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September 25 - October 01
  • 25
    25.September.Monday

    RANGER TOURS OF ETTRICK FOREST WOODLAND

    12:00 AM
    25th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Bowhill Country Estate
    Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK

    Rangers Land Rover tour of the ancient Ettrick Forest Woodland, Newark Castle.

    Accompany one of our Rangers on a tour of the ancient Ettrick Forest Woodland to appreciate the surroundings of the beautiful Bowhill Estate, before descending to Newark Castle, the ancient Douglas stronghold.

    By arrangement

    £30 adult (£20 child) Note: minimum charge £60

    GREAT POLISH MAP OF SCOTLAND

    12:00 AM
    25th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Mercure Barony Castle Hotel
    Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QW, UK

    This hugely impressive Great Polish Map of Scotland was built by Polish students from Krakow in the 1970s, in order to commemorate Poland’s wartime contribution to the defence of Scotland. The Map is the largest outdoor map of its type in the world, approximately 50m across. The outline is an accurate representation of Scotland. It fell into serious disrepair in the 1980s but a charity (Mapa Scotland) was formed in 2012 in order to restore it. This restoration is almost complete. A viewing platform and a safety fence have also been constructed.Most of this work has been completed by charity volunteers with help from local organisations, with contractors brought in for specialist tasks. Mapa members are at the Map most Wednesday and Sundays between 10.30 and 15.00. The Map is always open to the public. Visitors are welcome to view the restoration work.

    FREE

    SMAILHOLM TOWER

    9:30 AM-5:30 PM
    25th September 2017
    Smailholm Tower
    Farmhouse, Smailholm, Kelso TD5 7PG, UK

    Explore the famous borders tower with an audio guide that depicts life in the Borders and take a look at the views from the rooftop.

    £5 adult, £3 child, £4 concession, Free for Historic Scotland Members

    MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS VISITOR CENTRE

    9:30 AM-4:30 PM
    25th September 2017
    Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre
    Queen St, Jedburgh TD8 6DN, UK

    Discover the story of Scotland’s tragic queen, through paintings, textiles & objects Mary’s month in Jedburgh in 1566 was a turning point in her life. Discover the story of Scotland’s tragic queen, through paintings, textiles and objects associated with her, in the 16th century tower house where, according to tradition, she lodged during her time here. Audio tour, foreign language guides, gifts, books and souvenirs. Audio-visual display on ground floor for wheelchair users. Tour groups welcome.

    FREE

    PICTURING THE PAST EXHIBITION

    9:30 AM-4:45 PM
    25th September 2017
    Heritage Hub
    9 Kirkstile, Hawick TD9, UK

    Picturing the Past photography exhibition at the Heritage Hub Judged by Phil Wilkinson (local photographer) and Dr Chris Bowles, Scottish Borders Council Archaeologist. Exhibition will run in the Heritage Hub from Thursday 7 September throughout the festival.

    FREE

    HERMITAGE CASTLE

    9:30 AM-5:30 PM
    25th September 2017
    Hermitage Castle
    Hawick TD9 0LU, UK

    Discover a history filled with intrigue, murder, torture & treason Soak up the eerie, powerful atmosphere of an imposing stronghold with a notorious reputation. Look for the garrison’s cesspit, seek shelter under the great arch and take part in the quiz for kids.

    £5 adult, £3 child, £4 concession, Free for Historic Scotland members

    DRAWING LINES EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    25th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    Drawing Lines: a railway archive Riccarton Junction has been a long-term family interest for artist Clare Money, who investigates ways of archiving forgotten places. This personal collection of artwork, photographs and engineering drawings aims to explore different methods of recording and reflecting Riccarton’s past.

    FREE

    Note closed 12:00-13:00

    HAWICK MUSEUM – EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    25th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    Discover a town’s treasures in a historic house set in beautiful parkland. Famous painters, motorcycle racing legends, nature displays, passionate collectors and local history. There’s always something new to see. The Jimmie Guthrie and Steve Hislop Rooms showcase the lives and achievements of Hawick’s two tragic motorcycle champions. Also – The Old Schoolroom, archaeology displays and Gift Shop. Entrance Hall 100 Years Piping – Hawick Scouts Pipe Band Centenary Exhibition Photographs, historic bagpipes, drums, uniforms and memorabilia tell the story of the pipe band, founded in the First World War, that has seen so many Hawick youths pass through its ranks over the last century – and is still going strong today. Wheelchair access to the Ground Floor and the Scott Gallery.

     Free. Open Mon–Fri 10:00–12:00 & 13:00–17:00
    Sat & Sun 14.00–17.00

    TREASURES FOUND EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    25th September 2017
    Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum
    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    Discover treasure trove objects found in the Jedburgh area. Fascinating pieces from the Medieval period and earlier. There is also a display of interesting material unearthed by a local metal detectorist, including items from more recent times.

    FREE

    100 YEARS PIPING EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    25th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    100 Years Piping – Hawick Scouts Pipe Band centenary exhibition Photographs, historic bagpipes, drums, uniforms and memorabilia tell the story of the pipe band, founded in the First World War, that has seen so many Hawick youths pass through its ranks over the last century – and is still going strong today.

    FREE

    Note closed 12:00-13:00

    ST RONAN’S WELLS VISITORS CENTRE

    10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    25th September 2017
    St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre
    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    The story of Innerleithen’s rich heritage & connections with the great Scottish writers Housed in an historic former spa, St Ronan’s Wells Visitor centre tells the story of Innerleithen’s rich heritage and connections with the great Scottish writers, Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg. There is also spring water available to sample on site.

    FREE

    STORIES IN STONE

    10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    25th September 2017
    St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre
    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    Local history & heritage exhibition Uncover the stories behind the key buildings of Innerleithen and environs in the year when the Parish Church celebrates its 150th and the local school its 60th year.

    FREE

    OVER & UNDER – KNITWEAR EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    25th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    Hawick’s world-famous knitwear developed from high quality underwear into luxurious outerwear in the early 1900s. This exhibition shows the evolution of the product through a selection of garments, documents and objects from Hawick Museum collection.

    FREE

    Note closed 12:00-13:00

    PAX EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    25th September 2017
    Borders Textile Towerhouse
    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    PAX exhibition by Isobel Hall Exciting wall art – handmade books, bags and vessels. Hall is an internationally renowned mixed media and stitch textile artist who exhibits, teaches and travels worldwide. She specialises in making unique, innovative fabrics from scratch, building up layers of stitch combined with mixed media. Her current work focuses on her desire for peace. Pax, people smuggler is one such item. There is a workshop to accompany the exhibition.

    FREE

    LIGHT YEARS

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    25th September 2017
    Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum
    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    Light Years: A participative site-specific installation by Sue Scowcroft & James Wyness Light Years explores the deep history of Jedburgh Castle Jail, in particular the human and social heritage of Jedburgh. Visitors are invited to follow a star chart, superimposed on the ground plan of the castle, which maps out twelve locations around the Castle Jail and grounds. At these locations the visitor will find short poetic stories, intimate sharings left behind by people from the past, men and women, young and old, who may have passed through the site. The installation honours the work of the 18th and 19th Century ‘Borders Enlightenment’ scientists who were born or based in Jedburgh.

    FREE

    ROMAN EXHIBITION

    10:30 AM-4:30 PM
    25th September 2017
    Trimontium Museum
    6 Market Square, Melrose TD6 9PN, UK

    Exhibition tells the story of a roman frontier post & its people Iconic NMS loans for 2017 season – the Milsington Leg, more than life-size limb torn from bronze statue (at York) and found near Hawick in 19th century. The collection includes examples of female footwear including a child’s, from Trimontium and The Synton Hoard, 228 silver denarii, from Domitian 81AD to Marcus Aurelius 181AD, valued at £10,000 owned by the Trust and SBC, found near Ashkirk.

    £2 adult, £1 pupil/student, £5 family (usually 2 adults, 2/3 children)

    OUT OF THE WOODS EXHIBITION

    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    25th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Exhibition of art, turned wood, sculpture, paper, pyrography & ceramics Featuring work by Tessa Asquith-Lamb, Catriona Andrews, Stuart Dalgleish, Helen Kemp, Eben Rautenbach, Kenneth McQueenie and Rob Sutherland. A mixed media show celebrating the beauty of trees. From hand turned wooden bowls, prints, paintings and wildlife scenes burnt onto reclaimed wood to abstract sculptures made from driftwood and ceramic interpretations of trees – an enduring subject matter for artists highlighting the need to protect our natural environment for future generations. Work is available to purchase.

    FREE

    Note- closed between 12:30-13:00

    LIVES IN A LANDSCAPE EXHIBITION

    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    25th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Archaeology, heritage & environment exhibition Many objects now held in Tweeddale Museum’s collections originated in very distinctive landscapes. This exhibition and activities programme, part funded by Museums Galleries Scotland, seeks to present those objects in their true context and to illustrate the lives of the people, who made, used and sometimes hid them, discovered or donated them.

    FREE

    Note- closed between 12:30-13:00

    HISTORY OF PEEBLESHIRE

    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    25th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Local History & Heritage Exhibition  Discover this most diverse and fascinating county of Scotland through objects, maps and photographs from pre-history to the present day.

    FREE

    Note- closed between 12:30-13:00

    A JACOBITE STORY

    11:00 AM-5:00 PM
    25th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Traquair House
    Traquair House, Innerleithen EH44 6PW, UK

    Living history at Traquair A second chance to see this exhibition first shown in 2015 which brings together rarely displayed documents from the archives and examines the Traquair connection with the Jacobite cause. The Stuarts of Traquair were devout Catholics and remained loyal to the Stuart monarchy without counting the cost. Imprisoned, fined and isolated for their beliefs Traquair became the Jacobites’ most southerly Scottish stronghold.

    £8.80 adult, £4.50 child, £7.80 senior citizen

    GUNSGREEN HOUSE EXHIBITION

    11:00 AM-5:00 PM
    25th September 2017
    Gunsgreen House Trust
    Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth TD14 5SD, UK

    By day, John Nisbet was an Eyemouth merchant; by night he was a notorious smuggler! Designed by John Adam, Gunsgreen House was specially adapted for Nisbet’s ‘special requirements’ including large cellars direct to the sea and a secret ‘tea chute’ behind the walls where contraband loose tea was stored away from prying eyes. Come and discover the history of this fascinating house whilst the children get dressed up as smugglers to complete the rat trails and become a certified smuggler!

