Crossing Borders Art Trail
, 2018 sees the 10thanniversary of the formation of Crossing Borders. During which time there have been Art Trails, exhibitions, workshops, social gatherings, networking events and some great Crossing Borders directories and guides. To celebrate this there are many Open Studio events taking place a throughout the year. Burns Night
events throughout the Scottish Borders
Jedburgh Hand Ba
Known locally as Jethart BaÍ›, two handball games are played on the Thursday after Shrove Tuesday (or the week after, depending on when the first new moon falls after Candlemas) Traditionally the first ever game was played with an EnglishmanÍ›s head and the ribbons on the ball symbolise his hair. The teams (Uppies and Doonies) are chosen by where they live – Uppies are those born to the South and Doonies to the North of the Market Cross. Play is in the town centre starting in the Market Place with the boys or Callants game at 12 noon and the mens game following at 2pm; the Uppies goal is outside the Castle Jail and the Doonies goal is at the Pleasance, each a couple of hundred yards away from the start. Several balls are thrown and the games can last for hours- lots of thrills and spills and the towns shops are boarded up for the event.
Border Counties Rally.
Annual event that starts and finishes in Jedburgh, covers the first round of the MSA British Rally Championship. Route in around the Scottish Borders roads and forestry. For more info. The Borders Art Fair
, Springwood Park, Kelso. 3 fabulous days of celebrating visual arts in the Scottish Borers. Live art demonstrations, over 50 exhibiting artist stands, creative talks and discussions, our "local heroes" exhibition, competitions, food and drink and a whole lot of fun for all ages. Hawick Reivers Festival
has events throughout the weekend, Meeting the Reiver Families, Re-enactments, Ghost Walks, Banquets, High Tea and lots of entertainment
The Riding of the Bounds
Berwick Upon Tweed. Traditionally takes place last Saturday of April. The bounds are the lands between the Border and the River Tweed Kelso Races
Buccleuch Cup Day, with many fixtures on throughout the year. Fantastic day out for all the family, kids go free (under 17) but must be accompanied by an adult. Kings of the Sevens.
Rugby sevens. The game of Rugby sevens was conceived in the Scottish Borders town of Melrose in 1883. Today Rugby continues to feature as one of the main sports in the Borders and at club level there is a very active 7s circuit. Tournaments start with Gala 7s on the 1st, Melrose 7s 14th, Hawick 7s 21st, Berwick 7s 22nd, Langholm 7s 28th
Kings of the Sevens cont
Kelso 7s 5th, Earlston 7s 6th, Selkirk 7s 12th and Jed-Forest 7s 19th. Peebles 7s is usually in August. Hawick Common Riding
, the start of the year's annual celebrations of the riding of the boundaries, Hawick is one of the four towns who originally celebrated the Reivers and them riding the boundaries of their lands. Starting at the beginning of May with the announcement of the new Cornet events and ridings take place throughout the month. Floors Castle Horse Trial
, annual event that has made Floors Castle an established venue for the International Horse Trials and fast becoming one of Scotland's leading equestrian events. Art @ Ancrum.
Ancrum Village. A long weekend of exhibitions and demonstrations by professional artists and makers in multiple venues through the village, where you can meet and purchase directly from the artisans.
Historic Motoring Extravaganza
, Thirlestane Castle, Lauder. Annual Vintage meet of over 600 cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles. Fantastic day out Jimmie Guthrie Memorial Run.
Annual event held in Denholm village. Originally held to celebrate the 50yr anniversary of the Hawick and Border Motorcycle group and to celebrate the clubs most famous member. 40 -50 miles of Borders countryside covered taking 21/2-3 hours. Motorcycles and vintage cars attend and there is always a stop off to Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick to visit the exhibition in the museum and the Guthrie statue. Borders Book Festival
, a wonderful four days of talks, discussions, food and drink, live music, comedy and so much more for all the family. Free to visit at Harmony House, Melrose. The Selkirk Common Riding.
Lead by the Standard Bearer there is an early rise to follow the band through the town and witness the bussing of the Burgh flag, the riding of the marches follows and last around 41/2 hours. Celebrations continue in to the next day with horse racing and professional games. The Melrose Festival Week
, lead by The Melrosian a weeklong of riding, celebrating and traditions are upheld. Peebles Beltane Week.
The Cornet leads the riding of the marches throughout the week, celebrations end on the Saturday, another early rise, Festival day ride, crowning of the Beltane Queen and grand procession around the town. The Galashiels Braw Lads Gathering
, takes place last week of June and the final day, Braw Lads day is the Saturday where he receives the Burgh flag at 8am and leads a mounted cavalcade to Netherdale for the ceremony at the "Raid Stane". Jethart Callants Festival and Border Games
, held in Jedburgh Town spread over two weeks, culminating with Games Day on the Saturday, which is always the 2nd Saturday of July. The Callants festival has ride outs and events held throughout the fortnight. Festival day is the Last Friday and the Callant leads his cavalcade through the town to the Abbey to have the Provost pin a rosette to the Jethart Flag, the cavalcade proceed to Ferniehirst Castle for ceremonies and then to the Capon Tree, one of the last surviving oaks of the ancient JedForest, to have an oak sprig pinned to his sash. Cumulating at the War Memorial near the Abbey where the Callant lays a wreath.
