The Orchard

Get your taste buds tingling and enjoy the atmosphere in The Orchard with some of the finest food and drink from across the Borders and Scotland. In a giant stretch tent, Hickory Bars will keep the good cheer flowing with their finest beers, wines and craft gins.  This year’s offerings for foodies include a welcome return for The Crepe Shack with their lovely sweet and savoury crepes.

Regular favourites Crema Caravan from Galashiels will be back again to tempt everyone into trying their delicious, freshly baked creme brulees.

Treat yourself to savoury offerings from The Cheesy Toasty Shack, Pizza Geeks and Meat: Stack whose succulent real American cheesburgers are sure to be a big hit.

You can also enjoy a great selection of artisan coffees and scrumptious homemade brownies from Linton & Co. Coffee, served from ‘Bernard the Citroen H Van’ and Mimi’s Bakehouse will also be pouring coffee and offering delicious cakes.

If you’re short of time between events, then beer, wine and coffee are all available in Harmony Garden.

And don’t forget to try the mouth-watering selection of ice creams and sorbets served from ‘Beatrix’ the traditional  Over Langshaw Farmhouse ice cream bicycle.

Baillie Gifford Festival Hub

Join us in the Baillie Gifford Festival Hub in Harmony Garden where you will find the festival bookshop and box office. There’s lots of space for browsing, buying and book signings and in the corner kids’ area, children can sit and read, try some colouring in and take part in some fun activities. The bookshop is open from 10am until late – plenty of time for shopping!

We run our own bookshop and all proceeds go directly back to the festival.

Events & Book Signings

All events last one hour unless otherwise specified, and book signings take place within the festival bookshop.  Please check the board outside the bookshop for signing information.

Family Festival

Bringing the kids?

The Family Book Festival offers a wonderful selection of events with some of today’s best loved authors for children. There are also lots of free activities to enjoy. See the full list of family events on pages 36 – 41 of the programme.
Some events in the adult programme may also be suitable for children. They will be clearly identified, with the age suitability highlighted, where appropriate.

All accompanying adults go free!

We’re delighted to announce that there is NO ENTRY CHARGE for adults accompanying children to Family Book Festival events.

Please note that all events are ticketed, so remember to put your FREE adult ticket in the basket at the time of booking.

More things to see and do

Super Power Bus

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the Super Power Bus!

Created by the Super Power Agency, this kitted out bus is the Agency’s way of bringing fun and creativity to the students and schools of Edinburgh. The bus has books, costumes, art supplies and an interactive screen helping to create a third space for students – not home or school – where they can be as creative as they want to be. Students can go on the bus as Clark Kent, Diana Prince or Bruce Wayne and exit as Superman, Wonder Woman or Batman. The Super Power Bus will be on St Mary’s Road throughout the festival – climb aboard and unleash your hidden super power!

Television & Radio

You might just come across a TV camera or a large microphone if you’re attending the festival. RADIO BORDERS, ITV BORDER, VISIT SCOTLAND and VOMO will be with us, interviewing authors, chatting to the public and reporting on events – make sure you’re camera ready; you might end up on the news!

Vintage Mobile Cinema

During the festival ‘Audrey’ will be parked on St Mary’s Road for visitors to admire, photograph or hop aboard. Every day there will be free screenings showing the history of this beautifully restored 1960s mobile cinema. Audiences will also be able to watch fascinating archive footage from around the Scottish Borders.

There will be daily feature film screenings too, with full details listed in the programme pages.

Photography & Video

You might just come across a TV camera or a large microphone if you’re attending the festival. RADIO BORDERS, ITV BORDER, VISIT SCOTLAND and VOMO will be with us, interviewing authors, chatting to the public and reporting on events – make sure you’re camera ready; you might end up on the news!

The book festival employs a roving photographer and cameraman who will be taking photos and videos of events and visitors for promotional use.

Programme Artwork

Borders based collage artist LeeLeeLaLuna has been commissioned to bring a refreshing new look to this year’s festival. Look out for her work in our programme, on posters, across our social media channels and on bookmarks, postcards and other 2019 branded material…


We regret that we can’t welcome the four-legged members of your family. Hearing and guide dogs only will be admitted to the festival grounds.