Details of events happening in the Scottish Borders
English National Opera presents The Mikado, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. Almost 30 years on from its premier, Jonathan Miller’s dazzling inventive staging of The Mikado returns to the London Coliseum for what has become for many the definitive production of this much-loved Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera. Tickets £14 (£12 concs). Call the box office on 01387 381196, or see www.buccleuchcentre.com
Bannerfield Buskers, Riddell Fiddles’ junior ensemble, at Galashiels Interchange, 2pm, then afterwards at the Cloudhouse Cafe, Stow.
Hawick Music Live presents the music students of Hawick High School, Tower Mill auditorium, 7pm. A varied selection of unusual instruments, and some exceptional singing. One of the highlights of the season. Tickets £8 (Under 18s go free) from the Visit Scotland box office at Tower Mill.
James Yorkston, The Pictish Trail & Withered Hand, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm. Three musicians form trio for special performance. Tickets £15, £13, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact 01721 725777, or see www.eastgatearts.com
Rue and the Rockets, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 8pm. One of the longest lived bands in the country, if not the world, still performing regularly with their original lineup after 46 years. Charity event in aid of Buccleuch Play Park Project. Tickets £8. Contact details as before.
Riddell Fiddles, Tweedbank Station, 9.30am, followed by performance at Galashiels Interchange.
String Jam Club presents Boo Hewerdine plus support, County Hotel, Selkirk, 7.30pm. One of the UK’s best-loved songwriters. Tickets £14. Contact the venue on 01750 721233.
Calude Bourbon, Coldingham Village Hall, 7.30pm. Eclectic mix of styles from far-travelled songwriter. Tickets, £8, from Coldingham Post Office, Occasions in Eyemouth and online at www.coldingham.info
Bootleg Barlow, The Golden Lion, Galashiels. Gary Barlow tribute act. Contact 01896 755155 fro more information.
Open Music Session, The Gordon Arms Hotel, Yarrow, from 3pm. Call 01750 82261 for more details.
Kelso Music Society presents James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook, Kelso Old Parish Church, 7.30pm. One of the world’s leading light tenors and his accompanist. Tickets £12. Students £5, under 18s go free. See www.kelsomusicsociety.com for details.
String Theory presents Tim Dalling, Ian Carr and Neil Harland, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. Live music Mondays return for 2016 with a big-name auditorium concert. Admission £10. Call the box office on 01450 360688 or drop in to the Visit Scotland desk.
Music in Peebles presents Pascal Rogé, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm. An all-French programme from one of today’s foremost pianists. Tickets £14, Free for MiP members and students. Contact details as before.
Jamie Campbell (violin) and Simon Callaghan (piano), Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. Two exciting performers of the younger generation. Tickets £12 (£10 concs, under-18s £5). Contact details as before.
The Buccleuch Burns Night, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. An evening of song and celebration to commemorate the Bard’s birthday. Tickets £17.50. Contact details as before.
The Good Dinosaur, Duns Community Cinema, 5.30pm. Pixar’s latest imagines a world in whichidinosaurs never died out and co-exist with humans. Tickets (£6 adult and £5 child) at the door.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Duns Community Cinema, 8pm. See above Tickets as before.
January 15, 16
Carol, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, Carol follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)
The Good Dinosaur, Maltings, Berwick, 2.30pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.
Snoopy and Charlie Brown: the Peanuts Movie, Tower Mill, Hawick, 4pm. Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home. Tickets and contact details as before. (U)
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 captured American U2 spy plane pilot. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)
Snoopy and Charlie Brown: the Peanuts Movie, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. See above. Also showing at the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 2.30pm. Tickets £8, £6 for schoolchildren, £24 family of four. Contact details as before.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Eastgate Theatre, 4.30pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.
Steve Jobs, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. A fast-paced insight into the life and work of Steve Jobs, founder of Apple and the passionate driving force behind the digital age. Tickets £8, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact details as before. (15)
The Lady in the Van, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. 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 and contact details as before.
Warren Miller’s Chasing Shadows, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. Warren Miller Entertainment’s 66th snowsports film Chasing Shadows takes place in some of the world’s greatest mountain locations. Tickets £8.50 (£6.50 concs). Contact details as before.
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. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm over winter. Call 01890 882882, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 email@example.com
Till January 31
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.