    Quote BHF17 for 20% off entry in September

    FISHING & SOCIAL HERITAGE EXHIBITION

    11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    25th September 2017
    Eyemouth Museum
    1-2 Manse Rd, Eyemouth TD14 5JE, UK

    Eyemouth Museum documents the fishing and social heritage of Eyemouth, brought to life in its exhibits and through stories from local people. The Local/ Family History Unit will also have a Research Assistant available by appointment during those hours. The Museum will be open Sunday 3 September for the Friends of Eyemouth Fort’s re-enactment in Kirk Square.

    £3.50 adult, £3 concessions, children free

    CONTEMPORARY SELKIRK PHOTOGRAPHY

    11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    25th September 2017
    Halliwell’s House Museum
    Halliwell's House, Selkirk TD7, UK

    Photography exhibition by Selkirk Camera Club Recent photographs of the town, and surrounding countryside, by club members demonstrating their observation skills and highlighting the more unusual aspects of their home town.

    FREE

    ST RONAN’S WELLS VISITORS CENTRE- Weekend times

    2:00 PM-5:00 PM
    25th September 2017
    St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre
    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    The story of Innerleithen’s rich heritage & connections with the great Scottish writers Housed in an historic former spa, St Ronan’s Wells Visitor centre tells the story of Innerleithen’s rich heritage and connections with the great Scottish writers, Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg. There is also spring water available to sample on site.

    FREE

  • 26
    26.September.Tuesday

    RANGER TOURS OF ETTRICK FOREST WOODLAND

    12:00 AM
    26th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Bowhill Country Estate
    Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK

    Rangers Land Rover tour of the ancient Ettrick Forest Woodland, Newark Castle.

    Accompany one of our Rangers on a tour of the ancient Ettrick Forest Woodland to appreciate the surroundings of the beautiful Bowhill Estate, before descending to Newark Castle, the ancient Douglas stronghold.

    By arrangement

    £30 adult (£20 child) Note: minimum charge £60

    GREAT POLISH MAP OF SCOTLAND

    12:00 AM
    26th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Mercure Barony Castle Hotel
    Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QW, UK

    This hugely impressive Great Polish Map of Scotland was built by Polish students from Krakow in the 1970s, in order to commemorate Poland’s wartime contribution to the defence of Scotland. The Map is the largest outdoor map of its type in the world, approximately 50m across. The outline is an accurate representation of Scotland. It fell into serious disrepair in the 1980s but a charity (Mapa Scotland) was formed in 2012 in order to restore it. This restoration is almost complete. A viewing platform and a safety fence have also been constructed.Most of this work has been completed by charity volunteers with help from local organisations, with contractors brought in for specialist tasks. Mapa members are at the Map most Wednesday and Sundays between 10.30 and 15.00. The Map is always open to the public. Visitors are welcome to view the restoration work.

    FREE

    SMAILHOLM TOWER

    9:30 AM-5:30 PM
    26th September 2017
    Smailholm Tower
    Farmhouse, Smailholm, Kelso TD5 7PG, UK

    Explore the famous borders tower with an audio guide that depicts life in the Borders and take a look at the views from the rooftop.

    £5 adult, £3 child, £4 concession, Free for Historic Scotland Members

    MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS VISITOR CENTRE

    9:30 AM-4:30 PM
    26th September 2017
    Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre
    Queen St, Jedburgh TD8 6DN, UK

    Discover the story of Scotland’s tragic queen, through paintings, textiles & objects Mary’s month in Jedburgh in 1566 was a turning point in her life. Discover the story of Scotland’s tragic queen, through paintings, textiles and objects associated with her, in the 16th century tower house where, according to tradition, she lodged during her time here. Audio tour, foreign language guides, gifts, books and souvenirs. Audio-visual display on ground floor for wheelchair users. Tour groups welcome.

    FREE

    PICTURING THE PAST EXHIBITION

    9:30 AM-4:45 PM
    26th September 2017
    Heritage Hub
    9 Kirkstile, Hawick TD9, UK

    Picturing the Past photography exhibition at the Heritage Hub Judged by Phil Wilkinson (local photographer) and Dr Chris Bowles, Scottish Borders Council Archaeologist. Exhibition will run in the Heritage Hub from Thursday 7 September throughout the festival.

    FREE

    HERMITAGE CASTLE

    9:30 AM-5:30 PM
    26th September 2017
    Hermitage Castle
    Hawick TD9 0LU, UK

    Discover a history filled with intrigue, murder, torture & treason Soak up the eerie, powerful atmosphere of an imposing stronghold with a notorious reputation. Look for the garrison’s cesspit, seek shelter under the great arch and take part in the quiz for kids.

    £5 adult, £3 child, £4 concession, Free for Historic Scotland members

    TREASURES FOUND EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    26th September 2017
    Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum
    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    Discover treasure trove objects found in the Jedburgh area. Fascinating pieces from the Medieval period and earlier. There is also a display of interesting material unearthed by a local metal detectorist, including items from more recent times.

    FREE

    ABOUT FACE EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    Art exhibition by Alex Hain, Derek Jones & Angela Hunter Portraiture, one of the oldest art forms, is the artistic representation of a person’s face; the intent of the artist to record likeness, personality and mood of the sitter. Alex Hain, Derek Jones & Angela Hunter will demonstrate their skills as portraitists through painting, drawing and sculpture. Work is available to purchase. This exhibition also showcases a selection of portraits from the Scottish Borders Permanent Collection of Fine Art including Peter Howson, John Bellany and William Johnstone.

    FREE

    100 YEARS PIPING EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    100 Years Piping – Hawick Scouts Pipe Band centenary exhibition Photographs, historic bagpipes, drums, uniforms and memorabilia tell the story of the pipe band, founded in the First World War, that has seen so many Hawick youths pass through its ranks over the last century – and is still going strong today.

    FREE

    Note closed 12:00-13:00

    ST RONAN’S WELLS VISITORS CENTRE

    10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre
    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    The story of Innerleithen’s rich heritage & connections with the great Scottish writers Housed in an historic former spa, St Ronan’s Wells Visitor centre tells the story of Innerleithen’s rich heritage and connections with the great Scottish writers, Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg. There is also spring water available to sample on site.

    FREE

    STORIES IN STONE

    10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre
    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    Local history & heritage exhibition Uncover the stories behind the key buildings of Innerleithen and environs in the year when the Parish Church celebrates its 150th and the local school its 60th year.

    FREE

    DRAWING LINES EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    Drawing Lines: a railway archive Riccarton Junction has been a long-term family interest for artist Clare Money, who investigates ways of archiving forgotten places. This personal collection of artwork, photographs and engineering drawings aims to explore different methods of recording and reflecting Riccarton’s past.

    FREE

    Note closed 12:00-13:00

    100 YEARS OF SCOTTISH WOMEN’S RURAL INSTITUTE IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    Borders Family History Society
    Irving House, 52 Overhaugh St, Galashiels TD1 1DP, UK

    Exhibition to celebrate 100 years of the Women’s Rural Institute in the Scottish Borders with photographs and words.

    Free. Donations welcome

    HAWICK MUSEUM – EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    Discover a town’s treasures in a historic house set in beautiful parkland. Famous painters, motorcycle racing legends, nature displays, passionate collectors and local history. There’s always something new to see. The Jimmie Guthrie and Steve Hislop Rooms showcase the lives and achievements of Hawick’s two tragic motorcycle champions. Also – The Old Schoolroom, archaeology displays and Gift Shop. Entrance Hall 100 Years Piping – Hawick Scouts Pipe Band Centenary Exhibition Photographs, historic bagpipes, drums, uniforms and memorabilia tell the story of the pipe band, founded in the First World War, that has seen so many Hawick youths pass through its ranks over the last century – and is still going strong today. Wheelchair access to the Ground Floor and the Scott Gallery.

     Free. Open Mon–Fri 10:00–12:00 & 13:00–17:00
    Sat & Sun 14.00–17.00

    ANOTHER FIELD EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    Art exhibition & printmaking workshop by Morag Eaton A unique visual exploration of the local farming community by a Berwick-based printmaker inspired by the farmers’ response to changing market conditions in these uncertain economic times. Of particular interest to her are those farmers who have adopted creative business opportunities. Work is available to purchase.
    A free printmaking workshop with Morag Eaton will accompany this exhibition on Sat 2 September 13.00–15.00 at Old Gala House.

    Free. Booking essential

    OVER & UNDER – KNITWEAR EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    Hawick’s world-famous knitwear developed from high quality underwear into luxurious outerwear in the early 1900s. This exhibition shows the evolution of the product through a selection of garments, documents and objects from Hawick Museum collection.

    FREE

    Note closed 12:00-13:00

    THE COLOUR OF ART EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    An exciting artistic and scientific voyage of discovery, from sparkling minerals to crushed insects, learn about the surprising materials used to create pigments and the incredible journeys made by artists in their pursuit of new hues. Explore the journey of colour from lapis lazuli to cobalt blue, ancient vermilion to bright cadmium red, through yellow, orange, purple and verdigris to deep green viridian and finally, gold and silver.

    FREE

    LIGHT YEARS

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    26th September 2017
    Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum
    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    Light Years: A participative site-specific installation by Sue Scowcroft & James Wyness Light Years explores the deep history of Jedburgh Castle Jail, in particular the human and social heritage of Jedburgh. Visitors are invited to follow a star chart, superimposed on the ground plan of the castle, which maps out twelve locations around the Castle Jail and grounds. At these locations the visitor will find short poetic stories, intimate sharings left behind by people from the past, men and women, young and old, who may have passed through the site. The installation honours the work of the 18th and 19th Century ‘Borders Enlightenment’ scientists who were born or based in Jedburgh.

    FREE

    GHOST COUNTRY EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    Lynda Marwood’s ‘Ghost Country’ describes a series of drawings and paintings conceptualised around the notion of passing through and remembering. The process of drawing and painting evokes a feeling of transience and impermanence whilst also recording echoes of time and place. Work is available to purchase.

    FREE

    PAX EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    26th September 2017
    Borders Textile Towerhouse
    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    PAX exhibition by Isobel Hall Exciting wall art – handmade books, bags and vessels. Hall is an internationally renowned mixed media and stitch textile artist who exhibits, teaches and travels worldwide. She specialises in making unique, innovative fabrics from scratch, building up layers of stitch combined with mixed media. Her current work focuses on her desire for peace. Pax, people smuggler is one such item. There is a workshop to accompany the exhibition.

    FREE

    HISTORY OF PEEBLESHIRE

    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Local History & Heritage Exhibition  Discover this most diverse and fascinating county of Scotland through objects, maps and photographs from pre-history to the present day.

