A spectacular festival is set to mark the 150th anniversary of The National Wallace Monument

Tickets are now on sale (10am on Friday 17 May) for Wallace Wha Hae, a special festival on Saturday 14 September designed to mark the 150th anniversary of The National Wallace Monument, the 220ft tower which pays homage to Scotland’s national hero, William Wallace.

Families and friends are invited to enjoy a fun day out at Wallace Wha Hae, which is taking place in the grounds of Wallace High School. Starting at 2pm, revellers will be entertained by live music, delicious food and a range of great entertainment with a Wallace theme.

Musical acts will include internationally acclaimed bagpipe band, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, as well as The Voice UK 2015 winner, Stevie McCrorie. A funfair, face painting and a medieval crafts tent will ensure the festival is a hit with children, whilst traditional storytellers, Scotsbard, and medieval re-enactment performance group, The Clann, will help guests to experience a different side of traditional Scottish culture. Quality food and drink from a selection of Scottish suppliers will be available throughout the day, as well as a fully licensed bar.

Speaking of the event, Marketing Manager for Stirling District Tourism, the charity that operates the Monument, Ken Thomson said: “The building of a national memorial to pay tribute to William Wallace was an important chapter in the story of Stirling. From the great public meeting in The King's Park in 1856, and the Laying of the Foundation Stone in 1861, through to the completion and opening of the Monument in 1869 - Stirling became the focal point for the people of Scotland, where they would recognise the patriot and martyr who had become the country's national hero. 150 years later the Monument has become an internationally recognised symbol of Wallace's passion and status, and it is proudly revered by everyone who holds Wallace in high esteem.

“Wallace Wha Hae is an exciting way for everyone to join the 150th anniversary celebrations. We’re extremely grateful for the support we’ve received which has helped to make this event possible.”

The 150th Anniversary programme has been supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate. Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, added: “EventScotland is delighted to be supporting Wallace Wha Hae, as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of The National Wallace Monument, one of Scotland’s most iconic and striking landmarks. Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events, and this family-fun festival will appeal to all ages, while showcasing Scotland’s rich heritage and traditions.”

Tickets for Wallace Wha Hae start at just £10.50 for adults and £6.50 for children, family and concession tickets are also available. There is a bonus for the first 500 tickets sold, which will include complimentary admission to The National Wallace Monument on Saturday 14th September.

All tickets can be purchased from 10am on Friday 17th May via: nationalwallacemonument.com/wallacewhahae

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