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Siege of Carrickfergus

Monday 29 August 2022
Castle Green, Carrickfergus

The re-enactment of Schomberg’s Siege of Carrickfergus is taking place bank holiday Monday 29 August, 11am - 4pm.(Re-enactment starting 12noon)

The free event 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. The award-winning Naturally North Coast Artisan Market will be in attendance, offering visitors the unique market experience showcasing a wide range of artisan produce and high quality hand crafted goods.

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, arts & crafts 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.

A scene for the Siege of Carrickfergus reenactment