So much to do you won’t get bored in the Borders……Click on image to see calendar
We try our best to ensure all details below are up to date but advise you to check for yourself before making plans.
Every Sunday live Scottish music, Traquair Arms Hotel from 7-10pm also open sessions at Traquair Arms alternate Thursdays from 8.30pm
Live Music at the St Ronan’s Hotel (The Top Pub) alternate Fridays from 8:30pm
The Gordon Arms Hotel, Yarrow Music Sessions 3rd Sunday every month 3-5pm Check out their Facebook page for more details
Robert Smails Printing Works, Innerleithen run various events throughout the year
St Ronan’s Wells Innerleithen run various events throughout the year
Peebles Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre’s programme is full to bursting!
Abbotsford House run various events
Various events, Dawyk Botanic Gardens from May until October, Guided bird walks, yoga, exhibitions and much much more!
Several local Gardens are open to the public for charity on specific days. We have tried to list as many as possible below. However, many are also accessible by arrangement. Please check the Scotland Garden Scheme website for more details
Glentress Trail races 10K, 21K and 42K marathons Saturday 22nd February
Bowhill Winter Duathlon-Long 23rd February 12pm
Scotland Garden Scheme Charity Opening Kailzie Gardens nr Peebles Clovenfords Sunday 23rd February (60% admission to Erskine Hospital, 10am – 4pm Kalzie is part of the Scottish Snowdrop Festival Semi-formal walled garden with shrubs and herbaceous borders, rose garden and excellent display of plants in large Victorian greenhouses. Woodland and burnside walks among spring bulbs, snowdrops, bluebells, rhododendrons and azaleas. The garden is set among fine old trees. Watch osprey with live CCTV recordings of ospreys nesting in the recently extended nature centre. Kailzie has been featured on Landward and Beechgrove Garden.
The Mighty Deerstalker Traquair House Saturday 14th March An adventure running event with a difference! This is probably the hardest off-road-Tweed-clad-pipe-lit-plus-four-and-headtorch-wearing run that exists. 5km 10km and 20 mile runs start and finish at Traquair. Start at 5pm.
Vallelujah Enduro 2020 21st & 22nd March , Glentress With two-days of riding (practice Saturday, race day Sunday), Vallelujah is your chance to ride away the winter blues and kick off your 2020 season on some of the best enduro trails in the UK. The course, as usual, will be kept under wraps until the event but you can expect an all-weather mix of top Tweed Valley stages.
Innerleithen Operatic Society performs 9-5 Monday 30th March- Saturday 4th April
Easter Eggstravaganza Traquair House 12th April 11am – The Biggest Egg Hunt in the Borders in the Biggest Maze in Scotland!
Ruff Dugger Traquair House Saturday 2nd May If Alice in wonderland designed a course to run with your dog , it would be this.
Entry and more info to follow soon.
Great Tapestry of Scotland Welcome Panel Tour Traquair House 9th /10th May 11am – 5pm Add your very own stitch to the welcome panel which will be on display at the new Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre, which will open in Galashiels in Spring 2021.
The British Motorcyclists Federation’s 60th anniversary Bears and Bikes event, Traquair House May 14th to 17th 2020.
The 2020 Scottish Enduro Series Innerleithen Round 2 16th /17th May Innerleithen has been a first choice venue since the conception of the Scottish Enduro Series
Scotland Garden Scheme Charity Opening The Pines, Innerleithen (2 minute’s walk from Cosaig!) Sunday 17th May 2-5pm Charity: Bees for Development 30% & Innerleithen Pipe Band 30%. 30%.
Scotland Garden Scheme Charity Opening Kirkton Manor House Peebles 20 May – 8 July (Wednesdays only), 2pm – 5pm
Glentress Seven Saturday 23 May 2020 10am Scotland’s most popular summer MTB endurance event, for good reason!
Traquair Medieval Fayre 23rd and 24th May, Traquair House 11am-5pm. The Traquair Medieval Fayre is Scotland’s only authentic Medieval Fayre and is an unbeatable mix of medieval entertainment from jousting to jesters in the grounds of Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House. This is truly a family event with jousting down the great grassed avenue of Traquair as well as a cannon firing display to start the event, archery, military drills and the occasional skirmish throughout the weekend.
