Dumfries and Galloway
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Dumfries and Galloway

What's On in Dumfries and Galloway

Please find below information about what's on and events coming up in Dumfries and Galloway in south west Scotland ... click on a month to get started

March 2015

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

exhibitionUntil 25th AprilConnections by Scott NaismithKaleidoscope II
Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm @ Whitehouse Gallery, 47 St Mary St, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway. DG6 4DU
The Whitehouse Gallery is to spring to life in an explosion of colourful Fine Art and Applied Art & Craft.
This exhibition welcomes a handful of new Fine Artists to the gallery for the first time, alongside some of our more regular exhibitors.
Featuring work by Jennie Ashmore, Sophie McKay Knight, Rona Lee, Moy Mackay, Este Macleod, Scott Naismith, William Neal, Louise O’Hara, Sylvia Paul, Patricia Sadler, Ingebjorg Smith, Cameron Watt, Emma Williams & Shirley Vauvelle. Also featuring 3d work and applied art & craft from Heather Andrews & Becky Crow (jewellery), Pete Brown (furniture), Jo Gallant, Heather Potten & Karen Suzuki (textiles), Elin Isaksoon & Debbie Lord (glass), Michael Lythgoe, Urpu Sellar, Cheryl Smith & Elizabeth Waugh (sculpture) Jacqui Atkin, Debbie Barber & Isabel Merrick (ceramics) and much more.
Tel: 01557 330223

Week Commencing Monday 23rd March:

musicThursday 26th MarchFournier Piano TrioFournier Piano Trio
7:30pm @ Kirkudbright Parish Church
Programme:
- Haydn Gypsy Rondo Trio
- Faure Trio op.120
- Tchaikovsky Piano Trio

Formed in 2009, the London-based Fournier Piano Trio is rapidly emerging as one of the leading young piano trios. The trio are passionate about contemporary music and have worked with leading British composers Gary Carpenter, Hugh Wood, Timothy Salter and Daniel Kidane to expand the piano trio repertoire. The trio plans to record their debut album later this year for USK Recordings, the disc will include Timothy Salter's Piano Trio along side the Faure and Ravel Trios. They have participated in masterclasses by Martin Lovett, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Susan Tomes, Leif Ove Andsnes, Ralph Kirshbaum and Daniel Hope. The Fournier Trio are grateful to the Kirckman Concert Society, Park Lane Group and Philharmonia Orchestra, MMSF for their support.
www.absoluteclassics.co.uk

musicFriday 27th MarchFournier Piano TrioFournier Piano Trio
7:30pm @ Annan Academy Performing Arts Centre
Programme:
- Haydn hob xv18
- Schumann 3
- Schubert 2

Formed in 2009, the London-based Fournier Piano Trio is rapidly emerging as one of the leading young piano trios. The trio are passionate about contemporary music and have worked with leading British composers Gary Carpenter, Hugh Wood, Timothy Salter and Daniel Kidane to expand the piano trio repertoire. The trio plans to record their debut album later this year for USK Recordings, the disc will include Timothy Salter's Piano Trio along side the Faure and Ravel Trios. They have participated in masterclasses by Martin Lovett, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Susan Tomes, Leif Ove Andsnes, Ralph Kirshbaum and Daniel Hope. The Fournier Trio are grateful to the Kirckman Concert Society, Park Lane Group and Philharmonia Orchestra, MMSF for their support.
www.absoluteclassics.co.uk

otherSaturday 28th MarchNeedle Felting Workshop
10am-3pm @ Troqueer Church Centre, Dumfries
Spend the day learning the art of needle felting as well as hand dyeing fleece, corsage making and upcycling sweaters.
Cost £20 inc all materials and three items to go home with.
Ctc: Anne on 07810 194261 or email solwaywoolscapes@gmail.com 

