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Events in and around Peebles

When it comes to events in the Scottish Borders, there’s lots to choose from.

“Foodies” will love the regular farmers’ markets which take place in the streets of Peebles on the second Saturday of each month. Here, visitors can sample some of the best produce the Scottish Borders has to offer – from delicious hand-made confectionary, to locally produced traditional cheeses, real ale, and of course, the famous Borders beef.

For those who love history and tradition, try the Peebles Beltane Week – a celebration of the old ceremony of riding the marches. Revived in 1897 as part of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, this spectacular event includes the Beltane Fair, whose origins can be traced back to as early as 1621 (and if you love this, you’ll love the sights and sounds of the Selkirk Common Riding).

Peebles Highland Games offers visitors the chance to see a traditional Highland Games in action, with all the events you’d expect, from dancing to strength competitions, track and field to traditional fayre.

If the outdoors is your thing, then why not visit during Tweedlove – the UK’s biggest biking festival – a two-week long celebration of cycling. Or give the Scottish Borders Walking Festival a try. Held every year in the first week of September, this event attracts walkers from all over the UK and Europe. For those seeking sporting action, there’s the Rugby Sevens tournament. For something a bit different, take a peek at the action and adventure of the Mighty Deerstalker.

Not far from Peebles, there’s the annual Edinburgh Festival (and Fringe Festival), where those who love the arts, theatre, music and culture will find happy home.

So join us in Peebles to experience some of the best events and things to do in the Scottish Borders. For more information on annual events in Peebles and beyond, have a look at our top picks below:

Edinburgh Festival Fringe


Tweedlove Festival 2020