The Bruce Festival which celebrates the life of King Robert the Bruce in Dunfermline’s picturesque Pittencrieff Park.The event attracted 16,000 people to Scotland’s ancient capital in 2010 and its authentic re-creation of a bustling medieval village along with concerts, tours and themed shows has made it one of Scotland’s most high profile historic celebrations.
The event’s organiser is Dunfermline Delivers, and Chief Executive, Susan Hughes, readily acknowledges the importance of the re-enactors who perform at the event.“The Bruce Festival has built its reputation on the dynamic and entertaining way we celebrate the life of Robert the Bruce,” she explained.“The battle re-enactments and traditional crafts that Clanranald perform are one of the highlights of the Festival and strike the balance between showing the reality of the period whilst being great family entertainment.“We’re also very conscious that we need to keep adding finding new ways of telling the story and this year we’ve added an equestrian horseback show, a medieval banquet and a new ghost tour.”
Behind the adrenaline of the live performances the life of a re-actment performer is hard work and the Clanranald Trust make sure any prospective volunteers have plenty of energy and commitment. Volunteers also understand that they are expected to make a significant contribution to the development of the Trust as well as becoming involved in the live exhibitions.
One of the organisation’s flagship projects is Duncarron Fort, a full-scale replica of an early Medieval fortified village in the Carron Valley outside Stirling, which reproduces the skills and practices that would have been common to a Scottish Clan Chief’s residence a thousand years ago.
“Duncarron is a living project that we ask all volunteers to help out with,” explained Charlie Allan. “We also work with younger people from disadvantaged backgrounds and Duncarron and the contribution of our volunteers – from bankers to stonemasons – provides learning and social skills that can transform lives.”Having proven themselves in projects at Duncarron, volunteers are encouraged to progress on to performing at the many events that Clanranald attend each year.
The Bruce Festival takes place from 26-28 August with full details available from visitdunfermlime.com/brucefestival.The event is supported by EventScotland, Fife Council, the Alfred Stewart Property Foundation and ESPC. The event’s media partner is the Courier.
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