Springing Into The New Season
11 March 2008
Historic Scotland announce the launch of an exciting programme of events to inspire and delight young and old. A jam-packed line-up of over 400 events and activities, big and small, will take place at castles, palaces and monuments across Scotland bringing the properties to life. Last year thousands of visitors joined in the fun and this year promises to be just as popular.
This year’s programme kicks off with events taking place for Easter at Edinburgh Castle (21 and 22 March) and Stirling Castle (23 and 24 March). Comedy, costumed characters and conjuring tricks feature in a fun-packed couple of days. Other highlights from this year’s programme include:
•Legends – on 10 and 11 May visitors can meet a variety of the most famous icons in history, brought together in the fantastic setting of Stirling Castle. There will be the chance to hear the stories of Robert the Bruce, see William Wallace in action and visitors can even have their picture taken with Mary Queen of Scots.
•Scottish Chamber Orchestra – enjoy a delightful summer evening of music by Mozart – and a little Mendelssohn – in the company of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the splendid surroundings of the Great Hall at Stirling Castle on 5 June.
•Spectacular Jousting: Highland Tour 2008 – following record breaking popularity at Linlithgow Palace in 2007, the dramatic knights go north in 2008 for a mini-highland tour performing at Urquhart Castle on 5 and 6 July and Fort George on 12 and 13 July, supported with a fun-packed day full of activities.
•Make it Medieval – visitors have the chance to undertake the challenge to become a medieval knight or learn the rules of etiquette to become a royal princess at Caerlaverock Castle on 2 and 3 August. Everyone is invited to the merchants medieval camps to learn skills from hundreds of years ago. Each day will be brought to a dramatic close with a spectacular battle re-enactment finale as opposing knights clash swords.
•Active 08 – a day of lively events with something to keep the whole family entertained at Linlithgow Palace on 17 August. Just some of the activities include water sports making a splash in the loch, and taster sessions in archery, laser clays and orienteering which will give visitors’ hand-eye coordination a work-out. Special events with the Ranger team and other nature experts will explore everything green and environmental and there will also be circus skills and face painting for some colourful fun.
•Castle of Magic – the UK’s largest festival of magic returns to Stirling Castle, with a packed programme featuring a cast of award-winning magicians including Magic Circle Magician of the Year. Visitors have a whole weekend, from 20 to 21 September, to try magic tricks of their own, practice balloon modelling and try out their circus skills.
Gillian Urquhart, Assistant Events Manager at Historic Scotland, said:
“Our programme of events for 2008 features great days out with fun for the whole family. From costumed performances to jousting tournaments, archaeological activities and Ranger’s events, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. We are looking forward to throwing open the doors on Historic Scotland’s events 2008.”
Visitors will also have the chance to enjoy evenings of cultural excellence with classical music. There will be a series of more intimate activities including storytelling, nature walks and craft activities. Historic Scotland will also organise events to support Scottish Archaeology Month, the nationwide art fest The Big Draw and the Scottish Storytelling Festival.