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October holiday fun awaits at Edinburgh Castle

As the leaves turn golden and the chill of autumn sets in, we are getting ready to transform into a hub of thrilling activities for the October holidays. From potion-making adventures to eerie historical tales, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy. And don’t forget to embrace the Halloween spirit during the Creepy Castle Capers weekend. Let’s dive straight into the exciting offerings.

The Potion-Maker’s Quest

A wooden, egg-shaped, rustic-looking mortar and pestle on a woven table cloth. There are flowers in the background.

Dates: Sat 7 to Sat 29 October
Do you have a knack for identifying herbs and spices? Join us on a Family Halloween trail through the castle grounds. Embark on a quest to hunt for potion ingredients hidden amidst the castle’s historic stones. From mugwort to mallow and teasel to thyme, your keen senses will be put to the test. As you complete your quest, collect a reward that will leave you enchanted.

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The Executioner’s Tale

A man in reenactment clothing pointing at a human skeleton in a cage.Dates: Sat 14 to Fri 20 October  

Step back in time to the turbulent medieval era of Scotland as you encounter “The Executioner.” Clad in black and wielding his grim tools, he shares chilling stories of crime and punishment. Learn about the gruesome penalties for various offenses but reserve your shivers for the bloodiest punishment of all: treason! This historical re-enactment will send shivers down your spine as you gain insight into Scotland’s dark past.

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Make your own shield

A photo taken over the shoulder of a child filling in a sheet that reads: design your own coat of arms.

Dates: Wed 18 Oct to Sun 22 October 

The Castle is adorned with a myriad of shields, each with its own unique story. Join us to unravel the fascinating world of Heraldry, the secret language of shields. Discover the symbols and colours that conveyed messages of bravery, loyalty, and lineage. Get creative as you design your very own shield, a tangible memento of your visit to this ancient fortress. 

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Creepy Castle Capers Weekend

Four people dressed in costumes wearing masks reaching towards the camera. Some of them are also wearing flower crowns.

Dates: Sat 28 & 29 October

On October 28 and 29, the castle comes alive with the spirit of Halloween during the Creepy Castle Capers weekend. Our castle guides, donned in spectacular period costumes, will regale you with eerie tales and curious histories within the Great Hall and Laich Hall. Children can partake in colouring and activities throughout the day, and don’t miss the autumnal beauty of the Great Hall, adorned with pumpkins galore, the perfect place to take Halloween selfies!

Don’t miss this weekend at the Castle

Nzira Yeparueare: A Path Upon a Rock

The artist, Tanatsei Gambura, on Edinburgh Castle esplanade wearing headphones and smiling looking at her mobile phone

Dates: On until 30 November

Nzira Yeparuware Art Exhibition: For those seeking a more thought-provoking experience, don’t miss the “Nzira Yeparuware: A Path Upon a Rock” exhibition. Created by artist Tanatsei Gambura, it explores discussions related to empire and Scotland’s built environment. Immerse yourself in a sound walk that contemplates the mythologies of monuments and identity formation. Find out more

Whether you’re a history buff, a young budding herbalist, or simply looking for a something to do with the family, The Castle’s October holidays have it all. Get ready to be enchanted, educated, and entertained within the ancient walls of our iconic landmark.


Plan your visit and make this October one to remember at Edinburgh Castle

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