Borders Heritage Festival runs from September 5-30 across the region highlighting the range of activities available on our doorstep.
The annual festival has grown from just a week of events to feature walks, talks, theatre, tours and lots of fun for all the family across the Scottish Borders, for the best part of a month - with many of them free of charge.
The annual Doors Open Day also falls within the festival dates, and this year Scottish Borders Council is working with Energise Galashiels to give people a behind the scenes look at a variety of buildings in the town.
Councillor Ron Smith, SBC’s executive member for planning and environment, said: “The programme for this year’s Borders Heritage Festival offers a fantastic range of events for all the family and will interest both local people and visitors to the area. It also gives us a great opportunity to show off the wonderful heritage assets that we have in the Scottish Borders. There should truly be something for everybody.”
Events take place from Eyemouth to Newcastleton, and almost everywhere in between as part of the festival, and at a range of sites, from Historic Scotland’s abbeys to Hawick Museum, Bowhill and Abbotsford.
For those wanting to start to trace their family tree, Borders Family History Society are running a series of open days during the festival; there will be re-enactments of court cases from Sir Walter Scott’s time as Sheriff of Selkirk in the town’s former Courthouse; and ranger led walks along St Cuthbert’s Way, a heritage themed walk up Eildon North Hill with SBC archaeologist Chris Bowles.
Youngsters can create a 16th century spy map of Eyemouth Fort at Eyemouth Museum, after a short guided walk to the fort to plan their own map. They will also be shown how to create their own version of a 16th century French soldier’s tassle that was found during the excavation of the fort. Journey back to the 16th century in the museum’s dedicated virtual reality room and take the fort quiz.
Eyemouth Museum is also offering the opportunity to see some hidden treasures.
Other events taking place as part of the festival include SBC ranger led walks along St Cuthbert’s Way, a heritage themed walk up Eildon North Hill with SBC archaeologist Chris Bowles and an opportunity for young people to learn how to become a knight.
The full programme of events can be downloaded at www.scotborders.gov.uk/heritagefestival