Scottish Borders Council

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Aviva Tour of Britain 2015

Date: 8th Sep 15 - 9th Sep 15

Location: Various (Stage 3 finish at Floors Castle, Kelso)

Cost:Free

The 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain professional cycle race visits the Scottish Borders on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 September, racing through an unprecedented number of towns and villages.

The area will host its first stage finish of the Tour of Britain on Tuesday 8 September when Floors Castle in Kelso will provide the backdrop to some of the world's leading professional cyclists sprinting for glory.

Stage 3

Stage Three will begin south of the border in Cockermouth, Cumbria, crossing into Scotland at Gretna Green in Dumfries and Galloway. The route then passes through Newcastleton, where there will be an intermediate YodelDirect Sprint.

The first SKODA King of the Mountains climb will come on the B6357 in Wauchope Forest, with a second following on the A7 outside Hawick.

The route then takes in Selkirk and Tweedbank before the third and final SKODA King of the Mountains climb takes the riders from Melrose to Bowden Moor. Stage Three then descends down to St Boswells for the run in to Kelso along the A699.

Crossing the River Tweed and past the remains of Kelso Abbey, riders will tackle a short section of cobbles through The Square inside the final kilometre before the finish in the grounds of Floors Castle.

Estimated time of arrivals for the whole of Stage 3 are available to download.

Stage 4

Edinburgh will host the start of Stage Four on Wednesday 9 September from Holyrood Park, with the route then heading past the Scottish Parliament and up the Royal Mile through the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town to Edinburgh Castle.

After leaving the city Stage Four will race through East Lothian, passing Musselburgh race course and following the coast through Prestonpans and Cockenzie and Port Seton.

The route then takes the riders through Pencaitland and Gifford, with the latter also hosting an intermediate YodelDirect Sprint. A final Scottish SKODA King of the Mountains climb will come in the Lammermuir Hills above Whiteadder Reservoir.

The route then crosses back into the Scottish Borders for the second day, racing through Cranshaws, Duns and Coldstream, heading on south into Northumberland via Wooler, Alnwick and Warkworth for the finish in Blyth.

Estimated time of arrivals for the whole of Stage 4 are available to download.

More information

Visitor information and detailed route plans are now available and on the Tour of Britain website.

Parking information is also available.

The 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain, British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, will start in Wales on Sunday 6 September, finishing eight days later in the heart of London.

For more information on cycling in the Scottish Borders, including routes and upcoming events, visit the Cycle Scottish Borders website.

Happening Today, 4th September 2015

A different take on Quilting

Date: 15th Aug 15 - 26th Sep 15

Location: Duns Library Contact Centre, 49 Newtown Street, Duns

Cost: Free

A new approach, showcasing experimental techniques which enable cloth and fibre to take on a more expressive meaning.

Some of the techniques which enable cloth and fibre to take on a more expressive meaning.

The techniques include:

  • rust and indigo dyeing
  • intricate stitching
  • painting and transfer printing images to cloth
  • creating layers of fabric

Display in the Exhibition room of the Library

For more information

Please contact Duns Library Contact Centre

A Growing Success

Date: 23rd Mar 15 - 1st Nov 15

Location: Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum, Castlegate, Jedburgh

Cost: Free

Celebrating the bi-centenary of Jedburgh Horticultural Society

The United Roxburghshire and Jedburgh Horticultural Society was instituted shortly after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, and is believed to be the oldest regional horticultural society in Scotland. 

Its annual show features:

  • flowers
  • vegetables
  • an industrial section with baking and handcrafts
  • classes for children

This exhibition looks back over the past 200 years, with photographs and objects relating to the Society.

For further information

Please contact Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum or call 01835 864750

Anne Redpath and family

Date: 8th Aug 15 - 4th Oct 15

Location: Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick

Cost: Free

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of her death in 1965, artworks which celebrate the career of one of the Borders’ most illustrious artists.

Born 1895 in Galashiels and raised in Hawick, she enrolled at Edinburgh College of Art during WWI and became a painter of international significance.

She also became the matriarch of an artistic dynasty when she married the architect, James Michie and had 3 sons, two of whom – David Michie and Alastair Michie – became successful artists in their own right. Paying tribute to her extraordinary use of colour, perspective and texture, the exhibition seeks to introduce the artist to a new generation of gallery-goers.

Along with works from Scottish Borders Council’s Permanent Collection of Fine Art, the exhibition will include loaned works from the artist’s family and National Institutions.

For more information, including opening times, please contact Hawick Museum.

Cleft and Carved - Adrian McCurdy

Date: 22nd Aug 15 - 31st Oct 15

Location: St Ronan's Wells Visitor Centre, Wells Brae, Innerleithen

Cost: Free

Adrian McCurdy’s unique explorations in cleft oak furniture and his first exhibition of carved wall panels.

Both furniture and carvings combine woodcraft with the myriad treatment of surface and form and the changing effects of light.

For more information, including opening times, please contact St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre.

 

 

Drafted to the Dardanelles - Selkirk

Date: 1st Aug 15 - 13th Sep 15

Location: Halliwell's House Museum, Market Place, Selkirk

Cost: Free

GALLIPOLI 100 - Presented in association with the Gallipoli Centenary Education Project, to mark the anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915.

