What’s on in the Scottish Borders this week

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December 18

Royal Ballet Live presents The Nutcracker Live (encore performance), Maltings, Berwick, 5pm. Classic Christmas production. Clara goes on a magical journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets. Tickets £16.75 / £15.75 concs, Child £8.75. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students). Call teh box office on 01289 330999, or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk


December 19

Fiona Henderson School of Dance, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 2pm, 6.30pm. Special three act senior showcase celebrates 30 years of achievement in dance classes and performance. Tickets £10, £5 for schoolchildren. Contact 01721 725777 or see www.eastgatearts.com


December 17

Shine, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm. Harmonic, minimalist and melodic sound produced by three voices in perfect harmony and two Camac-electro harps. Tickets £14, £12, £5 for schoolchildren. Contact details as before.

December 18

Still Whiskey, Bridge Inn, Galashiels, 9pm.

December 19

James Stretton and Iain Jackson (multi-instrumental brass show), Norham Parish Church, 5pm. Admission: adult £7.50, child £4, family £18.

Jedforest Instrumental Band concert, Jedburgh Town Hall, doors open 6.45pm. Tickets £6 / £5, available at the Lothian Road Spar and From Me to You on the High St or at the door on the night.

December 20

Open Music Session, The Gordon Arms Hotel, Yarrow. Sunday December 20 from 3pm. Mince Pies & Mulled Wine. Tel 01750 82261 for more information.

Riddell Fiddles, Lilliesleaf Church, 6.30pm. An informal hour of music. Donations are welcome at the door. See www.riddellfiddles.co.uk for further details.

The Waverley Consort, conducted by Robert Dick, performs Handel’s Messiah, Melrose Parish Church at 7.30pm on Sunday 20 December. Tickets are £10, available at the door on the night or in advance by phoning 07776 032 644.


December 17

The Second Mother (Que horas ela volta?), Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. When the etranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. Tickets £6 (£4.50 concs). Contact 01450 360688 or call in to the Visit Scotland desk. (15)

December 18

Spectre, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm, 7pm. A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

December 19

Pan, Tower Mill, Hawick, 3pm. Young Peter is an orphan with bleak prospects – until, one incredible night, he is spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. Tickets and contact details as before. (PG)

Spectre, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. See above.

December 19, 23

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Maltings, Berwick, 12noon, 3pm (Sat), 12noon (Wed). Katniss and her friends leave District 13 to liberate the citizens of war-torn Panem and assassinate President Snow. Tickets £7.75 / £6.75 concs, Child £4.75. Contact details as before. (12A)

December 20

The Good Dinosaur, Eastgate Theatre, 2.30pm. An epic adventure that asks: what if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Tickets £8, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact details as before. (Cert tbc)

Suffragette, Eastgate Theatre, 4.30pm, 7.30pm. Drama tracking the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

December 20-21

The Lady in the Van, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. The story of Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), who “temporarily” parked in the driveway of writer Alan Bennett’s (played by Alex Jennings) home – and stayed there for 15 years! Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

December 21-23

The Good Dinosaur, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.

December 23

It’s a Wonderful Life, Maltings, Berwick, 5pm. Get in the mood for the holidays with the greatest Christmas film of them all. Early booking advised. Tickets and contact details as before.

December 24

Arthur Christmas, Maltings, Berwick, 12.30pm. Santa’s clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick’s father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours. Tickets anc contact info as before. (U)

The Muppet Christmas Carol, Maltings, Berwick, 3pm. The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve. Tickets and contact details as before. (U)


Till December 20

Next of Kin, Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick. A picture of Scotland and personal stories of loss experienced during the First World War, told through treasured objects. Admission free.

Till Jan 16

Winter exhibition, the Moy Mackay Gallery, Northgate, Peebles. Open Mon-Sat, 10am to 5pm and Sun, 12noon to 4pm. See www.moymackaygallery.com for details of featured artists.

Till January 24

Berwick Visual Arts presents: ‘Where is the line?’ Drawings from mima’s collection, Granary Gallery, Berwick. Open Wednesday-Sunday, from 11am.

Till January 30

Home, Coldstream Gallery. A selection of paintings, homewares and furniture that expresses the many and varied notions of home. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm over winter (closed over the Christmas holidays, from December 24 to January 1). Call 01890 882882, or email info@coldstreamgallery.co.uk for more information.

Till January 31

After the Fall, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick. Hand knitted pieces inspired by the seasons and natural surroundings of the Scottish Borders. Open Monday and Wednesday to Friday, 10am-4pm. Call 01450 377615 for more info, or email textiletowerhouse@scotborders.gov.uk

Dark Ruberslaw by Geof Hickey, Eastgate Theatre. Exhibition capturing the many moods of Ruberslaw – the 1,391ft-high peak that dominates the Teviot Valley landscape. Contact details as before.


December 19-30

Little Red Riding Hood, Maltings, Berwick. A Christmas cracker of a show, packed full of family fun and laughter, music and mayhem. See www.maltingsberwick.co.uk for full details of performance times and ticket prices.


December 20

Coldstream Ramblers, St. Cuthbert’s Cave circular, 7 miles. Meet Holburn Grange car park NU051351 at 10 am. Please let leaders know if you wish to come, Anne and Ken Prichard 01890 882107 mob