What’s on in the Scottish Borders


By The Newsroom
Thursday, 29th October 2015, 11:26 am

October 30

The Music of the Hollies, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. A powerful five-piece recreating the music of the band who had more hits than the Beatles. Tickets £15 (£13 concs, £5 for schoolchildren). Call 01721 725777, or see www.eastgatearts.com

October 31

Peatbog Faeries, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. See pic story.

November 2

String Theory presents Barbara Nesbitt and Jesse Chong, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. Live music Mondays. Admission free.

November 3

Music in Peebles presents Kosmos Ensemble, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Eclectic trio. See p51. Contact details as before.

November 5

Bain, Moller & Molsky, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Scotland’s supreme traditional style fiddler Aly Bain joins forces with Swedish multi-instrumentalist and master of joyful musical experiments Ale Möller and fiddler, guitarist, banjoist and singer Bruce Molsky. Tickets £16. Contact details as before.


October 29-31

The Grid Iron Theatre Company presents The Devil’s Larder, The Haining, Selkirk, 2pm (October 31) and 7.30pm (all three nights). An award-winning promenade performance exploring the impact of food on human society. Tickets £15. http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-devils-larder-grid-iron-theatre-company-tickets-18150136547

October 30

Broth, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. An honest exploration of the experience of elders in the 21st century, told through soup-making. Tickets £8. Contact 01450 360688, or call in to the Visit Scotland desk.

October 31

Stellar Quines presents Threads, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. World premiere of play about play about women, work and knitting. See p38. Contact details as before.

November 4

The Last Yankee, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Exploring the lasting allure and limitations of the American Dream, The Last Yankee is part of Rapture Theatre’s season celebrating the centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth. Tickets £14. Contact details as before.


October 30, 31

Damp Knight Improv present Knightmare on Elk Street, Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. Games will be played, dignity will be lost and memories will be made in this show that will be influenced as much by the audience, as it will be off the top of the knights’ heads. All tickets £5. Contact the box office on 01289 330999, or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk Age 16+.


October 29

The Wonders (Le Meraviglie), Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. One summer, the fragile unity of 12-year-old Gelsomina’s family is endangered by two separate arrivals to their town: that of a boy from a work rehabilitation programme, and a glitzy TV competition hosted by an ambiguous diva. Tickets £6 (£4.50 concs). Contact details as before. (15)

October 31

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Tower Mill, Hawick, 3pm, 7pm. Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an international rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

November 1

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. See above.

November 3

A Walk in the Woods, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. After spending two decades in England, author Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) returns to the US, where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends. Tickets and contact info as before. (15)

November 5

13 minutes (Elser), Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. During Georg Elser’s confinement after a failed attempt to assassinate Hitler, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action. Tickets and contact info as before.


Till October 31

Tartan Sets and Pattern Sticks, Old Gala House, open Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm and Sun 1-4pm (September), Tues-Fri 1-4pm and Sun 1-4pm (October). Call 01896 752611 for more info.

On Track, Tweeddale Museum, Peebles. An exhibition tracing the history of the Borders railways. Open Mon-Fri 10.30am–12.30pm and 1-4pm and Sat, 9.30am–12.30pm. For more info call 01721 724820.

Exhibition of recycled woodwork furniture from Douglas Downie, Mad Nomad Gallery, Hawick. For more info see 3rd Life Woodwork on Facebook.

Till November 8

Swatches, Sketches and Samples, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Tower Mill, Hawick. Heriot Watt University teaching staff from the Design for Textiles programme showcase an exhibiton of work. Free.

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 during the First World War through treasured objects. Admission free.

Till 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.


October 29

Fiddle workshop with Iain Fraser, Merlin Music Academy, Melrose. Full-day workshop dedicated to improving bowing techniques and exploring new rhythm ideas. Cost £50, including lunch. For further info see www.facebook.com/merlinacademy, Email [email protected] or call 01896 822376.

November 5

Demonstration and workshop on “Acrylic Textures” by Deborah Campbell, Galashiels Studio Club, Old Gala House, Galashiels, 7.30pm. Members free/ visitors £4. Enquiries please phone 01896 820023.


October 31

Eildon Ramblers, circular walk following the Jubilee Path. Meet at Redpath Village Hall. Soup after walk £5 each, includes a raffle ticket. For more information and to register on the walk contact Leader Helen Todd 07736 944413 or [email protected]

November 1

Scottish Borders Hill Walking Club, Pennymuir walk. Meet at the Council car park, Newtown St Boswells, 8.45am. Call secretary Evelyn Horsburgh on 01750 76214 for more information.


October 30

An Evening with Val McDermid, Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Award-winning crime writer Val McDermid invites you to an evening of chat, interspersed with snippets of her latest crime novel. Tickets £12. Contact Contact the box office on 01289 330999, or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk Age 16+.

November 1

Gallipoli, the Bloody Peninsula – an illustrated talk at Hawick Museum, 1.30pm. Admission free.