700th An­niver­sary Pro­gramme

Tick­ets for all events will be on sale from Wed­nes­day, June 4 at the Cromwell i-Site, 47 The Mall, Cromwell, phone (03) 445-0212.

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Horse park­ing and stores at Ban­nock­burn. Con­scrip­tion (11am to 1pm): Foot­sol­diers to re­port to Ban­nock­burn Post Of­fice and sign up. Cost $2 Gold coin per con­script. Soldiers must be 16 years and over.

For­ma­tion (from 1pm): English­men re­port to Ban­nock­burn Inlet and Scots to Ban­nock­burn Do­main. There will be fur­ther com­mands is­sued along with am­mu­ni­tion (flour) and weapons check. Both sides march to the Bat­tle­field in readi­ness for ... THE BAT­TLE OF BAN­NOCK­BURN (Starts at Bu­gle Call 2pm): Both sides will have nurses to re­vive mor­tally wounded soldiers. Park­ing and view­ing from pad­dock above bat­tle­field.

Most people as­so­ciate Scot­land with tar­tan, hag­gis, Rob­bie Burns or its na­tional drink - whisky. Se­lect­ing a dram to try and savour can be a dif­fi­cult task. Be­side the com­plex and in­tri­cate flavours there are also dif­fer­ent types; malts, blended and grain whiskies. Our mas­ter guide will lead you through each of Scot­land’s five dis­tinct whisky re­gions, with tast­ings of seven stun­ning Scotch Whiskies. The venue for this voy­age of dis­cov­ery is Car­rick Win­ery. Tick­ets $30 (are re­stricted to those aged 18 and over).

Por­tray­ing Wil­liam Wal­lace, the 13th - century Scot­tish war­rior, who led the Scots in the First War of Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence, the movie Brave­heart is an his­tor­i­cal fan­tasy. If you want only the dry truth this movie is not for you, but if your de­sire is to be en­ter­tained by an epic movie, then it is. The venue for Brave­heart is the Ban­nock­burn Bowl­ing Club. En­try by do­na­tion at the door.

Award-win­ning poet, fic­tion writer and 2008 Robert Burns fel­low, Sue Woot­ton, will fas­ci­nate you with her de­scrip­tion of the in­flu­ence Scot­tish writ­ers and poets have had on the mod­ern world. En­joy a de­li­cious af­ter­noon tea. The venue for this, mu­sic and lit­er­acy in­dul­gence is that lit­tle gem - The Kitchen, 430a Ban­nock­burn Road. Tick­ets $20 (in­cludes food, cof­fee or tea). How­ever, you will need to be quick - there are only 35 tick­ets avail­able.

The im­pact the Scots set­tlers had on the for­ma­tion and de­vel­op­ment of Otago and South­land will be ex­plored by Toitu Otago Set­tlers Mu­seum, Ex­hi­bi­tion De­vel­oper, Wil­liam McKee in what is sure to be an il­lu­mi­nat­ing talk dur­ing this lunch time event at the vil­lage pub. Steve McDon­ald will wet your ap­petite with a collection of some of his and your favourite Scot­tish songs. The Ban­nock­burn Ho­tel is the venue. Tick­ets $20 (in­cludes light lunch). early pur­chase of tick­ets is sug­gested - tick­ets are limited to 40.

The Ban­nock­burn Hall is back open and just in time. The grand old lady is your host­ess this evening. The mu­sic Steve McDon­ald will play is dra­matic and beau­ti­ful and in­cludes some of the most pow­er­ful and mov­ing con­tem­po­rary Scot­tish mu­sic you are likely to hear. There will be some­thing for ev­ery­one. How­ever, it’s not all Steve. We have a few lo­cal treats in store for you as well. Tick­ets are limited to 80 and $20, avail­able on a first come first served ba­sis.

If there is a fact ev­ery Scot knows, it is who won the Bat­tle of Ban­nock­burn in 1314; and it was to­day, Tues­day, June 24, 700 years ago, that this vic­tory was achieved.

The hag­gis will be piped in and will be ad­dressed by Jack Davis, My Lord of NZ Curl­ing. His­to­rian, Dr Jen­nie Cole­man will pro­vide a re­veal­ing in­sight into Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence so gal­lantly achieved by the Bat­tle of Ban­nock­burn; how in­de­pen­dence was sub­ju­gated with the sub­se­quent coun­try?’’ the sub­ject of a Scot­tish ref­er­en­dum to be held on Septem­ber 18 this year.

The venue for this feast of ev­ery­thing Scot­tish is The Nose at the High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park. Tick­ets $60 (in­cludes three course din­ner). The seat­ing ca­pac­ity at The Nose for Pip­ing Hot is 75 and again tick­ets will be sold on a first come first served ba­sis.

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