Historic Scotland: Stirling Castle again transforms its esplanade shop for the festive season into dedicated Christmas shop

EDINBURGH, 2015-11-26 — /Travel PR News/ — With just a month to go until the big day, Stirling Castle is swinging into the Christmas spirit with a series of events and offers including late night shopping, festive feasting and Christmas carols.

Stirling Castle has once again transformed its esplanade shop for the festive season into a dedicated Christmas shop. Clan and Christmas is stocking a range of decorations, stocking fillers and unique gifts for the big day, including many items from local suppliers. Shoppers can cosy up with the ‘Highland Christmas’ range of knitted products from cardigans to cowls, and even find the perfect present for the family pet in the ‘Traditional’ collection which includes dog coats and bow ties.

To finish Scotland’s year of Food and Drink in style, Clan and Christmas will also be selling limited edition festive flavours of Poporopo popcorn including apple cinnamon and chocolate orange, as well as delicious handmade jams from the Wee Kitchen Company.

Liz Grant, Executive Manager of Stirling Castle, said,

“We had a great response to the Clan and Christmas shop when it opened for the first time last year, so it’s great to have it back for 2015. We’re particularly proud to be supporting local suppliers by stocking lots of unique gifts made in the Stirling area.

“Christmas is  a great time of year to visit Stirling Castle. As well as providing a unique backdrop for your seasonal shopping, there are lots of other events going on, from carol singing to Christmas lunches. We’re looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors this year, as there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”

Shoppers will have the opportunity to meet some of the suppliers at late night Clan and Christmas shopping evenings from 5pm – 8pm on Wednesdays 9th, 16th and 23rd December. Wrapistry by Cherene will also be on hand to demonstrate creative Christmas wrapping suggestions.

Back by popular demand, the Christmas Shopping Fayre will take place on 1st December at 6pm in the Great Hall. Instead of battling through the crowds on the high street, visitors are invited to wander through stalls filled with local crafts, fine foods and drinks, all in the surroundings of a historic castle.

The castle’s popular Christmas lunches also return this December (16th–24th inclusive), offering a unique dining experience for visitors. Tucked away in the Green Room underneath the Great Hall, diners can look forward to a delicious menu1 featuring contemporary and traditional dishes.

Also specially created for Christmas time is the Historic Scotland2 gift membership – the perfect gift for even the hardest to buy for. This exclusive online deal offers an additional two months membership free when you buy a 12 month membership package. For more information or to purchase a membership gift please visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/membership.

The Clan and Christmas shop is open until 31st December. Situated just off the castle’s main thoroughfare on the esplanade, it is free to access. Free parking is also available on the castle esplanade for up to one hour, however, car park staff must be notified upon arrival.

A full list of Christmas events can be found on our website: http://bestdaysever.co.uk/christmasevents/.

Notes for Editors:

  • As of the 1st October 2015, Historic Scotland and RCAHMS came together to form a new lead public body charged with caring for, protecting and promoting the historic environment. The new body Historic Environment Scotland (HES) will lead on delivering Scotland’s first strategy for the historic environment, Our Place in Time.
  • Historic Scotland is a sub brand of Scotland’s new public heritage body, Historic Environment Scotland
  • Historic Environment Scotland is a registered Scottish Charity. Scottish Charity No. SC045925
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  • 2015 is the Year of Food and Drink, a celebration of Scotland’s natural larder and the role that food and drink plays in shaping our economic success. Scotland generates over £2.5m per day through food and drink tourism. A series of themed months will create an appetite for key areas of Scotland’s food and drink industries – from seafood and whisky to berries and high-quality meat. To find out more visitwww.visitscotland.com/tastescotland.

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SOURCE: Historic Environment Scotland

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Cherene Robertson, owner of Stirling business Wrapistry by Cherene, shows Mary of Guise (Clara Koenig) some creative Christmas present wrapping ideas in the opulent surroundings of the Queenís Inner Hall at Stirling Castle ahead of the castle's Christmas Shopping Fayre (1st December) and late night opening at the 'Clan and Christmas' shop (9th, 16th and 23rd December). A full list of Christmas events at Stirling Castle can be found at http://bestdaysever.co.uk/christmasevents

Cherene Robertson, owner of Stirling business Wrapistry by Cherene, shows Mary of Guise (Clara Koenig) some creative Christmas present wrapping ideas in the opulent surroundings of the Queenís Inner Hall at Stirling Castle ahead of the castle’s Christmas Shopping Fayre (1st December) and late night opening at the ‘Clan and Christmas’ shop (9th, 16th and 23rd December). A full list of Christmas events at Stirling Castle can be found at http://bestdaysever.co.uk/christmasevents

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