What’s on where in the Borders


October 1

Scottish Opera Live presents Cosi fan tutte, Tait Hall, Kelso, 7.30pm. Take a trip to 1950s Italy in this chic and romantic telling of one of Mozart’s best-loved operas. Tickets £14, available from the box office at Brown’s Newsagent & Post Office, 13 Woodmarket, Kelso.

October 5

ROH Live presents The Marriage of Figaro, Eastgate Theatre, 6.45pm. Often considered a perfect opera, Le Nozze di Figaro represents Mozart’s genius at its most lively and delightful. Tickets £17 (£10 for schoolchildren). Contact 01721 725777, or see www.eastgatearts.com Also showing at Heart of Hawick. Tickets £15 (£13 concs). Call the box office on 01450 360688.


October 7

Fur Coat and Magic Knickers, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. One woman comedy drama by multi-award-winning James Plays playwright Rona Munro. Tickets £10 (under 18s £5). Contact the box office on 01387 381196, or see www.buccleuchcentre.com


October 1

Further Distillations by Mr McFalls Chamber, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm. Classic chamber music concert, without the pomp. Tickets £14 (£12, £5 for schoolchildren). Contact details as before.

The Swing Commanders, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. High energy show featuring songs by the likes of Glenn Miller, Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters. Tickets £14 (£12 concs). Contact details as before.

October 2

Kelso Music Society presents Laura van der Heijden and Tom Poster, Kelso Old Parish Church, 7.30pm. Laura van der Heijden (cello) was BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2012, and Tom Poster has established a stellar career as a pianist. Single tickets £12 (students £5, under 18s go free). Season ticket for all seven concerts, £60.

Rolling Hills Folk Club with special guests Skirlie, Darnick Village Hall, 8pm. Another return visit from a great Scots folk band with a range of instruments and varied styles of songs and music for a great evening. Tickets £6/£5, free with Young Scot card and U18s.

October 2-4

Selkirk Sessions, various venues around Selkirk. Session in pubs and bars, workshops and competitions. For more info see www.selkirksessions.com

October 3

Scocha, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Hawick-based band, renowned for their versatility performing everything from soft ballads to rousing foot-stomping refrains. Tickets £14 (£12, £5 for schoolchildren). Contact details as before.

June James, Season of Mist and Mellow Music, Paxton House, 7.30pm. Music from the golden era, accompanied by the “wee” Big Band, Swing Street. Tickets £10, available on 01890 870334, from the Paxton House Shop or on the door. BYOB.

Easter Street and Torino, Band Night at Volunteer Hall, Duns, 7.30pm. Two Borders bands share the bill. Tickets £7.50 / £5 concessions on the door. Over 15s. Licensed bar and soft drinks.

October 4

Syrinx Flutes and Borders Cello Group presents a concert for cellos and flutes, Lucy Sanderson Hall,

Galashiels, 4pm.

October 6

Music in Peebles presents Laura van der Heijden and Tom Poster, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. See above. Tickets £14, Free for MiP members and students. Contact details as before.


October 1-3

Stepping Out, Hawick Town Hall, 7.30pm. The Two Rivers Theatre Company presents Richard Harris’s comedy about a group of people learning to tap dance. Tickets £8, from ILF Imaging, Hawick, on 01450 379757, or from Shelagh Duncan on 07795383713.


October 1

Theeb, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. During World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. Tickets £6 (£4.50 concs). Contact details as before. (15)

October 2

Dark Horse : The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. An astonishing documentary about a champion racehorse raised in one of Wales’ poorest mining valleys. Tickets and contact info as before. (PG)

October 3

Pixels, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games. Tickets and contact info as before. (12A)

Dark Horse, Tower Mill, 7pm. See above.

Avengers: Age of Ultron, Gavinton Village Hall, Gavinton, 7.30pm. The Avengers reassemble to combat their greatest-ever foe. Tickets £4.50 adults, £2.50 under 16s.

October 4

Strange Magic, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. As a battle sparks over a powerful potion, Princess Marianne leads her fairy forces against those of the dark and powerful Bog King. Tickets and contact info as before. (U)

October 6

45 Years, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. A beautiful portrait of a couple’s fractured relationship as they head towards their 45th wedding anniversary party. Tickets and contact info as before. (15)


Till October 1

Sculpted by Nature, Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, 10am-5pm. Call 01835 830306 for more info.

October 3-4

WASPS Selkirk open studios event, St Mary’s Mill, Selkirk, 10am-5pm. a rare opportunity to view a diverse range of work by the 13 artists based at the WASPS studios. See left.

Till October 4

Anne Redpath exhibition, Hawick museum. Celebrating the career of one of the Borders’ most illustrious artists. Open October-March, Monday-Friday, noon-3pm and Sunday 1-3pm.

Till October 18

Lost At Sea, Eyemouth Hippodrome. Open 11am-5pm. An installation of boat, navigation aids and pods made from various materials including spruce, ash and canvas. Closed Saturday

Till October 31

Tartan Sets and Pattern Sticks, Old Gala House, open Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm and Sun 1-4pm (September), Tues-Fri 1-4pm and Sun 1-4pm (October). Call 01896 752611 for more info.

Till November 8

Swatches, Sketches and Samples, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Tower Mill, Hawick. Heriot Watt University teaching staff from the Design for Textiles programme showcase an exhibiton of work. Admission free.

Till November 30

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


October 3

Eildon Ramblers Yarrowford Circular via Minch Moor, Brown Knowe and Broadmeadows. Meet 10am Yarrowford NY408300. Walk time about 4 hours. Contact Heather McLoone on 01896 820300 or stewartandheather@gmail.com to join the walk.

October 4

Scottish Borders Hill Walking Club, Morebattle walk. Meet at the Council HQ car park, Newtown St Boswells, 9.15am. Call Evelyn Horsburgh for more details, on 01750 76214.