, ‘The Broons’; writers David Donaldson and Morris Heggie and illustrator Peter Davidson will be on hand to sign annuals and books, and fans can even buy the new Broons jigsaw and CD.   And to add to the evening’s entertainment for children of all ages, characters from this year’s MacRobert’s panto, Snow White and the Seven De ’Wharffs will also be coming along to join in the fun.

Gillian Macdonald, Stirling Castle Executive Manager, said:  “Our first Shopping Fayre last year was a great success and this year we’ve got even more on offer, with a wider range of retailers and lots to see and do, so everyone can look forward to a really lovely evening on 1st December.  It’ll be a wonderful way to kick off the festive season.

“We’ve got a fantastic programme of entertainment at Stirling Castle this Christmas.  After our Shopping Fayre, we’ll be gearing up for our fun family event, ‘The Story of Christmas’ on Sundays 5th and 12th December.  That will be a real highlight of the season.  We’ve also got our Christmas lunches starting on the 11th – they are always really popular - and then we’ve our carol concert on the 19th December.  The run-up to Christmas is always a special time to visit Stirling Castle and there’s no better place to celebrate the festive season.”

Tickets for the Christmas Shopping Fayre on 1st December cost £5 for adults, including parking plus tea or coffee.  Entry is free for children under 16, but they must be accompanied by an adult.  Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Centre at Stirling Castle or by calling 01786 431 310.


Highlights of Stirling Castle’s Christmas events programme include:

  • 'The Story of Christmas' :  5th & 12th December , from 12.30 to 3.30pm,  this family event features entertaining and amusing presentations highlighting how yuletide celebrations have evolved from their earliest origins through the centuries. Included in the cost of admission to Stirling Castle  (current season prices are Adult £9.00, Child £5.40, Concession £7.20, Historic Scotland members free).  Admission tickets can be bought online through

  • Christmas Lunches : 11th – 23rd December, from 1pm each day, this special three-course festive meal following by mince pies and coffee is £29 per person, including entry to the castle.  To book, call 01786 449 208 or email

  • Carols at the Castle : 19th December from 7pm to 8.30pm. Tickets are £12 (£9 concessions/HS members) from the Albert Halls or by calling 01786 473544.

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture. From the castle’s ramparts, visitors can take in views over two of Scotland’s most important battle sites – Stirling Bridge (1297) and Bannockburn (1314). The castle is at the head of Stirling’s historic old town, off M9 junction 9 or 10. Tel: 01786 450000. For details of opening times and further information on the castle, visit

Major conservation work has been carried out at Stirling Castle over many years to preserve the attraction as a major national and international monument. An ambitious £12 million scheme, the Stirling Castle Palace Project, is currently underway to restore and refurbish the Royal Palace at Stirling and present the Royal Lodgings as they might have appeared in the heyday of Scotland’s Stewart court in the mid 16th century. The project is due for completion in Spring 2011. An interpretive display on the court of James V will be created in the palace vaults and a Renaissance Gallery on the upper floors of the palace will house the original Stirling Heads, a rare group of intricately carved oak ceiling medallions depicting kings,queens, courtiers and mythological creatures.  Costumed interpreters will bring to life the history of the 16th century to enrich visitors’ enjoyment.

Stirling Castle is one of the most popular 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 these are Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Skara Brae, and the Border Abbeys.  For further details of all of Historic Scotland’s sites visit: and for more information on Stirling Castle, visit:

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