    FREE

    Note- closed between 12:30-13:00

    ROMAN EXHIBITION

    10:30 AM-4:30 PM
    26th September 2017
    Trimontium Museum
    6 Market Square, Melrose TD6 9PN, UK

    Exhibition tells the story of a roman frontier post & its people Iconic NMS loans for 2017 season – the Milsington Leg, more than life-size limb torn from bronze statue (at York) and found near Hawick in 19th century. The collection includes examples of female footwear including a child’s, from Trimontium and The Synton Hoard, 228 silver denarii, from Domitian 81AD to Marcus Aurelius 181AD, valued at £10,000 owned by the Trust and SBC, found near Ashkirk.

    £2 adult, £1 pupil/student, £5 family (usually 2 adults, 2/3 children)

    LIVES IN A LANDSCAPE EXHIBITION

    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Archaeology, heritage & environment exhibition Many objects now held in Tweeddale Museum’s collections originated in very distinctive landscapes. This exhibition and activities programme, part funded by Museums Galleries Scotland, seeks to present those objects in their true context and to illustrate the lives of the people, who made, used and sometimes hid them, discovered or donated them.

    FREE

    Note- closed between 12:30-13:00

    OUT OF THE WOODS EXHIBITION

    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Exhibition of art, turned wood, sculpture, paper, pyrography & ceramics Featuring work by Tessa Asquith-Lamb, Catriona Andrews, Stuart Dalgleish, Helen Kemp, Eben Rautenbach, Kenneth McQueenie and Rob Sutherland. A mixed media show celebrating the beauty of trees. From hand turned wooden bowls, prints, paintings and wildlife scenes burnt onto reclaimed wood to abstract sculptures made from driftwood and ceramic interpretations of trees – an enduring subject matter for artists highlighting the need to protect our natural environment for future generations. Work is available to purchase.

    FREE

    Note- closed between 12:30-13:00

    A JACOBITE STORY

    11:00 AM-5:00 PM
    26th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Traquair House
    Traquair House, Innerleithen EH44 6PW, UK

    Living history at Traquair A second chance to see this exhibition first shown in 2015 which brings together rarely displayed documents from the archives and examines the Traquair connection with the Jacobite cause. The Stuarts of Traquair were devout Catholics and remained loyal to the Stuart monarchy without counting the cost. Imprisoned, fined and isolated for their beliefs Traquair became the Jacobites’ most southerly Scottish stronghold.

    £8.80 adult, £4.50 child, £7.80 senior citizen

    GUNSGREEN HOUSE EXHIBITION

    11:00 AM-5:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    Gunsgreen House Trust
    Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth TD14 5SD, UK

    By day, John Nisbet was an Eyemouth merchant; by night he was a notorious smuggler! Designed by John Adam, Gunsgreen House was specially adapted for Nisbet’s ‘special requirements’ including large cellars direct to the sea and a secret ‘tea chute’ behind the walls where contraband loose tea was stored away from prying eyes. Come and discover the history of this fascinating house whilst the children get dressed up as smugglers to complete the rat trails and become a certified smuggler!

    Quote BHF17 for 20% off entry in September

    FISHING & SOCIAL HERITAGE EXHIBITION

    11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    Eyemouth Museum
    1-2 Manse Rd, Eyemouth TD14 5JE, UK

    Eyemouth Museum documents the fishing and social heritage of Eyemouth, brought to life in its exhibits and through stories from local people. The Local/ Family History Unit will also have a Research Assistant available by appointment during those hours. The Museum will be open Sunday 3 September for the Friends of Eyemouth Fort’s re-enactment in Kirk Square.

    £3.50 adult, £3 concessions, children free

    CONTEMPORARY SELKIRK PHOTOGRAPHY

    11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    Halliwell’s House Museum
    Halliwell's House, Selkirk TD7, UK

    Photography exhibition by Selkirk Camera Club Recent photographs of the town, and surrounding countryside, by club members demonstrating their observation skills and highlighting the more unusual aspects of their home town.

    FREE

    KELSO WRITERS’ WORKSHOP MEMBERS’ STORIES

    2:30 PM-4:30 PM
    26th September 2017
    Abbey Row Community Centre
    Abbey Row, Kelso TD5, UK

    Members of Kelso Writers’ Workshop will be reading some of their short stories Open event. The group’s first anthology will be available for purchase.

    14.30–16.30, Room 2, Abbey Row Community Centre, Abbey Row, Kelso TD5 7BJ

    Entry By donation. Refreshments available

    kelsowritersworkshop.blogspot.co.uk

    Peniel Heugh Heritage Walk

    3:00 PM-6:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre
    Monteviot, Ancrum, Jedburgh TD8 6UQ, UK

    10.00 (approx 5 hours) Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, Ancrum, Jedburgh TD8 6UQ
    Entry Free

    The ADHS Peniel Heugh Heritage Walk is 7.7miles/12.4km and will start and finish at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre. Start at 10.00 and lasts for approximately 5 hours. Participants should bring a packed lunch and have suitable clothing and footwear. There will be a talk by on the Battle of Ancrum Moor.

    www.adhs.co.uk

    Pentland Writers - John Buchan Talk

    3:00 PM-6:00 PM
    26th September 2017
    John Buchan Story Museum
    48-50 High St, Peebles EH45, UK

    20.00, John Buchan Story Museum, Chambers Institution, Chambers Terrace,
    Peebles EH45 8AJ
    Entry Free

    John Buchan loved the rolling hills of the Borders and the bonny flowing waters of the Tweed. Come and hear six members of Pentland Writers Group entertain you with their varied stories, observations and poetry inspired by a selection from the many artefacts contained within the John Buchan Story Museum. An evening of facts, fun and flights of wild imagination. You will hear both serious and humorous pieces (each scheduled to be under five minutes duration) on Feathers, Fishing, Walking, the Border Landscape, the Buchan family, and more, taking you from Warthogs and South Africa to Head-dresses and Canada. An Ostrich may also give you an insight into ‘the meaning of life’!

    www.westlinton.org.uk/writers

  • 27
    27.September.Wednesday

    RANGER TOURS OF ETTRICK FOREST WOODLAND

    12:00 AM
    27th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Bowhill Country Estate
    Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK

    Rangers Land Rover tour of the ancient Ettrick Forest Woodland, Newark Castle.

    Accompany one of our Rangers on a tour of the ancient Ettrick Forest Woodland to appreciate the surroundings of the beautiful Bowhill Estate, before descending to Newark Castle, the ancient Douglas stronghold.

    By arrangement

    £30 adult (£20 child) Note: minimum charge £60

    GREAT POLISH MAP OF SCOTLAND

    12:00 AM
    27th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Mercure Barony Castle Hotel
    Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QW, UK

    This hugely impressive Great Polish Map of Scotland was built by Polish students from Krakow in the 1970s, in order to commemorate Poland’s wartime contribution to the defence of Scotland. The Map is the largest outdoor map of its type in the world, approximately 50m across. The outline is an accurate representation of Scotland. It fell into serious disrepair in the 1980s but a charity (Mapa Scotland) was formed in 2012 in order to restore it. This restoration is almost complete. A viewing platform and a safety fence have also been constructed.Most of this work has been completed by charity volunteers with help from local organisations, with contractors brought in for specialist tasks. Mapa members are at the Map most Wednesday and Sundays between 10.30 and 15.00. The Map is always open to the public. Visitors are welcome to view the restoration work.

    FREE

    SMAILHOLM TOWER

    9:30 AM-5:30 PM
    27th September 2017
    Smailholm Tower
    Farmhouse, Smailholm, Kelso TD5 7PG, UK

    Explore the famous borders tower with an audio guide that depicts life in the Borders and take a look at the views from the rooftop.

    £5 adult, £3 child, £4 concession, Free for Historic Scotland Members

    MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS VISITOR CENTRE

    9:30 AM-4:30 PM
    27th September 2017
    Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre
    Queen St, Jedburgh TD8 6DN, UK

    Discover the story of Scotland’s tragic queen, through paintings, textiles & objects Mary’s month in Jedburgh in 1566 was a turning point in her life. Discover the story of Scotland’s tragic queen, through paintings, textiles and objects associated with her, in the 16th century tower house where, according to tradition, she lodged during her time here. Audio tour, foreign language guides, gifts, books and souvenirs. Audio-visual display on ground floor for wheelchair users. Tour groups welcome.

    FREE

    PICTURING THE PAST EXHIBITION

    9:30 AM-4:45 PM
    27th September 2017
    Heritage Hub
    9 Kirkstile, Hawick TD9, UK

    Picturing the Past photography exhibition at the Heritage Hub Judged by Phil Wilkinson (local photographer) and Dr Chris Bowles, Scottish Borders Council Archaeologist. Exhibition will run in the Heritage Hub from Thursday 7 September throughout the festival.

    FREE

    HERMITAGE CASTLE

    9:30 AM-5:30 PM
    27th September 2017
    Hermitage Castle
    Hawick TD9 0LU, UK

    Discover a history filled with intrigue, murder, torture & treason Soak up the eerie, powerful atmosphere of an imposing stronghold with a notorious reputation. Look for the garrison’s cesspit, seek shelter under the great arch and take part in the quiz for kids.

    £5 adult, £3 child, £4 concession, Free for Historic Scotland members

    THE COLOUR OF ART EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    27th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    An exciting artistic and scientific voyage of discovery, from sparkling minerals to crushed insects, learn about the surprising materials used to create pigments and the incredible journeys made by artists in their pursuit of new hues. Explore the journey of colour from lapis lazuli to cobalt blue, ancient vermilion to bright cadmium red, through yellow, orange, purple and verdigris to deep green viridian and finally, gold and silver.

    FREE

    STORIES IN STONE

    10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    27th September 2017
    St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre
    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    Local history & heritage exhibition Uncover the stories behind the key buildings of Innerleithen and environs in the year when the Parish Church celebrates its 150th and the local school its 60th year.

    FREE

    DRAWING LINES EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    27th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    Drawing Lines: a railway archive Riccarton Junction has been a long-term family interest for artist Clare Money, who investigates ways of archiving forgotten places. This personal collection of artwork, photographs and engineering drawings aims to explore different methods of recording and reflecting Riccarton’s past.

    FREE

    Note closed 12:00-13:00

    TREASURES FOUND EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    27th September 2017
    Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum
    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    Discover treasure trove objects found in the Jedburgh area. Fascinating pieces from the Medieval period and earlier. There is also a display of interesting material unearthed by a local metal detectorist, including items from more recent times.

