Aerial shot of Pittencrieff Park

New Venue for Dunfermline WWII Festival


A popular local history festival will be making the move to Pittencrieff Park this August.

Defend Fife World War Two Festival, which is now in its third year, is looking to double the 2000+ visitors of last year’s event with a weekend of interactive entertainment on 3-4 August.

Organised by Forth Pilgrim and brought to life by a team of local volunteers, the festival will showcase the stories of the Home Guard, the allied Polish Army and the people who lived and worked in Fife during the Second World War.

Roger Pickering, director of Forth Pilgrim, said: “We’re delighted to host the festival in the beautiful and historic surroundings of Pittencrieff Park and the Glen Pavilion this year. 

“We’re also once again celebrating the relationship between Scotland and Poland during World War Two, and telling the stories of the Polish soldiers who were stationed here – many of whom stayed, married and brought up families in the area after the war.”

On Saturday 3 August, historical re-enactors will take to Dunfermline High Street to meet the public. A 1940s themed dance will be held on Saturday evening in the Glen Pavillion, where guests are invited to dress in the style of the time, if they should wish to do so.

The Sunday show in Pittencrieff Park will focus on home defense, air, land and sea and offers something for all the family, with an exciting live battle demonstration as well living history displays in the encampment area, an entertainment area for children and a selection of stalls, exhibitions, music, dance and film in the Glen Pavilion.

Tickets will be available from later this week, following an announcement on the Defend Fife social media pages.