Borders Heritage Festival’s success

Eyemouth Museum hosted Borders Heritage Festival events in 2015
Eyemouth Museum hosted Borders Heritage Festival events in 2015

The 2015 Borders Heritage Festival last year was the most successful, 18 sites hosting 62 events during September.

From Eyemouth to Newcastleton, and almost everywhere in between there was something for everyone - theatre displays, walks, talks, exhibitions and family friendly activities.

Historic Scotland sites saw record numbers coming through their doors at the Border abbeys and Hawick Museum, Bowhill and Abbotsford were also among those reporting a high number of visitors.

Paxton House held a well-attended afternoon tea in the Regency picture gallery, Abbotsford hosted special tours and the Borders Family History Society’s Peel Exhibition was extended due to its popularity.

Councillor Ron Smith, SBC executive member for planning and environment, said: “The programme for the Borders Heritage Festival was particularly well thought out and provided a wide range of events designed to be of interest to both local people and visitors to the area.

“It was also a great opportunity to show off the wonderful heritage assets that we have in the Scottish Borders. It did not disappoint with record numbers enjoying the variety of activities on offer.”

Organisers are now keen to build on the success of this year’s event and are already planning ahead for 2016. They invite anyone planning a heritage related event in September to get in touch.

They are also looking to establish a Borders Heritage Forum which will take a leading role in co-ordinating future festivals and promoting the region’s heritage generally, both at a local and national level. Membership is open to historical and archeological societies, historic venues and businesses with an interest in promoting heritage.