Bruce Festival Attracts Vistors From Home and Abroad to Dunfermline

Media Release

 


BRUCE FESTIVAL ATTRACTS VISITORS FROM HOME AND ABROAD TO DUNFERMLINE

 

An estimated 18,000 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 sponsors, visitors and exhibitors.

A key focus for organisers is to connect the City with the event and a host of initiatives took place to achieve this including storytelling in various shops and cafes, street theatre, a treasure trail and a parade of Pudsey on horseback down the High Street on Sunday morning.

 

Also new for this year was the trebuchet designed and built by Inverkeithing High School pupils which captured the imagination of the many hundreds of children who attended the event.

Officially opened by Lord Charles Bruce and his son Benedict accompanied by Fife Provost, Jim Leishman, Councillor Helen Law, Maggie Mitchell and Michael Maloco from Dunfermline Delivers.

Commenting on the Festival, Michael Maloco, Chairman of Dunfermline Delivers said: “This year’s Bruce Festival was about connecting and getting involved with as many audiences as possible including shops, restaurants, schools and other Dunfermline groups.

“Our aim was to create a strong link from the Glen to the High Street. This was appreciated by retailers and we will build upon this for next year.”

One local group which got behind the event was The Tower House Centre whose young people were tasked to interview members of the public on their Bruce Festival experience. The volunteers engaged with people locally and visitors from all over the world including Spain and Canada.

Cruise ship holidaymakers docking at Rosyth were bussed into the Festival giving the event a truly international vibe.  Maggie Mitchell, Dunfermline Delivers’ chief executive said: “Those arriving in the city over the weekend were left in no doubt of Dunfermline’s place at the centre of Scotland’s story.”

One visitor, Encarni Jimenez from Malaga on holiday with her husband and two children said: “We had such an incredible time on Saturday our children insisted on coming back the following day.  There was so much to see and delicious food to try.  It was a very fun and relaxing day out.”

Commenting on the event, Vice-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."

Roano Pierotti, of the Alfred Stewart Property Foundation, added to this sentiment. “It was great to be part of yet another fantastic Bruce Festival. Thousands of people not just from Dunfermline but across Scotland and further afield, enjoyed a great day out. This kind of event is at the heart of Alfred Stewart’s legacy for Dunfermline and we are proud to support it.”  

Puddledub, one of the food exhibitors returning again this year, had a very successful event.  Owner Tom Mitchell said: “It is always nice to attend an event on our doorstep and the Bruce Festival is one of our favourites as it has a very relaxed feel to it.  The weather of course was a real bonus.  We sold out on both days which gives an indication of the success of the event.  We will definitely be back next year.”

Next year’s Bruce Festival takes place on 12th and 13th July as part of Scotland’s Homecoming celebrations.

 

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