What's on where

Your guide to what's on in the Borders

March 25

Go and Open the Door, Henry Travers Studio, Maltings, Berwick, 6.30pm, 7.45pm. Performance by a community dance project, with people aged 9- 65 who have a love of dancing and a willingness to take a risk. Tickets £5 (£2 child). Contact the box office no 01289 330999, or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk


March 24-26

Lauder Amateur Dramatic Society presents a double bill of one-act comedies: ‘Outside the Box’ by JPS Yates – a play satirising office life where the workers are nursery toys; and ‘Socks go in the Bottom Drawer’ by Claire Booker, about Adam, one of the world’s last remaining men, who is kept in a zoological park. Tickets are available from the Premier Shop. Tickets £10. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Complementary wine and cheese. For table bookings call Gail on 01578 722885. Please buy your tickets before booking your table.

March 27

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Wilson’s Women: Heroines & Harlots, The Watchtower, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 7.30pm. Three dramatized and reimagined tales: ‘Kate Kennedy’; ‘Grizzel Cochrane; A Tale of Tweedmouth Muir’ and ‘The Guidewife of Coldingham’. Tickets £8. Contact details as before.

The Witch of Fife, Stichill Village Hall, 7.30pm. Off-­kilter piece of musical theatre with specially composed music and song, spoken word and clog dancing. Tickets £8, Seniors £7 on the door or from the box office on 01573 470707.

March 2-April 2

Innerleithen Opera presents Oliver!, Memorial Hall, 7.30pm (Sat matinee 2.15pm). The story of the young orphan Oliver, who must negotiate London’s underworld in order to find a family and safety. Tickets £11 (concessions Mon & Sat Mat £9 OAP/U16), avaiable from the Thrift Shop, High Street, Innerleithen (10am-4pm), online at www.buytickets.at/idaos or by calling 0845 224 1908.


March 25

Concert of Gaelic, Borders and Scandinavian music and song with fiddlers Marit Falt and Rona Wilkie, Heiton Village Hall, 7pm. Also featuring The Small Hall Band. Tickets £6, including refreshments.

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McKenzie Sawers Duo, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm. Sue McKenzie and Ingrid Sawers, Scotland’s foremost sax and piano duo. Tickets £14, £12, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact the box office on 01721 725777, or see www.eastgatearts.co.uk

March 26

Fairchild plus support, Hemelvaart Bier Cafe, Ayton, doors open 7pm. Indie rock-band from Australia, now based in Manchester. Tickets £6. Call the box office on 07968 359917, or see www.hemelvaart.co.uk

Bella Hardy, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. BBC Radio 2’s Folk Singer of the Year 2014 is a prolific and ingenious artist renowned for her interpretations of traditional music and songs. Tickets £14, £12, £6 for schoolchildren, contact details as before.

MArch 27

Hawick Music Live presents High Heels and Horse Horse Hair, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. Australian-born violinist Alice Rickards and Scottish cellist Sonia Cromarty bring their new works to life. Tickets £10 (under 18s go free) from the Visit Scotland box office. Hawick Music Live will hold their AGM after the event.

March 28

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String Theory local showcase, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. Live music Mondays. Admission free.

Till April 30

Up On the Roof, an exhibition of paintings by Louise Carrie, Old Gala House, Tues-Sat 10am-4pm. Contact details as before.


March 25

Oddball and the Penguins, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. The true story about an eccentric chicken farmer (Shane Jacobson) who, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks and in the process tries to reunite his family and save their seaside town. Tickets £6 (£4.50 concs). Contact the box office on 01450 360688 or drop in to the Visit Scotland desk. (U)

Dads’ Army, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion. Tickets and contact details as before. (PG)

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The Hateful Eight, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters. Tickets £7.75 (£6.75 concs). Contact details as before. (18)

March 26

Oddball and the Penguins, Tower Mill, Hawick, 4pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.

Local Hero, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. Film Fundraiser for the local branch of Macmillan Cancer Support. No ads or trailers. Tickets and contact details as before.

The Hateful Eight, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.

March 26-April 7

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Kung Fu Panda 3, Maltings, Berwick, 2.30pm. When the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must train up a village full of his newly-discovered brethren to take on the bad guy. Tickets £7.75 (£6.75 concs, child £4.75). Contact details

as before.

March 27

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Roadchip, Eastgate Theatre, 2.30pm. Alvin, Simon and Theodore have just three days to get to Miami to prevent Dave from proposing to his new girlfriend - and dumping them. Tickets £8, £6 child, £24 for a family of four. Contact details as before. (U)

Spotlight, Eastgate Theatre, 4.30pm. The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)

The Big Short, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. This film traces the roots of the 2008 global market collapse through the eyes of those who saw it coming and worked out ways to profit from it. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)

March 29

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Dads’ Army, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.

Bridge of Spies, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. In the cold war, lawyer James B. Donovan was recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

March 30

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

March 31

The Assassin (Nie Yinniang), Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. An assassin accepts a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in seventh-century China. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

The Revenant, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. See above.

April 1

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PechaKucha Night, 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. Informal, but please let the venue know if you plan on coming, so that seating can be arranged. Email [email protected] or call 01450 360441


March 27

Coldstream Ramblers walk, Coldstream, the Mount, circular, 7.5 miles. Meet Castle Hotel car park at 10am. Please note that this is a different walk and different leader from that advertised in ‘Trail’. Any queries to leader Helen Rabour 01573 470361.


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

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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 [email protected].

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.



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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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(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.