|Written by Charlie Allan|
|Thursday, 04 July 2013 18:19|
Bannockburn Live: A feast of food, music and history... Be part of the battle!
Information is now available for re-enactment groups looking to get involved in the event and become a part of history!
Medieval warriors, families, clans and history fans will be standing shoulder to shoulder this time next year at the National Trust for Scotland’s Bannockburn Live event.
Taking place over Saturday 28, Sunday 29 and Monday 30 June 2014, the event will commemorate the 700th anniversary of the battle of Bannockburn, and mark the opening of the new state-of-the-art visitor centre at the heritage site. A year ahead of this historic event, the Trust has unveiled an outline of the 3-day programme.
Tickets are now on sale (28 June 2013) and information is released on how to become part of the battle re-enactments.
Bannockburn Live will conjure the events and people of the past out from the history books and into real life. Alongside the largest ever re-enactment of the battle of Bannockburn, an array of themed villages will showcase the sights, sounds and atmosphere of medieval and modern Scotland.
700 years on from the battle that changed the course of history, 45,000 people will have a unique opportunity come to Bannockburn and feast their senses on the spoils of war and the fruits of peace. They will have the chance to experience medieval life like never before – to see, taste, smell, hear and discover in historical encampments, and watch two brave Kings lead their armies to battle in full armour.
Each day, three full scale battle re-enactments will take place within a constructed arena at the centre of the 3-day event. If you are a re-enactment company which has already registered interest in taking part, an application form will be sent to you shortly.
Please be advised the battle re-enactments will be tightly choreographed sequences and therefore we are looking to select professional and highly experienced battle re-enactors who will be able to prepare for battle for months in advance and have access to all necessary authentic equipment and costumes. We will work with re-enactment group captains in order that full kit lists are to the required standards. All re-enactors will be provided with access to the event arena to be able to enjoy the entertainment on offer. Any interested re-enactors must be able to participate in each re-enactment on each day of the event.
The National Trust for Scotland has selected Scotland’s leading events and festival creation company, Unique Events, to produce Bannockburn Live. A specially created festival arena will feature a programme packed with music, Scottish food and drink, crafts, literature and outdoor activities all set in the memorial park where people have commemorated the Battle of Bannockburn for centuries.
As a signature event of the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme, the scope of Bannockburn Live has been extended as a result of generous funding from the Scottish Government, Homecoming Scotland 2014 and Creative Scotland.
There will be three opportunities to watch the re-enactment each day so that all visitors will have the chance to see and enjoy all of the performance stages and theatre tents. The bespoke arena will include: a main contemporary music stage; Scottish literature and traditional music in “Storyville”; tastings and food demonstrations featuring quality Scottish produce and real ales in the “Land of Food and Drink”; hands-on bushcraft, wildlife and outdoor activities in a “Natural World Village”; a children’s programme; the chance to participate in sports like archery and highland games; and an opportunity to trace your Scottish roots with Clan Societies returning to Scotland for the event from around the world.
Tickets for the event are now on sale and costs per day are as follows: Adult - £20; Concession/Child - £12.50; Family - 2 adults and 2 children (under 14 years old) - £55There is also the option to purchase “The King’s Ticket” for £75 per day, a bespoke ticket which will enhance the visitor experience and features the following: exclusive entry to the Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre; designated seating at the re-enactments; a souvenir gift bag and a buffet Scottish Afternoon Tea. Ticket booking fees apply.
For more information including how to purchase tickets, please visit www.bannockburnlive.com and register to keep up to date with full programme announcements.
Bannockburn Live FAQ’s
Q. Where is Bannockburn Live taking place?
A. The event is being staged at the Battle of Bannockburn heritage site, where in 1314, in one of the defining moments in Scottish history, King Robert the Bruce’s army were stationed before moving down to rout the English forces of King Edward II.
The site features the historic monuments, including the iconic Bruce statue and Rotunda, where Bruce is said to have planted his standard in a borestone the night before the battle.
The full address is: The Battle of Bannockburn, Glasgow Road, Stirling FK7 0LJ
Q. When will the official programme be available to the public?
A. Further programme and event information for Bannockburn Live will be released over the coming months. Keep up to date with all news by registering at www.battleofbannockburn.com/connect to receive up-to-date announcements and event details including how to get to Bannockburn Live.
Q. How many people will attend?
A. An estimated 15,000 will attend Bannockburn Live each day where visitors from around the world including Clan representatives will be welcomed to enjoy a distinctive range of activities and performances over the three day event.
Q. Where can I buy tickets for Bannockburn Live?
A. Tickets for Bannockburn Live are available to buy from:
By telephone: 0844 395 4000
Tickets Scotland Edinburgh, 127 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DT (Tel: 0131 220 3234)
Tickets Scotland Glasgow, 237 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL (Tel: 0141 204 5151)
Stirling Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1DE (Tel: 01786 274000) www.tolbooth.stirling.gov.uk
The Albert Halls, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, FK8 2QL (Tel: 01786 473544)
Ripping Records, 91 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1HN (Tel: 0131 226 7010)
Please note, ‘The King’s Ticket’ and disabled access tickets can only be purchased via Ticketsoup.
Q. How much are tickets for Bannockburn Live?
Q. How do I place a group booking?
A. For groups of up to 10 people, please visit www.ticketsoup.com/bannockburnlive to buy online. For groups of more than 10 please call Ticket Soup on 0844 395 4000. Unfortunately we do not offer discounts for group bookings.
Q. Who is responsible for programming Bannockburn Live?
A. Bannockburn Live is created and produced by Unique Events ltd. Unique Events are one of Scotland’s leading event producers, responsible for creating high-profile events such as Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, Edinburgh’s Christmas, Highland 2007 – Year of Highland Culture, UEFA Champions League Final 2002 – Glasgow Opening Ceremony, The Big Concert, the Opening of Scottish Parliament and the Burns an a’ That Festival.
Q. Can I take part in the entertainment programme planned for Bannockburn Live?
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