EXPECT double the fun in Selkirk this weekend.

Following the success of last year's joined up Scott's Selkirk and the Selkirk Sessions, the events are yet again being staged concurrently.

Throughout Saturday the town will come alive with period music, drama, games and animal magic as the days of Sir Walter Scott are celebrated.

And from the Friday evening through to the Sunday, venues across the town will be hosting musicians from around the country.

Viv Ross from Scott's Selkirk told us: "We are all looking forward to welcoming everyone to a very happy family day.

"The long awaited Streetscape project is currently underway in the town centre, and our thanks must go to Scottish Borders Council's David Johnstone, and contracts manager Rodney Pow, for ensuring that there is safe, ample space for us to use the Market Place as normal.

"It’s exciting to think that next year when we set up for Scott’s Selkirk it will be in our wonderful new events space."

The town is being decorated in an autumn theme this year with local primary schools and the Guides providing scarecrows.

Meg Dods’ Kitchen is again at The Hermitage, courtesy of Allied Surveyors, with main Stage 1 just outside on the High Street, alongside lots of exciting children’s attractions - including traditional games such as splat the rat, a coconut shy, and several other old favourites.

The Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary and, returning this year, Les Amies d’Ono with Billy Bowler the Performing Goat and his doggie friend Puppet will provide plenty animal fun.

St Josephs Church Hall will be serving teas and coffees throughout the day.

There is also a coffee morning at the Parish Church, and Soup and Pud event at The Bield.

In the Market Place main Stage 2 will host several bands throughout the day, and there will also be craft stalls.

Sir Walter Scott, played by John Nichol, will preside over the ever popular court cases in his Courtroom - The New Manse and The Wonderful Cow.

Viv added: "This year our much loved and loyal performers are Gael Force, Carlen Jig, The Bogie Close Stompers, and Riddell Fiddles will play on the main stage.

"We are also really looking forward to the open mic sessions where we will no doubt be treated to some exceptional music."

Costumes are available for hire up until Saturday from the Scott's Selkirk Market Place shop, where information on all the events will be available.

Scott's Selkirk rounds off at 4.30pm with a grand finale on the High Street stage.

Following on from Scott's Selkirk on the Sunday will be the official opening of the Black Bob stell and cairn at Philiphaugh.

At 2pm from the gates of Philiphaugh Community Centre a walk with local shepherdess Viv Billingham and her Border collie, Quest, will take place.

A new tune composed by Donald Knox, Black Bob, will be premiered at the stell by the Bannerfield Buskers.