International feel to latest Wilton Lodge Park bandstand series

four young women standing with their bicycles

Published: Monday, 31st July 2017

Performers from Spain, Germany and England descend on Wilton Lodge Park this Sunday for the latest of the bandstand’s summer series.

Those attending are encouraged to get on their bikes to make their way to the park, with The Handlebards – an all-female troupe of actors who travel around the country by bicycle – being one of the highlights of the afternoon.

Programme of free events

The afternoon starts from 1pm:

  • Do Lusco O Fusco from Galicia in Spain
  • Volkstanzkreis Niederntudorf from Germany
  • Dancer groups and artists performing as part of the Hawick Music Festival
  • The Handlebards perform Shakespeare’s As You Like It (at 5pm)

The Handlebards are known for their energetic performances, with plenty chaos and laughter included.

They present the Shakespeare story of Rosalind and Orlando who have been forced into exile in the Forest of Arden.

Gordon Webber, Wilton Lodge Park’s events manager

“This is a bit of a fringe festival event tied in with the Hawick Music Festival.

“We would encourage people to make a day of it and bring along a picnic and stay on for The Handlebards’ performance of As You Like It.

“The Handlebards tie in nicely with our promotion of cycling in the park and we invite the audience to get in the spirit of the event and ride their bicycles to the park that day.”

Seating facilities

Some seating is provided but people are welcome to bring their own chairs.

Please avoid umbrellas as they obstruct the view of other members of the audience.

The bandstand summer series is part of the £3.64m Wilton Lodge Park regeneration scheme, which is funded by oursleves and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Projects delivered so far include the Zandra Elliot Bandstand, walled garden, play-park and bridge as well as improvements to Hawick Museum and a waterfall walk and education area.

More information

Find out more about activities in the park.