    FREE

    OVER & UNDER – KNITWEAR EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    27th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    Hawick’s world-famous knitwear developed from high quality underwear into luxurious outerwear in the early 1900s. This exhibition shows the evolution of the product through a selection of garments, documents and objects from Hawick Museum collection.

    FREE

    Note closed 12:00-13:00

    LIGHT YEARS

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    27th September 2017
    Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum
    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    Light Years: A participative site-specific installation by Sue Scowcroft & James Wyness Light Years explores the deep history of Jedburgh Castle Jail, in particular the human and social heritage of Jedburgh. Visitors are invited to follow a star chart, superimposed on the ground plan of the castle, which maps out twelve locations around the Castle Jail and grounds. At these locations the visitor will find short poetic stories, intimate sharings left behind by people from the past, men and women, young and old, who may have passed through the site. The installation honours the work of the 18th and 19th Century ‘Borders Enlightenment’ scientists who were born or based in Jedburgh.

    FREE

    HAWICK MUSEUM – EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    27th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    Discover a town’s treasures in a historic house set in beautiful parkland. Famous painters, motorcycle racing legends, nature displays, passionate collectors and local history. There’s always something new to see. The Jimmie Guthrie and Steve Hislop Rooms showcase the lives and achievements of Hawick’s two tragic motorcycle champions. Also – The Old Schoolroom, archaeology displays and Gift Shop. Entrance Hall 100 Years Piping – Hawick Scouts Pipe Band Centenary Exhibition Photographs, historic bagpipes, drums, uniforms and memorabilia tell the story of the pipe band, founded in the First World War, that has seen so many Hawick youths pass through its ranks over the last century – and is still going strong today. Wheelchair access to the Ground Floor and the Scott Gallery.

     Free. Open Mon–Fri 10:00–12:00 & 13:00–17:00
    Sat & Sun 14.00–17.00

    ANOTHER FIELD EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    27th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    Art exhibition & printmaking workshop by Morag Eaton A unique visual exploration of the local farming community by a Berwick-based printmaker inspired by the farmers’ response to changing market conditions in these uncertain economic times. Of particular interest to her are those farmers who have adopted creative business opportunities. Work is available to purchase.
    A free printmaking workshop with Morag Eaton will accompany this exhibition on Sat 2 September 13.00–15.00 at Old Gala House.

    Free. Booking essential

    100 YEARS PIPING EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    27th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    100 Years Piping – Hawick Scouts Pipe Band centenary exhibition Photographs, historic bagpipes, drums, uniforms and memorabilia tell the story of the pipe band, founded in the First World War, that has seen so many Hawick youths pass through its ranks over the last century – and is still going strong today.

    FREE

    Note closed 12:00-13:00

    PAX EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    27th September 2017
    Borders Textile Towerhouse
    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    PAX exhibition by Isobel Hall Exciting wall art – handmade books, bags and vessels. Hall is an internationally renowned mixed media and stitch textile artist who exhibits, teaches and travels worldwide. She specialises in making unique, innovative fabrics from scratch, building up layers of stitch combined with mixed media. Her current work focuses on her desire for peace. Pax, people smuggler is one such item. There is a workshop to accompany the exhibition.

    FREE

    ABOUT FACE EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    27th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    Art exhibition by Alex Hain, Derek Jones & Angela Hunter Portraiture, one of the oldest art forms, is the artistic representation of a person’s face; the intent of the artist to record likeness, personality and mood of the sitter. Alex Hain, Derek Jones & Angela Hunter will demonstrate their skills as portraitists through painting, drawing and sculpture. Work is available to purchase. This exhibition also showcases a selection of portraits from the Scottish Borders Permanent Collection of Fine Art including Peter Howson, John Bellany and William Johnstone.

    FREE

    GHOST COUNTRY EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    27th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    Lynda Marwood’s ‘Ghost Country’ describes a series of drawings and paintings conceptualised around the notion of passing through and remembering. The process of drawing and painting evokes a feeling of transience and impermanence whilst also recording echoes of time and place. Work is available to purchase.

    FREE

    ST RONAN’S WELLS VISITORS CENTRE

    10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    27th September 2017
    St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre
    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    The story of Innerleithen’s rich heritage & connections with the great Scottish writers Housed in an historic former spa, St Ronan’s Wells Visitor centre tells the story of Innerleithen’s rich heritage and connections with the great Scottish writers, Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg. There is also spring water available to sample on site.

    FREE

    HISTORY OF PEEBLESHIRE

    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    27th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Local History & Heritage Exhibition  Discover this most diverse and fascinating county of Scotland through objects, maps and photographs from pre-history to the present day.

    FREE

    Note- closed between 12:30-13:00

    ROMAN EXHIBITION

    10:30 AM-4:30 PM
    27th September 2017
    Trimontium Museum
    6 Market Square, Melrose TD6 9PN, UK

    Exhibition tells the story of a roman frontier post & its people Iconic NMS loans for 2017 season – the Milsington Leg, more than life-size limb torn from bronze statue (at York) and found near Hawick in 19th century. The collection includes examples of female footwear including a child’s, from Trimontium and The Synton Hoard, 228 silver denarii, from Domitian 81AD to Marcus Aurelius 181AD, valued at £10,000 owned by the Trust and SBC, found near Ashkirk.

    £2 adult, £1 pupil/student, £5 family (usually 2 adults, 2/3 children)

    LIVES IN A LANDSCAPE EXHIBITION

    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    27th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Archaeology, heritage & environment exhibition Many objects now held in Tweeddale Museum’s collections originated in very distinctive landscapes. This exhibition and activities programme, part funded by Museums Galleries Scotland, seeks to present those objects in their true context and to illustrate the lives of the people, who made, used and sometimes hid them, discovered or donated them.

    FREE

    Note- closed between 12:30-13:00

    OUT OF THE WOODS EXHIBITION

    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    27th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Exhibition of art, turned wood, sculpture, paper, pyrography & ceramics Featuring work by Tessa Asquith-Lamb, Catriona Andrews, Stuart Dalgleish, Helen Kemp, Eben Rautenbach, Kenneth McQueenie and Rob Sutherland. A mixed media show celebrating the beauty of trees. From hand turned wooden bowls, prints, paintings and wildlife scenes burnt onto reclaimed wood to abstract sculptures made from driftwood and ceramic interpretations of trees – an enduring subject matter for artists highlighting the need to protect our natural environment for future generations. Work is available to purchase.

    FREE

    Note- closed between 12:30-13:00

    A JACOBITE STORY

    11:00 AM-5:00 PM
    27th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Traquair House
    Traquair House, Innerleithen EH44 6PW, UK

    Living history at Traquair A second chance to see this exhibition first shown in 2015 which brings together rarely displayed documents from the archives and examines the Traquair connection with the Jacobite cause. The Stuarts of Traquair were devout Catholics and remained loyal to the Stuart monarchy without counting the cost. Imprisoned, fined and isolated for their beliefs Traquair became the Jacobites’ most southerly Scottish stronghold.

    £8.80 adult, £4.50 child, £7.80 senior citizen

    GUNSGREEN HOUSE EXHIBITION

    11:00 AM-5:00 PM
    27th September 2017
    Gunsgreen House Trust
    Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth TD14 5SD, UK

    By day, John Nisbet was an Eyemouth merchant; by night he was a notorious smuggler! Designed by John Adam, Gunsgreen House was specially adapted for Nisbet’s ‘special requirements’ including large cellars direct to the sea and a secret ‘tea chute’ behind the walls where contraband loose tea was stored away from prying eyes. Come and discover the history of this fascinating house whilst the children get dressed up as smugglers to complete the rat trails and become a certified smuggler!

    Quote BHF17 for 20% off entry in September

    FISHING & SOCIAL HERITAGE EXHIBITION

    11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    27th September 2017
    Eyemouth Museum
    1-2 Manse Rd, Eyemouth TD14 5JE, UK

    Eyemouth Museum documents the fishing and social heritage of Eyemouth, brought to life in its exhibits and through stories from local people. The Local/ Family History Unit will also have a Research Assistant available by appointment during those hours. The Museum will be open Sunday 3 September for the Friends of Eyemouth Fort’s re-enactment in Kirk Square.

    £3.50 adult, £3 concessions, children free

    CONTEMPORARY SELKIRK PHOTOGRAPHY

    11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    27th September 2017
    Halliwell’s House Museum
    Halliwell's House, Selkirk TD7, UK

    Photography exhibition by Selkirk Camera Club Recent photographs of the town, and surrounding countryside, by club members demonstrating their observation skills and highlighting the more unusual aspects of their home town.

    FREE

    LECTURE BY ISABEL GORDON ABOUT ROBERT FORTUNE

    7:30 PM-10:30 PM
    27th September 2017
    Mason Hall
    25-27 Newtown St, Duns TD11 3AS, UK

    Lecture about Robert Fortune of Kelloe, Edrom: Plant Hunter, Adventurer, Spy Isabel Gordon uncovers the story of Robert Fortune, a little-known Berwickshire figure credited with taking tea to India and discovering the kumquat. Hear tales of pioneering botany, daring exploration in nineteenth century China, and the tribulations of Britain’s favourite drink.

    19.30, Mason Hall, 43 Newtown Street, Duns TD11 3AS
    Entry Free

    www.dunsehistorysociety.co.uk

  • 28
    28.September.Thursday

    RANGER TOURS OF ETTRICK FOREST WOODLAND

    12:00 AM
    28th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Bowhill Country Estate
    Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK

    Rangers Land Rover tour of the ancient Ettrick Forest Woodland, Newark Castle.

    Accompany one of our Rangers on a tour of the ancient Ettrick Forest Woodland to appreciate the surroundings of the beautiful Bowhill Estate, before descending to Newark Castle, the ancient Douglas stronghold.

    By arrangement

    £30 adult (£20 child) Note: minimum charge £60

    GREAT POLISH MAP OF SCOTLAND

    12:00 AM
    28th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Mercure Barony Castle Hotel
    Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QW, UK

    This hugely impressive Great Polish Map of Scotland was built by Polish students from Krakow in the 1970s, in order to commemorate Poland’s wartime contribution to the defence of Scotland. The Map is the largest outdoor map of its type in the world, approximately 50m across. The outline is an accurate representation of Scotland. It fell into serious disrepair in the 1980s but a charity (Mapa Scotland) was formed in 2012 in order to restore it. This restoration is almost complete. A viewing platform and a safety fence have also been constructed.Most of this work has been completed by charity volunteers with help from local organisations, with contractors brought in for specialist tasks. Mapa members are at the Map most Wednesday and Sundays between 10.30 and 15.00. The Map is always open to the public. Visitors are welcome to view the restoration work.

