Bruce Festival will commemorate seizing of Carrickfergus Castle

Jousting will be one of the many activities on display at the Bruce Festival.
Jousting will be one of the many activities on display at the Bruce Festival.

To commemorate the seizing of Carrickfergus Castle by Edward Bruce in 1316, the Ulster-Scots Agency and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council in partnership with the Department of Communities are hosting the Bruce Festival 2016 on 4 and 5 June 2016, featuring The Knights of Royal England, Europe’s premier jousting team.

The festival will take place at Carrickfergus Castle, Main Street and Marine Gardens and will take you on a journey through time with a range of medieval events and entertainment including jousting, dramatic re-enactments, street theatre, falconry, traditional storytelling, blacksmith demonstrations, archery, medieval battle workshops and family entertainment.

Ulster-Scots music, drama, battles and arts and crafts will combine to make a great day out for you and your family.

The Knights of Royal England will be conducting a dramatic jousting tournament on Saturday 4 June at Marine Gardens with an awesome spectacle of chivalry, hand to hand combat, mounted challenges and horsemanship!

The Knights of Royal England are the premiere jousting company in Europe and stage over 60 shows each year, having performed at both large and small venues all over the world, the Knights of Royal England create a spectacular event for all the family to see! This is a sight not to be missed!

The jousting team will also be hosting a ‘Meet the Knights’ event on the Castle Green on Sunday 5 June which will allow you to speak with the Knights and find out more about jousting in the 14th century, the weapons they used, the equipment and of course, their horses.

Entry to this festival is free and festival goers can also enjoy free entry to Carrickfergus Castle on 4 and 5 June 2016.

Come and learn more about the medieval connections between Scotland and Ulster, the Bruce campaign in Ireland and much more at the Bruce Festival 2016!

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