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Jacobites Festival Day at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Release date: Wednesday, 25 October 2017

On Sunday, 29 October, families are invited to step back in time and immerse themselves in life at the court of Bonnie Prince Charlie during the Jacobites Festival Day at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. A series of drop-in historical activities throughout the day will bring to life one of the most tumultuous and fascinating periods in Scottish history, when in September 1745 the Palace became the focus of the Jacobite cause in Edinburgh. 

In the State Apartments, costume interpreter Arran Johnson, dressed in full Bonnie Prince Charlie replica regalia, will recreate scenes from those dramatic few weeks with a cast of actors, giving children the chance to eavesdrop on the Prince as he prepares for battle. In the Throne Room, families can meet the Prince's admirer Maddie Pringle and learn family-friendly songs that were sung by Jacobite supporters, while in the Great Gallery a local ceilidh band will be present throughout the day to perform traditional Scottish music.

Drop-in drawing classes with award-winning artist Gemma Coyle will give budding young artists the chance to draw Bonnie Prince Charlie 'from life' as he sits for his portrait against the magnificent backdrop of the State Apartments. In arts-and-crafts workshops in the Palace's Family Room, children can learn about the white cockade, the symbol of the Jacobite cause based on the white rose emblem of the Stuart dynasty, before making their own version to take home.

A special activity trail will help families follow in the footsteps of the Jacobites and explore the rooms used by the Prince and his court in 1745, from the Great Gallery where he held a lavish ball to the very bed in which he slept.


The Jacobites Festival Day is at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Sunday, 29 October, 13:00–16:00. All activities are included in the price of admission to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.