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.

Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair



I absolutely love Christmas!  I confess I am one of those people who digs out the Christmas cds long before it gets here.  I had the Celtic Women and Josh Groban serenading me today while I had a peacefully quiet house and as I watched the wind buffet the trees outside and the leaves begin to fall, I truly believed Christmas is just around the corner.


With that in mind, I was looking for something Christmassy happening in Scotland this year and I came across this terrific fair that is running November 18th to 21st in Glasgow.

Damson of Crieff


With more than 250 artisans and craftspeople from all over the U.K., it promises to be a shopping extravaganza of traditionally-made crafts, stocking fillers and all sorts of Christmas goodies. The Laura Ashley team is decorating a special Christmas entrance and there will be cooking classes conducted by some of Scotland’s finest chefs.

Jacqueline O'Donnell The Sisters Restaurant
Tim Dover The Roost









Beautiful baubles and bows, floral wreaths, scented candles and aromatic garlands.  Find everything from traditional toys, knitwear and pyjamas, cups and saucers to prints for the nursery.



Seahorse Shop
Heyland and Whittle




Chapel Royal

saw this advertised by Historic Scotland (Stirling Castle) today and it made me think that they need to do this for adults too.  what an amazing opportunity! 
i was trying to find some good pictures of the Chapel Royal which is so utterly fantastic that it took my breath away when i walked in.  there is a reverent awe when you are in there.
i don’t have any good pictures of the Chapel so i copied these off the Historic Scotland site and i’ll add a link to their page.
imagine being an elementary/primary school-aged child and having the chance to experience this in a chapel built in 1594.  incredible.
Renaissance Dance Workshop
26 June 2010, 27 June 2010
Stirling Castle

Suitable for primary school age, this workshop will teach children about the music and dance of the Renaissance royal court.

Children will have the opportunity to dress in period costume and take part in a short performance in the chapel royal at the end of the class.