Musicians, dancers, fire-jugglers, unicyclists, children’s authors and puppeteers are just some of the artists heading to the Traquair Fair on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August. Taking place in the grounds of Scotland’s oldest inhabited home - Traquair House near Innerleithen – this year’s event has a theme of Fire and is expected to attract 5,000 visitors. Highlights of the family –friendly festival include Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo, and Scotland’s award winning Blazin’ Fiddles group.
Children’s entertainment includes The Clydebuilt Theatre Company - one of Scotland’s best-loved puppet companies - performing 3 Billy Goats Gruff and Jack and the Beanstalk. One-man-band Mr Book will also delight the under-fives and the Children’s Book Tent will feature story-telling sessions from some of Scotland’s top children’s authors.
There’s also a fabulous mix of theatre and outdoor acts including fire-juggling, drumming, Latin dance and extreme unicycling. New for 2011 is a special stage showcasing the talents of a number of Up-and-Coming musical acts including seven from the Scottish Borders. The Traquair Fair also features art, craft demonstrations and food and drink from across the world.
The Traquair Fair has again benefitted from funding from EventScotland, the national events agency, through their National Funding Programme. Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said “EventScotland is supporting the Traquair Fair for the second year through our national funding programme. The line-up and offerings for this year’s event look to have built on the success of 2010 and will provide a wonderful weekend of activity in the Scottish Borders. Traquair is an estate with a rich history and will showcase Scotland as the perfect stage for events amidst a backdrop of strong heritage and culture which everyone attending can experience.”
Standard ticket Prices on the day: Adult £21, Concession £15, Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children, 5-14) £48. Children under 5 go free, and get a free balloon.
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