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Coldstream Civic Week

Inaugurated in 1952 and begins on a Sunday with the introduction of the Coldstreamer, the principal figure in the celebrations, and the bussing of the Burgh Flag.

The Coldstream Civic Week 2015 will be taking place on Sunday 2nd of August until Saturday 8th of August 2015.

Coldstream Common Riding takes place on on the Thursday 6th August 2015.

The Coldstream Torchlight Procession will take place on Friday 7th August 2015 at 10pm.

More details of the week’s events below;

2nd August  – Civic Week Opening Ceremony at Henderson Park War Memorial.  Football and Family Fun Day.

3rd August – Ye Olde Dub Dash Foot Race.  Art Exhibition.  Sports at Home Park. Ride Out to Norham & Tillmounth Park.  Bingo Fun Night at the Newcastle Arms Pub.  Ladies Night.

4th August – Bike Race at Home Park. Window Dressing and Hat & Model Competitions. Guided walk around the town.  Children’s Pet Show at Leet Green.  Tea Dance at the Royal British Legion.  Car Treasure Trail at the Lorry Park.  Fun Run at Leet Bridge.

5th August – Buffet Lunch at the Castle Hotel. Target Golf Competition at Tweed Green.  Ride out to Birgham.  Fun Cycle Ride at Henderson Park.  Fly Fishing Competition at Market Square.  The Socks Ceremony on the High Street.  Quiz Night at the Royal British Legion.

6th August – Flodden Day on the High Street.  Guard’s Night at the Royal British Legion.

7th August – Leitholm Ride out.  Torchlights Procession from Home Park.

8th August – Coffee Morning and Grand Prize Draw at Coldstream Community Centre.  Coldstream Guards Association Parade at Henderson Park.  Fancy Dress Parade at Home Park.  The Unsashing Session at Henderson Park.

As part of Coldstream Civic Week Coldstream Rider’s Association arrange four ride-outs. While Flodden on the Thursday is the longest and largest of these events with more than 300 riders taking part each year (460 in 2014 as this was the 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden), between 50-100 horses will also join the shorter routes to Norham (Monday), Birgham (Wednesday) and Leitholm (Friday). Coldstream Rider’s Association also supports the wider programme of events arranged by Presenting Coldstream during Civic Week which includes a torchlight procession, fancy dress, the “Dub Dash”, pet show and the all important sashing and unsashing ceremonies which take place on the Sunday at the beginning of the week then the following Saturday respectively. Further details and regular updates can be obtained via our website (which is currently being upgraded or via our facebook page (look up Coldstream Riders Association).

Recommended viewpoints: Flodden Day, Coldstream High Street is the best place to see the horses leave the town 10.30am. Branxton Hill to see the cavalcade gallop up Flodden Hill, best to be in place by 12 noon.

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Coldstream Civic Week


A week‘s activities follow with rideouts, gymkhana, sports and parades. The highlight of the week on the Thursday is the ride to the Flodden Memorial to commemorate the dead of 1513. Wreaths are laid, a short service held and an oration delivered by a guest speaker. Friday evening sees a torchlight procession and firework display. The Civic Week ends on the Saturday with horse racing, fancy dress parade, the return of the Burgh flag and Beating Retreat.


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