Jethart Callants Festival and Border Games
, held in Jedburgh Town spread over two weeks, culminating with Games Day on the Saturday, which is always the 2nd Saturday of July. The Callants festival has ride outs and events held throughout the fortnight. Festival day is the Last Friday and the Callant leads his cavalcade through the town to the Abbey to have the Provost pin a rosette to the Jethart Flag, the cavalcade proceed to Ferniehirst Castle for ceremonies and then to the Capon Tree, one of the last surviving oaks of the ancient JedForest, to have an oak sprig pinned to his sash. Cumulating at the War Memorial near the Abbey where the Callant lays a wreath. The Duns Reivers Week and summer festival.
The Reiver receives the Burgh Flag on the Monday and enjoys a week of events and ceremonies, the final of which are on the Saturday which include the riding of the Parish Bounds, starting with breakfast in the Black Bull at 6.30am, with the ride setting off at 9am from the market Square. Closing ceremonies proceed at 6pm. Kirkin follows on the Sunday. Kelso Civic Week.
The Kelso Laddie with his supporters, right and left-hand men enjoy a weeklong of traditions, celebrations and ceremonies. The last ride is the Langholm rideout and lasts the whole day, culminating in the Cornets chase, a gallop around the racecourse.at 9.30pm the Flag is handed back in front of the town hall. Border Union Agricultural Show.
The Annual agricultural show held at Springwood Park, Kelso. The show has a range of classes for horses, cattle, sheep, poultry, arts and crafts and over 200 trade stands Eyemouth Herring Queen
. The tradition started initially as a Peace Picnic marking the end of the 1st World War and was held Annually. The children marched around the town to the picnic area at Gunsgreen. Families brought along their own kettles the tea was served from urns and the children took along their own tin cups. Races were held during the day and fun was had by all. The day was celebrated throughout the years and was looked on as a local holiday. James “Storey” Collin, who was Eyemouth’s harbour master at this time, was holidaying in the North of Scotland when he seen a Festival that included the crowing of a Queen. He then brought this idea back to the committee who organised the picnic. They too felt that the crowning of a Queen would be a worthwhile addition. The first Herring Queen was crowned in July 1939.
Peebles Rugby 7s Tournament
Lauder Common Riding
, originally related to the blessing of the lands, crops and affairs of the Burgh. The Burgesses and the Town Council pledged their allegiance to their Lord. The Cornet now carries out these traditions of the past and leads a March from the Lauderdale Hotel to the Town Hall at 7am. Standard is presented to the Cornet at 8am at the Tollbooth and he then leads the cavalcade to the Waterin Stane and then onto the Burgess Cairn. The riders arrive back to the War Memorial at 11.30am and the concluding ceremony take place at the Town Hall at 12pm. Festivities continue through to the evening with a Grand March at 9pm.
Coldstream Civic Week
, begins with the introduction of the Coldstreamer at the beginning of the week, he then leads the celebrations throughout the week. Flodden is the longest and largest of the four ride outs and takes place on the Thursday where you can see more than 300 riders gallop across the battlefield at midday.
Tour O the Borders.
Top class road cycling event which takes you through stunning scenery on Border Roads. Starting in Peebles the route is mainly on quite back roads, with many steep hills along the way.
Borders Wedding Show
, Springwood Hall, Kelso. Largest annual wedding show held in the Scottish Borders, perfect for all you budding brides Jedburgh Running Festival.
Staged over a weekend, with Three Peaks 38 mile ultramarathon, Three Peaks Ultramarathon relay race, CaniSports Scotland's canicross races, Half Marathon Road race, 10k road race and Wheelchair and Handbike 10k race. Kelso Antique and Fleamarket Fair.
The largest fair of its kind and one of 7 events held at Springwood Park, Kelso
Ancrum Village, 7pm Free
Denholm Village, Auld Cross Keys Inn,
Bonfire lit 6pm, Fireworks 7pm. Free
Dolphinton, West Linton, 7pm Free
Ettrickbridge, Kirkhope Primary School, torchlight procession will leave primary school at 6pm, wristband entry only. Wristbands are £3, available from the school in advance or on the night from, 5.30pm.
Hawick (Burnfoot Fireworks) Mansefield Park, gates open at 6.15pm. Donations
Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Traquair
Field behinf st Ronan's Health Centre, Bonfire lit 7pm, Fireworks 7.30pm. £3 person / £10 family
Peebles, Victoria Park, Bonfire 7pm, Fireworks 7.30pm. Free
Selkirk, Ettrick Forest Bowling Club,
Bonfire 6.30pm, Fireworks 7pm.
West Linton, Lower Green,
Bonfire 6.30pm, Fireworks 7pm. Free