Can you remember what was on the nation’s Christmas wish lists back in the 1980s, or what the festive number one singles were?. On the musical front the decade began with There’s No One Quite Like Grandma from St Winifred’s School Choir. To discover what the most popular gifts were come along to The Story of Christmas on the 5th and 12th of December.
The events offer three hours of amusing family entertainment in the Great Hall from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. A talented cast will perform sketches taking the audience on a journey through history to look at how Christmas has been celebrated through the centuries. It should be loads of fun, and it’s included in the standard entry price to the castle.
Coming up even sooner is our Christmas Shopping Fayre, which is on Wednesday 1, December. There will be lots of stalls from local and national retailers and suppliers, including Hamley’s Toys, Sheila Fleet Orkney jewellery, Jennifer Morrison Florists, Trees For Life, and the Rainbow Rooms hair and beauty. The more unusual gift ideas include suggestions from Blair Drummond Safari Park – such as the chance to be an animal keeper for the day.
It’s a lovely chance to enjoy the Great Hall with a roaring fire and beautifully decked out with its splendid Christmas tree. There’s also the chance to meet the team behind the ever-popular cartoon series The Broons, who will be on hand to sign annuals and books, and fans can even buy the new jigsaw and CD. Characters from this year’s MacRobert’s panto, Snow White and the Seven De ’Wharffs will be also be coming along. The fayre is from 5.30pm to 8.30pm and tickets cost £5 for adults, including parking plus tea or coffee. Entry is free for children under 16, but they must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be bought at the castle’s ticket centre or by calling 01786 431 310.
Last week saw the launch of our photographic exhibition Left, Right, Left, Right. Swing Those Arms! which celebrates the role of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at the castle from 1881 to 1964. It was opened by Colonel Andrew Campbell, Chairman of the Regimental Trust, and me, with musical support from piper Corporal Alastair Tripney. As a special offer we are giving members of the Argyll and Sutherland Regimental Association free entry to the castle from now until the end of January – they simply have to show their membership card at the gate.
Gillian Macdonald, Executive Manager