Scotland gets ready to celebrate Battle of Bannockburn’s 700th anniversary

Bannockburn Battlefield to get new £5m visitor centre for 700-year annivesary in 2014Music, culture, ancestry, food, drink and fight re-enacting will make the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn a memorable one.

Bannockburn Live on June 28-29 will see hundreds of artists and clan members unite for a festival at the Stirling battlefield where Robert the Bruce’s army annihilated the English, led by Edward II, and paved the way for Scottish independence.

The site will have five areas:

  • 1314 Encampment – The atmosphere, sights and sounds of 14th century life with blacksmiths making armour and swords, bread baking over fires in outdoor kitchens and casualties in medieval hospitals.
  • Music Arena – Line-up includes Dougie MacLean, Julie Fowlis, Rura, The Deadly Winters, Siobhan Wilson, Saor Patrol, Treacherous Orchestra, Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire and Ross Ainslie and Jarlaith Henderson.
  • Storyville – Scotland’s culture and history told by writers, stand-up comedians and singer-songwriters. Crafts and book shop also feature.
  • Land of Food and Drink – Sample Scottish products such as whisky and real ales and meet producers.
  • Clan & Family Village – Around 40 clans will converge and visitors can talk to members and uncover their own ancestry with genealogical resource ScotlandsPeople.

Admission is adult £11/child £8/family £30. battleofbannockburn.com

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