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The town and music venues

Getting to Kelso

Kelso is situated on the banks of the River Tweed at its junction with the River Teviot, in the Scottish Borders close to its border with England. It lies within easy reach of Edinburgh (43 miles) and Newcastle (69 miles), with nearest railway stations at Berwick upn Tweed (23 miles) and Tweedbank (16 miles). A bus connection runs hourly from Tweedbank to Kelso (40 min) and from Berwick upon Tweed (1 hour).

The town of Kelso

Kelso is an ancient market town in the Scottish Borders, with a picturesque cobbled market square and ancient ruined Abbey. There are a diverse array of delightful, independent shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants as well as hotels and B&Bs

Tourism information is available at visit kelso.

Note that on Sunday a leg of the Tour of Britain cycling event will be ending in Kelso and the town will be very busy. The town centre will be closed to traffic on the Sunday, and parking around the town will be very restricted (there will, however, be plenty of parking at Springwood Park on the outskirts of the town).

Our venues

1. The Old Parish Kirk (concert venue)

2. Abbey Row

3. The Cross Keys Hotel;

Rutherfords micropub

4. The Cobbles Inn

5. Town hall and tourist information

6. The Queens Head Hotel

The Old Parish Kirk, The Knowes, Kelso TD5 7BH

This fine building is where our two main concerts are held. Built in 1773 by James Nisbet in the form of an octagon, one of only two such churches in the UK. Inside there is a balcony around the church in the centre of which, facing the altar, the Duke of Roxburgh used to sit. The venue has a large chancel stage with seating arced around. The church faces the old ruined Kelso Abbey and its graveyard and is adjacent to the large Knowes car park. There is additional parking a few 100 m down the road towards Mayfield Garden Centre on the river front.

Abbey Row Centre, The Knowes, Kelso TD5 7BJ

Close by the ruined abbey and the old Parish kirk is the Abbey Row Community Centre. Once the school for the town this building offers rooms of various sizes and is where our workshops will be held.

The Cobbles, 7 Bowmont Street, Kelso TD5 7JH

With character, atmosphere, good beer and an award-winning menu, The Cobbles is everything you could want from a freehouse. The Kelso folk and live music club run an open mic session here every Friday night from 10 pm into the small hours of the morning and Friday the 1st September will be no exception.

The Oak Room, Cross Keys Hotel, The Square, Kelso

Lying in the heart of Kelso’s picturesque French-styled cobbled square. The present hotel was built in 1769, but in other forms, a Cross Keys Hotel has occupied the site since the earliest days of Scottish Coaching Inns. Kelso folk and live music club meet here every Friday evening for an acoustic singaround in a cabaret setting. There is also a traditional Scottish music session here on a Thursday night.

The Queens Head Hotel, Bridge Street, Kelso

An 18th Century Inn with fine dining and a range of beers just a short walk from Kelso's cobbled square. Sessions will be held in the large events room immediately above the bar and dining room.

Rutherfords, the Square, Kelso

Scotland's only micropub with a range of real ales, artisan whiskeys and Scottish craft-gin on tap.

The Black Swan Hotel, 7 Horsemarket, Kelso

This hotel lies a few steps from Kelso's cobbled square. Sessions will be held in the large function room immediately above the bar.






• Frinday night concert - £15/£12 concessions*

• Saturday night concert - £15/£12 concessions*

• Combined ticket for both concert - £25/£20 concessions*

• Workshops - £6 each (no concessions) - prebooking essential

Concessions = under 18/over 65

Other events free.

Where to Buy

Tickets for the concerts now on sale online from Border Events (please note that a 10% surcharge applies to all purchases), or over the couter from Brown's Newsagent, Woodmarket, Kelso. Workshops are paid for on the day, but must be prebooked by contacting KFLMC@live.co.uk