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Berwick-upon-Tweed is celebrating 900 years of history … and everyone’s invited!


“Our Border Story” brings to life 500 years of turbulent history in the Middle Ages, when Berwick changed hands at least thirteen times between the Scots and the English.

Events began with one of the town’s oldest annual customs, the Riding of The Bounds that has been held regularly in Berwick on 1st May since 1609.

“Bygone Borderlands” - An exhibition and programme of talks organised by Berwick Record Office and local history and heritage societies from both sides of The Border with displays and talks illustratinh aspects of  the stories of communities in The Borders in the past.

“Raiders and Reivers” recreated life in Berwick in the Middle Ages with encampments and demonstrations of medieval crafts, cookery, archery and combat skills.  Re-enactors from “St Cuthbert’s Land”, “Knights in Battle” and “Best of Times, Worst of Times” depicted the turbulent period of Anglo-Scottish warfare from the 12th to the 16th century.

“Berwick’s Horrible History” was an opportunity to join the Flodden 1513 Education Team to discover Berwick’s exciting and dangerous past, from Medieval Knights to Tudor Queens, with creative children’s activities in the Town Hall and Berwick Museum.

Riding The Bounds  Friday 1st May 2 015

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“Raiders & Reivers”  Saturday 2nd - Monday 4th May 2015