A Very Happy New Year & What’s On in January


Leaderfoot viaduct reflected in the Tweed

Photo Credit: Ewen Cameron

As the auld year draws to a close, we wish you the very best for a prosperous, healthy and happy new year in 2017.  Thank you for reading the first year of our  blog – we have some exciting developments for 2017, so keep reading.   We hope to see you in our beautiful Scottish Borders in 2017, during Scotland’s year of History  Heritage and Architecture.

New Year Meeting, Kelso Races, January 17th

Try your luck with a cheeky bet (or two)  with the first meeting of the year at Kelso Races.  Accessible to all, the races offer a great day out. Whether you’re going as a couple, with a group of friends or family it offers a unique experience to enjoy.  Gates open at 10.50am and tickets priced from £15 and under 18’s go free.


Burns Supper, Abbotsford House, Melrose, January 28th

Where better to celebrate the birth of our national bard, Robert Burns, than at the home of one of his greatest admirers, Sir Walter Scott.  Experience an unforgettable, entertaining Scottish Evening with guest speaker Alasdair Hutton, the voice of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and traditional music by Merlin Academy of Music, Melrose. Starts at 7pm, £30.


Burns Supper, Bowhill House, Selkirk, January 28th

The Bowhill Theatre and Courtyard Restaurant will play host to a Burns Supper with a twist as IDEOMS Theatre Company brings its unique take on the infamous bard’s works to the Borders.  IDEOMS will perform the songs and poems of Robert Burns as part of a play set in rural surroundings.  Not only are visitors promised an evening of unique and quirky entertainment, but they’ll also enjoy supper and a dram for a more traditional take on proceedings. Starts at 7.30, £28 (including a dram to toast the haggis)


Big Garden Bird Watch, Ancrum January 29th

Join the team at Woodside Walled Garden and count the birds you see.  The results will be combined together and sent in to the national annual survey. 20% off all bird feed and feeders in the shop.  Wee Woodsiders can make a  delicious Bird Cake, to take home and feed your garden birds. £2.50 per child. Please book a time slot.  Don’t miss the excellent tea room at Woodside and wonderful scones.

Peebles Outdoor Film Festival, EastGate Arts Centre January 27-29th

A dazzling weekend of adventure films, inspiring speakers, and outdoor sessions in the beautiful Tweed Valley.  Meet local heroes and big names from the worlds of mountain biking, ultra-triathlon, polar exploration, adventure filmmaking, bikepacking, adventure racing, fell running and climbing.


Year of History, Heritage and Architecture

2017 has been designated the year of history, heritage and archaeology, a year that will celebrate our Scotland’s unique history and heritage.   Scotland has a wealth of riches in history, heritage and archaeology. From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology will shine a spotlight on some of Scotland’s greatest assets and icons, as well as our hidden gems.  Look out for the events programme and the big celebration in the Scottish Borders during September 2017.


Get ready for the Snowdrop Festival in February

During  February snowdrops will be in bloom across the Scottish Borders.  Start planning your snowdrop walk at Cringeltie House Hotel (near Peebles),  Dryburgh Abbey (near Melrose, Kailzie House (2.5 miles south of Innerleithen)  or  Dawyck Botanic Gardens (near Stobo).

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