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Melrose Festival Week

Instituted in 1938 to commemorate the town‘s history, with the “Melrosian” as the central figure.

The Melrose Festival 2017 will take place on 18th June until 24th June 2017. Crowning of the Festival Queen is on Thursday 22rd June and Festival Day is on Saturday 24th June. Further details of all events can be downloaded here Events for Melrose Festival 2017

For viewing the Rideout, it is recommended to be in the Market Square for the start of the ride, which leaves the Greenyards Triangle, and if river levels permit, on either side of the Tweed for the crossing. The Newstead bank is accessed via Millmount Farm and the Gattonside bank from the Chain Bridge.

For further details on the Melrose Festival can be found here or on Facebook or by email.

For public transport options to Melrose, including the Borders Railway to Tweedbank, please visit Traveline Scotland.

Melrose Festival Week


A rideout, fancy dress parade and community bike ride, among other events, lead up to Thursday‘s ceremony in the picturesque setting of Melrose Abbey, where the Melrosian is installed, the Festival Queen crowned and an oration given by a guest speaker. Saturday sees the Tour of Ceremonies to places of historic interest around the Melrose area. The final ceremony of the Tour takes place at Melrose Abbey, where almost 900 years of history are recalled when the granting of the foundation charter by David I is re-enacted. Children’s Sports and a Festival Dinner conclude the week‘s festivities.