Article Source: National Museums Scotland
Last Updated: 8 February 2024 11:57
Image Credit: Ruth Armstrong
Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, February Folk Stories runs from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 February.
Visitors to the Museum can settle in for some traditional Scottish storytelling and creative cupcake decorating before meeting the farm’s latest arrivals, newborn calves in the historic byre.
Acclaimed storyteller Allison Galbraith will share magical folk tales, rhymes and songs about the people and mystical creatures of Scotland. Inspired by the story of Scotland’s master baker and a flummoxed fairy, children can decorate a fairy cake and make a cake box to take their creation home.
A short walk from the Museum building, the historic Wester Kittochside farm is home to a variety of animals including Clydesdale horses, Tamworth pigs, sheep, chickens and an award-winning dairy herd. The calves are the first newborns of the year and will be joined by lambs in the spring.
The support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery means that February Folk Tales is free with Museum admission and the Museum’s Annual Pass.
Vicky McLean, General Manager of the National Museum of Rural Life, said: “The National Museum of Rural Life is the perfect destination for the whole family this half-term. We are delighted to offer these magical activities for free thanks to the generous support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery and hope our young visitors enjoy learning more about Scotland’s folk traditions and visiting our adorable new arrivals on the farm.”
Laura Chow, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “We hope families have a fascinating experience this half-term, of magical storytelling and farmyard fun. Players have raised over £4 million for National Museums Scotland, enabling the museums to offer many free, educational and fun activities to families across Scotland.”
Families can also learn about Scotland’s rich rural heritage by visiting the attraction’s Georgian farmhouse and gardens, and exploring the fascinating objects showcased in the Museum’s modern galleries.
Tickets can be booked online at nms.ac.uk/rural
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