An exhibition paying tribute to the men of Selkirk and environs who fought in the Gallipoli Campaign and later in the Middle East, during World War 1.

The Gallipoli campaign of 1915-16 was a pivotal moment in world history.  While it was a significant defeat for the British and allied forces, it came to symbolise the start of the new Turkish Republic under Atatürk, and also the birth of Australia and New Zealand as independent nations. 

This exhibition has an accompanying learning and engagement programme for schools in connection to regiments which took part in the campaign.

Exhibition and accompanying learning & engagement activities are financially supported with grant aid from Museums Galleries Scotland.

For more details

On booking school sessions please contact the Museums Office on 01750 20096.

Family Fun at Halliwell's House Museum

Date: 19th Apr 15 - 31st Oct 15

Location: Halliwell's House Museum, Market Place, Selkirk

Cost: £1 Per Pack

Family Fun Trail

Pick up an exciting activity pack at reception to follow a trail that takes you around the museum displays.

For more information

Please visit the Halliwell's House webpage

Grow it, Make it, Buy it, Eat it - 100 years of food in Berwickshire

Date: 29th Aug 15 - 31st Oct 15

Location: Coldstream Museum, 12 Market Square, Coldstream

Cost: Free

Berwickshire's landscape produces some of the finest foods.

  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Oil Seed Rape
  • Potatoes
  • Salmon
  • Game

The area has a fascinating history of food shops, food factories and restaurants. This exhibition is an ideal introduction to the world of food in Berwickshire.

For more information

Please visit the Coldstream Museum webpage

Hunting the whale

Date: 15th Aug 15 - 31st Oct 15

Location: Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Chambers Institution, High Street, Peebles

Cost: Free

A first hand account of the last whalers sailing from Leith to South Georgia.

For more information, including opening times, please contact Tweeddale Museum and Gallery.  

Kelso Shops and Food

Date: 4th Jun 15 - 24th Sep 15

Location: Kelso Library Contact Centre, Bowmont Street, Kelso

Cost: Free

A nostalgic look at food shops in Kelso to complement the exhibition at Coldstream Museum opening on 29th August.

For more information

Please contact Kelso Library Contact Centre

Moth-ing @ Harestanes

Date: 4th Sep 15

Location: Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre

Time: 20:00 - 22:00

Cost: Adult £3. Child £2.

Late summer is a great time to see moths.

Join a moth expert and discover just how many different species are attracted to the moth light. Ages 8+, under-16s must be with an adult. No dogs.

Booking is essential.

Visit our Harestanes information page for details of visitor centre opening times and to download the Harestanes 2015 events brochure (available from March 2015).

Nature in Pastel and Textiles - Sandra Hay

Date: 15th Aug 15 - 19th Sep 15

Location: Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels

Cost: Free

Born and educated in Northern Ireland, Sandra Hay studied B.A. Hons in Woven Textile Design before coming to Galashiels for Post Graduate studies at the Scottish College of Textiles.

Now based in the Scottish Borders, Sandra captures the local wildlife in very detailed pastel paintings.

She also revels in the quirky freedom of felted wool, and enjoys reflecting the moods and colours of nature in her work.

For further Information

Please contact Old Gala House

New Family Fun At Old Gala House

Date: 19th Apr 15 - 31st Oct 15

Location: Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels

Cost: £1 per pack

Family Fun Trail.

Pick up an exciting activity pack at reception to follow a trail that takes you around the displays and exhibitions of Old Gala House.

For more information

Please contact Old Gala House

New Family Fun at Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom

Date: 19th Apr 15 - 31st Oct 15

Location: Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom, Market Place, Selkirk

Cost: £1 per Pack

Family Fun Trail

Pick up an exciting activity pack at reception to follow a trail that takes you around Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom.

For more information

Please visit Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom webpage.

Sculpted by Nature

Date: 29th Aug 15 - 1st Oct 15

Location: Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Free entry.

Detailed observation of the natural world is key to the success of Angela Hunter’s acclaimed bronze sculptures.

The exhibition also includes the artist's original drawings. Art works available to purchase.

Visit our Harestanes information page for details of visitor centre opening times and to download the Harestanes 2015 events brochure (available from March 2015).

To accompany the exhibition Angela Hunter will give an illustrated talk on 6 September.

The 1980's

Date: 22nd Aug 15 - 18th Oct 15

Location: Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick

Cost: Free

Discover a decade of innovation and style.

Fashion, design, politics – and big hair.  Come and find inspiration, or feel nostalgic.  The 80s revival is here!

For more information, including opening times, please contact Hawick Museum.

The Fabulous Fifties

Date: 29th Aug 15 - 31st Oct 15

Location: Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels

Cost: Free

A nostalgic look back to a decade of real change in the lives of ordinary people.

In the fifties, new ideas in fashion, music and interior design brought about transformation within the home and on the dance floor.

From rock and roll to cocktails to three ducks flying across a living room wall … it’s all here.

For more information

Please visit the Old Gala House webpage

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