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Life on the Lion at Holyrood Park

1 July 2008

The artist-in-residence is back at Holyrood Park by popular demand with a programme of arty activities to keep visitors entertained throughout July. Life on the Lion takes place over four Sundays where artist Barbara Middleton will look at a different aspects of life at the Park including the landscape, ecology, recreation and wildlife.

Week one looks at the landscape of the Park, at Holy Grail, with a walk taking in key points of interest including Hunter’s Bog, Camstane Quarries and St Anthony’s Chapel. Maps will be provided and there will clues and riddles that will unearth secret treasures.

Monster Mini-Beast is the title for the ecology focus in week two with a mini creature discovery trail around the Park, taking in the sights of Haggis Knowe and St Margaret’s Loch. Then it is back to the Education Centre for an arty session inspired by everything seen during the walk.

Recreation is the theme for week three as visitors have the chance to make their own doggie portraits with the Annual Dog Show as the inspiration for the day.
Dog lovers will have the chance to take a picture of their canine best friend and recreate a picture of them to take home.

Different Birds of Prey develop the theme of wildlife in week four and visitors will have the opportunity to contribute to a colourful collage.

Nicky Pettigrew, Holyrood Park Ranger, said;

“Our free artist-in-residence events are always popular as they tap into how inspirational the Park can be when it comes to all things creative. The different themes each week demonstrate the diversity of the landscapes and wildlife in the Park, using these aspects for some arty fun and games.”

Life on the Lion takes place on Sunday 6, 13, 20 and 27 July between 11.00 and 15.00. These are drop-in events. Visitors should meet at the Holyrood Park Education Centre. Warm and appropriate outdoor clothing should be worn.

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  • Holyrood Park is in Edinburgh, east of Holyrood Palace and Abbey. Tel 0131 652 8150.

  • One of Edinburgh’s most famous and popular historic landmarks, Holyrood Park encompasses a five-mile radius of land and has probably been a Royal Park since the 12th century.  

  • Holyrood Park is in the care of Historic Scotland which is responsible for maintaining the natural environment and presenting the park for the enjoyment of the local community and visitors. The Ranger Service based at Holyrood cares for this unique historic and natural attraction and provides a range of important educational services.

  • Holyrood Park Rangers are part of Historic Scotland’s network of Rangers – there are also Ranger Services at Linlithgow Peel and at the Ring of Brodgar in Orkney.

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