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August 2014

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filmThroughout Augustrbc film theatreFilms at RBFCT in Dumfries
Films and Film Workshops at Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries >>

otherUntil Saturday 30th AugustHazel Campbell – new Paintings
Mon-Sat 9.30-5pm @ Designs Gallery Castle Douglas
Summer is here with a brilliantly colourful exhibition of new work by Dumfries & Galloway artist, Hazel Campbell at Designs Gallery, Castle Douglas.
Hazel is well known for the bright colours she uses in her natural landscape and still life paintings. As Hazel says, she can’t resist finding a reason to use oranges and pinks as a starting point to her work. This exhibition is no exception, but for those who favour more subtle tones her wintry landscapes with their warm, rich browns and sepia hints against inky sketches, create a different mood.
In a new departure, Hazel has spent the last year experimenting with collage and mixed media. What started as a happy accident, the laying of a small linocut on a discarded painting while tidying up her studio, has led to the development of a whole new body of artwork. Black and white lino prints of trees against block coloured landscapes are reminiscent of the fairytale cut paper scenes created by artist Sue Blackwood.

otherUntil Saturday 30th AugustTEN - Celebrating Ten years, with Ten Fine Artists
@ Whitehouse Gallery, 47 St Mary St, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4DU
Painting by Mairi Stewart'Ten' features collections of new and original works from Rosanne Barr, James Fraser, Stewart Lammie, Duncan Macleod RSW, Suzan Malcolm PPAI HPAI, Alison McWhirter, Fiona Millar, Mairi Stewart, Valerie Sadler & Andrew Waddington.
There will be a collection of dramatic land and seascapes from Rosanne Barr who aims to capture mood, emotion, movement and atmosphere in her work, and is influenced by the Scottish landscape and coastline Scotland’s rugged coastline is also a large inspiration for Duncan Macleod RSW, whose love of the ever-changing pattern, colour and mood of the land, sea and sky are captured beautifully in his extremely popular mixed media work. Landscape paintings of local scenes will also be on show by Stewart Lammie.
Valerie Sadler paints land and seascapes, but is also well known for her animal work and still life paintings, and will be exhibiting a collection of her work to commemorate ten years involvement with the Whitehouse Gallery. Other artists exhibiting their still life works include Suzan Malcolm, who captures the strength and intense colour of the flowers whilst describing their delicate beauty at the same time. 
Alison McWhirter also has a passion for the use of colour in her still life paintings, although her style is more contemporary and are intended to evoke a mood. Alison will also be joined by Fiona Millar, James Fraser & Mairi Stewart.  Fiona Millar's art-deco style of painting captures the hearts of so many customers visiting the gallery.  Likewise, James Fraser’s unmistakable style has gained him popularity, typically depicting his still-life study with a flattened perspective and giving his work a very contemporary feel.  Mairi Stewart also paints still life’s with a flattened perspective, although her use of colour is usually much bolder and more vibrant.
Last but by no means least, Andrew Waddington is giving the gallery some of his original watercolour paintings, which depict wildlife beautifully.
There will also be some fantastic Applied Art & Craft including unique and quirkly textile animal sculpture by Karen Suzuki, jewellery by designers Sheena McMaster and Susanna Hanl, contemporary handblown glass by Jonathan Rogers, ceramic sculpture by Helen Kemp & Urpu Sellar, furniture by Pete Brown, new textile cushions by Jo Gallant and much more.

Week Commencing Monday 25th August:

outdoor Thursday 28th AugustNatural Art
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Use natural items found on the reserve to create your own artwork. An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherThursday 28th August Legends & Lore at Lochmaben CastleLegends & Lore at Lochmaben Castle
9pm - The atmospheric ruins of Lochmaben Castle form the perfect backdrop to an evening of spine-chilling storytelling…
Dare you join Mostly Ghostly to discover the origins of the infamous vampire legend, hear of a fearsome curse laid on the Bruce family and learn of our own gripping experiences at the castle, all entwined with a spooky collection of local ghost stories. To top off this enchanting evening, try your hand at rod and crystal dowsing and engage in a group vigil within the castle's ancient walls…
Booking Essential: Tickets - £10/£8 available from Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries
Age restrictions - 12 and above
Enquiries - 07791 047835 or 07912 145865 - www.mostlyghostly.org
Lasts one and a half hours approximately - parking restricted
Private bookings available

outdoor Friday 29th August Film Fridays
3pm, @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Watch an inspiring short film about the work of WWT and the importance of wetlands.
Free entry to the visitor centre. Tel: 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

other Sunday 31st August Sunday Teas
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church Hall
Have a walk up to the Roman Fort, view the Buccleuch Marbles or just enjoy the scenery and our delicious teas.
£4 per adult (discounts for children)

