Your guide to what’s on in the Scottish Borders
Royal Opera House presents Rhapsody/The Two Pigeons, Eastgate Theatre, 7.15pm. Frederick Ashton double bill, screened live from the Royal Opera House. Tickets £17, £10 for schoolchildren. Contact 01721 725777 or see www.eastgatearts.co.uk
Also showing at Tower Mill, Hawick. Tickets £15 (£13 concs). Call the box office on 01450 360688 or drop in to the Visit Scotland desk.
Royal Opera House presents Rhapsody/The Two Pigeons, Maltings, Berwick (encore broadcast), 7pm. See above. Tickets £16.75 / £15.75 concs, Child £8.75. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students). Contact the box office on 01289 330999, or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk
National Theatre Live presents Les Liasons Dangereuses, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. Following the hugely successful broadcasts of Coriolanus and King Lear, NTL brings the Donmar Warehouse’s highly anticipated new production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to cinemas. Tickets £14 (£12 concs). Contact details as before. Also showing at: the Maltings, Berwick (tickets £16.75 / £15.75 concs, Child £8.75. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students) Contact details as before); The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm (tickets £14, £12 concs; call the box office on 01387 381196, or see www.buccleuchcentre.com). Ages 15 and over.
David Trent, Hemelvaart Bier Cafe, Ayton, 7pm. Tickets £6 plus booking fee. Call the box office on 07968 359917, or see www.borerevents.com
Sophie Bancroft, Tom Lyne and Louis Durra, The Hippodrome, Eyemouth, 8pm. Jazz trio. Tickets £10. Call 01890 750099.
Fisher Lassies, Rolling Hills Folk Club, Darnick Village Hall, Abbotsford Road, Melrose, 8pm. Local acapella group who sold out gigs at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 and 2015. Tickets £6 (£5 conc. Young Scot card and under 18s: free). BYOB. Contact 07986 644661 for more info.
Gala Clef Club, Lucy Sanderson Hall, Galashiels, 7.30pm. Programme featuring music for concert harp, Scarlatti and Chopin for piano, a selection of songs and Tchaikovsky for string quartet, all performed by talented local musicians. Contact 0778 037 8590 for further information.
String Theory presents Willie Logan and Andrew Valentine, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. Live Music Mondays. Admission free.
Nuala Kennedy Band and Himmerland, Eastgate Theatre, 6.30pm. One of the most acclaimed artists on the folk/roots scene, with Danish five-piece Himmerland. Tickets £16, £15, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact details as before.
The Lady in the Van, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm, 7pm. Maggie Smith is Miss Shepherd, the cantankerous, ungrateful, bigoted, smelly old woman who was allowed to live in a derelict van in Alan Bennett’s driveway in increasingly-posh Gloucester Crescent, NW1, for 15 years. Tickets £6 (£4.50 concs). Contact details as before. (12A)
Snoopy and Charlie Brown: the Peanuts Movie, Tower Mill, Hawick, 4pm. Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home. Tickets and contact details as before. (U)
The Lady in the Van, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.
Snoopy and Charlie Brown: the Peanuts Movie, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.
Berwick Film Society presents The Connection (La French), Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Tickets £7.75 / £6.75 concs, BFS Passholders free. Contact details as before.
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. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm over winter. Call 01890 882882, or email email@example.com for more information.
After the Fall, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick. Hand-knitted pieces inspired by the seasons and natural surroundings of the Borders. Open Monday and Wednesday to Friday, 10am-4pm. Call 01450 377615 for more info, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Till January 31
Dark Ruberslaw by Geoff 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.
Royal Scottish Geographical Society presents Keith Partridge, The Adventure Game, Heriot Watt University, Netherdale, Galashiels, 7.30pm. Talks are open to everyone. Admission is £8 or FREE for RSGS Members, U18s and students. Tickets available on the door.
‘Connecting Ettrick’ talk by Tesco, Kirkhope Parish Hall, Ettrickbridge, 7.30pm. A brief presentation and discussion on the advantages of smart phones and how a small device can lead to big ideas.
Eildon Ramblers circular: Sprouston - River Tweed - Old Railway Line. Meet 10am at Sprouston Village Green. For further information and to register please contact walk leader Helen Todd on 07736 944413 or email@example.com
Scottish Borders Hill Walking Club, Denholm walk. Meet at West Post car park, Selkirk, 9.15am. Lunch afterwards (2pm) at the Cross Keys Hotel. Call secretary Evelyn Horsburgh on 01750 76214 for more information.
