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After Bannockburn... Operation Ireland

22 April 2015

To commemorate the crowning of Edward Bruce as King of Ireland in 1315, the Ulster Scots Agency and Carrickfergus Borough Council in partnership with the NIEA are hosting the Bruce Festival 2015 on 30th and 31st May 2015, 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 30th May 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!

Entry to this festival is free and festival goers can also enjoy free entry to Carrickfergus Castle on 30th and 31st May.

Come and learn more about the medieval connections between Scotland and Ulster, the Bruce campaign in Ireland and much more at the Bruce Festival 2015!

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