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Your guide to what's on in the Borders

Thursday, 5th May 2016, 10:20 am
Updated Thursday, 5th May 2016, 4:07 pm
James Grant at Linlithgow's Party at the Palace in 2014. Photo by David Burt.
James Grant at Linlithgow's Party at the Palace in 2014. Photo by David Burt.

May 6-7

The Producers, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Members of Maltings Youth Theatre and friends take on the hilarious Broadway smash, based on the Mel Brooks film of the same name. Tickets £14 (£12 concs), Family Ticket £36. Contact the box office on 01289 330999 or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

May 12

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NT Live presents A View From the Bridge, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. Following its smash-hit original broadcast, the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge returns to cinemas due to audience demand. Tickets £14 (£12 concs). Contact the box office on 01450 360688 or drop in to the Visit Scotland desk.

Tweed Theatre presents Murder, Margaret and Me, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 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 6

Jessie Rae, reivers Bar, Galashiels, 9pm. Scottish Funk.

May 7

James Grant, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. The singer-songwriter comes to Heart of Hawick on the back of two very successful shows at Celtic Connections in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. Tickets £10. Contact details as before.

Pete Coe, Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. “The Stories so far” – narrative folk songs, ballads & broadsides. Tickets £12.50 (£10 concs). Contact details as before.

May 8

MOSAIC vocal group, Ednam Parish Church at 3pm. Donations will go to Church Funds. Refreshments available.

Langholm Concert Orchestra, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. An evening concert of superb popular classical pieces in the talented hands of Langholm’s own amateur musicians under the baton of Arthur Tolson. Tickets £8. Contact the box office on 01387 381 196 or see www.buccleuchcentre.com

May 9

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

May 10

Border Country Music Club presents Jonny Williams and Lynnette Marie, The Jubilee Club, Highcliffe Spittal. Enjoy songs made famous by the likes of Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Hank Williams, Melba Montgomery and more. Call Tom Stebbing on 01289 386510 for more info.

May 12

Oh Carol: The Sedaka Songbook, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. Show packed full of hits celebrating the musical partnership of Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield: Calendar Girl, Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Amarillo, Stupid Cupid and more. Tickets £18.50 (£16.50 concs). Contact details as before.

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 the door.


May 6

Grandma, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. A teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy seeks help from her acerbic grandmother, a woman who is long estranged from her daughter. Contact details as before. (15)

A Bigger Splash, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. The vacation of a famous rock star and a filmmaker is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter. Contact details as before. (15)

May 8

Norm of the North, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 2.30pm. Norm the polar bear doesn’t know how to hunt, but can his unique ability to talk to humans help him to save his home? Tickets £8, £6 child, £24 for a family of four. Contact details as before. (U)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Tower Mill, hawick, 2.30pm. Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on Superman, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

Eddie the Eagle, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 4.30pm. the legendary story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards the loveable underdog who launched himself from the ski-jump at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and won the hearts of sports fans around the world. Tickets and contact details as before. (PG)

Eye in the Sky, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm. A nine-year old girl enters a kill zone during an anti-terrorist operation in Kenya. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)

May 10-11

High-Rise, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control. Tickets £7.45 / £6.45 concs, Child £4.45 (16 & under), Baby FREE (2 & under). Contact details as before. (15)

May 12

Anomalisa, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. A stop-motion animation film an author who is unable to interact deeply with other people. But a chance meeting with an an extraordinary stranger might change his outlook. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)


May 8

Coldstream Ramblers, Holburn Grange, Kyloe Hills, 10 miles. Meet car park at Holburn Grange NU051351 at 10am. Please let leader know if you are coming – call John Smith on 01896 848810.


May 9

Border Archaeological Society presents Jeremy Paterson, talking on ‘The Economy of the Roman Empire: dynamic or stagnant?’, Parish Centre, The Parade, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 7.30pm. Tickets £2. Contact 07873 265975, or see www.border-archaeological-society.co.uk


From February 13

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

From May 9 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 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 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.


May 7

Spring Fling Craft Event, Lauder Public Hall, 10.30am-3.30pm. Organised by local charity Zaagi, which supports families in crisis. For more info about Zaagi, see http://zaagiuk.wix.com/zaagi


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.


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. 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. Open May to August Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 11am-3pm, Sun 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 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays 10am-3pm (grounds 10am-5pm). See http://thirlestanecastle.co.uk/ for info on ticket prices.