The Orchard at Borders Book Festival

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, Born in the Borders will keep the good cheer flowing with their finest beers, craft gins and will of course be popping a few bottles of festival fizz too! This year’s offerings for foodies include a welcome return for Alanda’s Seafood Grill with their fresh shellfish and their innovative twist on traditional fish and chips. New this year, Fire Dog Hot Dogs will be serving up their delicious hot dogs and artisan burgers for everyone to enjoy. The Fieldwork Café with their mouth-watering selection of cakes, sandwiches and teas will also be joining us for the first time along with The Crepe Shack with their lovely sweet and savoury crepes.

Regular favourites Crema Caravan from Galashiels will be back this year to tempt everyone into trying their delicious, freshly baked creme brulees. You can also savour a great selection of artisan coffees and scrumptious homemade brownies from Linton & Co. Coffee, served from ‘Bernard the Citroen H Van’.

If you’re short of time between events, then beer, wine and coffee are all available in Harmony Garden from Born in the Borders Harmony Bar and Charlie Mills Coffee’s converted horse box. 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.

Harmony Garden Bookshop

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.

Michael Morpurgo signs copies of his books at Borders Book 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

Many of our events and activities don’t cost a penny.

Listen to a story at our Storytime events or sing along at our Bookbug rhyme sessions. Head to the Abbotsford Tipi for Knight School activities, help create a book in the Words plus Pictures = Book! drop-in sessions, learn some circus skills with festival favourites, Oli & Co and say hello to our friendly stilt-walkers who will be strolling around all weekend. WOWEE!!

Come and explore the Orchard – a family-friendly space for relaxing, where many of our activities also take place.

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

Real Wood Studios Exhibition

Real Wood Studios is home to some of Scotland’s finest designer-makers producing bespoke furniture and interiors, and we’re delighted that they are sponsoring the festival this year by producing two beautiful, specially commissioned lecterns. They will be exhibiting a range of their stunning handmade work throughout the festival in The Gallery Melrose at 23 Market Square, Melrose. Drop by and take a look!

Born in the Borders Street Market

On St Mary’s Road, you will find the best the Scottish Borders has to offer in retail food, drink and gifts, in the Born in the Borders Street Market. The street market forms a link between our Harmony Garden and The Orchard – and we hope you’ll take the time to sample some delicious apple juice, tablet and much, much more.

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!

Photography & Video

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


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.