Scotland Garden Scheme Charity Opening Haystoun Peebles Sunday 24th May 1:30 – 5pm This sixteenth-century house (not open) has a charming walled garden with an ancient yew tree, herbaceous beds and vegetable garden. There is a wonderful burnside walk created since 1980, with azaleas, rhododendrons and primulas leading to a small ornamental loch (cleared in 1990) with stunning views up Glensax Valley.
Shakespeare at Traquair Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th May and again on Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th June 2020. 7:30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A unique promenade production in the grounds of Traquair celebrating their 25th annual production.
*Tweedlove bike Festival 29 – 31 May 2020 This award-winning Tweed Valley festival is 10 years old and includes events for all the family, some of which we have listed below (check their website for lots more info):
- Tenduro 29th – 31st May 2020 Join the pros to ride five of the best stages ever to feature in Tweedlove’s races over the last 10 years. It’ll be three action-packed days on the hills using the cream of the country’s enduro trails. TweedLove’s headline event and Round 2 of the Triple Crown series.
- Enjoyro Friday 29 May 2020 ‘Intro level’ enduro. Enjoyro provides a sweet way into the joy of enduro racing, eases you in gently and gives you an idea of what it’s like to tackle a full on enduro…
- Gritopia Saturday 30 May 2020 a grit, gravel (or whatever you want to call it) adventure
- E MTB Challenge tbc Europe’s most exciting e-bike adventure landed in the UK for the first time this Summer. Top trail riding and uphill flow climbing stages combined with enduro style on a big e-xploration of the Tweed Valley trails.
- Tweedlove Family Ride Sunday 31 May 2020 Join hundreds of riders, of all ages, at our legendary annual (free) event. Bikes of all kinds are included in this fun, it’s a family friendly parade.
- Tweedlove Ride Outs Thursday 28 May 2020 – Sunday 31 May 2020 There will be a variety of ride outs across the weekend taking in different areas across the Valley, for different skill levels and with some superstar guides.
Scotland Garden Scheme Charity Opening Stobo Japanese Water Garden Stobo 2nd/3rd June 2pm – 5pm Charity: Stobo and Drumelzier Church of Scotland 30% & Diocese of Edinburgh Scottish Episcopal Church: St Peter’s Church, Peebles 30% Secluded woodland garden. While water is probably the main feature of the garden now, the layout echoes facets of a more conventional Japanese Garden – stepping stones, humpback bridges, the 40-foot waterfall, azaleas and rhododendrons, acers and other specialist trees and shrubs, many of far eastern origins. Several Japanese lanterns and a tea house still remain from when the garden was created in the early years of the 20th century
Tweedlove Transcend Epic Date tbc Two-days of racing, a few thousand metres of descent, (Adrenalin) uplift for most of it – what more could you ask for? It’s a weekend of full-on quality shredding and adventure with a bunch of like-minded riders.
Cycle Law Scotland Skinny Tweed 14th JuneIf you’ve never done a Sportive before, this is the perfect opportunity to have a go, in a relaxed atmosphere. If you’re training for a bigger event such as the Tour O The Borders closed road sportive, it’s a good way to see how the legs are doing.
Peebles Beltane Festival A spectacular festival of local legend, history and tradition, with a range of events throughout the week.
Scotland Garden Scheme Charity Opening Portmore 1 July – 26 August (Wednesdays only), 1pm – 5pm ) Lovingly created by the current owners over the past 30 years, the gardens, surrounding the David Bryce-designed mansion house contain mature trees and offer fine views of the surrounding countryside. Large walled garden with box-edged herbaceous borders is planted in stunning colour harmonies, potager, rose garden, pleached lime walk and ornamental fruit cages. The Victorian glasshouses contain fruit trees, roses, geraniums, pelargoniums and a wide variety of tender plants. There is also an Italianate Grotto and water garden with shrubs and meconopsis. The woodland walks are lined with rhododendrons, azaleas and shrub roses.
Scotland Garden Scheme Charity Opening Glen House 5th July, 11am – 4pm Just a few minutes drive from Innerleithen. An absolutely stunning location. Surrounding the outstanding Scots Baronial mansion designed by David Bryce in the mid-19th century, Glen House gardens are laid out on shallow terraces overhanging the glen itself, which offers one of the loveliest designed landscapes in the Borders. The garden expands from the formal courtyard through a yew colonnade, and contains a fine range of trees, long herbaceous border and a pool garden with pergola, all arranged within the curve of slopes sheltering the house. Charity CDP Worldwide: sustainable finance sculpture 60%.
