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Carrickfergus prepares for siege as part of spectacular history re-enactment



The Re-enactment of Schomberg’s Siege of Carrickfergus will take place on Bank Holiday Monday at Castle Green.


The free event, organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, will include over 40 re-enactors from across the United Kingdom, all dressed in period costume, followed by a pageantry parade to meet King William at the pier.

As well as the live cannon and musket firing, residents and visitors will be able to visit the military encampments making the Siege an event not to be missed. A new addition to the event this year will see a variety of stalls from the award-winning Naturally North Coast Artisan Market.

Council has included something to keep all the family entertained this year with a falconry display, the little ones will enjoy face painting, balloon modelling, a dinosaur walkabout character, a pop up cinema showing Pixar short films and a performance by CWA Brass.

All spectators can travel “back in time” and witness Carrickfergus Castle under siege by King William III’s forces, led by the Duke of Schomberg against the Jacobite Irish commanding forces that took place in 1689, ahead of King William’s arrival nearly a year later.

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 these significant historical events, which took place here.

The free event is organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, with the activities taking place between 11am and 4pm.

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