Harpist Elspeth Smellie returns to Bowhill with Handlebards

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Rave reviews from visitors will see two of its most popular events return to Bowhill House this month.

Elspeth Smellie and Handlebards are back at the iconic visitor destination with two very different offerings.

Try your hand at playing the harp with a two-day workshop delivered by the talented Smellie. The sessions on August 18 and 19 are perfect for beginners. Harps are provided.

On August 24, visitors can enjoy a theatre performance with a difference as an all-female cast from Handlebards take to their bicycles to tell the infamous story of Romeo and Juliet.

The performance is set to take place outdoors against the beautiful backdrop of Bowhill House and Country Estate.

To celebrate VisitScotland’s Year of Young People, Bowhill is offering one free child (under-16) ticket with each paying adult for the Handlebards show.

Helen Currie, house manager at Bowhill House and Country Estate, said: “We are very excited to welcome Elspeth Smellie and Handlebards back to Bowhill.

“Both the harp workshop and unique theatre performance proved hugely popular last year, therefore we’d urge those interested to book their place at their earliest convenience.”

She added: “Do remember to dress appropriately for the weather if attending the outdoor theatre performance.”

For further details regarding the Elspeth Smellie harp workshop, contact Elspeth by calling 01573 228289 or emailing elspeth_borders@hotmail.com.

Handlebards: Romeo and Juliet takes place at 6.30pm on Friday, August 24. Tickets are £13 for adults, £11 for under-16s and £45 for a family pass (two adults and two children). Tickets can be booked by calling 01750 22204 or visiting https://www.borderevents.com/events-search/eventdetail/26409/-/handlebards-romeo-and-juliet-outdoor-theatre.

For opening hours and more information about Bowhill, visit www.bowhillhouse.co.uk, Facebook @BowhillHouse and Instagram @bowhillhouse.