PREPARATIONS are well under way for the Wallace Wha Hae! festival, a special event set to take place in Stirling on September 14 to mark The National Wallace Monument’s 150th Anniversary.

Partnering with local and Scottish suppliers, event goers will be well fed by street food vendors including venison and pork experts, Stag Bites The Hog, Perth-based The Kitchen Farmer and Moskito Spanish Bites from Edinburgh.

In addition, a fully licensed bar will serve local gins including Stirling Gin and local beers throughout the day from 2pm.

The family friendly day out, taking place in the grounds of Wallace High School, will also entertain revellers with live music and a range of great entertainment with a Wallace theme.

Musical acts confirmed to entertain at Wallace Wha Hae! include Stevie McCrorie, winner of The Voice UK 2015, who will be joined by the popular Red Hot Chilli Pipers and traditional music acts Ted Christopher and Jock the Box. 

The Royal Burgh of Stirling Pipe Band will get the musical entertainment off to a stirring start, with a pipe and drum performance. The National Wallace Monument, which overlooks Wallace High School will be illuminated by lights and fireworks as the festival comes to a close with a sound and light show.

The festival, which has been partly funded by EventScotland, will also host a traditional funfair and an arts and craft area for mini festival-goers, who will be able to create their own Wallace sword and join in creating a ping-pong saltire.

Dramatic performances from fearsome costumed actors will take place throughout the day, courtesy of Scotland’s finest fighting stunt team The Clann, who will also raise a medieval encampment featuring authentic traditional tents, flags and armour.

Additionally, a formidable King Robert the Bruce character and a Big Heid William Wallace will be roaming  the grounds.

Paul Bush OBE, director of events at VisitScotland, said: “EventScotland is delighted to be supporting Wallace Wha Hae! as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of The National Wallace Monument, one of Scotland’s most iconic and striking landmarks.

"Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events, and this family-fun festival will appeal to all ages, while showcasing Scotland rich heritage and traditions.”

The Wallace Wha Hae! festival will take place in the grounds of Wallace High School in Stirling and is open to all from 2pm – 9:45pm on September 14.

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