What’s on in the Borders


July 5

Eastgate Theatre. The Royal Opera House presents William Tell, 2.45pm. Screened live from Covent Garden. Opening with what is arguably the most exciting of all operatic overtures, Rossini’s final opera has the theme of liberty. Rossini’s score is one of his most outstanding, and packed with glorious arias, choruses and ensembles. £17 (£10 schoolchildren). Call 01721 725777, or see www.eastgate.com


June 27 – August 9

LeRoc presents Grouse and Grain, Old Gala House, Galashiels. South African pyrography artist Eben Rautenbach, known professionally as LeRoc, uses the ancient technique to draw with fire, using local wood. Open 10am-4pm Mon-Sat, 1-4pm Sun. Admission free. Call 01750 20096 / 01896 752611.


July 2

Timbuktu, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives – which are typically free of Jihadists determined to control their faith – abruptly disturbed.

July 11

Heart of Hawick. The Theory of Everything. Tickets (£8) include a glass of wine from 7pm. The film starts at 7.30pm. Staged by Hawick Rotary Club in aid of Borders Talking Newspapers.


July 3

Robyn Stapleton Band, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Singer Robyn Stapleton is BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year. She is described as having one of the finest voices in Scottish music. Tickets £12 (£10 concs, £5 for schoolchildren). Call 01721 725777, or see www.eastgate.com

July 5

2pm, Elliot Bandstand, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick. String Theory presents Gary Hall from the north of England, who has an impressive list of acclaimed albums on both sides of the Atlantic and has been touring since the late 1980s. The bandstand music programme begins at 1pm with the return of Inside the Whale. For more information, contact Gordon Webber at gordon.webber@scotborders.gov.uk or ring 01835 824000 (extension 4838).

July 6

Gary Hall. Tower Mill Cafe Bar, Heart of Hawick, 7.30pm. Free admission.


July 2

Paxton House. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. A familiar tale with a magical new twist. Theatre troupe Illyria return with the story of the original boy-wizard. Family fun for all aged five and above. Gates open at 6pm. Tickets, available from paxtonhouse.com (50p booking fee) £12 (£6 concessions). Family tickets (two adults and two children) £32. Audiences are warned that the show contains a huge amount of water and there will be a “splash zone”. Bring your own seating, warm clothes and picnic.