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Featured event

Mark Douglas-Home

Date: 27th May 15

Location: Melrose Library, 18 Market Square, Melrose

Time: 19:00 - 20:00

Cost:Free

Discussing the science behind his successful Sea Detective novels.

What could possibly be the connection between a 50 year old Guinness bottle, severed feet mysteriously washing ashore on Scotland’s beaches and the introduction of an unusual new kind of investigator to Scottish crime fiction?  Moreover, why is Cal McGill, the investigator who features in Mark Douglas-Home’s books, eager to know if the feet were wearing trainers?

To find out, book your place to join Mark Douglas-Home as he talks about his enthralling Sea Detective series of novels.  Mark will discuss his writing and his unusual creation, Cal McGill, who is both a detective and Oceanography student.  

Mark will also discuss the science behind Cal McGill’s ability to solve mysteries by tracking objects at sea through his knowledge of currents and tides.

Before writing books, Mark Douglas-Home enjoyed a successful career in journalism. His career began as a student and resulted in positions such as editor of Scotland’s leading daily newspaper, The Herald for five years and editor of The Sunday Times Scotland.

All Scottish Borders Science Festival events are organised in partnership with Global Science, the Creative Learning Team and  Scottish Borders Library Service.

Booking

Contact Melrose Library to book your free place.

 

Happening Today, 22nd May 2015

A Gartans for Gala - Eta Ingham Lawrie

Date: 9th May 15 - 21st Jun 15

Location: Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels

Cost: Free

Woven images inspired by the changes of light and landscape in the Scottish Borders and Snowdonia.

Eta has developed her own techniques of ‘freestyle’ wall hangings using hand-dyed local wool and fleece.

For Further information

Please contact Old Gala House

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

All about bees

Date: 3rd May 15 - 16th Aug 15

Location: Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick

Cost: Free

Part of Wilton Lodge Park Year of the Bee.

A fun way to find out about bees, the fascinating insects that pollinate our plants and our food crops - and give us honey!  With lots to see you can enjoy learning about one of nature’s busiest creatures.

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

Bookbug Sessions - Coldstream Library Contact Centre

Date: 13th Feb 15 - 19th Jun 15

Every fortnight

Location: Coldstream Library Contact Centre, Gateway Centre, Coldstream

Time: 11:15 - 11:45

Cost: Free

Bookbug sessions for adults and children under 5 years old. A mixture of song, story and rhyme to help interaction and child development.

Working with NHS Borders and Early Years our Libraries help encourage a lifelong love of books and reading through Bookbug, the Early Years Literacy Programme.

Bookbug helps encourage a love of books through a range of fun activities, including:

  • Bookbug's Library Challenge
  • Free book packs are given to children at around six weeks, 18 months and three years old along with guidance materials for parents and carers
  • Free Bookbug Sessions for babies, toddlers and their families to enjoy together.

Join us at Coldstream Library Contact Centre for a fun session of rhymes, stories and songs.

Bookbug sessions - Kelso Library Contact Centre

Date: 24th Apr 15 - 19th Jun 15

Every fortnight

Location: Kelso Library Contact Centre, Bowmont Street, Kelso

Time: 10:30 - 11:00

Cost: Free

Bookbug Sessions for adults and children under 5 years old. A mixture of song, story and rhyme to help interaction and child development.

Bookbug

Working with NHS Borders and Early Years our Libraries help encourage a lifelong love of books and reading through Bookbug, the Early Years Literacy Programme.

Bookbug helps encourage a love of books through a range of fun activities, including

  • Bookbugs Library Challenge
  • Free book packs are given to children at around six weeks, 18 months and three years old along with guidance materials for parents and carers.
  • Free Bookbug Sessions for babies, toddlers and their families to enjoy together.

Please contact Kelso Library Contact Centre for more information.

Bookbug's Big Bedtime Story

Date: 22nd May 15

Location: Melrose Library, 18 Market Square, Melrose

Time: 11:00 - 11:30

Cost: Free

Celebrate Bookbug Week with a special Bookbug Session for over 1's.

It’s Bookbug Week in the Borders and SB Libaries are celebrating with lots of songs and rhymes at Melrose Library.

Free and friendly event for toddlers.

Please contact Melrose Library for more information.

Bookbug sessions throughout the year

SB Libraries also offer a calendar of free Bookbug Sessions throughout the year for babies, toddlers and their families to enjoy together.

Bookbug's Big Bedtime Story

Date: 22nd May 15

Location: Kelso Library Contact Centre, Bowmont Street, Kelso

Time: 10:30 - 11:00

Cost: Free

Celebrate Bookbug Week 2015 with a special bedtime themed Bookbug Session.

Come along in your pyjamas with your favourite teddy for a special Bookbug Session.

For more information please contact Kelso Library Contact Centre.

Bookbug sessions throughout the year

SB Libraries also offer a calendar of free Bookbug Sessions throughout the year for babies, toddlers and their families to enjoy together.

