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  • RANGER TOURS OF ETTRICK FOREST WOODLAND
    All day
    1st September 2017 -30th September 2017

    Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK

    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
    All day
    1st September 2017 -30th September 2017

    Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QW, UK

    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
    1st September 2017

    Queen St, Jedburgh TD8 6DN, UK

    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
    1st September 2017

    Farmhouse, Smailholm, Kelso TD5 7PG, UK

    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

  • HERMITAGE CASTLE
    9:30 AM-5:30 PM
    1st September 2017

    Hawick TD9 0LU, UK

    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

  • AERO LEATHER CLOTHING EXHIBITION
    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    1st September 2017

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    Aero Leather Clothing – classic leather, vintage cool Aero Leather Clothing of Galashiels have a world-wide reputation for their classic leather jackets, clothing and accessories based on period patterns and styles. For 33 years, they have combined craftsmanship and top quality materials to produce their unique garments – worn by discerning individuals across the world. The exhibition shows how the brands evolved and showcases key products.

    FREE

  • 100 YEARS OF SCOTTISH WOMEN’S RURAL INSTITUTE IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS
    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    1st September 2017

    Irving House, 52 Overhaugh St, Galashiels TD1 1DP, UK

    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
    1st September 2017

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    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
    1st September 2017

    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    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
    1st September 2017

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    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
    1st September 2017

    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    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
    1st September 2017

    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    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
    1st September 2017

    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    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
    1st September 2017

    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    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

  • LOVELY LASSIES EXHIBITION
    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    1st September 2017

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    Exploring the roles of the women in Hawick Common-Riding. Focusing on the Cornet’s Lass and Acting Mothers of the last 50 years and showing never-before-seen pictures and outfits of the Lovely Lassies!

    FREE

  • INSPIRING SCOTLAND – EXHIBITION BY EMMA HERDMAN
    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    1st September 2017

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    A selection of works in watercolours and pencil by Emma Herdman, inspired by the atmospheric landscape and beautiful buildings of the Scottish Borders. Work is available to purchase.

    FREE

  • PASSCHENDAELE, 1917
    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    1st September 2017

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    WWI commemorative exhibition Discover the crucial role of the destroyed landscape during the Battle and how both armies
    were forced to adapt their tactics and equipment. The impact on the servicemen, both physically and emotionally, was enormous. Passchendaele is known as one of the most horrific battles from the First World War, with more than half-a-million casualties for a territorial gain of merely eight kilometres. ‘Passchendaele’ not only became a concept in the history of the First World War, it also became a symbol of the great futility of the violence of war in all its horror. Includes a selection of local history objects from The Scottish Borders Permanent Collections.

    FREE

  • DRAWING LINES EXHIBITION
    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    1st September 2017

    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    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

  • ROMAN EXHIBITION
    10:30 AM-4:30 PM
    1st September 2017

    6 Market Square, Melrose TD6 9PN, UK

    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)

  • HISTORY OF PEEBLESHIRE
    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    1st September 2017

    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    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

  • CREATIVE PEEBLES FESTIVAL
    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    1st September 2017

    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Supporting 2017 Creative Peebles Festival: Fri 1 September to Sun 3 September.

    Festival exhibitions featuring fine art and local history include: A Sense of Place – From the Hills to the High Street (1–2 Sept) and The Summer Show: paintings by Anne Forbes, Marta Utsler & Jacqueline Watt (1–9 Sept).

    Times: 10:30–12:30 & 13:00–16:00

    Free

  • A SENSE OF PLACE
    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    1st September 2017

    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    The Royal Burgh of Peebles still has a medieval feel to it and the architecture and natural surroundings are portrayed by local artists represented in a variety of styles and medium from felt to stone in the art exhibition ‘A Sense of Place – From the Hills to the High Street.

    Times 10:30–12:30 & 13:00–16:00

    Free

  • TWEEDDALE MUSEUM AND GALLERY – SUMMER SHOW
    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    1st September 2017

    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Anne Forbes, Marta Utsler & Jacqueline Watt. Contemporary abstract paintings by two Edinburgh College of Art graduates and an American artist, trained in Kentucky. These established artists, with successful teaching careers, have exhibited both nationally and internationally. Whilst Utsler and Watt favour strong vibrant colours in their works, Forbes uses a purer and more muted palette, creating sensitive studies of tiny insects, plants and trees within her vast landscapes. Work is available to purchase.

    Times: 10:30–12:30 & 13:00–16:00

    Free

  • A JACOBITE STORY
    11:00 AM-5:00 PM
    1st September 2017 -30th September 2017

    Traquair House, Innerleithen EH44 6PW, UK

    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
    1st September 2017

    Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth TD14 5SD, UK

    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
    1st September 2017

    1-2 Manse Rd, Eyemouth TD14 5JE, UK

    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

  • SWI 100th ANNIVERSARY CRAFT EXHIBITION
    11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    1st September 2017

    Halliwell’s House, Selkirk TD7, UK

    Halliwell’s House, Selkirk TD7, UK

    To mark this auspicious occasion, a display of traditional craft by members of the Selkirkshire ‘rural’ which was formed in 1927 and celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. The Selkirkshire Womens’ Institute later enabled countrywomen to come together and socialise when their husbands were away at war. The SWI continues to flourish, promoting friendship and skill sharing for all women. Craft demonstrations accompany this exhibition.

  • BOWHILL COUNTRY ESTATE TALK & WALK
    2:00 PM-4:00 PM
    1st September 2017

    Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK

    Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK

    Talk and cream tea at beautiful Bowhill. Followed by a walk around the architectural heritage of Bowhill Estate, highlighting the developments and changes to the house in the late Georgian and Victorian periods.

    £6 adult. Includes cream tea

  • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Duns Law
    7:00 PM-8:00 PM
    1st September 2017

    Duns Castle Estates, Duns TD11 3NW, UK

    Duns Castle Estates, Duns TD11 3NW, UK

    Lantern Parade, Beacon Lighting, Covenanter’s Conventicle, signing of the Covenant & Free Lantern Making Workshop! Join us as the Church bell rings in Duns Market Square for a procession to Duns Law. At the Law there will be a brief presentation on the history of the conventicle and re-enactment. At the end of the conventicle we will light the beacon that will burn for 3 nights on Duns Law and procession members will be invited to light their lanterns and sign a copy of the Covenant before participating in a Torchlight Procession past the castle on route to the square. Look out for pop-up storytelling along the way! We are particularly grateful to the owners of Duns Castle and their guests for opening up the private driveways exclusively for the procession. Duns Castle lighting will remain visible on Saturday and Sunday evenings from the core path (no vehicle access) going from the Old High School west end past the Geans House up to the west side of the Castle. Make a lantern for Friday’s procession! Free Lantern Making Workshop open to members of the public on Saturday 12 August from 11.00–13.00 and 14.00–17.00 in Duns Parish Church Hall, Church Square, Duns TD11 3DD

  • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Neidpath Castle
    7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    1st September 2017

    Neidpath Castle, Peebles EH45 8NW, UK

    Neidpath Castle, Peebles EH45 8NW, UK
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    Performance at Neidpath Castle by Scottish Vocal Ensemble, Savourna Stevenson & Matt Seattle. The evening begins with Border Piper, Matt Seattle who will pipe the audience into the venue from the rooftop of Neidpath Castle to be followed by site specific performances from the Scottish Vocal Ensemble and Savourna Stevenson, internationally renowned harpist, musician and composer. A varied programme which will explore the unique landscape, literature and culture of the Borders, performed in the dramatic setting of this ancient castle. The programme will include ‘The Dream’ by Savourna Stevenson inspired by the writing of John Buchan and works that delve into the myth and legend passed down in famous Border Ballads.

  • LIGHT YEARS – Opening event
    7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    1st September 2017

    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    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

  • KELSO FOLK FESTIVAL | Opening concert
    7:00 PM-11:00 PM
    1st September 2017

    24 Bowmont St, Kelso TD5 7JH, UK

    24 Bowmont St, Kelso TD5 7JH, UK

    The Kelso Folk and Live Music Club are running a weekend mini folk festival from 1–3 September with live concerts, sessions, workshops and open mics featuring award winning bands and artists as well as a showcase for local talent. Workshops are paid for on the day, but must be pre-booked by contacting KFLMC@live.co.uk. Opening concert features the fabulous Breabach. The event culminates on Sunday 3 September, when we welcome the Tour of Britain Cycle Race to Kelso town with Farewell and sing around session in the Cross Keys Hotel from 12.00–16.00.

    £15, £12 concessions

  • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Jedburgh Castle Jail
    7:00 PM-9:30 PM
    1st September 2017

    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    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.

  • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Coldstream Community Centre
    7:15 PM-8:00 PM
    1st September 2017

    High St, Coldstream TD12 4AP, UK

    High St, Coldstream TD12 4AP, UK

    Scocha Live! Scocha are Scotland’s leading‘Folk n Roll’ band, their concerts have a traditional feel good factor with a rocky edge. From haunting ballads to foot stomping anthems, crowds all over the world have been hooked with the Scocha experience. With a range of instruments including; acoustic, bass and electric guitars, drums, bodhrans, bazouki, mouth organ, whistles, bagpipes and strong Scottish harmonies, Scocha blend these ingredients to produce the perfect mix of traditional ‘Scochafied’ songs along with original Celtic based material. Tickets can be bought online via Paypal (£1 handling/postage charge will apply) Centre, Sanderson Butchers and Streamers Sandwich Shop. Cost £13.

  • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Bowhill House & Newark Castle
    7:30 PM-9:00 PM
    1st September 2017

    Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK

    Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK

    Torchlight walk to Newark Castle, Bowhill, performances by the Fisher Lassies, pop-up storytelling & torchlight parade. Enjoy a family friendly torchlight walk to Newark Castle, with stories, stops and surprises along the way. The evening begins in the Sunken Garden at Bowhill House, which will be floodlit for the occasion. On the short walk to Newark there will be pop up storytelling followed by a site specific performance from the Fisher Lassies outside the ruined castle. Newark will be lit from within allowing light to flood out of the tumbled down windows and roof space. The parade will return to the Sunken Garden by torchlight.

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    • RANGER TOURS OF ETTRICK FOREST WOODLAND
      All day
      1st September 2017 -30th September 2017
      Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK
      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
      All day
      1st September 2017 -30th September 2017
      Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QW, UK
      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
      1st September 2017
      Queen St, Jedburgh TD8 6DN, UK
      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
      1st September 2017
      Farmhouse, Smailholm, Kelso TD5 7PG, UK
      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

    • HERMITAGE CASTLE
      9:30 AM-5:30 PM
      1st September 2017
      Hawick TD9 0LU, UK
      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

    • AERO LEATHER CLOTHING EXHIBITION
      10:00 AM-4:30 PM
      1st September 2017
      1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK
      1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

      Aero Leather Clothing – classic leather, vintage cool Aero Leather Clothing of Galashiels have a world-wide reputation for their classic leather jackets, clothing and accessories based on period patterns and styles. For 33 years, they have combined craftsmanship and top quality materials to produce their unique garments – worn by discerning individuals across the world. The exhibition shows how the brands evolved and showcases key products.

      FREE

    • 100 YEARS OF SCOTTISH WOMEN’S RURAL INSTITUTE IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS
      10:00 AM-4:00 PM
      1st September 2017
      Irving House, 52 Overhaugh St, Galashiels TD1 1DP, UK
      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
      1st September 2017
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK
      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
      1st September 2017
      Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK
      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
      1st September 2017
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK
      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
      1st September 2017
      Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK
      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
      1st September 2017
      Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK
      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
      1st September 2017
      2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK
      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
      1st September 2017
      2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK
      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

    • LOVELY LASSIES EXHIBITION
      10:00 AM-4:30 PM
      1st September 2017
      1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK
      1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

      Exploring the roles of the women in Hawick Common-Riding. Focusing on the Cornet’s Lass and Acting Mothers of the last 50 years and showing never-before-seen pictures and outfits of the Lovely Lassies!

      FREE

    • INSPIRING SCOTLAND – EXHIBITION BY EMMA HERDMAN
      10:00 AM-4:00 PM
      1st September 2017
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

      A selection of works in watercolours and pencil by Emma Herdman, inspired by the atmospheric landscape and beautiful buildings of the Scottish Borders. Work is available to purchase.

      FREE

    • PASSCHENDAELE, 1917
      10:00 AM-4:00 PM
      1st September 2017
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

      WWI commemorative exhibition Discover the crucial role of the destroyed landscape during the Battle and how both armies
      were forced to adapt their tactics and equipment. The impact on the servicemen, both physically and emotionally, was enormous. Passchendaele is known as one of the most horrific battles from the First World War, with more than half-a-million casualties for a territorial gain of merely eight kilometres. ‘Passchendaele’ not only became a concept in the history of the First World War, it also became a symbol of the great futility of the violence of war in all its horror. Includes a selection of local history objects from The Scottish Borders Permanent Collections.

      FREE

    • DRAWING LINES EXHIBITION
      10:00 AM-5:00 PM
      1st September 2017
      Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK
      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

    • ROMAN EXHIBITION
      10:30 AM-4:30 PM
      1st September 2017
      6 Market Square, Melrose TD6 9PN, UK
      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)

    • HISTORY OF PEEBLESHIRE
      10:30 AM-4:00 PM
      1st September 2017
      Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK
      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

    • CREATIVE PEEBLES FESTIVAL
      10:30 AM-4:00 PM
      1st September 2017
      Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK
      Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

      Supporting 2017 Creative Peebles Festival: Fri 1 September to Sun 3 September.

      Festival exhibitions featuring fine art and local history include: A Sense of Place – From the Hills to the High Street (1–2 Sept) and The Summer Show: paintings by Anne Forbes, Marta Utsler & Jacqueline Watt (1–9 Sept).

      Times: 10:30–12:30 & 13:00–16:00

      Free

    • A SENSE OF PLACE
      10:30 AM-4:00 PM
      1st September 2017
      Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK
      Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

      The Royal Burgh of Peebles still has a medieval feel to it and the architecture and natural surroundings are portrayed by local artists represented in a variety of styles and medium from felt to stone in the art exhibition ‘A Sense of Place – From the Hills to the High Street.

      Times 10:30–12:30 & 13:00–16:00

      Free

    • TWEEDDALE MUSEUM AND GALLERY – SUMMER SHOW
      10:30 AM-4:00 PM
      1st September 2017
      Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK
      Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

      Anne Forbes, Marta Utsler & Jacqueline Watt. Contemporary abstract paintings by two Edinburgh College of Art graduates and an American artist, trained in Kentucky. These established artists, with successful teaching careers, have exhibited both nationally and internationally. Whilst Utsler and Watt favour strong vibrant colours in their works, Forbes uses a purer and more muted palette, creating sensitive studies of tiny insects, plants and trees within her vast landscapes. Work is available to purchase.

      Times: 10:30–12:30 & 13:00–16:00

      Free

    • A JACOBITE STORY
      11:00 AM-5:00 PM
      1st September 2017 -30th September 2017
      Traquair House, Innerleithen EH44 6PW, UK
      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
      1st September 2017
      Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth TD14 5SD, UK
      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
      1st September 2017
      1-2 Manse Rd, Eyemouth TD14 5JE, UK
      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

    • SWI 100th ANNIVERSARY CRAFT EXHIBITION
      11:00 AM-4:00 PM
      1st September 2017
      Halliwell's House, Selkirk TD7, UK
      Halliwell's House, Selkirk TD7, UK

      To mark this auspicious occasion, a display of traditional craft by members of the Selkirkshire ‘rural’ which was formed in 1927 and celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. The Selkirkshire Womens’ Institute later enabled countrywomen to come together and socialise when their husbands were away at war. The SWI continues to flourish, promoting friendship and skill sharing for all women. Craft demonstrations accompany this exhibition.

    • BOWHILL COUNTRY ESTATE TALK & WALK
      2:00 PM-4:00 PM
      1st September 2017
      Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK
      Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK

      Talk and cream tea at beautiful Bowhill. Followed by a walk around the architectural heritage of Bowhill Estate, highlighting the developments and changes to the house in the late Georgian and Victorian periods.

      £6 adult. Includes cream tea

    • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Duns Law
      7:00 PM-8:00 PM
      1st September 2017
      Duns Castle Estates, Duns TD11 3NW, UK
      Duns Castle Estates, Duns TD11 3NW, UK

      Lantern Parade, Beacon Lighting, Covenanter’s Conventicle, signing of the Covenant & Free Lantern Making Workshop! Join us as the Church bell rings in Duns Market Square for a procession to Duns Law. At the Law there will be a brief presentation on the history of the conventicle and re-enactment. At the end of the conventicle we will light the beacon that will burn for 3 nights on Duns Law and procession members will be invited to light their lanterns and sign a copy of the Covenant before participating in a Torchlight Procession past the castle on route to the square. Look out for pop-up storytelling along the way! We are particularly grateful to the owners of Duns Castle and their guests for opening up the private driveways exclusively for the procession. Duns Castle lighting will remain visible on Saturday and Sunday evenings from the core path (no vehicle access) going from the Old High School west end past the Geans House up to the west side of the Castle. Make a lantern for Friday’s procession! Free Lantern Making Workshop open to members of the public on Saturday 12 August from 11.00–13.00 and 14.00–17.00 in Duns Parish Church Hall, Church Square, Duns TD11 3DD

    • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Neidpath Castle
      7:00 PM-9:00 PM
      1st September 2017
      Neidpath Castle, Peebles EH45 8NW, UK
      Neidpath Castle, Peebles EH45 8NW, UK
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      Performance at Neidpath Castle by Scottish Vocal Ensemble, Savourna Stevenson & Matt Seattle. The evening begins with Border Piper, Matt Seattle who will pipe the audience into the venue from the rooftop of Neidpath Castle to be followed by site specific performances from the Scottish Vocal Ensemble and Savourna Stevenson, internationally renowned harpist, musician and composer. A varied programme which will explore the unique landscape, literature and culture of the Borders, performed in the dramatic setting of this ancient castle. The programme will include ‘The Dream’ by Savourna Stevenson inspired by the writing of John Buchan and works that delve into the myth and legend passed down in famous Border Ballads.

