In July we welcome the opening of the new Borders Sculpture Park, lots of outdoor theatre, music, culture and beautiful gardens. The annual festivals of riding are well underway in the Scottish Borders. They are a local tradition not to be missed, particularly if you like horses. With fabulous weather forecast, pack up your picnic and head outdoors.
Antiques Roadshow, Floors Castle, Kelso 6 July, 09:30-16:30
Antiques Roadshow’s well-loved team of experts are visiting Floors Castle. More than 30 experts will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car-boot sale and charity shop finds. TD5 7SF.
Wind in the Willows, Thirlestane Castle, Lauder 12 July, Gates open at 17.00
Join Badger, Ratty and Toad for a perfect summer adventure, in this adaptation of the classic children’s novel. Alive with music and song this family show is presented in costume and features a woodland parade during the interval for everyone to join in. Bring a picnic or order one by emailing email@example.com. Please bring your own rugs or low backed seating. Tickets available through www.borderevents.com or call 01750 725480. Adult £14/child £8/family (2 adults & 2 children) £40. TD2 6RU
Monteviot House & Gardens, Jedburgh 1 – 29 July
The present house began as an early-eighteenth century lodge built by the 1st Marquis of Lothian. Ambitious designs by Edward Blore were commissioned for a Jacobean-style mansion in 1832 but never completed, leaving the modest Georgian house and Blore’s elaborate Jacobean-inspired office wing side by side. In 1961 the interior was re-planned to the design of Schomberg Scott. The fine gardens include a rose garden, herbaceous shrub borders, pinetum, a water garden of islands linked by bridges, the Dene Garden, the Garden of Persistent Imagination, the Compass Garden and an arboretum. There are great views over the River Teviot. Gardens 12.00-17.00, House 13.00-17.00 (last entry 16.15). Free parking & disabled toilets. (Closed Mondays). TD8 6UQ
Romeo & Juliet Outdoors, Abbotsford House, Morris Garden, Melrose 15 July 19.00-21.30
Three Inch Fool Theatre Company return to Abbostsford to present the tragic story of the star crossed lovers. Refreshments and BBQ available, so make sure you arrive early to enjoy a picnic in the gardens (open 17.30). Adults £14 / Friends £12.60 / Concessions & Under 17s £12 / Joint Ticket Offer: Joint Adult Ticket £24 / Joint Friends Ticket £21.20 / Joint Concessions and Under 17s Ticket £20
Contact Tel: 01896 752043
Borders Sculpture Park, Mellerstain House Open Friday to Monday, 11.00-17.00
XXX launches Borders Sculpture Park as a new venue for innovative and engaging open-air sculpture. Comprising three remarkable, large-scale temporary installations by acclaimed artist , Steve Messam, this exciting project combines historic features with bold, contemporary sculptural practice on a vast scale. Set within the buildings and landscape, Messam’s inflatable fabric sculptures create a joyful and uplifting visual spectacle. He sets up a lively dialogue between past and present, adding an unexpected new dimension to familiar vistas and architecture. Tickets can be booked on the website £2.50-£5.00. Hoebridge Cafe for delicious coffee.
A 10 day feast of chamber music performed by outstanding musicians. This year’s programme is bigger than ever, with music spanning the Baroque to the present and featuring some of the great masterpieces of chamber music. Including Bach’s monumental Goldberg Variations, Schumann’s Piano Quintet, and Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ Quartet, alongside more recent works by Sally Beamish, Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt. Book online: www.hubtickets.co.uk or 0131 473 2000.
Border Union Show, Springwood Park, Kelso, 28 – 29th July
This annual show includes competition for Horses, Ponies,Cattle, Sheep, Donkeys, Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Shepherds’ Crooks, Horse Shoeing, Young Farmers Stock Judging and Industrial Arts, with over five hundred open classes. There are over 200 trade stands including farm machinery, crafts and gifts, motor vehicles, clothing, equestrian goods, food outlets and furniture retailers. The Food Fair with 50 stands of Borders and far and wide produce is full, as is the Exhibition and Craft & Gift Halls. As always there is the Children’s Fun Fair, Catering and Bars. These are open on both days and there is Main Ring family entertainment on the Saturday afternoon. Tickets available online at www.borderunion.eticketme.com. Adults £9, concession £7, children under 16 free. TD5 8LS