Birthdays are always a great reason for a party and Born in the Borders will be no exception when it celebrates the end of its first year.
With an estimated 30,000 visitors passing through the doors of the popular visitor attraction at Lanton Mill, near Jedburgh, this initial 12 months has been an extremely busy and exciting one for owner, John Henderson, and his staff.
Throughout this time, John and his team have closely monitored feedback, not just from visitors, but from producers as well.
And this information has then been used to help tweak the set-up at Born in the Borders, constantly refining what is on offer.
“It steadily became very clear that what the majority of our visitors were interested in was the food and drink side of things,” John told us this week.
“We’ve had a great reaction from visitors over the course of our first year, with many making repeat visits.”
With its food and drink sections complimented by its cafe/restaurant, gift and goods department and the Born in the Borders Brewery, plus added attractions such as brewery tours, stunning riverside walks and exciting off-road driving experiences, Born in the Borders has established itself as an important regional attraction.
John says what is most gratifying is the way the people of the Borders have taken to Born in the Borders: “We’ve had fantastic support, not just from local visitors but from local producers as well.
One example is Hazel Pollock, of Minto Marshmallows. “As a new food business, Born in the Borders were hugely helpful in getting us up and running, and we hope to have a long future together”.
“Focussing on what is produced here in the Borders has definitely struck a chord with people,” John continues. “I don’t think many people actually realised just how good our Borders producers are, or the superb quality of what they provide.”
And to mark the occasion of the first anniversary, over the weekend of May 30 and 31, Born in the Borders will, in effect, be transformed into one huge children’s birthday party.
John explains: “As well as launching our children’s fort and play area with a treasure hunt, we will also have a bouncy castle, face painting, party bags for all children and other entertainments.
“And we are also looking for any one-year-old children, who were born on either may 30 or 31 last year, to come along and help open the fort - we will even offer them a surprise birthday present as a reward!” Anyone with a child born on either day should contact with Born in the Borders.