What's on where

Your guide to what's on in the Borders

Thursday, 3rd March 2016, 9:26 am
Updated Saturday, 5th March 2016, 10:07 am
Janet Coulson in rehearsal for Grounded, showing at Heart of Hawick

March 4-5

Grounded, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. Presented by Firebrand in partnership with Heart of Hawick and The Byre Theatre, St. Andrews. A hot-rod F16 pilot finds herself grounded when she becomes pregnant. Tickets £12. Contact the box office on 01450 360688 or call into the Visit Scotland desk. For a chance to win two tickets to the performance on Saturday March 5, please answer the following question: Which female actress starred opposite Tom Cruise in the 1986 film Top Gun? Send answers along with your telephone number to [email protected] by noon on Friday March 4 and the winner will be contacted personally.

March 5

The Witch of Fife (preview), Bowhill Theatre, 7.30pm. A Cantata Contrair! The story of a stay-at-home husband’s tribulations as he tries to control the actions of his witch-wife. Performed by Elspeth Smellie, Shona Mooney, Amy Thatcher and Alan Craig Wilson. Contact 01750 22204 for further details.

March 6

The Witch of Fife, Darnick Village Hall, Melrose, 7.30. See above. Tickets £8 from Agnes Waldie on 01896 823015/07908 330443 or on door.

March 9

Grist to the Mill presents The Unknown Soldier, Stichill Village Hall, 7.30pm. A story of comradeship and betrayal by the award nominated writer of Casualties, Ross Ericson. Supported by Borders Live Touring. Tickets £8, £7, (£3 Students), available from the box office on 01573 470707.

March 10

Grist to the Mill presents The Unknown Soldier, Bowhill Theatre, near Selkirk, 8pm. Tickets £12, with an optional pre-theatre supper (6.30pm) for £13. To reserve tickets, call 01750 22204 or email [email protected]


March 4

Matt Seattle Band with Morag Brown, Donald Knox, Lewis Powell-Reid and Frazer Watson, Caddonfoot Hall, 7.30pm, in association with Caddonfoot/MusicBorders Live Touring. Borders music old, new and outrageous. Doors open at 7pm, tickets £8, from Clovenfords Village Shop. Telephone bookings 07527 800301.

Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Tribute to one of the most famous and memorable supergroups of all time. Tickets: Stalls £18.50 & £16, (£10 Disability concs, £10 Student concs, £10 Unemployed concs, Over 60s concs £17 & £14.50) / Circle £20 / Box (2 people) £48. Call the box office on 01289 330999, or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

Ryan Young and Craig Irvine, Rolling Hills Folk Club, Darnick Village Hall, Melrose, 8pm. Two of Scotland’s brightest young folk musicians will perform an array of melodic music- from slow airs to driving reels and strathspeys. Tickets £6/£5 concessions. Under 18s and Young Scot card - free. BYOB. All ages welcome.

March 5

Children’s Classic Concerts: Owen & Olly’s Four Man Band, Tait Hall, Kelso, 3pm. World-class percussion superstars Owen and Olly are ready to shake up your idea of classical music at this high-energy family concert. Tickets £5. Call 01750 725480, or see www.borderevents.com

Scocha, Volunteer Hall, Duns, 7.15pm. Folk ‘n’ Roll from Hawick’s Scocha - a great night of live music and entertainment guaranteed, presented by Duns Rotary. Tickets £12.50 + bf. Call 01750 725480, or see www.borderevents.com

Claire Hastings, Wauchope Hall, 7.30pm. BBC Scotland Young Musician of the Year in concert. Tickets £8 from Yetholm Village shop.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. Featuring the country’s top tributes to Elvis, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Eddie Cochran and supported by the outstanding Paradise Band. Tickets £19.50. Contact the box office on 01387 381196, or see www.buccleuchcentre.com

March 7

String Theory presents Paul Liddel and John Hamilton, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. Live music Mondays. Admission free.

March 9

Border Country Music presents The Ray Peters Band, Jubilee Centre, Highcliffe, Spittal, 8pm. A first visit to the North East for award-winning country music singer-songwriter. Tickets available on the door. For further info phone Tom Stebbing on 01289 386510.

Live acoustic music in the Courtyard bar at the Kingsknowes Hotel, Selkirk Rd, Galashiels, every Wednesday from 8pm. Open to all styles and all ages, from new players to established performers. For enquiries contact Doug on 07565397331.


March 5

Neil Hardie’s band, Old Time Dance in Midlem Village Hall, 7.30pm-11.30pm. Bar, tea, raffle. Bring your own supper. All welcome

Call Gracie Belle Scott 01835 870 244 for more information.


