AN ACTION-PACKED programme has been launched ahead of the return of a mountain bike festival in the Borders this summer.

Organisers of the Enduro World Series (EWS) will host more than 15 events between May 26 and June 5, coinciding with the spectacle of international mountain biking.

The Innerleithen Festival Fringe programme includes a children’s biking skills evening, a global film premiere, and a heritage walk.

It will also aim to promote locally organised events including the Borders Blue Club and the nineteenth Innerleithen Pipe Band competition, as well as a Tweed Valley Makers Market planned for Sunday, June 5.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the festival.

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Visitors and locals are invited to enjoy a long weekend of exciting trail-side racing, top mountain biking teams and brands, bike demos, entertainment, live music, local food, kids’ events, ride outs and more in the fields next to Traquair Forest.

Event director Emma Wadee said: “We’re delighted to bring an even bigger Fringe programme to EWS Tweed Valley this year. Across Innerleithen and the Festival Village, visitors and locals alike can enjoy a whole host of events and there really is something for everyone – yoga, talks, ride outs, litter picking, bike demos, kids’ events and much more.”

The EWS Tweed Valley is supported by EventScotland, Scottish Borders Council and Trash Free Trails. Tickets and information is available at Enduro Sports Organisation, the company behind the EWS, is set to open its global headquarters in Innerleithen later this year, after an extensive renovation of a property on Chapel Street.