IN CELEBRATION of Scotland’s Year of Young People, a weekend of special activities will take place at The National Wallace Monument to encourage young people to learn about William Wallace and Scottish history.

The Discovery Days, taking place on June 2 and 3, will include activities such as interactive games, face painting and dress up costumes.

Visitors will have the chance to put on inflatable costumes and battle it out in the fun ‘Knock Yer Block Off’ activity, while live actor performances will portray a dramatic encounter between two soldiers from opposing sides who meet in the woods after the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

The Year of Young People celebrates Scotland’s under 26s through education, participation and culture, something The National Wallace Monument is passionate about.

Ken Thomson, Marketing Manager at The National Wallace Monument, said: “The Year of Young People aims to inspire all ages through Scotland’s young people,  and it is our hope that after visiting the monument and learning more about one of Scotland’s most important cultural figures our younger visitors will be encouraged to find out more about Scotland’s fascinating history.”

Visitors will also be encouraged to climb the 246 stairs to the top of the monument, where they can enjoy panoramic views across central Scotland and the Highlands, discovering the story of William Wallace as told in the three galleries. 

The 220ft monument, built as a tribute to the Scottish hero, is also home to his legendary battle sword and the busts of extraordinary figures from Scottish history in the Hall of Heroes. 

The busts of two incredible Scottish women, Mary Slessor and Maggie Keswick Jencks, will soon be added to this hall.

Ken continued: “We are proud to be supporting the Year of Young People in Scotland with these exciting Discovery Days and we look forward to welcoming families to this important heritage attraction.

“At the monument, we want to vividly present the story of William Wallace in a way which is engaging and informative for visitors of all ages.”

Led by the Scottish Government, the Year of Young People is a year-long programme of events and activities that will celebrate young people, their achievements and their contribution to Scotland.