Festive fun at Edinburgh Castle
6 December 2012
Edinburgh Castle has lots of fun activities on offer for all the family over the
festive season including a storyteller recounting tales of a Victorian Christmas, Renaissance Music,
a Winter quiz for children and Christmas Carols in the Great Hall by pupils from George Heriot’s
And if you want to get out of the house after Christmas, come and join Mary, Queen
of Scots, as she celebrates The Daft Days, a time of mirth and merriment. With advice on how to
dress for the Queen, period games and musketry displays by the Royal Guard, there is fun for all the
Nick Finnigan, Executive Manager of Edinburgh Castle said: “Bring the kids to the
castle and take them on an exciting trail with our new Winter quiz where they can find out about the
fun and fascinating facts about winter traditions at the castle.
“With Renaissance Music, tales of Christmas in Victorian times and Christmas Carols
in the Great Hall, there is something to entertain all the family.”
Renaissance Music - December 8th and 9th
a fascinating insight into the music of the renaissance, discover how a hurdy gurdy or renaissance racket
11.15 am, 12.15 pm, 2.00 pm and 3.00 pmChristmas
Carols in the Great Hall Sunday 16th December
and listen to some of your favourite Christmas Carols performed by pupils from George Heriot’s School
in the spectacular surroundings of the Great Hall.
1.15 pm and 2.45 pmChristmas
Tales at Edinburgh Castle - 22nd and 23rd December
Come in from the cold, join
our storyteller around the fire in the Great Hall and listen to the tales of a Victorian Christmas.
Discover the fascinating stories behind the Christmas traditions that survive today
am, 12.15 pm, 2.00 pm and 3.00 pmThe Daft Days - 27th
December to 2nd January
Come to Edinburgh
Castle and join in with Mary Queen of Scots as she celebrates The Daft Days, a time of mirth and merriment!
With advice on how to dress for the Queen, period games and musketry displays by the Royal Guard,
there is fun for all the family this Christmas.
12.00 - 4.00 pm
of the activities are included as part of the admission price. For further information please visit
Notes for editors
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