Where: Hawick, Scottish Borders
£: Ticket prices vary depending on the event. Some events are free.
What is it?
At a time when England and Scotland were at war, those living in the borders became known as Reivers. The Hawick Reivers Festival takes place in Hawick, the biggest town in the Scottish Borders, and offers a flavour of life in these times.
The festival gives visitors a glimpse at the food, entertainment, politics and skills of the Reivers. This year the festival takes place from 25th to 27th March 2016 with a range of events including re-enactments, processions, walks, games, markets and banquets.
The festival kicks off on Friday 25th March with the Reivers Family Banquet at Hawick Old Baths. Then, on the Saturday there will be a 16th century market on the High Street and a Reivers Encampment in Teviot Road, from 10.30am to 3pm. The encampment will be filled with re-enactors showing off their skills and livestock. Re-enactment groups at the festival will include the Border Reivers and Les Amis D’Onno.
Falconry Scotland will be showing their birds at the Reivers Market, giving visitors the opportunity to get up close and handle some of the birds. Activities on the high street will include a parade, drumming, the Reivers Games, and musket drills.
Also on the Saturday there will be drama at St Mary’s Church, an archaelogical lecture at the Heritage Hub, a torchlit procession, a Reivers concert and a ghost walk.
Finally, on the Sunday there will be a literary talk and high tea at Hawick Rugby Club.
More info: www.hawickreivers.com