sportSaturday 28th March Solway Orienteering
10am - 12 noon @ Barhill Plantation, Dalbeattie
Are you looking for adventure? Think fast - run smart - love the outdoors!
Suitable for all levels from beginners to the more experienced orienteer.
Don't worry if you are new to the sport - help will be on hand to help you get started.
Adults £3, Juniors £2 - non members welcome but will be required to pay a surcharge per person - Adults +£2, Juniors +£1
www.solwayorienteers.co.uk

readingsSaturday 28th MarchGeorge Szirtes with Donald Adamson
7.00pm for 7.30pm @ The Bakehouse, 44 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7  2HP
George Szirtes was born in Budapest in 1948 and came to England in 1956 after the Hungarian Uprising. He is the author of some fifteen books of poetry and roughly the same of translation from Hungarian. He was joint winner, with Hugo William, of the Faber Prize with his first book, The Slant Door (1979and has won a number of prizes since. In 2004 he was awarded the T S Eliot Prize for his book, Reel, and was shortlisted for the prize again in 2009 for The Burning of the Books and for Bad Machine Subsequent awards and prizes, including International awards for translation, are too numerous to mention. George will be reading from his many collections.
Donald Adamson is both poet and translator, dividing time between Galloway and Finland; co-founder of Markings; first prize Herald Millennium Competition, prize-winner McCash Scots Poetry Competition, 2014. His new collection Glamourie, which has a Scottish background, is due this year from Indigo Dreams Publications. Donald will read from A Landscape Blossoms Within Me ( pub: Arc 2014), his fine translations of Eeva Kilpi, one of Finland's best-loved writers, and a Nobel Prize nominee.
Tickets £7.00 - To book ring 01557 814175 or email chrys@chryssalt.com

otherSaturday 28th MarchFundraiser for the solway comets and solway lightning synchronised skating teams
7 for 7.30pm @ Masonic Hall, George Street, Dumfries
Curry night with entertainment from Tubby Broon (Comedian) and Adam Night (Hypnotist)
Tickets - £30 - Contact George on 07455 972797

musicSaturday 28th MarchFournier Piano TrioFournier Piano Trio
7:30pm @ Greyfriars Church Dumfries
Programme:
- Haydn Gypsy Rondo Trio
- Faure Trio op.120
- Tchaikovsky Piano Trio

Formed in 2009, the London-based Fournier Piano Trio is rapidly emerging as one of the leading young piano trios. The trio are passionate about contemporary music and have worked with leading British composers Gary Carpenter, Hugh Wood, Timothy Salter and Daniel Kidane to expand the piano trio repertoire. The trio plans to record their debut album later this year for USK Recordings, the disc will include Timothy Salter's Piano Trio along side the Faure and Ravel Trios. They have participated in masterclasses by Martin Lovett, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Susan Tomes, Leif Ove Andsnes, Ralph Kirshbaum and Daniel Hope. The Fournier Trio are grateful to the Kirckman Concert Society, Park Lane Group and Philharmonia Orchestra, MMSF for their support.
www.absoluteclassics.co.uk

outdoorSunday 29th March“Make the boy interested in natural history”
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Learn about the founder of WWT, Sir Peter Scott and the amazing things he achieved in his life, take part in outdoor and art activities. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherSunday 29th MarchSpring Wedding Fayre
12.00 Noon – 4.00pm @ Hetland Hall Hotel, Carrutherstown, Dumfries DG1 4JX
FREE ENTRY
Come along and have a glass of Bubbly & meet our experienced team, as well as the wide range of exhibitors who can help you with your big day!
Car hire to kilt hire, flowers to bridal gowns - there is something for everyone.
Bridal Demonstration at 2.00pm by Charlotte Boyd
A Perfect place for your perfect day.
Tel: 01387 840 201

musicSunday 29th MarchFournier Piano TrioFournier Piano Trio
3:30pm @ Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms, Thornhill
Programme:
- Haydn hob xv18
- Schumann 3
- Schubert Piano Trio No.2 D.929

