Go Roman for fun day out

A member of the Antonine Guard - pic Falkirk CouncilA FREE family fun day is taking place at Kinneil Estate in Bo’ness this Sunday (August 26).

Falkirk Community Trust – with the support of Falkirk Council – has organised a Roman-themed event for the annual Kinneil Heritage Day.

The Roman re-enactment group The Antonine Guard will be on hand to entertain the crowds. Youngsters are also being urged to dress up as Romans for the chance to win a prize.

The fun day kicks off at 12.30 p.m. and runs until 4.30 p.m.

It coincides with a free open afternoon at historic Kinneil House (open from noon to 4 p.m; last admission 3.30 p.m.) The house – the centrepiece of Kinneil Estate – boasts some of the best renaissance wall paintings in Scotland.

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, the convener of leisure, tourism and community at Falkirk Council, said: “This is the 14th annual Kinneil event and I hope it will be a great success. There’s lots of offer for all the family. Best of all, admission to the park event – and Kinneil House – is completely free.”

The Roman theme ties in with the Estate’s Roman links. The line of the Antonine Wall – Rome’s northern frontier – runs through the Estate. There are even the remains of a Roman fortlet to visit.

Roman artefacts are also on show in Kinneil Museum, which will be open during Sunday’s event.

Organisers are also promising:

  • displays from Alba Falconry and their birds of prey;
  • archery from the Falkirk Company of Archers;
  • face-painting for youngsters;
  • on-site storytelling from local librarians;
  • a charity market;
  • inflatable fun;
  • a climbing wall; and
  • craft workshops.

A Community Trust spokesperson said: “Wander round the Roman encampment and watch as they do battle – then have a stroll around the grounds of this magnificent historic estate and mansion house setting. Come along and enjoy a family day out with free activities and entertainment at this year’s Kinneil event.”

To find out more about Kinneil Estate, please visit http://www.kinneil.org.uk and http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org