Siege of Carrickfergus
Aug 26 2019
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A free family day out experiencing the siege in action, with vintage market and pop up cinema.
This spectacular event will take place against the backdrop of the famous Norman Castle. Re-enactors from across Northern Ireland and Scotland will bring history to life, dressed in period costume, during a fun day to mark the anniversary of the Siege of Carrickfergus. The free event, organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, takes place between 12:00 - 16:00 on Monday 26 August.
Travel back in time to 1689 and witness Carrickfergus Castle under siege by King William III’s forces, led by the Duke of Schomberg against the Jacobite Irish commanding forces, ahead of King William’s arrival nearly a year later. This is a great opportunity to come face-to-face with some of the characters from the troops of the Williamite and Jacobite armies who clashed during the siege of the town and castle.
This annual event marks an important milestone in the history of both the castle and the town. It provides families and visitors alike with a taste of the significant historical events, which took place here.
For younger members of the family Brave will be shown in our new free outdoor pop up cinema at 14:30, spaces will be offered on a first come, first served basis so come early.
With free entertainment for all the family, lots of live cannon and musket fire and living history encampments; this is an event not to be missed!
Watch history come alive! Join us at the Castle.