There is SO much going on in the beautiful town of Linlithgow!
The evening of Wednesday 13th of June will see the fifth Perambulation of the Marches, as organised by Linlithgow Civic Trust. This event compliments the official Riding of the Marches, which takes place annually on the first Tuesday after the second Thursday in June (to save yourself a riddle, that’s the 19th this year!) and gives both locals and visitors the chance to walk the line of a recorded boundary (more commonly known as the marches) of the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow. The Perambulation of the Marches is an event that is open to all, and runs at 4 miles (6.5km) in length, passing seven out of eight March stones that mark the old boundary. This walk also passes many historical points of interest and architectural wonders. It starts at 7pm from March Stone 1 in front of St Ninians Craigmailen Church in Falkirk Road and follows onwards in a clockwise direction around the route.
The Marches themselves take place on Tuesday 19th of June. This is a historical event which has taken place for many hundreds of years originating from a time when it was crucial for a community to make sure that its boundaries were intact. The whole community comes together to celebrate Linlithgow on this day with a shared sense of local pride still very visible. To take part from the very beginning you’ll need to be prepared for a 5am start! You can view the full day’s itinerary here.
Spectacular Jousting returns to Linlithgow at the Palace on the 30th of June and the 1st of July. Hear the thunder of hooves and the crack of lances splintering as you watch the brave knights stage an unforgettable display of horsemanship and skill with a sword and lance. The event runs across both days from 12:30pm-4:30pm and there is so much to see and do that will keep you entertained all weekend, such as taking a wander through colourful camps, seeing the exciting foot combats, live history displays and comedy shows. More information on ticket prices for this event can be found here.
There are a variety of exciting events happening across the rest of the year in Linlithgow following the Marches and the Jousting, such as;
Party at the Palace
Canal Fun Day
Classic Car Day
Linlithgow Folk Festival
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