What’s on in the Scottish Borders

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CINEMA

January 4

Penguins of Madagascar, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 2.30pm. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private as they join forces with Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then... you know) to stop the villainous Dr Octavius Brine. Tickets £8, Child £6.

January 4

The Imitation Game, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 4.30pm & 7.30pm. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code, helping the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was persecuted by the UK Government for his homosexuality. Tickets £8, Concs £6.

hogmanay

December 31

Hogmanay party, Clovenfords Hotel & Wine Bar. Live music and food. Tel: 01896 850203 for further details.

December 31

Hogmanay party, The Woll Restaurant & Bar 19, Ashkirk, 6pm. Three-course dinner, ceilidh and fireworks. Tel: 01750 32711.

December 31

Hogmanay carvery and ceilidh at The Lodge, Carfraemill, Lauder, 7pm. Price includes glass of sparkling wine and canapes, followed by a buffet supper. Dance the night away to Ian Lowthian’s Ceilidh Band. £60pp, 5-12yrs £30, under-5s free.

MUSIC

January 1

The Border Boogie Band will headline a free live music session at Tibbie Shiels Inn, St Mary’s Loch, on New Year’s Day. The line-up will also include Peebles-based festival favourites Tommy and the Milkmen, Selkirk singer/songwriter Dougie Downie and Tibbie’s House Band, led by Seoras Ashby. The music starts at 1pm, and the bar and kitchen are open all day.

“Anyone who plays an instrument is welcome to come along and perform,” said Tibbie’s Alistair Moody.

“Dancing shoes are also recommended.”

January 3

Scocha Live, The Border Club, Hawick, 8pm. Scocha are renowned for their versatility. From soft ballads to rousing foot-stomping refrains, Scocha have something for everyone. They are noted as one of the few bands in Scotland whose concerts attract all generations, from kids to grannies and everyone in between.

Tickets from Border Club and Brydon’s Cafe.