What’s On Guide to the Borders:  May 2019

The warm weather continues and the nights get lighter after the clocks changing. It fair puts a spring in your step after a driech and cold winter. There’s loads to do of an evening in the village from tennis to bowling in addition to the fabulous network of paths in and around the village for a relaxing stroll with your furry friend. Here’s a sample of some of the key events that are happening locally during May:

4th - 6th May Art @ Ancrum

A long weekend of exhibitions and demonstrations by professional artists and design-led makers in multiple venues throughout the village of Ancrum, where you can meet and purchase directly from the artisans.


5th May Earlston Sevens

Earlston 7s for 2019 will guarantee another fantastic day out at the Haugh with sparkling Sevens rugby followed by a live band and music in the marquee.

Adults – £12

Family pass (2 adults & 2 kids) – £30

Students – £10 (student ID required)

O.A.Ps/Under 16’s – £7

10th - 12th May Floors Castle Horse Trials

International dressage will be held on Thursday 9th May 2019. Classes will extend from BE90 to CCI-S3* with additional non-eventing classes including Burghley Young Event Horse, Retrained Racehorses and Arena Eventing.


12th May Comedy: Carl Hutchinson @ Volunteer Hall, Galashiels

From buying a house to having kids, Carl Hutchinson takes his unique adolescent approach to grown-up issues. Join Hutchinson with his stories and observations that have had crowds laugh their heads off year after year.


15th May Victorian Garden @ Abbotsford House

Join the Victorian garden design tour and discover how changing tastes translated into the landscape at Abbotsford House.


18th May Jedburgh Sevens

The Jedforest 7s (aka the friendly 7s) are traditionally the last of the Kings Of The 7s Tournaments. This always guarantees an exciting end to the season. The winner of the series is often not known until after our final. First tie kicks off at 1.30pm.


18th May Karine Polwart @ Tait Hall, Kelso

BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer Of The Year 2018, Karine Polwart is a multi-award-winning Scottish songwriter and musician, as well as a theatre maker, storyteller, spoken-word performer and published essayist.


24th May The Elephant Sessions @ Volunteer Hall, Galashiels

Hailing from the Highlands of Scotland, The Elephant Sessions comprise Euan Smillie (fiddle), Alasdair Taylor (mandolin), Mark Bruce (guitar), Seth Tinsley (bass, synth) and Greg Barry (drums, samples). Winners of the BBC Trad music awards ‘ALBUM OF THE YEAR’ 2017 AND ‘LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR’ 2018


25th May Woodland Outing @ Spottiswoode House

Guided tour of the Spottiswoode woodlands with botanist and bryophyte expert David Long.


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