Our Summer Festival is rapidly approaching and we are busy with final preparation for what promises to be a fantastic day for all the family.
Kicking off the event is a performance by The Black Watch Pipes and Drums. This is always an impressive spectacle which will also include highland dancing and a full band set.
A team from 7SCOTS will be giving people a chance to get up close with some of the historical musical instruments used by the regiment. They will also be challenging teams of two to complete an obstacle course (blindfolded!) with only the verbal instructions from your partner.
3SCOTS will also be here with a display of the modern weapons which are used to protect the Regiment whilst they carry out their duties around the world – be sure to pop into the Museum itself to compare these to the historical versions we have on display! They will cooking up some rations to show us what they eat whilst away from home.
We will be inviting all our young guests to join the Junior Black Watch Battalion. They will receive their enlistment card and be given the challenge of collecting stickers from every activity on the day, as well as a whole variety of creative craft stations.
I can’t go further without mentioning one of the stars of the show; the Regimental mascot pony, Corporal Cruachan IV will be joining us too! Cruachan (and his Pony Major handler) travel across Scotland and sometimes beyond, representing the regiment and meeting VIPs from all over the world – in fact the current Cruachan’s predecessor met the Queen at Stirling Castle and ate her flowers! We’ll be hoping there’s no repeat of that at the festival, but either way we’re delighted to welcome him to the Castle.
Elsewhere we’ve entertainment from the fabulous McAndrews Sisters performing their repertoire of jazz standards as well as modern songs with a vintage twist, which are sure to get your foot tapping. To keep you refreshed the Castle Cafe will be open all day and for those who like their sweet treats we’ll have a selection of traditional sweets and ice cream for sale, plus cookie decorating too. With trench tours, historic military vehicle and gallery trails in the Museum too there really is something for everyone.
Hope to see you there!
The Black Watch Summer Festival
Saturday 27th July | 11am-3pm
Adult Free, Children £5, Under 3 years Free