Come along to free family activities in Kinneil Estate from 1-4pm on Sunday 25 August, organised by the Great Place Falkirk project team to celebrate the life and work of the great Scottish engineer James Watt – who was working secretly with Dr John Roebuck at Kinneil exactly 250 years ago on the development of Watt’s most famous invention – the condensing steam engine.
‘Watt a Day!’ will be one of various events taking place across the country to commemorate the Bicentenary of James Watt’s death on 25 August 1819. For information on the range of Bicentenary events, check out the special James Watt 2019 web site.
The magnificent Kinneil House will also be opened for free guided tours on both 23 and 25 August by Historic Scotland in partnership with the Friends of Kinneil. The house tours run from 10am, before the Watt events begin, until 4pm (last entry 3pm) and must be booked in advance through Historic Environment Scotland’s web site at www.historicenvironment.scot/events . Please note that tour availability is limited so book early to avoid disappointment, but if tours are fully booked, families can still enjoy all the free Watt activities on Sunday afternoon, as well as visit Kinneil Museum (open free, daily except Tuesdays, 12.30-4pm) and the rest of historic Kinneil Estate.
For any queries please contact either Great Place Falkirk or Historic Environment Scotland respectively.