Fun for families

Keep those children entertained and occupied – it could easily be our motto in and around Stirling, there’s just so much for families to see and do.

If your little monkeys are into creatures great and small, then Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park is the place to be – see lions, rhinos, meerkats and plenty more besides, in the drive-through safari. Laugh and thrill to sea-lion and bird of prey shows, cruise around Chimp Island, and visit Lemur Land, the petting farm and our elephant habitat – all included in your admission price. Have faces painted like the tiger you’ve just seen; burn off energy in the adventure playground; relax in the BBQ and picnic areas. It’s bound to be a roaring success.

The Battle of Bannockburn Experience takes you to another time, even another dimension. Sophisticated 3D technology sweeps you to the heart of medieval combat on the exhilarating day when King Robert the Bruce dramatically seized control of Scotland’s destiny. Imagine touching a dinosaur’s tooth, playing a giant outdoor xylophone, exploring a willow tunnel and watching out for hedgehogs – do it all and more in Ailie’s Garden in the grounds of Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum. The free-to-enter museum is home to models of people at work and play and lots of interesting artefacts including the world’s oldest football – you’ll kick yourself if you miss it.

When you fancy fresh air family fun, you can have a field day at Briarlands Farm. Kids can jump on pillows, zoom about on tractor go karts, whizz across the cable ride, climb on outdoor play frames, explore the tire maze, dig in sand pits, show off football skills and get up close to animals. Exhausted adults can take time out in the family-friendly tea room. Saddle up for pony trekking at family and beginner-welcoming Rednock Farm. There’s no better way to discover Scottish countryside … unless you prefer exploring on a Segway, while the kids can tour the farm in the quad pods. Orienteering and Shetland pony driving are also available.

High quality entertainment is literally the name of the game at Go Ape in Aberfoyle, where you can admire the glorious setting of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park from a unique viewpoint – flying 150 feet clear of the ground along two of Britain’s longest, most exhilarating zip wires. High ropes courses are offered for those who want even more adventure at altitude.

Travel in time with award-winning Stirling Old Town Tours, through the weird, wonderful and wicked corners of the Burgh. Unlock the truth behind the infamous Tolbooth Prison, “the worst gaol in Britain”, be spellbound by the dark curse placed upon Mar’s Wark by the vengeful Abbot of Cambuskenneth, and be enthralled by a treasure trove of sensational secrets. Led by talented local guides, the tours are splendid fun for the whole family, with a memorable blend of history, humour, drama and storytelling.

For inspirational, innovative entertainment and enjoyment, just introduce the family to Stirling.

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