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Celebration of the Centuries returns to Fort George

25 July 2011

                         Celebration of the Centuries

Historic Scotland’s largest event of the year is returning to Fort George, the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain, on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August, taking place from 11:30 to 4:30 pm each day.

The event at Fort George, near Inverness, will celebrate all of Scotland’s exciting past commencing with a grand parade from Roman times up to the fighting troops of the 20th century.  The event’s highlight will be an aerial dogfight display between a Spitfire and a Buchon Messerschmitt 109, sponsored by EventScotland, the national events agency.  

Gareth Cheeseman, Events Manager, Historic Scotland said:  “Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success, entertaining thousands of visitors.  This year promises to be even more spectacular with the World War II dogfight.  With clashing combat shows, authentic medieval encampments, ladies in stunning period dresses and thunderous firepower displays, this is a great day out for the family with something for everyone to enjoy.”  

Additional attractions include a bustling 1940’s area complete with swing dancers and music from a big band.  

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland added: “We are delighted to be supporting Celebration of the Centuries for the first time through our national funding programme. Our support is to help Historic Scotland add value to the event through additional elements to the programme which are engaging and appealing to the audiences from the local area and further afield.”

Tickets: Adult (16-59yrs) £11, Concession (over 60yrs) £8.80, Child (5-15yrs) £6.60, (under 5s free)

Family tickets available:

1 Adult & 2 Children:   £22.70
2 Adults & 2 Children: £33.20
2 Adults & 3 Children: £39.30

Please note: Historic Scotland members get FREE entry and do not require tickets - simply show your membership card on the day to receive your wristband.

Buy tickets online in advance and save 10% www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/celebration

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.


  • EventScotland is the national events agency.

  • EventScotland is working to make Scotland one of the world’s leading event destinations. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors.

  • The Year of Active Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative being delivered by EventScotland and VisitScotland which began on the 1st January 2011. For more information go to www.eventscotland.org/activescotland

  • For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org  


For further information


Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866
jennifer.johnstonwatt@scotland.gsi.gov.uk