Giant advent calendar revealed

Senior Assistant at Drum, Kris Bruce,  with some of the advent panels at Drum Castle

Senior Assistant at Drum, Kris Bruce, with some of the advent panels at Drum Castle

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Pupils from across the North-east have transformed Drum Castle into a giant advent calendar as part of the National Trust for Scotland property’s festive celebrations.

Artwork created by the pupils will are on show in each of the Victorian Courtyards 24 windows now until January 6. Now in its third year, the theme for this year’s project was ‘Christmas Past’, which saw pupils look at Christmas traditions and vintage designs.

Pupils from the participating schools will get the opportunity to see their artwork when they visit the castle throughout December for festive tours and winter picnics.

The Advent Calendar is part of Drum Castle’s seasonal celebrations, which also includes an indoor Christmas market and family activities at the annual HollyFest event on December 14 and 15.

Visitors can view collections of furniture and fine paintings dating back to the days of the Irvine family who lived there from 1323 to 1975.

The medieval tower at Drum is currently under scaffold as major repairs are underway. The £700,000 project is funded by a grant from the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA which was made possible by the generous support of an anonymous donor and Historic Scotland.