Your guide to what’s on in the Scottish Borders
Borders Youth Theatre presents The Musicians by Patrick Marber, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. Part of National Theatre Connections, an annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools. Tickets £7 (£5 concs). Contact the box office on 01450 360688 or drop in to the Visit Scotland desk.
Tweed Theatre presents Sunshine on Leith, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm (Sat matinee 2.30pm). Musical driven by the music of the Proclaimers. Tickets £10 (£8 schoolchildren). Contact 01721 725777 or see www.eastgatearts.co.uk
National Theatre Live presents As You Like It, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind. Tickets £14 (£12 concs). Contact details as before.
Also showing at: the Maltings, Berwick. Tickets £16.75 / £15.75 concs, Child £8.75. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students). Contact the box office on 01289 330999 or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk;
The Buucleuch Centre, Langholm. Tickets £14 (£12 concs). Contact the box office on, 01387 381196, or see www.buccleuchcentre.com
Northern Ballet presents The Tortoise and the Hare, Maltings, Berwick, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm. Following the sell-out successes of Ugly Duckling, Three Little Pigs and Elves & the Shoemaker and the TV adaptations for CBeebies, Northern Ballet bring their magic to Tortoise and the Hare. Tickets £5.50 (£4.50 children). Contact details as before. Suitable for age 3+.
The Wit & Songs of Noel Coward, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. Pianist and entertainer Peter Gill presents a tribute to the wit and song-writing skill of that most English of Englishmen, Noel Coward, who said of himself: “I am an enormously talented man and there is no point in denying it.” Tickets £14 (£12 concs). Contact details as before.
Tom McConville with Jane and Phil Waites, BURC (formerly St Paul’s Church), Spittal, 7.30pm. Traditional music from Tom’s Newcastle roots, blended with Irish, Scottish and American influences. Adults £7.50, u17s £4, family £20.
Berwick Male Voice Choir, Kirknewton Village Hall near Wooler, 7.30pm. Fundraiser in aid of Great North Air Ambulance. Tickets including cheese and wine, £10 from T W Brand, Newsagents, Wooler, or call 01890 850285.
Carolyn Robson and Moira Craig, Rolling Hills Folk Club, Darnick, 8pm. Two excellent singers - one from the North EAst of England and one from Scotland. BYOB.
The Stubby Cans, the Whip and Saddle, Duns, 9pm.
Madhouse Mayhem Brothers, The Golden Lion, Galashiels, 9pm. Call 01896 755155.
Findlay Napier, Etal Village Hall, 7pm. One of the most highly-regarded and creative forces on the Scottish music scene. Tickets, £12 from firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01890 820566.
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Ugly Bug Ragtime Three, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. A brand new band that brings together three of Scotland’s finest jazzers to play a wonderful mix of hot rags, blues and stomps. Tickets £10 (under 18s go free). Contact details as before.
Little Mammoths, Hemelvaart Bier Cafe, Ayton, 7pm. Four friends with shared musical interests, featuring Urby Whale from Noah and the Whale. Tickets £7.50. Contact the box office on 07968 359917 or see www.hemelvaart.co.uk
Selection of work by Rob Kennedy, MacArts Centre, Galashiels, from 7pm. Three films will be screened: ‘You’re not blank’ (2002 – 2 mins 27 seconds); ‘Hapless, Helpless & Hopeless’ (2008 - 34 mins); ‘What Are You Driving At?’ (2013 – 4 mins 13 seconds). This will be followed by discussion and Q & As with Rob. Tickets £5, available on the door.
The Revenant, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Inspired by true events, The Revenant captures one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. Tickets £7.75 / £6.75 concs, Child £4.75 (ages 15 & 16 only). Contact details as before. (15)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, Maltings, Berwick, 2.30pm (Fri and Sun), 3pm (Sat). Alvin, Simon and Theodore three days to get to Dave in Miami and stop him from proposing to his new girlfriend, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. Tickets and contact details as before. (PG)
Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, Tower Mill, Hawick, 4pm. Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home. Tickets £6 (£4.50 concs). Contact details as before. (U)
The Danish Girl, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. Inspired by the true story of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, The Danish Girl is a fascinating look into one woman’s brave attempts to confront both societal norms and her own inner demons. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)
Joy, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. Spanning four generations of a family saga, Joy centres on the matriarch who founds a business dynasty. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)
Berwick Film Society presents Wild Tales, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. A wicked and subversive collection of deliciously dark satire. Tickets £7.75 / £6.75 concs, BFS Passholders free. Contact details as before. (15)
February 23, 24
Creed, Maltings, Berwick, 1pm, (Tues) 7.30pm (Wed). Adonis Johnson, the son of the famous boxing champion Apollo Creed, seeks help from the retired Rocky Balboa, hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)
Peeblesshire JAC presents The Annual Variety Show, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Peeblesshire Young Farmers return with their annual variety show with songs, stories, hilarious sketches and jokes. Tickets £5 (£3 concs). Contact details as before.
