Time to get out the picnic basket and enjoy all kinds of events outdoors this month in the Scottish Borders. This month we have lots of outdoor activities for you – walking, reading, music, re-enactiments of battles and a special production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Don’t forget Tweedlove – ten days of biking and good times in the Tweed Valley.
The Abbotsford Trust is staging a special exhibition for the 200th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott’s Rob Roy. Professor Alison Lumsden, Chair in English, University of Aberdeen will discuss the ways in which Rob Roy explores questions raised by our modern globalised world. Includes a drink on arrival and opportunity to view the house as well as the new temporary exhibition Rob Roy on Stage and Screen. Doors open at 6pm for drinks with the talk beginning at 6.30pm. Adults £7 Booking Essential 01986 752043. Abbotsford House, near Melrose TD6 9BQ
Countryside at War – Scottish Borders Rural Life During WW1, Harestanes Countryside centre, Ancrum 11 June – 21 August
Discover how life changed for women, men and children as the rural world felt the impact of the 20th century’s first major conflict. Discover the local countryside on foot and by bike. Harestanes has a range of waymarked paths including St Cuthbert’s Way, one of the country’s most popular long-distance trails. A network of quiet public roads provides options for cyclists, including the popular 4 Abbeys Route. Good parking, cafe and playwark for children. Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, Ancrum, Jedburgh TD8 6UQ
Trimontium Roman Guided Walk, melrose 1.30-5.30pm
A walk from the Three Hills Heritage Centre in Melrose, past Melrose Abbey to Newstead, around the hidden Roman Fort, and then onto the Leaderfoot Viaduct. Adults £4, children £1, Family £10. Dogs welcome. If you can’t make this date don’t worry it runs every Thursday. If you want to find out lots about the Melrose area this should definitely be on your list.
Hopefully you have your tickets for this great annual event in Harmony Gardens, Melrose. 4 wonderful days of talks, food & drink, live music and comedy. .Speakers this year include Rory Bremner, Michael Parkinson, Joanne Trollop, Jay Rayner and Louise Grey on food and Carol Klein on gardening. Box office 0844 357 1060
Midsummer Concert at Mellerstain House, gordon 22 June 7pm
Hosted by Border Music and Arts Society. John Myerscough (Cello) & Alasdair Beaton (Piano) play Schubert – ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata, Ades – Lieux retrouves and Saint-Saens – Sonata no 2 in Op 123. Starts with a drinks reception in the Oval Hall at 7pm followed by the concert at 7.30pm. Meet the artists at the after concert finger buffet (optional at a charge of £7.50). Adults £20.50/ Under 18s £11.75. For enquiries & tickets please contact Isobel Lafferty 01835 864153. TD3 6LG.
Thirlestane Civil war Re-enactment, Lauder 24 -25 June
The oldest re-enactment society, the Sealed Knot, is coming to Thirlestane Castle to bring to life the history of Scotland’s involvement in the Civil Wars. They will be delving into what it was like in the 17th Century for the military and civilians. Soldiers, pipes, pikes and drums in drill displays, life on the living history camp and a skirmish will be all part of the weekend. An education and an experience not to be missed. Tickets are now on sale at www.borderevents.com or by phoning 01750 725480. Book early to avoid disappointment. Thirlestane Castle, Lauder TD2 6RU
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Thirlestane Castle, Lauder 18 June 6pm Front Lawn
Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s most loveable heroine. When Elizabeth meets the rude and abrupt Mr Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is there more to him than meets the eye? Brought to life by award winning writer Laura Tuner, this brand-new adaptation celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and promises to be the most splendid evening of the summer. So, join friends and family as you picnic under a beautiful summer sky and lose yourself in this unforgettable love story. After all, it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. Tickets are on sale at www.borderevents.com or by phoning 01750 725480. TD2 6RU