Things to See & Do at The Festival

Bigger and better at the 2016 Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival

Celebrate summer with a visit to one of Britain’s friendliest book festivals. As well as seeing your favourite authors at their events, there are lots of things to do within the setting of the National Trust for Scotland’s glorious Harmony Garden. Entry to the garden is FREE.

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Food & Drink
This year we’re back in The Orchard, with even more of the finest food and drink from across the Borders and Scotland. In a giant stretch tent, Born in the Borders will keep the good cheer flowing with their finest beers, craft gins and will of course be popping a few bottles of festival fizz too! This year’s offerings for foodies include: Alanda’s Seafood Grill’s fresh shellfish, and their innovative twist on traditional fish and chips, with the very best
sustainable, locally-sourced seafood; Peebles-based Risotto2Go’s tasty gluten-free risotto and Borders family-run Well Hung and Tender’s juicy burgers.
Crema Caravan from Galashiels are back by popular demand to entice everyone into trying their delicious, freshly baked crème brulees. You can also savour a great selection of artisan coffees from Linton & Co. Coffee, served from ‘Bernard the Citroen H Van’ as well as freshly roasted brews and tempting homemade cakes from family-run Home Ground Coffee.
If you’re short of time between events, then beer, wine and coffee are all available in Harmony Garden from Born in the Borders Harmony Bar and Charlie Mills Coffee’s converted horse box! And don’t forget to try the mouth-watering selection of ice-creams and sorbets served from ‘Beatrix’ the traditional Over Langshaw Farmhouse ice-cream bicycle.

Harmony Garden Festival Bookshop
For the first year ever, the festival bookshop in Harmony Garden will occupy the full length of its marquee, allowing lots more space for browsing, buying and book signings. Our FESTIVAL BOOKSHOP stocks a great selection of this year’s authors’ books, as well as some of local interest; it’s an ideal place to browse and buy. Come and meet your favourite authors, have a chat and get your books signed after their event. In our children’s section, there will be a craft table for colouring and drawing as well as an excellent range of kids’ books from our fabulous festival authors. The bookshop is open from 10am till late – plenty of time for shopping!
We run our own bookshop and all proceeds go directly back to the festival.

All events last one hour unless otherwise specified, and book signings take place within the festival bookshop.  Please check the board outside the bookshop for signing information.

Accompanying Children to Events
We strongly advise that adults accompany children under age ten to all events. Everyone attending must have a ticket. For some events, tickets admit one child and one accompanying adult. Look for the notes under event description. Ages in listings are for guidance only.

Bringing the kids? Our Family Book Festival offers a wonderful selection of events with some of today’s best loved authors for children. And there are lots of free activities to enjoy too… By buying a FAMILY DAY PASS you can enjoy lots of events on Saturday and Sunday at a special rate. A pass costs only £35, and provides entry for up to five family members to six events each day, highlighted in the Family Book Festival programme with the Family Day Pass logo.

A mobile library from Live Borders Library & Archives will be at the festival during Friday and Saturday. On board staff will promote all aspects of the service from Tablet Sessions to Reader Groups with a particular focus on the free eResources offer. Staff will also demonstrate how to download
free eBooks, eAudio books and eMagazines, answer questions and talk about books.
Three vehicles deliver the mobile library service to the rural and outlying communities of the Scottish Borders, as well as to borrowers who are housebound or cannot reach their local library. Each vehicle carries a range of books and talking books to suit varied age groups and is equipped
with disabled access and a hearing loop.
Drop in to see what’s on offer…
Friday 17th June 2:30pm – 6:00pm
Saturday 18th June 10:30am – 6:00pm

For further information on Live Borders Libraries Live Borders is the not-for-profit organisation responsible for managing sport and culture services within the Scottish Borders.

You might just come across a TV camera or a large microphone if you’re attending the festival. Both RADIO BORDERS and ITV BORDER will be with us, interviewing authors, chatting to the public and reporting on events – make sure you’re camera ready; you might end up on the news!


DOGS: Harmony Garden is a National Trust for Scotland property. We regret that we can’t welcome the four legged members of your family. Hearing and guide dogs only will be admitted to the festival grounds.

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Book Festival employs a roving photographer who will be taking photos of events, the garden and visitors for promotional use.


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