    FREE

    SMAILHOLM TOWER

    9:30 AM-5:30 PM
    28th September 2017
    Smailholm Tower
    Farmhouse, Smailholm, Kelso TD5 7PG, UK

    Explore the famous borders tower with an audio guide that depicts life in the Borders and take a look at the views from the rooftop.

    £5 adult, £3 child, £4 concession, Free for Historic Scotland Members

    MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS VISITOR CENTRE

    9:30 AM-4:30 PM
    28th September 2017
    Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre
    Queen St, Jedburgh TD8 6DN, UK

    Discover the story of Scotland’s tragic queen, through paintings, textiles & objects Mary’s month in Jedburgh in 1566 was a turning point in her life. Discover the story of Scotland’s tragic queen, through paintings, textiles and objects associated with her, in the 16th century tower house where, according to tradition, she lodged during her time here. Audio tour, foreign language guides, gifts, books and souvenirs. Audio-visual display on ground floor for wheelchair users. Tour groups welcome.

    FREE

    PICTURING THE PAST EXHIBITION

    9:30 AM-4:45 PM
    28th September 2017
    Heritage Hub
    9 Kirkstile, Hawick TD9, UK

    Picturing the Past photography exhibition at the Heritage Hub Judged by Phil Wilkinson (local photographer) and Dr Chris Bowles, Scottish Borders Council Archaeologist. Exhibition will run in the Heritage Hub from Thursday 7 September throughout the festival.

    FREE

    HERMITAGE CASTLE

    9:30 AM-5:30 PM
    28th September 2017
    Hermitage Castle
    Hawick TD9 0LU, UK

    Discover a history filled with intrigue, murder, torture & treason Soak up the eerie, powerful atmosphere of an imposing stronghold with a notorious reputation. Look for the garrison’s cesspit, seek shelter under the great arch and take part in the quiz for kids.

    £5 adult, £3 child, £4 concession, Free for Historic Scotland members

    100 YEARS OF SCOTTISH WOMEN’S RURAL INSTITUTE IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    28th September 2017
    Borders Family History Society
    Irving House, 52 Overhaugh St, Galashiels TD1 1DP, UK

    Exhibition to celebrate 100 years of the Women’s Rural Institute in the Scottish Borders with photographs and words.

    Free. Donations welcome

    ANOTHER FIELD EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    28th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    Art exhibition & printmaking workshop by Morag Eaton A unique visual exploration of the local farming community by a Berwick-based printmaker inspired by the farmers’ response to changing market conditions in these uncertain economic times. Of particular interest to her are those farmers who have adopted creative business opportunities. Work is available to purchase.
    A free printmaking workshop with Morag Eaton will accompany this exhibition on Sat 2 September 13.00–15.00 at Old Gala House.

    Free. Booking essential

    HAWICK MUSEUM – EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    28th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    Discover a town’s treasures in a historic house set in beautiful parkland. Famous painters, motorcycle racing legends, nature displays, passionate collectors and local history. There’s always something new to see. The Jimmie Guthrie and Steve Hislop Rooms showcase the lives and achievements of Hawick’s two tragic motorcycle champions. Also – The Old Schoolroom, archaeology displays and Gift Shop. Entrance Hall 100 Years Piping – Hawick Scouts Pipe Band Centenary Exhibition Photographs, historic bagpipes, drums, uniforms and memorabilia tell the story of the pipe band, founded in the First World War, that has seen so many Hawick youths pass through its ranks over the last century – and is still going strong today. Wheelchair access to the Ground Floor and the Scott Gallery.

     Free. Open Mon–Fri 10:00–12:00 & 13:00–17:00
    Sat & Sun 14.00–17.00

    THE COLOUR OF ART EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    28th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    An exciting artistic and scientific voyage of discovery, from sparkling minerals to crushed insects, learn about the surprising materials used to create pigments and the incredible journeys made by artists in their pursuit of new hues. Explore the journey of colour from lapis lazuli to cobalt blue, ancient vermilion to bright cadmium red, through yellow, orange, purple and verdigris to deep green viridian and finally, gold and silver.

    FREE

    TREASURES FOUND EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    28th September 2017
    Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum
    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    Discover treasure trove objects found in the Jedburgh area. Fascinating pieces from the Medieval period and earlier. There is also a display of interesting material unearthed by a local metal detectorist, including items from more recent times.

    FREE

    100 YEARS PIPING EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    28th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    100 Years Piping – Hawick Scouts Pipe Band centenary exhibition Photographs, historic bagpipes, drums, uniforms and memorabilia tell the story of the pipe band, founded in the First World War, that has seen so many Hawick youths pass through its ranks over the last century – and is still going strong today.

    FREE

    Note closed 12:00-13:00

    ST RONAN’S WELLS VISITORS CENTRE

    10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    28th September 2017
    St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre
    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    The story of Innerleithen’s rich heritage & connections with the great Scottish writers Housed in an historic former spa, St Ronan’s Wells Visitor centre tells the story of Innerleithen’s rich heritage and connections with the great Scottish writers, Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg. There is also spring water available to sample on site.

    FREE

    STORIES IN STONE

    10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    28th September 2017
    St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre
    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    Local history & heritage exhibition Uncover the stories behind the key buildings of Innerleithen and environs in the year when the Parish Church celebrates its 150th and the local school its 60th year.

    FREE

    OVER & UNDER – KNITWEAR EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    28th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    Hawick’s world-famous knitwear developed from high quality underwear into luxurious outerwear in the early 1900s. This exhibition shows the evolution of the product through a selection of garments, documents and objects from Hawick Museum collection.

    FREE

    Note closed 12:00-13:00

    GHOST COUNTRY EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    28th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    Lynda Marwood’s ‘Ghost Country’ describes a series of drawings and paintings conceptualised around the notion of passing through and remembering. The process of drawing and painting evokes a feeling of transience and impermanence whilst also recording echoes of time and place. Work is available to purchase.

    FREE

    LIGHT YEARS

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    28th September 2017
    Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum
    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    Light Years: A participative site-specific installation by Sue Scowcroft & James Wyness Light Years explores the deep history of Jedburgh Castle Jail, in particular the human and social heritage of Jedburgh. Visitors are invited to follow a star chart, superimposed on the ground plan of the castle, which maps out twelve locations around the Castle Jail and grounds. At these locations the visitor will find short poetic stories, intimate sharings left behind by people from the past, men and women, young and old, who may have passed through the site. The installation honours the work of the 18th and 19th Century ‘Borders Enlightenment’ scientists who were born or based in Jedburgh.

    FREE

    PAX EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    28th September 2017
    Borders Textile Towerhouse
    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    PAX exhibition by Isobel Hall Exciting wall art – handmade books, bags and vessels. Hall is an internationally renowned mixed media and stitch textile artist who exhibits, teaches and travels worldwide. She specialises in making unique, innovative fabrics from scratch, building up layers of stitch combined with mixed media. Her current work focuses on her desire for peace. Pax, people smuggler is one such item. There is a workshop to accompany the exhibition.

    FREE

    ABOUT FACE EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    28th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    Art exhibition by Alex Hain, Derek Jones & Angela Hunter Portraiture, one of the oldest art forms, is the artistic representation of a person’s face; the intent of the artist to record likeness, personality and mood of the sitter. Alex Hain, Derek Jones & Angela Hunter will demonstrate their skills as portraitists through painting, drawing and sculpture. Work is available to purchase. This exhibition also showcases a selection of portraits from the Scottish Borders Permanent Collection of Fine Art including Peter Howson, John Bellany and William Johnstone.

    FREE

    ROMAN EXHIBITION

    10:30 AM-4:30 PM
    28th September 2017
    Trimontium Museum
    6 Market Square, Melrose TD6 9PN, UK

    Exhibition tells the story of a roman frontier post & its people Iconic NMS loans for 2017 season – the Milsington Leg, more than life-size limb torn from bronze statue (at York) and found near Hawick in 19th century. The collection includes examples of female footwear including a child’s, from Trimontium and The Synton Hoard, 228 silver denarii, from Domitian 81AD to Marcus Aurelius 181AD, valued at £10,000 owned by the Trust and SBC, found near Ashkirk.

    £2 adult, £1 pupil/student, £5 family (usually 2 adults, 2/3 children)

    LIVES IN A LANDSCAPE EXHIBITION

    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    28th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Archaeology, heritage & environment exhibition Many objects now held in Tweeddale Museum’s collections originated in very distinctive landscapes. This exhibition and activities programme, part funded by Museums Galleries Scotland, seeks to present those objects in their true context and to illustrate the lives of the people, who made, used and sometimes hid them, discovered or donated them.

    FREE

    Note- closed between 12:30-13:00

    OUT OF THE WOODS EXHIBITION

    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    28th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Exhibition of art, turned wood, sculpture, paper, pyrography & ceramics Featuring work by Tessa Asquith-Lamb, Catriona Andrews, Stuart Dalgleish, Helen Kemp, Eben Rautenbach, Kenneth McQueenie and Rob Sutherland. A mixed media show celebrating the beauty of trees. From hand turned wooden bowls, prints, paintings and wildlife scenes burnt onto reclaimed wood to abstract sculptures made from driftwood and ceramic interpretations of trees – an enduring subject matter for artists highlighting the need to protect our natural environment for future generations. Work is available to purchase.

    FREE

    Note- closed between 12:30-13:00

    HISTORY OF PEEBLESHIRE

    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    28th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Local History & Heritage Exhibition  Discover this most diverse and fascinating county of Scotland through objects, maps and photographs from pre-history to the present day.

    FREE

    Note- closed between 12:30-13:00

    A JACOBITE STORY

    11:00 AM-5:00 PM
    28th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Traquair House
    Traquair House, Innerleithen EH44 6PW, UK

    Living history at Traquair A second chance to see this exhibition first shown in 2015 which brings together rarely displayed documents from the archives and examines the Traquair connection with the Jacobite cause. The Stuarts of Traquair were devout Catholics and remained loyal to the Stuart monarchy without counting the cost. Imprisoned, fined and isolated for their beliefs Traquair became the Jacobites’ most southerly Scottish stronghold.

    £8.80 adult, £4.50 child, £7.80 senior citizen

    GUNSGREEN HOUSE EXHIBITION

    11:00 AM-5:00 PM
    28th September 2017
    Gunsgreen House Trust
    Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth TD14 5SD, UK

    By day, John Nisbet was an Eyemouth merchant; by night he was a notorious smuggler! Designed by John Adam, Gunsgreen House was specially adapted for Nisbet’s ‘special requirements’ including large cellars direct to the sea and a secret ‘tea chute’ behind the walls where contraband loose tea was stored away from prying eyes. Come and discover the history of this fascinating house whilst the children get dressed up as smugglers to complete the rat trails and become a certified smuggler!

