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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

August 2015

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

outdoorThroughout August Guide in the Hide
11am - 3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. See the ‘What’s On’ board in the visitor centre for information and availability.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

exhibition Until Saturday 29TH AUGUST 2015Hawthorn Cottage by Fiona MillarSummer Exhibition
Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm @ Whitehouse Gallery, 47 St Mary St, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway. DG6 4DU
This annual exhibition has always attracted a lot of attention, particularly as the town is so busy in the summer months with art lovers and visitors. As a result, the list of exhibiting Fine Artists is always of an extremely high standard, bringing together well established names in the art world along with up and coming local talents
Featuring work by Moira Beaty, Andy Cross, Dronma, Madeleine Hand, Stewart Lammie, Linda Lovatt, Fiona Millar (whose 'Hawthorn Cottage’ features here), Margaret S Milligan, Morag Muir, Linda Park, Sylvia Paul, Helen Tabor & Archie Sutter Watt RSW. 
There will also be new collections of sculpture by Urpu Sellar & Alexandra Shorey, ceramics by Debbie Barber & Vicky Lindo, Jewellery by Sheana M Stephen DA and Caroline Temple, Textiles by Jo Gallant & Karen Norton, glass by Amanda Simmons, wicker baskets by Trevor Leat and an ongoing selection of furniture, prints, artist books, cards and much more.

Week Commencing Monday 24th August:

other fRIDAY 28TH - mONDAY 31ST aUGUST Spirit Of WW1 Events
@ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Eastriggs, Annan, Dumfriesshire, DG12 6TF
A series of WW1 themed-events including Teatime in Wartime, Wartime Ration cooking challenge, Mend and Make Do workshop and more.
www.dumgal.gov.uk/packup2015

outdoorfRIDAY 28TH aUGUST Crook Of Baldoon Mud Walk
1pm-3pm @ RSPB Crook Of Baldoon Nature Reserve, Shell Road, Wigtown, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 9AQ
A guided walk which explores Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve from a different angle. With discussions on what makes the area an estuary. Wellington boots are needed.
£3.00 per ticket / Child Price Free / Members / Friends Price £1.50
www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature

outdoorfRIDAY 28TH aUGUST Brilliant Bats
8pm-10pm @ RSPB Wood Of Cree, Barclye, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 6SN
A family friendly walk to look for bats, learn about their nocturnal lifestyles and listen to their calls on special detectors. Bring a torch
Full Price £4.00 per ticket / Child Price £2.00 per ticket / Family Price £10.00 per ticket
www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/

othersATURDAY 29TH & Sunday 30th aUGUST Environmental Arts Festival
The festival will use the arts to reveal the world around us, providing a platform for imaginative, stimulating and fun conversations in which we explore our relationship with environment and landscape in their broadest  senses.  It will welcome participants from a diverse range of communities and disciplines – local people, scientists, artists, environmentalists, cultural thinkers, poets and performers.  This year’s chosen setting – Morton Castle in Upper Nithsdale – is a dramatic festival backdrop which will provoke thought and trigger  sensory experiences, grounded in a challenging landscape.
environmentalartfestivalscotland.com/festival-programme/

outdoorsATURDAY 29TH aUGUST Moniaive Flower Show
@ Macara Park, Moniaive
The 136th Moniaive Flower Show is bigger than ever, under two Marquee's. The show opens at 13:30, and presentation takes place at 14:00 we will be serving teas coffee's and cake during the afternoon. There will be a selection of Trade and Craft stands and face painting for the Children.
Admission charges are as follows: Adults £2.00 OAP's £1.50 Children 50p
Come and join us for a fun afternoon.

music Saturday 29th August Electric Fields 2015
@ Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway, DG3 4AQ
King Creosote // Blanck Mass // Vessels // Catholic Action // Birdhead // Finding Albert // Fat Goth // United Fruit // Outblinker // The Phantom Band // PAWS // Hector Bizerk // Golden Teacher // Miaoux Miaoux // Randolphs Leap // Pronto Mama // Jonnie Common // Monogram // Root System // Esperanza // Man of Moon // Crash Club // Numbers are Futile // Kill The Waves // The Victorian Trout Conspiracy
+ more to come…
Tickets: From £30 (available via www.electricfieldsfestival.com)

familySunday 30th August Badgers
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Find out about badgers and what they get up to! Take part in games and interactive activities. Do arts and crafts about badgers. 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

music sUNDAY 30TH August Ivory And Gold
7.30pm @ Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, DG13 0AW
This celebrated duo of Jeff and Ann Barnhart return to the Buccleuch to bring you the fabulous music of Gershwin, Berlin and Porter amongst others.
Full Price £12.00 per ticket / Concessions £10.00 per ticket
Tel:01387 381196