St. Ronan’s Border Games 11th-18th July Innerleithen’s annual family festival, incorporating St Ronan’s Border Games and Cleikum Ceremonies.
Games Week has something for everyone! Music from the wonderful Innerleithen/Tweedvale Pipe Band and St Ronan’s Silver Bands ( captured below in the lino print by local artist Neil Stewart of Narrative Ark) Fancy Dress Parade, Quiz Night, Treasure Hunt, Flower Parade, Athletics and much more! The week culminates in a walk up Caerlee to dispatch the De’il for another year. Intrigued? You really need to be there!
A Dog’s Day Out Sunday 12th July Traquair House. A special day out for dogs and their owners with all manner of fun activities, competitions, displays and demos, all in the beautiful surroundings of Traquair House.
Scotland Garden Scheme Charity Opening The Pines Innerleithen (2 minute’s walk from Cosaig!) Sunday 9th August 2-5pm Charity: Bees for Development 30% & Innerleithen Pipe Band 30%. 30%.
Tweedlove King and Queen of the Hill 15th/16th August This event is a UK enduro classic, and one of the most popular enduros of the year.
Innerleithen Music Festival 21st – 23rd August always a wonderful weekend in the town!
Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature and Thought August 24th & 25th Traquair House Returning for its 11th year, this event brings together internationally renowned broadcasters, writers, thinkers, artists, diplomats and politicians to meet, talk and exchange ideas with the public about some of the most interesting and pressing issues of our time. This stimulating weekend of debate also includes bike rides, literary walks, art exhibitions and performances.
Innerleithen Flower Show TBC usually first weekend in September Memorial Hall Innerleithen 2- 4.45pm Displays of local produce: flower arrangements, vegetables, home baking, needlecraft and much much more! Check out the miniature gardens, our personal favourite! Teas will be served.
Tour O the Borders 6th September a classic closed road event which takes you through stunning scenery on beautiful Borders roads. Choose from 88km or 120km routes – it’s a cracking ride!
Scotland Garden Scheme Charity Opening Kailzie Gardens nr Peebles Sunday 6th September (60% admission to Erskine Hospital, 10am – 4pm
Peebles Highland Games Saturday 5th September in Hay Lodge Park, Peebles
Two Breweries Hill Race Saturday 26th September Run from Traquair House in Innerleithen to Broughton in the beautiful Scottish Borders 18 miles with over 4,900 feet of climb
TweedValley Tunnel Trail Run 10th October The Tweed Valley Tunnel Trail run is a beautiful off-road run that takes you along riverside paths, through stunning woodlands and up onto the hills with views of the Tweed Valley. Then, it finishes by diving deep into Neidpath Tunnel – a disused railway tunnel transformed into a 600m, unforgettable, underground running track. Something you really won’t have experienced before!
Choose from 20km, 10km or 4km and join us for this truly unique trail running experience in Scotland’s Tweed Valley.
TweedValley Tunnel Trail Walk TBC
Traquair Apple Day 10th October 11am-4pm (date tbc) Pick apples or bring your own and make some apple juice in the mobile apple press. Apple Dookin, delicious apple treats available from the Garden Café and tree climbing with Wild Tree Adventures.
Scotland Garden Scheme Charity Opening Dawyk Sunday 11th October 10am-5pm Stunning collection of rare trees and shrubs. With over 300 years of tree planting, Dawyck is a world-famous arboretum with mature specimens of Chinese conifers, Japanese maples, Brewer’s spruce, the unique Dawyck beech and sequoiadendrons from North America which are over 150 feet tall. Bold herbaceous plantings run along the burn. Range of trails and walks. Fabulous autumn colours.
Tweed Valley Forest Festival October TBC
*Halloween Fun Day at Traquair Sunday 1st November 11am-4pm
Christmas Opening at Traquair Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November Traquair House. With the house decorated in a Victorian Christmas style and craft stalls throughout the house this is a weekend for all ages. Local choirs and bands will perform in the courtyard and chapel. Santa’s luxurious grotto in the house. Puppet shows, Mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and home cooked lunches and teas in the Garden Cafe.Entry to House by charitable donation. Father Christmas Online Bookings from start of November 2020
Switched on Sunday, Innerleithen TBC
Peebles Outdoor Film Festival (date tbc generally last weekend in Jan) Eastgate Theatre Peebles A dazzling mix of adventure films, inspiring speakers and outdoor sessions at the fifth Peebles Outdoor Film Festival!