Upcoming Local Events

event_0001So much to do you won’t get bored in the Borders……Click on image to see calendar


A Dog’s Day Out  Sunday 16 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.
Innerleithen Music Festival 18-20 August always a wonderful weekend in the town!
Whyte Endura Scottish Open Champs – King and Queen of the Hill 2017, 19-20 August Innerleithen. Now something of a UK enduro classic, the course makes the most of the massive variety of trail riding here, with the sweetest descents on the valley’s finest dirt, roots and rock. This year sees a new venue in Innerleithen as the event base with stages on both the Caberston and Traquair sides of the valley. Expect pro athletes mixing it up with mere mortals in the battle to become the Scottish Open Champion.
Creative Peebles Festival 25 Aug-3 Sept Over a period of 10 days, this small but incredibly creative Borders town celebrates the work of its many artists, arts groups, musicians, poets, film makers and craftspeople. As well as indoor performances and workshops, there are opportunities to explore the fascinating history, architecture, nature and landscape of Peebles and around through a series of talks, walks and tours. Whether it is to enjoy live music, theatre, film, dance, visual arts, crafts, tours, or some of the many activities taking place out on the streets of Peebles, there’s something for every age and interest.
Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature & Thought 26-27 August  Traquair House. Returning for its 8th year, this event brings together internationally-renowned broadcasters, writers, thinkers, artists, diplomats and politicians to meet, discuss 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, plus a variety of private lunches, dinners and tête-à-têtes to facilitate the development of new projects and innovative collaborations. It’s this combination of public and intimate interactions that makes the Festival unique.
Peebles Highland Games Saturday 2nd September in Hay Lodge Park, Peebles from 11:00 until 17:30. Events include: Pipe Band Competition, Heavy Events Competition,  Highland Dancing Competition, Malt Whisky and Scottish Gin Tasting, Haggis Hurling, Stalls, Traditional Scottish Foods, Children’s Fairground Rides, Bouncy Castles, Pipe Band Street Parade and much more.
Tour O the Borders 3 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!
Scottish Border’s Walking Festival Sunday 3rd to Saturday 9th September 2017 “Come ower the hills tae Peebles and walk Tweeddale in the footsteps of the drovers”
Two Breweries Hill Race Saturday23rd September Run from Traquair House in Innerleithen to Broughton in the beautiful Scottish Borders 18 miles with over 4,900 feet of climb

Charity Garden Opening Glen House Sunday 24 September 11:00am – 4:00pm Just a few minutes drive from Innerleithen. An absolutely stunning location. Take a picnic!

Tweed Valley Tunnel Trail Run Saturday October 7th A beautiful off-road run through a stunning natural environment – with a spectacular ‘son et lumiere’ twist in the tail! From autumnal beauty to underground awesomeness – there’s no other event like it. Starts and finishes in Peebles, Scottish Borders (23 miles south of Edinburgh)
All off road. Choice of two distances, approx. 10k and 20k –


Charity Garden Opening Dawyck Botanic Garden  – Sunday 8 October 10:00am – 5:00pm 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 45 metres tall. Bold herbaceous plantings run along the burn. Range of trails and walks. Fabulous autumn colours.


Tweed Valley Forest Festival Saturday 21st October to Sunday 29th October 2017. Peebles Wood Market, Carve Fest, Scottish Conker Championship and Food Festival all make for a great weekend.


Traquair House Historical Ghost Tours 27-28 Oct 7-8pm. 27-28 Oct 9-10pm Experience a ghostly tour of Traquair and meet the people who lived here long ago. Find out their stories and listen to the unexpected sounds of the past that can still be heard in the ancient walls. Feel a shiver down the back of your spine as you pass through the old oak door, what will be beyond? Tours last approximately one hour and include a glass of mulled wine.


Halloween Fun Day Sunday 29th October 11am-4pm Traquair House Traquair’s Halloween is for all ages and dispositions! For those who enjoy getting a little bit scared to those that just want the treats and fun, there are games, activities and shows all day long.


Free Christmas Opening Traquair House 25th November 10:30am-4pm 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 the Silver band 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 1745 Cottage Restaurant.


Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Robert Smail’s Printing Works  30 March – 2 April 2018

Traquair House Easter Eggstravaganza 1st April 12-5pm. The Biggest egg hunt in the Borders and lots more fun activities all day. A cracking good Easter Sunday for all the family

The 2018 Scottish Enduro Series Innerleithen Round 2 May 19-20

St Ronan’s Border Games 14-21 July 2018 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!
neil games week


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