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Duns Summer Festival

Instituted in 1949 to commemorate the town‘s history and traditions in a week of sports, concerts, rideouts and parades.

The 2020 Duns Summer Festival will take place on 5th to 11th July 2020. The Duns Law Service takes place on Tuesday 7 July 2020 and the Common Riding will be on Saturday 11th July.

Duns Summer Festival


On Monday night the Burgh Flag is handed to the Reiver for safekeeping. The next evening, he leads his mounted followers to the summit of Duns Law for a short service. Here in 1639 General Leslie’s covenanting army encamped to oppose Charles I who was preparing to cross the River Tweed and enforce a form of religion which the Scots found unacceptable. Wednesday is children‘s day in the Public Park. Friday sees the traditional game of “handba”, played between the married men and bachelors of the town. The final ceremonies on the next day include the Riding of the Parish Bounds, athletics and a fancy dress.


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