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Arty fun and free entry at Huntingtower

7 October 2008

Children can enjoy some arty fun at one of Perthshire’s best castles – and it’s free to get in.

Huntingtower Castle is taking part in this year’s Big Draw, the nationwide campaign to encourage drawing and art.

And as it takes place during Historic Scotland’s Kids Go Free month it won’t cost a penny for youngsters to take part.

The castle boasts a magnificent painted ceiling, which dates to the 1540s, and features all sorts of fantastic images like a lion with a human head and a dragon coming out of a flower.

Children will be invited to study the Renaissance artwork for inspiration then create their own designs on polystyrene.

They will then be shown how to make prints of their designs on paper.

Emily Copland, Historic Scotland monument manager, said: “We hope that this will be a really fun way for children to enjoy the castle and to create some artwork which they can take home and put on the wall.

“The ceiling really is very special and has been very popular with art groups in the past.

“What’s even better is that it’s taking place at the same time as our Kids Go Free promotion.”

Kids Go Free takes place each October and gives free entry for youngsters to 75 Historic Scotland attractions where there is normally an entry charge.

Throughout the month there will also be a special cartoon trail, featuring a host of delightfully drawn characters from history, for children to follow round the castle while filling in a quiz sheet.

The painted ceiling in the first floor hall is just one of Huntingtower’s many features and was created for the Ruthven family which held the lands from the 1100s to 1600.

The art activities take place on Saturday and Sunday the 11th and 12th of October between 10.30am and 3pm.

Notes for Editors

  • Art materials will be provided and are free of charge.
  • Entry to the castle is free for children under 16 if accompanied by a paying adult – with a maximum of six children per adult.
  • Entry to the castle is £4.20 for adults and £3.20 for concessions. Children’s tickets are normally £2.10.
  • The castle is west of Perth off the A85 to Crieff. Telephone 01738 627231.

For further information

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