History Live

17th Jul 2017

– A Celebration of Scotland’s Heritage

History Live is a new festival taking place in Stirling from Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October.

To celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, History Live will be taking over the city and surrounding area with a three-day festival that’s jam packed with events, activities and workshops which will bring Scottish history to life.

Here are the special activities which will be taking place at The National Wallace Monument on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October:

  • Live actor performances of Tales from The Battlefield

Travel back in time to one of the most dramatic periods in Scottish History, when William Wallace had just won his greatest victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, during The National Wallace Monument’s live performances of Tales from the Battlefield with costumed actors!

The Battle of Stirling Bridge is over – and a soldier, abandoned and left for dead, makes his way into the woods. Lost and disoriented, he meets another fighter – then discovers he is on the enemy’s side! What will happen, and what do they talk about, before the injured soldier heads off – to make his way home?

Performances outside The National Wallace Monument at: 11:15am, 12:00pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm and 4:00pm

  • Gruesome Games

Kids can test their bravery with The National Wallace Monument’s four new Gruesome Games for modern day warriors.

The Gruesome Games are a new take on traditional lawn games that were made especially for The National Wallace Monument in 2017. Fun for all the family, these games are harder than they look, don’t believe us? Come along and have a go! Storm the Castle, Hook the Eyeball, Knock the Knight and Toss the Body Part!

  • Weapons Demonstration Tent

Visit the Weapons Demonstration Tent on the Abbey Craig at The National Wallace Monument to see a collection of replica weapons and armour and discover the fascinating history behind many of the weapons used in Scotland’s dramatic past.  From the Celtic Leaf Sword to the Viking Battle Axe, learn how the people and invaders of Scotland made and used weaponry during the regular presentations from a costumed historian.

Regular presentations between 11am and 4pm.


Other festival highlights include:

  • The Opening Concert at the Church of the Holy Rude (Fri. 29th 7:30pm) with performances from youth orchestra Glasgow Philharmonia and the Big Noise at the Raploch
  • Interpretive dance performance ‘Coal’ at the Macrobert Arts Centre (Fri. 29th 7:30pm) based on Scotland’s mining heritage
  • Various walking tours around Scotland’s ancient capital.


Hop-on Hop-off Bus

Throughout the History Live weekend there will be a FREE shuttle bus connecting some of the different venues. Click here to view the timetable


For more information visit historylive.scot



Please note:

Performances which are scheduled to take place in the open areas surrounding the Monument may be rescheduled (or cancelled) in the event of inclement weather.

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