What's On Guide to the Borders - December 2017

It's a busy time of year, not just at the pub, but across the whole of the Borders. In our What's On Guide this month, we've included a few festivities that are taking place just over the border, but which are still an easy drive for guests staying at The Red Lion.

Closer to home, we have the Earlston Christmas Lights Switch-on this Sunday, so do come along and celebrate the festive season with us.

And, it's not too late to book a Winter Break at The Red Lion. You can stay for just £39.95pppn, dinner, bed and breakfast. (Based on two people sharing a twin or double room.) To take advantage of our special offer, give us a call on 01896 848 994.

What's on Guide

9th December 2017 – 3pm (Doors open at 2.30pm)

Merlin Academy of Traditional Music’s Annual Christmas Concert

Abbotsford House, Melrose, TD6 9BQ

Adults: £10, Friends and Family: £9

Tel: 01896 752043

10th December 2017 - 11am-3pm

Festive Family Fair

Abbotsford House, Melrose, TD6 9BQ


Tel: 01896 752043

10th December 2017 - 12pm

Scottish Borders National Day

Kelso Racecourse, Kelso, TD5 7SX

Tel: 01573 224767

10th, 17th and 24th December 2017 – 2.45pm - 5:15pm

Ice skating for everyone

Border Ice Rink, Golf Course Road, Kelso, TD5 7SL

Tel: 01573 224774

10th December 2017 - 6pm

Earlston Christmas lights switch-on

Santa departs East Green at 5.30pm

East End, along High Street to The Square

12th December 2017 - 2pm-4pm & 6pm-8pm

Bowhill Wreath-making workshops

Bowhill House and Country Estate, Bowhill, Selkirk, TD7 5ET

Booking essential. £22 (including refreshments)

Tel: 01750 22204

13th December 2017 – 10am-12.30pm

Christmas Garland-making workshop

Bowhill House and Country Estate, Bowhill, Selkirk, TD7 5ET

Booking essential. £25 (including refreshments)

Tel: 01750 22204

14th December 2017 – 7.30pm

Earlston Camera Club - Guest: Nick Silverstein

Earlston Bowling Club, Station Road, Earlston, TD4 6BZ

Visitors welcome: £2

Tel: 01896 849613

15th December 2017 - 10am to 3pm

St Abbs Friday Market

The Ebba Centre, St Abbs, TD14 5PL

More information: www.st-abbs-market.com

16th, 17th and 23rd December 2017, 11am-2pm

Santa Specials

Trains run at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm

Heatherslaw Light Railway Etal, TD12 4TJ

Price: £12 per person (Return journey, light refreshments, and family visit to Santa - with a gift for each child.)

Tel: 01890 820244 Booking essential

17th December 2017 - 10am-4pm

Christmas Market

Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre, Ford & Etal, TD12 4TR

Free/Donations welcome

29th December 2017 - 12.05pm

The Festive Fling

First race 12.05pm, last race 3.20pm

Kelso Racecourse, Kelso, TD5 7SX

Tel: 01573 224767

And, our friends at Born in the Borders have a range of Winter Wonderland activities right through until January. Check out their website: www.bornintheborders.com

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