Formed in 2009, the London-based Fournier Piano Trio is rapidly emerging as one of the leading young piano trios. The trio are passionate about contemporary music and have worked with leading British composers Gary Carpenter, Hugh Wood, Timothy Salter and Daniel Kidane to expand the piano trio repertoire. The trio plans to record their debut album later this year for USK Recordings, the disc will include Timothy Salter's Piano Trio along side the Faure and Ravel Trios. They have participated in masterclasses by Martin Lovett, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Susan Tomes, Leif Ove Andsnes, Ralph Kirshbaum and Daniel Hope. The Fournier Trio are grateful to the Kirckman Concert Society, Park Lane Group and Philharmonia Orchestra, MMSF for their support.
www.absoluteclassics.co.uk

SportMonday 30th March - Sunday 5th April2015 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
@ Dumfries Ice Bowl
World Championship ice hockey is a fast, furious, skilful and compelling spectacle. Dumfries is a hot spot for ice hockey, with successful teams at senior and junior level, the town is the location for national coaching programmes and the Ice Bowl is a frequent venue for national and international championships and tournaments. Plus of course, we have the new Solway Sharks Ladies team!! GREAT BRITAIN Division II - Group A 2015.
For tickets call Midsteeple Box Office: 01387 253383.
For full event information and tickets, please go to www.icehockeyuk.co.uk

April 2015

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

outdoorDaily April to June@ 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

Week Commencing Monday 30th March:

SportMonday 30th March - Sunday 5th April2015 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
@ Dumfries Ice Bowl
World Championship ice hockey is a fast, furious, skilful and compelling spectacle. Dumfries is a hot spot for ice hockey, with successful teams at senior and junior level, the town is the location for national coaching programmes and the Ice Bowl is a frequent venue for national and international championships and tournaments. Plus of course, we have the new Solway Sharks Ladies team!! GREAT BRITAIN Division II - Group A 2015.
For tickets call Midsteeple Box Office: 01387 253383.
For full event information and tickets, please go to www.icehockeyuk.co.uk

otherFriday 3rd AprilEASTER ‘PRIZE’ BINGO
7.30pm @ Locharbriggs Community Centre, Auchencrieff Road, Dumfries DG1 1UX
Including prizes for best ‘Decorated Easter eggs ‘& ‘Easter bonnets’
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Admission: Adults £1.00 Children 50p includes ‘Irish Bingo Ticket’& Half time refreshments
Bingo Books 50p per 8 game book & ‘Flyer’

otherSATURDAY 4 APRIL - SUNDAY 19 APRIL Easter in Dock Park
Free Live Music, Activities and Events.
FREE on Good Friday - Easter Monday Mini Golf, Putting, Bowling, Trampolines (age limit applies to trampolines).
Please note that events and activities may be weather dependent. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

otherSunday 5th April Fun Dog Show
From 11.00 am @ Calgow Equestrian Centre, Newton Stewart DG8 7AN
Classes for cross breeds, junior handlers and pedigree dogs. Enter on the day from 10.30 am onwards.
Stalls and refreshments on site.
For more info ring 07942 999742

otherSunday 5th AprilLegends & Lore at Lochmaben CastleLegends & Lore at Lochmaben Castle
From 8pm - Lasts one and a half hours approximately - parking & mobility restricted
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 and grounds, 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 amidst the shadows of a haunting woodland copse…

Booking Essential
Tickets - £10/£8 available from - Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries
Age restrictions - 12 and above (accompanied by an adult)
Enquiries - 07791 047835 or 07912 145865
www.mostlyghostly.org

