Friday 29 to Sunday 31 May 2015 will once again see the streets of Dunblane burst into life with the annual Dunblane Fling Festival. As is the case with so many festivals, Fling was conceived on the back of widespread fondness for good food, good music and more than a dram or two of the local tipples. The Dunblane Folk Club put its name and its efforts into hosting fundraising and social events in the early 90s, which ended up becoming so popular and iconic that the whole shindig evolved into the Dunblane Fling Festival we know and love today.
In terms of what the event is and what goes on…well, let’s just say the word ‘eclectic’ doesn’t quite do the thing justice. In years past there’s been a Harley Davidson procession with hundreds of bikers, massive street parties occupying the whole of Dunblane High Street and even a now iconic Rotary Club race for 4,000 plastic ducks down the Allan Water…which now takes place every year. Fling is also famed for its Sunday night ‘survivors’ party, when those that have managed to keep up with the festivities for the whole of the weekend are treated to a late night curry.
From fire jugglers to space hopper races to ghost tours and so much more, what started life as a pretty humble evening of entertainment has over the years evolved into a monster – one we’re incredibly proud to be a part of.
So, if you’re planning a trip to Dunblane during May, we can’t help but recommend booking a stay during the Fling Festival in order to get a taste of what this tiny little village is capable of when the local population cuts loose!
2015 Fling Highlights
In terms of specific Fling highlights, it’s often the unexpected stuff that packs the biggest surprises of all, but in terms of planned shows and events, the following shouldn’t be passed up:
Scotland Year of Food & Drink
To tie in with the Scotland Year of Food & Drink the Hilton team will have a food stand on Dunblane high street alongside various other food shops and local restaurants. Why not pop along and say hi as you sample the delights of Scottish cuisine.
Friday 29 May – Fling Ceilidh
The fabulous music of the Skelpit Lugs with a stovie supper thrown in – pretty much the perfect way of throwing yourself in at the deep end and getting a taste for the Fling.
Saturday 30 May – Fling By the River
Music, dancing and more fun than you can shake a few thousand rubber ducks at, this annual outing by the river is often the highlight of the whole festival. And as this is officially Scotland's Year of Food and Drink, chances are you’d be wise to bring your appetite…and maybe an elasticated waistband!
Saturday 30 May Evening – Fling Concert
Upholding the fresh, unstoppable sound of modern Gaelic Scotland since 2010, Mànran have become iconic across the Scottish music scene and will be in town to delight festival goers at this year’s Fling.
Sunday May 31 – Fling Festival Club
And for those making it all the way to Sunday, there’s a culinary extravaganza in store the likes of which is worth making the trip to Scotland for alone. Brought to life with the perfect selection of songs, tunes and tales from the region’s past, present and future, you’ll be able to taste everything from the deepest delights of Indian to the finest local Scottish sausage and more sweet treats than you’ll need for two lifetimes.
We’re sure that diet can be pushed back to next month, right?