Culture

The Scottish Borders is rich in arts and culture, and was recently picked out as the third most creative region of Scotland in a Creative Scotland report!

Whether you’re a film buff, a theatre fan, a bookworm or an artist or musician, you’ll find plenty of places to go and activities and groups to keep you busy, whatever your interest, age and level of skill.

See our separate sections for the best picks from the Scottish Borders arts and culture scene.

Arts & Crafts

The Scottish Borders has a lively community of artists and makers, and one of the highest densities of artistic activity in the country. Read More

Ballet & Dance

For people that enjoy dance and expressing themselves through dance then we want to hear from you. If you are part of a ballet or dance group and are looking for new members and put on shows or you would like to get involved with learning dance then Melrose Living can help you. Read More

Books & Book Clubs

An annual highlight on the Borders book lover’s calendar is the Borders Book Festival, held in Melrose, with a mix of leading authors from the worlds of fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature. Read More

Drama

For people that enjoy acting and performing on stage then the team at Melrose Living wants to hear from you. If you organise and run a drama group, looking for new members or you put on shows and want to promote them to the Scottish Borders community or you are looking at getting involved with learning dance then Melrose Living can help you. Read More

Films

If you’re a film fan, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy in the Scottish Borders. Read More

Music & Operatic

There are many creative and talented people in the Scottish Borders and we want to play our part in promoting the wealth of talent that we have. If you are a musician and enjoy music or part of a band, choir or orchestra then get in touch and tell us about yourself. From traditional Scottish music to pop and rock we want to hear from you. Read More

Photography

If you’re interested in photography, most towns in the Scottish Borders have camera clubs which run regular social events and competitions. Read More

Theatre

The Scottish Borders has a number of thriving theatres where you can see touring shows and productions by local companies, including the Eastgate Theatre (Peebles), Tower Mill (Hawick), The Wynd (Melrose) and Bowhill Little Theatre (Selkirk). Touring shows often also visit town and village halls including Carlops, Kelso, Jedburgh and the Wauchope Hall in Yetholm. Read More

Writing & Poetry

For those that enjoy writing, be it classical, action, crime or poetry then Melrose Living wants to hear from you. There are many creative writers in the Scottish Borders and if you enjoy writing and would like to share and publish your work then Melrose Living can help. Over the year we will be publishing works written by local people in the Scottish Borders. Read More