The Three Inch Fools are a troupe of Shakespearian actors and folk musicians visiting Abbotsford to perform their vibrant and fast-paced production of The Tempest. Audiences are invited to bring along their rugs and picnic baskets, and enjoy the performance in a stunning outdoor setting. Bring warm clothing & waterproofs with you. if the weather is unkind, the performance will be held indoors on the first floor of the Visitor Centre. Access to the Gardens from 5pm, for 6pm start.
Come and watch the annual Abbotsford Arrow archery competition. A family day with Border Reivers display, Birds of Prey, inflatable gladiator challenge and much more! No need to book! Normal House & Garden admission prices apply.
Take a gastronomic tour of Scottish history and literature, guided by recipes from Sir Walter Scott’s library. Discover how to cook Sir Walter’s Tweed Kettle, Grouse à la Rob Roy, Meg Merrilies’ gypsy stew, James Hogg’s rumbledethumps, and more forgotten dishes from Scotland’s past. £10 garden walk, arrival drinks from 6.45 pm, 7.30pm start
A walk exploring the landscape and history surrounding Sir Walter Scott`s Abbotsford Estate. From Huntlyburn a short climb through the wooded Rhymers Glen, then cross Bowdenmoor to Cauldshiels Loch. Dropping down by Faldonside to the River Tweed and Abbotsford before returning to Gala. For prices and bookings please visit www.borderswalking.com or call Border Events on 01750 725480, 10am -15.15pm, no need to register on this page
Enjoy a guided tour of the formal gardens, venture through historic woodland, and stroll along a scenic stretch of the River Tweed across rich meadows. Following the walk there will be the option of a private guided tour of Abbotsford house at a special discounted rate of £7.50 payable on the day. For prices and bookings please visit www.borderswalking.com or call Border Events on 01750 725480, 09.15am - 14.00pm no need to register here.
Abbotsford is home to over 200 species of fungi and flora, many of which are edible and possess medicinal qualities. Join expert, Ali Murfitt to explore for some edibles and have a go at concocting our own remedy. £8 adults £4.00 17 and under, 2pm – 4.30pm
The Secret War - Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-1945 .
Much has been written about the soldiers, sailors and airmen but this is the first book to examine the successes and failures of the secret war from the perspective of all combatants. Like his earlier books, it draws upon original research – particularly from Russia – and will range over an international canvas, combining strategic analysis with startling individual stories of daring, deception and hardship. We are fortunate that Max Hastings has chosen Abbotsford to launch this exciting new book. Drinks served from 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Suggested donation £15
Join us for a programme of music commissioned by the Scottish Clarinet Quartet and directly inspired by the writings of Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg, performed in the beautiful setting of the Abbotsford library. The concert will feature the first performance of Tom David Wilson's Wringhim his deamons and the UK première of Francine Trester's Many Miles Away, accompanied by works inspired by Scottish history and folk traditions. Drinks from 7pm, performance starts at 7.30pm
Until the 1940s, horse logging was standard practice for timber extraction across Scotland and on Abbotsford’s 1500 acre estate. Drop by to see traditional horse logging in action again as it would have been practised in Sir Walter Scott’s time. Free event suitable for all ages. Wheelchair accessible.
In February 1818, Walter Scott led the expedition responsible for recovering Britain’s oldest crown jewels: the Honours of Scotland. He was a man fascinated by the symbols of state and family lineage and this is apparent everywhere you turn at Abbotsford. Join Charles Burnett, Ross Herald of Arms Extraordinary, for an evening tour to discover how this passion is reflected at Scott’s Borders home, and hear the story behind the rediscovery of the regalia hidden deep in Edinburgh Castle following the Union of 1707. Drinks served from 7pm and performance starts 7.30pm. £10 per ticket
With a special emphasis on Scott’s relationship to The Trossachs as the setting for The Lady of the Lake, Dr. David Borthwick of Glasgow University discusses the ways in which landscapes inspire art; changing character and emphasis according to our cultural ideas, associations, myths and even ‘memories’ as humans attribute ideas of landscape to the places they encounter. This talk will culminate with guest appearances by Borders poets Julian Colton, Dorothy Alexander and Anita John as they read work inspired by the Abbotsford landscape and announce plans for the Abbotsford 2016 Poetry Showcase. Drinks will be served from 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
Scott celebrated his rich family heritage in the windows of Abbotsford. In this session for beginners with Edinburgh-based stained glass artist Emma Butler-Cole Aiken, you will develop the skills to make a small leaded glass panel in the traditional way which can then be further embellished using cold glass paint. Your painted design could include your own family crest, a detail copied from the windows or even another carving or object within the Abbotsford collections. The workshop fee includes all materials and tutoring, an orientation tour of the house and lunch provision.
All Hallows’ Eve approaches. From tales of ghosts, goblins, kidnapping, and convents to gloomy abbeys and ruinous castles, Scott’s poems and novels are laced with a gruesome tapestry of gothic events, themes and motifs. Beginning with Scott’s youthful fascination for German tales of terror and an admiration for infamous Gothic novelist Matthew ‘Monk’ Lewis, this paper by doctoral researcher Lucy Linforth traces Scott’s connections with Gothic literature of the late eighteenth-century, and explores the ways in which adapted fragments of a literature of terror, tell tales of a ‘Gothic’ Scotland. Suggested donation £10, arrival drinks from 7pm for 7.30pm start.
Go on a candlelit tour of Abbotsford....if you dare! Step back in time and discover grisly legends, spooky stories & tales of ghostly goings on with mysterious visitors from the past........... ONE Family Tour at 6pm and TWO Adults only Tours at 8pm & 10pm. Booking ESSENTIAL £12 for Adults, £5 for Under 17s
The 11th of November is Martinmas, the quarter day that traditionally marked the end of autumn and the beginning of winter. This day also marks the peak of the reiving season. Join expert scholars and renowned traditional singers as we mount up and ride boldly into the worlds of folkloric past. From the wardens of the marches to ‘the Shirra and his gang’, these "fellow travelers" will guide you through the debatable lands of the Border Ballads. Drinks served from 7pm for 7.30pm start.