RE-ENACTMENTS & CELEBRATIONS IN 2016
Following the exciting exhibition in Oban in December 2014, 2015 saw The Prestonpans Tapestry continuing to tour with a second exhibition in New Lanark Mills from January 29th/ March 9th. It then went to the Waterside Gallery in Walton-upon-Thames from October 14th / November 8th.
2016 sees the Tapestry at Prestonpans Community Centre throughout the 3Harbours Festival from June 3rd/ 12th & at the Prestoungrange Gothenburg throughout September.
During the year the Alan Breck Regiment is continuing its School Visits on request including Battle Gaming and offering a wide range of demonstration events.
The 4th Biennial National Battlefield Symposium convened on October 24th 2014 was a momentous occasion with the nationwide frustration giving the necessary fillip for the establishment of the Scottish Battlefields Trust [SBT] as a national charity. Future Symposia will be held by the SBT and the SBT is working in partnership with the UK Battlefield Trust.
From 2016 a Triennial Cycle of Re-enactments will be hosted by the SBT across East Lothian.After our 9th Celebrations in Prestonpans in 2015 the cycle will move to Dunbar  and then in 2017 to Pinkie Cleugh  before returning again to Prestonpans in 2018.They will take place during the third weekend of September each year.
The 5th Biennial National Battlefields Symposium will be held in Perth on October 16th 2016 with Scotland's Civil Wars as it theme. The series is now in the stewardship of the Scottish Battlefields Trust
However, lesser scale re-enactments and commemorations will still take place each year on the nearest appropriate weekend which for 2016 is 23/ 24/ 25 September - with the focus especially on Colonel Gardiner as restoration of the Bankton Doo'cot is completed telling the story of his life and death. N.B. Full details in the NewsReport section [left here] of this website.
N.B. Photographic details of all re-enactments in previous years to 2015 are linked HERE and press reports appear below. Specific cameos taken from the battle can also be viewed at this LINK and every detail of The Prestonpans Tapestry is @ www.prestonpanstapestry.org
Enquiries to Arran Johnston
@   1875 819922 [not Mondays]
2015 Battle Celebrations & Re-enactments
The 9th Annual Re-enactments were the last of the 'annual' cycle initiated in 2007 by the Battle Trust. Now, in partnership with Heritage Groups in Dunbar and Pinkie Cleugh, the Battle Trust has from 2016 entered a 'triennial cycle'. This sees full scale re-enactments at each of the three venues every third year and modest commemorations in the intervening years. The project is led and co-ordinated by the Scottish Battlefields Trust which was established at the 4th National Biennial Symposium convened by the Trust. 2015 was also the fateful year when the twin towers at Cockenzie Power Stations were demolished.
2014 Battle Celebrations & Re-enactments
The 8th Annual re-enactments once again attracted a large audience and offered activities throughout the weekend, including the traditional Riggonhead Defile Walk on Saturday dawn. The encampment was a magnificent opportunity for visitors to gain an extended understanding of the circumnstrances leading up to the battle as well as to meet with the re-enactors personally - most especially General Sir John Cope. The closing moments on Sunday were shared with the Coastal Regeneration Alliance which is fighting to protect the future of Greenhills where the re-enactments now take place from unacceptable development plans.
CLICK HERE for Dragoons give a good account of themslves
CLICK HERE for Prince defeats the redcoats in 9 minutes
CLICK HERE for Plans for Field of Remembrance
CLICK HERE for Coastal Regeneration Alliance Partnership protest
CLICK HERE for the 4th National Battlefields Symposium
2013 Battle Celebrations & Re-enactments
The year saw more than 3,000 attend the re-enactments in Edinburgh, Dunbar and Prestonpans during September 2013. The Alan Brecks made major contributions throughout the year at Prestonpans Tapestry exhibitions and scaling Arthur's Seat. As the Tapestry was exhibited in Bayeux bringing visitor numbers past 250,000 in October 2013, a full weekend of re-enactments and festivities was presented at Greenhills. Full details at it own websitelinked HERE
CLICK HERE for Proclaiming King James VIII on the Royal Mile
CLICK HERE for Cope's Landing @ Dunbar and his Council of War there
CLICK HERE for Occupation of Presatonpans and the Riggonhead Defile March @ Dawn
CLICK HERE for Encampment 2013 ... and the soldiers wqay of life
CLICK HERE for B&B at Pinkie House - 400th Anniversary Surprise
CLICK HERE for the Dragoons Canter and Fascinate
CLICK HERE for 'Let the Redcoats Run ...'
CLICK HERE for'... and then came the Highland Charge'
2012 Battle Celebrations & Re-enactments + Exhibition of Captain Clarke's Skull - August/ September
The year saw the continuation of the touring by the Battle Tapestry including 2 weeks in St Nazaire/ Pornichet and re-enactments nationally by the Alan Brecks including Edinburgh during The Fringe season. In September's annual re-enactments the skull of Captain Clarke of Hamilton's dragoons was exhibited at Prestongrange Museum.
2011 Battle Celebrations & Re-enactments + Prestonpans Tapestry Touring - September/ October
The year saw the continuing touring of the Tapestry as reported at its own website linked HERE plus a fine new paintings exhibition and the annual re-enactments commencing in Haddington and Musselburgh with the full scale battle scenes in Cuthill Park on the Staurday and Sunday.