Week Commencing Monday 6th April:

outdoorMonday 6th AprilGreat Caerlaverock Easter Egg Hunt
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Take part in the Great Caerlaverock Easter Egg Hunt, map reading around the reserve to find the egg clues. Take part in egg-related craft activities!
Family event. 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

outdoorMonday 6th April until Sunday 19th AprilStars & Stripes
8pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Watch wild badgers feeding just outside our comfortable observatory. Fair trade tea, coffee and biscuits available.
Adults: £7.50, Concessions: £5, Children: £2.50. Tickets must be paid for in advance. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorWednesday 8th AprilNest Box Workshop
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Build your own nest box to take home and put up in your garden. Family event. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
£5 per nest box. Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSunday 12th AprilBirding for Beginners
1 – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Learn hints and tips from experts to get the most out of your bird watching. Bring binoculars if you have them, and a notebook and pencil.
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 April:

outdoorWednesday 15th AprilNest Box Workshop
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Build your own nest box to take home and put up in your garden. Family event. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
£5 per nest box. Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherWednesday 15th April Beginners Dog Class
@ Calgow Equestrian Centre, Newton Stewart DG8 7AN
Wigtownshire Dog Agility Club are running a beginners class.
All breeds and sizes of dogs welcome.
For more information contact Anni on 07942999742

otherWednesday 15th April Death Cafe
7 - 9pm @ Thomas Tosh Cafe, 19 East Morton Street, Thornhill
A group of academics has teamed up with a Thornhill café to hold an evening of conversation about death and dying. Death is a subject which many people find difficult to talk about, and this rare event offers local people the opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences in a safe and relaxing environment. Death cafés are often not as morbid an event as one may imagine, and there are often moments of light and laughter.
Professor David Clark, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, Dumfries, is in charge of the plans and the rest of Professor Clark’s team will be on hand to help the conversation flow. Dr Shahaduz Zaman, Reverend Hamilton Inbadas and Catriona Forrest are working on Global Interventions at the End of Life, a research project which is led by Professor Clark and funded by the Wellcome Trust. The project looks at ways in which communities around the world respond to death and caring for the dying.
This research project is investigating interventions at the end of life, on a global scale. Interventions can be defined in many ways, and that is part of the challenge of our project. Death Cafés are an example of a cultural intervention and we are interested in seeing how they can work.
We will be on hand to join in the conversation, not to lead the discussions nor to educate people. We’re not undertaking any research on the evening. It’ll be very informal, with a focus on respect, and on the confidentiality of participants.
The free event is open to all,

musicThursday 16 AprilScottish Chamber OrchestraMOZART & THE HORN
7.30pm @ Dumfries Easterbrook Hall

Weber – Symphony No 1 in C
Mozart – Horn Concerto No 2 in E-flat, K417
                Rondo in E-flat
Beethoven – Symphony No 8

Richard Egarr – Conductor | Alec Frank-Gemmill – Horn | Scottish Chamber Orchestra
An evening of Viennese warmth, humour and sheer virtuosity.
Tickets available from the Midsteeple Box Office or online from www.ticketweb.co.uk .
Pre-Concert Talk: 6.30pm, free to ticket holders
SCO Viola player Steve King in conversation with Richard Egarr.

otherFriday 17th - Monday 20th April Margaret Morris Movement Scotland Dance ResidentialMargaret Morris Movement Scotland Dance Residential 2015
1 – 4pm @ Kilquhanity Centre, nr. Corsock
Dance course for adults focusing on Health and Wellbeing and Creative Dance.
In the 1943 Margaret Morris held a summer school in the rural region of Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland. In 2014 MMM Scotland held its 1st dance residential and now announce we will host a further residential dance course at the same location- Kilquhanity in 2015. The course will encompass several aspects of Margaret Morris Movement and will include classes in MMM Colours, variations, Dance Classes and an exploration of Margaret Morris' creative practice based on her writings in “Margaret Morris Dancing”.
Cost of course £190 including all dance classes, catering and accomodation.
Day rates: £50 (includes lunch)
Contact: Sara Lockwood for further information: sara.lockwood@sky.com / 01556 612854
More information on MMM can be found at www.margaretmorrismovement.com

otherSaturday 18th AprilAuction of woodturning and general woodworking tools and equipment
@ The Workshop, Abercromby Road Ind Est, Abercromby Road (A713), Castle Douglas, DG7 1LH
An Auction of woodturning and general woodworking tools and equipment, organised by Galloway Woodturners Club. Viewing of lots on day of sale from 11am, auction starts at 2pm. Terms and Conditions of Sale and Sale Catalogue will be posted on the Club website when available. Members of the public may submit items to be included in the sale; contact the Organiser, Phil Howard,
phil.howard50@btinternet.com
www.gallowaywoodturners.co.uk

