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Your guide to what's on in the Borders

Wednesday, 15th June 2016, 2:46 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th June 2016, 3:48 pm
Gina McCormack
Gina McCormack

June 17

Shakespeare’s Shorts: Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Two of the bard’s classics, reduced to fifty minutes each and specially adapted for young audiences. Tickets £10, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact the box office on 01721 725777 or see www.eastgatearts.com

National Theatre Live, The Audience, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. Featuring Helen Mirren’s multi-award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II, The Audience returns to cinemas in celebration of the monarch’s 90th birthday.Ticets £14 (£12 concs). Contact the box office on 01450 360688 or drop in to the Visit Scotland desk.

June 23-25

Maltings Junior Youth Theatre presents Bugsy Malone, Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Written especially for a younger cast, this fast paced, action packed story centres around notorious nightclub Fat Sam’s Grand Slam. Tickets £10 (£8 concs), family ticket £30. Contact the box office on 01289 330999 or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk


June 17

Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra, Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Award-winning octet based in Edinburgh which explores the whole history of jazz from ragtime to contemporary in an entertaining and informative way. Tickets £12.50 (£11/10 concs). Contact details as before.

Rolling Hills Folk Club, Darnick Village Hall, Abbotsford Road, Melrose, 8pm. Singers and musicians welcome. BYOB. Contact 07986 644661 for more info.

June 18

Jennie Sturgeon and Jonny Hardie, Hippodrome, Eyemouth, 8pm. Traditional folk song combined with the fresh new compositions. Tickets £10.50, available form the box office on 01890 750099, or see eyemouthhippodrome.org

Who’s Next, Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. Europe’s premier live tribute to The Who, capturing magical point in time when many believe that The Who were the greatest rock and roll band on earth. Tickets: stalls £13.50 / £16, circle £18, box (double occupancy) £40, (£10 concession for disability, students, unemployed, £12/£14.50 for over 60s concs). Contact details as before.

June 19

Music for a Summer’s Afternoon, St Cuthbert’s Church, Norham, 3pm. Featuring Norham Choir (and soloists) and the Northumberland Hornbills (Horn Quartet), Julian Bonia (organ) and Jeremy Brown (trumpet). Tickets £5, under 16s free. All proceeds to the Kwa Mkono Polio Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre in Tanzania. Contact 01289 382 754.

Open music session, Gordon Arms, Yarrow, 3pm. Live music in the new bar lounge. Call 01750 82261 for more information.

Music in Peebles presents violinist Gina McCormack and pianist Nigel Clayton, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 2.30pm. Music from by two of the UK’s leading musicians, with tea/coffee and cake included in price. Tickets £12, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact details as before.

June 20

String Theory presents Jenny Biddle, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. Tower Mill welcomes the performer once annointed Melbourne’s Best Busker. Live music Mondays. Admission free.

June 23

Zelkova String Quartet, Mellerstain House, Gordon, 7pm. Music by Mozart, Debussy and Beethoven. Concert hosted by Borders Music & Arts Society. Tickets, £16.50 for members and £20.50 for non-members, children £10.25. Supper afterwards is £7.50 and the last date for booking with Isobel Lafferty on 01835 864153 is Monday June 20 2016.


June 17

Florence Foster Jenkins, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm, 7pm. The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Tickets £6.50 (£5 concs). Contact details as before. (PG)

Eye in the Sky, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. The commander is in England. The drone pilot is in America. The terrorist is in Kenya. And the authority to strike is up in the air. Tickets £7.45 / £6.45 concs, child £4.45 (16 & under), baby free (2 & under). Contact details as before. (15)

June 18

Suffragette, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. Drama following the foot soldiers of the early British feminist movement. Fundraiser for Girlguiding Hawick. Tickets £8 (incl glass of wine/soft drink and nibbles). (12A)

June 19

The Jungle Book, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. A stunning new imagining of the Disney classic. Tickets and contact details as before. (PG)

Where You’re Meant to Be, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm. Documentary following former Arab Strap frontman Aidan Moffat on tour around Scotland. Tickets £8, £6 for children. Contact details as before.

June 21

Iona, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. Iona takes her teenage son to the holy island where she was born so they can hide from a violent crime. As her son seeks forgiveness for what he has done Iona comes to terms with her loss of faith. Tickets and contact details as before. (PG)


June 16-19

Borders Book Festival, Harmony Garden, Melrose. Four days of talks, discussions, food, music and more for all the family. See www.bordersbookfestival.org for further details.


June 22

Young Writers’ Workshop, Bowhill House (details)


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.

June 4-July 2

Galashiels Studio Club annual exhibition, Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels. The works of several Borders professional artists will feature alongside the paintings of the Galashiels Studio Club members.

Open Mon–Sat 10am-4pm and Sun 1pm-4pm (closed Friday June 17).

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 [email protected] for more information.

June Bell, Secrets of Trees, Wilton Lodge Museum, Hawick. Open 10am-noon, 1-5pm, Mon-Fri, 2-5pm Sat and Sun.

Till July 23

Treasures Found, Tweeddale Museum, Peebles. Fascinating items of Treasure Trove found in recent years in the Borders, Fife, Edinburgh and Lothian – Bronze Age, Roman and Medieval are displayed in this touring exhibition. Open 10.30a– 12.30pm & 1-4pm Mon-Fri, 9.30am–12.30pm on Sat. (Closed Beltane Saturday, June 25)

Till August 6

Cut the Mustard Gallery presents “SCAPE - town, country, sea”, High Street, Langholm. Featuring work from a variety of artists and makers including previous and current Spring Flingers: Pamela Grace, Ceri Allen, Fraser Irvine, Val Macadam and Diana de Gruyther. Open are 10am-4pm Tues-Fri and 10am till 5.30pm on Saturday.

Till Sept 4

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

June 18-Sept 25

Space Craft: Architecture meets making, Maltings, Berwick. Exhibition bringing together two disciplines that are often considered separate. Open every Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm. Admission free.

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.



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.


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 details of 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 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.

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.

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 Village, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 07790 457580. Open daily, 10am-4pm. Admission Adults £3, concs. £2.70, family £8, U5’s 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 June to August - Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm.

Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom, Market Place, Selkirk: 01750 720096. Opening hours, May to August Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 11am-3pm, Sunday 11am-3pm.

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

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.