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A Stirling Easter

by StirlingCastle 17. April 2014 09:20

Stirling Castle is where the Stewart kings and queens chose to celebrate Easter and this weekend we’ll be continuing their legacy with our event, A Stirling Easter.

 

Join our Fool School and learn about the very important role of the jester and how to inject some laughter and humour into a sophisticated royal court.

 

A Stirling Easter

In the countdown to this summer’s Commonwealth Games, we’ll be running our very own Games in the Garden where you can try your hand at the more traditional renaissance pastimes of quoites, skittles and crossbow.

 

In addition we’ll have our highland puppets, panto-style Easter show as well as renaissance musicians, dancers and card making.

 

We’d love you to join us for all the Easter fun.

 

A Stirling Easter will run on Sunday  20th and Monday 21st April from 12pm-4pm and is included in the castle admission price

 

Nicola McCrae
Marketing Executive, Stirling Castle

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Mothering Sunday

by StirlingCastle 28. March 2014 06:42

16th century Scotland may have been a man’s world, but as we all know behind every great man there’s a great woman.  This Sunday we’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day by looking at some of the great women of Stirling Castle who were the heart of the home and the real “Power behind The Throne”.

 

 

Mary of Guise will be in residence in the Palace and will be sharing her experience as mother to Mary Queen of Scots.  She will recall how she fought to retain the crown for her infant daughter and how she had to leave behind her other children in France to do so.

 

Our resident historical chef will be in the Great Hall taking a look back at some of the favourite dishes our mothers used to make.  Fifty students from local performing Art School, Stageworx, will be dazzling us with dance routines and singing songs from Disney’s Frozen as well as musical theatre numbers. 

 

We’ll have drop-in craft sessions where children can make their own mother’s day cards and lavender bags. And former artist in residence, Iona Leishman, will exhibit two paintings illustrating powerful women of the past here at the castle.

 

The Power Behind the Throne takes place this Sunday, 30th March, from 12pm - 4pm and is included in the castle admission price.  We hope you and your mum can join us and hopefully she can feel like a queen, at least for the day!

 

From everyone at Stirling Castle we’d like to wish all mums a very happy Mother’s Day.

 

Nicola McCrae
Marketing Executive

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Edinburgh Students Win Keys to the Castle!

by StirlingCastle 14. March 2014 03:25

I recently accompanied a group of our S4 pupils on a visit to Stirling Castle.  The students won this year’s ‘Keys to the Castle’ competition organised by Historic Scotland and Springboard UK (a travel and tourism industry charity).

 

 

50 groups from across Scotland entered and we were fortunate enough to provide the winning team. Tommy Kivlin, Michael Singh, Vicki Soutar, Billie Leigh Taylor and Ryan Walker came up with some very good ideas for improving visitor services at Historic Scotland visitor attractions.

 

 

The winning team and their classmates were invited to attended a VIP visit to Stirling castle where they were presented with their trophy, hand crafted for the occasion by the castle’s stone mason.  The group were treated to a fantastic day out and lunch at the castle.  They met characters from history during their tour of the Royal Palace, dressed up in period costume and handled authentic replicas of important historical artefacts. In the afternoon, they made mini catapults which ended up being great fun for all.  Castle staff also explained the range of careers associated with running the site and looking after the nation’s historical treasures.  The students left uplifted and can’t wait  to enter the competition again this summer term. Fingers crossed the trophy will be coming back to WHEC in 2015!

 

Kirsteen Scott,
Head of Travel and Tourism and Geography at
Wester Hailes Education Centre


This post was originally published on the WHEC website.

 

The 2014 challenge is now live and open to all secondary schools in Scotland. Full details of how to enter can be found here.

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