One of our favourite places to visit is The Black Watch Castle & Museum. Overlooking the North Inch it’s the perfect place to pop in for a coffee after a walk, and as well as the Museum itself the castle often hosts topical activities and workshops for kids and families. Just a few weeks ago we were there with Freya taking part in some clay modelling and I came across all the brilliant Easter activities they have coming up. There’s loads to choose from, all rounded off with my perfect end activity as a kid…a visit to the gift shop!
Explore the Museum with an Easter egg gallery trail, who knows, you might find some chocolate ones!
VisitScotland started a global campaign last year to promote all the great things about Scotland. A suite of giant show-stopping letters spearheading the campaign will arrive at the Castle at 9.45am on Friday 7th April, complete with traditional bagpipe welcome. During their arrival handheld black boards will be available for visitors and kids to chalk up what SCOTSPIRIT means to them, and of course it’s the perfect opportunity for a wee family pic!
During the four days the letters are on display there will be 30min highlight tours of the Museum showcasing the Black Watch’s legacy at 11am and 2pm daily. There will also be traditional Scottish dishes on the specials menu in the Copper Beech Café.
A drop in family activity over the weekend inspired by the SCOTSPIRIT letters. Have a go at weaving your own tartan using your favourite colours, or get messy with paint, fabric, tissue paper & glue while creating a colourful collage of the Scottish flag. Suggested donation £2.
A drop in Friday activity where you can join ‘The Great War Boys’ in the Castle’s outdoor replica trench as they fill you in on daily life. Help them get the trench in battle ready condition, prepare for an inspection and find enjoy demonstrations.
Away from the front line there was no rest for soldiers- join them as they put you to the test with marching drills and physical fitness regimes (I’m thinking there’s a few dads out there would love this one!). Suggested donation £2
Explore the culinary ‘delights’, past and present, for a front line soldier. See how rations from 100 years ago compare with those eaten by soldiers today and try some for yourself. Be inventive and see what recipes you could create with your daily ration. Suggested donation £2.
Ever wondered how soldiers kept in touch during war time? Join them in writing secret coded messages, fake an old document and learn about the creative ways that messages were sent from the frontline.
In the First World War it wasn’t a good idea to peek over the top of the trench to spy on the enemy! Instead soldiers would use periscopes to keep a watch over No Man’s Land. Make your own periscope before testing it out in the Castle’s replica First World War trench.