Arbroath 2020 – Celebrating Arbroath’s Future through it’s Inspirational History

Declaration of Arbroath

2020 marks the 700th anniversary of the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath.

Widely acknowledged as one of Scotland’s most important documents, The Declaration of Arbroath was sent from Arbroath Abbey to Pope John in Avignon on April 6, 1320. The letter, with the seals of Scotland’s nobles attached, emphasised Scotland’s right to be a nation, while also stressing that the country’s king had to follow the will of the people, sowing the seeds of modern democracy. The 1320 Declaration of Arbroath is one of the most important documents in Scottish history.

Arbroath 2020 celebrations launch in April 2020 with a six-month festival of high profile events, exhibitions and special projects, all taking place throughout the picturesque harbour town of Arbroath.

Come and visit Arbroath in 2020, the place to be. Take a look at some of the other many things to see & do in and around Arbroath while you’re here.

Programme Highlights:

4 April 2020

Festival Opening Concert

5 April 2020

Arbroath 2020 Procession

The Big Eco Lunch

For more information, please visit the Arbroath 2020 website.

Special Interest Projects:

The Arbroath Tapestry – an extraordinary wonderfully crafted work made by the Arbroath Tapestry Group, a group of highly skilled Angus women. The design of the tapestry has been commissioned from Andrew Crummy, the designer behind the Great Scottish Tapestry. To be exhibited in the Abbey visitor centre and later gifted to the Angus Collections, the complex design of each panel represents a different element of the history of the Declaration, the heritage of the Abbey and the surrounding town.


03apr(apr 3)12:00 pm05(apr 5)12:00 pmArbroath 2020 Music & Food FestivalAndreou’s BistroLocation:ArbroathEvent Type:Arbroath 2020,Food and Drink,Music/Concerts

04apr6:00 pm8:00 pmArbroath 2020 - Festival Opening ConcertArbroath AbbeyLocation:ArbroathEvent Type:Arbroath 2020,Family,Music/Concerts

05apr11:00 am1:30 pmArbroath 2020 ProcessionArbroath AbbeyLocation:ArbroathEvent Type:Arbroath 2020,Family,Heritage

05apr1:30 pm4:30 pmArbroath 2020 - Big Eco LunchBeacon GreenLocation:ArbroathEvent Type:Arbroath 2020,Family,Food and Drink

06apr2:00 pm3:00 pmDeclaration of Arbroath CommemorationArbroath AbbeyLocation:ArbroathEvent Type:Arbroath 2020,Heritage

11apr1:20 pm12:00 pmArbroath Declaration RunArbroath AbbeyLocation:ArbroathEvent Type:Arbroath 2020,Outdoors,Sports