Siege on the Forth FAQ’s

In this weekend long celebration, re-enactors will bring the mighty Fort George to life with a living timeline depicting over two thousand years of Scottish history.

General information

The event takes place between 12 noon and 4pm on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September. A ticket purchased for any timeslot on either day will give you access to the event on the same date. The 75-minute dwell time restrictions will also be suspended for the event.

There are performances taking place throughout the day in the arena, with living history camps and activities available to drop in to throughout the day to keep you entertained.

We recommend booking online in advance to avoid missing out.

If the event needs to be cancelled, due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, ticket holders will be contacted via email and automatically refunded. Funds will show within 30 days and you do not need to contact us.

Please check our closures page or our Twitter channel using #HSclosure before travelling to the event.

All tickets purchased are non-refundable as per our ticketing terms and conditions.

Yes the event takes place fully outside. Please check the weather forecast in advance and dress appropriately on the day.

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Siege on the Forth but are not permitted in roofed areas of Blackness Castle.

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

Coffee and churros will be available to purchase on-site, and there will also be an ice-cream fan for those wanting something a bit colder

Visitors are also more than welcome to bring picnics along to the event.

Getting to the event

There is free event parking located at the end of St Ninian’s Way. This is a narrow residential street and we kindly request that you are respectful of residential parking within Blackness and use only the designated event parking. Please follow event signage and visitors will be directed by marshals on arrival. Once you have parked up, the event will be a short distance on foot.

The event will take place within the grounds of Blackness Castle, access to which is step-free. The area where the majority of the event activity will take place is made up predominantly of flat even grass and gravel paths.

Accessible parking is available at Blackness Castle.  

Any specific questions can be directed to our Events team at 0131 668 8885 or

Admission and cancellations

Your tickets will be attached in your email confirmation in a PDF document. Please print your tickets and bring them with you or show on your mobile phone to gain entry.

Your email confirmation email should arrive shortly after booking. If you have not received this, please check your junk folder in the first instance. If you have not received this please contact with details of your booking (name on booking, email address used and site visiting).

Explorer pass holders will get free entry to this event, but you will still need to book your visit in advance.

We recognise that some visitors require extra assistance and therefore we offer free entry to carers accompanying visitors with disabilities. No ID will be required. Advanced booking is required. Up to 2 carer tickets can be added per booking online.

For any further ticket enquiries, please contact


If you are a member, your ticket is free for the event but we recommend booking online in advance. Please bring along your membership card as you will need to show this and have it scanned on arrival in order to gain entry.

If you have lost your membership cards, please contact the membership team in advance of the event, and they will send you replacement cards and a confirmation email.

Don’t worry if there is not enough time to order your replacement card, there will be a member of staff at the event who can check the validity of your membership, and arrange your access on the day. If you have your membership number this will assist them.

If you are a carer, you receive free entry to this event. Please book this online in advance. Tickets are limited to 2 carers per transaction.

If you are an English Heritage, Cadw or Manx Heritage 1st year member, you receive half-price entry to the event. English Heritage members of more than one year and life members receive free entry. We recommend booking in advance and membership cards are required to be shown on arrival with your ticket to gain entry.