Beowulf Scotland takes a trip through time at Dundonald
23 May 2007
This Sunday, visitors to one of Ayrshire’s most outstanding historic monuments, Dundonald Castle, will have an opportunity to step back through the ages and find out about people from the past.
Acclaimed re-enactment group, Beowulf Scotland, is coming to Dundonald to stage a show designed to provide an insight into daily life through some of the most important eras in Scotland’s history. Characters from the past - from a Celtic warrior woman to a Jacobite soldier - will show what the costumes and weapons of the time were like and talk about their lives and beliefs.
The activities will also include weaponry demonstrations to highlight the important role through the ages of a wide range of weapons including axe, spear and sword, as well as the powerful Windlass crossbow. And warriors from different periods of history will be engaging in skirmishes throughout the day to show off their weaponry expertise and combat skills.
Lynda Alston of Beowulf Scotland said: "We have got a great day planned for all the family. In addition to living history events throughout the day and scenes such as an ‘enemy of the people’ being put in the stocks after a public trial, there will be ‘hands-on’ activities such as fletching, leatherwork, beadwork and jewellery making. There are also lots of treats in store for children, who can become knights and ladies for the day and try their hand at archery."
The Beowulf Scotland event at Dundonald Castle on Sunday 27 May starts at noon and finishes at 4.00pm.
Notes for editors
Dundonald Castle is situated in the village of Dundonald, on the A71, 12 miles from Ayr and 5 miles from Kilmarnock. (Leave A77 onto B730 and follow signs for Dundonald.) Tel: 01563 851489.
Dundonald Castle was built by Robert II in the 1370s to mark his succession to the throne of Scotland. To the east of the castle lies Dundonald Wood, the most extensive area of deciduous wood in north Ayrshire.
Formed in 2004, Beowulf Scotland specialises in historic re-enactments from periods throughout Scotland’s history and has worked with Historic Scotland at events in the past. Its members come from all over the central belt, including Fife, Stirling and Kilmarnock. For further information, visit www.beowulfscotland.co.uk.
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 is an executive agency of the Scottish Executive charged with safeguarding the nation’s built heritage. It is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.