All the fun of the fayre


There will be a host of medieval merriment in the Tweed Valley this weekend (26-27 May) as the celebrated Traquair Medieval Fayre returns to the spectacular grounds of Traquair House, near Innerleithen.

Now in its 15th year, the Medieval Fayre is Scotland’s only authentic event of its kind. And this year looks set to be bigger than ever, from spectacular jousting displays on the grassed avenue to an old walled garden filled with medieval traders, workshops and demonstrations.

Past events have seen re-enactors come from far and wide, and this year is no different with Les Chardons d’Orleans from France on hand to explain life, military tactics and fight techniques from the heart of the Auld Alliance. They will be joined by the Douglas Retinue on the avenue who will be involved in a few feisty skirmishes throughout the day.

Elsewhere, there will be gunning displays, combat demonstrations, archery and falconry displays throughout the day. Youngsters are also well catered for with a sword and helmet making workshop, have-a-go longbow archery, jester shows and storytelling with Mistress Quill. They can also take part in the children’s army and attack the knights!

Meanwhile, for those with a penchant for the grizzlier side of medieval life, the Perth executioner will be on hand to explain his instruments of torture.

Music is always a highlight of the Fayre and this year the event sees wandering minstrels Hautbois with their handcart full of strange and wonderful early instruments; Gaita will entertain in the garden with early music and dance; the Gargoyles will perform medieval songs in the courtyard; while Capella Nova and The Galloway Consort will perform in the chapel on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Finally, delicious food and drink will be on offer from the Garden Café as well as buffalo burgers, spit roast pig, pizzas from the wood-fired oven and home-brewed Traquair Fayre Ale from the estate’s 300 year old brewery.

Further info

Traquair Medieval Fayre, 11am-5pm, 26-27 May, Traquair House, Innerleithen. Tickets available online at, and on the gate. Adults £12.00 (£10.00 advance), Child/Concessions £10.00 (£8.00 advance), Family £38.00 (£36.00 advance). Ticket price includes all entertainment and entry to house. Dogs welcome on leads.

Photo: Ian Georgeson Photography


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