On 21-22 September 2024, history will come to life at Greenhills, Prestonpans!

Wander through the military camps, talk with the soldiers, watch the gun teams and cavalry riders put through their paces, and witness the Battle of Prestonpans unfold before you.

Join re-enactors from across the nation for Britain’s biggest Jacobite re-enactment weekend.


Adult (16+): £5

Junior (6-15): £3

Under 5s: Free

Tickets can be purchased at the event entrance, or in advance via the link below:

Event timetable

11.00am              Camps open (army inspections)

11.30am              Opening Ceremony

12.00pm              Jacobite Army in Review: the Prince reviews his forces ahead of their battle

12.30pm              Redcoat Manoeuvres: Sir John Cope puts his soldiers through their paces

01.00pm              Artillery Display: discover how 18th century cannons worked

01.30pm              Cavalry Display: watch the British dragoons test their drills and skills on horseback

02.00pm              Junior Jacobites: a chance for the youngster to test their military skills!

02:15pm              General Cope’s Council of War: listen in as the British officers make their plans

02.30pm              Prince Charlie’s Council of War: observe the Jacobite commanders plan their attack

03.00pm              BATTLE OF PRESTONPANS: cannon, foot and horse clash in the dramatic climactic battle

03.40pm              Lament for the Fallen: we take a pause to remember those who lost their lives in 1745

04.30pm              Camps close

Practical information

The event takes place at Greenhills, an open grassland park on the coast, situated between Prestonpans and Cockenzie. The nearest postcode is EH32 9AN: Prestonpans – Google Maps

There is on-grass parking available on the event field for no additional charge. Please do not park on the road. Public transport notes: Lothian Bus #26 passes by the event site; Prestonpans Railway Station is around 25 minute walk from the site.

Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on grass, and dress for the forecast weather. The only shelter from the rain will be in the event marquee. Most of the event site is flat, but the main viewing area is on a slope to allow for a better vantage.

You are welcome to bring your own picnics but please do not bring alcohol into the event. There is no seating provided for viewing the displays, so please bring your own blankets or camp chairs if you wish to sit down.

Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Procedures will be in place for re-uniting separated children, so please follow the advice given on arrival.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times. Some dogs may find the loud bangs of musket and cannon fire distressing, so please use your own judgement.

Battle re-enactment displays can be dangerous: please do not cross beneath the rope barriers or enter the arena areas unless you are explicitly given permission by the organisers.

Highlights of the 2021 event: