Creative Festival in Scottish Borders

Peebles Creative Festival 2019

It’s fair to say that Edinburgh rather hogs the limelight when it comes to arts festivals in August, but such is the wealth of creative talent locally that you don’t have to head to the capital for an arts fix at this time of year.

Friday 23 Aug sees the start of the 2019 Creative Peebles Festival – a 10-day celebration of the many artists, musicians, arts groups, film-makers and crafts people found in this most arty of towns.

The festival opens with the traditional Open Galleries Evening from 7-9pm on Friday. It’s always a great opportunity to check out the huge variety of visual art produced, displayed and sold at a host of venues around Peebles.

Renowned galleries such as Tweed Art (in the Old Town), Breeze Gallery and Tweeddale Museum & Gallery (both on High Street) and Moy Mackay Gallery (Northgate) are joined by a variety of smaller studios and venues around Peebles. The Tontine is delighted to also be involved as we display a collection of paintings by Moy Mackay. All are part of a special festival Art Trail, with maps available from participating venues, including the Eastgate Theatre.

Once again, this year’s festival also offers an exciting mix of indoor performances and workshops, plus a chance to explore the rich history, architecture, nature and landscape of Peebles through an expanded programme of walks and tours. Even locals learn a thing or two on these!

The 2019 programme is full of interesting and creative things to do.  Ever eclectic, the Peebles Creative Festival more than gives Edinburgh a run for its money!

Photograph: Rich Rowe

Further info

The 2019 Creative Peebles Festival runs from 23 August to 1 September. For much more on the Open Galleries Evening, plus the wider festival, visit