Tickets for PENFEST 2019 are now on sale. Available from the cafe at 4 West Street or on line.


  • Thursday 5th afternoon and evening accepting works for open exhibition
  • Saturday 7th 10.00am for 10.30am Creative Writing Workshop “Inspired by Art” 2.00pm opening of Annual Art Exhibition 7.30pm Acoustic Music Session
  • Sunday 8th September 10.00am for 10.30am Creative Writing Workhop: Writing for Children 2.00pm Chamber Music (Beethoven and Prokofiev) 3.00pm Acoustic Music Session
  • Monday 9th September 7.00pm “Bright and Beautiful” art exhibition in St James the Less church
  • Tuesday 10th September 8.00pm Claire Hastings (Scottish traditional singer) in Shottstown Miners’ Club
  • Wed nesday 11th September 7.30pm “Engage the Flow” an illustrated lecture by Aine Divine
  • Saturday 14th September 7.30pm Sandy Brechin and Gregor Borland
  • Sunday 15th September 10.00am Story telling for nursery-aged children and at 11.30am Story telling for children of primary school age. (Both these events are free and are sponsored by Taylor Wimpey). A craft session for children of all ages will run aongside the story telling event 2.00pm Closing of Annual Exhibition. The winners of the Penicuik Turner Prize and the Peoples’ Choice announced

Unless otherwise stated events are in The Arts Centre, 4 West Street Penicuik EH26 9DL

Thursday 5th September

Art and craft pieces for the open art exhibition will be accepted in room 1, 4 West Street between 2.00pm and 4.00pm and again between 7.00pm and 9.00pm

Artist packs are available from the cafe at 4 West Street or email

Saturday 7th September

10.00am -12.30pm

Inspired by Art

A creative writing workshop for adults led by Helen Boden

7.30pm till 10.00pm

Acoustic Music Session with Loanhead Guitar Club

A friendly, informal evening of Americana. Expect lots of singing and music with audience participation welcomed

Sunday 8th September

10.00am till 12.30pm

Writing for Children

A creative writing workshop for adults led by Lea Taylor

Michelle Dierx with Liivi Anders

2.00pm till 3.00pm

Michelle and Liivi play Beethoven and Prokofiev


Acoustic Music Session

The day after the night before. An informal get together with friends and members of Loanhead Guitar Club

Monday 9th September

7.00pm till 9.00pm

Opening of exhibiton in St James the Less Episcopal Church, Broomhill, Penicuik EH26 9EE

Tuesday 10th September

8.00pm till 10.30pm

Claire Hastings

Claire, award winning Scottish Traditional singer, is the guest of Penicuik Folk Club. She will be at Shottstown Miners’ Club John Street Penicuik EH26 8AT

Wednesday 11th September

7.30pm till 9.30pm

Engage the Flow

An illustrated lecture by popular local artist, Aine Divine

Saturday 14th September

7.30pm till 9.30pm

Sandy Brechin and Gregor Borland

This popular duo have been performing together for over 20 years. It is sure to be a fitting climax to the PENFEST activities.

10.00am onwards

Storytelling event for children

Lea Taylor and puppet friends lead two story telling session: one for nursery age children and one for slightly older children in primary school

Sponsored by Taylor Wimpey

10.00AM TILL 12.30PM

Crafty Children

A drop-in craft session for children led by Jenni Thomson

2.00pm till 4.00pm

Penicuik Turner Prize and People’s Choice

The winners will be announced at the closing of the exhibition

Open Studios

The following studios will be open from 11.00am till 4.00pm on Sat 7, Sun 8, Sat 14 and Sun 15

The weaver

5b West Street Penicuik EH26 9DG (across the street from the Arts Centre)

Christina is a traditional weaver. Christina will also be showing works from invited artists.

The potter

Valleyfield House, 17 High Street, Penicuik EH26 8HS (down the pend beside the Town Hall)

Jane hosts a number of local artists in her pottery studio.