WHIPMAN Week is here, and the village is buzzing with excitement.

As one of the first common ridings in the Borders, the Whipman Play Society is set to feature a week of fun activities, including some new additions for 2023, from June 2-11.

Today (Friday, June 2) homes and businesses in the village will be taking part in the best dressed house competitions.

Then this evening Whipman elect Fraser Kay and his Lass Vikki will be installed as this year's principals before leading the float parade.

And last weekend the Whipman festival held its first Kids Ride.

The Whipman Rideout tomorrow (June 3) will leave Howieson Hall at 10am and will return to the village by 3.30pm.

A number of events can be enjoyed for the rest of the week including the dog show, market, pillow fight, and sports day.

And new events this year include a silent disco and quiz night.

Here is a full list of Whipman events:

  • Friday, June 2: 3pm – Best Dressed House, Shop Front, Nursery etc., 7pm –Installation Ceremony and 8pm –Float Procession
  • Saturday, June 3: 10am-4pm – Whipman Rideout, 10,30am – Children’s Fancy Dress, and 8.30pm – Whipman Fancy Dress Party (90s Rave theme)
  • Sunday, June 4: 10am – Family Cycle Ride, 11am – Whipman Service, 12.30pm – Adult Five-a-Side Football Tournament, 1.30-4pm – Dog Show, and 7-9pm – Silent Disco (P5 and up)
  • Monday, June 5: 10-11am – Storytelling Hour, 5.30-6.30pm – Kids’ Football (P1-P4), 5.30-6.30pm – Cycle and Scooter Event (P5-S1 to age 14), 6.30pm – Junior Football (P5-age 15), 6.30pm – Junior Netball (P5-age 14), 6.30pm – Cycle and Scooter Event (Nursery and P1-P4), 7.30pm – Men’s and Women’s Bike Event, and 8-9pm – Ladies’ Netball
  • Tuesday, June 6: 9.30am – Tea and Tots Fun Morning, 6-7.15pm – Junior Disco (children not yet at school), 7.30-9pm – Junior Disco (P4-P7), and 8pm – Quiz Night
  • Wednesday, June 7: 6.30pm – Cross Country Events, 7pm – Bogie Races, 7.30pm – Wheelbarrow Races, and 8pm – Pillow Fight
  • Thursday, June 8: 6pm – Junior Rugby (P1-P7), 7pm – Secondary Rugby (S1-S6), and 7pm – Comedy Show
  • Friday, June 9: 7pm – Summer Ball
  • Saturday, June 10: 1pm – Procession, 1.30pm – Sports Day, 1.30-5pm – Second Hand Book Sale, 6pm – Whipman Market, 7pm – Junior and Adult Tug o’ War, and 8.15pm – Presentation of Trophies and Grand Raffle
  • Sunday, June 11: 6pm – Worship

    For more updates on this year’s common riding, visit the Whipman Play Society’s Facebook page.