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15 March 2024

Romans, Knights & Unicorns to take centre stage as we launch our summer events programme

A pony with a Unicorn's horn on it's forehead in the Queen Anne Garden at Stirling Castle

The programme invites visitors to step back in time with over 1,000 years of history across iconic attractions

Visitors will experience history brought to life at iconic, historic sites across the country, as we announce the details of our programme of events for spring and summer 2024. 

The first of the programme of events is the annual Easter Eggsplorer Trailstaking place across a range of Historic Scotland sites over the Easter Holiday weekend (29 March to 1 April) where younger kids and their families can enjoy fun challenges and have the chance to earn a chocolatey reward as well. The ever-popular Unicorn event is also returning to Stirling Castle on 6 & 7 April, and invites visitors to meet our real-life unicorns and learn more about Scotland's national mythical beast. 

Also returning this year is the Celebration of the Centuries at Fort George. The famous Highland military fortress near Inverness is once again set to host HES’s largest re-enactment event. On 10 & 11 August re-enactors will showcase a living timeline depicting over two thousand years of Scottish history. Wander through the living history camps dating back to the Picts and Romans and dance along to the big band in the Forties zone. 

Another two-day adventure will take place at Blackness Castle on 7 & 8 September, one of Scotland's most impressive strongholds, having served as an artillery fortress, royal castle, prison and armaments depot. Siege on the Forth will feature entertainment and performances for all the family, inviting all ages to come along and discover more about the rich history of the ship that never sailed. 

Annual favourite Spectacular Jousting will also be returning to the grounds of both Linlithgow Palace (29-30 June) and Caerlaverock Castle in Dumfries and Galloway (27-28 July). A series of Living History events will also take place across many Historic Scotland sites, where costumed historical performers will be on hand to tell visitors about the history of the site and the characters they portray. The programme will span attractions including Dumbarton Castle, St Andrew’s Castle and Huntly Castle. 

Stephen Duncan, Director of Marketing and Engagement at HES, said:

Our jam-packed events programme truly offers something for everyone, with historically themed live performances, interactive experiences and family activities that gives visitors the chance to engage with Scotland’s rich heritage in an exciting way. 

“It’s a joy to be able to take new and returning visitors on journeys through history under the backdrop of iconic sites like Stirling Castle and Caerlaverock Castle. We’re encouraging everyone to come and enjoy all that our events have to offer, as well as exploring our historic sites.” 

View our summer events programme

Tickets for events can be bought online in advance. Daytime events are free for Historic Scotland members. 

Historic Scotland membership gives unlimited access to Scotland’s rich history and unmissable events. For more information, visit: alittlehistory.scot 

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  • We are the lead body for Scotland’s historic environment, a charity dedicated to the advancement of heritage, culture, education and environmental protection. It is at the forefront of researching and understanding the historic environment and addressing the impacts of climate change on its future, investigating and recording architectural and archaeological sites and landscapes across Scotland and caring for more than 300 properties of national importance. We are also the lead on delivering Scotland's strategy for the historic environment, Our Past, Our Future.
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