    • LIGHT YEARS - Opening event
      7:00 PM-9:00 PM
      1st September 2017
      Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK
      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

    • KELSO FOLK FESTIVAL | Opening concert
      7:00 PM-11:00 PM
      1st September 2017
      24 Bowmont St, Kelso TD5 7JH, UK
      24 Bowmont St, Kelso TD5 7JH, UK

      The Kelso Folk and Live Music Club are running a weekend mini folk festival from 1–3 September with live concerts, sessions, workshops and open mics featuring award winning bands and artists as well as a showcase for local talent. Workshops are paid for on the day, but must be pre-booked by contacting KFLMC@live.co.uk. Opening concert features the fabulous Breabach. The event culminates on Sunday 3 September, when we welcome the Tour of Britain Cycle Race to Kelso town with Farewell and sing around session in the Cross Keys Hotel from 12.00–16.00.

      £15, £12 concessions

    • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Jedburgh Castle Jail
      7:00 PM-9:30 PM
      1st September 2017
      Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK
      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.

    • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Coldstream Community Centre
      7:15 PM-8:00 PM
      1st September 2017
      High St, Coldstream TD12 4AP, UK
      High St, Coldstream TD12 4AP, UK

      Scocha Live! Scocha are Scotland’s leading‘Folk n Roll’ band, their concerts have a traditional feel good factor with a rocky edge. From haunting ballads to foot stomping anthems, crowds all over the world have been hooked with the Scocha experience. With a range of instruments including; acoustic, bass and electric guitars, drums, bodhrans, bazouki, mouth organ, whistles, bagpipes and strong Scottish harmonies, Scocha blend these ingredients to produce the perfect mix of traditional ‘Scochafied’ songs along with original Celtic based material. Tickets can be bought online via Paypal (£1 handling/postage charge will apply) Centre, Sanderson Butchers and Streamers Sandwich Shop. Cost £13.

    • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Bowhill House & Newark Castle
      7:30 PM-9:00 PM
      1st September 2017
      Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK
      Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK

      Torchlight walk to Newark Castle, Bowhill, performances by the Fisher Lassies, pop-up storytelling & torchlight parade. Enjoy a family friendly torchlight walk to Newark Castle, with stories, stops and surprises along the way. The evening begins in the Sunken Garden at Bowhill House, which will be floodlit for the occasion. On the short walk to Newark there will be pop up storytelling followed by a site specific performance from the Fisher Lassies outside the ruined castle. Newark will be lit from within allowing light to flood out of the tumbled down windows and roof space. The parade will return to the Sunken Garden by torchlight.

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  • RANGER TOURS OF ETTRICK FOREST WOODLAND
    All day
    2nd September 2017 -30th September 2017

    Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK

    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

  • KELSO FOLK FESTIVAL | Workshops
    All day
    2nd September 2017

    Abbey Row, Kelso TD5, UK

    Abbey Row, Kelso TD5, UK

    Workshops aimed at developing confidence and skills. These are to be held in the Abbey Row community centre throughout the day, please see website for details and booking.

    FREE

  • GREAT POLISH MAP OF SCOTLAND
    All day
    2nd September 2017 -30th September 2017

    Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QW, UK

    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
    2nd September 2017

    Farmhouse, Smailholm, Kelso TD5 7PG, UK

    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
    2nd September 2017

    Queen St, Jedburgh TD8 6DN, UK

    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

  • HERMITAGE CASTLE
    9:30 AM-5:30 PM
    2nd September 2017

    Hawick TD9 0LU, UK

    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

  • HISTORY OF PEEBLESHIRE- Saturday times
    9:30 AM-12:30 PM
    2nd September 2017

    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    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

  • LIGHT YEARS
    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    2nd September 2017

    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    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

  • ANOTHER FIELD EXHIBITION
    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    2nd September 2017

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    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
    2nd September 2017

    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    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
    2nd September 2017

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    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
    2nd September 2017

    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    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

  • LOVELY LASSIES EXHIBITION
    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    2nd September 2017

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    Exploring the roles of the women in Hawick Common-Riding. Focusing on the Cornet’s Lass and Acting Mothers of the last 50 years and showing never-before-seen pictures and outfits of the Lovely Lassies!

    FREE

  • INSPIRING SCOTLAND – EXHIBITION BY EMMA HERDMAN
    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    2nd September 2017

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    A selection of works in watercolours and pencil by Emma Herdman, inspired by the atmospheric landscape and beautiful buildings of the Scottish Borders. Work is available to purchase.

    FREE

  • PASSCHENDAELE, 1917
    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    2nd September 2017

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    WWI commemorative exhibition Discover the crucial role of the destroyed landscape during the Battle and how both armies
    were forced to adapt their tactics and equipment. The impact on the servicemen, both physically and emotionally, was enormous. Passchendaele is known as one of the most horrific battles from the First World War, with more than half-a-million casualties for a territorial gain of merely eight kilometres. ‘Passchendaele’ not only became a concept in the history of the First World War, it also became a symbol of the great futility of the violence of war in all its horror. Includes a selection of local history objects from The Scottish Borders Permanent Collections.

    FREE

  • AERO LEATHER CLOTHING EXHIBITION
    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    2nd September 2017

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    Aero Leather Clothing – classic leather, vintage cool Aero Leather Clothing of Galashiels have a world-wide reputation for their classic leather jackets, clothing and accessories based on period patterns and styles. For 33 years, they have combined craftsmanship and top quality materials to produce their unique garments – worn by discerning individuals across the world. The exhibition shows how the brands evolved and showcases key products.

    FREE

  • CREATIVE PEEBLES FESTIVAL
    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    2nd September 2017

    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Supporting 2017 Creative Peebles Festival: Fri 1 September to Sun 3 September.

    Festival exhibitions featuring fine art and local history include: A Sense of Place – From the Hills to the High Street (1–2 Sept) and The Summer Show: paintings by Anne Forbes, Marta Utsler & Jacqueline Watt (1–9 Sept).

    Times: 10:30–12:30 & 13:00–16:00

    Free

  • A SENSE OF PLACE
    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    2nd September 2017

    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    The Royal Burgh of Peebles still has a medieval feel to it and the architecture and natural surroundings are portrayed by local artists represented in a variety of styles and medium from felt to stone in the art exhibition ‘A Sense of Place – From the Hills to the High Street.

    Times 10:30–12:30 & 13:00–16:00

    Free

  • GUNSGREEN HOUSE EXHIBITION
    11:00 AM-5:00 PM
    2nd September 2017

    Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth TD14 5SD, UK

    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

  • SECRETS OF MELROSE ABBEY TOUR
    11:00 AM-2:00 PM
    2nd September 2017

    1 Abbey St, Melrose TD6 9PX, UK

    1 Abbey St, Melrose TD6 9PX, UK

    Join us on a guided tour that will give you a brief history about the Commentator’s house and then proceed through the building stopping to look and discuss various artefacts. There are green men, piss pots, inkwells, posset pots, spectacles, heart caskets and much more to be seen.

    Tours: 11:00, 12:00 & 14:00

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

  • A JACOBITE STORY
    11:00 AM-5:00 PM
    2nd September 2017 -30th September 2017

    Traquair House, Innerleithen EH44 6PW, UK

    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
    2nd September 2017

    1-2 Manse Rd, Eyemouth TD14 5JE, UK

    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

  • SWI 100th ANNIVERSARY CRAFT EXHIBITION
    11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    2nd September 2017

    Halliwell’s House, Selkirk TD7, UK

    Halliwell’s House, Selkirk TD7, UK

    To mark this auspicious occasion, a display of traditional craft by members of the Selkirkshire ‘rural’ which was formed in 1927 and celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. The Selkirkshire Womens’ Institute later enabled countrywomen to come together and socialise when their husbands were away at war. The SWI continues to flourish, promoting friendship and skill sharing for all women. Craft demonstrations accompany this exhibition.

  • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Hume Castle
    1:00 PM-9:00 PM
    2nd September 2017

    Hume Castle, Hume, Greenlaw, Berwickshire TD5 7TR

    Hume Castle, Hume, Greenlaw, Berwickshire TD5 7TR

    ‘The Road to Pinkie #1’ – medieval re-enactment, storytelling, living history & tour. Join us at Hume Castle for a day of living history, storytelling and song! Come and see the Kelso Laddie, Greenlaw Maid and entourage ride in on horseback to open the event at 13.00 followed by an afternoon of re-enactment and living history with the Lothian Levy to include living history camp, drill training, skirmishes and the representation of the castle’s fortunes in the Rough Wooing. See Lady Hume’s surrender on the battlements and the Hume Banner (Marchmont Standard) flaunted for the first time in many centuries! Other highlights include: Archaeological Walk and Tour with Piers Dixon, Hog Roast, Medieval Food, Smailholm Singers, Northumbrian and Scottish Pipers, Poetry, Storytelling and Music. This event is the first of three precursors to the Battle of Pinkie re-enactment.