Week Commencing Monday 31st August:

outdoorMonday 31st August- Sunday 6th September Stars & 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, coffee and biscuits available.
Tickets: Adults: £7.50, Concession £5, Children £2.50. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

September 2015

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

outdoorThroughout September Guide in the Hide
11am - 3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. See the ‘What’s On’ board in the visitor centre for information and availability.
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 31st August:

outdoorMonday 31st August- Sunday 6th September Stars & 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, coffee and biscuits available.
Tickets: Adults: £7.50, Concession £5, Children £2.50. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

music Thursday 3rd September At the Hop
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
“At The Hop” takes you 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.
All the classics of these great artistes are performed totally live, with energy, commitment, and showmanship, just as it was back in the hey day of the Rock ‘n’ Roll years of the 1950’s This is a ‘not to be missed’ concert for real music lovers old and new. Whether you want to just sit back and enjoy the show or leap to your feet, you are guaranteed a night to remember.
Tickets: £14.00 - Box Office: 01776 703 535

Week Commencing Monday 7th September:

outdoorTuesday 8th September Guided Walk: A Festival Of Colour!
10am-12noon @ Logan Botanic Garden, Logan, Ardwell, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 9ND
Come along and enjoy an autumnal tour around the garden in the company of one of the gardeners and see the early autumnal joys on offer. Some of the plants that you will see include Agapanthus, Eucryphia and Fasicularia.
£6.00 per tickeT
www.rbge.org.uk/whats-on/event-details/

musicFriday 11th SeptemberRobyn Stapleton - Fickle Fortune
@ The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm
Robyn Stapleton - Fickle Fortune'Fickle Fortune' is the much anticipated debut album from award-winning Scottish singer, Robyn Stapleton.
Since winning the title of BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician in 2014, she has had an incredible year, with stand out live performances, including BBC's Proms in the Park, where she shared the stage with Katherine Jenkins. Now one of Scotland's most sought after folk singers, she has been invited to perform on legendary radio program Desert Island Discs and Radio 4's With Great Pleasure alongside Ian Hislop and Jim Broadbent. Passionate about Scottish culture, Robyn is an Ambassador of the Scots language and was a nominee for Scots Singer of the Year 2014 (Scots Trad Music Awards).
The album features songs of Robyn's Scottish and Irish heritage, in the Scots, English and Gaelic language. 'Fickle fortune' is the theme that runs throughout the album: stories of twists of fate and changing fortune. A theme seen commonly in traditional songs, and one that reflects Robyn's own experience over the past year.
With an exceptional vocal quality, Robyn interprets some of Ireland and Scotland’s finest folk songs. From lively and spirited arrangements to sensitively accompanied ballads and unaccompanied laments, Fickle Fortune captures the range, depth and beauty of the tradition.
The album includes the song 'Bonnie Woodhall', which Robyn performed at Proms in the Park with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and 'Jock Hawk's Adventures in Glasgow', a rousing traditional song that helped to win her the title of Young Traditional Musician. Also featured on the album is traditional song 'What a Voice', which was inspired by Martyn Bennett's arrangement on his album, Grit and 'Bruach Na Carriage Báine', which recently featured in BBC Alba television series, Taghadh bho na Trads.
The album features two of Scotland's leading folk musicians, Alistair Iain Paterson on piano and harmonium and fiddler, Kristan Harvey (Blazin' Fiddles, former BBC Scotland Young Trad Musician).
www.robynstapleton.com/concerts

outdoorFriday 11th September Friday Moth And Bat Night
8pm-10pm @ RSPB Crook Of Baldoon Nature Reserve, Shell Road, Wigtown, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 9AQ
A moonlight guided walk, using moth traps and bat detectors in order to learn more about the creatures.
£3.00 per ticket / Children Free / Members & Friends £1.50 per ticket
www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/

outdoorSaturday 12th September Moth Morning
8-10am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Learn about moths and see which moths we have caught in our moth trap overnight. This event is part of National Moth Night.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

