Ardgillan Castle is celebrating being open to the public for 25 years on Sunday May 14th
Join us for a day of celebration that includes; Living History Reenactments in that Castle, Traditional Craft Demonstrations in the Courtyard and Entertainment in the Marquee.
This is a FREE event, and is suitable for all ages.
Living History Includes:
- A Grand Ball: Music & Dance – The Dancing Master leads the steps of Country Dances, etc….for a party of 10 elegant ladies and gentlemen who will be glad to help you join the cotillion.
- The Music Man – While the Quality have their dances upstairs, downstairs make music of their own, with tunes from Carolan, and traditional pipes and harping.
- The Domestic Arts – Cook rules the 18th century kitchen; cooking, needlework, spinning & weaving to taste and try.
- Children’s Games – Pall-Mall, skittles, quoits, spinning tops, cup-and-ball; all very different from today’s pursuits!
- The Barber-Surgeon – 18th century medicine at its very worst! Get your teeth pulled, bloodletting and hair cutting performed with equal skill (not really!).
- The School Master – he will teach the unlettered to write with a quill pen and explain how to keep a record with tally sticks.
- The Blacksmith – Hear the ring of the anvil as the blacksmith plies his trade.
Traditional Craft Stalls:
- Basket Making
- Wool Spinning
- Lace Making
- Wood Turning