    Free. Donations welcome 

  • ST RONAN’S WELLS VISITORS CENTRE- Weekend times
    2:00 PM-5:00 PM
    2nd September 2017

    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    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
    2nd September 2017

    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    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- Weekend times
    2:00 PM-5:00 PM
    2nd September 2017

    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    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

     

  • 100 YEARS PIPING EXHIBITION- Weekend times
    2:00 PM-5:00 PM
    2nd September 2017

    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    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

     

  • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Riddell Tower
    5:30 PM-7:30 PM
    2nd September 2017

    Riddell Tower, Riddell Estate, Lilliesleaf, Melrose TD6 9JP

    Riddell Tower, Riddell Estate, Lilliesleaf, Melrose TD6 9JP

    Norman feast, music from Riddell Fiddles, talk by Alison Martin in Old Laundry House. Come and join us for a magical evening of illuminating surprises at Riddell! A guided stroll through nine centuries of Riddell History will follow an illustrated talk by Alison Martin about her family firm of masons, responsible for many Borders stone carvings and memorials. Some of these you will see as you walk through the Wild Garden from the Mansion House Ruins to the Mausoleum, the General’s Tower and the 12th Century Motte and Bailey Fort of the de Ridale family. A live performance from the Riddell Fiddles together with other attractions will await you at the Fort. The brave will have a chance to test their nerve as they climb the spiral staircase to the top of the 100ft Tower! A Norman Feast of a Hog Roast is included in the ticket price. The evening will culminate in a Torchlight procession back to Riddell House. Spaces very limited, with any profits split between Lilliesleaf School and Liliesleaf Farm Museum, Johannesburg.

    £13.50 adult, £7 child

  • KELSO FOLK FESTIVAL
    7:00 PM-11:00 PM
    2nd September 2017

    10-12 Roxburgh St, Kelso TD5 7DH, UK

    10-12 Roxburgh St, Kelso TD5 7DH, UK

    Live on stage: Northern Company, Tom McConville and Andy Watt.

    £15, £12 concessions. Or buy both nights £25, £20 concessions

  • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Old Parish & St Paul’s Church
    7:30 PM-8:30 PM
    2nd September 2017

    Scott Park Lodge, 15 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JU, UK

    Scott Park Lodge, 15 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JU, UK

    Tuuslaulajat Finnish Choir, Langlee Community Choir & The Gala Water String Quartet. Mass choir performances from the Finnish and Langlee Choirs and a premier performance of ‘South to Scotland’ a new composition inspired by the town of Galashiels by Eric Falconer. ‘South to Scotland’ will be performed by The Gala Water String Quartet and the Tuuslaulajat Finnish choir will perform parts of their celebration repertoire for the centenary of the Finnish independence.

    Free (Collection for donations)

  • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Hermitage Castle
    8:00 PM-10:00 PM
    2nd September 2017

    Hawick TD9 0LU, UK

    Hawick TD9 0LU, UK

    Newcastleton Festival presents a concert of Border Music, Song & Story at Hermitage Castle by kind permission of HES. Come and be enthralled at Hermitage with the eerie, atmospheric backdrop of the castle at dusk. Hear melodies, songs and tales of characters of old. Whispers of witchcraft, intrigue and ghostly hauntings; of a royal visitor, and a Reiving history immortalised in balladry. The concert will take place in the grounds of the castle. In the event of rain, the concert will take place in Hermitage Hall. Refreshments are available after the concert at Hermitage Hall from 22.00–24.00 hot drinks, licensed bar. Bring blankets and/or folding seating, and don’t forget your torches.

    £5 adult, £2.50 child, under 4’s free

    All fees go towards funds for Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival.

  • More events
    • RANGER TOURS OF ETTRICK FOREST WOODLAND
      All day
      2nd September 2017 -30th September 2017
      Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK
      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

    • KELSO FOLK FESTIVAL | Workshops
      All day
      2nd September 2017
      Abbey Row, Kelso TD5, UK
      Abbey Row, Kelso TD5, UK

      Workshops aimed at developing confidence and skills. These are to be held in the Abbey Row community centre throughout the day, please see website for details and booking.

      FREE

    • GREAT POLISH MAP OF SCOTLAND
      All day
      2nd September 2017 -30th September 2017
      Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QW, UK
      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
      2nd September 2017
      Farmhouse, Smailholm, Kelso TD5 7PG, UK
      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
      2nd September 2017
      Queen St, Jedburgh TD8 6DN, UK
      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

    • HERMITAGE CASTLE
      9:30 AM-5:30 PM
      2nd September 2017
      Hawick TD9 0LU, UK
      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

    • HISTORY OF PEEBLESHIRE- Saturday times
      9:30 AM-12:30 PM
      2nd September 2017
      Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK
      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

    • LIGHT YEARS
      10:00 AM-4:30 PM
      2nd September 2017
      Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK
      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

    • ANOTHER FIELD EXHIBITION
      10:00 AM-4:00 PM
      2nd September 2017
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK
      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
      2nd September 2017
      Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK
      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
      2nd September 2017
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK
      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
      2nd September 2017
      Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK
      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

    • LOVELY LASSIES EXHIBITION
      10:00 AM-4:30 PM
      2nd September 2017
      1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK
      1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

      Exploring the roles of the women in Hawick Common-Riding. Focusing on the Cornet’s Lass and Acting Mothers of the last 50 years and showing never-before-seen pictures and outfits of the Lovely Lassies!

      FREE

    • INSPIRING SCOTLAND – EXHIBITION BY EMMA HERDMAN
      10:00 AM-4:00 PM
      2nd September 2017
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

      A selection of works in watercolours and pencil by Emma Herdman, inspired by the atmospheric landscape and beautiful buildings of the Scottish Borders. Work is available to purchase.

      FREE

    • PASSCHENDAELE, 1917
      10:00 AM-4:00 PM
      2nd September 2017
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

      WWI commemorative exhibition Discover the crucial role of the destroyed landscape during the Battle and how both armies
      were forced to adapt their tactics and equipment. The impact on the servicemen, both physically and emotionally, was enormous. Passchendaele is known as one of the most horrific battles from the First World War, with more than half-a-million casualties for a territorial gain of merely eight kilometres. ‘Passchendaele’ not only became a concept in the history of the First World War, it also became a symbol of the great futility of the violence of war in all its horror. Includes a selection of local history objects from The Scottish Borders Permanent Collections.

      FREE

    • AERO LEATHER CLOTHING EXHIBITION
      10:00 AM-4:30 PM
      2nd September 2017
      1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK
      1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

      Aero Leather Clothing – classic leather, vintage cool Aero Leather Clothing of Galashiels have a world-wide reputation for their classic leather jackets, clothing and accessories based on period patterns and styles. For 33 years, they have combined craftsmanship and top quality materials to produce their unique garments – worn by discerning individuals across the world. The exhibition shows how the brands evolved and showcases key products.

      FREE

    • CREATIVE PEEBLES FESTIVAL
      10:30 AM-4:00 PM
      2nd September 2017
      Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK
      Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

      Supporting 2017 Creative Peebles Festival: Fri 1 September to Sun 3 September.

      Festival exhibitions featuring fine art and local history include: A Sense of Place – From the Hills to the High Street (1–2 Sept) and The Summer Show: paintings by Anne Forbes, Marta Utsler & Jacqueline Watt (1–9 Sept).

      Times: 10:30–12:30 & 13:00–16:00

      Free

    • A SENSE OF PLACE
      10:30 AM-4:00 PM
      2nd September 2017
      Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK
      Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

      The Royal Burgh of Peebles still has a medieval feel to it and the architecture and natural surroundings are portrayed by local artists represented in a variety of styles and medium from felt to stone in the art exhibition ‘A Sense of Place – From the Hills to the High Street.

      Times 10:30–12:30 & 13:00–16:00

      Free

    • GUNSGREEN HOUSE EXHIBITION
      11:00 AM-5:00 PM
      2nd September 2017
      Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth TD14 5SD, UK
      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

    • SECRETS OF MELROSE ABBEY TOUR
      11:00 AM-2:00 PM
      2nd September 2017
      1 Abbey St, Melrose TD6 9PX, UK
      1 Abbey St, Melrose TD6 9PX, UK

      Join us on a guided tour that will give you a brief history about the Commentator’s house and then proceed through the building stopping to look and discuss various artefacts. There are green men, piss pots, inkwells, posset pots, spectacles, heart caskets and much more to be seen.

      Tours: 11:00, 12:00 & 14:00

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

    • A JACOBITE STORY
      11:00 AM-5:00 PM
      2nd September 2017 -30th September 2017
      Traquair House, Innerleithen EH44 6PW, UK
      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
      2nd September 2017
      1-2 Manse Rd, Eyemouth TD14 5JE, UK
      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

    • SWI 100th ANNIVERSARY CRAFT EXHIBITION
      11:00 AM-4:00 PM
      2nd September 2017
      Halliwell's House, Selkirk TD7, UK
      Halliwell's House, Selkirk TD7, UK

      To mark this auspicious occasion, a display of traditional craft by members of the Selkirkshire ‘rural’ which was formed in 1927 and celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. The Selkirkshire Womens’ Institute later enabled countrywomen to come together and socialise when their husbands were away at war. The SWI continues to flourish, promoting friendship and skill sharing for all women. Craft demonstrations accompany this exhibition.

    • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Hume Castle
      1:00 PM-9:00 PM
      2nd September 2017
      Hume Castle, Hume, Greenlaw, Berwickshire TD5 7TR
      Hume Castle, Hume, Greenlaw, Berwickshire TD5 7TR

      ‘The Road to Pinkie #1’ – medieval re-enactment, storytelling, living history & tour. Join us at Hume Castle for a day of living history, storytelling and song! Come and see the Kelso Laddie, Greenlaw Maid and entourage ride in on horseback to open the event at 13.00 followed by an afternoon of re-enactment and living history with the Lothian Levy to include living history camp, drill training, skirmishes and the representation of the castle’s fortunes in the Rough Wooing. See Lady Hume’s surrender on the battlements and the Hume Banner (Marchmont Standard) flaunted for the first time in many centuries! Other highlights include: Archaeological Walk and Tour with Piers Dixon, Hog Roast, Medieval Food, Smailholm Singers, Northumbrian and Scottish Pipers, Poetry, Storytelling and Music. This event is the first of three precursors to the Battle of Pinkie re-enactment.

      Free. Donations welcome 

    • ST RONAN’S WELLS VISITORS CENTRE- Weekend times
      2:00 PM-5:00 PM
      2nd September 2017
      2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK
      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
      2nd September 2017
      2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK
      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- Weekend times
      2:00 PM-5:00 PM
      2nd September 2017
      Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK
      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

       

    • 100 YEARS PIPING EXHIBITION- Weekend times
      2:00 PM-5:00 PM
      2nd September 2017
      Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK
      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

       

    • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Riddell Tower
      5:30 PM-7:30 PM
      2nd September 2017
      Riddell Tower, Riddell Estate, Lilliesleaf, Melrose TD6 9JP
      Riddell Tower, Riddell Estate, Lilliesleaf, Melrose TD6 9JP

      Norman feast, music from Riddell Fiddles, talk by Alison Martin in Old Laundry House. Come and join us for a magical evening of illuminating surprises at Riddell! A guided stroll through nine centuries of Riddell History will follow an illustrated talk by Alison Martin about her family firm of masons, responsible for many Borders stone carvings and memorials. Some of these you will see as you walk through the Wild Garden from the Mansion House Ruins to the Mausoleum, the General’s Tower and the 12th Century Motte and Bailey Fort of the de Ridale family. A live performance from the Riddell Fiddles together with other attractions will await you at the Fort. The brave will have a chance to test their nerve as they climb the spiral staircase to the top of the 100ft Tower! A Norman Feast of a Hog Roast is included in the ticket price. The evening will culminate in a Torchlight procession back to Riddell House. Spaces very limited, with any profits split between Lilliesleaf School and Liliesleaf Farm Museum, Johannesburg.

      £13.50 adult, £7 child

    • KELSO FOLK FESTIVAL
      7:00 PM-11:00 PM
      2nd September 2017
      10-12 Roxburgh St, Kelso TD5 7DH, UK
      10-12 Roxburgh St, Kelso TD5 7DH, UK

      Live on stage: Northern Company, Tom McConville and Andy Watt.

      £15, £12 concessions. Or buy both nights £25, £20 concessions

    • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Old Parish & St Paul’s Church
      7:30 PM-8:30 PM
      2nd September 2017
      Scott Park Lodge, 15 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JU, UK
      Scott Park Lodge, 15 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JU, UK

      Tuuslaulajat Finnish Choir, Langlee Community Choir & The Gala Water String Quartet. Mass choir performances from the Finnish and Langlee Choirs and a premier performance of ‘South to Scotland’ a new composition inspired by the town of Galashiels by Eric Falconer. ‘South to Scotland’ will be performed by The Gala Water String Quartet and the Tuuslaulajat Finnish choir will perform parts of their celebration repertoire for the centenary of the Finnish independence.

      Free (Collection for donations)

    • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Hermitage Castle
      8:00 PM-10:00 PM
      2nd September 2017
      Hawick TD9 0LU, UK
      Hawick TD9 0LU, UK

      Newcastleton Festival presents a concert of Border Music, Song & Story at Hermitage Castle by kind permission of HES. Come and be enthralled at Hermitage with the eerie, atmospheric backdrop of the castle at dusk. Hear melodies, songs and tales of characters of old. Whispers of witchcraft, intrigue and ghostly hauntings; of a royal visitor, and a Reiving history immortalised in balladry. The concert will take place in the grounds of the castle. In the event of rain, the concert will take place in Hermitage Hall. Refreshments are available after the concert at Hermitage Hall from 22.00–24.00 hot drinks, licensed bar. Bring blankets and/or folding seating, and don’t forget your torches.

      £5 adult, £2.50 child, under 4’s free

      All fees go towards funds for Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival.

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  • RANGER TOURS OF ETTRICK FOREST WOODLAND
    All day
    3rd September 2017 -30th September 2017

    Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK

    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
    All day
    3rd September 2017 -30th September 2017

    Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QW, UK

    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- Sunday
    9:30 AM-4:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    Queen St, Jedburgh TD8 6DN, UK

    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

  • HERMITAGE CASTLE
    9:30 AM-5:30 PM
    3rd September 2017

    Hawick TD9 0LU, UK

    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
    3rd September 2017

    Farmhouse, Smailholm, Kelso TD5 7PG, UK

    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

  • ANOTHER FIELD EXHIBITION
    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    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

  • CREATIVE PEEBLES FESTIVAL
    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    Supporting 2017 Creative Peebles Festival: Fri 1 September to Sun 3 September.

    Festival exhibitions featuring fine art and local history include: A Sense of Place – From the Hills to the High Street (1–2 Sept) and The Summer Show: paintings by Anne Forbes, Marta Utsler & Jacqueline Watt (1–9 Sept).

    Times: 10:30–12:30 & 13:00–16:00

    Free

  • A JACOBITE STORY
    11:00 AM-5:00 PM
    3rd September 2017 -30th September 2017

    Traquair House, Innerleithen EH44 6PW, UK

    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
    3rd September 2017

    Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth TD14 5SD, UK

    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

  • SWI 100th ANNIVERSARY CRAFT EXHIBITION
    11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    Halliwell’s House, Selkirk TD7, UK

    Halliwell’s House, Selkirk TD7, UK

    To mark this auspicious occasion, a display of traditional craft by members of the Selkirkshire ‘rural’ which was formed in 1927 and celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. The Selkirkshire Womens’ Institute later enabled countrywomen to come together and socialise when their husbands were away at war. The SWI continues to flourish, promoting friendship and skill sharing for all women. Craft demonstrations accompany this exhibition.

  • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Eyemouth Fort
    12:00 PM-2:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    5 Fort Rd, Eyemouth TD14 5BD, UK

    5 Fort Rd, Eyemouth TD14 5BD, UK

    ‘The Road to Pinkie #2’ begins in Eyemouth centre with a reading of Somerset’s Proclamation to the People of Scotland followed by a short stroll along the coastal path to the fort for skirmishes and living history displays. An exhibition and video presentation will be housed in the adjoining holiday park and VR display is available at Eyemouth Museum. Refreshments and facilities served at the adjoining holiday park. A ships lantern will be housed on the site of the fort for three nights. The Lothian Levy will return to Eyemouth Fort the following week to begin a force march in ‘The Road to Pinkie’ – see 7 September listing.

    FREE

  • AERO LEATHER CLOTHING EXHIBITION – Sunday times
    12:00 PM-3:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    Aero Leather Clothing – classic leather, vintage cool Aero Leather Clothing of Galashiels have a world-wide reputation for their classic leather jackets, clothing and accessories based on period patterns and styles. For 33 years, they have combined craftsmanship and top quality materials to produce their unique garments – worn by discerning individuals across the world. The exhibition shows how the brands evolved and showcases key products.

    FREE

  • LOVELY LASSIES EXHIBITION – Sunday Times
    12:00 PM-4:30 PM
    3rd September 2017

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    Exploring the roles of the women in Hawick Common-Riding. Focusing on the Cornet’s Lass and Acting Mothers of the last 50 years and showing never-before-seen pictures and outfits of the Lovely Lassies!

    FREE

  • LIGHT YEARS- Sundays
    1:00 PM-4:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    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

  • THE COLOUR OF ART EXHIBITION- Sunday
    1:00 PM-4:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    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- Sunday times
    1:00 PM-4:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    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

  • INSPIRING SCOTLAND – EXHIBITION BY EMMA HERDMAN Sunday times
    1:00 PM-4:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    A selection of works in watercolours and pencil by Emma Herdman, inspired by the atmospheric landscape and beautiful buildings of the Scottish Borders. Work is available to purchase.

    FREE

  • PASSCHENDAELE, 1917 – Sunday times
    1:00 PM-4:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    WWI commemorative exhibition Discover the crucial role of the destroyed landscape during the Battle and how both armies
    were forced to adapt their tactics and equipment. The impact on the servicemen, both physically and emotionally, was enormous. Passchendaele is known as one of the most horrific battles from the First World War, with more than half-a-million casualties for a territorial gain of merely eight kilometres. ‘Passchendaele’ not only became a concept in the history of the First World War, it also became a symbol of the great futility of the violence of war in all its horror. Includes a selection of local history objects from The Scottish Borders Permanent Collections.