Melrose Historical & Archaeological Association presents John Wood speaking on “The Earl, the Shirra and Mr Smith”, Corn Exchange, Melrose, 7.30pm. Free to Members, non-members £3. Call 01896 822339 for further details.
walk & AGM
Coldstream Ramblers, short walk around Coldstream followed by AGM. For walk meet Henderson Park Car Park at 10am. Call leader Margery Smith on 01289 330852 for more info. For AGM meet at the Besom at 2.30pm.
Jack and the Beanstalk, Maltings, Berwick, 7.15pm Tues-Sat, 2.15pm Sat and Sun. Spittal Variety Group present their 2016 pantomime. Tickets: stalls £11 / £9.50 concessions (no concessions Friday or Saturday evenings) / Box (double occupancy) £33. Contact details as before.
Peebles Outdoor Film Festival Eastgate Theatre, Peebles. For a full programme, see www.eastgatearts.com
Peebles Outdoor Film Festival presents A Route Less Travelled, with mountain biking champion Lee Craigie 2pm. Tickets £10, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact details as before.
POFF presents Winning Ways, with the Tweed Valley’s own Katy Winton, one of the rising stars of world enduro, 5pm. Tickets £5, £3 for schoolchildren.
POFF presents Around the World and Back to Scotland, with Mark Beaumont, a household name in the world of endurance feats, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Tickets £12, £6 for schoolchildren.
POFF presents Girls on Film with Jen Randall, who talks about her distinctive approach to capturing compelling stories on screen, Eastgate Theatre, 2pm. Tickets £10, £6 for schoolchildren.
POFF presents Seven Up with James Ogilvie, who talks about his 20 year mission to climb the fabled Seven Summits – the seven highest peaks on each continent, Eastgate Theatre, 5pm. Tickets £5, £3 for schoolchildren.
POFF presents Short Films: Beyond the Comfort Zone, a set of short films about the extremes of human endeavour and endurance, Eastgate Theatre, 6.15pm. Tickets £6, £4 for schoolchildren.
POFF presents Wild About the Outdoors, with TV presenter, explorer and conservationist Niall McCann, 7.30pm. Tickets £12, £6 for schoolchildren.
POFF presents Return of the Otter with celebrated wildlife photographer Laurie Campbell, Eastgate Theatre, 2pm. Tickets £10, £6 for schoolchildren.
POFF presents Meru, a new documentary about the attempt by celebrated mountaineer Conrad Anker and two other professional climbers to confront the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in the Himalayas, Eastgate Theatre, 4pm. Tickets £8, £6 for schoolchildren.
POFF presents Short Films Wild World, a set of short films covering worldwide adventure and exploration, plus the announcement of the Best Outdoor Shorts, 6.15pm. Tickets £6, £4 for schoolchildren.
Opening times may vary during the winter season
Abbotsford House, Abbotsford, Melrose: 01896 752043. The Historic House and Gardens are CLOSED to the public for maintenance from December to February inclusive.
Berwick Barracks: 01289 304493. Open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Admission £4.80, £4.30 concession, £2.90 child, £12.50 family.
Bowhill House and Gardens, near Selkirk: 01750 22204. Bowhill Estate will reopen on March 25.
Dawyck Botanic Gardens, Stobo, near Peebles. Dawyck Gardens will reopen on February 1.
Dryburgh Abbey, near Dryburgh: 01835 822381. Winter opening: 1 October - 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm). Admission: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40.
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. See http://7stanesmountainbiking.com/Glentress---Innerleithen for details of facility opening hours.
Hawick Museum and Gallery, Wilton Lodge Park: 01450 364747. Closed until MArch 21.
Hermitage Castle, Hawick, Roxburghshire: 01387 376222. Hermitage will reopen on April 1.
Jedburgh Abbey: 01835 863925. Winter opening, 1 October - 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm). Admission: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40.
Mellerstain House, Gordon: 01573 410225. Mellerstain will reopen on March 25.
Melrose Abbey: 01896 822562. Winter opening 1 October - 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm). Admission: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40.
Smailholm Tower, near Kelso: 01573 460365. Smailholm Tower will reopen on April 1.
Tweeddale Museum, Peebles: 01721 724820. Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-12.30pm and 1pm-4pm and Sat 9.30am to 12.30pm. Closed Sundays.