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Pass to the Past

by StirlingCastle 21. November 2011 03:39

This year we’re celebrating St Andrew’s Day with a free pass to the castle over the weekend of 26th and 27th November. If you have not yet seen the changes at Stirling Castle with the refurbishment of the Palace, this is a great opportunity to come along and bring the family.

Obviously we are sure that Stirling Castle will be very popular during this promotional weekend, but the Historic Scotland Pass to the Past also allows free entry to over 40 properties across the country and is valid for up to 2 adults and 3 children.

To add to the fun, we are challenging pass holders to visit as many sites as they can in the weekend with our Route to Royalty competition.

Participants can print off the 'Route to Royalty Parchment' from the website and collect seals from each of the attractions they visit. You may start off as a peasant, but take in some of Scotland's spellbinding sites and you'll be royalty in no time.

After gathering five seals, you'll be given a special code from our staff on site. Post this on to Historic Scotland's Facebook or Twitter page and you could be in with the chance of being crowned as our very own King or Queen, picking up a prestigious V.I.P prize in the process.

For more information or to register for Pass to the Past visit www.ticketgiveaway.co.uk

We look forward to welcoming you over the weekend.

Rochelle McDonald
Stirling Castle Admissions Supervisor

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The People's Bible

by StirlingCastle 10. November 2011 02:43

This Sunday visitors to Stirling Castle will be able to take part in a very unique event.  The People’s Bible, a project which is aiming to create the first ever digital handwritten Bible  will end its national tour at the castle’s Chapel Royal.  The project marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, so It seems fitting that the project should come to a close in Stirling Castle where James was raised and educated in the princes tower which now forms part of the newly refurbished Royal Palace.

          Cameron Stout with the People's Bible

Visitors write their verses with a digital pen which connects to the www.thepeoplesbible.org website and within minutes those actual handwritten verses are visible there.  It  will be the last opportunity for the people of Scotland to get involved before the completed bible is presented in a special service on 16th November at Westminster Abbey.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to anyone wishing to attend the event, and I myself am looking forward to contributing to this historical and special project.

Eleanor Muir
Visitor Experience Manager

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Family art workshop

by StirlingCastle 1. November 2011 09:23

It’s time to get those creative juices flowing. This Sunday, November 6th is the second of our Family Art Workshops, led by our Artist in Residence, Iona Leishman. The workshop will be based around castle characters so there is plenty of inspiration to fuel the imagination.  The workshop is ideal for primary school age children who must be accompanied by an adult but don’t worry you can take part too! The price is £2.50 on top of the standard admissions price. For more information or to book a place call 01786 431325.

On 12th and 13th November we get creative with cooking. We are offering the chance to discover the delights of 16th century cuisine. Forget Jamie Oliver or the Hairy Bikers, our very own ex chef and now castle steward, Sandy Easson, is taking you back in time to learn about such delicacies as stuffed rabbit or stewed sparrow!

Not only will you learn about the delights of medieval catering, you can also take the place of a  as servant in the royal court. Sandy will also cover court etiquette so there is no chance of a social faux pas.

Gillian Macdonald, Stirling Castle Executive Manager

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