For the duration of the festival Hawick steps back in time to the 16th century and through drama, song, poetry and re-enactments invites visitors and towns-people alike to experience life in this turbulent, often violent, but very colourful period in their history.
A full programme of activities is guaranteed many of which are free to the public and include demonstrations of falconry, archery and horsemanship, a look at craftsmen of the times and dramatic re-enactments. There are also concerts, guided walks, historical lectures and many other activities.
This is very much a family event with something to interest all ages and tastes.
Hawick is a community steeped in history and is the biggest town on the Scottish Borders. The festival highlight - the Torchlight Procession - is quite a spectacle!