Antonine Wall, Estate, Friends, History, Kinneil House, Kinneil Museum, romans

Family fun at Kinneil Estate this weekend!

A fun family day is taking place at Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness, on Saturday 25 September.

The free event, hosted by Great Place Falkirk with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will celebrate the history of the Falkirk area with excavations, games, heritage tents, re-enactments, and more. It’s part of The Big Dig – a three-week archaeology festival for Scottish Archaeology Month 2021.

The Antonine Guard will make a welcome return to Kinneil this Saturday [Image credit: © Vass Media]

Come along and celebrate what’s underneath your feet through exploration, discovery, and play alongside figures of the past! The fun kicks off at 10am and runs until 4pm. All the activities are free of charge.

Look out for:

• The Roman Antonine Guard re-enactment group, who’ll show you what life was like on the Antonine Wall – complete with battle demonstrations
• Highland regiment soldiers – with a demonstration of musket firing!
• Medieval tents – where you can learn about how medieval people lived in the area, and watch medieval weapons demonstrations!
• Arming of the Knight – a demonstration showing the clothing and armour of a 12th century knight
• Traditional blacksmithing – complete with demonstrations
• Archaeology workshops from Archaeology Scotland, including creating mock test pits and using mill stones
• The Renaissance Tent, where Renaissance armourers will take you through the weaponry on display. Also featuring period astronomers, who will show you how people of the past saw the universe
• The Friends of Kinneil, who’ll be on hand to provide tours of the estate throughout the day
• Finds from our archaeological excavation (the Big Dig itself!) at Denny, as well as an Archaeology Scotland prize draw!

The event has been organised by Great Place Falkirk with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Project Coordinator, Helen Rashad, says: “We’re excited to host our final Big Dig hub event at one of our area’s richest historical sites to celebrate Scottish Archaeology Month . It’s a free event, and with re-enactments, tours and archaeological digs, it promises to be a great day out for the whole family”.

The event takes place at Kinneil Estate from 10am – 4pm. For more information and updates, visit the Great Place Falkirk Facebook page, or @GreatPlaceFK on Twitter or Instagram.