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Volcanic thrills at Holyrood Park Fun Day

19 October 2012

Historic Scotland Rangers are promising volcanic excitement for visitors to a free Fun Day next weekend, which will take place in Holyrood Park against the backdrop of Edinburgh’s own volcano, Arthur’s Seat.

The event, based at Holyrood Park Education Centre, will tell the story of the world’s volcanoes – and even venture into space. Historic Scotland Rangers will present a series of hands-on stalls where visitors can “guess the rock”, create their own volcano, and make a model Earth from chocolate.

Held in conjunction with the Scottish Geology Forum, the Volcano Fun Day on Saturday, October 27th also features an excursion into the depths of the extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat, where visitors will learn more about the fascinating geology of the area, and walk on solidified lava.

Commented Historic Scotland Interpretation Ranger, Matt McCabe: “Volcanoes are a fascinating subject and always popular with adults and children alike. We are fortunate in having an extinct volcano right here on our doorstep in Edinburgh, and Holyrood Park is a fantastic place to find out more about how they work.

“The city and its development have been heavily influenced by the geology of the landscape, and the Fun Day promises to help explain this by giving an insight into the origins of Arthur’s Seat, as well as telling the story of other volcanoes around the world.”

Those wishing to join the Holyrood walk, to Camstane Quarry via St Anthony’s Chapel - graded easy but possibly not suitable for children aged under six years - should bring warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear, plus a snack and a drink. The route may change, depending on weather conditions.

Activities at the Centre are wheelchair accessible, and dogs are not permitted (except assistance dogs).

Parking for Volcano Fun Day (11am to 3pm) is at the Broad Pavement car park, in Holyrood Park.

For more details, contact the Historic Scotland Ranger Service, on 0131 652 8150.

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David Gray
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