What’s on in November

Scotts Pines

Photo Credit: Alison MacGregor

This month as the weather gets colder our thoughts begin to turn to the Christmas season.  So we have exhibitions, books, a Christmas Carol and the switching on of Christmas Lights across the Scottish Borders.  Wrap up warm and get out for a walk, the colours and the weather are too good to miss.  Try some Danish hygge (pronounced hooga) – the latest trend.  Hygge  translates as something like ‘cosiness’.  Light lots of candles and a real fire and, make some hot chocolate or your favourite warming drink.  Enjoy November.

National Tree Week 26 November – 4th December

National Tree Week is a great chance to get involved with Borders Forest Trust  and support the revival of the wild heart of Southern Scotland.  Check out their website for information on the amazing forests and projects you can visit.

Denholm Folk Festival 3 – 6th November 

A wee folk festival for a wee village.  The weekends programme includes evening concerts, workshops and an open stage competition.

Christmas Lights Switch on

  • Kelso 26 November 5-7.30pm
  • Newtown St Boswells, November 27
  • Hawick, December 1, 6pm
  • Lauder, December 3, 6.30pm
  • Peebles, December 8, 7pm
  • Melrose, December 10, 5.30

Christmas Shopping Nights

  • Lauder 4th November 6-9pm
  • Melrose Fair Trade Christmas Sale 5th November 10am-1pm
  • Milestone Garden Centre 10th November 6-9pm TD6 0PL
  • Mainstreet Trading, St Boswells 10th November from 6pm
  • Duns Christmas Market 16th November 10am TD11 3AF
  • Eyemouth 24th November 6-8pm
  • St Abbs (Ebba Centre) 25 & 26 th November 10am-3pm
  • Traquair Free Christmas Opening 11am-4pm EH44 6PW

A Christmas Carol, Langholm 29th November

Chapterhouse Theatre presents Charles Dickens unforgettable Christmas tale.  A delight for the whole family bringing you the spirit of Christmas.  The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm Tickets £8-£14.

Writing the Vichy Quartet, Melrose  22th November

Allan Massie, recently shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction, describes the writing of his series of mysteries based in wartime France.  Ormiston Institute, Melrose £3.

The Crafters Art and Design Fair, Springwood Park, Kelso 19 & 20th November, 10am-5pm

A fantastic opportunity for Christmas shopping with a wealth of beautiful gifts, by makers from across the Borders.

Christmas Exhibition, Number Four Gallery, St Abbs 12 & 13th November

A preview weekend to launch their Christmas exhibition which runs til 15th January, with drinks and nibbles.  New work sourced from some of the country’s finest artists and designers.  This is my favourite gallery for finding presents at any time of year.

Kinsman-Blake Gallery, Smailholm, 8 – 30th November

A biennial sale of ceramics (seconds) and other selected artworks. Many items at fabulously reduced prices.  As an additional temptation they are also offering 10% discount on all ceramic firsts, jewellery, woodwork, paintings and prints. Perfect for finding special Christmas gifts. Open every day 9am – 5pm.

2 thoughts on “What’s on in November

  1. Christina Shaw says:

    I’m wondering if the Melrose christmas fair and the Lauder late night shopping is on again this year.
    I couldn’t find any information online.
    I’m interested in booking a stall if this is at all possible.
    Kind regards

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