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August 13-15

Dudendance presents The Lady Vanishes, The Haining, Selkirk, 6pm, 8pm (8pm only on Monday). Ephemeral, slow, mesmeric movement with film projection, white clad figures haunt the environs of the house and grounds. In association with the Alchemy Film Festival. Admission free.

Children’s show

August 13

Funbox: Animal Magic, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 1pm, 3.30pm. Come and join Funbox for their new singalong show. Whether you roar, squeak, flap or swim it’s time for some fun with Gary, Anya and Kevin (formerly of the Singing Kettle). Tickets £12.50, £10, £40 family ticket. Contact the box office on 01721 725777 or see www.eastgatearts.com

August 14

Le Petit Monde presents The Wonderful World of Lapin, Bowhill Theatre, near Selkirk, 3pm. Puppet show: Tania the rabbit has just arrived from Paris to enter the world’s Tastiest Carrot competition. Suitable for ages 3-5. Children must be accompanied. Tickets £5 per person, from www.borderevents.com or 01750 725480.


August 12

Soddin’ Flodden, The County Hotel, Selkirk, 7.30pm. John Nichol and the IDEOMS theatre company present a special preview performance of their historical romp ahead of a two-week run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Tickets £5 at the door.

August 14

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Paxton House, 6pm. Outdoor theatre performance of the Shakespeare favourite, by Illyria. Tickets: adult £12 / child £6 / family £32. See www.paxtonhouse.co.uk


August 14

Branagh Theatre Live presents Romeo and Juliet (encore broadcast), Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm. Starring Lily James and Richard Madden as the doomed lovers. Tickets £14, £10 for schoolchildren. Contact details as before.


August 12

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, Melrose Corn Exchange, 7.45pm. Together Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham have established themselves as the epitome of excellence in the world of traditional music. Join them as they mark 30 years of working together. Tickets £20 (including bf) from Border Events at www.borderevents.com or 01750 725480.

The Police Sting Show and ARC, Clovenfords Hotel, Clovenfords, 9pm. Members of top tribute bands launch their latest projects. Tickets at door from 8.30pm.

August 13

Scocha, Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. Go on a journey through tear wrenching ballads, goose bumping anthems and kick ass folk n roll. Tickets: stalls £16 - £19, circle £20, box seat (double occupancy) £52. Contact the box office on 01289 330999 or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

The Border Boogie Band, Henry Ballantyne Memorial Club, Walkerburn, 8pm. Frank Usher and his soul buddies re-unite for a special gig to mark the band’s 35th anniversary. Tickets £3 at the door.

August 14

Hawick Sings in the Park, Wilton Lodge Park Bandstand, Hawick, 2pm. Local songs, singers and music move from their usual setting at the Burns Club for an outdoor performance. Admission free.

August 15

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

August 18

The Hot Seats, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm. Appalachian old-time blended with left of centre bluegrass. Tickets £14, £12, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact details as before.


August 12

Ice Age: Collision Course, Maltings, Berwick, 2.30pm. Scrat’s epic pursuit of his elusive acorn catapults him into space, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that threaten the planet. For details of ticket prices and to book, call 01289 330999 or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk (U)

The Nice Guys, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. A mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a porn star in 1970s Los Angeles. Tickets £6.50 (£5 concs). Contact details as before. (15)

Ghostbusters, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today. Contact details as before. (12A)

August 13

The Secret life of Pets, Tower Mill, Hawick, Max’s life as a favorite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke. Tickets and contact details as before. (U)

The Nice Guys, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. As before.

August 13-18

Ice Age: Collision Course, Maltings, Berwick, 2.30pm. As before.

August 14

The Secret Life of Pets, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. As before.

Ice Age: Collision Course, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 2.30pm. See above. Tickets £9, £6 for schoolchildren.

Contact details as before. (U)

The Legend of Tarzan, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 4.30pm. Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

August 16

Me Before You, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she’s taking care of. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

August 16-17

Ghostbusters, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. As before.



Trimontium Guided Walks. In August each Tuesday and Thursday, 1.30pm from Museum, Market Square, Melrose to Newstead stonemasons’ village and huge Roman site. Tea in Village Hall at 4.30pm. Return to Melrose by 5.30pm. £4 Adult; £1 student; £10 max family, includes tea. Dogs welcome.

August 14

Coldingham circular, 8 miles. Meet Coldingham car park at 10am. Please confirm with leader John Smith on 01896 848810.

August 17

Landscape and architecture walk, grounds of Bowhill House, 2pm. As part of the Year of Architecture, Innovation and Design, join the House Manager for a short walk looking at the distinctive architecture and landscape around Bowhill. Booking recommended. Estate entry charge applies. To secure your place please call 01750 22204 or email info@bowhillhouse.co.uk


Till August 30

Coldstream Gallery, summer exhibition, High Street, Coldstream. Featuring returning exhibitors and new artists and makers. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am-4pm or by appointment.

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 11

The Tree, The Caterpillar & The Butterfly by Aether & Hemera, Maltings, Berwick. Enter an enchanting interactive garden inspired by nature and state-of-the art technology. Open every Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm. Admission free.

Till SEptember 17

Sky Felts, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Heart of Hawick. Thought-provoking and contemporary fibre art. Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4.30pm, Sunday noon - 3pm.

Till 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.

L S Lowry: On the Sands, Berwick. Rare artwork by Lowry, a regular visitor to Berwick-upon-Tweed. shown alongside the Space Craft exhibition, Maltings, Berwick.

James Hogg Exhibition, former Ettrick School, TD7 5JB. Exhibition celebrating the life and works of the celebrated Scottish writer James Hogg, ‘The Ettrick Shepherd’, author of The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Open Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays 2-5pm. Call 01750 62259 for further details. Admission by donation.

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 Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Entry is included as part of admission ticket to the house. See http://www.scottsabbotsford.com/ for further details.


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.

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.

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.

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 - Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm.

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

Thirlstane Castle, Lauder: 01578 722430. Open Tues-Thurs and Sundays 10am-3pm (grounds 10am-5pm). See thirlestanecastle.co.uk

Trimontium Museum aka ‘Three Hills’ Roman Heritage Centre, Market Square, Melrose. Open seven days 10.30-4.30 to end October. £2 adult; £1 student; £5 family.