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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 2016 will take place on 20th June until 25th June 2016. Crowning of the Festival Queen is on Thursday 23rd June and Festival Day is on Saturday 25th June. 

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.

Melrose Festival Week


A gymkhana, rideouts and fancy dress parade lead up to Thursday‘s ceremony in the picturesque setting of Melrose Abbey. The Melrosian is installed, the Festival Queen crowned and an oration given by a guest speaker. Saturday sees the chief procession to places of historic interest around the town. The final ceremony takes place at Melrose Abbey where over 800 years of history are recalled and the granting of the foundation charter by David I is re-enacted. Sports and a service of thanksgiving conclude the week‘s festivities.