Updated: Mar 11, 2021
The Scottish Borders has many beautiful towns and villages spread across our lush countryside. Here at Westcote, our nearest town Hawick is full of history and traditions and is packed with plenty of fun, family-friendly days out and activities, to make sure all visitors have the best time possible!
Here's a list of some of our favourites:
1. Take a stroll in Wilton Lodge Park
This award-winning park, located on the south side of Hawick, is one of the most scenic parks in Scotland. From charming tree-lined avenues, a state of the art bike pump track, to housing the Hawick Museum and plenty more, there really is something for everyone!
Dogs are welcome throughout the park, and during the summer months, music events are held at the stunning bandstand.
Facilities include Cafe, toilets, parking onsite, partial disabled access, large children's play area, bike pump track, picnic area, orienteering routes.
2. Learn about the town at Hawick Museum
Hawick Museum sits on the grounds of Wilton Lodge Park in a beautiful 18th-century mansion. Founded in 1910, it is the oldest museum in the Scottish Borders.
It's currently home to much of Hawick's history, with a huge array of objects and artworks displayed in multiple exhibitions. Many local artists also have their work displayed there throughout the year. There is something for the whole family from a room filled with Hawick memorabilia, to an interactive nature room for kids, and plenty more! The museum is directly next to Hawick's impressive war memorial and is on the main walking route through the park.
Facilities include Toilets, gift shop, partial disabled access, parking on site.
3. Get active at Teviotdale Leisure Centre
Hawick has a brilliant sports and activities facility in Teviotdale Leisure Centre! Their list of facilities includes a gym and fitness studio (with fitness classes available), a large indoor swimming pool with lane swimming, an awesome flume slide and steam room, a multi-level
children's soft play with an onlooking seating area, indoor lawn bowling, and a lovely spacious cafe to link them all together! They also offer rooms available to book for events such as parties. The centre is a great social sport, with people of all ages enjoying what they have to offer!
Facilities include Cafe, toilets, shop, disabled access throughout, parking onsite.
4. Discover Hawick heritage at Borders Textile Tower House
The Borders Textile Tower House allows guests to dive into 200 years of the history of the Borders knitwear and tweed industries. With remarkable, interactive displays, years worth of textile tradition is brought to life, alongside ever-changing exhibitions showcasing some of our current local artists work! Located on Hawick High street, the tower house itself is over 500 years old, making it the oldest building in the town. Craft workshops for all ages are often held here, and group tours can be organised on request.
Facilities include Toilets, gift shop, disabled access throughout, nearby parking.
5. Chill out at Heart of Hawick
This formerly abandoned Victorian spinning mill is now a very popular entertainment venue found on Hawick High Street! Their 108 seat cinema auditorium screens everything from the newest movies to live operas, and is a brilliant option for the whole family! Their cafe bar
(which is dog friendly) has a delightfully warm atmosphere, with views of the river Teviot running right underneath. Heart of Hawick is known for hosting night-time live music events in both the cafe bar and the auditorium. They also offer multiple workspaces and meeting rooms available for hire.
Facilities include Cafe, bar, toilets, cinema, gift shop, Wifi access, disabled access throughout, parking nearby.
Unfortunately, some of these activities are currently under level 4 COVID-19 restrictions, but hopefully, when our holiday season begins in April guests and locals will be able to enjoy these things!
All the best,
From everyone here at Westcote