Welcome to the first Defend Dunfermline WWII festival.

Get ready for Fife’s newest festival, Defend Dunfermline World War II, which takes place on the 19th and 20th August across the town’s high street and heritage quarter between 10am and 5pm. With captivating street theatre, exciting exhibitions and toe-tapping music, the thrilling story of Fife’s secret defence points will be brought to life for the very first time.

Discover the story of 1940s Dunfermline, which had its defenses strengthened in the war years against infiltration from enemy tanks and paratroopers. Investigate the recently unearthed confidential maps and plans, drawn up by the allied Polish armies, who were exiled to Scotland during World War II. These plans – which were an enforcement of the roadblocks, checkpoints and fighting positions created by Dunfermline’s home guard – were prepared in the result of ultimate invasion. The festival will retell this interesting story through the eyes of the Scottish and Polish soldiers who worked hard to ensure Fife remained protected.

I hope you will join us in celebrating Dunfermline’s past, it’s present and it’s people.

See you back in 1940!