September 2014

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filmThroughout Septemberrbc film theatreFilms at RBFCT in Dumfries
Films and Film Workshops at Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries >>

otherEvery Sunday in September Sunday Teas
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church Hall
Have a walk up to the Roman Fort, view the Buccleuch Marbles or just enjoy the scenery and our delicious teas.
£4 per adult (discounts for children)

Week Commencing Monday 1st September:

outdoor Monday 1st – Sunday 7th September Stars and Stripes Badger Watching
8pm, @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Watch wild Badgers feeding just outside our comfortable observatory. Fair-trade tea and coffee available.
Ticket / contact info: Adult: £7.50, Child: £2.50, Concession: £5.00.
Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

musicThursday 4th SeptemberAt the Hop
7.30pm @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
"At the Hop" takes you on a trip back to the days when Rock was young, when feet just couldn't keep still and Blue Suede Shoes were a desirable fashion accessory!
Hear the Music of the Greats - The King himself Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley and his Comets, Carl Perkins and many others.
Whether you want to just sit back and enjoy the show or leap to your feet, you are guaranteed a night to remember.
Cost: £14.00 - Tel: 01776 703535

otherSaturday 6th SeptemberSummer Fete
2-4pm @ Dumfries Baptist Church, Gillbrae Road, Georgetown Dumfries
Crafts - Music - Games - Much More!
All welcome - Free Entry

Week Commencing Monday 8th September:

musicWednesday 10th SeptemberThe Nathan Carter Show
7.30pm @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
If you were unable to get a ticket for Nathan's show in April this show presents another opportunity to see Ireland's brilliant singer and entertainer Nathan Carter, the young man who is taking Ireland and the UK by storm.
Backed by a superb six man band Nathan will put on a show that suits everyone. Hear all the great hits like "Wagon Wheel", "One for the Road" and many many more.
Cost: £20.00 - Tel: 01776 703535

otherSunday 14th SeptemberChanging Room in DumfriesChanging Room
11am-4pm @ Mrs Green's Tea Lounge, 16 Queensbury St Dumfries. (closed to the public on these days)
Artists Jo Hodges and Denise Zygadlo invite women to join them in a creative day exploring what it means to move towards, through and beyond the transitional time of 'menopause'. Led by facilitator Lee Seekings-Norman the workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore the issues in a supportive environment, to experiment with cross art form techniques and to contribute to an interactive art installation, which will be exhibited in Dumfries and Galloway in October. 
We'd love anyone interested to come along; chat, eat, experiment, create and contribute. We'll be working with art-forms such as collage, image transfer, photography, simple printing, writing, audio recording and more.....  
All refreshments, a light lunch and materials will be provided. No art experience necessary
For more information and to book : http://thechangingroom.eventbrite.co.uk

Week Commencing Monday 15th September:

theatreTuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th SeptemberIn Time O'Strife
7.30pm (+ 2pm matinee on Wednesday) @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
By Joe Corrie. Adapted, designed and directed by Graham McLaren
On the 30th anniversary of the 1984 miners' strike, the National Theatre of Scotland revives Joe Corrie's 1926 classic play about a Fife mining community buckling under the strain of a seven month lockout.
Driven by live, gutsy, folk-punk songs and intense, full-blooded choreography, this uncompromising production is a stark reminder that class conflict between those at the bottom of the social heap and those in power is perennial.
"McLaren's production unleashes a memorably angry, vivid and theatrical retelling of a vital story in Scottish history. It's an exhilarating experience and not to be missed."
The Scotsman ****
Cost: £12.00/£8.00 conc & School Price £5 per pupil - Tel: 01776 703535

otherThursday 18th September“The Curator’s Choice – My top 10 Animal Specimens from the Hunterian” - Maggie Riley
7 - 9pm @ Nelson House, Melbourne Avenue, Eastriggs.
An Eastriggs Natural History group (The Wild Bunch) presentation.
Entry costs £2 which includes refreshments and a free entry into a raffle
New members and visitors always welcome.

