Wellies at the ready…..
Following its debut last year, this weekend sees the second outing of the Battle of the Boar at the Ballylough Estate outside Bushmills. “We were delighted with both the turnout and the reaction last year and have added many new features to this year’s offering” the organisers told us.
The festival kicks off on Friday with a Wildlife Event to which kids and teachers are encouraged for some bug hunting, butterfly tracking and other ways of getting mucky. This is followed by the Friday evening gathering with a barbecue and budding musicians out there are invited to bring their instruments.
On Saturday and Sunday it’s the main event with a reenactment of the battle of the Boar every hour on the hour (last show 4.00pm) and also at 1.00pm a special re enactment of the wedding between the MacQuillans and the McDonnells – but don’t expect any fairytales in this marriage. This was a wedding that is the stuff movies are made of but it would be wrong of us to spoil the day by revealing the outcome – much better you find out for yourself and at the same time learn of some of the intriguing and blood thirsty activities of the previous inhabitants in this part of the Causeway Coast.
Learn of the connections to Scotland, Dunluce Castle and how this beautiful part of the land was once two thirds covered by water and how that shaped its history.
Local entertainer Brian Moore will act as your host whilst re enactors from the Viking, Norman, Mediaeval, Napoleonic and the World Wars will illustrate the various styles of military uniforms, techniques and methods by which they confronted their enemies. The aim is for a family friendly event with hog roast, bouncy castles, archery, assault course, food and crafts stalls and many other ways to pass a great day in the spectacular setting of this beautiful part of the world.
Whether you’re coming from Ballymoney or the Bushmills direction take the B66 to Castlecatt and look for No 53 marked by the special flags – you know you want to!
Tickets for Friday evening from EventBrite or the Bushmills and District Community Association
Admission on Saturday and Sunday
Under 16’s – £1.00
Free car parking
(Children must be accompanied by an adult)