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Issue 42 - Return to the Ridings

Scotland Magazine Issue 42
December 2008

 

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Return to the Ridings

Border towns
1st-6th June: Hawick Common Riding
5th-13th June: West Linton Whipman
8th-13th June: Selkirk Common Riding
14th-20th June: Peebles Beltane
14th-20th June: Melrose Festival
19th-28th June: Galashiels Braw Lads Gathering
27th June-10th July: Jed Callants Festival
5th-11th July: Duns Summer Festival
13th-18th July: Kelso Civic Week
26th July - 1st August: Lauder Common Riding
2nd-8th August: Coldstream Civic Week

The centuries-old Scottish Borders Common Ridings & Festivals have joined together to support Scotland’s first national Homecoming celebration by issuing a joint invitation to Border folk around the globe to Return to the Ridings in 2009.

Each Common Riding centres on grand ride-out on horse back around the town boundaries. Since the beginning of the 16th century, Common Ridings & Festivals have formed an integral part of Scottish Borders tradition. An annual celebration, Common Riding combines horsemanship with incredible tradition. The events are friendly, heart-stirring and steeped in local history, including rousing music and song specific to each town.

Visitors and riders can join in the fun by registering at www.returntotheridings.co.uk