Enjoy a Night at Kinneil on May 13

festival-ofmuseums200wideFor one night only, Kinneil House and Museum in Bo’ness are opening their doors at night – and you’re invited to come along!

Expect some surprises, great history – and a chance to see BATS!

The event is part of the Scotland-wide Festival of Museums and the UK’s Museums at Night Festival. It also supports the local Nature-Fest.

The event will kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 13 – and run until dusk.

For the first hour, you’ll be able to tour Kinneil House (last admission 6.45 p.m.) The House boasts some of the best renaissance wall paintings in Scotland.

Neighbouring Kinneil Museum will also be open from 6-9 p.m. Expect free goodie bags (while stocks last), special events and quizzes and lots more in the museum. During the evening there will also be performances from the Forth Bridges Accordion Band.

Around 8.30 p.m. a “Bat Walk” will leave the museum, giving visitors the chance to tour the surrounding Kinneil Estate on a nature walk and then look for bats … appropriate for Friday the 13th! Children must be accompanied by an adult. The walk will end around dusk, around 9.30-10 p.m.


2kinneilhouse-300dpi-rgb.jpgKINNEIL HOUSE – open between 6 and 7 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016. Boasts some of the best renaissance wall paintings in Scotland – and reputedly a ghost. The evening event is part of a series of FREE open events at the House in 2016. Find out more about the House and other things to see at Kinneil at www.kinneil.org.uk/attractions

23kinneilmuseum-rgb-300dpi_thumb.jpgKINNEIL MUSEUM – open between 6 and 9 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016. The museum is located in the estate’s former stable block (located right in front of the House). It boasts hands-on displays, dress up clothes and audio visual displays. For the Festival of Museums, visitors will be able to claim a free goodie bag (subject to availability) and even try on some of the dress-up clothes donated by The Friends of Kinneil. There will also be activities on the night

FORTH BRIDGES ACCORDION BAND – Our friends from Forth Bridges Accordion Band will be playing outside the museum from around 7 p.m.

28-IMG_4066BAT WALK  – The special event on May 13, 2016, will end with nature/bat walk around Kinneil Estate. We’ll be leaving the Museum around 8.45 p.m. – so make sure you get there in time (by around 8.30 p.m.). Falkirk Council ranger Lesley Sweeney will take us on a nature walk around the estate. Then, as dusk arrives, we’ll look for bats. The event should be completed by around 10 p.m.

Participants in the walk should:

  • bring warm clothing;
  • take a torch;
  • wear stout footwear; and
  • bring along a warm drink (if you wish).

Anyone under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Sadly dogs can’t come on the bat walk. Please note that if there’s heavy rain – the bat walk won’t take place.

Timings are approximate. A big thank to you Falkirk Council for helping to arrange the walk.

Organised by The Friends of Kinneil with the support of Falkirk Community Trust, Historic Environment Scotland and Falkirk Council. 

One special thing: Bat walk

Museum Facilities: Baby changing
Disabled access
Disabled parking
Gift shop
Picnic area
Public transit links

A visit to the House and museum is FREE. No need to book, just turn up.

Family event. Open to all.

Call the museum on 01506 778530

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