First birthday for Bannockburn Centre
04 Mar 2015
Battle of Bannockburn experience is celebrating its first birthday this weekend – the award-winning centre opened on 1 March 2014 and has already welcomed 65,000 visitors.
Six pupils from Borestone Primary and local neighbours served up cake to celebrate the big 1st Bannockburn birthday. The schoolchildren are the latest to enjoy the fully-booked education experience – over 6000 pupils have visited over the past 12 months.
Battle of Bannockburn manager Scott McMaster said
“2014 was a huge year for Bannockburn – we threw open the doors of this brand new experience, we played our part in marking the 700th anniversary of this significant battle, and we’ve taken our fair share of victories in awards ceremonies. We have been blown away by the response to the new facilities here and look forward to sharing this site and its amazing story with many more visitors throughout 2015 and beyond.”
Opening ahead of the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn in 2014, the centre is the first heritage centre in the world using Hollywood-calibre motion capture to immerse visitors in a realistic and historically accurate 3D medieval battle.
It was opened by 11 individuals, including Trust Chairman Sir Kenneth Calman, the then First Minister Alex Salmond, actor David Hayman who voiced James Douglas, local schoolchildren and war veteran William McDowell.
Amongst the accolades so far are the prestigious ‘best visitor attraction’ from the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions awards, ‘best leisure/ cultural building’ from the Scottish Design Awards and winner of the education / learning website category at the Herald Digital Business Scotland Awards.
Outside, the site’s historic monuments were restored – the iconic equestrian statue of Bruce was carefully cleaned back to its original bronze finish, the rotunda was repaired and a brand new ringbeam, complete with a newly-commissioned poem by Kathleen Jamie was installed – completing the original design intention from the 1960s.
The Battle of Bannockburn experience was supported by the Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund. It’s open all year round, seven days a week – book tickets at www.battleofbannockburn.com.