Hawick is home to the first of the Border festivals and celebrates the capture of an English Flag in 1514 by the youth of Hawick at Hornshole and also the ancient custom of riding the marches of the common land. The town centre has retained much of its original character and charm with the attractive high street just off the banks of the River Teviot. 'The Horse' commonly referred to as 'Ken the Horse' is the memorial to the 1514 victory, and was unveiled in 1914.
Hawick is famous for its textile industry with fine woollens, cashmere and tweeds and a number of internationally renowned firms sell their high quality knitwear from outlets within the town. At the Borders Textile Townhouse in the town you will be able to see exhibits of knitwear's past, present and future. The towns knitwear heritage has a heavy presence in the Scottish Borders Textile Trail.
At the Heart of Hawick, visitors can trace their family's Border connections at the Scottish Borders archive and history research centre, or at Tower Mill visitors can unwind at the café bar, cinema and theatre, or learn about all the cultural activities going on in the Borders.
Hawick Musuem & Gallery exhibits the lives and triumphs of the town's two sons of speed, Jimmie Guthrie and Steve 'Hizzy' Hislop. Over a hundred acres at Wilton Lodge Park cater for a wide range of users, from formal sports such as rugby, tennis and football, facilities for which are available for hire, to informal recreation such as putting, crazy golf, bowling, croquet and tennis.
Hawick Farmers Market – 3rd Friday of the month, 9.30am – 1.30pm, Heart of Hawick
Weekly Saturday Market – Commonhaugh Car park
Population (2011) - 14,292