BOOK FIFE HOTELS

Join in

Send page to a friend

2691 views since 20th April 2011

Related links:

Events | Lore & Legend | Rather Interesting | Cultural Britain

Featured Destination

March 2017: The Vale of Evesham

September is surely one of the best times to see the Vale of Evesham. Given that the area is often dubbed ‘England’s fruit basket’ it ...More
More Uk destinations

Ceres Bannockburn Games, Fife

There are of course many Highland Games events held throughout Scotland nowadays, indeed further afield in Canada and elsewhere such gatherings abound. But the oldest of them, and the one with surely the most distinguished provenance, is to be be found at Ceres in Fife.
Ceres is a rarity in Scottish villages in that it has a village green, known as the Bow Butts from its use in medieval days as a place to practice archery. And the archery was not for sport, but rather more martial use: it is said that local laird Sir Robert Keith trained his soldiers on the green before the Battle of Bannockburn at which they proved invaluable.
The year after the battle Robert the Bruce chartered Ceres to hold an annual Bannockburn games to commemorate that great victory, and with a few gaps for world wars it has been held every year since 1315, always on the last Saturday in June.
Some more modern events including cycle races and a raft race are now included, but Sir Robert would recognize most of the races and tests of strength here: caber tossing; sheaf pitch; wrestling; throwing the weight; and the best of all, tug of war.

More British Folk Customs?

If you like this, Share it

Brit Quote:
Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking - Clement Attlee
More Quotes

On this day:
Charles I becomes King of England - 1625, 1st international rugby match - Scotland V England - 1871, Last V2 rocket lands - 1945
More dates from British history

click here to view all the British counties

County Pages

//