On a stormy night in September 1935, a group of young men, with some of more advanced years, met in a loft in Hercus Loan used by the local scout troop.

There were some well recognised names among their number, George Colville, Bill Caird, Simon Clark, Alexander Maxwell and Malcolm Kirk to name a few. The success of the 1935 Riding of the Marches had kindled within them a local patriotism, which they felt many townsfolk also possessed and which they wished to express through an annual Festival.

The idea of having an annual Festival, without infringing upon the ceremony of the Riding of the Marches, became an instantaneous success. There has since that time arisen a pride excelling all the dreams and hopes of those men who met in the loft all those years ago.


The Old Scout Hut, Hercus Loan

Miss Nessie Archibald, Alex MacDonald, David Wilson, Alex Maxwell, Thos. Mitchell, George McNair, Terence Shanley, Thomas Runciman, John Millar, Councillor T. White, Jas. Archibald, George M. Colville, Provost David Lowe, Alex. Davidson, Simon Clark, Arch. Sullivan


This is the go to platform for Musselburgh Festival. Dating back to 1936, our week long annual celebration honours the traditions of our Town and brings our community together.