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The Three Inch Fools Present Shakespeare’s The Tempest

  • Children (£8.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • Adults (£12.00)

August 13, 2015

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.

Abbotsford Arrow & Family Day

  • Under 17's (£4.50)
  • Concessions (£7.50)
  • General Admission (£8.75)

August 16, 2015

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.

Sir Walter’s Muckle Banket, a walk in the kitchen gardens followed by a talk by Sandy Neil

Price: General Admission £10.00

September 7, 2015

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

Borders Walking Festival, Rhymers Glen and Abbotsford

Price: General Admission £7.00

September 8, 2015

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

Borders Walking Festival, Abbotsford Gardens and Grounds

Price: General Admission £3.00

September 12, 2015

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.

Fungi, Foraging and Remedies

  • 17 years and under (£4.00)
  • Adult (£8.00)

September 13, 2015

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

Max Hastings Book Launch

Price: suggested Donation £15.00

September 17, 2015

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

Many Miles Away: A Performance from the Scottish Clarinet Quartet

Price: General Admission £12.00

September 25, 2015

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

Horse Logging

Free Event

October 4, 2015

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.

Sir Walter Scott, Heraldry and the Honours of Scotland

Price: General Admission £10.00

October 8, 2015

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

The Storied Landscape

Price: General Admission £10.00

October 14, 2015

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.


Stained Glass at Abbotsford

Price: General Admission £65.00

October 24, 2015

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.

£65 per person

Gothic Scotland: Walter Scott and the Literature of Terror

Price: General Admission £10.00

October 27, 2015

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.

The Grey Lady's Tales of Abbotsford - Halloween Tours!

  • Children under 17 (£5.00)
  • General Admission (£12.00)

October 31, 2015

Back by popular demand!

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

Border Ballads on Martinmas Eve

Price: General Admission £12.00

November 11, 2015

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.


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