Upstairs Downstairs

Come along to Lauriston where you will don an apron and mob cap to make lemonade and biscuits in the old kitchen then visit the magnificent rooms upstairs!

Upstairs Downstairs

About Upstairs Downstairs

19th September 2021
10.30am - 12.30pm
Lauriston Castle
2 Cramond Road South, Edinburgh West EH4 6AD
£6 per person
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Can you imagine what it was like to work “downstairs” in the Edwardian kitchen or be Lord or Lady of the Castle? Come along to Lauriston where you will don an apron and mob cap to make lemonade and biscuits in the old kitchen. Then with your own calling card, top hat and gloves you will be a guest and visit the magnificent rooms upstairs. With Lauriston Castle staff.

All our family Craft workshops are family learning experiences and designed around the whole family working together. Price is per person and we provide a snack for everyone.

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