    Quote BHF17 for 20% off entry in September

    FISHING & SOCIAL HERITAGE EXHIBITION

    11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    28th September 2017
    Eyemouth Museum
    1-2 Manse Rd, Eyemouth TD14 5JE, UK

    Eyemouth Museum documents the fishing and social heritage of Eyemouth, brought to life in its exhibits and through stories from local people. The Local/ Family History Unit will also have a Research Assistant available by appointment during those hours. The Museum will be open Sunday 3 September for the Friends of Eyemouth Fort’s re-enactment in Kirk Square.

    £3.50 adult, £3 concessions, children free

    CONTEMPORARY SELKIRK PHOTOGRAPHY

    11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    28th September 2017
    Halliwell’s House Museum
    Halliwell's House, Selkirk TD7, UK

    Photography exhibition by Selkirk Camera Club Recent photographs of the town, and surrounding countryside, by club members demonstrating their observation skills and highlighting the more unusual aspects of their home town.

    FREE

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    29.September.Friday

    RANGER TOURS OF ETTRICK FOREST WOODLAND

    12:00 AM
    29th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Bowhill Country Estate
    Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK

    Rangers Land Rover tour of the ancient Ettrick Forest Woodland, Newark Castle.

    Accompany one of our Rangers on a tour of the ancient Ettrick Forest Woodland to appreciate the surroundings of the beautiful Bowhill Estate, before descending to Newark Castle, the ancient Douglas stronghold.

    By arrangement

    £30 adult (£20 child) Note: minimum charge £60

    GREAT POLISH MAP OF SCOTLAND

    12:00 AM
    29th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Mercure Barony Castle Hotel
    Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QW, UK

    This hugely impressive Great Polish Map of Scotland was built by Polish students from Krakow in the 1970s, in order to commemorate Poland’s wartime contribution to the defence of Scotland. The Map is the largest outdoor map of its type in the world, approximately 50m across. The outline is an accurate representation of Scotland. It fell into serious disrepair in the 1980s but a charity (Mapa Scotland) was formed in 2012 in order to restore it. This restoration is almost complete. A viewing platform and a safety fence have also been constructed.Most of this work has been completed by charity volunteers with help from local organisations, with contractors brought in for specialist tasks. Mapa members are at the Map most Wednesday and Sundays between 10.30 and 15.00. The Map is always open to the public. Visitors are welcome to view the restoration work.

    FREE

    MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS VISITOR CENTRE

    9:30 AM-4:30 PM
    29th September 2017
    Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre
    Queen St, Jedburgh TD8 6DN, UK

    Discover the story of Scotland’s tragic queen, through paintings, textiles & objects Mary’s month in Jedburgh in 1566 was a turning point in her life. Discover the story of Scotland’s tragic queen, through paintings, textiles and objects associated with her, in the 16th century tower house where, according to tradition, she lodged during her time here. Audio tour, foreign language guides, gifts, books and souvenirs. Audio-visual display on ground floor for wheelchair users. Tour groups welcome.

    FREE

    SMAILHOLM TOWER

    9:30 AM-5:30 PM
    29th September 2017
    Smailholm Tower
    Farmhouse, Smailholm, Kelso TD5 7PG, UK

    Explore the famous borders tower with an audio guide that depicts life in the Borders and take a look at the views from the rooftop.

    £5 adult, £3 child, £4 concession, Free for Historic Scotland Members

    PICTURING THE PAST EXHIBITION

    9:30 AM-4:45 PM
    29th September 2017
    Heritage Hub
    9 Kirkstile, Hawick TD9, UK

    Picturing the Past photography exhibition at the Heritage Hub Judged by Phil Wilkinson (local photographer) and Dr Chris Bowles, Scottish Borders Council Archaeologist. Exhibition will run in the Heritage Hub from Thursday 7 September throughout the festival.

    FREE

    HERMITAGE CASTLE

    9:30 AM-5:30 PM
    29th September 2017
    Hermitage Castle
    Hawick TD9 0LU, UK

    Discover a history filled with intrigue, murder, torture & treason Soak up the eerie, powerful atmosphere of an imposing stronghold with a notorious reputation. Look for the garrison’s cesspit, seek shelter under the great arch and take part in the quiz for kids.

    £5 adult, £3 child, £4 concession, Free for Historic Scotland members

    THE COLOUR OF ART EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    An exciting artistic and scientific voyage of discovery, from sparkling minerals to crushed insects, learn about the surprising materials used to create pigments and the incredible journeys made by artists in their pursuit of new hues. Explore the journey of colour from lapis lazuli to cobalt blue, ancient vermilion to bright cadmium red, through yellow, orange, purple and verdigris to deep green viridian and finally, gold and silver.

    FREE

    PAX EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    29th September 2017
    Borders Textile Towerhouse
    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    PAX exhibition by Isobel Hall Exciting wall art – handmade books, bags and vessels. Hall is an internationally renowned mixed media and stitch textile artist who exhibits, teaches and travels worldwide. She specialises in making unique, innovative fabrics from scratch, building up layers of stitch combined with mixed media. Her current work focuses on her desire for peace. Pax, people smuggler is one such item. There is a workshop to accompany the exhibition.

    FREE

    TREASURES FOUND EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    29th September 2017
    Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum
    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    Discover treasure trove objects found in the Jedburgh area. Fascinating pieces from the Medieval period and earlier. There is also a display of interesting material unearthed by a local metal detectorist, including items from more recent times.

    FREE

    100 YEARS PIPING EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    100 Years Piping – Hawick Scouts Pipe Band centenary exhibition Photographs, historic bagpipes, drums, uniforms and memorabilia tell the story of the pipe band, founded in the First World War, that has seen so many Hawick youths pass through its ranks over the last century – and is still going strong today.

    FREE

    Note closed 12:00-13:00

    ST RONAN’S WELLS VISITORS CENTRE

    10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre
    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    The story of Innerleithen’s rich heritage & connections with the great Scottish writers Housed in an historic former spa, St Ronan’s Wells Visitor centre tells the story of Innerleithen’s rich heritage and connections with the great Scottish writers, Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg. There is also spring water available to sample on site.

    FREE

    STORIES IN STONE

    10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre
    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    Local history & heritage exhibition Uncover the stories behind the key buildings of Innerleithen and environs in the year when the Parish Church celebrates its 150th and the local school its 60th year.

    FREE

    100 YEARS OF SCOTTISH WOMEN’S RURAL INSTITUTE IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    Borders Family History Society
    Irving House, 52 Overhaugh St, Galashiels TD1 1DP, UK

    Exhibition to celebrate 100 years of the Women’s Rural Institute in the Scottish Borders with photographs and words.

    Free. Donations welcome

    ANOTHER FIELD EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    Art exhibition & printmaking workshop by Morag Eaton A unique visual exploration of the local farming community by a Berwick-based printmaker inspired by the farmers’ response to changing market conditions in these uncertain economic times. Of particular interest to her are those farmers who have adopted creative business opportunities. Work is available to purchase.
    A free printmaking workshop with Morag Eaton will accompany this exhibition on Sat 2 September 13.00–15.00 at Old Gala House.

    Free. Booking essential

    OVER & UNDER – KNITWEAR EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    Hawick’s world-famous knitwear developed from high quality underwear into luxurious outerwear in the early 1900s. This exhibition shows the evolution of the product through a selection of garments, documents and objects from Hawick Museum collection.

    FREE

    Note closed 12:00-13:00

    GHOST COUNTRY EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    Lynda Marwood’s ‘Ghost Country’ describes a series of drawings and paintings conceptualised around the notion of passing through and remembering. The process of drawing and painting evokes a feeling of transience and impermanence whilst also recording echoes of time and place. Work is available to purchase.

    FREE

    HAWICK MUSEUM – EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    Discover a town’s treasures in a historic house set in beautiful parkland. Famous painters, motorcycle racing legends, nature displays, passionate collectors and local history. There’s always something new to see. The Jimmie Guthrie and Steve Hislop Rooms showcase the lives and achievements of Hawick’s two tragic motorcycle champions. Also – The Old Schoolroom, archaeology displays and Gift Shop. Entrance Hall 100 Years Piping – Hawick Scouts Pipe Band Centenary Exhibition Photographs, historic bagpipes, drums, uniforms and memorabilia tell the story of the pipe band, founded in the First World War, that has seen so many Hawick youths pass through its ranks over the last century – and is still going strong today. Wheelchair access to the Ground Floor and the Scott Gallery.

     Free. Open Mon–Fri 10:00–12:00 & 13:00–17:00
    Sat & Sun 14.00–17.00

    LIGHT YEARS

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    29th September 2017
    Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum
    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    Light Years: A participative site-specific installation by Sue Scowcroft & James Wyness Light Years explores the deep history of Jedburgh Castle Jail, in particular the human and social heritage of Jedburgh. Visitors are invited to follow a star chart, superimposed on the ground plan of the castle, which maps out twelve locations around the Castle Jail and grounds. At these locations the visitor will find short poetic stories, intimate sharings left behind by people from the past, men and women, young and old, who may have passed through the site. The installation honours the work of the 18th and 19th Century ‘Borders Enlightenment’ scientists who were born or based in Jedburgh.

    FREE

    ABOUT FACE EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    Art exhibition by Alex Hain, Derek Jones & Angela Hunter Portraiture, one of the oldest art forms, is the artistic representation of a person’s face; the intent of the artist to record likeness, personality and mood of the sitter. Alex Hain, Derek Jones & Angela Hunter will demonstrate their skills as portraitists through painting, drawing and sculpture. Work is available to purchase. This exhibition also showcases a selection of portraits from the Scottish Borders Permanent Collection of Fine Art including Peter Howson, John Bellany and William Johnstone.

    FREE

    HISTORY OF PEEBLESHIRE

    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Local History & Heritage Exhibition  Discover this most diverse and fascinating county of Scotland through objects, maps and photographs from pre-history to the present day.

    FREE

    Note- closed between 12:30-13:00

    ROMAN EXHIBITION

    10:30 AM-4:30 PM
    29th September 2017
    Trimontium Museum
    6 Market Square, Melrose TD6 9PN, UK

    Exhibition tells the story of a roman frontier post & its people Iconic NMS loans for 2017 season – the Milsington Leg, more than life-size limb torn from bronze statue (at York) and found near Hawick in 19th century. The collection includes examples of female footwear including a child’s, from Trimontium and The Synton Hoard, 228 silver denarii, from Domitian 81AD to Marcus Aurelius 181AD, valued at £10,000 owned by the Trust and SBC, found near Ashkirk.

