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.
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.