Festival Highlights

2017 Dates – Friday 24th March | Saturday 25th March | Sunday 26th March

All ages within the local community are involved both as organizers and participants in the weekend of activities and numerous local groups and societies play their part in delivering the end product which attracts many visitors to the town.

  • Reivers encampment and re-enactment
  • Torchlight Parade “The Hot Trod” and Fireworks display
  • Reivers Banquet
  • Literary High Tea with guest speaker
  • Traditional Concert
  • Dramas by local school children
  • Historical talks

The festival provides something for the whole family!

Tickets available from Border Events, ILF Imaging & Dorwards, Hawick


2017 Reivers Festival at a Glance

Download the 2017 Programme Here

Friday 24th March

Ghost Walk 1
7.30 – 8.15pm
Turnbull Statue, Civic Space

Reivers Festival Family Ceilidh
The Auld Baths

Ghost Walk 2
8.30 – 9.15pm
Turnbull Statue, Civic Space

Saturday 25th March

16th Century Market
10.30 – 3pm
High Street

Reivers Encampment
10.30 – 3pm
Wee Haugh

Reivers Parade
10.45 – 11am
High Street (Horse to Town Hall)

Opening Ceremony
High Street (Town Hall)

Primary School Reivers Games
High Street (Lesser Town Hall If Raining)

Drumlanrig School Drama
12 noon
St Mary’s Church

Stirches School Drama
St Mary’s Church

Hawick Archaeological Society Talk
Heritage Hub

Torchlight Procession
6.45pm (Muster 6.30pm)
From the Common Haugh

Fireshow (pre fireworks)
Wilton Lodge Park (Bandstand Area)

Fireworks Display
Wilton Lodge Park (Bandstand Area)

Reivers Banquet
The Auld Baths

Sunday 26th March

Literary High Tea
Mansfield Park Clubrooms

Hawick Reivers Festival

Step back in time to the mid sixteenth century when the Borderlands were an area of constant feuding – when loyalties were to kinship rather than king and country and when “Reiving” was a means of survival.

Through music, drama  and re-enactments experience what life was really like for the men and women in the Border Marches.

Hawick Reivers Festival aims to help visitors and townsfolk alike Experience, Explore and will endeavour to Explain day to day  life in this violent and turbulent period of our history.

Fiercely loyal and independent, hard-working and prepared to fight for what they believed in these men and women of the 1500’s did much to shape the character of the modern day Borderers.