Your guide to what’s on in the Borders
June 3-4, 8-11
Shakespeare at Traquair presents The Taming of the Shrew, Traquair House, Innerleithen, 7pm. A unique promenade performance of one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. Tickets £14 (£8 concs), available from the Eastgate Theatre box office on 01721 725777.
The Dolls, Volunteer Hall, Galashiels, 7.30pm. A fabulous mix of comedy sketches, songs and sing-a-alongs. Tickets £15 plus booking fee, from www.borderevents.com or 01750 725480.
Ian McMillan, Eyemouth Hippodrome, 8pm. Poet, broadcaster and comedian Ian McMillan comes to Eyemouth for a hilarious night of verse and improvisation guaranteed to make your sides ache. Tickets £12.50. Call the box office on 01890 750099, or see eyemouthhippodrome.org
The Unthanks, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm. Timeless, unsentimental and quietly subversive musical tales of loss, fear, booze, brawls, abuse and sorrow. Tickets £16, £14, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact the box office on 01721 725777 or see www.eastgatearts.co.uk
Tom McConville, Rolling Hills Folk Club, Darnick Village Hall, near Melrose, 8pm. Solo performance from a talented singer and fiddle player. Tickets £6/£5 concessions. Under 18s and Young Scot card holders go free. BYOB
Pop Factor: The Concert, Maltings, Berwick, 6.30pm. A cast of top professionals performing a current setlist, this show is the perfect night out for kids (both young and old!). Tickets £13.50 / £12 concs, Box (double occupancy) £40. Contact the box office on 01289 330999 or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk
Simon and Garfunkel: Through the Years, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm. A powerful live performance and multimedia show, taking the audience on a journey through the friendship and career of Simon & Garfunkel. Tickets £16, £14, £6 for schoolchildren. Contact details as before.
Inside the Whale and The Stare, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick, 2pm. String Theory returns to the bandstand for the first of its summer concerts, which will take place on the first Sunday of every month. Admission is free.
Yetholm Sinfonia presents music ofthe 19th and 20th centuries, Town Hall, Kelso, 7.30pm. Featuring Berwick trumpeter Jeremy Brown. Tickets cost £9 (Friends of the Orchestra £6) and are on sale at Hector Innes Photography, Kelso. Further info from Geoffrey Emerson, 01573 420279, or e-mail email@example.com
Damp Knight Improv: Turtle Recall, Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. Prepare for with another evening of hilarious, spontaneous and “turtle-y” improvised comedy. All tickets £5. Contact details as before.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya escalates, Eric and fellow warrior Sara try to conceal their forbidden love. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)
Miles Ahead, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Director and star Don Cheadle hits a career high with this passionate and audacious biopic of troubled jazz legend Miles Davis. Tickets £7.45 / £6.45 concs, child £4.45 (16 & under), baby free (2 & under). Contact details as before. (15)
Angry Birds, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 2.30pm. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to the Angry Birds to figure out what the pigs are up to. Tickets £8, £6 for schoolchildren, £24 for family of four. Contact details as before. (U)
Florence Foster Jenkins, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 4.30pm. The story of a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Tickets and contact details as before. (PG)
Miles Ahead, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.
Dark Horse : The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. The astonishing story of a champion racehorse raised in one of Wales’ poorest mining valleys. Tickets £6.50 (£5 concs). Contact the box office on 01450 360688 or drop in to the Visit Scotland desk.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. When Toula Portokalos’s parents find out she and her partner Ian were never officially married, another wedding is in the works. Can this big, fat, Greek event help to bring the family together? Tickets 7.45 / £6.45 concs, child £4.45 (16 & under), baby free (2 & under). Contact details as before.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Details as before.
Eco Fun Day, Kirkhope Primary School, Ettrickbridge, 11am-4pm. Enjoy eco-based activities for all the family. Free entry. Refreshments available all day.
“Eye Write!” Creative Writing Workshop, Hippodrome, Eyemouth, 11am-1pm. Selkirk FC poet-in-residence Thomas Clark and Eildon Tree editor Sara Clark are on hand to help you stretch your imagination in this practical and lively workshop. Suitable for all ages and abilities, from published poet to absolute amateur. Tickets £5.50. Call the box office on 01890 750099, or see eyemouthhippodrome.org
From February 13
A Rural Portrait, Cut the Mustard Gallery, Langholm. Call 013873 81180 for more details, or see www.mustardgallery.co.uk
The Selkirk Boys, WASPS artists’ studios, St Mary’s Mill, Selkirk, 10am-5pm. A rich and eclectic selection of art from a small group of the studios’ male artists. See www.selkirkwasps.com for further details.
June 4-July 2
Galashiels Studio Club annual exhibition, Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels. The works of several Borders professional artists will feature alongside the paintings of the Galashiels Studio Club members.
Open Mon–Sat 10am-4pm and Sun 1pm-4pm (closed Friday June 17).