    £2 adult, £1 pupil/student, £5 family (usually 2 adults, 2/3 children)

    LIVES IN A LANDSCAPE EXHIBITION

    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Archaeology, heritage & environment exhibition Many objects now held in Tweeddale Museum’s collections originated in very distinctive landscapes. This exhibition and activities programme, part funded by Museums Galleries Scotland, seeks to present those objects in their true context and to illustrate the lives of the people, who made, used and sometimes hid them, discovered or donated them.

    FREE

    Note- closed between 12:30-13:00

    OUT OF THE WOODS EXHIBITION

    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Exhibition of art, turned wood, sculpture, paper, pyrography & ceramics Featuring work by Tessa Asquith-Lamb, Catriona Andrews, Stuart Dalgleish, Helen Kemp, Eben Rautenbach, Kenneth McQueenie and Rob Sutherland. A mixed media show celebrating the beauty of trees. From hand turned wooden bowls, prints, paintings and wildlife scenes burnt onto reclaimed wood to abstract sculptures made from driftwood and ceramic interpretations of trees – an enduring subject matter for artists highlighting the need to protect our natural environment for future generations. Work is available to purchase.

    FREE

    Note- closed between 12:30-13:00

    A JACOBITE STORY

    11:00 AM-5:00 PM
    29th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Traquair House
    Traquair House, Innerleithen EH44 6PW, UK

    Living history at Traquair A second chance to see this exhibition first shown in 2015 which brings together rarely displayed documents from the archives and examines the Traquair connection with the Jacobite cause. The Stuarts of Traquair were devout Catholics and remained loyal to the Stuart monarchy without counting the cost. Imprisoned, fined and isolated for their beliefs Traquair became the Jacobites’ most southerly Scottish stronghold.

    £8.80 adult, £4.50 child, £7.80 senior citizen

    FISHING & SOCIAL HERITAGE EXHIBITION

    11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    Eyemouth Museum
    1-2 Manse Rd, Eyemouth TD14 5JE, UK

    Eyemouth Museum documents the fishing and social heritage of Eyemouth, brought to life in its exhibits and through stories from local people. The Local/ Family History Unit will also have a Research Assistant available by appointment during those hours. The Museum will be open Sunday 3 September for the Friends of Eyemouth Fort’s re-enactment in Kirk Square.

    £3.50 adult, £3 concessions, children free

    GUNSGREEN HOUSE EXHIBITION

    11:00 AM-5:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    Gunsgreen House Trust
    Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth TD14 5SD, UK

    By day, John Nisbet was an Eyemouth merchant; by night he was a notorious smuggler! Designed by John Adam, Gunsgreen House was specially adapted for Nisbet’s ‘special requirements’ including large cellars direct to the sea and a secret ‘tea chute’ behind the walls where contraband loose tea was stored away from prying eyes. Come and discover the history of this fascinating house whilst the children get dressed up as smugglers to complete the rat trails and become a certified smuggler!

    Quote BHF17 for 20% off entry in September

    CONTEMPORARY SELKIRK PHOTOGRAPHY

    11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    Halliwell’s House Museum
    Halliwell's House, Selkirk TD7, UK

    Photography exhibition by Selkirk Camera Club Recent photographs of the town, and surrounding countryside, by club members demonstrating their observation skills and highlighting the more unusual aspects of their home town.

    FREE

    ILLUMINATING THE PAST | Melrose Abbey

    6:30 PM-9:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    Melrose Abbey
    1 Abbey St, Melrose TD6 9PX, UK

    ‘Illuminating the Past’ an evening choral performance of Medieval & Early Music with the Scottish Vocal Ensemble at Melrose Abbey by kind permission of HES. Local schools will be invited to create lanterns working with a creative artist, themed around the site, its history and the music and will participate in the event, creating an atmosphere of flickering light at Melrose Abbey.

    £8.50 adults, £5 child under 18 years

    Twilight Tour of Paxton House

    7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    29th September 2017
    Paxton House
    Unnamed Road, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1SZ, UK

    19.00–21.00 (17.30 Pre Tour Supper) Paxton House, Paxton, Berwick-Upon-Tweed TD15 1SZ
    Entry £10 tour ticket. £14 Pre-tour supper

    Back by popular demand following last year’s event, the guides dressed in full costume will take you on a special tour through the house during the twilight hours with special additions such as the Broadwood and Steinway piano being played throughout the tour. Enjoy a delicious pre-tour supper in our Stables Tearoom with a choice of dishes made from local ingredients. The supper ticket consists of two courses and soft drinks.

    www.paxtonhouse.co.uk

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    30.September.Saturday

    RANGER TOURS OF ETTRICK FOREST WOODLAND

    12:00 AM
    30th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Bowhill Country Estate
    Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK

    Rangers Land Rover tour of the ancient Ettrick Forest Woodland, Newark Castle.

    Accompany one of our Rangers on a tour of the ancient Ettrick Forest Woodland to appreciate the surroundings of the beautiful Bowhill Estate, before descending to Newark Castle, the ancient Douglas stronghold.

    By arrangement

    £30 adult (£20 child) Note: minimum charge £60

    GREAT POLISH MAP OF SCOTLAND

    12:00 AM
    30th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Mercure Barony Castle Hotel
    Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QW, UK

    This hugely impressive Great Polish Map of Scotland was built by Polish students from Krakow in the 1970s, in order to commemorate Poland’s wartime contribution to the defence of Scotland. The Map is the largest outdoor map of its type in the world, approximately 50m across. The outline is an accurate representation of Scotland. It fell into serious disrepair in the 1980s but a charity (Mapa Scotland) was formed in 2012 in order to restore it. This restoration is almost complete. A viewing platform and a safety fence have also been constructed.Most of this work has been completed by charity volunteers with help from local organisations, with contractors brought in for specialist tasks. Mapa members are at the Map most Wednesday and Sundays between 10.30 and 15.00. The Map is always open to the public. Visitors are welcome to view the restoration work.

    FREE

    OUT OF THE WOODS EXHIBITION- Saturday times

    9:30 AM-12:30 PM
    30th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Exhibition of art, turned wood, sculpture, paper, pyrography & ceramics Featuring work by Tessa Asquith-Lamb, Catriona Andrews, Stuart Dalgleish, Helen Kemp, Eben Rautenbach, Kenneth McQueenie and Rob Sutherland. A mixed media show celebrating the beauty of trees. From hand turned wooden bowls, prints, paintings and wildlife scenes burnt onto reclaimed wood to abstract sculptures made from driftwood and ceramic interpretations of trees – an enduring subject matter for artists highlighting the need to protect our natural environment for future generations. Work is available to purchase.

    FREE

    HERMITAGE CASTLE

    9:30 AM-5:30 PM
    30th September 2017
    Hermitage Castle
    Hawick TD9 0LU, UK

    Discover a history filled with intrigue, murder, torture & treason Soak up the eerie, powerful atmosphere of an imposing stronghold with a notorious reputation. Look for the garrison’s cesspit, seek shelter under the great arch and take part in the quiz for kids.

    £5 adult, £3 child, £4 concession, Free for Historic Scotland members

    SMAILHOLM TOWER

    9:30 AM-5:30 PM
    30th September 2017
    Smailholm Tower
    Farmhouse, Smailholm, Kelso TD5 7PG, UK

    Explore the famous borders tower with an audio guide that depicts life in the Borders and take a look at the views from the rooftop.

    £5 adult, £3 child, £4 concession, Free for Historic Scotland Members

    MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS VISITOR CENTRE

    9:30 AM-4:30 PM
    30th September 2017
    Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre
    Queen St, Jedburgh TD8 6DN, UK

    Discover the story of Scotland’s tragic queen, through paintings, textiles & objects Mary’s month in Jedburgh in 1566 was a turning point in her life. Discover the story of Scotland’s tragic queen, through paintings, textiles and objects associated with her, in the 16th century tower house where, according to tradition, she lodged during her time here. Audio tour, foreign language guides, gifts, books and souvenirs. Audio-visual display on ground floor for wheelchair users. Tour groups welcome.

    FREE

    HISTORY OF PEEBLESHIRE- Saturday times

    9:30 AM-12:30 PM
    30th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Local History & Heritage Exhibition  Discover this most diverse and fascinating county of Scotland through objects, maps and photographs from pre-history to the present day.

    FREE

    LIVES IN A LANDSCAPE EXHIBITION- Saturday times

    9:30 AM-12:30 PM
    30th September 2017
    Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Local History & Heritage Exhibition  Discover this most diverse and fascinating county of Scotland through objects, maps and photographs from pre-history to the present day.

    FREE

    HAWICK MUSEUM – EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    Discover a town’s treasures in a historic house set in beautiful parkland. Famous painters, motorcycle racing legends, nature displays, passionate collectors and local history. There’s always something new to see. The Jimmie Guthrie and Steve Hislop Rooms showcase the lives and achievements of Hawick’s two tragic motorcycle champions. Also – The Old Schoolroom, archaeology displays and Gift Shop. Entrance Hall 100 Years Piping – Hawick Scouts Pipe Band Centenary Exhibition Photographs, historic bagpipes, drums, uniforms and memorabilia tell the story of the pipe band, founded in the First World War, that has seen so many Hawick youths pass through its ranks over the last century – and is still going strong today. Wheelchair access to the Ground Floor and the Scott Gallery.

     Free. Open Mon–Fri 10:00–12:00 & 13:00–17:00
    Sat & Sun 14.00–17.00

    ANOTHER FIELD EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    Art exhibition & printmaking workshop by Morag Eaton A unique visual exploration of the local farming community by a Berwick-based printmaker inspired by the farmers’ response to changing market conditions in these uncertain economic times. Of particular interest to her are those farmers who have adopted creative business opportunities. Work is available to purchase.
    A free printmaking workshop with Morag Eaton will accompany this exhibition on Sat 2 September 13.00–15.00 at Old Gala House.

    Free. Booking essential

    LIGHT YEARS

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    30th September 2017
    Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum
    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    Light Years: A participative site-specific installation by Sue Scowcroft & James Wyness Light Years explores the deep history of Jedburgh Castle Jail, in particular the human and social heritage of Jedburgh. Visitors are invited to follow a star chart, superimposed on the ground plan of the castle, which maps out twelve locations around the Castle Jail and grounds. At these locations the visitor will find short poetic stories, intimate sharings left behind by people from the past, men and women, young and old, who may have passed through the site. The installation honours the work of the 18th and 19th Century ‘Borders Enlightenment’ scientists who were born or based in Jedburgh.

