When: 4th – 13th September 2014
Where: Events take place on and around the Forth Road Bridge
£: Ticket prices vary depending on the event. Some events are free.
What is it?
The Forth Bridges Festival takes place from 4th to 13th September and is a Homecoming Scotland 2014 Signature Event. The festival is hoping to welcome thousands of visitors to celebrate not just the 50th birthday of the Forth Road Bridge, but also three centuries of world-class bridge engineering on the River Forth.
The bridges which are built across the River Forth have played an important part in life on the east coast of Scotland for over 120 years, linking Edinburgh and the Kingdom of Fife. With elements of food and drink, light and sound, land and water, this ten-day celebration will combine national pride and community involvement in a packed programme designed to appeal to national and international visitors.
Highlights of the Forth Bridges Festival will include a boat flotilla on the Forth, an art exhibition curated by renowned Scottish landscape artist Kate Downie, and Scotland Welcomes the World to Lunch, a spectacular culinary event taking place on the banks of the River Forth. On 13th September, the celebrations will culminate in a spectacular torchlight procession and firework display on and around the Forth Road Bridge.
A particular feature of the event programme is the unique release of 2014 tickets for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to scale the heights of one of the Forth Road Bridge towers. Normally closed to the public, the panoramic view of the surrounding landscape from over 150 metres above the Firth of Forth should be breathtaking.
Other events include a historic haunted walk through the scenic village of South Queensferry, and bridge tour boat trips, where visitors can get up close and personal with the iconic bridges. For the romantic visitors, there will be an opportunity to leave a lasting memento by attaching engraved padlocks to the Bridge structure and keeping the key to seal their love.
Also taking place is the Andrew Carnegie Anniversary Dancing Competition with a 150 dancers from around the world competing, and an Art Trail Exhibition, allowing visitors to discover local artists and explore the area.
More info: www.forthbridgesfestival.com