Week Commencing Monday 20th April:

otherMonday 20th April'Moffat and the Killing Time'
3-5pm @ Moffat Town Hall
Presented by Scottish historian David S Ross on Moffat's covenanting connections including John Graham, Earl of Dundee (aka Bonnie Dundee) who was billeted at the town's oldest inn - The Black Bull. Moffat Museum open to visitors before event at 12-3pm.
£10 ticket (includes Craigieburn Cafe cream tea) are available from: Moffat Books, 5 Well St, Moffat DG10 9DP t: 01683 478088 e: themoffatbookshop@hotmail.com

musicMonday 20th AprilAlbert Hammond
7.30pm @ Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, DG13 0AW.
One of the world's greatest songwriters - Albert Hammond has accumulated no less than 360 million records sold worldwide.
Hear the songs, the stories behind them and the artistes Albert´s worked with:
Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Julio Iglesias, Willie Nelson, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and many more...
An evening of hits including ‘It Never Rains In Southern California’- ‘The Free Electric
Band’ - ‘The Air That I Breathe’ - ‘Down By The River’- ‘One Moment In Time’ - ‘I'm A Train’. His live performances showcase his tremendous musical abilities. He´s joined on stage by his four piece band to present a stunning 2.5 hour journey through 5 decades of our lives.
He has been writing hit songs for over fifty years. There has not been a single decade in which Albert has not written multiple hit songs since he scored his first hit with “Little Arrows” at the age of 24. His songs have been responsible for over 40 chart-topping hits. Many of his most beloved songs, like “The Air That I Breathe” and “When I Need You,” have become hits multiple times with various artists, decade after decade
Tickets £18/£16 conc.  Tel. 013873 81196

outdoorSaturday 25th AprilBird Ringing Demonstration
11am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Join the North Solway Ringers as they demonstrate how to ring a range of birds.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSunday 26th AprilWhat’s that Warbler?
1 – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Join WWT experts to find and identify the newly arrived spring migrants. Learn to identify those difficult warblers by song.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 27th April:

otherWednesday 29th AprilMargaret Morris Movement Scotland Dance ResidentialDumfries Ghost Walk - Mary Timney Anniversary
9pm - meet at Dumfries Midsteeple (please come 15 minutes early)

On the 29th of April 1862, Mary Reid (or Timney) made history when she became the last woman to be publicly executed in Scotland - right here in Dumfries... To mark this darkly poignant date, we're running a special Dumfries Ghost walk; the tour will feature all the classic ghost walk stories with a particular focus on Mary Timney and Robert Smith (last man to be publicly executed in Scotland).

Booking Essential
Tickets - £7/£5/£19 (special family ticket)
Available from - Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries
Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult
Enquiries - 07791 047835 or 07912 145865 - www.mostlyghostly.org

 

May 2015

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

outdoorDaily April to June@ 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

Week Commencing Monday 4th May:

outdoorMonday 4th May Amphibian Fun
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Find out about the amphibians at Caerlaverock Wetland Centre. Look for frogs, toads and newts and learn about amphibian lifecycles. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSaturday 9th May Natterjack Night
8.30pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Take a walk out onto the reserve to find the rarest amphibian in Britain, the natterjack toad. At dusk, if we are very lucky we may hear the toad chorus as the male toads come down to the shallow pools to sing to the females to encourage them to spawn. Bring warm clothing suitable for the evening and a torch.
Adults £7.50, Concessions £5, Children £2.50. Tickets must be paid for in advance. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 11th May:

outdoor Sunday 17th May NEW for 2015! Wildlife Photography for Beginners
10am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Special beginners’ photography workshop with Tom Langlands and Bob Fitzsimmons. Learn how to take fantastic photographs of the geese and swans present on the reserve.
£60 per person. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

