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.”