What’s on this week in the Scottish Borders


November 26-28

Firebrand and Heart Of Hawick present The Great Train Race By Robert Dawson Scott, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. The incredible true story of the death-defying London to Aberdeen train race of 1895. Tickets £12. Contact 01450 360688 or drop in to the Visit Scotland desk. Tickets include a Pie and a Pint (or glass of wine/soft drink) available half an hour before the performance.

November 29

The Great Train Race, Galashiels Interchange, 1pm, 6pm. See above. Tickets £10 (£8 concs). Book in person at the Born in the Borders Cafe at The Interchange.

December 1

National Theatre Live presents Of Mice And Men, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7pm. The hit Broadway production Of Mice and Men, filmed on stage in New York by National Theatre Live, comes to UK cinemas. Tickets £14 (£12 concs), available from the box office on 01387 381196, or by visiting www.buccleuchcentre.com


November 27

Autumn concert by Peebles Concert Band, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm. Join the thirty musicians of Peebles Concert Band as they celebrate eight years of music making with a new programme that takes in everything from musicals to movie themes, classical pieces to marches. Tickets £8 (£5 child). Contact 01721 725777, or see www.eastgatearts.co.uk

November 28

ABBA, Thank You for the Music, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. The world’s favourite ABBA concert show comes to town with its all-new, sequin-spangled spectacular. Tickets £19.50, contact details as before.

St Boswells Live! presents Zűrös Banda, St Boswells Village Hall, 8pm. Hungarian ‘supergroup’, exponents of modern Balkan sound. Tickets £10 (£5 under-18s) in advance from St Boswells Post Office, or www.musicglue.com/stboswellslive (includes small service charge). They will also be available on the door for £12 (£6 under-18s).

November 29

Folk in the Foyer with Langholm Folk, Buccleuch Centre, 2pm. Winter’s afternoon concert in the Foyer performance area. Tickets £8. Contact details as before.

November 30

String Theory presents Cera Impala and the New Prohibition plus suppport, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. Live music Mondays. Admission free.

December 1

Music in Peebles presents Athenaeum Winds, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Quintet of chamber musicians formed at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Tickets £14, (free for MiP members and students). Contact details as before.

magic show

December 2

Michael Jordan presents High Jinx Magic, Illusion and Circus Show, Eastgate Theatre, 7pm. Delivered in the relaxed, easy going style that won Michael Jordan the Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year title. Tickets £10 (£8.50 for schoolchildren, £32 family). Contact details as before.


November 26

A Perfect Man (Un homme ideal), Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. A struggling writer finds a shortcut to fame, but a blackmailer threatens to ruin his perfect life. Part of French Film Festival. Tickets and contact details as before. (cert tbc)

November 27

WASPS Selkirk present internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Matt Hulse. See pic story.

Suffragette, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm, 7pm. Written by Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady), Sarah Gavron’s drama follows the foot soldiers of the early British feminist movement. Tickets £6 (£4.50 concs). Contact details as before. (12A)

November 28

Hotel Transylvania, Tower Mill, Hawick, 4pm. Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel. Tickets and contact details as before. (U)

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

November 29

Hotel Transylvania, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. See above.

December 1

Sicario, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)

December 3

Beloved Sisters (Die geliebte Schwestern), Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. Set in the late 18th century, two beautiful, aristocratic sisters meet a young man who is infatuated by both of them. Tickets and contact details as before. (cert tbc)


Till November 28

Solvitur Ambulando, Mad Nomad Gallery, Hawick. New collaborative paintings: one canvas, two artists, one journey, by Catherine and Keith Ryan, as well as individual paintings, drawings and sculpture.

Nov 29-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 31

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


November 26

Chris Harvie and Allan Massie discuss and read from their new books, Dalriada, a dramatisation of the Clyde’s 1914-18 role at sea and in the air, and End Games in Bordeaux, a tale of resistance and compromise during Nazi occupation. The Forest Bookstore, Market Place, Selkirk, 7pm. Drinks and nibbles served. Contact the bookshop on 01750 22763 for tickets. Numbers limited.

November 29

Society meeting: The Register of Corrected Entries, a talk by Ken Nisbet of the Scottish Genealogy Society, at the Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute. Melrose, 2.30pm.


November 28

Yetholm Romany Ramblers. Nine mile walk: Greenhill, Buchtrig, Streethouse, Peelinick, Yett Burn, The Yett. Meet 9.30am at Wauchope Hall for car sharing.

Eildon Ramblers and Berwick Ramblers, Duns circular: Duns Castle Estate - Millburn bridge - Plendernethy Hill - Duns Wood. Meet 10am at Duns Town Square. For more information and to register on the walk contact Leader Derrick Joanes on 01289 309581 or derrick@joanes.net

November 29

Scottish Borders Hill Walking Club, Ettrickbridge walk. Meet at Heather Yett, 10am. Call secretary Evelyn Horsburgh on 01750 26214 for more information.


November 26

Festive Knit, Natter & Sew, Borders Textile Tower House, Hawick, 7pm. All skill levels welcome. Admission free. For more info contact 01450 377615 or email textiletowerhouse@scotborders.gov.uk

children’s show

November 28-9

Funbox presents Santa’s Sleepover Show, Kelso Tait Hall, 3pm (Sat), 12pm and 3pm (Sun). Help the Funbox gang are trying to stay awake to see Santa. All tickets £12.50 (family tickets £46.00, groups of 10+, £9 each). Available from Brown’s Newsagents, Kelso, on 01573 224269.