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Kelso Civic Week

Inaugurated in 1937 and includes a raft race, sports, gymkhana, concerts and rideouts to neighbouring villages.

Kelso Civic Week 2015 will be taking place on 11th to 18th of July 2015. The Common Riding [Yetholm Ride] will take place on Saturday 18th July 2015.

Details of what’s on are listed below;

11th July – Civic Week Tennis Challenge at Orchard Park and Senior Five-a-side Football at Woodside Park

12th July – Family Day at Shedden Park.  Sponsored Bike Race at Woodside Park. Aptek Kelso Crawlers 10k Run.  Junior Five-a-side Football at Shedden Park.  Open Quoiting Competition at Shedden Park. Laying of the Wreath at the War Memorial. Kirking of the Laddie at St Andrews Episcopal Church.

13th July – Children’s Pet Show at the Tait Hall.  Art Exhibition opening at the Town Hall.  Ride to Roxburgh, Heiton & Springwood.  Gymkhana SHow Jumping at Springwood.  Dance at Heiton.

14th July – Art Exhibition at the Town Hall.  Ride to Sitchill, Hume & Ednam.  Final of the Men’s and Women’s Darts Competition at the Royal British Legion.  Karaoke at the Royal British Legion.

15th July – Children’s Sports Day at Poynder Park. Baby Show at the Kelso Rugby Club. Installation of the Kelso Laddie & Colour Bussing at The Square with the Kelso Pipe Band. Torchlight Procession from Mayfield. Fireworks Display at the Cobby. Art Exhibition at the Townhall.

16th July – Children’s Fancy Dress at the Tait Hall. Ride to Floors Castle from Woodside. Cycle and Fun Run at Floors Castle. Grand Civic Week Ball at Springwood Park Function Suite. Art Exhibition at the Town Hall.

17th July – Fun Olympics Swimming Gala at Kelso Swimming Pool. Whipman’s Ride from The Square.  Horse Racing at Friarslaugh.

18th July – Yetholm Ride out

Recommended viewpoints on 17th & 18th July:

Colour Bussing at 7pm on Wednesday 17th July at Kelso Square. Yetholm Ride from Kelso Square and Millennium viewpoint  leaving at 8.30am and returning at 4.45pm on Saturday 18th July.

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Kelso Civic Week


On the Wednesday of Civic Week the Kelso Laddie is installed and the Standard bussed, the ceremony in the Market Square concluding with the Kelso Laddie‘s Reel. Two days later the Laddie is installed as Kelso Whipman commemorating the Old Whipman‘s Society of Ploughmen, once active in the town. He leads his mounted followers to a ceremony at the Trysting Tree, the traditional meeting place of the Whipmen. The chief ride to Yetholm takes place on Saturday and the festival concludes with a fancy dress parade, presentation of cups and the return of the Kelso Standard to the Provost.


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