What’s on June 2017

Picnic idea for June

Time to get out the picnic basket and enjoy all kinds of events outdoors this month in the Scottish Borders.  This month we have lots  of outdoor activities for you – walking, reading, music, re-enactiments of battles and a special production of  Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Don’t forget  Tweedlove  – ten days of biking and good times in the Tweed Valley.

Rob Roy on Stage & Screen, abbotsford House 8 June 6.30pm

The Abbotsford Trust is staging a special exhibition for the 200th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott’s Rob Roy.  Professor Alison Lumsden, Chair in English, University of Aberdeen will discuss the ways in which Rob Roy explores questions raised by our modern globalised world.  Includes a drink on arrival and opportunity to view the house as well as the new temporary exhibition Rob Roy on Stage and Screen. Doors open at 6pm for drinks with the talk beginning at 6.30pm.  Adults £7 Booking Essential 01986 752043.  Abbotsford House, near Melrose TD6 9BQ


Trimontium Roman Guided Walk, melrose 1.30-5.30pm

A walk from the Three Hills Heritage Centre in Melrose, past Melrose Abbey to Newstead, around the hidden Roman Fort,  and then onto the Leaderfoot Viaduct.  Adults £4, children £1, Family £10.  Dogs welcome.  If you can’t make this date don’t worry it runs every Thursday.  If you want to find out lots about the Melrose area this should definitely be on your list.


Borders Book Festival, melrose 15-18 June 

Hopefully you have your tickets for this great annual event in Harmony Gardens, Melrose.  4  wonderful days of talks, food & drink, live music and comedy.  .Speakers this year include Rory Bremner, Michael Parkinson, Joanne Trollop, Jay Rayner and Louise Grey on food and Carol Klein on gardening.  Box office 0844 357 1060


Midsummer Concert at Mellerstain House, gordon 22 June 7pm

Hosted by Border Music and Arts Society.  John Myerscough (Cello) & Alasdair Beaton (Piano) play Schubert – ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata, Ades – Lieux retrouves and Saint-Saens – Sonata no 2 in Op 123.   Starts with a drinks reception in the Oval Hall at 7pm followed by the concert at 7.30pm.  Meet the artists at the after concert finger buffet (optional at a charge of £7.50).  Adults £20.50/ Under 18s £11.75.  For enquiries & tickets please contact Isobel Lafferty 01835 864153.  TD3 6LG.


Thirlestane Civil war Re-enactment, Lauder 24 -25 June

The oldest re-enactment society, the Sealed Knot, is coming to Thirlestane Castle to bring to life the history of Scotland’s involvement in the Civil Wars. They will be delving into what it was like in the 17th Century for the military and civilians.  Soldiers, pipes, pikes and drums in drill displays, life on the living history camp and a skirmish will be all part of the weekend. An education and an experience not to be missed.  Tickets are now on sale at www.borderevents.com or by phoning 01750 725480. Book early to avoid disappointment.  Thirlestane Castle, Lauder TD2 6RU


PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Thirlestane Castle, Lauder 18 June  6pm Front Lawn

Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s most loveable heroine. When Elizabeth meets the rude and abrupt Mr Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is there more to him than meets the eye? Brought to life by award winning writer Laura Tuner, this brand-new adaptation celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and promises to be the most splendid evening of the summer.  So, join friends and family as you picnic under a beautiful summer sky and lose yourself in this unforgettable love story. After all, it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.  Tickets are  on sale at www.borderevents.com or by phoning 01750 725480.  TD2 6RU


Farmers Markets

St Abbs Market – every Friday at the Ebba Centre, Brierylaw, St Abbs TD14 5PQ

Hawick Farmers Market – 3rd Saturday of the month, 9.30am – 2pm, Civic Space, Heart of Hawick

Jedburgh Farmers Market – 1st Friday of the month, 9.30am – 1pm, Market Place

Kelso Farmers Market – 4th Saturday of the month, 9.30am – 1.30pm, Kelso Town Square
Peebles Farmers Market – 2nd Saturday of the month, 9.30 – 1.30pm, Eastgate Car park

What’s on in November

Scotts Pines

Photo Credit: Alison MacGregor

This month as the weather gets colder our thoughts begin to turn to the Christmas season.  So we have exhibitions, books, a Christmas Carol and the switching on of Christmas Lights across the Scottish Borders.  Wrap up warm and get out for a walk, the colours and the weather are too good to miss.  Try some Danish hygge (pronounced hooga) – the latest trend.  Hygge  translates as something like ‘cosiness’.  Light lots of candles and a real fire and, make some hot chocolate or your favourite warming drink.  Enjoy November.

National Tree Week 26 November – 4th December

National Tree Week is a great chance to get involved with Borders Forest Trust  and support the revival of the wild heart of Southern Scotland.  Check out their website for information on the amazing forests and projects you can visit.

Denholm Folk Festival 3 – 6th November 

A wee folk festival for a wee village.  The weekends programme includes evening concerts, workshops and an open stage competition.

Christmas Lights Switch on

  • Kelso 26 November 5-7.30pm
  • Newtown St Boswells, November 27
  • Hawick, December 1, 6pm
  • Lauder, December 3, 6.30pm
  • Peebles, December 8, 7pm
  • Melrose, December 10, 5.30

Christmas Shopping Nights

  • Lauder 4th November 6-9pm
  • Melrose Fair Trade Christmas Sale 5th November 10am-1pm
  • Milestone Garden Centre 10th November 6-9pm TD6 0PL
  • Mainstreet Trading, St Boswells 10th November from 6pm
  • Duns Christmas Market 16th November 10am TD11 3AF
  • Eyemouth 24th November 6-8pm
  • St Abbs (Ebba Centre) 25 & 26 th November 10am-3pm
  • Traquair Free Christmas Opening 11am-4pm EH44 6PW

A Christmas Carol, Langholm 29th November

Chapterhouse Theatre presents Charles Dickens unforgettable Christmas tale.  A delight for the whole family bringing you the spirit of Christmas.  The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm Tickets £8-£14.

Writing the Vichy Quartet, Melrose  22th November

Allan Massie, recently shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction, describes the writing of his series of mysteries based in wartime France.  Ormiston Institute, Melrose £3.

The Crafters Art and Design Fair, Springwood Park, Kelso 19 & 20th November, 10am-5pm

A fantastic opportunity for Christmas shopping with a wealth of beautiful gifts, by makers from across the Borders.

Christmas Exhibition, Number Four Gallery, St Abbs 12 & 13th November

A preview weekend to launch their Christmas exhibition which runs til 15th January, with drinks and nibbles.  New work sourced from some of the country’s finest artists and designers.  This is my favourite gallery for finding presents at any time of year.

Kinsman-Blake Gallery, Smailholm, 8 – 30th November

A biennial sale of ceramics (seconds) and other selected artworks. Many items at fabulously reduced prices.  As an additional temptation they are also offering 10% discount on all ceramic firsts, jewellery, woodwork, paintings and prints. Perfect for finding special Christmas gifts. Open every day 9am – 5pm.