Till June 19
The Plant World on Paper by David Stuart, Old Gala House, Galashiels. Botanist and artist showcases his paintings of plants. Open Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, and from June, Sun 1-4pm.
till July 17
Factory Girls, Tower Mill, Hawick. Sculptures by Katie Scarlett Howard celebrating the women workers of the textile trade of the past in Scotland and Wales. Open Monday - Friday 10am-4.30pm, Sunday 12noon-3pm. Contact the Borders Textile Towerhouse on 01450 377615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Till August 6
Cut the Mustard Gallery presents “SCAPE - town, country, sea”, High Street, Langholm. Preview of new exhibition, plus join Barry and Lisa for a slice of birthday cake and a glass of wine between 11am-5pm on May 14 to celebrate Cut the Mustard’s third anniversary in their new premises.
Till Sept 4
Hawico, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick, open Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm. A showcase of cashmere knitwear designs by Hawico. Admission free.
Till November 30
Rave Reviewer, Abbotsford House, near Melrose, open 10am-5pm. Exhibition exploring Sir Walter Scott’s activity as a reviewer of some of the most famous work of his time, including Jane Austen’s Emma and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Entry is included as part of admission ticket to the house. See http://www.scottsabbotsford.com/ for further details.
UNTIL OCTOBER 31
Stick Man Trail. Kielder Castle, free admission. Based on the much-loved book, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, following the success of the Gruffalo trail. It starts from Kielder Castle, where families can pick up an activity pack for £3, follow the trail and complete fun activities along the way. Parking costs £4.50 all day or £1.50 for one hour.
Abbotsford House, Abbotsford, Melrose: 01896 752043. See www.scottsabbotsford.com for events and prices.
Bamburgh Castle:,01668 214515. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, last admission 4pm. Admission £10.50, children £5, senior £10, family £25.
Berwick Barracks, 01289 304493. Open daily 10am-6pm. See detailsfo admission charges at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/
Bowhill House and Gardens, near Selkirk: 01750 22204. See http://www.bowhillhouse.co.uk for details of opening hours and admission charges.
Chillingham Castle, 01668 215359. Now open. Please ring for further details or visit our website www.chillingham-castle.com
Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: 01668 215250. Open Monday to Friday: Tours at 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Sundays: Tours at 10am, 11am, noon. Closed Saturday. Admission £8, concs £6, children £3, family £16.
Dawyck Botanic Garden, Stobo, near Peebles: 01721 760254. Open daily February 1 to November 30 from 10am to 4pm/5pm/6pm. Admission: Adults £6, Concessions £5, Children Free, Members Free.
Dryburgh Abbey, near Dryburgh: 01835 822381. Open daily, 9.30am-5.30pm. Admission: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40.
Etal Castle, 01890 820332. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.80, concs £4.30, children £2.90, family £12.50.
Heatherslaw Cornmill, 01890 820488. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm. Admission £3.80, concs £3.20, family £10, under-fives free.
Heatherslaw Light Railway, 01890 820244. Open daily, from 10am to 4pm, first train at 11am. Return journey prices: £6.50, seniors £6, children £4.50, under-fives £2.50, babies free.
Heatherslaw Visitor Centre, 01890 820338. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm.
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, Market Place, Selkirk: 01750 20096. 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. Open Mon–Fri 10am–12 and 1–5pm, Sat and Sun 2–5pm.
Hermitage Castle, Hawick, Roxburghshire: 01387 376222. Open daily from 9.30am-5.30pm. Admission Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Concession £3.60.
Jedburgh Abbey: 01835 863925. Open 9.30am-5.30pm. Admission: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40.
Lady Waterford Hall, Ford Village, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 07790 457580. Open daily, 10am-4pm. Admission Adults £3, concs. £2.70, family £8, U5’s free.
Lindisfarne Castle, 01289 389244. Call for opening times. Gift aid admission: £7.80, child £3.90, family £19.40.
Lindisfarne Centre, 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Admission £4, concs £3.50, children £2, family £10, under-fives free.
Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £6.20, concs £5.60, children £3.70, family £16.10.
Mellerstain House and Gardens, Gordon: 01573 410225. Open Fri-Mon. See www.mellerstain.com for details of opening hours and admission prices.
Melrose Abbey: 01896 822562. Open daily 9.30am-5.30pm. Admission Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40.
Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels: 01896 752611. Opening hours June to August - Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm.
Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom, Market Place, Selkirk: 01750 720096. Opening hours, May to August Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 11am-3pm, Sunday 11am-3pm.
The Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre, Melrose: 01896 822651. Entry £2; £1 school pupil or student; £5 family. Schools welcome.
Thirlstane Castle, Lauder: 01578 722430. From May 3 – October 2, open Tues-Thurs and Sundays 10am-3pm (grounds 10am-5pm). See thirlestanecastle.co.uk for info.