It’s ‘Kids Go Free’ at Braemar Castle this weekend when the historic building opens for the season at the earlier time of 10am on Saturday (April 7).
This earlier opening will allow visitors staying in the village overnight to fit in a trip to the castle before continuing their journey.
Easter Sunday will get off to a very early start with an open-air ecumenical church service at 8am followed by tea and coffee in the castle. Later, children are invited to search the grounds for hidden tokens to claim their complimentary Easter egg.
The castle shop is focusing on stock from local producers this season with exquisitely fashioned ornamental Jacobite broadswords and targes made by Braemar craftsman Michel Brat, locally-produced leather goods, cards, handbags, cushions, jams and chutneys and Braemar Castle shaped biscuits!
New this season is the introduction of a £10 season ticket, which gives unlimited entry to the castle.
Chairman of Braemar Community Ltd, Simon Blackett said: “We want to make it easy for local people to come again with friends and relatives so have created this new multi-visit ticket.
“There are a lot of reasons to revisit the castle this year. We have an Upstairs/Downstairs Day planned for Sunday, May 27, our popular Jacobite Fete is on Sunday, July 29, with new drama featuring the longest surviving Jacobite, ‘The Auld Dubrach’, and we’re excited about a brand new exhibition which has been created by pupils at Aboyne Academy.
“They have explored the story of the 19th century ferm toun of Auchtavan in Glen Fearder to create the show which will be officially launched in May.”
Fundraising by Braemar Community Ltd is in progress to raise the remaining £162,000 to allow urgent repairs to the roof of the castle to get underway this summer.