Usually staged in January, but postponed this year by Covid, the annual festival is from Friday 13-Sunday 15 August). As well as outdoor adventures, it features a range of award-winning adventure films and big-name speakers.
Daytime adventures include epic tree climbing experiences high in the canopy of one of the grand old trees in the grounds of Traquair House with Wild Tree Adventures, while the John Muir Trust invites families to Glenlude to build bird boxes and learn more about the wider rewilding project at the site.
The festival weekend also sees a guided paddle trip down the River Tweed courtesy of Biggar Adventure, plus three very different cycling experiences: an introduction to eBikes; a gravel ride led by Bspoke Cycles; plus a special, women-only ride and bivvy night with Swift Trails.
After spending time outdoors, participants can then join film fans at the Eastgate Theatre to enjoy a carefully curated programme of adventure films from around the world covering everything from audacious high-lining attempts beneath the Northern Lights to free diving in New Zealand.
Screenings include a trio of multi-award-winning feature films: The Cull: Scotland’s Deer Dilemma, which explores how red deer fit into ideas around rewilding the Scottish landscape; Climbing Blind, the story of the first ‘non-sight’ lead climb of the Old Man of Hoy; and Piano to Zanskar, the delightful tale of one man’s dream to transport a 100-year-old upright piano from London to a primary school high in the Indian Himalaya.
As well as films, festival audiences will be treated to a headline appearance by Anna Rutherford, phenomenal ultra-runner and Peebles mum who will talk about her recent, record-breaking run on the Southern Upland Way. Supported by a team of local runners, Anna ran the 216-mile, coast-to-coast route in 62 hours, 34 minutes and 55 seconds – breaking the previous record by more than 17 hours.
“Ever since the film festival had to be postponed at the beginning of the year, we were hopeful that we would be able to put together a slimmed-down version for the summer,” explained the Eastgate’s Caroline Adam. “We are so pleased that is now possible and look forward to welcoming audiences to a slightly different but equally exciting version of the festival before it returns to its usual January slot in 2022.”
Held at the Eastgate Theatre, and at outdoor locations throughout the Tweed Valley, the 2021 Peebles Outdoor Film Festival runs from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 August. The full festival programme is available at eastgatearts.com
Tickets for most events can be booked online, or at Eastgate Theatre Box Office in person or over the ‘phone 01721 725777