musicFriday 19th SeptemberDominic Kirwan Celebrating 25 Years
7.30pm @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
From playing the pubs and clubs of Omagh and Northern Ireland to the cream of the UK's concert Halls and Theatres its been a stunning rise, a magical journey indeed through the ranks of this business we call "show" for Irish singer and entertainer Mr Dominic Kirwan.
It's been a stunning career for the Omagh man, he has been a constant on the UK scene for 25 years, His material, especially on this tour will strike a chord with many of those Irish who are living away from the emerald isle but there truly is something for everyone in this 25th celebration.
Cost: £18.50 - Tel: 01776 703535

musicSaturday 20th SeptemberAly Bain & Phil Cunningham
7.30pm @ The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, DG13 0AW.
"Simply the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear ..."
Tel. 013873 81196  www.thebuccluechcentre.com

otherSunday 21st SeptemberChanging Room in DumfriesChanging Room
11am-4pm @ Mrs Green's Tea Lounge, 16 Queensbury St Dumfries. (closed to the public on these days)
Artists Jo Hodges and Denise Zygadlo invite women to join them in a creative day exploring what it means to move towards, through and beyond the transitional time of 'menopause'. Led by facilitator Lee Seekings-Norman the workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore the issues in a supportive environment, to experiment with cross art form techniques and to contribute to an interactive art installation, which will be exhibited in Dumfries and Galloway in October. 
We'd love anyone interested to come along; chat, eat, experiment, create and contribute. We'll be working with art-forms such as collage, image transfer, photography, simple printing, writing, audio recording and more.....  
All refreshments, a light lunch and materials will be provided. No art experience necessary
For more information and to book : http://thechangingroom.eventbrite.co.uk

Week Commencing Monday 22nd September:

musicWednesday 24th SeptemberThe Outside Track
7.30pm @ The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, DG13 0AW.
The Outside Track perform in LangholmWinner of 'Best Group' in both the Live Ireland awards and the Tradition In Review awards, The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic acts in the world. They were 'Best Live Act' nominees in the 2013 MG Alba Scots Traditional Music Awards, and won the German Radio Critics Prize 2014, for their latest album Flash Company. Live Ireland called them, 'Among the top bands in the world - stunning on every cut!'. 
The Outside Track’s marriage of Celtic music, song and dance has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on this as a foundation. They blend fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality. Their blend of boundless energy and unmistakable joie de vivre has won them a large following around the globe.
The Outside Track are: Ailie Robertson – Harp, Mairi Rankin - Fiddle, Stepdance,
Teresa Horgan - Flute, Vocals, Fiona Black – Accordion and Cillian O'Dalaigh - Guitar, Stepdance.
Show Tickets £14/£12 conc.
Tel. 013873 81196  www.thebuccluechcentre.com

theatreThursday 25th - Saturday 27th SeptemberJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
7pm on Thursday and Friday, 2.30pm on Saturday @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
Youth Group Production
Tickets Thursday Bargain - £6.00, Friday & Saturday Adults - £8.50, Children - £6.50
Tel: 01776 703535

booksSaturday 27th SeptemberThe Wigtown Book Festival presents: The Scottish Writers Centre at the Bakehouse
7pm to 8.30pm @ The Bakehouse, 44 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2H
Headlining Richie McCaffery, with Carolyn Richardson, Em Strang and David Mark Williams.
Richie McCaffery's first pamphlet was 2012's Spinning Plates, followed by Ballast Flint. A former Hawthornden Fellow, he has twice been shortlisted for a Scottish Book Trust New Writer's Award. He is joined by Carolyn Richardson, Em Strang and David Mark Williams, three prominent local writers with exciting new work in the pipeline. (90 min).
Supported by Scottish Book Trust
Tickets £5.00
To book call Wigtown Festival Box Office: 01988 402036

