What’s on in July


Family friendly festivals and events across the Scottish Borders, during July 2016. From agricultural shows, to athletics, chamber and traditional music and, ceilidh dancing.

Eyemouth Herring Queen Festival  16-24th July

.The herring harvest was of vital importance to the town of Eyemouth and the surrounding area. Every year the bounty of the sea is celebrated with the crowning of the Herring Queen. The Queen and her attendants wear costumes with a fishy theme.  They sail into the harbour for a parade around town before the crowning ceremony. The event also commemorates the 1881 disaster when 23 fishing boats and 129 men were lost in a storm.

Paxton Music Festival  15-24th July

A ten day feast of chamber music set in the fabulous surroundings at Paxton House. Why not make an occasion of it and enjoy supper, a stroll around the extensive grounds, or a drink in the courtyard before the concert?  With its tranquil setting in extensive parkland overlooking the River Tweed, Paxton House provides the perfect environment for a chamber music festival – the peace of the countryside coupled with the facilities of any urban concert hall.

Newcastleton Tradional Music Festival 30th June-1st July

Probably the longest running traditional music festival in Scotland.  Something for everyone whether playing,competing or just watching and listening.  Children are always welcome and there is plenty of dancing too if you fancy a ceilidh.

Haddington Show, East Fortune 2 July 2016 

Enjoy a fun and family-friendly day out at Haddington Show (run annually since 1804), showcasing the best of the agricultural community.  There will be lots of horses, tractors, home-baking, crafts, cattle and sheep, shopping,  and plenty time to relax and watch some quality entertainment.  Look out for 3 pop up operas this year by Scottish Opera.

St Ronan’s Border Games 7-16th July 2016 

Oldest organised sports meeting in Scotland and now part of a ten day festival that incorporates many events for every age group. Central to the festivities are the Cleikum Ceremonies when the town’s association with its Patron Saint, St. Ronan, is celebrated.

Dalkeith Agricultural Society Annual Show, Dalkeith Country Park 9 July 

Against the impressive backdrop of Dalkeith Palace, a huge range of competitions.   Categories  include cattle, sheep, horses, ponies, dogs, crafts, baking among others.  Around 100 trade and craft stands showcase farm machinery, motor vehicles, furniture, shepherds’ crooks, gifts and foodstuffs.  Attractions include a display of vintage tractors, children’s area (with bouncy castles and slides) and a licensed catering.

Jedburgh Border Games 9 July 

Part of the Jethart Callants Festival & known as the Blue Riband of Scotland’s games circuit.  Professional running events, trade stands and children’s entertainment.

Border Union Show, Springwood Park, Kelso (29-30 July 2016) 

The 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 approximately 200 trade stands including farm machinery, crafts and gifts, motor vehicles, clothing, equestrian goods, food outlets and furniture retailers. Look out for the ‘Flavours of the Borders’ Food Fair and the Children’s Fun Fair.

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