Child’s play at Stirling Castle

Historic Scotland

For those who love to dress up and pretend they are from long ago … I think there may be an age limit, not sure on that one (wink).

press release from Historic Scotland:


Travel back five hundred years in Scottish history and experience what life would have been like for a child of the royal court at Stirling Castle.

On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July, from 11:00am until 4:00pm visitors can learn how to be a knight, what noble people wore, why boys wore long dresses until they were seven and be instructed on courtly past times and crafts by the ladies of the court.

There will also be a school for jesters and spies, a treasure hunt around the Castle, an audience with the young Queen, storytelling sessions and a demonstration of the weapons used at that time.

Horrible history tales will also be told about food and manners, why fruit and vegetables were not on the menu and why washing wasn’t good for you.

Castle Executive Manager Gillian MacDonald said: “Visitors can join in lots of activities with our costumed characters and enjoy a fun-packed day out. They can also learn all about the childhood of Mary Queen of Scots, one of the most fascinating females in Scottish history.”

“Furthermore it is an opportunity to see the beautifully refurbished interiors of six royal apartments in the palace building, which was the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots, and her mother Mary of Guise.”

Entry is included in the normal price of admission to the castle.

Adult £13.00 Concession £10.00 Child £6.50

Entry free for Historic Scotland members

A Child of the Royal Court

Programme for the day

11.00am Story Telling Aesop’s Fables

11.30am Fashion for the young noble

12.00noon School for fools

12.30pm To be a Knight (dependant on weather)

1.00pm Fashion of the young noble

1.30pm An audience with the young Queen

1.45 pm School for fools

2.00pm Story Telling Aesop’s Fables

3.00pm To be a Knight (dependant on weather)

Fun and food throughout the day along with Princes’ and Princesses’ pastimes.

More information can be found on Stirling Castle’s website.


4 thoughts on “Child’s play at Stirling Castle

  1. I don’t know how I stumbled upon here, but so glad I did. This looks so fantastic. Oh, if only I could jump a ferry, a car ride and a few plane rides to Scotland. Fantastic.

    1. welcome here! it does look fantastic, doesn’t it? it’s something i would have dreamed to do as a child. all that dressing up looks like a lot of fun.

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