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Tents, Horses, Knights at Bannockburn Festival
Tents, Horses, Knights at Bannockburn Festival

Sunday June 22nd 2014 marked the 700th anniversary of The Battle of Bannockburn. The event was held at the Bannockburn Golf Club. Entertainment for the weekend included a re-enactment of the 1314 Battle in full period costume, pipe bands, live music, highland dancing, a Medieval and Viking Village, archery, and jousting.

More? How about Scottish Clans, Scottish Games, vintage tractors and motorcycle clubs, car clubs, a military re-enactment group, craft and food stalls, children's entertainment, face painting, a giant game of chess, and more.

After I went to the Railway Hotel, Bannockburn for lunch, my friend and I headed out to the Battle of Bannockburn Market at the Golf Club. It was still going strong at 2.30pm and went on til 4.00pm on Sunday.
Large chess board, Bannockburn Festival
Large chess board, Bannockburn Festival

About the Battle of Bannockburn

Bannockburn locals John McNamara and Ross Lander donned their Scottish gear to celebrate the Battle of Bannockburn's 700th Anniversary.

John McNamara, who is Bannockburn's local postie, says the first lesson to re-enact the famous battle, was to learn to sound like a fierce Scottish warrior.

Bannockburn locals polished their swords and their highland accents to celebrate the famous Battle. They were expecting about 10,000 people for a weekend of haggis, bagpipes, caber tossing, and perhaps a wee dram of whisky to fend off the cold.

The celebration included a parade through the main street of Bannockburn at 11.30am Sunday (I missed it as I coudn't get out of bed, it being Sunday, cold and lovely weather for a sleep in). There was a lot of Scottish-themed activities on during the weekend.
Clan Fraser Society tent at Bannockburn festival
Clan Fraser Society tent at Bannockburn festival

The re-enactment was to celebrate a famous battle in 1314, which gave Scotland its independence under King Robert the Bruce in the years following William Wallace.

John McNamara has said that the full re-enactment of the battle on Sunday will be the highlight along with archery competitions, highland dancing, a jousting display and market stalls, also Celtic market, medieval village, archery and Scottish folk bands.
Knight and a lassie, Battle of Bannockburn
Knight and a lassie, Battle of Bannockburn

The profits from the event will go towards local and international charitable works. Everyone was encouraged to wear some tartan or dress in Scottish attire or other appropriate garb. There was a sea of tartan at the event, with many people dressed in kilts and also in medieval dress.

I met this lovely man at the Railway Hotel, done up in his tartan, so I took a photo of him before we even got out to the Bannockburn Golf Club.
A man in tartan at Railway Hotel, Bannockburn
A man in tartan at Railway Hotel, Bannockburn

Please contact John McNamara on 0481 356 757 for more information about upcoming Events relating to the Battle of Bannockburn.
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Why? history, reenactment, market
When: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Phone: 0481 356 757
Where: 300 Shelford/Teesdale Road, Bannockburn, Vic, 3331
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