Storytelling at the National Museum of Rural Life. Photo (c) Ruth Armstrong (small)-2

Family fun at the National Museum of Rural Life this half term

The whole family can enjoy a day of magical storytelling and farmyard fun at the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride this half-term. Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, February Folk Stories runs from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 February. 

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Visitors to the Museum can settle in for some traditional Scottish storytelling and creative cupcake decorating before meeting the farm’s latest arrivals, newborn calves in the historic byre. 
Acclaimed storyteller Allison Galbraith will share magical folk tales, rhymes and songs about the people and mystical creatures of Scotland. Inspired by the story of Scotland’s master baker and a flummoxed fairy, children can decorate a fairy cake and make a cake box to take their creation home.  

A short walk from the Museum building, the historic Wester Kittochside farm is home to a variety of animals including Clydesdale horses, Tamworth pigs, sheep, chickens and an award-winning dairy herd. The calves are the first newborns of the year and will be joined by lambs in the spring. 

The support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery means that February Folk Tales is free with Museum admission and the Museum’s Annual Pass.    

Vicky McLean, General Manager of the National Museum of Rural Life, said: 

“The National Museum of Rural Life is the perfect destination for the whole family this half-term. We are delighted to offer these magical activities for free thanks to the generous support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery and hope our young visitors enjoy learning more about Scotland’s folk traditions and visiting our adorable new arrivals on the farm.” 


Laura Chow, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: 

“We hope families have a fascinating experience this half-term, of magical storytelling and farmyard fun. Players have raised over £4 million for National Museums Scotland, enabling the museums to offer many free, educational and fun activities to families across Scotland."

Families can also learn about Scotland’s rich rural heritage by visiting the attraction’s Georgian farmhouse and gardens, and exploring the fascinating objects showcased in the Museum’s modern galleries. 

Tickets can be booked online at 

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Notes to editors

1.National Museum of Rural Life 

Philipshill Road, East Kilbride, G76 9HR 
Tel: 0300 123 6789  
Opening times: daily, 10:00 - 17:00 


National Museums Scotland and National Trust for Scotland Members Free. 
Adult £10  
Concession £9  
Child 5-15 £7  
Under 5s Free  
15% off when you book as a family

Tickets can be booked online at 


2. February Folk Tales 

Scottish Folk Stories
11:00–11:30, 12:30–13:00 and 14:00–14:30 (sign up on the day) #

Creative Cakes  
10:30–12:30 and 13:30–15:30 (drop-in) 

3. National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in the UK and Europe and it looks after collections of national and international importance. The organisation provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display.  

X (formerly Twitter): @NtlMuseumsScot   


Instagram: @NationalMuseumsScotland  


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