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Cracking Easter Fun with Historic Scotland

22 February 2008

Comedy, costumed characters and conjuring tricks help Historic Scotland celebrate Easter this March. Visitors to Edinburgh and Stirling castles are in for a real treat with two-day events that have something for everyone to enjoy.

There are Easter Fun Days at Edinburgh Castle on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 March, from 12 noon to 16.00. At Scotland’s most popular visitor attraction there will be a family-friendly programme of magic and puppets while the ever-popular Baron Hardegg, and his sidekick Hugo Softboiled, will entertain the crowds comedy-style.

The Easter Extravaganza at Stirling Castle kicks off on Sunday 23 March, from 12 noon to 16.00, with impressive owl demonstrations that will wow visitors throughout the afternoon. Baron Hardegg will travel north to Stirling, continuing his tour of tomfoolery and mischief! There will also be magic displays and puppet shows to amuse and delight visitors young and old.

Gillian Urquhart, Assistant Events Manager, said:

‘Our family-focused events during the Easter weekend will feature cracking fun for all generations. With all the entertainment included in the ticket price it’s great value for money. Where better to enjoy your Easter weekend than in the surroundings of one of Scotland’s most popular castles.


  • Easter Fun Days at Edinburgh Castle, Friday 21 and Saturday 22 March from 12 noon – 16.00. Event is included in the ticket price.
  • Edinburgh Castle, a majestic landmark which dominates the capital city’s skyline, is the best known and most visited of Historic Scotland’s buildings.
  • Edinburgh Castle is open seven days a week from 09.30 – 18.00 (1 April – 30 Sept). Admission: Adult £11.00, Child £5.50, Concession £9.00. Tel: 0131 225 9846.
  • Easter Extravaganza at Stirling Castle, Sunday 23 and Monday 24 March from 12 noon – 16.00. Event is included in the ticket price.
  • Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture.
  • Stirling Castle is open seven days a week from 09.30 – 18.00 (1 April – 30 Sept). Admission: Adult £8.50, Child £4.25, Concession £6.50 (includes admission to Argyll’s Lodging). Tel: 01786 450 000.
  • These events are part of the new 2008 programme which features events taking place across Scotland.
  • Members can get free entry to all daytime events, plus unlimited entry to over 70 historic properties throughout Scotland. Prices start from £37 a year.
  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys and Skara Brae.
  • Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Laura Adamson
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763