Estate, Friends, History, Kinneil House, Kinneil Museum

Autumn ‘Kinneil A to Z’ competition for children

With the local ‘September weekend’ school break approaching and further chances to explore our open spaces during the autumn ahead, the Friends of Kinneil are today launching a new competition for children to design an ‘A to Z’ of Kinneil, to celebrate its special value during 2020.

Ian Shearer, Chairman of the Friends of Kinneil, said: “The 200 acres of Kinneil Estate have been described as ‘the nearest thing you are likely to find to a history theme park anywhere in Scotland, made all the more impressive because it covers 2,000 years’. Although Kinneil House and Museum have been closed during the pandemic, the parkland has shown its value to wellbeing more than ever during recent months, when so many people have been appreciating its open spaces and exceptional heritage.

“To celebrate this unique value, we are launching this autumn competition to invite children to visit again with their families and to illustrate what makes the estate so special by designing an ‘A to Z of Kinneil’. People can benefit from new audio tours and a quiz sheet which have also recently been launched as well”.

The competition poster below can be downloaded here – please put up a copy in your local venue. Full details of the competition, which runs until the end of October, are set out on this web page, underneath the poster.

Have you visited and enjoyed Kinneil Estate during lockdown?

Do you go to play, walk, cycle, look for birds or wildflowers, hide in the woods or just have fun outside?

The competition invites children and young people to design an A to Z about Kinneil. You will get lots of ideas if you visit again with your family or your school and make notes, do drawings,
take photographs and read the signs.

The buildings may remain closed but you can find photos of them and more about the history of Kinneil House and Estate, on the internet. Free audio tours and a quiz sheet for the estate were also recently launched.

Your A to Z…

  • could be single words… A is for Apple, B is for Bridge, C is for Church etc
  • could tell people more… A is for Apple trees as found in the Orchard
  • could include unusual lettering…
  • could be an illustrated alphabet
  • could include drawings, photographs or decorated letters
  • should be A4 or A3 size.

Your Design…

  • must be completed by 26th October 2020
  • can be scanned and emailed or attached to an email and sent to
  • can be posted to Catherine Johnston, Secretary of The Friends of Kinneil, 14 Kinglass Avenue, BO’NESS  EH51 9QA.

Please include your…

  • Name
  • Age
  • Telephone number
  • Address (if you are posting your entry).

Entries will be judged by The Friends of Kinneil Committee in the groups 6 to 8, 9 to 11, and 12 to 14, with prizes of local vouchers in each group.

Winners will announced in November and invited to a socially distanced prize-giving event at Kinneil House. The A to Z designs will be displayed locally and in Friends of Kinneil social media/web pages.

Entering the competition indicates consent to using the designs and names in this way. The privacy of personal details will be respected and details not retained or used in any other way.