Kelso Civic Week is a typical series of summer celebrations in the Border tradition dating back to the 1930s and including Common Riding.
Common Ridings are a boundary marking custom on horseback. They are mainly held at locations across the Scottish Borders, perhaps because this area suffered from centuries of raiding and reiving between local families and the English, and the locals needed to protect their lands from encroachment. Long after this was necessary, the Ridings survived to become major festivals.
Kelso Civic Week starts on Saturday 12th July the following is a list of the major events, for full details please see the official Souvenir Programme:
Saturday 12th July
Tennis Challenge starts 1.00pm at Kelso Orchard Tennis Club Poynder Place.
Senior Five-a-side Football start 1.00pm Woodside Park
Sunday 13th July
9.30am Sponsored Cycle Race Starts from Coldstream Road Cemetry
11.00am Aptek Kelso Crawlers 10K Run Starts from the Cobby
1.00pm Family Day at Shedden Park