Bookbug's Big Bedtime Story - Bookbug Week 2015

Date: 18th May 15 - 22nd May 15

Location: Scottish Borders Libraries

Cost: Free

Celebrate Bookbug Week with us by joining in with a whole week of FREE, special events taking place all over the Scottish Borders for families with babies and young children.

This year’s theme is Bookbug’s Big Bedtime Story - come along in your pyjamas with your favourite teddy for a special Bookbug Session.  

Galashiels

Date: 21st May 2015

Location: Galashiels Library, Lawyer's Brae, Galashiels

Time: 10:00 - 10:30

Celebrate Bookbug Week 2015 with a special bedtime themed Bookbug Session.

 

Hawick

Date: 21st May 2015

Location: Hawick Library, North Bridge Street, Hawick

Time: 10:30 - 11:00

Celebrate Bookbug Week 2015 with a special Bookbug Session for babies.

 

Date: 21st May 2015

Location: Hawick Library, North Bridge Street, Hawick

Time: 14:30 - 15:00

Celebrate Bookbug Week with a special Bookbug Session for toddlers at Hawick Library.

 

Innerleithen

Date: 21st May 2015

Location: Innerleithen Library Contact Centre, Buccleuch Street, Innerleithen

Time: 10:00 - 11:00

Celebrate Bookbug Week 2015 with a special bedtime themed Bookbug Session.

 

Jedburgh

Date: 19th May 2015

Location: Jedburgh Library Contact Centre, Castlegate, Jedburgh

Time: 10:00 - 10:30

Celebrate Bookbug Week 2015 with a special bedtime themed Bookbug Session.

 

Kelso

Date: 22nd May 2015

Location: Kelso Library Contact Centre, Bowmont Street, Kelso

Time: 10:30 - 11:00

Celebrate Bookbug Week 2015 with a special bedtime themed Bookbug Session.

 

Melrose

Date: 18th May 2015

Location: Melrose Library, 18 Market Square, Melrose

Time: 16:00 - 17:00

A bedtime story session to celebrate Bookbug Week 2015. 

 

Date: 22nd May 2015

Location: Melrose Library, 18 Market Square, Melrose

Time: 11:00 - 11:30

Celebrate Bookbug Week with a special Bookbug Session for over 1's.

 

Peebles

Date: 19th May 2015

Location: Peebles Library, Chambers Institute, Peebles

Time: 10:00 - 10:30

Celebrate Bookbug Week 2015 with a special bedtime themed Bookbug Session.

 

Selkirk

Date: 18th May 2015

Location: Selkirk Library, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk

Time: 14:00 - 14:30

Celebrate Bookbug Week 2015 with a special bedtime themed Bookbug Session.

 

SB Libraries also offer a calendar of free Bookbug Sessions throughout the year for babies, toddlers and their families to enjoy together.

Creative Fashion Exhibition

Date: 4th Apr 15 - 30th Aug 15

Location: Borders Textile Towerhouse, 1 Tower Knowe, Hawick

Cost: Free

Imaginative and unique designs showcase the talent of this year’s Creative Fashion students at Selkirk High School.

For more information, including opening hours, please contact Borders Textile Towerhouse.

Drafted to the Dardanelles

Date: 28th Mar 15 - 30th May 15

Location: Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels

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 Galashiels 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

To book 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

Floral Fusions - Louise Darcy

Date: 10th May 15 - 12th Jul 15

Location: Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick

Cost: Free

Flower paintings focusing on colour, both deliberate and accidental, created with watercolour and ink.

Floral work features strongly in Louise Darcy’s art,

"Every flower is a work of art in itself, and I never tire of exploring their colour combinations and patterns."

Waterfall Gallery (1st Floor)

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

History of Innerleithen

Date: 30th Mar 15 - 1st Jun 15

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

Cost: Free

Discover the history of Innerleithen in this historic spa: the origin of the Cleikum Ceremonies, connections with writers Scott and Hogg, and contemporary exhibitions.

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

In Place - Jan Miller & Mary Sleigh

Date: 4th Apr 15 - 24th May 15

Location: Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick

Cost: Free

Two professional textile artists with a shared love of fabric, fibres and experimentation come together.

A unique gallery project which will also highlight the regeneration of Wilton Lodge Park with some outside installations.

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

Love out of Bounds

Date: 28th Mar 15 - 6th Jun 15

Location: Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels

Cost: Free

Love Out of Bounds brings together a diverse range of participants, including people from minority ethnic groups, irrespective of gender and sexuality.

Participants may be LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender), straight, curious, queer or undefined. Love Out of Bounds encourages people to tell their stories of love ignored or rejected by their family, community or culture.

There are so many of us who have experiences of being told that the love we have is somehow wrong or misdirected.

We are finding common ground between straight and LGBT people, and people from majority and minority ethnic communities.

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.

Royally Welcome

Date: 5th Feb 15 - 28th May 15

Location: Kelso Library Contact Centre, Bowmont Street, Kelso

Cost: Free

Looking back at the visit from the entire Royal Family in 1947.

Kelso welcomed the Royal Family on several occasions in the 20th Century.

Using contemprorary photographs and accessories, we examine how Kelso welcomed the entire Royal Family during their tour of the Scottish Borders in July 1947.