Introduction to Linocut Printing, Tower Mill, Hawick, 10am-4pm. Discover the versatility of this popular relief print technique. Cost £35 (includes all materials). Contact details as before.
Royal Scottish Geographical Society presents Professor Iain Stewart, ‘Faulty Connections: Living with Istanbul’s Earthquake Threat’, Heriot Watt University, Galashiels Campus, 7.30pm. How do you prepare a city of over 13 million people for a potential seismic calamity? Talks are open to everyone. Admission is £8 or free for RSGS Members, U18s and students. Tickets are available on the night.
Scottish Borders Hill Walking Club, Meldons walk. Meet 9am at the High Street car park, Galashiels. Contact club secretary Evelyn Horsburgh on 01750 76214 for more information.
Till may 2
Water Driven, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Tower Mill, Hawick. An exhibition on water driven technology from its early stages to the present day. Open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, closed Tuesday and Sunday. Admission free. Call 01450 377615 for more information or email email@example.com.
Till March 20
New to the Collection, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Tower Mill. View new additions of the knitwear that made the Borders famous to Borders Textile Towerhouse Collection. Opening hours and contact details as before. Admission free.
Duns & District RSCDS monthly dance, Volunteer Hall, Duns, 7.30pm. Charity dance, with music by Robert Whitehead. Tickets £6. Call 0788 4314203.
Scottish Country Dancing, Whitsome Village Hall, Whitsome, 7.30pm. An evening of fun and fitness with qualified teachers. All welcome. Call 0788 4314203 for further details.
Scottish Country Dancing, Paxton Village Hall, Paxton, 7.30pm. An evening of fun and fitness with qualified teachers. All welcome. Call 0788 4314203 for further details.
Scottish Country Dancing, Eyemouth Community Centre, Eyemouth, 7.30pm. An evening of fun and fitness with qualified teachers. All welcome. Call 0788 4314203 for further details.
opening times may vary during the winter season
Abbotsford House, Abbotsford, Melrose: 01896 752043. The Historic House and Gardens are CLOSED to the public for maintenance from December to February inclusive.
Berwick Barracks: 01289 304493. Open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Admission £4.80, £4.30 concession, £2.90 child, £12.50 family.
Bowhill House and Gardens, near Selkirk: 01750 22204. Bowhill Estate will reopen on March 25.
Dawyck Botanic Gardens, Stobo, near Peebles: 01721 760254. Dawyck Gardens will reopen on February 1.
Dryburgh Abbey, near Dryburgh: 01835 822381. Winter opening: 1 October - 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm). Admission: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40.
Glentress Peel Visitor Centre, near Peebles. Top mountain biking trails, great walks and fantastic wildlife watching, visitor centre, cafe and bike shop. Call 0300 067 6900 for more details. See http://7stanesmountainbiking.com/Glentress---Innerleithen for details of facility opening hours.
Halliwell’s House Museum and Robson Gallery, Markey Place, Selkirk: 01750 20096. Re-opens on March 25. Open Monday-Saturday 11am-4pm. and Sunday 12pm-3pm.
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, near Jedburgh: 01835 830306. Woodland walks, events, exhibitions, playparks. Open 10am-5pm daily.
Hawick Museum and Gallery, Wilton Lodge Park: 01450 364747. Closed until MArch 21.
Hermitage Castle, Hawick, Roxburghshire: 01387 376222. Hermitage will reopen on April 1.
Jedburgh Abbey: 01835 863925. Winter opening, 1 October - 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm). Admission: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40.
Mellerstain House, Gordon: 01573 410225. Mellerstain will reopen on March 25.
Melrose Abbey: 01896 822562. Winter opening 1 October - 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm). Admission: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40.
Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels: 01896 752611. Opening hours March-May, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm.
Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom, Market Place, Selkirk: 01750 720096. Opening hours, March-April, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday-11am-3pm.
Smailholm Tower, near Kelso: 01573 460365. Smailholm Tower will reopen on April 1.
The Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre, Melrose: 01896 822651. Reopens March 28. Entry £2; £1 school pupil or student; £5 family. Schools are welcome at any time.