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

May 2015

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

outdoorDaily until 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

exhibitionUntil Saturday 20th June Connections by Scott NaismithEXHIBITION: 'My Heart Sleeps By The Sea'
Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm @ Whitehouse Gallery, 47 St Mary St, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway. DG6 4DU
Open Sunday 24th May 12-5pm for Spring Fling
An exhibition with a nautical theme, featuring Rosanne Barr (painter of High Cliffs on right), Jane Blair, Niki Crew, Alison Dickson, James Fraser RSW, Neal Greig, Caroline Hunter, Robert Innes, Wendy Kershaw, Liz Mackay, Kevan McGinty, Robert Ryan & Valerie Sadler. Also featuring sculpture by Michael Lythgoe, Helen Martino, Urpu Sellar, Shirley Vauvelle, ceramics by Rob Sutherland, jewellery by Catherine Thomas and textiles by Jo Gallant.

Week Commencing Monday 25th May:

musicMonday 25th MayScottish Opera: Theatre on Wheels
@ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
4.30pm PUFFY MACPUFFER& THE CRABBIT CANALS
6.00pm A LITTLE BIT OF BARBER OF SEVILLE
7.30pm A LITTLE BIT OF CARMEN
Scottish Opera pack up their theatre on wheels and bring three pop-up operas to venues in Dumfries, Annan, Stranraer and Castle Douglas. Performed by a storyteller, singer and two instrumentalists, and supported by a set of colourful illustrations, each show lasts around 25 minutes and gives a fantastic introduction to opera. A Little Bit of Carmen and A Little Bit of Barber are cleverly re-written versions of the full operas and are suitable for all ages, while Puffy MacPuffer& The Crabbit Canals tells the story of the five Scottish Canals and has been specifically created for 5 to 8 year olds.
Tickets: £5 per show | Under 26’s HALF PRICE - Box Office: 01776 703535

musicTuesday 26th MayMacmath: The Silent Page
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Ten years ago, award-winning Galloway songwriter Ali Burns came across the William Macmath collection of songs held by The National Trust for Scotland at Broughton House in Kirkcudbright. Inside the fragile pages of his personally scripted English and Scottish Popular Ballads 1882 – 1898, were two books of unpublished songs and song fragments. Ali, together with top traditional Scots musicians from the region – Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan, Robyn Stapleton, Allan Jones, Claire Mann and Wendy Stewart – with advice from Scots ballad experts, Alison McMorland and Geordie McIntyre, has meticulously pieced the collection together, added tunes and missing lines, and will perform Macmath.
Tickets: £14.00 | Under 26’s HALF PRICE - Box Office: 01776 703535

booksTuesday 26th MayBERNARD KOPS – A LIFE IN POETRY AND PROSE
7.30pm @ The Bakehouse, 44 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HP
A rare opportunity to meet Bernard Kops, one of the great post-war Jewish playwrights, poets and novelists, comes to The Bakehouse.
Hear him read from his acclaimed biography ‘The World is a Wedding’ and other internationally famous work, and in conversation with poet and director Chrys Salt MBE who has directed some of his plays for the London stage. The stories he has to tell, from escaping death at the hands of the Nazis, an East End childhood and working with Joan Littlewood, to earning early fame as a playwright with his ground breaking play, the Hamlet of Stepney Green are both captivating and revealing.
‘He is a spellbinding public speaker whose still frequent performances are often remembered in small detail by his audiences for years after such events’. THOMAS ORSZÁG-LAND ( poet and award winning foreign correspondent)
£6 - Local Ticket Outlet: The Bakehouse. Tel: 01557 814175 or chrys@chryssalt.com
Ticket Office +44 (0)1387 253383 - Book Online

familyWednesday 27th MayHedgerow Safari
10.30am @ Cream O' Galloway, Rainton Gatehouse of Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 2DR
Get up close and personal with the small mammals that live in the hedgerows.
£3.50 per ticket
Tel:01557 815 222

musicWednesday 27th MayMacmath - The Silent Page
7.30pm @ Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, DG13 0AW
A rare collection of forgotten Scottish songs by William Macmath, pieced back together and performed by top traditional Scottish musicians including Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan, Robyn Stapleton, Allan Jones, Claire Mann and Wendy Stewart.
£14.00 per ticket / Concessions £12.00 / Child £5.00
Tel:01387 381196

musicThursday 28th MaySCO - Music For A Summer Evening
7.30pm @ Castle Douglas Town Hall, St. Andrew Street, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 1DE
A performance of Dvorak's Czech Suite, Mendelssohn's Concert Pieces No 1 and No 2, Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances and Schubert's Symphony No 3 conducted by James Lowe. Soloists are Maximiliano Martin and William Stafford on clarinet.
£16.00 per ticket / Concessions £14.00 / Child Price £5.00
www.sco.org.uk/summer

