Looking forward to n-ice times at Dalkeith Festival

Fairground fun at last year's Dalkeith Festival
Fairground fun at last year's Dalkeith Festival

It maybe the height of summer but there’s a chilly, new attraction taking centre stage at this year’s Dalkeith Festival - an ice rink!

The annual community event with music, dance and entertainment takes place in King’s Park on Saturday.

The procession sets off from the east end of the High Street at 12.30pm. Taking part in the parade will be local community organisations and bands. Groups wishing to march should assemble outside the Dalkeith Country Park gates at noon.

The parade will makes its way along the High Street and Eskbank Road to King’s Park for the official opening at 1.45pm which will feature characters from Paw Patrol.

The opening will be followed by the judging of the fancy dress entries as well as the decorated floats and cars.

During the afternoon there will be something for everyone with the festival committee keen to make the activities as low cost as possible.

There will be a programme of displays and demonstrations on the main stage including Fancy Footworks at 1pm and Loanhead Disco Dancers at 1.30pm.

Musical entertainment will be provided from 1.30pm by Borthwick and District Pipe Band, Dalkeith Pipe Band and St David’s Brass Band.

Party Dance Mania will take to the main stage at 2pm with Krazee Capers. They will be followed by a musical demonstration by members of Dalkeith Guitar Club at 2.45pm.

Throughout the afternoon there will be pony rides, face painting, a funfair, side stalls, a licensed bar and live music, and an all-day bowling competition from 1pm.

The festival committee has introduced a coloured band system for children - an orange £3 band offers unlimited entry to a number of activities. A blue £3 wristband gives unlimited entry to the ice rink, which is suitable for those aged four years and over.

Around King’s Park, Dalkeith Thistle Community FC will host a seven-a-side football competition from noon. Saltire Judo will be in action at 1pm and Midlothian Amateur Boxing and Fitness Club at 1.30pm. Dalkeith Rugby Club will have a mini rugby display from 1.30pm.

Black Diamond FM will provide a roadshow. There will also be charity stalls and refreshments.

The afternoon’s activities will show signs of coming to an end with a tug of war competition in the central area from 3pm-4pm. Some activities will continue until 5pm.