musicSaturday 12th SeptemberSean TaylorSEAN TAYLOR
7.30pm @ The Mill on The Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas .
To celebrate the release of The Only Good Addiction Is Love, Sean Taylor will be touring the UK during 2015. The new album has had an incredible response, airplay on BBC Radio 2 from three programmes, Bob Harris Sunday, The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe and Paul Jones blues show, it’s very rare to get airplay on all three shows. The album has also received airplay on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio nan Gaidheal, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Foyle and BBC Radio Ulster plus countless regional plays up and down the UK. The album has been featured in the Telegraph as one of the best folk albums of the year and was included on the Guardian playlist. More reviews are due to be published soon.
Being an artist is about making connections. Sometimes the connections are straight forward like writing a love song when you’re in love or a song about being heartbroken when she’s gone. On my latest album ‘The Only Good Addiction Is Love’ I have searched for more abstract and demanding references. The album’s title is a quote from the former President of Uruguay Jose ‘Pepe’ Mujica who gave 90% of his salary to charity and refused to live in the presidential palace preferring a farm with his wife and a three legged dog.
The song ‘Rothko’ is homage to the abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko whose ambient works are a hymn to beauty. Similarly the Spanish instrumental track ‘Lorca’ is a shout out to my favourite poet Federico Garcia Lorca. The first time I read Lorca the whole world illuminated and I wrote twenty songs in a few days. Lorca is referenced again in ‘Tienes Mi Alma En Tus Manos’ the title of which comes from the Don Winslow novel ‘The Power Of The Dog’, a deeply violent piece of work but with moments of great humanity.
Tickets £8 Tel. 01557 814099 / www.millonthefleet.co.uk.

musicSaturday 12th SeptemberDaniel Meade & The Flying Mules
7.30pm @ Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, DG13 0AW
Americana, funk and boogie comes courtesy of the collective
£14.00 per ticket / £12.00 Concessions
Tel:01387 381196

otherSaturday 12th September History and Hauntings of Carnsalloch HouseHistory and Hauntings of Carnsalloch House
7:30pm @ The Room at Troqueer Arms, Dumfries
A talk at Troqueer Arms, Dumfries by Mostly Ghostly Investigations
Dating back to the 13th century, the ancient lands of Carnsalloch were once linked to the Knights Templars. Formerly a fine Palladian villa, the existing mansion was built around 1759 for Alexander Johnstone of Carnsalloch - it now lies derelict with a somewhat uncertain future. Since 2007, we've been researching the property (and nearby burial crypt) along with numerous reports of haunting activity. The team look forward to sharing intriguing history from this fascinating location entwined with a collection of ghostly encounters...
Tickets £5, available from Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries
Age Restrictions - 14 years and above (under 16s MUST be accompanied by an adult)
Booking Essential Enquiries - 07791 047835 or 07912 145865 - www.mostlyghostly.org

outdoorSunday 13th September Bird 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. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 14th September:

music Friday 18th September A Celebration of Simon & Garfunkel
@ St Andrews Church in Moffat
A great evening for those who enjoy the classics of Simon and Garfunkel. Singer songwriters Tim Chu and Ian Bailey will be performing “A Celebration of Simon & Garfunkel” , a performance which is currently dazzling live music lovers throughout the UK whilst supporting the arts in rural communities.
Tim Chu has been a professional session musician for many years and his music features in TV, Film and Radio. He has loved the music of Paul Simon from a young age as the original LPs were constantly on his parents' record player! Tim had the vision to put together an ambient show to take to real music lovers around the UK and enrolled the help of Lancashire born Ian Bailey to complete the duo. Ian has been a singer songwriter for many years with 3 critically acclaimed solo albums of his own material to date. Two great musicians performing some of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic songs in an intimate and informal setting.
Tickets available via Ticket Web http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/179607 or at Grieves Newsagents in Moffat.

music Friday 18th September Music For All - Opera Alba
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Daisy Henderson ~ Soprano
Jenny Wilson-Best ~ Soprano
Steven Faughey ~ Baritone
Adam Magee ~Tenor Each member of Opera Alba has extensive experience of appearing on the professional operatic stage and on the concert platform. They offer a wide-ranging repertoire ranging from opera’s greatest hits (Mozart, Puccini, Verdi etc.) to Gershwin and Gilbert & Sullivan. Opera Alba is luxury entertainment that is accessible to all.
Opera Alba...states its aim is “bringing opera to the people of Scotland and beyond”. This it achieves admirably, and much more..
Tickets: £8.00 - Box Office: 01776 703 535

other Sunday 20th September The BIG Family Lunch 2015 Alzheimer Scotland - Action on dementia For World Alzheimers Day
12.30pm @ Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries
Sunday lunch with entertainment, Finish the weekend in style with a delicious Sunday lunch, raising money for people living with Dementia in Dumfries & Galloway. Sunday is traditionally a time for family and friends to get together share a meal and talk, but sadly, many people don’t get that opportunity anymore. The Big Family Lunch will bring people together to share good times and a good meal, while raising funds for the people of Dumfries and Galloway living with Dementia.
Tickets £25 per person (under 12’s £10, Under 3’s free).
Tickets available from the resource centre at 8 Gordon Street, Dumfries, DG1 1EG.
For further information contact Nina Parkin Community Fundraiser 01387 214886

