West Linton Whipman Play

Where: West Linton, Peeblesshire from village centre, Station Road
When: 1st Week of June with Rideout on Saturday
Time: 10am Rideout

 

 

Whipman at the Ford

The Whipman and his Lass are a locally elected couple who lead the festivities each year in June, of which the high point is the Ride Out on the Saturday,a typical Borders Common Riding custom. Originally it took place in July on Thursdays but was moved some time ago as greater attendance was possible at the weekend. The Whipman Play is the name of the whole festival, which spreads over the adjoining days with numerous sporting and other events to include the whole community. The Cycle Rideout and Wheelbarrow Race are highlights! One of the best views for pedestrians of the cavalcade is at the Ford (just west of the main street where the horses splash through the river.

Helpful Hints

The festival begins on the Friday before the first Saturday in June, with the Rideout on the Saturday. In 2017 the Festival runs from 2nd to 10th June and the Rideout will take place on Saturday 3rd June.

For the best view of the ford crossing, walk over the footbridge away from the village and you’ll see the horses approaching from the village side. Printed programmes are available at the local shops.

Click here for the event website : http://www.whipman.com/


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