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Your guide to what’s on in the Scottish Borders

february 13

Ideoms presents Lords of the Creation, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. Celebrate the work of one of Scotland’s greatest writers, Robert Burns, with Ideoms theatre company. Tickets £13, including haggis pie. Contact 01450 360688 or drop in to the Visit Scotland desk.

february 18-19

Borders Youth Theatre presents The Musicians by Patrick Marber, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. Part of National Theatre Connections, an annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools. Tickets £7 (£5 concs). Contact details as before.

february 18-20

Tweed Theatre presents Sunshine on Leith, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm (Saturday matinee 2.30pm). Driven by the music of the Proclaimers, this is the moving story of Ally and Davy, returned safe from Afghanistan, trying to adjust to normal family life in Leith. Tickets £10 (£8 concs). Contact 01721 725777 or see www.eastgatearts.com

comedy

February 18

The humour of Bob Newhart and Tom Lehrer, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. Peter Gill and Andy Meller perform some of the best sketches and songs from the catalogue of two of America’s greatest satirists of the 50s and 60s. Tickets £14 (£12 concs). Contact 01387 381196, or see www.buccleuchcentre.com

february 19

The Wit & Songs of Noel Coward, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. Pianist and entertainer Peter Gill presents a tribute to the wit and song-writing skill of that most English of Englishmen, Noel Coward, who said of himself: “I am an enormously talented man and there is no point in denying it.” Tickets £14 (£12 concs). Contact details as before.

music

February 12

The Legends of American Country, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. Europe’s number 1 country music tribute show. Tickets £18. Contact details as before.

february 12-13

Here Come The Girls: Valentine’s Special featuring ‘Gary and the Love Gods’, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. In a Valentine’s special, love is in the air and the girls are brewing up a potion filled with musical magic from the top of the charts to the silver screen, from Broadway to Nashville and everything in between! Tickets £12.50 (£10 concs for disability, students, unemployed, over 60s). Contact 01289 330999, or see http://www.maltingsberwick.co.uk/

february 13

Feelin’ Good Charity Concert with Spatz & Co, Volunteer Hall, Duns, 7pm. On behalf of Cancer Research UK. Tickets £12.50 + bf. Call 01750 725480.

Valentine’s Party featuring George Inglis, Reivers Bar, Galashiels. Admission free. See the facebook page for more information.

Tony McManus, String Jam Club, County Hotel, Selkirk, 7.30pm. World’s leading Celtic music guitarist. Tickets £14. Call 01750 721233.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Golden Lion Hotel, Galashiels. With entertainment from The Guilty Pleasures. Call 01896 755155 for more details.

february 14

Echo Chamber Ensemble: Heartstrings Classics for Valentines Day, Maltings, Berwick, 3pm. The sounds of Debussy, Ibert and Ravel, as well as the premiere of a new work by our own artistic director, Matthew Rooke. Tickets £12.50 (£10 concs for disability, students, unemployed, £11 concs for Over 60s). Children go free. Contact details as before.

Kast Off Kinks, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. Featuring three long-term members of the original Kinks, this is a show that no fan will want to miss. Tickets £17 (£15 concs). Contact details as before.

february 18

Rhys Matthews (percussion) and Michael Davies (piano), Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 2.30pm. Tickets £12 (£10 concs, under 18s £5). Contact details as before.

february 19

The Stubby Cans, the Whip and Saddle, Duns, 9pm.

film

february 12

Sunset Song, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. Director Terence Davies’ exquisitely shot adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic Scottish novel centres on the agrarian Guthrie family. Tickets £6 (£4.50 concs). Contact details as before. (15)

The Danish Girl, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. Inspired by the true story of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, The Danish Girl is a fascinating look into one woman’s brave attempts to confront both societal norms and her own inner demons. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)

february 12-21

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, Maltings, Berwick, various times. Alvin, Simon and Theodore have three days to reach Dave in Miami and stop him from proposing to his new girlfriend, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. Tickets £7.75 / £6.75 concs, child £4.75 (16 & under), baby free (2 & under).

