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Peebles is an Arts Town and there has been an annual Arts Festival here for over thirty years. Peebles Arts Festival celebrates the community we live in and invites locals and visitors alike to join together in a week of having fun.

CPA Winner OUTLINEDThere’s an international flavour to this year’s Peebles Arts Festival with four artists visiting us from our twin town Hendaye, on the French-Spanish border. Bruno Anguerre makes a performance of his giant mural painting, Marc Bardetorte brings his rich melodic music to the Neidpath, the Bridge and the County Inn and the extraordinary Mysterieuses Coiffures creating sculpture from the long hair of willing volunteers!

Make sure you join us on Sunday August 24th when we partner with Peebles Creative Place 2014 to transform Pennel’s Vennel into a French Quarter for the afternoon, featuring painting, photography, food and drink, music and performances.

Elsewhere in the 2014 Festival we’re once again climbing the Parish Church clock tower, transforming the High Street into an Art Exhibition Trail, getting crafty with all manner of arts activities in the Burgh hall, learning to tie fishing flies, walking the 20 bridges of Peebles and bringing the brilliant Beard of Zu to play live in the Eastgate Theatre.

All-new this year is an unmissable performance of Fawlty Towers, complete with sumptuous dinner, at the Tontine Hotel. Book early and get out your glad rags! Dr James Lattin brings his brilliant Museum of Imaginative Knowledge to Peebles and Dr Ronald Campbell from the Tweed Foundation takes a tour of the fishing history and practices along the Tweed. Rowan Bell makes a welcome return home playing with the Arensky Ensemble for Music In Peebles. A wide range of practical craft workshops is happening throughout our busy Arts Festival week, and we’ll all turn out on Saturday 30th for the busking afternoon.

We have two competitions this year:

The Peebles Arts Festival Young Writers’ Competition 2014 is open for entries until August 8th. The competition is open to all budding writers of High School age in two categories – S1 to S3 and S4 to S6. For more information on how to enter click here.

The Peebles Arts Festival Photo competition is open for entries until August 15th. With great cash prizes this competition was a popular event last year. This year’s theme is Peebles Portraits. For more information about how to enter click here

If you are interested in getting involved with this year’s Festival as a performer or supporter, please get in touch with us, we’d love to hear from you!


Yes, unfortunately there are several small but significant errors in the printed programme and thank you to all those eagle-eyed people who have taken time and pleasure in letting us know about them. Do feel free to contact us about things you do like about the Festival as well.

We do try very hard to avoid mistakes and we regret that some have slipped through and cannot now be changed in the printed programme. Details should be correct here on the website, and if they’re not please let us know. Please therefore note the following corrections to the print programme:

Pages 5 and 15: Salmon Walk. The correct time for this is 10.30am-12.30pm

Page 6: Alan Bissett has two ‘t’s at the end of his surname

Page 8: “Idaho teens Ruth Sara Walker and Lucille…”  should read “Idaho teens Ruth and Lucille..”

Page 13: Sew and Sew Workshop is 6pm-9pm

Page 16: High Street Busking Competition. The text should refer to the “Peebles People Photo Competition” and not “Hidden Peebles”

Page 24: Event number 17 should be titled “Peebles High School Pupils”

Page 24: Event number 22: Helen’s surname should be spelt “O’Neill”

Page 26: Event number 47 should be titled “Jim Whitson – The Blazing Blacksmith”

Page 26: Event number 48; Mark Norris’ surname should be spelt ‘Norris’

Page 27: Event number 50; second sentence should read “With a large and unique collection of plaster works, this local company…”

Page 27: Event number 52; e-mail address should read “siwilson123@btinternet.com”




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