2,000 years of history on display at Fort George
18 July 2014
Romans, Vikings and First World War soldiers will be among the costumed performers
to descend upon Fort George next month as Historic Scotland’s award-winning event Celebration of the
A Year of Homecoming 2014 event, Celebration of the Centuries will take place at
the fort in Ardersier, Inverness-shire from 11am-5pm on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th August. It will
span over 2,000 years of history, with over 250 historical re-enactors from across the UK appearing
over the course of the weekend.
Centuries of history - from Pictish times through the Medieval and Renaissance periods
and right up to the Second World War – will be depicted, while this year’s event will place particular
emphasis on the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, centenary of the outbreak of the First
World War and the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
Opening with a spectacular parade of all the performers, visitors will also be able
to explore living history camps, watch dramatic presentations and experience the music and dancing of
There will be a dramatic aerial display on both days, while visitors will also be
able to find out more about the recruitment process during the war and the food the soldiers would have
been served in a field kitchen.
Lorna Ewan, Head of Visitor Experience, Content and Learning at Historic Scotland
said: “Celebration of the Centuries is one of our biggest and most spectacular events, and Fort George
makes for an impressive backdrop for an event spanning 2,000 years of history.
“This year, we are placing particular emphasis on key anniversaries in 2014; the
Battle of Bannockburn, the outbreak of WWI and D-Day.
“With a parade of costumed performers, informative presentations, living history
camps and aerial displays, there will be something for everyone and it promises to be a great day out
for the whole family.”
Tickets cost £12 for adults, £9.60 for concessions and £7.20 for children. They
are available with a 10% discount online at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/celebration
or alternatively can be purchased on the day. Entry is free for Historic Scotland members.
Notes for editors:
- Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged
with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers
and through them to the Scottish Parliament.
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- Scotland welcomes the world in the Year of Homecoming 2014 providing a year-long
programme of events alongside the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games. The Year of Homecoming Scotland
will run until 31 December 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country. Visitors from around
the world are invited to join in a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural
heritage, nature and ancestral heritage. Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative
being led by EventScotland and VisitScotland, supported by numerous partners. To find out more visit
www.homecomingscotland.com. For more on Historic Scotland’s Homecoming activities
visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/homecoming or tweet us using #hshomecoming.