familyFriday 29th MayOpen Farm Sunday: SRUC Crichton Royal Farm Visitor Centre
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SRUC Crichton Royal Farm Visitor Centre, Glencaple Road, Dumfries, DG1 4AS
Open Farm Sunday is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to meet the farmers who grow their food and care for the countryside. Many farms will be open and offering everything from self guided walks to trailer rides and from meet the animals to static machinery displays.
www.farmsunday.org/
EVENT UPDATE:
A guided tour of Crichton Royal Farm will be accompanied by readings of traditional and contemporary poems with a rural theme. This unusual combination is the result of a collaboration between Dr Dave Roberts, of Scotland’s rural college, the SRUC, and Dr David Borthwick, a lecturer in literature in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Glasgow’s Dumfries campus.
Crichton Royal Farm is both an experimental dairy research unit and a working dairy farm. Dr Roberts, who is head of the SRUC Dairy Research Centre, will explain various aspects of the farm’s operation and the science that informs it while Dr Borthwick reads site-specific poetry.
Visitors will have the option of touring the farm on foot or being transported in a specially-constructed tractor-trailer. The evening will culminate in a reading by Jim Carruth, who is a poet, farmer, activist and Glasgow’s Poet Laureate. Chris Henry, who is a postgraduate student at the SRUC and a keen musician, will provide musical interludes.
Tickets, priced £5, are available from the SRUC Dairy Centre, tel  01387 263961.

theatreFriday 29th & Saturday 30th MaySCDA Crossmichael Drama Club: A Midsummer Nicht's Dreme
7.30pm @ The Fullarton Theatre, Lochside Road, Castle Douglas, Dumfries And Galloway, DG7 1EU
A new translation of Shakespeare's best loved comedy into broad Scots by John Burns.
Tickets £8.00 - Tel:01556 504506

theatreSaturday 30th MayDes Clarke
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Des Clarke, stand-up comic, radio and TV presenter, and newspaper columnist has never forgotten his roots. The shy young boy from the Gorbals has performed to sell-out audiences across the globe. A regular at the Edinburgh Fringe, stand-up comedy remains Des’ first love. He has played at venues such as The Stand, The Comedy Store and Jongleurs and has appeared on stages in New York, Adelaide, Dubai and Dublin Comedy festivals.
Tickets: £15 | Under 26’s HALF PRICE - Box Office: 01776 703535

familySunday 31st MayMusic On The Beach
11am to 2pm @ RSPB Mersehead Reserve, Southwick, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG2 8AH
Come down to the beach with RSPB, search amongst the driftwood and see what musical instruments can be made.
Price: £3 per child, £1 per adult
www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/

theatreSunday 31st MayThe Complete History of Comedy (Abridged)
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
They’ve skewered history, the Bible and the world’s most celebrated playwright, now much-sought-after three-man comic troupe, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, tackles the subject it was born to reduce. Following a hugely successful, critically-acclaimed season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year, the Reduced Shakespeare Company set out to reduce the audience to tears of laughter. These bad boys of abridgement leave no joke untold as they deconstruct the entire history of comedy in 90 rollicking minutes.
Tickets: £15 | Under 26’s HALF PRICE - Box Office: 01776 703535

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 1st June:

outdoor Wednesday 3rd June Summer In The Gardens Guided Walk
2pm-3.30pm @ Castle Kennedy Gardens, Castle Kennedy, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 8SH
The Head Gardener guides through the displays of later blooming Rhododendrons and early displays of mixed flowering shrubs.
£2.00
castlekennedygardens.com/

musicFriday 5th JuneStatus Quo supported by Reef & Big Country
Doors Open 5pm @ Palmerston Park, Dumfries
Queen of the South have taken a foray into the rock world by booking Status Quo supported by REEF and Big Country. With a fistful of hits between them spanning up to 4 decades, Queen of the South have booked instantly recognisable names for their first venture away from football.
For those wishing to see some musical pioneers in action and participate in a bit of football history, tickets can be purchased at £45 each and can be booked online from www.qosfc.com.
Alternatively they can be bought in person from the club, between 9am and 4pm Mon to Fri. Queen of the South shirt sponsors, Palmerston Cafe are also selling tickets, every day between 9am and 10pm.

musicSaturday 6th JuneRobyn Stapleton - Fickle Fortune
7.30pm @ The Grainstore, Stranraer.
Robyn Stapleton - Fickle Fortune'Filckle 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

musicSaturday 6th JuneMOTOWN NIGHT WITH A TOUCH OF SOUL
8pm to 1am @ Cairndale Hotel's Solway Suite, Dumfries
Do you enjoy dancing and are looking for a night out with good music in pleasant surroundings? The why not come along for a night of Motown and classic soul music.
Admission is FREE.

