What’s on in the Scottish Borders


November 12

ROH Live presents Viscera, Afternoon of a Faun, Tchaikovsky pas de deux and Carmen at Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.15pm. Four short ballets in one evening with a quadruple programme from The Royal Ballet. Tickets £15 (£13 concs). Call the box office on 01450 360688, or drop into the Visit Scotland desk.


November 13

Gramophones presents End to End, Ashkirk Village Hall, 7.30pm. The story of a journey made by three women from Land’s End to John O’Groats on one pound a day. Tickets £8, available on the door.

November 15

Gramophones presents End to End, St Boswells Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £8, £4 concessions.

November 18-20

Langholm Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society presents Make Way for Lucia, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. Comedy based on E. F. Benson’s hilarious novels of the 1920s and 30s. Tickets £10 (concs £8). Call the box office on 01387 381196, or see www.buccleuchcentre.com

November 19

National Theatre Live presents Of Mice And Men, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. The hit Broadway production Of Mice and Men, filmed on stage in New York by National Theatre Live, comes to UK cinemas. Tickets £14 (£12 concs). Contact details as before.


November 12

Mairearad & Anna, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Two of Scotland’s most revered traditional musicians, Mairearad Green on accordion and bagpipes and Anna Massie on guitar, banjo and fiddle, deliver a warm, highly energetic performance. Tickets £14 (£12 concs, £5 for schoolchildren). Contact details as before.

November 13

Brodsky Quartet, Kelso Old Parish Church, Kelso, 7.30pm. One of the most inventive and adventurous quartets around. Tickets £12 (students £5, under 18s go free). For booking details visit www.kelsomusicsociety.com

November 14

Yetholm Sinfonia presents Frank James, Kelso Old Parish Church Hall, 7.30pm. See preview on p41.

November 15

Hawick Music Live! presents Hoot, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. Scotland’s award-winning harp and flute duo, Helen MacLeod and Emma Wilkins. Tickets £10 (under 18s go free).

Open music session at the Gordon Arms, from 3pm.

Peebles Orchestra presents Sunshine in November, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. With music by Weber, Brahms and Beethoven. Tickets £10 (£1 for schoolchildren). Contact details as before.

November 16

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

November 19

Ragazee String Quartet, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 2.30pm. Young Dutch/British string quartet, acclaimed for its musical enthusiasm, talent, versatility and dynamic presentation. Tickets £12 (£10 concs, £5 for under 18s). Contact details as before.


November 13

Ricki and the Flash, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm, 7pm. A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family. Tickets £6 (£4.50 concs). Contact details as before.

November 14

Inside Out, Tower Mill, Hawick, 3pm. After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. Tickets and contact details as before.

Slow West, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. Jay Cavendish leaves Scotland in pursuit of his lost love, Rose, and is taken under the protection of mysterious traveller Silas Selleck. Tickets and contact details as before.

November 17

Miss Julie, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. Over one eventful Midsummer’s Eve, aristocratic Miss Julie and her father’s servant, John, engage in a fierce psychological battle, pitting their opposing sexes and classes against one other. Tickets and contact info as before.

November 19

Leviathan, Gavinton Community Cinema, 7.30pm. Russian with English subtitles. Tickets £4.50 adults, £2.50 under 16s. (15)


Till November 28

Solvitur Ambulando, Mad Nomad Gallery, Hawick. New collaborative paintings: one canvas, two artists, one journey, by Catherine and Keith Ryan, as well as individual paintings, drawings and sculpture. See Mad Nomad Gallery on Facebook.

Throughout November

Galawater Camera Club, exhibition of photographs, Cloudhouse Café, Stow. People are invited to come along for light refreshments, a chat and a leisurely viewing. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 3pm and closed on Mondays.

Till December 7

‘Spaicial Folk wi Spaicial Stories’ - Ian Landles Oral History Archive Exhibition, Heritage Hub, Tower Mill, Hawick. An exhibiton centred around retired teacher and local historian Ian Landles’ vast collection of oral histories, now part of Heritage Hub collection. Open daily from 10am.

Till December 20

Next of Kin, Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick. A picture of Scotland and personal stories of loss experienced during the First World War, told through treasured objects. Admission free.

October 10 – January 31

Between Myth and L(edge)nd, Tower Mill, Hawick, from 10am. Myths and legends inspire this mixed media exhibition by the Edge textile artists group. Contact details as before.

November 15 – January 31

After the Fall, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick. Frances Teckkam showcases her unique, hand knitted pieces inspired by the seasons and natural surroundings of the Scottish Borders. Open Monday and Wednesday to Friday, 10am-4pm. Call 01450 377615 for more info, or email [email protected]


November 14

Eildon Ramblers, Smailholm circular. Meet 10am at Smailholm Village Hall. Walk time 4.5 hrs. For more information and to register for the walkplease contact walk leader Derek Sawyers 07925 254116 or [email protected]

November 15

Scottish Borders Hill Walking Club, Southdean walk. Meet at the Council car park, Newtown St Boswells at 9.15am. Call club secretary Evelyn Horsburgh on 01750 76214 for more information.


November 19

Galashiels Studio Club presents an illustrated talk by countryside illustrator Hannah Longmuir, Old Gala House, 7.30pm. Members free, visitors £4. New members always welcome. Enquiries please telephone 01896 820023.

wine tasting

November 13

Annual wine tasting event with Villeneuve wines in the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles. A great opportunity to try some of the award-winning wines, ports, sherries, beers, whiskies and more from Villeneuve’s extensive range. Tickets are priced £20. Contact 01721 725777, or see www.eastgatearts.co.uk See www.villeneuvewines.co.uk for further information.