What’s on in August

August is the time for agricultural shows and events across the Scottish Borders.  There’s also traditional music, massed pipe bands, an exhibition on the work of innovative architects and designers, and a provoking international festival of literature and thought.  Clearly a month to feed the body and the mind.


Berwickshire County Show 6 August

Incorporating an agricultural livestock show along with family entertainment, horse events, poultry show, vintage display and dog show, created on a beautiful site next to Duns Castle. There is literally something for all ages, based around community groups and entertainment from farther afield.

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, 30th Anniversary Tour, Corn Exchange, Melrose 12 August 

Together Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham have established themselves as the epitome of excellence in the world of traditional music. The Herald has described them as “probably the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear”.  To celebrate their 30th anniversary they’ll be touring Scotland and releasing a new album.

Peebles Show 13 August

Fun for the whole family at the Peebleshire Agricultural Society Show, Nether Horsburgh Farm, Cardona.  Agricultural show with all classes of cattle, sheep, ponies, poultry and donkeys. Lots of entertainment in the main ring,  competitions, food and crafts.

Making Good Places, The Hippodrome, Eyemouth 5 August until 4 September

Making Good Places is an invited exhibition where eight architects explore the qualities of good places.  It explores good places through examples of well-crafted cultural and community spaces, and their context, prepared by the invited designers.  Featured designers will include Richard Murphy Architects, Reiach and Hall, Garber James, Snøhetta, Gaia Architects, Icosis and Malcolm Fraser.

Innerleithen Music Festival 19-21 August

Great concerts with the stars of Celtic Music and much more. On the Sunday join theFellow Travellers,  reiving and bereaving, on a journey through traditional  Border Ballads.  Workshops, singing, a historic Innerleithen  walk and much more.

Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature and Thought, Traquair House, 27 & 28 August

Returning for 7th year. Brings together broadcasters, writers, thinkers artists, diplomats and politicians to meet talk and exchange ideas with the public about the most pressing issues of our time.  A stimulating weekend of debate. A very unique Festival.

Massed Pipe Band Day, Floors Castle, Kelso 28 August

A fantastic day for the whole family.  Featuring pipe bands from across the Scottish Borders, Highland dancers, Ceilidh band, tractor tours and much more.  Special guests The Lochiel Marching Drill Band all the way from New Zealand (via the Edinburgh Tatoo)

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