A jam-packed programme of family entertainment for Midfest 2015

Friday August 7th 2015

FunBox Midfest 2015

Midlothian’s popular Midfest festival promises to be bigger and brighter in 2015, with a colourful and entertaining programme of events, sure to suit every age and taste.

Organised by Midlothian Council, the annual arts festival runs from Friday 4 to Sunday 13 September and includes music and poetry, arts and crafts, exhibitions, heritage celebrations, story-telling walks, and fun activities for all the family. Events are planned across the county, taking in Dalkeith, Penicuik, Bonnyrigg, Lasswade, Gorebridge, Newtongrange, Eskbank, Roslin, Crichton and Middleton.

To coincide with the opening of the new Borders Railway, Midlothian Council have also organised four ‘Golden Ticket’ events for Saturday 5 September. Special celebrations will take place at Edinburgh College, Eskbank Campus; Newton Village Green, Birkenside Park, Gorebridge and at the National Mining Museum Scotland, where a free family fun day will be held.

This year’s Midfest once again incorporates the hugely popular Midstock music festival. Now in its 2nd year, Midstock is set to be bigger and better in 2015, with 11 acts headlined by the Fratellis, Fish and the Hoosiers. The winning act from the local ‘Battle of the Bands’ final, to be held at Woodburn Miners Club on 4 September, will also feature.

The picturesque Dalkeith Country Park is the setting for Midstock on Saturday 12 September, with tickets already selling fast. Buy yours at Dalkeith or Lasswade libraries or online at www.midstockfestival.com

Building on last year’s success, Midfest will close with the fantastic Midfest Family Fun Day on Sunday 13 September, also at Dalkeith Country Park. The fun day will be even livelier than last year, with more bands, stalls, activities and special guests, FunBox (brought to you by the performers and writers of the Singing Kettle).

Launching this year’s programme, council leader, Councillor Catherine Johnstone encouraged locals and visitors to join in with the festival fun.

“Midfest celebrates the very best that Midlothian has to offer in music and entertainment, the arts, culture and local heritage,” said councillor Johnstone. “Last year’s events attracted enthusiastic crowds from across Midlothian and from much further afield. This year’s Midfest promises to be even bigger and better, showcasing an extraordinary range of local talent and providing a fun-packed week with something for everyone to enjoy.”

The Midfest programme is available now from Midlothian libraries, council offices and reception areas, village halls, leisure centres and schools or go online to www.midlothian.gov.uk/midfest for more details.

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