PRESTONPANS
1745

The Prince has Landed...
The BATTLE OF PRESTONPANS
When Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) landed in Scotland in July 1745, he had but a handful of friends at his side. Within weeks however, he had raised an army of supporters in the Western Highlands and marched south to capture Edinburgh.

Against him stood a small but professional and well-equipped army of regular soldiers fighting for King George II. Led by Sir John Cope, the British Army in Scotland was composed mainly of young regiments without battle experience, but they had the advantages of traiing, firepower, cavalry and artillery.

Nevertheless, after a day of posturing and maneouvres, the redcoats were routed in the early morning on 21st September 1745 as the Highland Charge smashed its stunned ranks and sent the soldiers fleeing for their lives. Charles Edward had defied expectations to win the battle, and on the crest of his victory he launched an invasion of England which carried him to within days of the city of London...

For more information on visiting the battlefield, visit: www.prestonpans1745.info 
The RE-ENACTMENT
15-16 September 2018
Join us for a spectacular weekend of events and activities, as detailed above. We kick off with a Grand Commemorative Parade, featuring clan chiefs and British army soldiers as well as re-enactors, pipers, and local school children with specially made banners. This has been organised by the Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust with support from the Scottish Clan Event Fund. Anyone who follows the procession along to Greenhills will then be able to get half-price entry into the main re-enactment event on our special early-bird ticket! With some great food offerings, stalls and activities as well as the main living history displays, there's lots to keep you engaged all day!
Practical information
Prestonpans is easily accessible off the A1 motorway, bus routes from central Edinburgh, or from the main east coast railway line (Prestonpans station is about 20mins walk from the event site).

Greenhills is on the coast, lying between Prestonpans in the west and Cockenzie in the east. The nearest postcode address is EH32 9AN. There will be yellow AA signs to help direct you to the site, and there is on-site parking. Please be aware the parking is all on grass. Our attendants will guide you.

The whole site is on grass so please wear appropriate footwear. You may wish to bring picnic blankets or camping stools for view the arena displays.
Please dress appropriately to the weather conditions!

Dogs are permitted but they may not like the loud bangs of the muskets etc. They must be kept on leads at all times.

This is a family-friendly event but children must please be supervised at all times.

Please take note of advice from event stewards, and do not cross beneath any barriers which are there for your safety.