Health Walk, Melrose, every Wednesday at 10am starting in the Market Square. Complementary coffee and biscuits afterwards.
Contact walk leader Martin 07858 386485 for details or just turn up. All welcome.
Till January 24
Jack and the Beanstalk, Maltings, Berwick, 7.15pm Fri and Sat, 2.15pm Sat and Sun. Spittal Variety Group present their 2016 pantomime. Tickets: stalls £11 / £9.50 concessions (no concessions Friday or Saturday evenings) / Box (double occupancy) £33. Contact details as before.
The Buccleuch Burns Night, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. An evening of song and celebration to commemorate the Bard’s birthday. Tickets £17.50. Contact details as before.
Burns supper, Abbotsford House, near Melrose. Private whisky tasting and supper with a guest speaker and tour of the house. Call 01896 752043 for details.
Duns & District RSCDS Monthly Dance, Volunteer Hall, Duns, 7.30pm. Music by James Coutts. Bring a plate of food to share. Tickets £6. Call 0788 431 4203 for more info.
Family History Classes for beginners at the Borders Family History Society, Archive & Research Room, 52 Overhaugh Street, Galashiels. Classes run for three Monday evenings, 6-8pm. Starting any Monday until March 14 2016 to suit you. Contact via email for more information, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Peebles Outdoor Film Festival Eastgate Theatre, Peebles. For full listings, see www.eastgatearts.com
Peebles Outdoor Film Festival presents A Route Less Travelled, with mountain biking champion Lee Craigie 2pm. Tickets £10, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact details as before.
POFF presents Trail Builders, Trail Blazers. Peebles High Schookl pupils have designed and built their own bike trails. Talk with the the High School trail builders, plus Tweed Valley trail-building legend Pete Laing, 3.30pm. Admission free.
POFF presents Winning Ways, with the Tweed Valley’s own Katy Winton, one of the rising stars of world enduro, 5pm. Tickets £5, £3 for schoolchildren.
POFF presents Around the World and Back to Scotland, with Mark Beaumont, a household name in the world of endurance feats, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Tickets £12, £6 for schoolchildren.
POFF presents Girls on Film with Jen Randall, who talks about her distinctive approach to capturing compelling stories on screen, Eastgate Theatre, 2pm. Tickets £10, £6 for schoolchildren.
POFF presents Seven Up with James Ogilvie, who talks about his 20 year mission to climb the fabled Seven Summits – the seven highest peaks on each continent, Eastgate Theatre, 5pm. Tickets £5, £3 for schoolchildren.
POFF presents Short Films: Beyond the Comfort Zone, a set of short films about the extremes of human endeavour and endurance, Eastgate Theatre, 6.15pm. Tickets £6, £4 for schoolchildren.
POFF presents Wild About the Outdoors, with TV presenter, explorer and conservationist Niall McCann, 7.30pm. Tickets £12, £6 for schoolchildren.
POFF presents Return of the Otter with celebrated wildlife photographer Laurie Campbell, Eastgate Theatre, 2pm. Tickets £10, £6 for schoolchildren.
POFF presents Meru, a new documentary about the attempt by celebrated mountaineer Conrad Anker and two other professional climbers to confront the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in the Himalayas, Eastgate Theatre, 4pm. Tickets £8, £6 for schoolchildren.
POFF presents Short Films Wild World, a set of short films covering worldwide adventure and exploration, plus the announcement of the Best Outdoor Shorts, 6.15pm. Tickets £6, £4 for schoolchildren.
Opening times may vary during the winter season
Abbotsford House, Abbotsford, Melrose: 01896 752043. The Historic House and Gardens are CLOSED to the public for maintenance from December to February inclusive.
Berwick Barracks: 01289 304493. Open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Admission £4.80, £4.30 concession, £2.90 child, £12.50 family.
Bowhill House and Gardens, near Selkirk: 01750 22204. Bowhill Estate will reopen on March 25.
Dawyck Botanic Gardens, Stobo, near Peebles: 01721 760254. Dawyck Gardens will reopen on February 1.
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.
Halliwell’s House Museum and Robson Gallery, Markey Place, Selkirk: 01750 20096. Re-opens on March 25. Open Monday-Saturday 11am-4pm. and Sunday 12pm-3pm.
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.
Tweeddale Museum, Peebles: 01721 724820. Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-12.30pm and 1pm-4pm and Sat 9.30am to 12.30pm. Closed Sundays.