New outdoor festival for Midlothian

Thursday May 17th 2018

Midlothian Outdoor Festival Launch Image

Members of the Midlothian Ranger Service and other council staff involved in the Midlothian Outdoor Festival launch the new festival outside Vogrie House in Vogrie Country Park.

The Midlothian Ranger Service has launched a new festival which will showcase the county’s amazing outdoors like never before.

The Midlothian Outdoor Festival, which will run from Saturday 4 to Sunday 12 August 2018, will offer a broad range of events and activities, each celebrating Midlothian’s beautiful countryside, parklands and rolling hills.

Activities and events, most of which are free to attend, will include guided walks, downhill snow sports, wildlife watching, led cycles, canicross, and parkour.

The nine day festival builds on a decade of the Midlothian Walking Festival. Last August over 640 people took part in the most successful Midlothian Walking Festival ever as the event celebrated its tenth year.

Councillor John Hackett, Cabinet Member for Commercial Operations, said:

“We are lucky to boast some of the finest countryside in Scotland here in Midlothian. This expanded festival is a fantastic way to build on the great success of the walking festival, showcasing our beautiful countryside in new and exciting ways.”

“So much hard work goes into producing events like these so many thanks to the Midlothian Ranger Service team, partners and volunteers in pulling together what is sure to be a fantastic nine days of events and activities.”

Based at Vogrie House, in Vogrie Country Park, the Midlothian Ranger Service manage the countryside for the benefit of people and wildlife.

For more information about events and details about how to book, visit

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