For more information, including opening hours, please contact Kelso Library Contact Centre.

Scottish Borders Science Festival

Date: 1st May 15 - 31st May 15

Location: Various

Cost: Free

A jam-packed programme of events with FREE workshops, activities, projects and competitions for school groups, adults, families and the general public.

Family fun programme

Magic Science

Date: 23rd May 2015

Location: Hawick Library, North Bridge Street, Hawick

Time: 10:00 - 11:00

A free workshop for children aged 4 and up.

 

Magic Science

Date: 23rd May 2015

Location: Selkirk Library, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk

Time: 13:30 - 14:30

A free workshop for children aged 4 and up.

 

Science @ Mac Arts Centre

Date: 30th May 2015

Location: Mac Arts Centre, Bridge Street, Galashiels

Time: 11:00 - 16:00

SCI-FUN are a travelling roadshow run primarily by the University of Edinburgh.

 

Adult Programme  

 

Waverley Lines Poetry Workshop - cancelled

Date: 20th May 2015

Location: Melrose Library, 18 Market Square, Melrose

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Cost: Free

Unfortunately, this event has now been cancelled.

 

Mark Douglas-Home

Date: 27th May 2015

Location: Melrose Library, 18 Market Square, Melrose

Time: 19:00 - 20:00

Mark Douglas Home discusses the science behind his successful Sea Detective novels.

 

What has space ever done for us?

Date: 30th May 2015

Location: Peebles Library, Chambers Institute, Peebles

Time: 19:00

From Mayan temples to modern computer simulations, the practice of Astronomy is very much rooted in physical objects - most of them located here on Earth!

 

Star gazing

Date: 30th May 2015

Location: Peebles Library, Chambers Institute, Peebles

Time: 22:00

Come and learn more about our solar system and the world of Astronomy.

   

All Scottish Borders Science Festival events are organised in partnership with Global Science, the Creative Learning Team and  Scottish Borders Library Service.

Silhouettes in the Fog & Guiding Lights: The Foundation of Scottish War Blinded

Date: 22nd May 15 - 6th Jun 15

Location: Peebles Library

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Free

The exhibition describes the development of chemical warfare in World War One, trauma care on the Western Front and the rehabilitation and training provided to blinded soldiers by Scottish War Blinded

Chemical warfare contributed towards 188,706 Allied casualties in World War One, inflicting permanent blindness, respiratory problems and psychological disorders on those who survived. For many blinded soldiers returning to Scotland, life would never be the same again unable to return to previous employment and engage in public life.

Scottish War Blinded founded in 1915 to support blinded soldiers in their rehabilitation. They were trained in a wide variety of trades such as woodwork, piano tuning, poultry farming and basket weaving.

Upon completion of training, blinded soldiers were provided a means to seek new employment and live independently across Scotland with the assistance of aftercare workers.

Exhibition commentary is provided through Audio Guide headsets.

For further information see the Scottish War Blinded website.

Spokes, Stones and Spikes

Date: 30th Mar 15 - 30th May 15

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

Cost: Free

This mini exhibition takes a look at the history of local sporting organisations and the potential development of off road cycling in the area.

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

Squarescapes by Rich Johnston

Date: 30th Mar 15 - 31st May 15

Location: Coldstream Museum, 12 Market Square, Coldstream

Cost: Free

Art exhibition by Rich Johnston: snapshots of the landscape glimpsed while travelling around the Borders.

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

The Otter’s Tale

Date: 1st Apr 15 - 7th Jun 15

Location: Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Free entry.

Discover this elusive mammal and its world, through art, science and culture.

Scottish Borders artists, photographers and ecologists come together to highlight one of our most elusive and attractive mammals.

Exhibition

Includes art works from:

  • Angela Hunter
  • Eben Rautenbach
  • Laurie Campbell
  • Julia Linstead
  • Martin Wilson
  • John Tolland
  • Hannah Longmuir

and contributions from The Wildlife Information Centre and Findlay Ecology Services.

The exhibition takes place in the visitor centre gallery.

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 there are related events taking place on 17, 23 and 24 May.

The Surface of this Town - Philip Hutton

Date: 18th Apr 15 - 30th May 15

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

Cost: Free

Peebles townscapes by a well known, local artist who graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.

From his home overlooking the High Street, the view has become a recurring theme, motif and starting point for paintings which are either rendered spontaneously, "en plein air", or considered and developed later in his studio.

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

Tweed Theatre presents . . .

Date: 16th May 15 - 27th Jun 15

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

Cost: Free

Tweed Theatre is proud to bring you this interactive retrospective exhibition celebrating 35 years of amateur theatre in Peebles.

From pantomime to Shakespeare via comedy, tragedy and drama there is something for young and old!

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

Vision 2014 - one year on

Date: 18th Apr 15 - 5th Jul 15

Location: Borders Textile Towerhouse, 1 Tower Knowe, Hawick

Cost: Free

A retrospective look at the five years of events that involved all the school children in Hawick, culminating in the Big Return in 2014.

For more information, including opening hours, please contact Borders Textile Towerhouse.

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