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 during those times.
The festival gives visitors a glimpse of the food, entertainment, politics and skills of the Reivers. This year the festival takes place from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March, with a range of events including re-enactments, parades, walks, talks, games, markets and banquets.
The festival kicks off on the Friday with two evening ghost walks and the Reivers Family Ceilidh at The Auld Baths.
On the Saturday there will be a 16th century market on the High Street and a Reivers Encampment at Wee Haugh, taking place from 10.30am to 3pm. The encampment will be filled with re-enactors showing off their skills, including displays of horsemanship, musket drills and skirmishes. The market will include Reivers trials, live entertainment and Reivers games.
Other events on the Saturday will include a parade on the high street and the Primary School Reivers Games in the morning, followed a talk by Hawick Archaeological Society, a torchlight procession, fireshow and fireworks later in the day.
The day will end with a Reivers Banquet at the Auld Baths.
The festival will round off on the Sunday with a Literary High Tea at Mansfield Park Clubrooms.
More info: www.hawickreivers.com