From the Jacobites to the World Wars: event celebrates 250 years at Fort George


08 August 2019
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Fort George near Inverness, one of Europe's finest fortifications will mark its 250th anniversary with Festival at the Fort celebrations on 10 and 11 August 2019.

Fort George near Inverness, one of Europe's finest fortifications will mark its 250th anniversary with Festival at the Fort celebrations on 10 and 11 August 2019.

Fort George was built in the wake of the Battle of Culloden as a secure base for George II’s army and is one of the most outstanding fortifications in Europe.

The event will feature a programme of family-friendly activity, historical re-enactment, music, dance and song.

Re-enactment performances will tell the story of the Jacobite risings and the building of Fort George. Visitors can also meet costumed characters in the history encampments and hear the stories of Jacobites as well as those who were involved in the construction of the fortress.

There will also be a 1940s/Second World War zone, with tents and vehicles. Visitors will be able to find out about the important role Fort George as a training base. There will also be a big band and swing dancers, and members of the public can join in on the dancefloor. At 1.30pm each day, visitors can watch parachute displays (weather permitting).

Throughout the weekend there will be musical performances from RAF Lossiemouth Pipes & Drums, Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail, Inverness Military Wives Choir and The Margaret Stewart Trio, as well as Highland Dancing displays.

Gillian Urquhart, events manager at Historic Environment Scotland, who care for Fort George, said: “Fort George is one of the most outstanding fortifications in Europe. This is a fantastic chance for anyone who has never visited before to discover why and how it was constructed and find out more about its present-day use.

"Even people who have been before will find something new. With all the activities at this one-off event, there's something for the whole family to enjoy.

Event details

Festival at the Fort takes place at Fort George from 12pm - 4pm on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August. The site is open from 9.30am – 5.30pm. Entry to the event is included in the normal admission price. There is a 10% discount for online bookings. Entry is free for Historic Scotland members.

For more information, visit the event page.

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