What’s on in April

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KING OF THE SEVENS – APRIL & MAY

The game of rugby was conceived in Melrose in 1883 and remains today the main sport in the Borders. The 10 most prestigious 7s tournaments make up the Kings of the Sevens league. Teams compete at individual tournaments to gain points, during April and May. The winners are crowned “Kings of the Sevens”. It’s thrilling rugby action. Check the website for dates.


ST ABBS WOOL FESTIVAL, SATURDAY 9TH APRIL 10-4PM, EBBA CENTRE, TD14 5PL

This twice yearly celebration of all things woolly, invites wool enthusiasts and the curious to experience crafts woolly and fibrous: spinning, dyeing, felting, weaving, crochet and knitting. There will be lots to purchase too – Hunting Hall’s pure Northumbrian organic wool, plant dyed wools, cobweb lace shawls, socks, mittens and, all the things knitters might ever need.


RAVE REVIEWER, ABBOTSFORD HOUSE, MELROSE TD6 9BQ 2ND APRIL TO NOVEMBER

A new exhibition telling the fascinating story of Sir Walter Scott’s engagement and interaction with some of the most famous literature of the early 19th century – the works of Mary Shelley, Jane Austen and Lord Byron. Scott achieved this through penning some of the most insightful, sympathetic and outstanding literary reviews of the age. Walter Scott was central to the setting up and popularity of John Murray’s Quarterly Review and would remain a key contributor throughout his years as the most famous and prolific novelist of the time. In partnership with the Murray Archive, National Library of Scotland, on display will be a number of rare first editions, such as the first edition of Frankenstein – only 500 were published.

KELSO RACES, BUCCLEUCH CUP, MONDAY 11TH APRIL TD5 7SX

A National Hunt Racecourse staging jumps racing, from October through until May, in the beautiful Borders countryside and picturesque town of Kelso. Known as ‘Britain’s Friendliest Course’ a very warm welcome awaits. Gates open at 12.10pm. First race 2.10pm.


ART@ANCRUM 29TH APRIL-2ND MAY

Meet and purchase directly from over 30 artisans at a long weekend of exhibitions by professional artists and makers in multiple venues throughout the village of Ancrum. On display will be a wide variety of works – ceramics, wood, photography, jewellery, art, leather, sculpture and textiles. There is a further exhibition “Absent Friends” in the Cross Keys, Ancrum of a selection of works by various artists, who are not taking part in the weekend.


GALASHIELS WALKING FESTIVAL 30TH APRIL-1ST MAY

Following the 2015 success of the Gala Walking Festival, 2016 brings 8 ranger led walks to choose from over the 2 days. All walks are graded as moderate.


ALTERED STATE – THE ALCHEMY FILM & MOVING IMAGE FESTIVAL, 14-17TH APRIL,  HEART OF HAWICK – TOWER MILL, KIRKSTILE, HAWICK TD9 0AE

An international festival of experimental film and artists’ moving image, now in its 6th year.  The 2016 theme is “Altered State”, including notions of transcendence, political transition and subversion, shifts in personal or visual perspective, psychological and material change, mental or spiritual transformation, excavations of notions of contemporary counterculture.

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