What’s on in the Borders

CINEMA

Dec 18

Effie Gray, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. Emma Thompson wrote and stars in this polished period drama about the mysterious relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin and his teenage Scottish bride Effie Gray. Tickets £6, Concs £4.50.

Dec 19

What We Did On Our Holiday, Tower Mill. Hawick, 7pm. Doug and Abi travel to the Scottish Highlands with their three children for Doug’s father Gordie’s birthday party. It soon becomes clear that when it comes to keeping a secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability. Tickets £6, Concs £4.50.

Dance Inspirations, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7pm. A film of the 2014 performance by the Fiona Henderson School of Dance and Performing Arts. Tickets £14. Call 01721 725777.

Dec 20

Frozen (Sing-A-Long), Tower Mill, Hawick. As a Golden Globe winner and Academy Award and BAFTA nominee, Frozen comes to the big screen in a sing-a-long addition, featuring all of the lyrics and a magic bouncing snowflake so you can sing-a-long to all your favourite songs! Tickets £6, Concs £4.50.

Dec 21

Get Santa (pictured above), Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 2.30pm. Santa seeks the help of nine-year-old Tom after his sleigh is destroyed when it crash lands in London. He is desperate to return to his home in Lapland but his reindeer are wandering aimlessly in the streets and are taken to Battersea Dogs Home. Tickets £8, (School children £6).

Mr Turner, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 4.30pm and 7.30pm. Mike Leigh directs Timothy Spall in the life story of the Great British artist J.M.W Turner. Profoundly affected by the death of his esteemed father, and loved by his housekeeper, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady and lives with her incognito until his death. £8, (School children £6).

Dec 22

The Snow Queen, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. The Snow Queen covered the world in ice. Only Master Vegard stands in her way, whose mirrors reflect not only appearances but also souls. One day the polar wind takes away Vegard and his wife Una, but they hide their children Gerda and Kai. Years later, the Snow Queen’s troll Orm locates Kai at an orphanage, who is deemed Vegard’s successor. Tickets £6, Concs £4.50.

Dec 23

Pride, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. It’s the summer of 1984. Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there’s a problem – the Union seems embarrassed to receive their support. Tickets £6, Concs £4.50.

MUSIC

December 19

Carols by Candlelight, The Haining, Selkirk, 7pm. Advance booking essential. Tickets £10 from the Scott’s Selkirk shop, High Street, Selkirk.

Scottish Country Dance, Cogsmill Mill, Hawick, 8pm. Judith and Stuart will be playing at our Xmas dance tonight come along and enjoy the Xmas spirit. Please book. New members welcome. Tickets £7. Tel 01450 373722 or 372921

December 20

Mister Macneep Has Lost His Sheep! Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 11am and 2pm. It’s the snowiest, sleetiest, windiest winter ever and two of Farmer MacNeep’s favourite sheep are missing. Where on earth can they be? Maybe they’re trapped in the snow! Farmer MacNeep is worried, he just doesn’t know that he has the cleverest sheep in Scotland. Can you help him as he sets off in search of his long-lost pals? This fun-filled interactive adventure is brought to life using puppets and live music. Tickets £8, Child £5, Family £22.

December 21

Hawick Saxhorn Band: Christmas Concert, Tower Mill, Hawick, 3pm. Following on from the success of previous years’ concerts, this promises to be an entertaining afternoon to put you in the Christmas spirit. The programme will include a mixture of traditional and contemporary Christmas music given the full brass treatment. Tickets £5.

Sunday Session, The Gordon Arms, Yarrow, 3pm. All welcome.