October 2014

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filmThroughout Octoberrbc film theatreFilms at RBFCT in Dumfries
Films and Film Workshops at Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries >>

outdoorEvery day from October to March@ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
11am and 2pm - Wild swan feeds - See wild whooper swans closer than anywhere in Britain.
11am to 3pm - Guide in the Hide - Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. 
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.  
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSaturday 4th to Saturday 25th OctoberExhibition: Barnacle, Fish or Fowl by Philippa Mitchell
10am – 5pm daily @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Philippa’s own work and her exhibition; Barnacle, Fish or Fowl? is based on the wide variety of personal views on the black and white migrating geese who return in their thousands each October to WWT Caerlaverock. Included in the exhibition are a collection of monoprints made by Port Ellen Primary pupils in response to the barnacle geese who visit them on Islay.
Ticket / contact info: Free. 

Week Commencing Monday 6th October:

otherMonday 6th - Wednesday 8th OctoberResidential  Writing  Course in the Countryside
@ The Coach House - Durhamhill, Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 3HP
Durhamhill's writing courses are back by popular demand! This is your chance to make the start to the writing you always promised yourself. With the support of two experienced & widely published local tutors & in the beautiful tranquil setting of Durhamhill you couldn’t have a finer opportunity for discovering your writing potential. It is the opportunity to turn your rough ideas into stories or poems. If you already have some writing underway you will have time & guidance in editing & developing your work.
Workshop topics will cover the creation of characters & plot, explain the role of narrative voice & provide guidance on life-writing. At Durhamhill there is ample time to discuss your ideas & work with your tutors & fellow writers
Margaret Elphinstone's first novel was published in 1987. Her book, 'The Sea Road', appears in 'The 100 Best Scottish Books of all Time' produced by 'List Magazine'. She also writes poetry & short stories. She is an Emeritus Professor of Strathclyde University where she was a member of the Department of English for 18 years. She has been a Visiting Professor at central Michigan University. She has extensive experience of teaching creative writing at all levels & has been a regular tutor on international Arvon writing courses.
Mary Smith is a writer, poet & journalist. Her novel, "No More Mulberries", is set in Afghanistan where she worked for several years."Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Woman" is a lively account of her time there and provides an insight into the lives of the women she lived & worked with. Her poetry collection, 'Thousands Pass Here Every Day' was published in 2012. As a journalist, Mary has been a senior reporter on a local paper & a staff features writer with the award-winning consumer magazine 'Dumfries and Galloway Life'. She continues to write features on a freelance basis. Mary has an MLitt in Creative Writing & has taught Creative Writing at Glasgow University. She is the organiser of the Dumfries Writers' Group & a facilitator for a group of disabled writers.
Course fee £295. £50 discount for couples.
Fee includes 2/3 night stay in the 4-star Coach House, or large rooms in the main house, and food. Participants welcome to arrive on the preceding Sunday evening. Early booking is recommended as the maximum number of participants is limited to 12 to allow ample time for individual sessions.
Website www.durhamhill.co.uk
Contact Juliet on 01556 509021 or 07843 476862 or email mail@durhamhill.co.uk.

musicFriday 10th OctoberHollies Gold
7.30pm @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
The Music of the Hollies is a celebration of The Hollies.
The UK's No 1 tribute band, The Hollywood Bees, perform a warm and nostalgic two hour show featuring timeless hits from the Clarke and Nash years.
Cost: £16.50 & £14.50 conc - Tel: 01776 703535

outdoorSaturday 11th to Sunday 12th OctoberWildlife Photography Weekend Course
@ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
One to one tuition with Tom Langlands and Bob Fitzsimmons, suitable for beginners to experienced photographers. Macro/general.
£170/head including coffee, tea and lunch both days.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSunday 12th OctoberDawn Flight
6.45am@ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Join the wardens as we open early to experience the wild geese lighting in against the dawn sky. The coffee shop will also be open early to provide hot drinks and bacon rolls.  Bring warm, waterproof clothing, binoculars and a torch.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 13th October:

otherThursday 16th October“Wildlife and the Garden” - Barry Caudwell
7 - 9pm @ Nelson House, Melbourne Avenue, Eastriggs.
An Eastriggs Natural History group (The Wild Bunch) presentation.
Entry costs £2 which includes refreshments and a free entry into a raffle
New members and visitors always welcome.