Week Commencing Monday 21st September:

music Sunday 27th September Lisa McHugh
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Lisa McHugh is a Glaswegian born country singer who shot to fame in Ireland.
Born and raised on a farm in the countryside of Glasgow with Irish parents, Lisa was always a regular to Irish shores. She grew up listening to Daniel O’Donnell, Margo, Philomena Begley, Hugo Duncan and also the likes of Dolly Parton, Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and so many others. She was asked to be a contestant on Glor Tire, an Irish music talent show, and jumped at the chance. Lisa was introduced to people all over Ireland where she became known as Ireland’s Sweetheart of County Music.
The 26 year old beauty has won 15 awards in under 3 years including ‘Female Vocalist of The Year’ and ‘Outstanding Achievement on the World Stage’ 2012 when she appeared on the Grand Ole Opry as a guest of the legendary Gene Watson.
Tickets: £18.00 - Box Office: 01776 703 535

October 2015

outdoorThroughout October Guide in the Hide
11am - 3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. See the ‘What’s On’ board in the visitor centre for information and availability.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorEvery day from October to March Wild swan feeds
11am and 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
See wild whooper swans closer than anywhere in Britain.
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 5th October:

familyWednesday 7th October Caerlaverock Kids
10-11am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Join our group for parents and toddlers. Take part in outdoor and nature activities at the Centre.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSunday 11th October Dawn 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 19th October:

familyThursday 22nd October Ducking & Diving
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Learn to recognise some of the different types of ducks that visit Caerlaverock in the winter and see how they vary, depending on their feeding habits! Play games and take part in a variety of activities, including arts and crafts. 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

familySaturday 24th October Pumpkin Carving
2-5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Use inspiration from the wildfowl at Caerlaverock to carve your own pumpkin.  
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free and £2 per pumpkin.Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherSaturday 24th October Ghost Walk ParticipantsHaunted Highways Tour
Pick-up points: Old Lonsdale Cinema, Carlisle at 6pm, Gretna Inn, Gretna at 6:15, Dumfries Whitesands (outside Visit Scotland) at 7:10pm. Tour begins 7:30pm.
Screaming hags, eyeless phantoms and a menagerie of unearthy creatures... On the run up to Halloween, join your intrepid guides for a coach trip with a difference! Led by real-life paranormal investigators, our eerie storytelling excursion will take you along famously active stretches of what is believed by many to be Scotland's most haunted road - the A75...
Tickets - £19:50 available from - Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries
Age restrictions - 12 years and above (under 16s MUST be accompanied by an adult)
Lasts two and a half hours approximately
Booking Essential Enquiries - 07791 047835 or 07912 145865 - www.mostlyghostly.org

outdoorSunday 25th October Dusk 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

 

November 2015

outdoorThroughout November Guide in the Hide
11am - 3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. See the ‘What’s On’ board in the visitor centre for information and availability.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorEvery day until March 2016 Wild swan feeds
11am and 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
See wild whooper swans closer than anywhere in Britain.
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 9th November:

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

outdoorSunday 15th November Dawn 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 16th November:

outdoorSunday 22nd November What’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

Week Commencing Monday 23rd November:

outdoorSaturday 28th November 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

December 2015

outdoorThroughout December Guide in the Hide
11am - 3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. See the ‘What’s On’ board in the visitor centre for information and availability.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorEvery day until March 2016 Wild swan feeds
11am and 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
See wild whooper swans closer than anywhere in Britain.
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 30th November:

familyWednesday 2nd December Caerlaverock Kids
10-11am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Join our group for parents and toddlers. Take part in outdoor and nature activities at the Centre.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSunday 6th December Dawn 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 7th December:

xmasSaturday 12th December Caerlaverock Christmas Fayre
1-4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Visit a wide range of craft and food stalls at WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre at our Christmas Fayre.      
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.

January 2016

outdoorThroughout January Guide in the Hide
11am - 3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. See the ‘What’s On’ board in the visitor centre for information and availability.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorEvery day until March 2016 Wild swan feeds
11am and 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre,Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
See wild whooper swans closer than anywhere in Britain.
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 28th December:

outdoorFriday 1st January 2016 New Years Day Bird Race
10am – 4pm @ 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

outdoorSunday 3rd January 2016 In 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

outdoorSunday 3rd January 2016 Dawn Flight
7.15am@ 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 4th January:

familyWednesday 6th January 2016 Caerlaverock Kids
10-11am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Join our group for parents and toddlers. Take part in outdoor and nature activities at the Centre.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

familySaturday 9th January 2016 Willow Lantern Workshop
10am-4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Drop in to WWT Caerlaverock and make your own lantern from willow and tissue paper. This event is in preparation for the Big Burns Night Supper event where we will parade our lanterns down the streets of Dumfries.
All ages welcome. Free event. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

 

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