    FREE

    PAX EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    30th September 2017
    Borders Textile Towerhouse
    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    PAX exhibition by Isobel Hall Exciting wall art – handmade books, bags and vessels. Hall is an internationally renowned mixed media and stitch textile artist who exhibits, teaches and travels worldwide. She specialises in making unique, innovative fabrics from scratch, building up layers of stitch combined with mixed media. Her current work focuses on her desire for peace. Pax, people smuggler is one such item. There is a workshop to accompany the exhibition.

    FREE

    THE COLOUR OF ART EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    An exciting artistic and scientific voyage of discovery, from sparkling minerals to crushed insects, learn about the surprising materials used to create pigments and the incredible journeys made by artists in their pursuit of new hues. Explore the journey of colour from lapis lazuli to cobalt blue, ancient vermilion to bright cadmium red, through yellow, orange, purple and verdigris to deep green viridian and finally, gold and silver.

    FREE

    ABOUT FACE EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    Art exhibition by Alex Hain, Derek Jones & Angela Hunter Portraiture, one of the oldest art forms, is the artistic representation of a person’s face; the intent of the artist to record likeness, personality and mood of the sitter. Alex Hain, Derek Jones & Angela Hunter will demonstrate their skills as portraitists through painting, drawing and sculpture. Work is available to purchase. This exhibition also showcases a selection of portraits from the Scottish Borders Permanent Collection of Fine Art including Peter Howson, John Bellany and William Johnstone.

    FREE

    GHOST COUNTRY EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    Old Gala House
    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    Lynda Marwood’s ‘Ghost Country’ describes a series of drawings and paintings conceptualised around the notion of passing through and remembering. The process of drawing and painting evokes a feeling of transience and impermanence whilst also recording echoes of time and place. Work is available to purchase.

    FREE

    Archaeology in Action Event

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    Coldingham Priory
    29 Priors Walk, Eyemouth TD14 5PE, UK

    10.00–16.00, Coldingham Priory, Eyemouth Road, Coldingham TD14 5NJ
    Entry Free

    Friends of Coldingham Priory are hosting an Archaeology in Action Event. Come and view our test pits as we search for the Anglian Priory, settlement and monastery of St Aebba. Archaeologists from Dig Ventures and volunteers will be on site to show visitors progress as they undergo live investigations of this remarkable site. Parking in village car park

    TREASURES FOUND EXHIBITION

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    30th September 2017
    Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum
    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    Discover treasure trove objects found in the Jedburgh area. Fascinating pieces from the Medieval period and earlier. There is also a display of interesting material unearthed by a local metal detectorist, including items from more recent times.

    FREE

    CONTEMPORARY SELKIRK PHOTOGRAPHY

    11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    Halliwell’s House Museum
    Halliwell's House, Selkirk TD7, UK

    Photography exhibition by Selkirk Camera Club Recent photographs of the town, and surrounding countryside, by club members demonstrating their observation skills and highlighting the more unusual aspects of their home town.

    FREE

    Remember Selkirk

    11:00 AM-3:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    Halliwell’s House Museum
    Halliwell's House, Selkirk TD7, UK

    11.00–15.00, Halliwell’s House Museum, Market Place, Selkirk TD7 4BL
    Entry Free

    Show & tell event & volunteering opportunity – Live Borders Museum Reminiscence Project (Selkirk) Remember Selkirk ‘Show and Tell’ event to launch a series of new loan boxes, focussing on Selkirk past and present – its heritage, people, shops, traditions and buildings. These loan boxes feature high quality replica objects, photographs, advertising, music and spoken word.

    All material is suitable for handling and easy to use. The loan boxes will be available for organisations, individuals or families to borrow for reminiscence sessions, community group projects or dementia care activities. Live Borders Museums HQ in Selkirk is also seeking volunteer reminiscence ambassadors willing to be trained in how to deliver reminiscence sessions, to help promote community use of the loan boxes.

    Help us to support local community groups, schools, care homes & carers and partner organisations by taking the boxes out and about around Selkirk. To register interest and find out more: come along to Halliwell’s house on 30 September!

    www.liveborders.org.uk (Museums & Galleries)

    Bookbinding for Beginners

    11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    The Vale of Leithen Social Club
    1 Leithen Cres, Innerleithen EH44 6JL, UK

    BOOKBINDING FOR BEGINNERS
    11.00–16.00 The Vale of Leithen Social Club, Leithen Crescent, Innerleithen, EH44 6JL
    Entry £35. Booking required – limited spaces

    Find out how to make your own traditional sewn notebooks & sketchbooks The National Trust for Scotland with Robert Smail’s Printing Works are running Bookbinding for Beginners. Find out how to make your own traditional sewn notebooks and sketchbooks with Robert Smail’s Printing Works. Friendly tuition and all materials provided.

    www.nts.org.uk/Visit/Robert-Smails/

    FISHING & SOCIAL HERITAGE EXHIBITION

    11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    Eyemouth Museum
    1-2 Manse Rd, Eyemouth TD14 5JE, UK

    Eyemouth Museum documents the fishing and social heritage of Eyemouth, brought to life in its exhibits and through stories from local people. The Local/ Family History Unit will also have a Research Assistant available by appointment during those hours. The Museum will be open Sunday 3 September for the Friends of Eyemouth Fort’s re-enactment in Kirk Square.

    £3.50 adult, £3 concessions, children free

    GUNSGREEN HOUSE EXHIBITION

    11:00 AM-5:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    Gunsgreen House Trust
    Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth TD14 5SD, UK

    By day, John Nisbet was an Eyemouth merchant; by night he was a notorious smuggler! Designed by John Adam, Gunsgreen House was specially adapted for Nisbet’s ‘special requirements’ including large cellars direct to the sea and a secret ‘tea chute’ behind the walls where contraband loose tea was stored away from prying eyes. Come and discover the history of this fascinating house whilst the children get dressed up as smugglers to complete the rat trails and become a certified smuggler!

    Quote BHF17 for 20% off entry in September

    A JACOBITE STORY

    11:00 AM-5:00 PM
    30th September 2017 -30th September 2017
    Traquair House
    Traquair House, Innerleithen EH44 6PW, UK

    Living history at Traquair A second chance to see this exhibition first shown in 2015 which brings together rarely displayed documents from the archives and examines the Traquair connection with the Jacobite cause. The Stuarts of Traquair were devout Catholics and remained loyal to the Stuart monarchy without counting the cost. Imprisoned, fined and isolated for their beliefs Traquair became the Jacobites’ most southerly Scottish stronghold.

    £8.80 adult, £4.50 child, £7.80 senior citizen

    Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom Drama

    1:00 PM-2:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom
    26 Market Pl, Selkirk TD7 4BL, UK

    13.00, Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom, Market Place, Selkirk TD7 4BT
    Entry By donation.

    Scott’s Selkirk actors present a period courtroom drama based on a real court case from the time of Sir Walter Scott. Presented in the authentic setting of an early 19th century court, the drama performance lasts approximately 40 minutes. Please note that access to the Courtroom includes several sets of steps and is not accessible to wheelchairs. Tickets available at the Fleshmarket Steps entrance, 20 minutes prior to the performance, max 4 p/p.

    www.liveborders.org.uk (Museums & Galleries)

    100 YEARS PIPING EXHIBITION- Weekend times

    2:00 PM-5:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    100 Years Piping – Hawick Scouts Pipe Band centenary exhibition Photographs, historic bagpipes, drums, uniforms and memorabilia tell the story of the pipe band, founded in the First World War, that has seen so many Hawick youths pass through its ranks over the last century – and is still going strong today.

    FREE

     

    ST RONAN’S WELLS VISITORS CENTRE- Weekend times

    2:00 PM-5:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre
    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    The story of Innerleithen’s rich heritage & connections with the great Scottish writers Housed in an historic former spa, St Ronan’s Wells Visitor centre tells the story of Innerleithen’s rich heritage and connections with the great Scottish writers, Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg. There is also spring water available to sample on site.

    FREE

    STORIES IN STONE- Weekend times

    2:00 PM-5:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre
    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    Local history & heritage exhibition Uncover the stories behind the key buildings of Innerleithen and environs in the year when the Parish Church celebrates its 150th and the local school its 60th year.

    FREE

    OVER & UNDER – KNITWEAR EXHIBITION- Weekend times

    2:00 PM-5:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    Hawick Museum
    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    Hawick’s world-famous knitwear developed from high quality underwear into luxurious outerwear in the early 1900s. This exhibition shows the evolution of the product through a selection of garments, documents and objects from Hawick Museum collection.

    FREE

     

    What's Your Place in Berwickshire?

    2:00 PM-5:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    Coldstream Community Centre
    High St, Coldstream TD12 4AP, UK

    14.00–17.00, Coldstream Community Centre, High Street, Coldstream TD12 4AP
    Entry Free

    What’s your place in Berwickshire? An exhibition Have you wondered about the origins and meanings of place-names in the Borders? Do you know any unusual names that don’t appear on maps? The REELS team, based at the University of Glasgow, is working on a project to research the place-names of the historic county of Berwickshire. Join us to visit our exhibition, learn about the project and its findings, and share local information. The team is especially keen to hear how local people pronounce the area’s place-names.

    www.gla.ac.uk/reels

    ILLUMINATING THE PAST | Dryburgh Abbey

    3:00 PM-5:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    Dryburgh Abbey
    Unnamed Road, Melrose TD6 0RQ, UK

    ‘Illuminating the Past’ an afternoon choral performance of Medieval & Early Music with the Scottish Vocal Ensemble at Dryburgh Abbey by kind permission of HES.

    £6 adult, £3.60 child, £4.80 concession, Free for Historic Scotland members

    Talk - Dr Simon Taylor | Place Names

    7:00 PM-10:00 PM
    30th September 2017
    Coldstream Community Centre
    High St, Coldstream TD12 4AP, UK

    19.00, Coldstream Community Centre, High Street, Coldstream TD12 4AP
    Entry Free

    Place-names & their place in the history of Berwickshire A talk by Dr Simon Taylor, Lecturer in Name Studies at the University of Glasgow and Honorary Preses of the Scottish Place-Name Society. Exploring the rich heritage of Berwickshire place-names and what they can reveal about the landscape, environment and history of the southeast Borders. This talk will also introduce the work of the Recovering the Earliest English Language in Scotland: evidence from place-names project, based at the University of Glasgow and funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

    www.gla.ac.uk/reels

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