The inaugural Inner Forth Festival came to a close at the end of September, bringing to an end our month long celebration of the fantastic people and magnificent landscape that we have the privilege of living among. It was a hectic few weeks but also immensely enjoyable, with a huge range of events showcasing what the area has to offer and just why it’s so special. From the amazing launch event, cruising up the river on the Maid of the Forth, to the spectacular surroundings of Culross Palace where we brought the festival to a close searching for bats amidst the buildings of the historic town.
The festival was a mix of practical hands-on experiences, talks, walks, conferences and training events, which focused on the natural world, history, heritage and culture. There was something for every age group and every ability level, whether you were a budding naturalist out for a bug hunt, a walker or cyclist enjoying your first jaunt around a new area, or a seasoned expert discussing meadow creation or the best way to interpret ancient artefacts.
Of course it’s not a proper festival if you come home clean, so there were also plenty of chances for people to get their hands dirty with RSPB conservation volunteering, scrub bashing at Kinneil Lagoons, a beach clean, and a range of options to try your hand at archaeological research techniques – something 196 volunteers and 280 schoolchildren did during the two week dig at Cambuskenneth Abbey.
Overall, over 1000 people attended the 27 events we included in our promotional leaflet, impressive numbers for a newborn festival!
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