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6 June 2017

Dumbarton Castle Ready to Rock

A colourful cast of costumed performers including Vikings, Romans and Covenanters will descend on Dumbarton Castle this weekend (Sat 10 - Sun 11 June) for The Rock of Ages.

costumed performer in roman toga, cape and helmet leads parade of 6 school children holding red and gold shields with two more romans at the back
A colourful cast of costumed performers will descend on Dumbarton Castle this weekend (Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June) for The Rock of Ages, a multi-period history event which is part of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
Celebrating 2,000 years of history, the castle will play host to a fun-filled family day out, offering visitors the chance to watch in awe as a cast of more than 100 characters bring history to life.
The History Bug will be in full effect as visitors head to the living history camps to step back into Scotland’s past and come face to face with Vikings, Romans and Covenanters. Watch in excitement as fearless warriors go-head-to-head in thrilling battles and learn about the tumultuous sieges that took place at the castle.
Run by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), the event will give visitors the chance to delve into the secrets of the castle as they learn more about cooking, traditions, armour and weaponry through the ages. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a range of hands-on activities including medieval calligraphy, soap carving, stonemasonry and even crafting your very own mini-mangonels and Roman pottery to take home.
Fran Caine, Assistant Events Manager at HES (which run Historic Scotland sites), said: “We’re very pleased to bring back The Rock of Ages - the only event of its kind on the west coast of Scotland - for another exciting year.
2017 is Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, so this year’s event is set to be more vibrant, exciting and colourful than ever before. Locals and visitors of all ages are welcome to come along and witness Dumbarton Castle’s captivating history up close. With so much to see and do, it’s set to be a thrilling and unmissable two-day event!"
The Rock of Ages takes place from 12pm-5pm on Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 June.
Book online in advance to receive a 10% discount. Family tickets are available.
Historic Scotland Members go free - just show your membership card on arrival.

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

2017 is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology (HHA), a year that will celebrate Scotland’s people, our distinct culture and traditions, our historic landscapes, attractions and icons as well as our hidden gems and amazing stories. From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, 2017 is the year to explore Scotland’s fascinating past. This is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland and a variety of partners.

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For further information

Claire Mullaney
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
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