Inner Forth Festival 2017

Every September IFLI organise the Inner Forth Festival, a month of free events hosted by ourselves and our partners which aims to enjoy and celebrate the natural, cultural and built heritage the Inner Forth landscape offers.

Whatever your age, interests or where you live, we have tried to make sure there is something for everyone this September. All the events are free to attend, thanks to the way we are funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Events this year include wildlife ID workshops, heritage tours of some of the Inner Forth's historic locations, a family bushcraft and bonfire evening, photography and printmaking workshops, an archaelogical excavation, and more! We've also included events in the area which are being run by some of our partner organisations.

We are very grateful to the huge range of organisations and volunteers that have made the Festival possible by organising, running and supporting the month's events. We really couldn't do it without them!

Below you can see a selection of the events we have coming up throughout September - a full list, with more details on each event can be found on our events calendar.

September 1st sees the return of The Inner Forth From A New Perspective, where you can take a boat trip on the Maid of the Forth from South Queensfeery to Kincardine and back, all while hearing from the heritage specialists who have been working in the area with IFLI as we pass the areas up and down the river that have been the sites of IFLI projects over the past four years. There will also be the chance to birdwatch from the upper deck, and have a go at sketching the landscape with the Edinburgh Sketcher, Mark Kirkham, who will be running a workshop throughout. There will also be afternoon tea served on board.

Heritage walks will be taking place throughout the month and across the area, including at Culross, Valleyfield, Kennetpans Distillery and Charlestown. Each walk will be led by a local expert, and allow you to explore the historical value of these Inner Forth settlements, and find out the role they played in shaping the history of the River. The Valleyfield walks will also coincide with an exciting archaeological project which we are undertaking with the Valleyfield Heritage Initative, AOC Archaeology and Fife Council to uncover the remains of the Estate's stable complex. It's a great opportunity for anyone who wants to try practical archaeological and excavation work.

We will also be continuing our series of popular wildlife ID workshops, where you can learn about Fungi with ecologist Ben Knowles, and take part in a bat hunt at Stirling University

There's also a series of events at Black Devon Wetlands, the new RSPB reserve in Alloa. Head down there to learn more about the habitats and future plans for the sitetake in the views of the Reserve from King's Seat Hill, and bring the family down to explore the array of wildlife that calls the Wetlands home.

That's just a quick overview of September - check out our events calendar for more information and more events as they are added, and keep an eye on the IFLI social media channels - Twitter, Facebook and our e-newsletter.

We hope you will join us this September to celebrate the unique history, wildlife and people of this great part of the world!