Hawick Reivers Festival

Where: Hawick, Borders with Procession from the High Street, Hot Trod at Common Haugh
When: Weekend in late March
Time: Procession 10.45 am, Hot Trod 6.30 pm


Hawick Reivers

The border reivers were the folk who inhabited the “debateable lands” on the frontier of England & Scotland in the days before the Union; their quarrelsome ways and aggresive habits added words like bereavement and blackmail to the English language and their descendants still populate the area with well-known reiver surnames like Elliot, Dodds and Graham. Hawick was at the heart of reiver country and each spring a Festival is held to commemorate this heritage; it’s been going for a few years but is still a relative newcomer to the local calendar. Expect a  costumed Procession on the Saturday morning, a series of entertainments, sports, living history displays and lectures throughout the day and a market, and the Hot Trod torchlit procession on the Saturday evening followed by fireworks at Wilton Lodge Park. Talks and further activities follow on the Sunday.

Helpful Hints

All are welcome and most of the events and activities are free. In cases of extreme weather the programme may be amended.

In 2017 it was held on Friday March 24th, Saturday March 25th and Sunday March 26th – 2018 dates are yet to be announced.

Click here for the event website and full programme: http://www.hawickreivers.com

and here for the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hawick.reiversfestival.3?fref=ts

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