Your guide to what’s on in the Borders
Iolanthe, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, satirising the upper echelons of the British establishment. Tickets: stalls £16 - £20, circle £23, under 16s free. Contact the box office on 01289 330999 or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk
Puppet State Theatre Company presents Leaf by Niggle, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7pm. Tolkien’s miniature masterpiece, with music specially composed by Karine Polwart. Tickets £10, £8, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact the box office on 01721 725777 or see www.eastgatearts.com Ages 10+
Royal Shakespeare Company, Hamlet, 7pm. Live broadcast, starring Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet. Tickets £16.75 / £15.75 concs, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students). Contact details as before.
National Theatre Live presents The Audience, starring Helen Mirren, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7pm. For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. Tickets £14 (£12 concs). Contact the box office on 01387 381196 or see www.buccleuchcentre.com
Sleight of Hands, Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. A dark but high energy piece of dance theatre, inspired by the use of plot twists in film and the wonder of magic. Tickets £12.50 (£10 concs for Disability, Student, Unemployed, £11 concs for Over 60s). Contact details as before.
Nancy’s Dancers Summer Showcase, Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Local dance teacher Nancy Steele and her very talented students return for a fun-filled, high-energy showcase. Tickets £10 (£8 concs). Contact details as before.
Andante Chamber Choir Concert, St Gregory’s Church, Kirknewton, 7.30pm. Tickets £10 including Refreshments
Ticket reservations Tel: 01668 216348
June James Trio, The Plough Inn, Leitholm, 3pm. Cool classics from the golden era of song, celebrating the first anniversary of the re-opening of the Plough Inn.
Daniel Duke and band, Hemelvaart Bier Cafe, Ayton, 7.30pm. Award-winning singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland. Tickets £10. Contact the box office on 07968 359917 or see www.hemelvaart.co.uk
Kathy Stewart, String Jam Club, County Hotel, Selkirk, 8pm. Country singer, Merlin Music Academy tutor and Borders favourite launches her new album ‘Almost Home’. Tickets £14 (50p card transaction fee) bookable by phone from the County Hotel on 01750 721233 for collection on the night, or pay on the door, subject to availability.
Abbey Consort perform “Let Us Garlands Bring”, a musical celebration of Shakespeare, Holy Trinity Church, Melrose, 7.30pm. Music includes pieces by Vaughan Williams, Mendelssohn, George Shearing, Leonard Bernstein and John Rutter. Admission £10. For more info visit www.abbeyconsort.co.uk
String Theory presents Dave Sharpe (ex The Alarm) plus support, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. Live music Mondays. Admission free.
The Border Country Music Club, Mary B & Paul Gallagher, the Jubilee Club, Highcliffe, Spittal, 8pm (pay on the door). Further info from Thom Stebbing on 01289 386510.
The California Feetwarmers, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm. Masters of ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing. Tickets £14, £12, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact details as before.
The Angry Birds Movie, Volunteer Hall, Duns, 5.30pm. An animated adventure about a bird with anger management issues who must come to the aid of his island when pigs arrive to steal eggs. Adults £6, Children £5 (free for 3 years & under), Family £20 per film. Tickets at the door or in advance from 01361 884 935 or email@example.com (U)
Florence Foster Jenkins, Volunteer Hall, Duns, 8pm. Biographical comedy drama about a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Licensed bar. Tickets and contact details as above. (PG)
Florence Foster Jenkins, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. See above. Tickets £6.50 (£5 concs). Contact the box office on 01450 360688 or drop in to the Visit Scotland desk.
Victoria, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret. Tickets and contact details as before.
Eildon Ramblers circular, the Ring of the Loch, 7 miles. Meet 10am at the Glen Cafe at St Mary’s Loch. For further information and to register on walk, contact walk leaders Ian & Freda on 01450 363828 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Scottish Borders Hill Walking Club, White Combe walk. Meet West Port car park, Selkirk at 9am. Contact group secretary Evelyn Horsburgh on 01750 76214 for more information.
Tweed Valley Walking Festival, various locations in the Tweed Valley. Registration centre at Innerleithen Parish Church, Leithen Road, Innerleithen. See www.tweedvalleywalking.com for booking information.
Borders Book Festival, Harmony Garden, Melrose. Four days of talks, discussions, food, music and more for all the family. See www.bordersbookfestival.org for further details.
Laidlawstiel House, near Clovenfords, open 2-5pm. Part of Scotland’s GArdens open weekends - opening some of Scotland’s most beautiful gardens to the public. See www.scotlandsgardens.org for further details.
June 4-July 2
Galashiels Studio Club annual exhibition, Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels. The works of several Borders professional artists will feature alongside the paintings of the Galashiels Studio Club members.
