Hairy Bikers head north

Top TV chefs, The Hairy Bikers, will open this year's Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival in Melrose, taking place from Thursday to Sunday, June 14-17.

Thursday, 3rd May 2018, 13:52 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd May 2018, 12:55 pm
The Hairy Bikers, Si King (left) and Dave Myers. Picture by Simon Hulme

Other highlights include explorer Sir Chris Bonington, king of crime Ian Rankin, Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith and bestselling author of The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins.

Tickets available from Hub Tickets, at or at 0131 473 2000.

The full line-up for the 110 events – the largest programme to date – was announced this week.

Alistair Moffat, festival director, said: “The sheer quality of the sessions, from the smallest to the largest marquees, is unparalleled as national and international names converge on Melrose this summer.

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“The contrasts are dazzling with Robert Peston’s McInroy & Wood Lecture on the state of the nation followed by Rory Bremner and Jan Ravens making fun of the same thing in The Art of Impressionism or Prue Leith on life, food and Bake Off followed by Archie Macpherson recalling the glory years of Scottish football.

“All tastes are catered for, all demographics will find something to fascinate them, from the children’s sessions in the Nairn’s Family Book Festival to those who want to hear Richard Holloway musing on mortality in his Waiting for the Last Bus. This really is the best-ever Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival.”