With the school’s broken up and Summer in full swing, you may find yourself at a loose end. Don’t worry! We’ve put together a list of summer activities for the whole family.
The Border Union Show
Held on the last Friday and Saturday in July, is the Border Union Show. This year the show falls on 26th and 27th July at the Border Events Centre here in Kelso. The event is filled with over 500 competitions for horses, livestock, and industrial arts. There are also over 200 trade stands with tractors, farm supplies, clothing, and food outlets. The Food Fair is jam packed with tasty treats where you can nibble on samples before you buy. In the Craft Marquee you’ll find lovely handcrafted gifts, a great place to pick up a unique piece. The fun fair is also on site to keep the kids amused. This was always my favourite part when I visited the show growing up – you might catch me on the Waltzers!
Canteen Street Food Festival
Set in the walled garden at Archerfield, taking place on the last Saturday of the month is the Canteen Street Food Festival. Running from March to September, Canteen offers a whole host of curated street food vendors with the line up changing each month. The difficult part is choosing which vendor to eat from! Also on offer are the resident DJs, bars, live music and performances. This month, on July 27th Canteen is also hosting a vintage market with clothing, furniture, homeware and records on offer. For the little ones there will be garden games, face painting, and the fairy trail around the grounds of Archerfield.
At Border Berries, one of our favourite summer activities, fruit picking season is well under way! There are strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and tayberries all ripe for the picking. There is nothing quite like tucking into all the sweet summer berries you’ve collected – even better with some cream and meringues! After you’ve filled your punnets, there is a lovely cafe on site serving a range of home-baked goods. Scones with jam and cream, Victoria sponge cakes, and tayberry brownies are on the menu. All of which can be enjoyed outside on the picnic tables.
Go Ape at Glentress Forest
Harness up and swing through the treetops in the Glentress forest – one of three Go Ape locations in Scotland. With a 325-metre-long zip wire across a 160ft high valley, this is not an activity for the faint-hearted! Alternatively, take one of the walking trails and head for the Wild Watch Centre where the live camera shows Ospreys and other local wildlife. There are also over 50 miles of mountain bike trails at Glentress, be sure to bring along your bike or hire one for the day.
Come and see us!
If you’re based near Reeth in Yorkshire, be sure to come and visit us at Ard Rock enduro mountain bike festival. We’ll have our pop up shop open in the event village from 2-5th August. We’ve recently posted a blog all about it click here to find out a bit more.