What’s on in the Scottish Borders?


August 28-9

Shakespeare at Traquair presents Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm. Part of the Peebles Arts Festival. Tickets £7. Contact 01721 725777.


August 28

Kieran Halpin, Village Hall, Ettrickbridge, 7pm. Well-known Irish singer-songwriter, responsible for a string of hits. Tickets £8, available on 01750 52257.

August 30

Stepping Out, Basque Style, 2.30pm. Part of the Peebles Arts Festival. Basque dance and music troupe Mutxiko Elkartea inject some lively colour to this year’s arts festival. Tickets £10 (£5 schoolchildren, £22 family). Contact details as before.

MOSAIC, with Harris Playfair and Heather Cattanach, Kelso Old Parish Church, 3pm. An afternoon of music raising funds for Meningitis Help Charitable Trust. Refreshments provided.

Music in Peebles presents Young-Choon Park, 7.30pm. Part of the Peebles Arts Festival. World-class South Korean-born pianist Young-Choon Park makes a welcome return to play this year’s special Festival Concert. Tickets £14 (£7 if accompanying a child under 12). Contact details as before. See preview, p48.

August 31

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


August 27

The Connection (La French), Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. In 1970s France, dedicated cop Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) risks his life to crack a heroin ring masterminded by a powerful mobster. Tickets £6 (£4.50 concs). Contact 01450 360688 or drop in to the VisitScotland desk. (15)

Danny Collins, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. An aging rocker (Al Pacino) decides to change the course of his life after receiving a long-undelivered letter from the late John Lennon. Tickets and contact info as before. (15)

August 29, 30

Song of the Sea, Tower Mill, Hawick, 4pm (Sat), 2.30pm (Sun). See above. Tickets and contact info as before. (PG)

September 1

Mr Holmes, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. In 1947, the long-retired Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) attempts to piece together the answer to one final mystery – the reason why he abandoned London and his career almost three decades before. Tickets and contact info as before. (PG)


August 27 - October 18

Lost At Sea, Eyemouth Hippodrome, Eyemouth. Thomas Hawson revisits his award-winning Lost at Sea, an installation of boat, navigation aids and pods made from a variety of materials including spruce, ash and canvas. Open Thu-Sun 11am-5pm. Admission free.

Till August 31

Peel – the Hospital and the People, Borders Family History Society, Archive and Research Room, Galashiels, 10am-4pm. An exhibition of photographs, artefacts and the recollections of the people who worked at Peel Hospital.

Till September 5

Katherine Soutar’s Folk Tales illustrations, Mad Nomad Gallery, Hawick. Katherine is the cover illustrator for the History Press ‘Folk Tales’ book series. Open Tue–Sun 11am–8pm, closed Mon. Call 07528 922126.

Till September 6

Textiles and Photography in Harmony, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick. Textile artist Shirley Ann Sherris’s embroidery, wall hangings and sculptures. Admission free. Contact 01450 377615 or email textiletowerhouse@scotborders.gov.uk.

Till September 11

Kenneth Blues Wilson, in residence at The Hayloft Gallery, Paxton House. Paintings in oil and watercolour, pastel drawings, wood engravings. Open daily, 10am-5pm.

Till September 13

Drafted to the Dardanelles, Halliwells House Museum, Selkirk, 11am-4pm (Monday-Saturday), 12-3pm (Sunday). Exhibition commemorating the Battle of Gallipoli. Admission free. Call 01750 20096 / 20054 for more details.

Till September 13

Space Cadets – Generation Air, Gymnasium Gallery, Maltings, Berwick, Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm. Generation AIR is inspired by human biology and the cells and organisms inside us. Be transported into an exciting, mysterious world. Contact details as before.

Till September 17

Catherine Rayner, the Flat Cat Gallery, Lauder. Award-winning illustrator. Gallery open seven days, 9.30am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sundays. Call 01578 722808 for further details. Admission free.

Till September 19

Nature in Pastel and Textiles by Sandra Hay, Old Gala House, Galashiels. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm, Sun 1-4pm. Call 01750 20096 or 01896 752611.

Till October 15

Susan Cook, The Flat Cat Gallery, Lauder. Exhibition and sale of work. Open 9.30am-5pm. Contact 01578 722808.

August 21 - November 30

Rhythms of Nature by Valerie Ferguson. Work created in metal, inspired by horticulture. Admission free. Contact 01721 760254. Open 10am-4pm.


August 31

Tweeddale Society presents An Evening with Lord Smith of Kelvin, 7.30pm. Part of the Peebles Arts Festival. One of Scotland’s most influential figures, Lord Smith (Robert) of Kelvin will talk about his wide-ranging career, involvement in charitable activities, and the challenges and opportunities for the Scottish and, in particular, Borders economy. Tickets £10 (schoolchildren free). Contact details as before.


August 29, 30, 31

Soutra Aisle, 2pm. Reports on progress made in investigations into the Soutra medieval hospital. For further information, contact Dr Brian Moffat on 07845 875628.


August 28-29

Juiced Up Festival, Harehead Farm, Duns. Pulling together some of the best acts DJs and bands supported by the best local talent. Day tickets from £25. See www.juicedupfestival.co.uk for full details.

Stowed Out Festival, Stow. Vibrant, eclectic music and arts event. See www.soundout.org.uk for further info and tickets.

August 28-31

Peebles Arts Festival, various locations, Peebles. Long weekend showcasing the arts in Peebles. Full details at www.peeblesartsfestival.org


August 30

Bee Fayre, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick, 11am-4pm. Featuring delicious, regional food and drink, a culmination of the park’s ‘Year of the Bee’ celebrations, which are taking place in the park throughout 2015. Admission free.


September 3

Food and craft market, Volunteer Hall, Duns, 10am-4pm. Regular weekday market (on a Thursday for the first time) featuring local food producers and a wide range of craft stalls. Café open all day, with soup at lunchtime. Free entry.

Fun day

August 30

Massed Pipe Band and Family Fun Day, Floors Castle, Kelso, 11am-4pm. A fantastic day out for the whole family. Tickets £9 adults, £7 seniors, £5 children, under-5s free, family ticket £20. See www.floorscastle.com/whats-on, or call 01573 227660 for further details.

Village show

September 6

Etal Horticultural Show, Etal, 1pm. Wide selection of shows, plus field attractions. Entry £3, children free.


August 29

Romany Ramblers. Meet 9am at Wauchope Hall for car sharing. Route 8 miles: Halterburn cattle grid, Halterburn, Sunnyside Hill, Latchly Hill, Black Hag, White Law.

August 30

Coldstream Ramblers. Coldingham circular, nine miles. Meet at Coldingham car park at 10am. Please inform leader Louis Moore if you wish to go, on 01289 298954 or mobile 07754 878254.