What’s on where

Elephant in Antons Hill, near Leitholm, Coldstream.
Elephant in Antons Hill, near Leitholm, Coldstream.

Your guide to what’s on in the Borders

May 20

Fertile Ground Dance presents Dancing the Road, Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. A tripe bill of contemporary dance. Tickets £10 (£8 concs, £5 for workshop participants). Contact the box office on 01289 330999 or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

Music

May 20

Alastair McDonald, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm. Highly-renowned banjo-playing folk/jazz musician, supported by Innerleithen based folk four piece Dismal Jibe. This is a fundraiser for the Innerleithen Folk Festival. Tickets £12 (£10 concs). Contact the box office on 01721 725777 or see www.eastgatearts.co.uk

May 21

Eddie Reader, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. One of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers. Tickets £20. Contact the box office on 01387 381196 or see www.buccleuchcentre.co.uk

Weighton Waytes, St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Norham 7.30pm.

Rab Noakes, String Jam Club, County Hotel,Selkirk, 7.30pm. One of Scotland’s most well-respected songwriters. Tickets £14. Contact 01750 721233.

May 22

The Stephane Grappelli Story, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. Tribute to one of the greatest-ever proponents of the jazz violin. Tickets £14 (£12 concs). Contact details as before.

May 23

String Theory presents Kieran Halpin plus support, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. Live music Mondays. Admission free.

May 25

RURA, Eatsgate Theatre, 7.30pm. One of Scotland’s most powerful folk-based bands. Tickets £14, £12, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact details as before.

May 26

The Searchers, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. Sixties supergroup who brought us such hits as Sweets For My Sweet, Needles and Pins, Don’t Throw Your Love Away and Sugar and Spice. Tickets £20. Contact details as before.

Film

May 20

Youth, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. Fred, a retired composer and conductor, vacations at a Swiss Spa with his longtime friend Mick. As Mick crafts what may be his final screenplay, Fred is given the opportunity to perform for the Queen. Tickets £6.50 (£5 concs). Contact the box office on 01450 360688 or drop in to the Visit Scotland desk. (15)

Eddie the Eagle, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. The true story of an unlikely sporting hero, who made a historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Tickets £7.45 / £6.45 concs, Child £4.45 (16 & under), Baby FREE (2 & under). Contact details as before. (PG)

May 21

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Maltings, Berwick, 2pm. While the two superheroes battle each other, a third power arises, more dangerous than either, and the world wrestles with the question of what kind of hero it needs. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

Zootropolis, Tower Mill, Hawick, 3pm. An idealistic rabbit police officer tries to uncover a conspiracy. Tickets and contact info as before. (PG)

Youth, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. See above.

Eddie the Eagle, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. See above.

May 22

Jungle Book, Eastgate Theatre, 2.30pm. Rudyard Kipling’s beloved story returns to the screen in this Walt Disney Pictures production from director Jon Favreau. Tickets £8 adult, £6 child, £24 family. Contact details as before. (PG)

Zootropolis, Tower Mill, HAwick, 2.30pm. See above.

Iona, Eastgate Theatre, 4.30pm. Drama about troubled familial relationships, set against a landscape that can be as unforgiving as it is beautiful. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)

The Man Who Knew Infinity, Eastagate Theatre, 7.30pm. Charting the incredible life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, whose genius for mathematics takes him from the slums of India to Trinity College, Cambridge. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

May 24

Eye in the Sky, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. A dramatisation of one very long and very stressful day in the lives of those tasked with making life or death decisions. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)

Berwick Film Society presents Brooklyn, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Based on Colm Tóibín’s novel about a young Irish woman, Eilis, heading over the ocean to find work in the States during the early 1950s. Tickets £7.75 / £6.75 concs, BFS Passholders free. Contact details as before. (12A)

May 25

Eddie the Eagle, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. See above.

May 26

Son of Saul (Saul fia), Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)

Eddie the Eagle, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. See above.

Garden

May 22

Scotland’s Gardens presents Anton’s Hill, near Leitholm, Coldstream. Unique garden featuring family of topiary elephants (see pic). Open 2-5pm. See www.scotlandsgardens.org for further details of upcoming garden openings.

Exhibitions

From February 13

A Rural Portrait, Cut the Mustard Gallery, Langholm. Call 013873 81180 for more details, or see www.mustardgallery.co.uk

Till May 21

Reflections on Celts, Old Gala House, Galashiels, Tues -Sat 10am-4pm. Showcasing two Iron Age mirrors currrently on a tour of the UK in conjunction with a major exhibition on Celts. Call 01750 726456 / 01896 752611.

Till June 19

The Plant World on Paper by David Stuart, Old Gala House, Galashiels. Botanist and artist showcases his paintings of plants. Open Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, and from June, Sun 1-4pm.

till July 17

Factory Girls, Tower Mill, Hawick. Sculptures by Katie Scarlett Howard celebrating the women workers of the textile trade of the past in Scotland and Wales. Open Monday - Friday 10am-4.30pm, Sunday 12noon-3pm. Contact the Borders Textile Towerhouse on 01450 377615 or email textiletowerhouse@scotborders.gov.uk for more information.