    FREE

  • DRAWING LINES EXHIBITION- Weekend times
    2:00 PM-5:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    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

     

  • ST RONAN’S WELLS VISITORS CENTRE- Weekend times
    2:00 PM-5:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    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
    3rd September 2017

    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    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 PIPING EXHIBITION- Weekend times
    2:00 PM-5:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    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

     

  • The Trees of Dryburgh Abbey Tour
    2:00 PM-4:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    Unnamed Road, Melrose TD6 0RQ, UK

    Unnamed Road, Melrose TD6 0RQ, UK

    THE TREES OF DRYBURGH ABBEY TOUR
    14.00, Dryburgh Abbey, Dryburgh, St Boswells TD6 6RQ
    Entry £6 adult, £3.60 child, £4.80 concession, Free for Historic Scotland Members

    Take a guided your around the beautiful ruins of the abbey and learn about the history, trees and parkland.

    www.historicenvironment.scot/dryburgh-abbey

  • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Stobs Camp
    2:00 PM-4:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    Hawick TD9 9UQ, UK

    Hawick TD9 9UQ, UK

    Stobs Camp Tour & Living History. Step back in time to the early 20th century and join Andrew Jepson, Archaeology Scotland’s Stobs Camp Project Officer, as he explores this internationally important First World War site. Hear about the early days of the training camp and visit the practice trenches. Then enter the PoW camp, see the barrack hut and discover what life was like for prisoners 100 years ago. Visit the former cemetery where 46 PoWs were buried and hear about recent excavations. Before leaving enter the bell tent to see artefacts and clothing and chat to the Living History Group ‘Scots in the Great War’. This tour takes place outdoors and will entail walking over uneven ground at times. Stout footwear and outdoor clothing advised.

    FREE. Booking required – limited spaces

    Call or email- 0300 012 9878/ info@archaeologyscotland.org.uk

  • The Man Who Ruled Scotland – Evening Tour & Talk
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    Thirlestane Castle, Lauder TD2 6RU, UK

    Thirlestane Castle, Lauder TD2 6RU, UK

    Take an exclusive guided tour around the beautiful castle to marvel at the state rooms and family collections before a lecture on the Duke of Lauderdale, Secretary of State to Scotland.

    John Maitland, 2nd Earl of Lauderdale, was one of the most important and controversial Scottish figures of the late 17th century. As a leading royalist, he was a confidant of King Charles II and spent nine years in the Tower of London under sentence of death. After the Restoration, he was appointed Secretary of State for Scotland. As such, he was virtually the uncrowned King of Scotland, and wielded unrivalled power and influence.

    On his second marriage to the Countess of Dysart, he was created Duke of Lauderdale and began transforming Thirlestane Castle into a fitting palace from which to direct the affairs of Scotland. He employed Sir William Bruce to undertake the remodelling of the Castle. Bringing Renaissance influences to the Scottish Baronial style, he introduced the two front towers and the grand staircase and oversaw the transformation of the interior, the most remarkable feature of which is the rich plasterwork of the State Rooms.

    Learn more about the Duke’s important place in the history of Scotland while enjoying a glass of wine as his impressive portrait towers over you.

    Part of the Scottish Borders Heritage Festival

    Entry: £12 including a glass of wine.

    Places must be booked in advance by calling 01578 722430 or emailing enquiries@thirlestanecastle.co.uk.

  • KELSO FOLK FESTIVAL
    7:00 PM-11:00 PM
    3rd September 2017

    10-12 Roxburgh St, Kelso TD5 7DH, UK

    10-12 Roxburgh St, Kelso TD5 7DH, UK

    Live on stage: Northern Company, Tom McConville and Andy Watt.

    £15, £12 concessions. Or buy both nights £25, £20 concessions

  • More events
    • RANGER TOURS OF ETTRICK FOREST WOODLAND
      All day
      3rd September 2017 -30th September 2017
      Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK
      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
      All day
      3rd September 2017 -30th September 2017
      Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QW, UK
      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- Sunday
      9:30 AM-4:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      Queen St, Jedburgh TD8 6DN, UK
      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

    • HERMITAGE CASTLE
      9:30 AM-5:30 PM
      3rd September 2017
      Hawick TD9 0LU, UK
      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
      3rd September 2017
      Farmhouse, Smailholm, Kelso TD5 7PG, UK
      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

    • ANOTHER FIELD EXHIBITION
      10:00 AM-4:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK
      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

    • CREATIVE PEEBLES FESTIVAL
      10:30 AM-4:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK
      Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

      Supporting 2017 Creative Peebles Festival: Fri 1 September to Sun 3 September.

      Festival exhibitions featuring fine art and local history include: A Sense of Place – From the Hills to the High Street (1–2 Sept) and The Summer Show: paintings by Anne Forbes, Marta Utsler & Jacqueline Watt (1–9 Sept).

      Times: 10:30–12:30 & 13:00–16:00

      Free

    • A JACOBITE STORY
      11:00 AM-5:00 PM
      3rd September 2017 -30th September 2017
      Traquair House, Innerleithen EH44 6PW, UK
      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
      3rd September 2017
      Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth TD14 5SD, UK
      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

    • SWI 100th ANNIVERSARY CRAFT EXHIBITION
      11:00 AM-4:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      Halliwell's House, Selkirk TD7, UK
      Halliwell's House, Selkirk TD7, UK

      To mark this auspicious occasion, a display of traditional craft by members of the Selkirkshire ‘rural’ which was formed in 1927 and celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. The Selkirkshire Womens’ Institute later enabled countrywomen to come together and socialise when their husbands were away at war. The SWI continues to flourish, promoting friendship and skill sharing for all women. Craft demonstrations accompany this exhibition.

    • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Eyemouth Fort
      12:00 PM-2:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      5 Fort Rd, Eyemouth TD14 5BD, UK
      5 Fort Rd, Eyemouth TD14 5BD, UK

      ‘The Road to Pinkie #2’ begins in Eyemouth centre with a reading of Somerset’s Proclamation to the People of Scotland followed by a short stroll along the coastal path to the fort for skirmishes and living history displays. An exhibition and video presentation will be housed in the adjoining holiday park and VR display is available at Eyemouth Museum. Refreshments and facilities served at the adjoining holiday park. A ships lantern will be housed on the site of the fort for three nights. The Lothian Levy will return to Eyemouth Fort the following week to begin a force march in ‘The Road to Pinkie’ – see 7 September listing.

      FREE

    • AERO LEATHER CLOTHING EXHIBITION - Sunday times
      12:00 PM-3:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK
      1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

      Aero Leather Clothing – classic leather, vintage cool Aero Leather Clothing of Galashiels have a world-wide reputation for their classic leather jackets, clothing and accessories based on period patterns and styles. For 33 years, they have combined craftsmanship and top quality materials to produce their unique garments – worn by discerning individuals across the world. The exhibition shows how the brands evolved and showcases key products.

      FREE

    • LOVELY LASSIES EXHIBITION - Sunday Times
      12:00 PM-4:30 PM
      3rd September 2017
      1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK
      1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

      Exploring the roles of the women in Hawick Common-Riding. Focusing on the Cornet’s Lass and Acting Mothers of the last 50 years and showing never-before-seen pictures and outfits of the Lovely Lassies!

      FREE

    • LIGHT YEARS- Sundays
      1:00 PM-4:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK
      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

    • THE COLOUR OF ART EXHIBITION- Sunday
      1:00 PM-4:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK
      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- Sunday times
      1:00 PM-4:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK
      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

    • INSPIRING SCOTLAND – EXHIBITION BY EMMA HERDMAN Sunday times
      1:00 PM-4:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

      A selection of works in watercolours and pencil by Emma Herdman, inspired by the atmospheric landscape and beautiful buildings of the Scottish Borders. Work is available to purchase.

      FREE

    • PASSCHENDAELE, 1917 - Sunday times
      1:00 PM-4:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK
      8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

      WWI commemorative exhibition Discover the crucial role of the destroyed landscape during the Battle and how both armies
      were forced to adapt their tactics and equipment. The impact on the servicemen, both physically and emotionally, was enormous. Passchendaele is known as one of the most horrific battles from the First World War, with more than half-a-million casualties for a territorial gain of merely eight kilometres. ‘Passchendaele’ not only became a concept in the history of the First World War, it also became a symbol of the great futility of the violence of war in all its horror. Includes a selection of local history objects from The Scottish Borders Permanent Collections.

