Family Fun Day

3 August 2014 - 11:00 to 16:00

Come along and enjoy a day of family fun and activities within 100 acres of Gardens and Grounds here at Scone Palace.

Come and meet the emergency services and find out more about the fantastic work they do. A real-life Fireman will be reporting for duty as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service bring along one of their fire engines for everybody to explore. The Army Reserves will also be on hand to talk about life in the modern-day military, at their special promotional caravan.

Other activities will include a falconry demonstration; casting instruction for children with our fishery manager, Ian Kirk; childrens gardening workshops with the Scone Palace Gardening Team; plus traditional children's outdoor games including skittles, hoopla and horse shoe-throwing.

Bring out your creative side and try your hand at potter painting, or add a little sparkle to your day with a glitter tattoo-great for big kids too! There'll also be face painting, sponge-throwing and a bouncy castle and in celebration of the forthcoming Ryder Cup, there'll be an opportunity to hone your swing on an inflateable mini golf driving range. Then the whole family can climb aboard the novelty land train, the 'Scone Express', for a tour of the gardens, passing along Lime Tree Avenue and under Scone's historic archway.

To  mark 100 years since the start of the First World War, renowned storyteller Gary Knight of 'History and Horror Tours' will be presenting a history lesson with a twist, telling stories of what life was like for soldiers during the Great War. Dressed as a wounded WW1 soldier, Gary will recount the tale of his time in the trenches, the wounds he has received, the food he has to eat, and the fleas, rats and other unsavoury creatures he has come across. It was at this time that many women took up teaching for the first time, and children will be able to join the class of 1914, where writing and arithmetic are done on slates. There'll also be an opportunity to compare the games and pastimes they played in the early 20th century, such as marbles, hopscotch, leapfrog and spinning tops, with the children's games of today.

To tempt the taste buds there'll be a Hog Roast BBQ, an alfresco coffee shop serving freshly baked scones and a traditional 'ice-cream bike' selling a selection of ice cream. The Old Servants' Hall Coffee Shop will be open too, serving a range of delicious home baking and snacks.

Activities will take place 11:00am - 4:00pm, with the historical storytelling sessions happening throughout the day.

Normal Grounds admission applies (Adults £6.30, Children £4.40, Concessions £5.70, Family £20.00) £5.00 per family for season ticket holders.

An additional charge will apply for some activities.