What’s on May

A field of yellow flowers
This month we have lots of racing events (horses and bikes), along with rugby, music, Shakespeare, stepping back into the past for the Traquair Medieval Fayre and the Borders Vintage Agricultural and Association.  Surely something to tempt you to visit the beautiful Scottish Borders.

The Factory Girls, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick 7 May-17 July

Figurative sculptures by Kate Scarlett Howard, celebrate female workers in the textile trade of the past in Scotland and Wales.  Supporting archive material also on display.  Also other exhibitions on, so check the website for details.  TD9 9EN

Kelso Races 10 May & 28 May Ladies Day

First May Day and  Ladies Day at Kelso Races, known as the UKs friendliest race course.  Offers a variety of raceday tickets and packages including Track 2 Track deal, which will give you return transport from Tweedbank Station to the racecourse allowing you to leave the car at home and make the most of the hospitality.  TD5 7SX


King of The 7s Jedforest Tournament, Riverside Park, Jedburgh  13  May 

The Mainetti Jedforest 7S (known as the Friendly 7S ( are traditionally the last of the The Kings of the 7S.  This always guarantees an exciting end to the season.  The winner of the series is often not known until after the final. TD8 6UE


Floors Castle International Horse Trials,  Kelso 12-14 May 

Run in the glorious parkland in front of Floors Castle. The event has been running for over 26 years and has established itself as a firm favourite among riders, owners and spectators.  Shopping village for food, jewellery, Aran sweaters and all you need for your horse. TD5 7SF


Country and Western Weekend, Border Union Show Ground,  Kelso 12 – 14 May 

15 bands playing throughout the weekend, plus Western activities.  Bands start at 1.00pm and finish at midnight each day. 3 day festival £56.00 (per adult) and £15.00 (per child 5-15 yso). 2 day festival £37.00 (per adult) and £12.00 (per child 5-15 yso). Single day festival £26.00 (per adult) anjd £8.00 (per child 5-15 yso). Children under 5 free.  Catering provided by “Caroline”. Fully stocked bar (reasonable prices).  Fast Draw Competition and Line Dancing Tuition starts at 11.00am Saturday and Sunday.  TD5 8LS


Selkirk Mountain Bike Marathon 14 May 

This is THE classic MTB Marathon in the UK. The course is designed by trail-building legend Peter Laing. Choice of 3 races – Marathon, Raid (Enduro) or Ultra.  To register go to the Borders Bike Festival website.



40th Borders Vintage Agricultural Association Rally, Kelso  20-21 May 

Step back in time!  Something for everyone, vintage machinery, indoor stalls in the hall and a car boot sale outside along with many exhibits to visit.  Food vans, first aiders and toilet facilities around the site.  Gates open at 10am.  Adults £6 entry and children under 14 free.  TD5 8LS


Traquair Medieval Fayre, Innerleithen 26-27 May, 11am – 5pm 

Marvellous line up of medieval merriment for all ages in the grounds of Traquair, Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House.  The old Walled Garden will be transformed into a Medieval market with living history displays of everything from making chain mail armour to medicinal remedies. You can have a go at longbow archery, try out the stocks or see how medieval torture instruments were used.  Traders and demonstrators will include willow working, medieval forge, bodging and spoon making as well as merchants’ selling costumes, jewellery, children’s costumes, pottery and other crafts. EH44 6PW


TweedLove Glentress Seven 27 May 

Mountain biking heaven!  The Odlo Glentress Seven is TweedLove’s flagship endurance mountain bike event, and firmly established as one of Scotland’s most popular MTB events. It’s a great day’s riding and racing for everyone, with the emphasis on great trails and a friendly, fun atmosphere.  Check out their website for all the other races in May for young and old alike!


Shakespeare The Winter’s Tale at Traquair, Selkirk 31 May -3 June 7.30pm

Directed by David Bon, who has acted with the group since 2007 and previously directed The Comedy of Errors in 2014. This year’s play will take place in the grounds of Traquair House between 31st May – 3rd June and 7th -10th June. Performances start at 7:30pm. Tickets Wednesdays and Thursdays: £8, Fridays and Saturdays: £14.  Tickets can be purchased online at Eastgate Theatre website or by phoning the box office on 01721 725777.  EH44 6PW


A Chequered History – Textiles in Tweedale, Tweedale Museum & Gallery, Peebles Until 28 May

This exhibition tells the story of textiles in the Peebleshire area through photographs and objects from pre-history right up to the present day.  Join in on the 14 May at Spinning a Yarn,  a day of activities and memories with former mill workers

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