February 14

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas and set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

Capture the Flag, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 2.30pm. A young surfer rallies his friends to stop a billionaire from rewriting history as a way to horde Helium 3, the clean energy of the future. Tickets £8, £6 for schoolchildren, £24 family of four. Contact details as before. (PG)

Joy, Eastgate Theatre, 4.30pm. The story of a family across four generations, centred on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Tickets and contact info as before. (12A)

The Danish Girl, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)

february 16

The Danish Girl, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.

february 16-17

The Danish Girl, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.

february 18

Sisters, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are the chalk and cheese Ellis sisters, ordered to clear out their old childhood bedrooms when their parents decide to sell the old family home and move into a more manageable retirement condo. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)

february 19

The Revenant, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Inspired by true events, The Revenant captures one man’s epic adventure of survival in the American wilderness, and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. Tickets and contact details as before (15)

talk

February 17

Eskdale & Liddesdale Archaeological Society presents Tim Bradley speaking on Roman Carlisle, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. Tickets £3 (members free).

Berwick Wildlife Group presents Northumbrian Trees, with Richard Poppleton, of Alnwick Wildlife Group, William Elder Building, Castlegate, 7.30pm.

february 18

Greener Borders presents Natural Flood Control- Keeping Dry, Ormiston Institute, Melrose, 7.30pm. Admission by donation. A talk about how better land management in the upper catchment can help to protect homes further down the river.

exhibitions

February 6 - may 2

Water Driven, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Tower Mill, Hawick. An exhibition on water driven technology from its early stages to the present day. Open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, closed Tuesday and Sunday. Admission free. Call 01450 377615 for more information or email textiletowerhouse@scotborders.gov.uk.

February 7-March 20

New to the Collection, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Tower Mill. View new additions of the knitwear that made the Borders famous to Borders Textile Towerhouse Collection. Opening hours and contact details as before. Admission free.

February 10-13

Jedburgh Hand ba’ exhibition, Jedburgh Royal British Legion club, open 10am Wednesday –12noon Saturday. Exhibition exploring the historic, and its links with a similar game, la soule, played in France.

heritage

february 16

Family History Classes for beginners, Borders Family History Society, Archive & Research Room, Overhaugh Street, Galashiels, 6pm-8pm. Classes run for three Monday evenings 6pm - 8pm. Starting any Monday until March 14 to suit you. Contact via email for more information research@bordersfhs.org.uk

february 18

The Great Performing Rope – Where do you we go from here? Film, cake and conversation, Maltings, Berwick, 4.30pm. Join November Club, the organisers of the Great Performing Rope event, for a screening of a documentary film of the celebratory October weekend in 2015, to hear the stories of some of the people who took part and helped to make it happen. Admission free. See www.thegreatperformingrope.com for more info.

bingo

february 12

Charity bingo night, Selkirk rugby club, 7.30pm. In aid of Marie Curie. Ticket price (£2) includes a light supper. Contact 01750 725564.

horseracing

February 18

Morebattle Hurdle Day, Kelso Racecourse, Kelso, 11.25am. Six races on the card including the £25,000 Timeform Morebattle Hurdle Race and the £22,000 Ivan Straker Memorial Steeple Chase. Entry from £13. Call 01668 280800.

country dancing

february 15

Scottish Country Dancing, Whitsome Village Hall, Whitsome, 7.30pn. An evening of fun, fitness and friendship with dance lessons from qualified teachers. Everyone welcome. Call 0788 4314203.

February 19

Duns & District RSCDS monthly dance, Volunteer Hall, Duns, 7.30pm. Charity dance, with music by Robert Whitehead. Tickets £6. Call 0788 4314203.

attractions

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: 01721 760254. 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.

Halliwell’s House Museum and Robson Gallery, Markey Place, Selkirk: 01750 20096. Re-opens on March 25. 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. 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.

Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels: 01896 752611. Opening hours March-May, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm.

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

Smailholm Tower, near Kelso: 01573 460365. Smailholm Tower will reopen on April 1.

The Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre, Melrose: 01896 822651. Reopens March 28. Entry £2; £1 school pupil or student; £5 family. Schools are welcome at any time.