March 5-6

Dads’ Army, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm (Sat) and 2.30pm (Sun). The British Empire strikes back! 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 £7.75 / £6.75 concs, child £4.75. Contact details as before. (PG)

March 6

The Big Knights, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. The Big Knights revolves around the mad medieval exploits of brothers Sir Boris, Sir Morris and their noble pets, Sir Horace the Dog and Sir Doris the Hamster. Tickets £6 (£4.50 concs). Contact details as before. (U)

March 8

Dads’ Army, Maltings, Berwick, 1pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.

Room, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. Ma and 5-year-old Jack live in Room, a small locked space containing all that Jack has ever known, and which he believes is all that exists. Their only visitor is their captor, Old Nick. When Ma discovers that Old Nick is out of work and in danger of foreclosure, she hatches a plan to finally escape. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)

Berwick Film Society presents The Salt of the Earth (Berwick Film Society 10th Anniversary Screening), Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. A stunning and sensitively-made ode to the life and work of world-renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. Tickets £7.75 / £6.75 concs, BFS Passholders free. Contact details as before. (12A)

March 9

Dads’ Army, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.

March 10

Taxi Tehran, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. Jafar Panahi is banned from making movies by the Iranian government, he poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie about social challenges in Iran. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

Dads’ Army, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.

Mother’s Day

March 6

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, The Haining, Selkirk, 2-5pm. Treat your mother to a wonderful afternoon tea in the delightful setting in the Haining Dining Room overlooking the Loch. Enjoy fresh produce of the Borders, sandwiches, scones and cakes all freshly made. Tickets £15. Booking essential. Call 01750 725480.


March 5

From the Andes to the Amazon, a night in Peru, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Talk from guest speaker and resident South American Patricia Berger-North, followed by award-winning Che Guevara biopic The Motorcycle Diaries. Fundraising event for a team of Peebles High School pupils intent on heading to Peru. Afterwards, enjoy the taste of South America with Peruvian food and drink served downstairs. Tickets £14, £7 for schoolchildren. Contact 0172 725777 or see www.eastgatearts.co.uk


March 4

Simon Weston, My Life, My Story, 7.30pm. Falklands War veteran Simon takes to the stage to tell his own story, with no holds barred. Tickets £18.50 (£16.50 concs). Contact details as before.

MArch 10

Climate Justice talk, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Guest Speaker Jane Herbstritt of Global Justice Now gives five reasons why TTIP – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – is terrible for the climate. Tickets £8, £6 for Tweedgreen members. Telephone to book a series discount.

Scottish Wildlife Trust Central Borders Group presents “St Abb’s Head” an illustrated talk by Lisa Cole (National Trust Ranger). Non-members welcome (small donation). Langlee Community Centre, Marigold Drive, Galashiels at 7:30pm.


March 5

Eildon Ramblers, Circular walk - Kirnie Law - Priesthope - The Common - Inerleithen- River Tweed. Meet 10am Walkerburn cafe (Do not park in cafe car park.) For further information and to register on the walk please contact leader Agnes Waldie 01896 823015 or [email protected]

March 6

Scottish Borders Hill Walking Club, Hawick area walk. Meet Haugh car park, 10am. Contact club secretary Evelyn Horsburgh on 01750 76214 for more information.


March 7

Borders Family History Society, classes for beginners at the Archive & Research Room, 52 Overhaugh Street, Galashiels, TD1 1DP. Monday evenings 6pm–8pm. Contact via email for more information [email protected]


MArch 6

Borders Organic Gardeners Annual Potato Day & Green Fair, Springwood Hall, Kelso, 11am-3pm. More than 100 organic, heritage and blight resistant varieties sold by the tuber at 15p each. Entr: adults £1.50, children go 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 April 17

Eric Ennion: Ripples from the House on the Shore, Granary Gallery, Berwick, Wednesday to Sunday from 11am. Admission free.

Till March 20

New to the Collection, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Tower Mill. View new additions of the knitwear that made the Borders famous to Borders Textile Towerhouse Collection. Opening hours and contact details as before. Admission free.

Till may 2

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]


opening times may vary during the winter season

Abbotsford House, Abbotsford, Melrose: 01896 752043. See www.scottsabbotsford.com for events and prices.

Berwick Barracks: 01289 304493. Reopens on March 25.

Bowhill House and Gardens, near Selkirk: 01750 22204. Bowhill Estate will reopen on March 25.

Dawyck Botanic Gardens, 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.

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. Re-opens on March 25.

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. Closed until March 21.

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.

Mellerstain House, Gordon: 01573 410225. Mellerstain will reopen on March 25.

Melrose Abbey: 01896 822562. 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.

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.