COLDSTREAM - THE FIRST TRUE BORDER TOUN AND A BORDERS 'GEM'
WHAT WE WANT VISITORS TO ENJOY
Coldstream extends a warm welcome to this year's visitors. Being a small town, Coldstream people are very friendly, they welcome visitors and on the High Street, restaurants, public houses and in shops, will speak and make you feel at home. Coldstream can successfully connect visitors to the historic coastline, the Northumberland national park, the Hirsel estate and policies and interesting towns like Kelso, Duns, Wooler and Berwick.
Coldstream is one of the most attractive towns in the Scottish Borders, placed right on the England-Scotland border on the banks of the famous, salmon-fishing river Tweed and overlooking the beautiful Cheviot hills. It was very proud to welcome the Borders festival of walks in September 2016. The town is a Borders hub, making access to the coastline and north Northumberland easy.
For visitors, there are several interesting attractions. LAND OF THE EX-PRIME MINISTER. Coldstream and the Hirsel Estate is the ancestral home of the Douglas-Home family. Sir Alec Douglas-Home, previously the Earl of Home and after his spell as the UK Prime Minister, became Lord Home of the Hirsel. The Hirsel Estate is a beautiful and welcoming area of craft shops, woodland pathways, wildlife and views of Highland cattle. There is of course the 'Augusta of the North' - Hirsel Golf Club which is very welcoming for those that may want a round of golf, lunch or a relaxing coffee and scone.
Coldstream is the founding town of the COLDSTREAM GUARDS, the only town in the UK to be included in the name of a regiment, and we receive lots of visitors each year to visit the wonderful museum dedicated to the regiment and local history. This can be found in the Market Square. A tour round the museum will give you more information on the Guards and our local history than we can supply here.
Irregular, RUNAWAY MARRIAGES took place during the 1800s in the Marriage House near the Coldstream bridge and the local museum and a history book - 'Second to None - A History of Coldstream' - tells the full story of a shooting, marriages of Lords and 'priests' like Patie Mudie. Priest McEwan, Will Dixon and Roy Rumple.
THE HAGGIS MAN. Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns, visited Coldstream in 1787 and there is a metal plaque on Coldstream bridge, and an interpretation board beside the Marjoribanks monument, depicting this visit.
JACOB'S WELL MYTH. Beside the bridge is the Jacob's Well woodland. Please give it a visit and learn about the well and sit on a seat beside the river Tweed, watching the swans and ducks.
PATHWAY OF THE CISTERCIAN NUNS & MONKS. Be very careful when you walk along the Nuns' Walk beside the river Tweed and view the river, the Cheviot hills and nearby woodland. It's a public walkway but with a 30 feet drop into the river.
THE BATTLE THAT CREATED THE UK. The battle of Flodden in 1513 changed the political landscape in the UK and please visit the battlefield site at Branxton - 3 miles away - and view the Flodden monument at Coldstream's Tweed Green. You will see that there are 'Flodden' events later in this booklet.
Like all towns, we have this community website to help locals and visitors alike and this is maintained by the Coldstream Community Trust. We hope you enjoy accessing it.
The pubs, hotels and cafes are very welcoming and friendly.
ART CENTRE. We also have a quality Art Gallery which has regular exhibitions and in fact there is one in the week of the walking festival in September. Our Parish Church is open to visitors to view the beautiful stained-glass windows, including the battle of Flodden window.
MILITARY SHOP: On the High Street we have a brilliant military where you can buy things and visit the downstairs bunker and exhibition.
ST.CUTHBERT. Coldstream is inextricably linked with St.Cuthbert. The community centre where our 2016 walking festival participants will register for walks used to be called St.Cuthbert’s Church and St.Cuthbert’s ruined chapel is about 3 miles from Coldstream so we thought that hosting a walk (over 6 days) along St.Cuthbert’s Way (63 miles), taking in his cave, was appropriate.
The above banner was erected in early 2015 to commemorate the huge involvement of the Coldstream Guards at the battle of Waterloo in 1815. It was taken down in 2016 and replaced by a general 'advert' of the Coldstream Guards. The banners are positioned with the kind permission of the landowner, Lennel Estates. Statistics indicate that the banners have led to more people visiting Coldstream and the Coldstream Guards museum in the Market Square.