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April 14-16

Berwick Operatic Society presents 9-5 the Musical, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm (Sat matinee 2.30pm). The hilarious show based on the hit movie, centering on three office workers who turn the tables on their sexist, egotistical, bigot of a boss. See the Maltings website (www.maltingsberwick.co.uk) for ticket prices and details of discounts available.

April 15

MacBraveheart: The Other Scottish Play, MacArts Centre, Galashiels, 7.30pm. Scotland’s greatest heroes, Wallace, Bruce and Burns are tempted by their inner demons to confront their outer Hebrides. Fast-paced, funny and foul-mouthed. Tickets £10 (£8 concs). Call 01896 756852 or see http://www.macarts.scot/

comedy

April 20

Susan Calman, Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. A work-in-progress show, in preparation for Susan’s 2016 tour. All tickets £11. Contact the box office on 01289 330999 or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk Suitable for age 16+

music

April 15

Gala Clef Club presents The Trinity Beaux and Belles, Lucy Sanderson Hall, Galashiels, 7.30pm. Music from studenst of Trinity Laban Conservatoire, a world-leading academy of performing arts based in London. Admission free, but seating is limited and unreserved, so come along early or contact 0778 037 8590 to reserve a seat.

The Railsplitters, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Uplifting bluegrass from Colorado quintet. Tickets £14, £12, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact the box office on 01721 725777 or see www.eastgatearts.com

Matt Seattle Band, Wauchope Village Hall, Yetholm, 7.30pm. A blend of Border pipes, fiddle, accordion, guitar and middle eastern percussion. Tickets £8. Contact 01573 420231.

Rolling Hills Folk Club, Darnick Village Hall, Melrose, 8pm. Singers and musicians welcome. BYOB. Admission free (collection and raffle).

April 16

Kerriane Covell, Hemelvaart Bier Cafe, Ayton, doors open 7pm. Teeside star and former X-Factor contestant. Tickets £5. Contact the box office on 07968 359917.

The Counterfeit Sixties, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Some of the best pop music ever recorded, plus anecdotes and reminiscences from four live musicians who have worked with some of the greats. Tickets £16, £14, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact details as before.

Limehouse Lizzy, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. Keeping the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive. Tickets £15 (£14 concs). Contact the box office on 01387 381196, or see www.buccleuchcentre.com

April 17

Open mic sesion, The Gordon Arms, Yarrow, from 3pm. Live music in the Gordon’s new lounge bar.

April 18

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

April 20

John McCusker, Easgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Multi-instrumentalist celebrates 25 years as a professional musician. Tickets £16 £14, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact details as before.

The Railsplitters, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. See above. Tickets £14 (£12 concs). Contact details as before.

April 21

Inspired! The Creative School for Young Musicians final show and album launch, Maltings, Berwick, 2pm, 7.30pm. Ten young and incredibly talented musicians will be performing their own original compositions, backed by a fantastic house band made up of local musicians and students of Berwick Academy. Tickets £5 (£3 concs for Disability, Student, Unemployed, Over 60s). Contact details as before.

Joanna McGregor, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. One of the world’s most innovative and creative pianists. Tickets £16 £14, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact details as before.

Jacob Fischer and friends, MacArts Centre, Galashiels, 7.30pm. An evening with one of Denmark’s best jazz guitarists, with fellow musicians Leif Juul Jorgensen on clarinet and Brian Shiels on bass. Tickets £10. Contact details as before.

Film

April 14-17

Alchemy Film Festival, Tower Mill, Hawick. International festival dedicated to experimental film and artists’ moving image. For full details of work being shown, see www.alchemyfilmfestival.org.uk

April 15

Deadpool, Maltings, 8pm. An action comedy about a reluctant antihero who gains superhuman powers after he receives experimental cancer treatment. Tickets £7.45 / £6.45 concs, Child £4.45 (16 & under), Baby free (2 & under). Contact details as before. (15)

April 16

Deadpool, Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. See above.

April 19

Trumbo, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. The story of Dalton Trumbo, who was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Tickets £6.50 (£5 concs). Contact the box office on 01450 360688 or drop in to the Visit Scotland desk. (15)

April 10

PechaKucha Night – Galashiels: Vol 2, MacArts Centre, Galashiels, 7.30pm. PechaKucha is a global phenomenon – a fast and fun format where creatives present 20 images x 20 seconds per image, and talk about their work and ideas. Doors open 7pm. Admission free. Please email kay.mccluskey@scotborders.gov.uk or call 01450 360441 if you would like to come, so that seating can be arranged.

