The Borders and the Southwest

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  • 1. Common Ridings

    More than 10 Borders communities have reestablished their identities through the annual summer gatherings known as the Common Ridings. In medieval times it was essential...

    More than 10 Borders communities have reestablished their identities through the annual summer gatherings known as the Common Ridings. In medieval times it was essential that each town be able to defend its area by "riding the marches," or patrolling the boundaries. The Common Ridings that celebrate this history are more authentic than the Highland Games concocted by the Victorians. Although this is above all a celebration for native Borderers, you will be welcome to share the excitement of clattering hooves and banners proudly displayed.

    Galashiels, The Scottish Borders, Scotland
  • 2. Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival

    Celebrated every year since 1979, this festival with music, theater, dance, and other events is usually held at the end of May at several venues...

    Celebrated every year since 1979, this festival with music, theater, dance, and other events is usually held at the end of May at several venues throughout the region.

    Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
    01387-260447
  • 3. Eastgate Theatre

    A year-round program of films, concerts, and theater as well as community activities for adults and children are on offer here. The theater also has...

    A year-round program of films, concerts, and theater as well as community activities for adults and children are on offer here. The theater also has a very pleasant café, which is open throughout the day.

    1 School Brae, Peebles, The Scottish Borders, EH45 8AT, Scotland
    01721-725777
  • 4. Heart of Hawick

    Located in the heart of the town near the Drumlanrig Bridge, this arts and entertainment complex has a cinema and a performance space that regularly...

    Located in the heart of the town near the Drumlanrig Bridge, this arts and entertainment complex has a cinema and a performance space that regularly hosts cultural events. Book tickets through the website.

    Kirstile, Hawick, The Scottish Borders, TD9 0AE, Scotland
    01450-360680
  • 5. Wynd Theatre

    Closed Permanently

    Concerts of folk, blues, jazz, or classical music are on the roster at the Wynd Theatre, which also hosts theatrical events and film screenings....

    Concerts of folk, blues, jazz, or classical music are on the roster at the Wynd Theatre, which also hosts theatrical events and film screenings.

    3 Buccleuch St., Melrose, The Scottish Borders, TD6 9PA, Scotland
    01896-820028
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