Bruce Festival

DUNFERMLINE’S DRAMATIC CELEBRATION OF A ‘GREAT KING’ 

Dunfermline is once again being transported back to medieval times past, as the 2014 Bruce Festival beckons on the 12th and 13th July to coincide with Robert the Bruce’s birthday.

Famous for its food, activites and re-enactments, the festival will again be hosted in Pittencrieff Park against the backdrop of the King’s final resting place.

With Scotland celebrating this year as Homecoming, the Bruce Festival – one of Visit Scotland’s funded events – is set to be one of the biggest yet, as it recognises the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

Kicking off the festivities will be the male voices of Capella Nova, who are set to host an evening of ‘Music for the Bruce’ on Friday 11th July in Dunfermline Abbey at 7.30pm.

The Knights Royal will lead visitors in a procession through the streets of the historical town to Pittencrieff Park, to mark the ceremonial opening of the festival at 11am on 12th July.

Another major highlight of the free two-day festival is the ferocious fighting of the battle re-enactments with noble steeds, falconry displays and medieval farmyard animals complete what will be a step back in time for visitors.

Maggie Mitchell, Chief Executive at Dunfermline Delivers said: “As always, the Bruce Festival is set to be an event not-to-be-missed on Dunfermline’s calendar.

“Our town is one of immense historical significance, and as it celebrates its central importance to Scotland’s story, I look forward to welcoming all visitors to the festival as we re-establish our position as one of the country’s leading tourist locations - recognising Dunfermline’s heritage and dynamic future. “

 

Feeding the Show

Attendees are in for a treat as the best in Scottish Food caterers perfect their medieval cooking, serving up an array of meats and stews reminiscent of times gone by.

New to this year’s event will be Wild Rover – a sustainable, ethical food business specialising in local produce.

Cat Kilgour at Wild Rover, who were finalists in last year’s British Street Food Awards, said: We'll be cooking everything fresh on the day using local suppliers, our ex-army kitchen and land rover.  There will be Roast Haunch of Venison with caramelised onions, horseradish cream and Scottish salad leaves in a freshly baked ciabatta from local Woodlea Bakery and the UK's only British Halloumi pan-fried in Scottish rapeseed oil and served with Scottish tomatoes, salad leaves and a pesto dressing."

De Brus Brewery will also attend ready to quench thirsts with a pint of real ale. Sláinte!

Crafts and Arts

Displaying the medieval art of felting and weaving will be Dunfermline High-Street’s own Emma Pauley, owner at arts and crafts centre, Miss Pauley’s.  The public can try their hand at felt making, knitting and even see how a loom is used in weaving.  They will also be the chance to add a splash of colour to create their own Robert the Bruce and also make their own coat of arms.

Activities

Aside from the realistic battle and jousting, there will also be a variety of other entertainment on display including a pop-up theatre, juggling street jesters and enchanting medieval musicians. There will be fiery forge on which a Blacksmith and his apprentice will be operating; an armoury that will display a fascinating array of weaponry – everything from swords to cudgels; you can meet the ‘Doomster’, the traditional name for the King’s torturer and executioner in Scotland – the most feared man in the Kingdom; and there will birds of prey on display, which were used by the King’s Falconer for hunting.

Business Opportunity

Not only is this event set to provide a whirlwind of entertainment for the entire family, it is also considered a key opportunity for local businesses alike – as the festival looks to draw high numbers – increasing footfall and stimulating sales opportunities.

Amongst the businesses set to profit from the tourism generated by the festival is The Old Inn, whose offering of a specialised ‘Bruce’ menu sure to deliver a taste of times gone by. Also set to benefit is the town’s branch of Marks and Spencers, as this week it was announced that Robert the Bruce and his army will start their parade from the popular store at 1030 on the 12th July.

Also taking part is local restaurant, Grill 48 – who has teamed up with Discover Dunfermline to offer a historical tour through the city, followed by a Scottish buffet, aptly named ‘Daunder and Dine’, and taking place from 9th-11th July at 6.45pm.

For further information visit:

Website – www.connectingwithyou.co.uk

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thebrucefestival

Twitter – @DunfermlineBID

For more media information please contact Kirrie or Judith at O’Leary PR on 01383 432608.

 

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Dunfermline Delivers

Dunfermline Delivers is the trading name for Dunfermline’s Business Improvement District (BID). A partnership between Fife Council and the local business community, BID’s aim is to develop a thriving and sustainable city-centre economy for the benefit of the business and residential communities – its focus is on commerce, heritage and lifestyle.

 

The Bruce Festival

The Bruce Festival has a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere creating a cultural and historic taste trail around Medieval Scotland. It is an event that has something for everyone from families to history buffs to those seeking a fun and entertaining day out with medieval re-enactments, children’s juggling and jester school, storytelling, jousting, falconry, food, crafts and music.

The Bruce Festival is a FREE event.

Homecoming 2014

Homecoming Scotland 2014 is an initiative being delivered by VisitScotland and EventScotland. 2014 sees a year in which Scotland will welcome the world. At the heart of the year will be a year-long event programme, celebrating the very best of Scottish food and drink, Scotland’s active and natural resources as well as our creativity, culture and heritage.

 

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