The year 2014 celebrates the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. The city of Stirling will be putting on various events throughout the year. Events include:
Ryder Cup Exhibition
Friday 17th January - Thursday 20 March, Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
The Ryder Cup has become famous worldwide, and every two years the best players from Europe and the United States compete to win this iconic tournament.
As Gleneagles host the Ryder Cup in 2014, the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum is pleased to announce that it will be the first Scottish host for the PGA Ryder Cup Heritage Exhibition.
Golf fans will be able to follow the story of the Ryder Cup from its creation in 1926 at the Wentworth club, through to the 2014 tournament. Admission free.
A Dream of Stirling: Norman McLaren's Scottish Dawn
Friday 11th April - Sunday 22nd June, Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
Norman McLaren, the award-winning animated filmmaker, was born at 21 Albert Place, Stirling, on 11th April 1914.
Using material from the University of Stirling's extensive Norman McLaren Archive along with items loaned from the McLaren family 'A Dream of Stirling' provides a fascinating insight into McLaren's childhood and looks at the influence of his Scottish upbringing on his filmmaking career.
Wallace, Bruce and Scotland's Contested Crown
Sunday 1st - Tuesday 3rd June, Stirling Castle
This special exhibition, created by the National Records of Scotland, explores the achievements of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. Bringing together for the first time, two rare medieval documents to provide a fascinating glimpse into a stormy period of Scottish history. The letters illustrate the different paths taken by the two leaders.
Bannockburn 700: Remember Bannockburn
Tuesday 24th June - Sunday 17th August, Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
Seven hundred years after the Battle, we take a closer look at how Bannockburn has been celebrated, and remembered down the centuries. See the Smith’s collection with some important loans from other sources.
Friday 27 June
Pipefest Srirling starts in the evening kicking off Stirling’s big Homecoming Weekend.
Marking the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, this magnificent parade (involving thousands of pipers, drummers, Highland dancers and clans) will start from the gates of Stirling Castle at 6.30pm and proceed through the city led by Pipe Major Ian Duncan and the Atholl Highlanders – Europe’s only private army.
Armed Forces National Day
Saturday 28th June
The Armed Forces Day National Event takes place in Stirling. The local community will lead the nation in honouring UK Armed Forces personnel with a truly fitting tribute to the men and women, past and present, of the Army, the Royal Navy and the RAF. It will be the sixth national event since 2009, and the second to be held in Scotland, after being held in Edinburgh in 2011. There will be spectacular displays and activities to do - something for everyone and will be a great day out for all the family. Stirling looks forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to the city.
The Pipefest and Armed Forces Day are both open to the public, free admission.
Bannockburn Live - Commemorating 700 years since one of the most famous battles in Scottish history
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June
A large scale battlefield involving over 300 re-enactors will recreate three extraordinary battle re-enactments a day on the Bannockburn battlefield, the largest event of this nature ever seen in Scotland. Battle re-enactments will take place at 12 noon, 2 pm and 4 pm and will be choreographed by Clanranald, famous for their work on Hollywood blockbusters such as Gladiator, Robin Hood and Thor 2.
Encampments that evoke the preparations for battle in medieval times including a fully operational kitchen, blacksmiths, armouries and living quarters.
Clan and Family Village - with 40 clans from Scotland, the UK and overseas who will tell their own stories. Clan people and the general public will be able to trace their own Scottish roots at an on-site genealogy centre.
Food & Drink Village - specially curated by Scotland Food & Drink where high quality, seasonal and local artisan food & drink will be available to sample and buy. There will be discussions and demonstrations on food in both historical and contemporary contexts. The main bar in this ‘village’ will serve selected artisan beers and other drinks. There will be a large area for outdoor eating and drinking.
‘Storyville’ - where Scotland’s story will be told through music, song and spoken word. On the stage there will be performances and debates across a wide variety of genres and topics both historical and current. There will be many interactive games and activities for children.
The Main Stage features folk and contemporary music throughout the day. Craft stalls and demonstrations, many of which are of a historical and medieval nature.
Tickets are available for Bannockburn Live at bannockburnlive.com - Adults £20; Children (under 14) £12.50; Family ticket £55.00; King’s Ticket £75.00; Children under five years go free. Up to 20,000 tickets are available for the weekend.
Due to capacity, the new Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre, which opens in March 2014, will not be open to general admission ticket holders during the Bannockburn Live event. The visitor centre will only be open to Bannockburn Live ‘King’s Ticket’ ticket holders, who will be permitted exclusive access as part of their ticket package.