Till July 31

Anna S King and Valerie Gillies, Dawyck Botanic Gardens, Stobo. Baskets textiles, paper and poerty - in direct response to the Garden’s unique presence and its plenitude of time and silence. Entry free with normal garden admission. Contact 01721 760254 for more details, or see

Till August 6

Cut the Mustard Gallery presents “SCAPE - town, country, sea”, High Street, Langholm. Preview of new exhibition, plus join Barry and Lisa for a slice of birthday cake and a glass of wine between 11am-5pm on May 14 to celebrate Cut the Mustard’s third anniversary in their new premises.

Till Sept 4

Hawico, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick, open Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm. A showcase of cashmere knitwear designs by Hawico. Admission free.

Till September 29

In Stately Silence by Duncan Tattersall, Mellerstain House, Gordon, Fri-Mon, 12.30-5pm. An exploration of grand domestic Scottish building design from the past 250 years. Entry as per usual admission to house.

Till November 30

Rave Reviewer, Abbotsford House, near Melrose, open 10am-5pm. Exhibition exploring Sir Walter Scott’s activity as a reviewer of some of the most famous work of his time, including Jane Austen’s Emma and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Entry is included as part of admission ticket to the house. See http://www.scottsabbotsford.com/ for further details.

event

UNTIL OCTOBER 31

Stick Man Trail. Kielder Castle, free admission. Based on the much-loved book, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, following the success of the Gruffalo trail. It starts from Kielder Castle, where families can pick up an activity pack for £3, follow the trail and complete fun activities along the way. Parking costs £4.50 all day or £1.50 for one hour.

attractions

Abbotsford House, Abbotsford, Melrose: 01896 752043. See www.scottsabbotsford.com for events and prices.

Bamburgh Castle:,01668 214515. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, last admission 4pm. Admission £10.50, children £5, senior £10, family £25.

Berwick Barracks, 01289 304493. Open daily 10am-6pm. See detailsfo admission charges at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/

Bowhill House and Gardens, near Selkirk: 01750 22204. See http://www.bowhillhouse.co.uk for details of opening hours and admission charges.

Chillingham Castle, 01668 215359. Now open. Please ring for further details or visit our website www.chillingham-castle.com

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: 01668 215250. Open Monday to Friday: Tours at 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Sundays: Tours at 10am, 11am, noon. Closed Saturday. Admission £8, concs £6, children £3, family £16.

Dawyck Botanic Garden, Stobo, near Peebles: 01721 760254. Open daily February 1 to November 30 from 10am to 4pm/5pm/6pm. Admission: Adults £6, Concessions £5, Children Free, Members Free.

Dryburgh Abbey, near Dryburgh: 01835 822381. Open daily, 9.30am-5.30pm. Admission: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40.

Etal Castle, 01890 820332. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.80, concs £4.30, children £2.90, family £12.50.

Heatherslaw Cornmill, 01890 820488. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm. Admission £3.80, concs £3.20, family £10, under-fives free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway, 01890 820244. Open daily, from 10am to 4pm, first train at 11am. Return journey prices: £6.50, seniors £6, children £4.50, under-fives £2.50, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre, 01890 820338. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm.

Glentress Peel Visitor Centre, near Peebles. Top mountain biking trails, great walks and fantastic wildlife watching, visitor centre, cafe and bike shop. Call 0300 067 6900 for more details. See http://7stanesmountainbiking.com/Glentress---Innerleithen for details of facility opening hours.

Halliwell’s House Museum and Robson Gallery, Market Place, Selkirk: 01750 20096. Open Monday-Saturday 11am-4pm. and Sunday 12pm-3pm.

Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, near Jedburgh: 01835 830306. Woodland walks, events, exhibitions, playparks. Open 10am-5pm daily.

Hawick Museum and Gallery, Wilton Lodge Park: 01450 364747. Open Mon–Fri 10am–12 and 1–5pm, Sat and Sun 2–5pm.

Hermitage Castle, Hawick, Roxburghshire: 01387 376222. Open daily from 9.30am-5.30pm. Admission Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Concession £3.60.

Jedburgh Abbey: 01835 863925. Open 9.30am-5.30pm. Admission: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Open daily, from 11am to 5pm. Admission £3, concs £2.70, family £8, under-fives free.

Lindisfarne Castle, 01289 389244. Call for opening times. Gift aid admission: £7.80, child £3.90, family £19.40.

Lindisfarne Centre, 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Admission £4, concs £3.50, children £2, family £10, under-fives free.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £6.20, concs £5.60, children £3.70, family £16.10.

Mellerstain House and Gardens, Gordon: 01573 410225. Open Fri-Mon. See www.mellerstain.com for details of opening hours and admission prices.

Melrose Abbey: 01896 822562. Open daily 9.30am-5.30pm. Admission Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40.

Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels: 01896 752611. Opening hours March-May, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm.

Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom, Market Place, Selkirk: 01750 720096. Opening hours, March-April, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday-11am-3pm.

The Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre, Melrose: 01896 822651. Entry £2; £1 school pupil or student; £5 family. Schools are welcome at any time.

Thirlstane Castle, Lauder: 01578 722430. From May 3 – October 2, open Tues-Thurs and Sundays 10am-3pm (grounds 10am-5pm). See thirlestanecastle.co.uk for info on ticket prices.