musicFriday 17th OctoberWho's Who (The Who) and the Small Fakers (Small Faces)
Doors Open 7.30pm @ The Venue, 6/7 Church Place, Dumfries DG1 1BW
The UK's number one tribute to The Who and the ultimate Small Faces tribute band.
Tickets from Barnstorm Records, 128 Queensberry Street, Dumfries or www.tickets-scotland.com

musicSunday 19th OctoberJohnny Brady
7.30pm @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
Johnny Brady's first show in Stranraer created so much of an impression that he got a standing ovation and everyone wanted to see him return.
Johnny, who is a real nice guy is a dynamic and lively performer and puts on a non stop show of country and poular music.
He is now one of ireland's most popular singers and with his five man band is in great demand all over ireland. This is a great show so don't miss it.
Cost: £15 - Tel: 01776 703535

Week Commencing Monday 20th October:

outdoorTuesday 21st OctoberGeese Galore
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Learn about geese and the incredible journeys they make to reach us at WWT Caerlaverock. Take part in games and craft activities.  An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorThursday 23rd OctoberSuper Whooper
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Find out about our super whooper swans, their families and migration stories, through activities, crafts and games.  An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

musicThursday 23rd OctoberLulo Reinhardt Latin Swing Project
7.30pm @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
The 'Reinhardt name' refers to Lulo's world famous grand-uncle, Django, the great gypsy guitarist who, with violinist Stephane Grappelli and their Hot Club de France, created an entirely new way of playing jazz in the 1930's and 1940's.
Lulo Reinhardt represents one of the most unique voices in gypsy-jazz music today. His Latin Swing Project combines pure gypsy-swing music with elements of Latin music such as flamenco, tango and bossa nova. From age 5, the young Lulo was taught guitar by his late father, Bawo, and has developed the wonderful rhythmic and melodic music of this birthright through the addition of these other influences creating a unique and dynamic combination of musical styles and emotions. Be prepared to be at least very impressed indeed with Lulo Reinhardt Latin Swing Project's performance.
£14.00/£12.50 (conc) - Tel: 01776 703535

outdoorSaturday 25th OctoberBarnacle Goose Monoprinting Drop-in Workshop
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
All ages (under 12s to be supported by an adult) and abilities are welcome to come and experiment with drawing for monoprinting in response to Philippa Mitchell's question; What do you think of Barnacle Geese? Philippa's own work and her exhibition; Barnacle, Fish or Fowl? is based on the wide variety of personal views on the black and white migrating geese who return in their thousands each October to WWT Caerlaverock.   You will be using water based inks and acrylic printing blocks for the workshop, and participants will be encouraged to try out the technique by drawing into ink on a surface and then printing this onto paper to make a single print. We shall also make simple printing blocks by cutting out and drawing into soft surfaces before inking and printing. This event is part of The Big Draw.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSunday 26th OctoberDusk Flight
4.30-6pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Watch the barnacle geese flight out to the Solway mudflats to their night-time roost. Bring warm, waterproof clothing, binoculars and a torch.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 27th October:

outdoorTuesday 28th OctoberGeese Galore
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Learn about geese and the incredible journeys they make to reach us at WWT Caerlaverock. Take part in games and craft activities.  An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

theatreTuesday 28th OctoberThe Scottish Ballet - Up Close
7.30pm @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
Scottish Ballet brings the passion, power and poise of ballet directly to you in a rare chance to see the national company up close.
Tel: 01776 703535

outdoorThursday 30th OctoberSuper Whooper
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Find out about our super whooper swans, their families and migration stories, through activities, crafts and games.  An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

