Festival programme gets off to bright start

Published: 5th September 2017

Floors Castel stately home lit up with blue lights against a night sky

The month-long Scottish Borders Heritage Festival got underway on Friday 1 September with over 25 historic Borders sites lit in blue, which continued across the whole weekend.

‘Lighting the Borders’ was a designated signature event for Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. In addition to the lighting, 11 of the sites hosted special events, including music, theatre and living history.

Over 200 events in festival programme

The Scottish Borders Heritage Festival, which runs throughout September and includes over 200 events, is being delivered by Live Borders in partnership with ourselves and the Borders Heritage Forum.

Funding for the festival has been provided by Creative Scotland, Museums and Galleries Scotland, EventScotland – as part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology - and the Fallago Environment Fund.

Festival co-ordinator, Julie Nock

“The opening weekend of this year’s festival has been hugely successful, with many events sold out, and the lighting of some of our iconic historic sites has proved hugely popular.

“The overwhelming response to the lighting of the sites, and the associated events, has been extremely positive, and we are indebted to the support of a range of partners and also a large number of volunteers in enabling these events to take place.

“This is the biggest and best festival programme to date, and with more than 150 events still to take place there is lots more for local people and visitors to the Scottish Borders to enjoy this September.”

Dates for your diary

A full programme of events can be found on the festival website.