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Family fun at Stirling Castle to keep the kids occupied during the holidays

8 October 2013

Parents looking for ways to occupy their offspring during the October holidays need look no further than Stirling Castle’s diverse programme of events for the coming week.

Things kick off on Friday afternoon with a series of mini performances from Scottish Opera in the Chapel Royal. A Little Bit of Don Giovanni will see performers from Scottish Opera giving visitors a taster of Mozart’s masterpiece with song, narrative and a story board. Suitable for all ages, it’s a perfect introduction to this iconic opera.

From Monday 14th – Sunday 20th the castle will be taking part in The Big Draw, the world’s biggest drawing festival. Throughout the week, visitors will be equipped with Big Draw packs which will allow them to capture the site through art.

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th will see a celebration of the Scots language at the castle. From midday onwards, Dr Chris Robinson from the Scots Language Dictionaries Ltd will host The Mither Tongue, teaching visitors about many forgotten Scots words and inviting them to contribute words of their own and discuss regional variations. There will be storytelling for children and castle tours will be adapted using quotations from Scottish writers who used the vernacular.

From Monday 14th – Sunday 20th, kids can learn about some of the games that would have been played by the children who lived at the castle in the past. The Great Hall will have a display based on a Brueghel painting showing children at play in the sixteenth century, and visitors can try out toys including the diablo, knucklebones and spinning tops.

Eleanor Muir, Visitor Experience Manager at Stirling Castle said: “It can be tricky to find ways to keep kids occupied during the school holidays, but Stirling Castle has a great programme of events which promises to entertain both children and their parents.

“From attending an opera taster session to learning more about the Scots language, there’s lots going on. Our younger visitors love learning about the children who once lived in the castle so we’ll be teaching them about some of the toys which were popular in Renaissance times and letting them try them out.”

“Stirling Castle is a popular destination for children and their families year-round, but I am delighted that we are able to offer a little something extra during the school holidays.”

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