November 2014

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outdoorSunday 2nd NovemberWhat’s that Goose?
1-4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Join WWT experts to find and identify the geese and other wildfowl wintering at this world renowned wetland reserve.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSunday 2nd NovemberIn Focus
10am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Try before you buy the latest binoculars and telescopes from the huge range available today. In Focus experts are on hand all day to give advice. WWT Caerlaverock benefits from every sale. Free entry

musicSunday 2nd NovemberDerek Ryan in Concert with Special Guest Janey Kirk
7.30pm @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
Pinetree Promotions Presents: Derek Ryan the hugely popular singer/songwriter makes a much awaited visit to the Ryan Centre Theatre. Derek has shot to fame with self-written songs like "God's Plan", "A Mother's Son", "The Belle of Liverpool" and "Kiss Me Mary". Backed by a superb five man band the former member of the boy band "D Side" will sing a varying selection of Country, Irish, Popular, and Easy Listening songs.
Derek Ryan draws huge crowds in his native Ireland and he is looking forward to meeting all his Scottish fans who are keen to see him.
Special guest on the show is Scotland's popular Janie Kirk who is a fine singer of Country and Popular songs. Janie has been doing her own shows all over the Uk and Ireland and has taken the time off to join up with Derek on his Scottish tour.
Cost: £18 - Tel: 01776 703535

Week Commencing Monday 3rd November:

outdoorSaturday 8th NovemberEvent: Learn to Digiscope
11am-3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Join digiscoping expert and Caerlaverock senior reserve warden Mike Youdale for a hands on introduction to digiscoping helping you to get the best shots with your kit.
£20pp. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSunday 9th NovemberDawn Flight
6.30am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Join the wardens as we open early to experience the wild geese flighting in against the dawn sky. The Coffee Shop will also be open early to provide hot drinks and bacon rolls. Bring warm, waterproof clothing, binoculars and a torch.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 10th November:

otherMonday 10th - Wednesday 12th November3 day Photography Course with Andrew Buchanan
@ The Coach House - Durhamhill, Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 3HP
Your guide, expert, and fully qualified photographer is Andrew Buchanan, who has a depth of knowledge of his subject, from film to digital, and an intimate love and feel for the surrounding countryside. He will gently guide you through any technical problems with your camera, and reveal some of the tricks of the trade.
During your visit to Dumfries and Galloway we aim to explore and photograph some unique and varied locations in the area. We will then spend time, using Photoshop, processing your images, and, if required, we have the facility to print high quality images up to A2 size.
In Scotland we can't guarantee the weather, so if the Gods are against us, we can retire t the studio, where Andy will show you some of the intriguing aspects of studio lighting, to ceate stunning portraits and fascinating still life.
Aims of the course
- To help you master your camera,
- To help you understand light and composition.
- To help you master photographic editing, from camera to printing.
- And to have a enjoyable and meaningful holiday.
Course fee £295, £50 discount for bookings by 31st May 2014. £50 discount for couples.
Fee includes 2/3 night stay in the 4-star Coach House, or large rooms in the main house, and food. Participants welcome to arrive on the preceding Sunday evening. Early booking is recommended as the maximum number of participants is limited to 8 to allow ample time for individual sessions..
Website www.durhamhill.co.uk
Contact Juliet on 01556 509021 or 07843 476862 or email mail@durhamhill.co.uk.

Week Commencing Monday 17th November:

