Inspired by Burns: Family activity day

On 22nd January, ahead of Burns Night, join us at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to celebrate the work of Scottish poet Robert Burns!

Inspired by Burns: Family activity day

About Inspired by Burns: Family activity day

Ahead of Burns Night, join us at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to celebrate the work of Scottish poet Robert Burns.

Miniature books and a little poetry -
There are several books by Robert Burns in the Royal Collection- including a number of miniature books! Try your hand at making a miniature book, and write a tiny poem inside, taking inspiration from the poetry of Scotland’s National Bard.

Burns, Bards and Beyond -
In this Year of Scotland’s Stories, explore some of the many works of Scottish literature written by court poets here at the Palace of Holyroodhouse; discover stories written about Scottish royalty and royal history by authors and playwrights; and find out some surprising connections between objects in the Royal Collection and works of literature, including works by Burns himself.

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Monday Masterpieces: Weekly short talks

Monday Masterpieces: Weekly short talks

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Masterpieces Family Trail

Masterpieces Family Trail

28th March 2022 - 25th September 2022

Explore the Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace exhibition with the help of a fun family trail at The Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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Midweek Make: Medals

Midweek Make: Medals

Selected dates between 13th July 2022 - 31st August 2022

In 1822 George IV visited the Palace of Holyroodhouse and a special commemorative medal was made to celebrate. Hear about this special occasion and make your very own medal to commemorate your visit!
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George IV at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

George IV at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

15th August 2022 - 19th August 2022

Join us at The Palace of Holyroodhouse for a short talk exploring George IV’s visit to the city of Edinburgh in 1822 and discover the role the Palace played in this historic visit!
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Picturing 1822 with the Edinburgh Sketcher

Picturing 1822 with the Edinburgh Sketcher

19th August 2022

Visit some of the spaces at the Palace of Holyroodhouse that were used for George IV’s historic visit to Edinburgh. Then take inspiration to create your own sketches with the Edinburgh Sketcher!
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Kings, Keys and Kilts: Activity Day

Kings, Keys and Kilts: Activity Day

20th August 2022

At the Palace of Holyroodhouse we are celebrating 200 years since George IV’s historic visit to Edinburgh. Join us for a day of activities for the whole family to enjoy.
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Buried history: Abbey Strand archaeology

Buried history: Abbey Strand archaeology

9th September 2022
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Join us for an afternoon lecture focusing on the archaeology of Abbey Strand, which sites just outside of the gates of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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Royal Rhyme Time: Stories by the fireplace

Royal Rhyme Time: Stories by the fireplace

24th October 2022

Join us in the historic Abbey Strand building as we gather round the fireplace for a story or two! Suitable for ages four and under.
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Scottish Signs and Symbols: Family Workshop

Scottish Signs and Symbols: Family Workshop

12th November 2022

In this family workshop at The Palace of Holyroodhouse on 12th November, create your own shield using Scottish symbols - or even invent your own! Suitable for ages 5 - 14 years.
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Royal Rhyme Time: Christmas Ceilidh

Royal Rhyme Time: Christmas Ceilidh

12th December 2022

Join us to hear stories about celebrations and play a special game called the Feast of the Bean. With music and dancing in our Christmas ceilidh, suitable for children aged four and under!
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