What’s on in the Scottish Borders

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January 7

National Theatre Live presents Jane Eyre, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7pm. An acclaimed re-imagining of Brontë’s masterpiece. Tickets £14, £10 for schoolchildren. Contact 01721 725777, or see www.eastgatearts.com

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live presents The Winter’s Tale, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7pm (encore performance). Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption. Tickets £14 (£12 concs). Phone the box office on 01387 381196, or see http://www.buccleuchcentre.com/


January 9

The Sweetest Hours, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. A celebration of Robert Burns, the poet who has formed such an integral part of Scotland’s culture, arranged for harp and tenor by local harpist Esther Swift and Ayrshire tenor David Douglas. Tickets £12 (£10, £6 for schoolchildren). Contact details as before.


December 30, 31

Paper Planes, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. An imaginative children’s film about a young Australian boy’s passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan. Tickets £6 (£4.50 concs). Contact the box office on 01450 360688 or drop in to the Visit Scotland desk. (U)

January 2

The Hunger Games : Mockingjay Part 2, Tower Mill, Hawick, 3pm, 7pm. As the war of Panem escalates, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

January 3

The Lady in the Van, Eastgate Theatre, 4.30pm. Maggie Smith is Miss Shepherd, the cantankerous, ungrateful, bigoted, smelly old woman who was allowed to live in a derelict van in Alan Bennett’s driveway in increasingly-posh Gloucester Crescent, NW1, for 15 years. Tickets £8 (£6 for schoolchildren, £24 family of four). Contact 01721 725777 or see www.eastgatearts.com

Brooklyn, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a new romance. But when her past catches up with her she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

January 3, 4

Paper Planes, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. See above. Tickets and contact info as before.

January 5

Brooklyn, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.

The Lady in the Van, Maltings, Berwick, 1pm. See above. Tickets £7.75 / £6.75 concs, Child £4.75. Contact the box office on 01289 330 999 or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

January 5-7

The Good Dinosaur, Maltings, Berwick, 4.30pm. In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. Tickets and contact details as before. (PG)

January 6

Steve Jobs, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. An intimate portrait of the man at the centre of the digital revolution. Tickets and contact details as before. Also showing at the Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)

January 7

Mia Madre, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. Margherita, a director in the middle of an existential crisis, has to deal with the inevitable and still unacceptable loss of her mother. Tickets and contact info as before. (15)

The Lady in the Van, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.

January 8

Brooklyn, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm, 7pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.

January 8-14

Star Wars, The Force Awakens, Maltings, Berwick, various times. Star Wars returns to the big screen, with all your favourite characters from the legendary films, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

January 9

Bridge of Spies, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the Soviet spy with a captured American U2 spy plane pilot. Contact details as before. (12A)


Till January 24

Berwick Visual Arts presents: ‘Where is the line?’ Drawings from mima’s collection, Granary Gallery, Berwick. Open Wednesday-Sunday, from 11am.

Till January 30

Home, Coldstream Gallery. A selection of paintings, homewares and furniture that expresses the many and varied notions of home. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm over winter (closed over the Christmas holidays, from December 24 to January 1). Call 01890 882882, or email info@coldstreamgallery.co.uk for more information.

Till January 31

After the Fall, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick. Hand-knitted pieces inspired by the seasons and natural surroundings of the Borders. Open Monday and Wednesday to Friday, 10am-4pm. Call 01450 377615 for more info, or email textiletowerhouse@scotborders.gov.uk

Dark Ruberslaw by Geoff Hickey, Eastgate Theatre. Exhibition capturing the many moods of Ruberslaw – the 1,391ft-high peak that dominates the Teviot Valley landscape. Contact details as before.


January 1

Scottish Borders Hill Walking Club, Harestanes walk. Meet 10am. Call secretary Evelyn Horsburgh on 01750 76214 for more information.

January 3

Coldstream Ramblers, Eckford-Cessford circular walk – a distance of seven miles. Meet at Eckford village hall at 10am. For more information, telephone Helen Rabour on 01573 470361.


January 1

New Year’s Day brunch, Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells, 11am-4.30pm. Menus available to view online. Reservations recommended. Call 01835 822243.

New Year’s Day brunch, the Smiddy Restaurant, Ashkirk, 1pm. Booking is recommended. Contact details same as before.


December 31

The Land, the Light, the Locals Hogmanay Ceilidh, Denholm Primary School, Denholm, from 8pm. Bring your own bottle (no bar). Tickets £15 plus booking fee. Call 01750 725480.

Dinner and Ceilidh, Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso, from 7pm. Music from CeilidhDonia. Tickets £42.50 per person. To book telephone 01573 223303. Further details on http://www.cross-keys-hotel.co.uk/

Hogmanay Shindig, Coldingham Village Hall, from 7.30pm. Bring your own bottle, soup, tea and coffee available. Tickets £5, available from Luckenbooth’s – phone 01890 771492.

January 2

New Year Family Ceilidh, Coldstream Community Centre, 7.30pm. Including great dance music from two bands – The Small Hall Band, and Clarty Cloot & Friends, providing a fun night out for families. Snacks are available, and a prize raffle. Tickets £5 (£3,under-16s), £12 family, available from Clarke’s Newsagents in Coldstream, or by contacting smallhallband@gmail.com, or on the door on the night.