You might have noticed there’s a bit of excitement here in Peebles this week…
That’s because one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the Borders’ social calendar is this Saturday. Rugby lovers and just about anyone who likes a good event will unite this Saturday for, you guessed it, the Melrose Sevens.
It’s been our favourite sporting event since 1883, and the sevens are still as popular as ever. You’ll be met with a warm welcome from the crowds (most likely by a fair few dressed in fancy dress as they cheer on their teams) then it’s just a case of finding a spot for your picnic blanket, and making yourself at home around the small Greenyards stadium.
The tournament is held every April, and it’s not just us Borders lot that love it. Rugby sevens is now played throughout the world and was even added to the Olympics last year – and it all comes from right here in the Scottish Borders.
The sevens have brought in teams from as far as New Zealand, Australia and Japan to win the coveted sevens cup. And this year will be no different with teams coming from South Africa and Sweden, and of course the Scottish clubs will be putting on a good show.
For those of you not in the know, sevens tournaments feature games with seven players on each side, playing games that last for seven minutes per half. The 23 games kick off at lunch time, so it’s a fairly long day, but the atmosphere makes for a brilliant experience.
If all that wasn’t enough excitement for you, this year we’ll see two of Scotland’s ancient universities, the University of Edinburgh and the University of St Andrews clash for the first time. The match will take place between the semi-final and the final game at Melrose this weekend.
Ticket prices start from £20 per adult. While it’s great with your picnic blanket on a sunny day (and thankfully April seems to be one of our better months) if it’s raining you might want to pay a little more for the sheltered standing area.
It’s only 24 miles from our front door, and there are regular busses if you fancy a drink while you’re there. You’re more than welcome to bring along a picnic to see you through the day. You can’t bring your own alcohol, but the bar is well stocked.