What's on where

Your guide to what's on in the Borders

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 12th May 2016, 9:46 am
Updated Thursday, 12th May 2016, 10:52 am
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Annan by Val Macadam

May 13

The Joke by Will Adamsdale with Brian Logan and Lloyd Hutchinson, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. A new play from comedy award winner Will Adamsdale - and company - exploring jokes and why we tell them, countries and why we need (and despair of) them, and life and why we bother. Tickets £12.50 (£10 concs). Contact the box office on 01289 330 999 or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

Tweed Theatre presents Murder, Margaret and Me, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. The real story of the relationship between Agatha Christie and Margaret Rutherford, the actress who brought her most famous creation, Miss Marple, to life. Tickets £10, £8, £6 forschoolchildren. Contact the box office on 01721 725777 or see www.eastgatearts.co.uk

May 14

Tweed Theatre presents Murder, Margaret and Me, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Details as before.


May 18

Royal Ballet presents Frankenstein, Maltings, Berwick, 7.15pm. Exciting new ballet produced by Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett, with the music of Lowell Liebermann. Live broadcaest. Tickets £16.75 / £15.75 concs, Child £8.75. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students). Contact details as before.

Also showing at: Tower Mill, Hawick (tickets £15, £13 concs, contact the box office on 01450 360688 or drop in to the Visit Scotland desk);

Eastgate Theatre, Peebles (tickets £17, £10 for schoolchildren, box office 01721 725777 or see www.eastgatearts.co.uk)


May 14

Julian Clary: The Joy of Mincing, Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. Join national trinket Julian as he celebrates 30 years as a camp comedian. Tickets £23 (£20 concs). Contact details as before. Age 16+


May 14

Legion Concert, Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Melrose 7.30 pm. Langlee Community Choir directed by Chris Achenbach and John Bryden on the organ. Tickets at £10 per person, including light refreshments, available from 01896 822349 or at door.

May 15

Open music session in the new bar lounge at the Gordon Arms, Yarrow, from 3pm. Call 01750 82261 for further details.

May 16

String Theory presents Carol Laula plus support, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. Live Music Mondays. Admission free.


May 17

Wool from the Hills, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. A powerful, amusing and moving evocation of a vanishing way of life in the Border Hills, from Well Road Productions. Tickets £12. Contact details as before.


May 13

Hail, Caesar!, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm, 7pm. All-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Tickets £6.50 (£5 concs). Contact details as before. (12A)

Zootropolis, Volunteer Hall, Duns, 5.30pm. This latest comedy adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios is set in a city of animals. An optimistic rabbit police officer teams up with a con-artist fox to uncover a conspiracy that involves the disappearance of predator civilians. Run time 108 minutes (PG). Tickets at the door: adults £6, children £5 (free for 3 years & under), family £20. (PG)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Batman and Superman go head to head, while the world struggled to decide what kind of superhero it needs. Tickets £7.45 / £6.45 concs, Child £4.45 (16 & under), Baby FREE (2 & under). Contact details as before. (12A)

Eddie the Eagle, Volunteer Hall, Duns, 8.00pm. British comedy drama based on the true story of an unlikely sporting hero. Taron Egerton stars as Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, who, at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken also star. Run time 106 minutes (PG). Licensed bar. Tickets at the door: adults £6, children £5 (free for 3 years & under), family £20. (PG)

May 14

Zootropolis, Tower Mill, Hawick, 3pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.

Hail, Caesar!, Tower Mill, Hawick. See above.

May 15

Zootropolis, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. See above.

May 17

Youth, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. Fred, a retired composer and conductor, vacations at a Swiss Spa with his longtime friend Mick. As Mick crafts what may be his final screenplay, Fred is given the opportunity to perform for the Queen. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)

May 19

Our Little Sister (Kamakura Diary), Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. The arrival of a much younger half-sister stirs up memories for three sisters living together in their grandmother’s former home. Tickets and contact details as before. (PG)


May 14

Eildon Ramblers, Morebattle – Hownam Law Circular walk, 9.5 miles. Leaving Morebattle School at 10am. Anyone interested should email walk leader Martin Davison at [email protected] Please note this is a change of leader from that published in Trail.

May 15

Scottish Borders Hill Walking Club, Allendale walk. Meet council car park, Newtown St Boswells, 7.30am. Contact club secretary Evelyn Horsburgh on 01750 76214 for more info.


May 14

Viintage Auction and Car Boot Sale, Springwood Park, Kelso, 10.30am start. £1 per foot frontage. Sale enquiries to 01835 823572.


May 14-15

Borders Vintage Agricultural Association Rally, Springwood Park, Kelso, 10am-4.30pm. Admission £6. Free parking. Contact 01573 410506, email [email protected] or see www.bvaaborders.co.uk


May 14

Spring Fair, Philiphaugh Community School, Selkirk 10am-noon. Bouncy castle, cake and candy, beat the goalie, raffle, chocolate tombola and much more.

Plant sale

May 15

Sale of interesting and unusual plants, Dawyck Botanic Gardens, near Peebles, 10am-3pm. Admission is free.


From February 13

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

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.

Till June 19

The Plant World on Paper by David Stuart, Old Gala House, Galashiels. Botanist and artist showcases his paintings of plants. Open Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, and from June, Sun 1-4pm.

till July 17

Factory Girls, Tower Mill, Hawick. Sculptures by Katie Scarlett Howard celebrating the women workers of the textile trade of the past in Scotland and Wales. Open Monday - Friday 10am-4.30pm, Sunday 12noon-3pm. Contact the Borders Textile Towerhouse on 01450 377615 or email [email protected] for more information.

Till August 6

Cut the Mustard Gallery presents “SCAPE - town, country, sea”, High Street, Langholm. Preview of new exhibition, plus join Barry and Lisa for a slice of birthday cake and a glass of wine between 11am-5pm on May 14 to celebrate Cut the Mustard’s third anniversary in their new premises.

Till 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 work 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.



Stick Man Trail. Kielder Castle, free admission. Based on the much-loved book, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, following 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. Parking costs £4.50 all day or £1.50 for one hour.


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. Admission £10.50, children £5, senior £10, family £25.

Berwick Barracks, 01289 304493. Open daily 10am-6pm. See detailsfo admission charges at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/

Bowhill House and Gardens, near Selkirk: 01750 22204. See http://www.bowhillhouse.co.uk for details of opening hours and admission charges.

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. Open daily, 9.30am-5.30pm. 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, Market Place, Selkirk: 01750 20096. 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. Open Mon–Fri 10am–12 and 1–5pm, Sat and Sun 2–5pm.

Hermitage Castle, Hawick, Roxburghshire: 01387 376222. Open daily from 9.30am-5.30pm. Admission Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Concession £3.60.

Jedburgh Abbey: 01835 863925. Open 9.30am-5.30pm. 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 and Gardens, Gordon: 01573 410225. Open Fri-Mon. See www.mellerstain.com for details of opening hours and admission prices.

Melrose Abbey: 01896 822562. Open daily 9.30am-5.30pm. 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.

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

Thirlstane Castle, Lauder: 01578 722430. From May 3 – October 2, open Tues-Thurs and Sundays 10am-3pm (grounds 10am-5pm). See thirlestanecastle.co.uk for info on ticket prices.