Bruce Festival Catapults Into 2013 (22/07/2013)


BRUCE FESTIVAL CATAPULTS INTO 2013 

Dunfermline will once again be transported back in time to the 14th Century with the return of The Bruce Festival 2013 on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of August 2013.

Set in Pittencrieff Park, known locally as ‘The Glen’, the world of medieval Scotland will unfold with thrilling equestrian shows, medieval arts and crafts, battle re-enactments, music, food and story-telling.

The event is a major celebration of Scottish heritage with the 2013 Bruce Festival centred around the fascinating tale of Robert the Bruce, as he transforms Pittencrieff Park into his battle camp complete with an impressive weapons arsenal.

Around 15,000 visitors are expected to attend the two-day festival set against the magnificent backdrop of the historic Dunfermline Abbey.

Organised by the BID company, Dunfermline Delivers with support from sponsors, Fife Council and The Alfred Stewart Property Foundation, the event is a major economic driver for the city.

Gifford Bruce from the Alfred Stewart Property Foundation commented:  “The Bruce Festival is a fantastic event which has the potential to bring thousands of visitors to the town. It is a great example of the kind of sustainable event which can raise the profile of Dunfermline and help businesses in the area to thrive.”

Kicking off on Saturday at 11am visitors can wander through the historic encampment and mingle with craftsmen, jesters and even the great King Robert the Bruce himself.

 

Medieval battle re-enactments

Featuring a full size Trebuchet catapult to recreate the sieges of Scottish castles of yesteryear, this year’s Bruce Festival will commence with a harsh clashing of medieval swords, loud galloping footsteps of a jousting medieval horse and numerous battle re-enactments.

Visitors can relive the excitement of knights in battle and stand in awe as Robert the Bruce surveys his army in preparation of battle.

 

Food and craft village

Meet medieval cooks who will be preparing meats and stews. Have the chance to purchase delicious food from some of the best Scottish food providers including Puddledub Pork who will be providing a traditional Hog Roast over the weekend.  Thirsts will be quenched with De Brus real ale from the beer tent.

There will also be a craft fair from Made in Fife showcasing locally produced items including candles, leather goods, artwork and pottery.

 

Entertainment day & night

Aside from the realistic battle and jousting, there will also be a variety of other entertainment on display including juggling street jesters and enchanting medieval musicians.

A Ceilidh will take the celebrations into the evening, featuring renowned Scottish band Iron Broo. The ceilidh will include a reception at 7pm and will continue to midnight. Tickets are available directly from Dunfermline Delivers. Contact 01383 732226

 

Animals

Visitors can meet the noble steeds of the medieval stables and watch some magnificent swooping displays of falconry. As a popular annual attractions of the Bruce Festival, the experience promises to be both educational and interesting.

Fife Animal Park will also be offering an opportunity to get up close with animals including pigs, goats and sheep and learn how they were used by the people of the 14th Century.

 

For children and families

The funfair is sure to put a smile on younger faces with its colourful array of rides and stalls. Tales of historic Scotland are being brought to life by professional storytellers, tasked with awakening an interest in Scottish history and heritage. This year, all stories will themed on myth, magic and supersition.

The King will be on the lookout for new young recruits for his army so children can learn to fight like a brave knight

The Bruce Festival will take place on Saturday 24th August and Sunday 25th August between 11am and 4pm.

 

For further information visit:

Website – www.brucefestival.co.uk

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thebrucefestival

Twitter – @DunfermlineBID

 

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Notes to editors

Dunfermline Delivers is the trading name for Dunfermline’s Business Improvement District (BID). The BID’s aim is to develop a thriving and sustainable city-centre economy for the benefit of local businesses.