Saturday 2nd September

Welcome Reception: hosted by Peebles and District Community Council

Come and join us at Peebles Ex-Servicemen’s Club down on the historic School Brae for the Festival’s Welcome Ceremony, at 7.30 pm. Peebles Community Council will welcome visitors this evening with a complimentary drink and refreshments.  Admission – Free.  Book here

Sunday 3rd September

Clues to the Past: An introduction to the archaeology of Tweeddale

Chambers Institution, Museum and Art Gallery, High Street, 8 pm.  Admission – £3 Book here
From the haughs of the River Tweed to the tops of many of our Peeblesshire hills, the observant walker will encounter traces of human impact on the landscape. Drawing on the fieldwork projects of the Peeblesshire Archaeological Society, their chairman, Trevor Cowie, will provide an illustrated introduction to the rich archaeological heritage of the area. Trevor Cowie is a retired Senior Curator from the National Museums of Scotland.

Monday 4th September

Walking Home:  Poetry, prose and song by Tweed Theatre and Guests

Burgh Hall, High Street, 8 pm. Admission – £10 Book here
Tweed Theatre has put together a collection of poetry, prose and song with our festival-goers in mind that will make you laugh and cry, and tug on all your emotions in between these extremes. This community theatre group have been together for three decades and Director Paul Taylor, retired librarian, is not as quiet as his career makes him sound, he definitely knows how to entertain an audience!

Tuesday 5th September

Evening Guided Town Walk: a look at the Royal Burgh of Peebles with Architect and Listed Buildings expert

Meet Peebles Ex-Servicemen’s Club, School Brae, 7.30 pm.  Fee – £2 Book here
Mark Douglas has worked for many years at Scottish Borders Council as the Buildings Conservation Officer. Being both an architect and planner he has a keen eye for all the aspects of built heritage. He will point out some recondite detail and tell a wee story or two in his colourful manner as he opens your eyes to the finer detail of the town.

Wednesday 6th September

Go Wild and Local! – a local food evening including wild meat and locally made ice-cream

Peebles Ex-Servicemen’s Club, School Brae, 7.30 pm. Admission – £12 Book here
Tweed Valley Venison Ltd and Caldwell’s Luxury Ice-Cream will be at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, inside and outside, with a variety of wild sourced meat for you to try, and some ice-cream for afters. You can learn about Sika deer in the Tweeddale Valley, and game sports.  Later in the evening Andrew Caldwell will give a talk about the history of ice-cream, – and yes, he will bring samples!

Thursday 7th September

Quiz Night in the County

High Street, 9.30 pm. Book team / table direct at County Inn, tel. 01721 720595
Get a team together at the popular County Inn on Peebles High Street for their weekly quiz night.  It’s a late start folks, to coincide with the meals finishing for the night – extensive food menu available. Prizes include a £25 drink/food voucher and a rolling cash prize.

Sheep Dog Demonstration and / or Traditional Hog Roast Evening

Cringletie House Hotel, 2 miles north of Peebles on A703 (for Edinburgh)
Sheep Dog Demonstration in the Hotel Paddock, 7.15 pm Admission £10 pp

Traditional Hog Roast with accompaniments, 8 pm (approx.) £12 pp
People may attend the hog roast only, if they wish, which will start approx. 8.00 pm.
Booking and prepayment essential direct to Cringletie House on 01721 725 750

Friday 8th September

Festival Ceilidh: led by local shepherd’s Ceilidh Band

Peebles Ex-Servicemen’s Club, School Brae, 7.30 pm. Admission – £12  Book here
Our ever-popular Ceilidh at the end of the festival week will be held in the familiar main hall of the Ex-Servicemen’s Club.  Local shepherd, Brian McFarlane, and his ceilidh band will lead you through your steps to dance the night away and have a wee laugh.  We will have a wee break to enjoy a bowl of stovies for supper (vegetarian option available).