Post Bruce Festival


An estimated 24,000 people flocked to Dunfermline this weekend to attend the annual Bruce Festival organised by BIDS company, Dunfermline Delivers.

Basking in glorious sunshine, visitors were immersed in the city’s historical past brought to life by re-enactments of famous battles, joisting, craftsmen, jesters, knights and of course King Robert the Bruce.

The two-day event, designed to showcase Dunfermline’s green spaces and cultural offering, was hailed a ‘huge success’ by organisers, visitors and exhibitors.

A key Homecoming event, organisers were keen to connect the town centre with the event and a host of initiatives taking place including storytelling in various shops and cafes, street theatre and a treasure trail. 

Also new for this year was children’s’ highland games including tossing the caber.

Commenting on the Festival, Maggie Mitchell, Chief Executive from Dunfermline Delivers said: “This year’s Bruce Festival was about connecting and getting involved with as many audiences as possible including shops and restaurants.

“Our aim was to use the festival to promote Dunfermline’s wider offering and this was achieved by a targeted advertising campaign, including a large poster site at Edinburgh Airport, flyer distribution and social media channels.

Commenting on the event, Chair of the City of Dunfermline Area committee Cllr Helen Law commented: "We were delighted to be able to support the Bruce Festival again this year. This year's event was a fantastic family day out with something for everyone. The falconry display and medieval battle re-enactments were great fun and the children had a brilliant time taking on the adults in the jousting! The food, music, and atmosphere over the whole weekend helped swell visitor numbers and was a real boost for Dunfermline. Well done to all involved."