otherMonday 17th & Tuesday 18th NovemberLearn Self Learn Self-Hypnosis to Improve Your Creativity
Course starts 9am on Mon 17 Nov, finishes 4.30pm on Tues, 18 Nov
@ The Coach House - Durhamhill, Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 3HP
Hypnosis is a normal and natural state of mind very like daydreaming. In hypnosis, your attention is turned inwards to some degree and the mind is settled. It’s much easier in this state to notice the drift of your thoughts. These can be consciously constructed or you can as it were ‘just sit and watch’ images arising spontaneously from the subconscious part of the mind, where the roots of our creativity lie. The skill of self-hypnosis can be quickly and easily learned. Being in hypnosis is in itself profoundly relaxing (though it is not sleep!) and you return to normal everyday consciousness feeling refreshed. More importantly, the state of hypnosis allows access to the subconscious and our amazing resources of memory and imagination.
The course will include
- An overview of how creativity can be developed when the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind work together.
- An explanation of what hypnosis is, how it can be used therapeutically (i.e. a brief discussion of hypnotherapy) and how learning the skill of self-hypnosis can benefit writers. - Relaxation sessions where you experience the state of hypnosis.
- Further group sessions where hypnosis is used with a particular emphasis on writing
- visualisations, imagined conversations with your fictional characters, putting yourself into locations that feature in your work, generating ideas for future projects etc. - Steve can offer hypnotherapy to help resolve writing related issues such as writer’s block. These sessions can be on a one-to-one basis if preferred or as a demonstration to the group.
- One-to-one sessions to discuss aspects of your writing are also available. Note however that you can book either a one-to-one hypnosis session or a writing consultation (due to constraints of time).
- Each course member will receive a pack of handouts and also a self-hypnosis relaxation CD so that you can practise your newly learned skill after the course has finished.
Steve Bowkett qualified as a hypnotherapist in 1991 and has worked with many hundreds of people since then on a wide range of issues. He is a member of the Hypnotherapy Association – http://www.thehypnotherapyassociation.co.uk/ – and has run his Learn Self Hypnosis course for a number of years at places such as the Writers’ Holiday at Caerleon and the National Association of Writers’ Groups’ Festival of Writing (www.nawg.co.uk). His first book appeared in 1985. He writes fiction for children of all ages and also educational books on literacy, creativity, thinking skills and emotional resourcefulness. He has had sixty titles published plus numerous short stories and poems.
BOOKING INFO
Course fee: £195 includes 2 night stay in 4-star eco-friendly Coach House, or large rooms in main house, and food.
Non-participating partner’s fee £75.
£20 discount for bookings by 31st May 2014
The Galloway countryside is spectacular, with plenty of activities for non-participating partners, including walking, fishing, golf, visiting Solway Coast, llama feeding & motorcycle sidecar adventures.
Website www.durhamhill.co.uk
Contact Juliet on 01556 509021 or 07843 476862 or email mail@durhamhill.co.uk.
Durhamhill in the Galloway Countryside

otherThursday 20th November"Anyone for Crickets? The natural history of crickets and grasshoppers" - Mark Pollitt
7 - 9pm @ Nelson House, Melbourne Avenue, Eastriggs.
An Eastriggs Natural History group (The Wild Bunch) presentation.
Entry costs £2 which includes refreshments and a free entry into a raffle
New members and visitors always welcome.

musicSunday 23rd November The 25th Anniversary Show - Host & Compere Hugo Duncan
7.00pm @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
With Louise Morrissey, Crystal Swing, Boxcar Brian, Gary Gamble with music by the Ryan Turner Band.
It is 25 years since Pinetree Promotions staged their first show ever in Portpatrick Public Hall. This superb three hour long show will mark that achievement by featuring Hugh Duncan who appeared on the very first show. Louise Morrissey and Boxcar Brian has appeared on many occasions with Pinetree Promotions all over the UK. Gary Gamble with a trick up his sleeve has been in the Ryan Centre before. The Ryan Turner band have been Stranraer with Lousie and the newcomers are "Crystal Swing" the mother, daughter and son trio that a lot of people want to see. There is something for everyone in this truly great value for money show.
Cost: £20 - Tel: 01776 703535

Week Commencing Monday 24th November:

outdoor Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th November Wildlife Photography Weekend Course
@ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
One to one tuition with Tom Langlands and Bob Fitzsimmons, suitable for beginners to experienced photographers. Geese/Swans/General.
£170/head including coffee, tea and lunch both days.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoor Sunday 30th November Festive Feathered Friends
12 – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Come and create Christmas treats for the birds in your garden. An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

December 2014

Week Commencing Monday 1st December:

outdoorSunday 7th DecemberDawn Flight
7am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Join the wardens as we open early to experience the wild geese flighting in against the dawn sky. The Coffee Shop will also be open early to provide hot drinks and bacon rolls. Bring warm, waterproof clothing, binoculars and a torch.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 8th December:

outdoorSunday 14th DecemberFestive Feathered Friends
12-2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Come and create Christmas treats for the birds in your garden. An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

January 2015

outdoorThursday 1st January New Years Day Bird Race
10am – 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Start the year by challenging our warden to see how many bird species you can spot in a day.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

 

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