Open Mon–Sat 10am-4pm and Sun 1pm-4pm (closed Friday June 17).
Till June 19
The Plant World on Paper by David Stuart, Old Gala House, Galashiels. Botanist and artist showcases his paintings of plants. Open Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, and from June, Sun 1-4pm.
till July 17
Factory Girls, Tower Mill, Hawick. Sculptures by Katie Scarlett Howard celebrating the women workers of the textile trade of the past in Scotland and Wales. Open Monday - Friday 10am-4.30pm, Sunday 12noon-3pm. Contact the Borders Textile Towerhouse on 01450 377615 or email email@example.com for more information.
Till August 6
Cut the Mustard Gallery presents “SCAPE - town, country, sea”, High Street, Langholm. Featuring work from a variety of artists and makers including previous and current Spring Flingers: Pamela Grace, Ceri Allen, Fraser Irvine, Val Macadam and Diana de Gruyther. Open are 10am-4pm Tues-Fri and 10am till 5.30pm on Saturday.
Till Sept 4
Hawico, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick, open Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm. A showcase of cashmere knitwear designs by Hawico. Admission free.
Till November 30
Rave Reviewer, Abbotsford House, near Melrose, open 10am-5pm. Exhibition exploring Sir Walter Scott’s activity as a reviewer of some of the most famous work of his time, including Jane Austen’s Emma and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Entry is included as part of admission ticket to the house. See http://www.scottsabbotsford.com/ for further details.
UNTIL OCTOBER 31
Stick Man Trail. Kielder Castle, free admission. Based on the much-loved book, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, following the success of the Gruffalo trail. It starts from Kielder Castle, where families can pick up an activity pack for £3, follow the trail and complete fun activities along the way. Parking costs £4.50 all day or £1.50 for one hour.
Abbotsford House, Abbotsford, Melrose: 01896 752043. See www.scottsabbotsford.com for events and prices.
Bamburgh Castle:,01668 214515. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, last admission 4pm. Admission £10.50, children £5, senior £10, family £25.
Berwick Barracks, 01289 304493. Open daily 10am-6pm. See details of admission charges at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/
Bowhill House and Gardens, near Selkirk: 01750 22204. See http://www.bowhillhouse.co.uk for details of opening hours and admission charges.
Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: 01668 215250. Open Monday to Friday: Tours at 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Sundays: Tours at 10am, 11am, noon. Closed Saturday. Admission £8, concs £6, children £3, family £16.
Dawyck Botanic Garden, Stobo, near Peebles: 01721 760254. Open daily February 1 to November 30 from 10am to 4pm/5pm/6pm. Admission: Adults £6, Concessions £5, Children Free, Members Free.
Dryburgh Abbey, near Dryburgh: 01835 822381. Open daily, 9.30am-5.30pm. Admission: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40.
Heatherslaw Cornmill, 01890 820488. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm. Admission £3.80, concs £3.20, family £10, under-fives free.
Heatherslaw Light Railway, 01890 820244. Open daily, from 10am to 4pm, first train at 11am. Return journey prices: £6.50, seniors £6, children £4.50, under-fives £2.50, babies free.
Heatherslaw Visitor Centre, 01890 820338. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm.
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, Market Place, Selkirk: 01750 20096. 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. Open Mon–Fri 10am–12 and 1–5pm, Sat and Sun 2–5pm.
Hermitage Castle, Hawick, Roxburghshire: 01387 376222. Open daily from 9.30am-5.30pm. Admission Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Concession £3.60.
Jedburgh Abbey: 01835 863925. Open 9.30am-5.30pm. Admission: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40.
Lady Waterford Hall, Ford Village, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 07790 457580. Open daily, 10am-4pm. Admission Adults £3, concs. £2.70, family £8, U5’s free.
Lindisfarne Castle, 01289 389244. Call for opening times. Gift aid admission: £7.80, child £3.90, family £19.40.
Lindisfarne Centre, 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Admission £4, concs £3.50, children £2, family £10, under-fives free.
Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £6.20, concs £5.60, children £3.70, family £16.10.
Mellerstain House and Gardens, Gordon: 01573 410225. Open Fri-Mon. See www.mellerstain.com for details of opening hours and admission prices.
Melrose Abbey: 01896 822562. Open daily 9.30am-5.30pm. Admission Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40.
Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels: 01896 752611. Opening hours June to August - Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm.
Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom, Market Place, Selkirk: 01750 720096. Opening hours, May to August Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 11am-3pm, Sunday 11am-3pm.
The Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre, Melrose: 01896 822651. Entry £2; £1 school pupil or student; £5 family. Schools welcome.
Thirlstane Castle, Lauder: 01578 722430. From May 3 – October 2, open Tues-Thurs and Sundays 10am-3pm (grounds 10am-5pm). See thirlestanecastle.co.uk for info.