April 21

A War (Krigen), Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. During a routine mission a soldier makes a decision that has grave consequences for him – and his family back home. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)

Walk

April 16

Eildon Ramblers, circular walk - Midlem Burn - Riddle - Lilliesleaf - Chesterknows. Meet 10am Midlem Village Hall. For more information and to regester on this walk please contact Leader David Langworth at david@maps,myzen.co.uk Please note this maybe a very muddy walk you might want to wear gators and use poles

April 17

Scottish Borders Hill Walking Club, Pentlands – Flotterstone. Meet High St car park, Galashiels, 8.30am. Contact club secretary Evelyn Horsburgh on 01750 76214 for more information.

Talk

April 19

Pamela Gordon Hoad, Ashkirk Village Hall, 2pm. The Melrose-based author talks about her latest book, ‘The Devil’s Stain’, about Harry Somers, a respected physician in the 15th century, who finds himself imprisoned in the Tower of London. Entry £2 per head, pay-at-the door, tea and coffee included. Copies of the book will be on sale.

Exhibitions

From February 13

A Rural Portrait, Cut the Mustard Gallery, Langholm. Call 013873 81180 for more details, or see www.mustardgallery.co.uk

Till APRIL 17

Eric Ennion: Ripples from the House on the Shore. The Granary Gallery, Berwick, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Ripples from the House on the Shore celebrates the work of Eric Ennion (1900–81) and features more than 30 watercolours and preparatory sketches. Free admission.

Till 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.

Till May 8

Animal Spirits by Juneau Projects, The Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick, 11am to 5pm. Animal Spirits is a new book and exhibition written and designed by Juneau Projects. The book tells the story of a group of survivors who, following a global technological disaster, have founded an arts and craft community within the walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Free admission.

Till May 21

Reflections on Celts, Old Gala House, Galashiels, Tues -Sat 10am-4pm. Showcasing two Iron Age mirrors currrently on a tour of the UK in conjunction with a major exhibition on Celts. Call 01750 726456 / 01896 752611.

MArch 25-Sept 4

Hawico, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick, open Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm. A showcase of cashmere knitwear designs by Hawico. Admission free.

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 worsk of his time, including Jane Austen’s Emma and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Entry is included as part of admission ticket to the house. See http://www.scottsabbotsford.com/ for further details.

event

UNTIL OCTOBER 31

Stick Man Trail. Kielder Castle, free admission. The Stickman Trail is based on the much-loved book, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, and it follows the success of the Gruffalo trail. It starts from Kielder Castle, where families can pick up an activity pack for £3, follow the trail and complete fun activities along the way. The trail is 0.75 miles long. Parking costs £4.50 all day or £1.50 for one hour.

Festival

April 16

Beer and Food Festival, Duns Volunteer Hall, noon to 7pm. Live music from Dancing with Ghosts, Ruff Cut and others. Beer on tap from Born in the Borders, Broughton, Knops and Tempest, as well as a bar for wine and soft drinks. Cookery demonstrations and food stalls, including a hog roast from Oink. Admission free, accompanied children welcome.

attractions

opening times may vary during the winter season

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. Call for winter opening hours. Admission £10.50, children £5, senior £10, family £25.

Berwick Barracks, 01289 304493. Reopens on March 25.

Bowhill House and Gardens, near Selkirk: 01750 22204. Bowhill Estate will reopen on March 25.

Chillingham Castle, 01668 215359. Now open. Please ring for further details or visit our website www.chillingham-castle.com

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. 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.

Etal Castle, 01890 820332. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.80, concs £4.30, children £2.90, family £12.50.

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. 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.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Open daily, from 11am to 5pm. Admission £3, concs £2.70, family £8, under-fives free.

Lindisfarne Castle, 01289 389244. Call for opening times. Gift aid admission: £7.80, child £3.90, family £19.40.

Lindisfarne Centre, 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Admission £4, concs £3.50, children £2, family £10, under-fives free.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £6.20, concs £5.60, children £3.70, family £16.10.

Mellerstain House, Gordon: 01573 410225. Mellerstain will reopen on March 25.

Melrose Abbey: 01896 822562. Winter opening 1 October - 31 March, daily 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.