Events

The Siege of Carrickfergus

Monday 26 August 2019
Castle Green, Carrickfergus

The Siege of Carrickfergus

Monday 26 August

Castle Green, Carrickfergus 12noon to 4pm

Visitors and local families can once again experience the Re-enactment of Schomberg’s Siege of Carrickfergus. This free event includes re-enactment groups and military encampments, live cannons and musket firing bringing the famous battle to life as well as something for the little ones to enjoy.

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.

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.

For younger members of the family Brave will be shown in our new free outdoor pop up cinema at 2.30pm serving free popcorn to complete your day out, spaces will be offered on a first come, first served basis so come early. This project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).  In addition there will be arts and crafts activities, balloon modelling, face painting, a falconry display and Roary the Dinosaur walkabout. Come and have a selfie?  Traditional crafts such as a blacksmith will have stalls as well as the vintage market so plenty to see and do.

Why not make this a date in your diary as the last public holiday of the summer?