Borders Book Festival, Harmony Gardens, Melrose 16-19th June
Four wonderful days of talks, discussion, food & drink, comedy and more for all the family. Get your tickets fast. The Sir Walter Scott literary prize, honours the achievements of the founding father of the historical novel, the Prize rewards writing of exceptional quality with a setting of ‘Sixty Years Since’, echoing the subtitle of Scott’s most famous work, Waverley. With a winner’s prize of £30,000, it rivals the biggest and best literary prizes in the UK.
The Corn Potato String Band, Smailholm Village Hall, 24th June 8pm
They’ve delighted audiences with their driving fiddle tunes and harmonious singing. Aaron, Lyndsey and Ben are all multi-instrumentalists dedicated to continuing the music and dance traditions of the central & southern USA. Tickets £9 from Kinsman Blake Gallery, Smailholm 01573 460666.
Shand Bivvy Night (cycling) 11th June, Kingsmeadows Park, Peebles
The Bivvy Night is simple. Meet up in Peebles and head off into the hills, riding through the afternoon, into the evening. Find somewhere nice to stop for the night, get settled and enjoy a peaceful night under the stars. The next day continue your bike journey, which is usually well away into the back country, and then pedal back to Peebles. It’s a real get away from it all experience, and if you’ve never tried bivvying out in the hills, it comes highly recommended. Great memories are made on trips like the Bivvy Night.
Riverside Rock, Jed-Forest RFC, Riverside, Jedburgh 18th June
The Scottish Borders premier music festival, has something for everyone young and old.
Children’s entertainment combined with Rock and Traditional Bands from across the borders and further afield.
Laidlawstiel Gardens, 12th June 2-5pm
Walled garden containing herbaceous border, fruit, and vegetables in raised beds. There are colourful rhododendrons and azaleas as well as splendid views down to the River Tweed. Situated on the A72 between Clovenfords and Walkerburn, turn up the hill signposted for Thornielee. The house is on the right at the top of the hill.
East Gordon Smiddy Garden, 26th June 11am-5pm
A garden newly created from farmland in 2008 with wonderful panoramic views towards the Cheviot Hills. Herbaceous borders, shrubbery, extensive vegetable garden and fruit trees. There is a pond, woodland and wildflower meadow. The garden is divided by mature hornbeam hedging, grass pathways and interesting corners to sit and contemplate. Situated on A6105 between Gordon and Greenlaw at East Gordon. On top of the hill at the farm entrance.