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 23rd to Sunday 25th March, with a range of events including re-enactments, parades, walks, talks, games, historical markets and banquets.
The festival kicks off on the Friday with a ghost walk, where participants can hear the grizzly and gory stories of border ancestors, and enjoy a ghost talk in the ‘Auld Baths’ with Billy Young.
Saturday offers visitors the chance to Meet the Border Families and learn about their story, past and present; as well as find out if they are connected to the Reiving Clans and learn how to research their own family history. There will also be a 16th century market on the High Street and a Reivers Encampment at Wee Haugh, a Reivers Procession, 16th century crafts, Reivers Games, school dramas, an Archaeological Society talk, a banquet, a torchlit procession and fireworks.
The encampment will be filled with re-enactors showing off their skills, including displays of musket drills, hand-to-hand skirmishes and mock battles. The market will include Reivers trials, live entertainment, games and stalls.
The festival will round off on the Sunday with a Literary High Tea at Mansfield Park, talks and trips with a border Reiver theme, and a performance by the Two Rivers Theatre Company depicting 16th century border life.
More info: www.hawickreivers.com