Rozelle prepares to host its first ever Festival of Museums

 11 May 2016  |  

Rozelle House and Estate in Ayr will take part in Scotland’s annual Festival of Museums from 13 – 15 May.

Rozelle House and Estate in Ayr will take part in Scotland’s annual Festival of Museums from 13 – 15 May.

Rozelle House and Estate in Ayr is getting ready to take part in Scotland's annual Festival of Museums, a nationwide programme of cultural events taking place from 13 – 15 May.

The events will link children's books, the beautiful natural environment of Rozelle Park, along with an introduction to the museum's collection of natural specimens. To bring the activity to life a special map has been commissioned, to guide visitors to Rozelle House on their 'hunt' for animals both in the Park setting, and, on display in the museum.

Visitors will be joined by staff from Children's Library services, and RSPB Ayrshire will be offering guided walks. Special activities have also been arranged, inspired by the collections. Highlights include a grey squirrel, a penguin, the rarely seen nuthatch, a crocodile – not to mention the mysterious Gruffalo tree.

Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure, Portfolio Holder, said he was sure the event would be a success, "It's fantastic that Rozelle is taking part in this prestigious national event which will help to spread the word about the great attractions South Ayrshire has to offer.

"Our dedicated team has pulled out all the stops to create a memorable festival programme which I'm sure to be a big hit with families.

"With events on in the house itself and across the wider estate, the weekend will have something for everyone, regardless of the weather – something that will be great news for visitors."

The Festival of Museums is an annual event coordinated by Museums Galleries Scotland to showcase Scotland's extensive cultural offering through more than 100 exciting day and night time events taking place at cultural attractions across the country. The programme caters to all ages and interests and includes everything from historical re-enactments and night time murder mysteries to children's storytelling and arts and crafts.

Joanne Orr, chief executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: "Festival of Museums is about igniting imaginations while celebrating Scotland's wealth of culture.

"We're working the best museums and galleries from all over the country and this year's festival is shaping up to be our most exciting yet."

Rozelle House and Estate is just one of many exciting events taking place as part of Festival of Museums between 13 and 15 May 2016. For a full programme of events, please visit