Carrickfergus prepares for siege as part of spectacular historical re-enactment!

Tuesday 15 August 2023

One of the most colourful, historical re-enactment events of the year takes place on Bank Holiday Monday at Castle Green in Carrickfergus.

The annual re-enactment of Schomberg’s Siege marks an important milestone in the history of both the Castle and the town of Carrickfergus itself.

Organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, the FREE event takes place on Monday 28 August from 11am to 4pm, with the re-enactment beginning at 12noon.

The showcase will include over 70 re-enactors from across the United Kingdom, all dressed in period costume, followed by a pageantry parade to meet King William at the pier.

Spectators will travel “back in time” and witness Carrickfergus Castle under siege by King William III’s forces.  As well as live cannon and musket firing, residents and visitors can check out the military encampments making the Siege an event not to be missed!

The popular Urban Market’s artisan market will also be in attendance, offering a unique market experience showcasing a wide range of artisan produce and high quality hand crafted goods. From delightful handmade fudge and jewellery to delectable baked goods and scrumptious dog treats, you're in for a treat!

Local businesses taking part include Granny Shaws Fudge Factory, Velvet Cupcakes, Marshall Beekeeping, Wild Shore NI, Woofternoon Tea, Amber catering & Cakes and much more!

There’s something to keep all the family entertained this year with a falconry display, face painting, balloon modelling plus arts and crafts.

For further information, visit on to our Events section.