      FREE

    • DRAWING LINES EXHIBITION- Weekend times
      2:00 PM-5:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK
      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

       

    • ST RONAN’S WELLS VISITORS CENTRE- Weekend times
      2:00 PM-5:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK
      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
      3rd September 2017
      2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK
      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 PIPING EXHIBITION- Weekend times
      2:00 PM-5:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK
      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

       

    • The Trees of Dryburgh Abbey Tour
      2:00 PM-4:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      Unnamed Road, Melrose TD6 0RQ, UK
      Unnamed Road, Melrose TD6 0RQ, UK

      THE TREES OF DRYBURGH ABBEY TOUR
      14.00, Dryburgh Abbey, Dryburgh, St Boswells TD6 6RQ
      Entry £6 adult, £3.60 child, £4.80 concession, Free for Historic Scotland Members

      Take a guided your around the beautiful ruins of the abbey and learn about the history, trees and parkland.

      www.historicenvironment.scot/dryburgh-abbey

    • LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Stobs Camp
      2:00 PM-4:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      Hawick TD9 9UQ, UK
      Hawick TD9 9UQ, UK

      Stobs Camp Tour & Living History. Step back in time to the early 20th century and join Andrew Jepson, Archaeology Scotland’s Stobs Camp Project Officer, as he explores this internationally important First World War site. Hear about the early days of the training camp and visit the practice trenches. Then enter the PoW camp, see the barrack hut and discover what life was like for prisoners 100 years ago. Visit the former cemetery where 46 PoWs were buried and hear about recent excavations. Before leaving enter the bell tent to see artefacts and clothing and chat to the Living History Group ‘Scots in the Great War’. This tour takes place outdoors and will entail walking over uneven ground at times. Stout footwear and outdoor clothing advised.

      FREE. Booking required – limited spaces

      Call or email- 0300 012 9878/ info@archaeologyscotland.org.uk

    • The Man Who Ruled Scotland - Evening Tour & Talk
      6:00 PM-8:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      Thirlestane Castle, Lauder TD2 6RU, UK
      Thirlestane Castle, Lauder TD2 6RU, UK

      Take an exclusive guided tour around the beautiful castle to marvel at the state rooms and family collections before a lecture on the Duke of Lauderdale, Secretary of State to Scotland.

      John Maitland, 2nd Earl of Lauderdale, was one of the most important and controversial Scottish figures of the late 17th century. As a leading royalist, he was a confidant of King Charles II and spent nine years in the Tower of London under sentence of death. After the Restoration, he was appointed Secretary of State for Scotland. As such, he was virtually the uncrowned King of Scotland, and wielded unrivalled power and influence.

      On his second marriage to the Countess of Dysart, he was created Duke of Lauderdale and began transforming Thirlestane Castle into a fitting palace from which to direct the affairs of Scotland. He employed Sir William Bruce to undertake the remodelling of the Castle. Bringing Renaissance influences to the Scottish Baronial style, he introduced the two front towers and the grand staircase and oversaw the transformation of the interior, the most remarkable feature of which is the rich plasterwork of the State Rooms.

      Learn more about the Duke’s important place in the history of Scotland while enjoying a glass of wine as his impressive portrait towers over you.

      Part of the Scottish Borders Heritage Festival

      Entry: £12 including a glass of wine.

      Places must be booked in advance by calling 01578 722430 or emailing enquiries@thirlestanecastle.co.uk.

    • KELSO FOLK FESTIVAL
      7:00 PM-11:00 PM
      3rd September 2017
      10-12 Roxburgh St, Kelso TD5 7DH, UK
      10-12 Roxburgh St, Kelso TD5 7DH, UK

      Live on stage: Northern Company, Tom McConville and Andy Watt.

      £15, £12 concessions. Or buy both nights £25, £20 concessions

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  • RANGER TOURS OF ETTRICK FOREST WOODLAND
    All day
    4th September 2017 -30th September 2017

    Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK

    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
    All day
    4th September 2017 -30th September 2017

    Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QW, UK

    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
    4th September 2017

    Farmhouse, Smailholm, Kelso TD5 7PG, UK

    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

  • HERMITAGE CASTLE
    9:30 AM-5:30 PM
    4th September 2017

    Hawick TD9 0LU, UK

    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

  • MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS VISITOR CENTRE
    9:30 AM-4:30 PM
    4th September 2017

    Queen St, Jedburgh TD8 6DN, UK

    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

  • AERO LEATHER CLOTHING EXHIBITION
    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    4th September 2017

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    Aero Leather Clothing – classic leather, vintage cool Aero Leather Clothing of Galashiels have a world-wide reputation for their classic leather jackets, clothing and accessories based on period patterns and styles. For 33 years, they have combined craftsmanship and top quality materials to produce their unique garments – worn by discerning individuals across the world. The exhibition shows how the brands evolved and showcases key products.

    FREE

  • HAWICK MUSEUM – EXHIBITION
    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    4th September 2017

    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    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
    4th September 2017

    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    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
    4th September 2017

    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    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
    4th September 2017

    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    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
    4th September 2017

    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    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

  • LOVELY LASSIES EXHIBITION
    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    4th September 2017

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    Exploring the roles of the women in Hawick Common-Riding. Focusing on the Cornet’s Lass and Acting Mothers of the last 50 years and showing never-before-seen pictures and outfits of the Lovely Lassies!

    FREE

  • DRAWING LINES EXHIBITION
    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    4th September 2017

    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    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

  • LIGHT YEARS
    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    4th September 2017

    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    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
    4th September 2017

    6 Market Square, Melrose TD6 9PN, UK

    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)

  • HISTORY OF PEEBLESHIRE
    10:30 AM-4:00 PM
    4th September 2017

    Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK

    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

  • Borders Heritage Festival : Extension to Old Melrose Monks’ Walk
    10:30 AM-12:45 PM
    4th September 2017

    4 High St, Melrose TD6 9SY, UK

    4 High St, Melrose TD6 9SY, UK

    EXTENSION TO OLD MELROSE MONKS’ WALK
    10.30, Melrose Square, Melrose TD6 9PL
    Entry £2. Children free

    Starting at Melrose Square and walking to Old Melrose on the pathways that now connect the town of Melrose with the place where St. Cuthbert began his monastic life. Arriving at Old Melrose 12.45 will allow time for lunch before joining the Monks’ Walk at 13.30 On return to the tearoom area at around 15.30 refreshments can be taken before walking the return route to Melrose via the Rhymer’s Stone. Good waterproofs are advised and strong footwear is required.

    www.oldmelrosefurniturestudio.co.uk

  • A JACOBITE STORY
    11:00 AM-5:00 PM
    4th September 2017 -30th September 2017

    Traquair House, Innerleithen EH44 6PW, UK

    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
    4th September 2017

    Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth TD14 5SD, UK

    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
    4th September 2017

    1-2 Manse Rd, Eyemouth TD14 5JE, UK

    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

  • SWI 100th ANNIVERSARY CRAFT EXHIBITION
    11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    4th September 2017

    Halliwell’s House, Selkirk TD7, UK

    Halliwell’s House, Selkirk TD7, UK

    To mark this auspicious occasion, a display of traditional craft by members of the Selkirkshire ‘rural’ which was formed in 1927 and celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. The Selkirkshire Womens’ Institute later enabled countrywomen to come together and socialise when their husbands were away at war. The SWI continues to flourish, promoting friendship and skill sharing for all women. Craft demonstrations accompany this exhibition.

  • Old Melrose Monks’ Walk
    1:30 PM-2:00 PM
    4th September 2017

    Unnamed Road, Melrose TD6 9DF, UK

    Unnamed Road, Melrose TD6 9DF, UK

    13.30, Old Melrose Tea Room – Courtyard, Unnamed Road, Melrose TD6 9DF (details below)
    Entry £2. Children free

    Guided walk from the Old Melrose Tea Room Courtyard, walking via site of WWII secret bunker and in the footsteps of St Cuthbert round the peninsula, below Scott’s View. See the boundary ditch of the holy site – Chapel Knowe, the walled garden, restored Victorian summerhouse and a mediaeval monk’s face carved into the wall of Old Melrose House before returning up the drive to the Tearoom Courtyard. We’ll take you past the proposed first excavation site of the peninsula with traces of prehistoric, Roman and Mediaeval occupation. Strong footwear and good waterproofs are advised. Directions: turn off A68 200 yards south of the Ravenswood roundabout /Melrose bypass, A6091, via a single track road and park at the rear of the Tearoom Courtyard.

    www.oldmelrosefurniturestudio.co.uk

  • ST RONAN’S WELLS VISITORS CENTRE- Weekend times
    2:00 PM-5:00 PM
    4th September 2017

    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    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

  • Walking Festival | Walking Home
    8:00 PM-10:00 PM
    4th September 2017

    Pennels Close, High St, Peebles EH45 8AG, UK

    Pennels Close, High St, Peebles EH45 8AG, UK

    20.00, Peebles Burgh Hall, High Street, Peebles EH45 8AG
    Entry £10. Book via website

    Tweed Theatre has put together a collection of poetry; prose and song with our festival-goers in mind that will make you laugh and cry, and tug on all your emotions in between these extremes. This community theatre group have been together for three decades and Director Paul Taylor, retired librarian, is not as quiet as his career makes him sound, he definitely knows how to entertain an audience! See website for today’s walks and to book tickets.

    www.borderswalking.com/Events

  • More events
    • RANGER TOURS OF ETTRICK FOREST WOODLAND
      All day
      4th September 2017 -30th September 2017
      Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK
      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
      All day
      4th September 2017 -30th September 2017
      Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QW, UK
      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
      4th September 2017
      Farmhouse, Smailholm, Kelso TD5 7PG, UK
      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

    • HERMITAGE CASTLE
      9:30 AM-5:30 PM
      4th September 2017
      Hawick TD9 0LU, UK
      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

    • MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS VISITOR CENTRE
      9:30 AM-4:30 PM
      4th September 2017
      Queen St, Jedburgh TD8 6DN, UK
      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

    • AERO LEATHER CLOTHING EXHIBITION
      10:00 AM-4:30 PM
      4th September 2017
      1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK
      1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

      Aero Leather Clothing – classic leather, vintage cool Aero Leather Clothing of Galashiels have a world-wide reputation for their classic leather jackets, clothing and accessories based on period patterns and styles. For 33 years, they have combined craftsmanship and top quality materials to produce their unique garments – worn by discerning individuals across the world. The exhibition shows how the brands evolved and showcases key products.