June 2015

outdoorDaily April to June@ 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

Week Commencing Monday 8th June:

outdoor Saturday 13th June Caerlaverock Bioblitz
10am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Join us on our first ever Bioblitz at Caerlaverock Wetland Centre. Help us find and identify as many different species of plant, insect, amphibian, bird, mammal and fungi as we can. There will be fun activities for families and natural history experts on hand to identify everything we find.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 15th June:

outdoorSaturday 20th-Sunday 21st June Dads and Kids Camp Time
Saturday 20th June, 6pm – Sunday 21st June, 10am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Spend a night camping at WWT Caerlaverock, to celebrate Father’s Day. Take part in activities such as a night-time Wildlife Safari, open fire cooking, tracks and signs and fire lighting. Children aged 8-14.
Adult £15, Child £7.50 Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 22nd June:

outdoorSunday 28th June Sounds of the Wetlands
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Come to the reserve and listen to all the different sounds in our wetlands, using our special parabolic amplifiers. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

July 2015

outdoor Thursday 2nd July Beetlemania
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
See how many different kinds of beetles you can find on the reserve. Play games and take part in craft activities. Family event.
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 6th July:

outdoorTuesday 7th July Beetlemania
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
See how many different kinds of beetles you can find on the reserve. Play games and take part in craft activities. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

November 2015

otherTuesday 10th - Thursday 12th November3-day Residential Writing Course
@ Durhamhill. Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas, DG7 3HP
3-day Residential Writing Course in Dumfries and Galloway countrysideSet in the beautiful and tranquil Galloway countryside, whether you are starting out as a writer or seeking to enhance your skills, this is the opportunity to discover your writing potential. The tutors are Margaret Elphinstone & Mary Smith. They are well-established, published writers with a wealth of teaching experience who will support & encourage you in developing your writing. Workshop topics include the creation of character & plot, the role of the narrative voice & writing from personal experience. There will be ample opportunity to discuss your work with the tutors & fellow students.
Margaret Elphinstone, a historical novelist, had her first novel published in 1987. Her novel, 'The Sea Road’ is in 'The 100 Best Scottish Books of all Time' produced by 'List Magazine'. She also writes poetry & short stories & is an Emeritus Professor of Strathclyde University & was a visiting Professor at central Michigan University in 1998 & 2001. She has taught creative writing to all levels of experience & has been a regular tutor on international Arvon courses.
Mary Smith is a writer, poet & journalist, her poems being widely published. A full collection, "Thousands Pass Here Every Day", was published in 2012. 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", a lively account of her time there, provides an insight into the lives of Afghan women. She was senior reporter on a local paper, & staff features writer with the award-winning magazine, 'Dumfries and Galloway Life'. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing & has taught the subject at Glasgow University.

Testimonials from past participants:-
- Superb tuition, lovely group with widely divergent experience, beautiful and comfortable surroundings. Frances H.
- a beautiful location, very welcoming hosts and just the right amount of challenge and reassurance' Cate M
- Valuable, intense, worthwhile. Ian B.
- Neither intimidating nor too formal, instantly absorbing. Una C. • We all came away better writers. Roger W

Course fee £295, includes. 2/3 nights stay in the 4 star Coach House, or the main house, & food, arrival from preceding evening.
Some places available for non-residents.
Durhamhill. Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas, DG7 3HP
See page entitled residential workshops/studio on www.largeholidayhomes-durhamhill.co.uk
Tel. Juliet on 07843 476862

 

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