East Lothian Council

Foxlake Outdoor Festival returns

Published Monday 1st May 17

Wakeboarding Foxlake

Foxlake Outdoor Festival returns bigger and better for 2017 on 20th and 21st May.

After the huge success of last year’s event, the Foxlake Outdoor Festival, Dunbar, returns bigger and better this year not only with an exciting lineup of music and comedy performances for all the family but with the completely new adrenaline arena.

For the very first time organisers look forward to welcoming an array of adrenaline activities including a huge Free Fall Stunt Bag with a total drop height of eight metres, a seven metre high climbing wall, amazing displays of free running with Access Parkour and The Clan Scotland Cycle Stunt Team performing stunt shows throughout the weekend.

In addition to all of this new adrenaline-fuelled excitement, there will be a selection of Highland Games by Winton Castle and a selection of Britain’s finest comedians for guaranteed laughs throughout the weekend. Headliners on the Comedy Stage are; Des Clarke, Tom Stade & Darren Connell. Additional acts include Charlie McIntosh from Scotsquad, Janey Godley, Gary Little, Joe Heenan, Jamie Dalgleish – former Scottish comedian of the year, Rossco Mclelland – current Scottish comedian of the year, Jojo Sutherland – Award winning Scottish stand-up, Carina MacLeod – Stand-Up Comic and Gaelic TV presenter / actress, David Kay and Zara Janjua, an experienced broadcast presenter.

Returning again this year, with something for everyone, is the Decades Music Stage, featuring tribute bands and celebrating the last 60 years of music including Abba A Rival, Take This, Durananduran, Jersey Notes (4 Seasons), Little Fix, Status No, Eltan John, George Michaels, Glasgow Blues Brothers, Simply Rod (Stewart) and Beatles Revisited. All supported by local talent through ELJam (East Lothian Youth Music Forum).

Following the massive success of this event in 2016, when the first ever Foxlake Outdoor Festival sold out weeks in advance, Foxlake Adventures in partnership with East Lothian Council, decided to extend the festival to a full weekend across the 20 and 21 May 2017, offering families and individuals the opportunity to get outdoors and begin their own adventure in East Lothian. There are tickets available for each day, weekend tickets and once again children’s tickets are absolutely free. Tickets start at £17 for an adult day entry and £30 for a weekend ticket.

Popular elements of last year’s event will return alongside the Industry Wake Parks who will once again run an Industry Pro Wakeboard Tour Event. Bringing some of the most talented wake boarders from around the world to compete, this is a further growth of Scotland’s biggest wakeboard event and a perfect opportunity to enjoy and watch the thrills of professional wakeboarding.

Alongside the wakeboarding, music and comedy, to keep the children entertained is an inflatable village filled with every bouncy castle imaginable, as well as a climbing wall and face painting.

The Foxlake Outdoor Festival weekend is all about getting the family active outdoors, so you will have the chance to try out some of East Lothian’s outdoor adventures for yourself. Try out the Foxfall Course, the UK’s only rope course constructed over water, or get on your wetsuit and give wakeboarding a try, or if you prefer to stay dry, hop on and master a segway!

Douglas Proudfoot, East Lothian Council’s Head of Service (Development) said:

“Foxlake Adventures is Scotland’s first cable wakeboarding park along with the UK’s only ropes course constructed over water. Foxlake is located in the heart of East Lothian, nestled in beautiful woodland on the edge of the John Muir Way. The festival is not only committed to enjoying and celebrating our fabulous landscape but we also want to protect it. So, there will be a shuttle bus service from Dunbar Train Station throughout the weekend, giving the opportunity for all of our visitors to use the excellent rail links from Edinburgh and the North of England and leave the car at home. We guarantee an exhilarating day for all the family - thrills for adults and children alike!”

www.foxlakefestival.co.uk takes place from 10am to 6pm each day on the 20th and 21st May. 

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