      FREE

    • HAWICK MUSEUM – EXHIBITION
      10:00 AM-5:00 PM
      4th September 2017
      Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK
      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
      4th September 2017
      Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK
      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
      4th September 2017
      Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK
      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
      4th September 2017
      2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK
      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
      4th September 2017
      2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK
      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

    • LOVELY LASSIES EXHIBITION
      10:00 AM-4:30 PM
      4th September 2017
      1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK
      1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

      Exploring the roles of the women in Hawick Common-Riding. Focusing on the Cornet’s Lass and Acting Mothers of the last 50 years and showing never-before-seen pictures and outfits of the Lovely Lassies!

      FREE

    • DRAWING LINES EXHIBITION
      10:00 AM-5:00 PM
      4th September 2017
      Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK
      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

    • LIGHT YEARS
      10:00 AM-4:30 PM
      4th September 2017
      Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK
      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
      4th September 2017
      6 Market Square, Melrose TD6 9PN, UK
      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)

    • HISTORY OF PEEBLESHIRE
      10:30 AM-4:00 PM
      4th September 2017
      Newby Court, High St, Peebles EH45 8AL, UK
      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

    • Borders Heritage Festival : Extension to Old Melrose Monks’ Walk
      10:30 AM-12:45 PM
      4th September 2017
      4 High St, Melrose TD6 9SY, UK
      4 High St, Melrose TD6 9SY, UK

      EXTENSION TO OLD MELROSE MONKS’ WALK
      10.30, Melrose Square, Melrose TD6 9PL
      Entry £2. Children free

      Starting at Melrose Square and walking to Old Melrose on the pathways that now connect the town of Melrose with the place where St. Cuthbert began his monastic life. Arriving at Old Melrose 12.45 will allow time for lunch before joining the Monks’ Walk at 13.30 On return to the tearoom area at around 15.30 refreshments can be taken before walking the return route to Melrose via the Rhymer’s Stone. Good waterproofs are advised and strong footwear is required.

      www.oldmelrosefurniturestudio.co.uk

    • A JACOBITE STORY
      11:00 AM-5:00 PM
      4th September 2017 -30th September 2017
      Traquair House, Innerleithen EH44 6PW, UK
      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
      4th September 2017
      Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth TD14 5SD, UK
      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
      4th September 2017
      1-2 Manse Rd, Eyemouth TD14 5JE, UK
      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

    • SWI 100th ANNIVERSARY CRAFT EXHIBITION
      11:00 AM-4:00 PM
      4th September 2017
      Halliwell's House, Selkirk TD7, UK
      Halliwell's House, Selkirk TD7, UK

      To mark this auspicious occasion, a display of traditional craft by members of the Selkirkshire ‘rural’ which was formed in 1927 and celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. The Selkirkshire Womens’ Institute later enabled countrywomen to come together and socialise when their husbands were away at war. The SWI continues to flourish, promoting friendship and skill sharing for all women. Craft demonstrations accompany this exhibition.

    • Old Melrose Monks' Walk
      1:30 PM-2:00 PM
      4th September 2017
      Unnamed Road, Melrose TD6 9DF, UK
      Unnamed Road, Melrose TD6 9DF, UK

      13.30, Old Melrose Tea Room – Courtyard, Unnamed Road, Melrose TD6 9DF (details below)
      Entry £2. Children free

      Guided walk from the Old Melrose Tea Room Courtyard, walking via site of WWII secret bunker and in the footsteps of St Cuthbert round the peninsula, below Scott’s View. See the boundary ditch of the holy site – Chapel Knowe, the walled garden, restored Victorian summerhouse and a mediaeval monk’s face carved into the wall of Old Melrose House before returning up the drive to the Tearoom Courtyard. We’ll take you past the proposed first excavation site of the peninsula with traces of prehistoric, Roman and Mediaeval occupation. Strong footwear and good waterproofs are advised. Directions: turn off A68 200 yards south of the Ravenswood roundabout /Melrose bypass, A6091, via a single track road and park at the rear of the Tearoom Courtyard.

      www.oldmelrosefurniturestudio.co.uk

    • ST RONAN’S WELLS VISITORS CENTRE- Weekend times
      2:00 PM-5:00 PM
      4th September 2017
      2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK
      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

    • Walking Festival | Walking Home
      8:00 PM-10:00 PM
      4th September 2017
      Pennels Close, High St, Peebles EH45 8AG, UK
      Pennels Close, High St, Peebles EH45 8AG, UK

      20.00, Peebles Burgh Hall, High Street, Peebles EH45 8AG
      Entry £10. Book via website

      Tweed Theatre has put together a collection of poetry; prose and song with our festival-goers in mind that will make you laugh and cry, and tug on all your emotions in between these extremes. This community theatre group have been together for three decades and Director Paul Taylor, retired librarian, is not as quiet as his career makes him sound, he definitely knows how to entertain an audience! See website for today’s walks and to book tickets.

      www.borderswalking.com/Events

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  • RANGER TOURS OF ETTRICK FOREST WOODLAND
    All day
    5th September 2017 -30th September 2017

    Estate Office, Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ES, UK

    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
    All day
    5th September 2017 -30th September 2017

    Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QW, UK

    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
    5th September 2017

    Farmhouse, Smailholm, Kelso TD5 7PG, UK

    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
    5th September 2017

    Queen St, Jedburgh TD8 6DN, UK

    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

  • HERMITAGE CASTLE
    9:30 AM-5:30 PM
    5th September 2017

    Hawick TD9 0LU, UK

    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

  • PASSCHENDAELE, 1917
    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    5th September 2017

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    WWI commemorative exhibition Discover the crucial role of the destroyed landscape during the Battle and how both armies
    were forced to adapt their tactics and equipment. The impact on the servicemen, both physically and emotionally, was enormous. Passchendaele is known as one of the most horrific battles from the First World War, with more than half-a-million casualties for a territorial gain of merely eight kilometres. ‘Passchendaele’ not only became a concept in the history of the First World War, it also became a symbol of the great futility of the violence of war in all its horror. Includes a selection of local history objects from The Scottish Borders Permanent Collections.

    FREE

  • ANOTHER FIELD EXHIBITION
    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    5th September 2017

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    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
    5th September 2017

    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    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
    5th September 2017

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    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
    5th September 2017

    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    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
    5th September 2017

    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    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
    5th September 2017

    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    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
    5th September 2017

    2 Millwell Park, Innerleithen EH44 6JF, UK

    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

  • LOVELY LASSIES EXHIBITION
    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    5th September 2017

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    Exploring the roles of the women in Hawick Common-Riding. Focusing on the Cornet’s Lass and Acting Mothers of the last 50 years and showing never-before-seen pictures and outfits of the Lovely Lassies!

    FREE

  • INSPIRING SCOTLAND – EXHIBITION BY EMMA HERDMAN
    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    5th September 2017

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    8 Scott Cres, Galashiels TD1 3JS, UK

    A selection of works in watercolours and pencil by Emma Herdman, inspired by the atmospheric landscape and beautiful buildings of the Scottish Borders. Work is available to purchase.

    FREE

  • AERO LEATHER CLOTHING EXHIBITION
    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    5th September 2017

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9, UK

    Aero Leather Clothing – classic leather, vintage cool Aero Leather Clothing of Galashiels have a world-wide reputation for their classic leather jackets, clothing and accessories based on period patterns and styles. For 33 years, they have combined craftsmanship and top quality materials to produce their unique garments – worn by discerning individuals across the world. The exhibition shows how the brands evolved and showcases key products.

    FREE

  • DRAWING LINES EXHIBITION
    10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    5th September 2017

    Entrance Lodge, Hawick TD9 7JL, UK

    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
    5th September 2017

    Irving House, 52 Overhaugh St, Galashiels TD1 1DP, UK

    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

  • LIGHT YEARS
    10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    5th September 2017

    Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6QD, UK

    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

  • Are Your Roots In the Borders?
    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    5th September 2017

    Irving House, 52 Overhaugh St, Galashiels TD1 1DP, UK

    Irving House, 52 Overhaugh St, Galashiels TD1 1DP, UK

    10.00–16.00, Borders Family History Society, 52 Overhaugh Street, Galashiels TD1 1DP
    Entry Free. Booking required

    Discover your family history. Build your family tree. Explore your family history primarily in the Border counties (Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire) of Scotland, though we’ll still try to help you if your roots are elsewhere. Research provision in Family and Local History on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday throughout the festival.

    www.bordersfhs.org.uk

  • ROMAN EXHIBITION
    10:30 AM-4:30 PM
    5th September 2017

    6 Market Square, Melrose TD6 9PN, UK

    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)

  • HISTORY OF PEEBLESHIRE