What’s On in and around Kelso

2023

Kelso Farmers Market, Fourth Saturday morning of each month in Kelso Square.

Creative courses check out dates in our blog

River Tweed Salmon Fishing Museum in Kelso Square.

Floors Castle opening times 

Dates of special events and guided house tours at Marchmont House. An imposing ‘Grade A’ listed mansion from the Palladian Period. Normally only open to the public for a limited number of days, tickets must be booked in advance through their website.

Information about The Border Common Ridings and other events across the south of Scotland can be found on Scotland Starts Here. 

Event Calendars at local venues

2024

Lots more local events on Visit Kelso 

May

1- June 30 Floors Castle Very special photographic Exhibition Of The Household Cavalry by Ripley

4/5/6 Art at Ancrum  A weekend of exhibitions and demonstrations by professional artists and design-led makers in venues throughout the village of Ancrum.

1 to 1 October Floors Castle re-opens for the summer season. The Walled Gardens, Terrace Café and Apple Shed Giftshop & Deli remain open daily all year.

3-5 Muck n’Mac Fest at Traquair

4 Willow Workshop and Alpaca Stroll at Beirhope 

8 Kelso Races, May Raceday

10-12 Kelso Country Music Festival at Borders Events Centre, Kelso

11 Music at Marchmont, St. Salvator’s Chapel Choir. The University of St Andrews mixed-voice ensemble of 25 students, the choir performs a broad repertoire spanning the last six centuries.

18 Borders Vintage Agricultural Association, Rally and Auction at The Showground, Springwood Park, Kelso 

24 Talisk, Scottish Folk Trio,  in The Tait Hall Kelso 

24-25 Scottish National Scooter Rally at Springwood Kelso 

25 Kelso Farmers Market 10.30 – 1.30 in Kelso Square

25 – 26 Traquair Medieval Fayre Weekend

26 Kelso Races, Lady’s Day 

29 – June 8 Shakespeare at Traquair

31 Wilson’s Farm and Kitchen, 25 Mile BBQ   12.30 – 3.30pm

June

1-2 Antiques Fair at the showground in Springwood Park Kelso 

2 Borders Vintage Automobile Club  at Thirlestane Castle, Lauder, the premier classic car show for all the family, in Scotland.

7 Wilson’s Farm and Kitchen Curry Night in The Stables

7 Floors Castle Private Evening Garden Tour with Fizz and Canapes.

9 Wilson’s Farm and Kitchen 25 Mile BBQ 12.30 – 3.30 pm

13-16 Borders Book Festival, Melrose

14 – 16 Paxton House Antiques Fair 

15 Vase Arrangement Workshop at Floors 

15-16 Border Union Dog Show, Springwood Park, Kelso.

22 Kelso Farmer’s Market in Kelso Square, 10.30 to 1.30.

29 Floors Castle Animal Encounters – Animal Explorers

30 Three Inch Fools present ‘The Secret Diary of Henry VIII’ Out door event at Floors Castle 

July

Antiques Roadshow at Thirlestane – how to apply for tickets 

7 ‘Little Women’ – Open Air Theatre – Floors Castle 

9 Wilson’s Farm and Kitchen 25 Mile BBQ

12 Floors Castle Private Evening Garden Tour with Fizz and Canapes.

13 – 20 Kelso Civic Week

14 Outdoor Performance of Peter Pan at Floors Castle 

20 Animal Encounters – Native Species at Floors Castle 

21 A Dogs Day Out at Traquair

21 -29 Music at Paxton Festival

26 – 27 Border Union Show, Kelso 

27 Animal Encounters – Weapons and Armour at Floors Castle 

August

3 Roxburghe Rocks at Floors Castle 12pm – 9 pm

3-4 Bernese Mountain Dog Club Championship Show at Border Events Centre in Springwood Park Kelso 

9 Private Evening Gardening Tour with Fizz and Canapes at Floors Castle 

10 Animal Encounters – The Zagaro at Floors Castle 

16 Propagation Workshop i the walled garden at Floors 

24 Animal Encounters – Creepy Castle Critters at Floors Castle 

24 – 25 Beyond Borders International Festival at Traquair House, Innerleithen

27 ‘Comedy of Errors’ like you’ve never seen it before! outdoors in Floors Castle Grounds

September

6-8 Kelso Folk and Live Music Festival

7-15 Melrose Music Festival 

13 Kelso Tup Sales – Border Union Showground Kelso

29 Triworks inaugural Duathlon and Trail Race at Floors Castle 

October

12 Floors Castle Garden – Autumn Wreath Workshop 

November

23-24 Traquair Christmas Opening

December

5-7 Christmas Wreath Workshops at Floors Castle

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Visit Kelso Events Calendar

The Border Ice Rink at Kelso – curling and public skating sessions

Kelso Swimming Pool information

The Border Common Ridings, every summer the towns of the Scottish Borders stage their own Common Ridings, an unforgettable spectacle of horsemanship, tradition and community spirit. Customs continued with real passion by locals, celebrating the region’s unique identity and history.

Kelso Farmers Market – 4th Saturday morning each month. There are markets in other Border towns too.

Floors Castle Events about 2 miles from Hendersyde

Kelso National Hunt Racing  – at the end of the farm road-end!

The Border Events Centre in Kelso hosts a wide variety of indoor and outdoor events throughout the year.

Mellerstain House and Gardens near Kelso

Events at Abbotsford, home to Sir Walter Scott

Bowhill House and Country Estate near Selkirk, which is just over half an hour from Hendersyde.

Ford and Etal Events and Information a step over the border in Northumberland. There is so much to see in these delightful Northumbrian Villages

Events at Paxton House, near Berwick-upon-Tweed

Events at Traquair further up the Tweed Valley near Peebles

Scottish Borders Cycling Events Tweed Love

Tweed Love Mountain Bike Festival Events

Scottish Borders Cycling Events – Tweed Love

Scotland’s Gardens Opening dates and Times

Alnwick Castle events

Evenings Out

The varied programmes of the Borders Theatre scene.

The Maltings Theatre & Arts Centre, Berwick-upon-Tweed

The Heart of Hawick Events – one of the biggest regeneration projects in the Scottish Borders. Live stream dates from The Royal Opera House.

Peebles Theatre and Arts Centre. Eastgate has become a well-loved part of the Peebles landscape, and a lively hub for arts activities in the Scottish Borders.

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