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It’s Stirling’s Big Weekend


This weekend all the action is heading to Stirling! With three huge events taking place over the weekend there’s more than enough to keep all ages entertained. And there’s no need to worry about missing out on our very own Stirling Castle – we’re having a special late night opening on Saturday evening as part of Stirling’s Big Night Out so you have until 8pm to come and visit us.

Stirling Castle

Plan your weekend activities now

Here’s how Stirling’s Big Weekend is shaping up:

Kicking off the weekend in fine tune on Friday evening is a celebration of Scottish culture and heritage. Hundreds of pipers, drummers, Highland dancers and clan members from across the world will gather for Pipefest. The parade will start from the esplanade at Stirling Castle at 7pm  and carry on right through the city.

We’re told it will be a truly magnificent sight to behold.

Pipers at Stirling Castle

We’ll be hosting lots of pipers on Stirling Castle esplanade


Bannockburn Live 
An enthralling two day event to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn as well as a celebration of Scottish culture, food and drink. Watch 300 soldiers wage medieval warfare as they recreate the brutal battle across the course of Saturday and Sunday afternoon. There’s also a packed programme of cultural events including singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean and Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, a family reunion like no other at the Clans & Family Village, the Storyville retreat will be filled with artists, comedians, writers and musicians whilst seasonal Scottish produce will be available from the food and drink village.
It sounds like an action-packed weekend is guaranteed.

A plethora of activities at Bannockburn Live

A plethora of activities await you at Bannockburn Live

Armed Forces Day
The sixth annual Armed Forces Day National Event promises to be one of the brightest and most colourful. Saturday’s event begins with a parade leaving from Stirling Castle esplanade at 11am with serving military, joined by almost 2000 veterans. The event will include flypasts by historic and modern aircraft, combat displays, marching bands, military vehicles, tri-service simulated combat and rescue mission, live music and entertainment, unarmed combat display and military working dogs demonstration.
Lots of entertainment throughout the whole day.

Armed Forces Day at Stirling Castle

Plan your weekend activities now for Armed Forces Day

So, do you plan to visit Stirling for its Big Weekend? You’ll be assured of a warm welcome at Stirling Castle, and our late opening will give plenty of time for exploring as part of this extra special weekend.


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Jean Burke

Jean works in the marketing department focusing mainly on our events programme. She mostly blogs about upcoming events, campaigns and all the wonderful goings-on at Historic Scotland.

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