Latest information from the National Trust for Scotland re. Bannockburn Live! This promises to be a really popular event, and Scottish Highland Trails will have an allocation of tickets :)
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NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND CALL TO ARMS UPDATE - 28 June 2013
Bannockburn Live: A feast of food, music and history
Bannockburn Live welcomes Scotland’s Clan Societies, providing an opportunity for visitors to trace their Scottish roots and offering societies an opportunity to represent their Clans, meet friends old and new and to be 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 Bannockburn Live, the Trust has unveiled initial programme information, and tickets are now on sale (28 June 2013). Ticketing includes an exclusive offering for Clan Societies, with the chance to purchase pitches within tented structures for the 3-days as part of a bespoke “Clan Village”.
We understand the urgency of Clans being able to book a pitch soon so that groups can arrange travel and accommodation. The Trust has already received interest from many Clan Societies and event organisers will be responding to each enquiry individually with an application questionnaire. If you have not already emailed us to register your interest in taking part, please answer the Call to Arms on www.battleofbannockburn.com by 15th July 2013.
Please note the importance of registering as soon as possible as spaces are limited. We will send you an application form to complete and return by 1st August 2013 to be considered for a Clan pitch. All applications will be assessed and confirmations will be sent to the selected Clans by 16th August 2013.
As a contribution towards infrastructure, a fee of £300.00 plus vat is payable to the event for a Clan Societies pitch. This fee will cover attendance at all three days of Bannockburn Live (please note Clans must be able to participate on all three days from 10am – 6pm) and as part of this fee, will be supplied with:
· An individual space measuring 3m x 3m within a tented structure;
· 2 x 6ft trestle tables;
· 2 x folding chairs;
· 4 x Bannockburn Live passes (worth £80) for your working personnel which will allow access to the arena to be able to enjoy the performances on offer;
· A dedicated Clan Liaison to manage the Clan Village and act as your point of contact at the event;
· Power if required (must be specified in advance); and
· An opportunity to sell Clan merchandise (offering subject to approval by event organisers).
Please note, Clans will be required to be on site in advance to set up their pitches (logistical arrangements will be advised for selected Clans).
More on Bannockburn Live
Bannockburn Live will conjure the events and people of the past out from the history books and into real life, at the site which has long had its connections with the historic battle. 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.
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.
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 much more.
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) - £55 (plus booking fees). There 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.
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.
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?
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 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. Will the Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre be open at the event?
A. Due to capacity the new Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre will not be open to general admission ticket holders during the Bannockburn Live event. The visitor centre will only be open to Bannockburn Live ‘The King’s Ticket’ ticket holders who will be permitted exclusive access as part of their ticket package. For full ticket details visit www.ticketsoup.com/bannockburnlive.
Q. Is the event suitable for children?
A. Yes, absolutely. We will have a programme of children’s activities and interesting performances and installations on site, including the interactive battle encampments. Full programme details will be announced in due course.
Please note, as this is an outdoor, green field site and will be busy, pushchairs and buggies are not encouraged in the arena.
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?
A. Advance tickets for Bannockburn Live are priced as follows:
Adult: £20.00 + £2.00 booking fee.
Child (under 14): £12.50 + £1.30 booking fee.
Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children under 14): £55.00 + £5.50 booking fee.
The King’s Ticket: £75.00 + £7.50 booking fee (please note this can only be purchased via Ticketsoup).
Children under 2 go free.
Children under 2 are not permitted inside the visitor centre as part of The King’s Ticket.
Postage costs apply.
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. What are the facilities and access for people with disabilities?
A. The event arena will be wheelchair accessible but please note the event is held on a green field site and therefore may be difficult to negotiate in some places, especially in the event of inclement weather.
Spaces for the disabled viewing area for the Battle re-enactment cannot be reserved in advance and availability may be limited on the day to a first-come-first-served basis. If you have purchased a ticket and require assistance from a carer on site, a limited number of carer tickets are available. Please contact Ticketsoup for more information. Our stewards are on hand to provide any further advice and assistance within the event arena.
Q. Will there be allocated parking for people with disabilities?
A. A limited amount of car parking will be available adjacent to the site for blue badge holders on a first come, first served basis. Please check back for details.
PARKING AND TRAVEL
Q. Will there be parking facilities at the event?
A. Bannockburn Live is taking place in a unique and spectacular location. The bespoke venue, set in the Bannockburn ‘memorial park’ will be created to accommodate hundreds of re-enactors and performers and thousands of spectators. As this is not a regular festival venue the site is not ideally suited to travel by car. We therefore strongly recommend you come to the event by public transport.
There will however be a limited amount of green field car parking available for the event sold on a first come first served basis (prices are tbc and advanced booking will be required). Organisers are currently working on the location and specifics and information, including car parking locations and prices, will be announced in due course. Please register at www.battleofbannockburn.com for updates.
Please note that parking in the immediate vicinity, including nearby residential streets, is not permitted.
Q. Will there be bus services operating for the event?
A. Yes. Organisers are currently working on specifics and information, including a shuttle bus service from the centre of Stirling. Times and prices will be announced in due course. Please check back for updates.
There will an onwards dedicated event shuttle bus service available to the event site from the City Centre (details will be announced in due course – charges apply).
Q. Will there be park and ride facilities at the event?
A. Yes. Organisers are currently working on specifics for dedicated bus services. Information including routes, times and prices will be announced in due course. Please check www.bannockburnlive.com for updates.