Week Commencing Monday 8th June:

musicThursday 11th - Sunday 14th JuneEden Festival
@ at Raehills Meadows near Moffat
The Eden FestivalThe aim behind the festival is to provide a 3 day celebration of music, dance, colour, culture and community built on an ecologically sound and carbon friendly set of principles and to exhibit live music hand in hand with stunning decorations and surroundings.
In 2015 Eden hosts an electric mix of sounds and environments, from auld eclectic drinkin' dens, to psychedelic tropical dance tents, to circus styled brass and ska cocktail bars, to Indian wedding marquees filled with hammocks and bath tubs.
The Devorgilla Open Air Stage, it's mighty hand built tortoise shell body hosts the festivals headline acts, including The Cat Empire, Ms. Dynamite and Grand master Flash. The Furry Chillum Cocktail Bar, immerse yourself in the enticing, warm and exotic atmosphere, while lending your ear to acoustic, brass, swing and ska, plus a heavy smattering of the bizarre. It's cabaret time! The Ghilli Du Dance Emporium, a colourful melting pot of everything from Drum 'n' Bass to Soca, back to Bassline and Breakbeat and over to Electro and Techno and anything in between - there will be something to suit any dance fan. Hear from Khan and Neek, Sam Binga and Father Funk.
Rabbie’s Tavern will provide an auld Scottish bar to drink the local hooch with live bands playing celtic, roots, rockabilly, bone shakin blues and anything else that makes you stomp your foot, and hoist yer tankards. Rabbies Tavern will also have a traditional Scottish ceilidh each night and The Wee Tim-Rous Stage by the side.
The Vishnu lounge provides a taste of paradise on the fringes of Eden, a place to chill out and swing in the hammocks, lounge in the bath tub and soak up some ambient audio treats to a nice hot cup of chai. Come get fit at the Cycle powered Reggae Stage. Providing music and entertainment with a Dub / Reggae theme – with Bands, DJ’s and MC’s from around the country.
The Shellycoat Kids Tent offers sustainable, environmentally friendly, arts, crafts, performance, forest skills and play, free of charge for all children, in a pleasant and natural setting. It consists of a decorated craft and performance marquee, a little ones yurt, outside space, and a forest skill’s area under the oak tree.
Join the Circus Shenannigans with Spinning Jenny and her team, to delve into her box of tricks.  Learn to juggle, hoola hoop, stilt walk, spin a plate and more…
And finally, the Lost Disco a flaming outdoor dance parlour, playing host to some of the finest funky djs and label parties. When the old wooden door swings open at mid night every night its your time to enter the arena and set fazers to stunning!
Weekend adult passes £99, 13- 17 year olds £75 and children under 12 are free.
www.edenfestival.co.uk

other Friday 12th & Saturday 13th June Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work Revalidation Courses
@ Barcaple Activity Centre, Castle Douglas.
Please contact Jennifer Russell on jrussell40@btinternet.com or 07980 987534.

reading Friday 12th June Sir John Lister-Kaye
3pm @ at the Rutherford McCowan building at the Crichton Campus, Dumfries
The University of Glasgow’s Solway Centre for Environment and Culture, along with booksellers Waterstones Dumfries, is to host a guest appearance by writer and conservationist Sir John Lister-Kaye. The book offers his “bird’s eye view of a Highland year” and is the latest of a number of works which have been inspired by his love of natural history.
Dr David Borthwick, who is theme leader for landscape, place and memory at the Solway Centre, said the subject of Sir John’s book chimed closely with the centre’s own focus on the Scottish landscape.
The event is free but attendees are asked to register via the following link: www.eventbrite.co.uk

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:

outdoorTuesday 16th June Ken Dee Guided Walk
10am-12noon @ RSPB Ken Dee Marshes, Mains of Duchrae Cottage, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 2LY
Join the warden for a leisurely walk around the reserve to learn how our ongoing work on site is giving nature a home.
Meet at the reserve car park.
Child Price £2.00 per ticket / Family Price £10.00 per ticket / Full Price £4.00 per ticke

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

musicSunday 21st JuneRobyn Stapleton - Fickle Fortune
@ A' the Airts, Sanquhar.
Robyn Stapleton - Fickle Fortune'Filckle 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

Week Commencing Monday 22nd June:

theatreSaturday 27th June The Wind in The Willows
2pm @ Threave Garden, Dumfries & Galloway
A fun filled, open-air, musical, family adaptation of 'The Wind In The Willows'.
Join Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger on their adventures. Our open-air family productions are filled with audience interaction, high energy performances and out right silliness. So bring along your picnics, blankets, friends and family and folding chairs to enjoy this wonderful family production.
Tickets available from www.folksytheatre.co.uk

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

sportSunday 28th June Run4HealthRun4Health
11am @ the Crichton, Dumfries.
The event is 5km in length and is open to all abilities and all the family to encourage all ages, health and fitness abilities to get active and be part of a feel good community event.

Entry is £8 Adults, £2 Children, £18 Family.
Entry forms are available at local Dumfries and Galloway Council Leisure Centres
You can also enter online at www.run4health.co.uk.

All money raised will go to the following charities chosen for this year:
· Marie Curie – Dumfries and Galloway Group
· Chest Heart Stroke Scotland – Dumfries Support Group
· Apex Scotland - Dumfries
· Georgetown Primary School Queensberry Unit – Magic Carpet Appeal
· Mens Shed, Dumfries – Disabled Access Appeal
· Rotary Club of Dumfries Devorgilla Charitable Trust

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

sportSaturday 11th July Stewartry Sportive Cycle event
Based at The Blair Youth Centre, John Street, Dalbeattie, DG7 4JJ
Ride through the beautiful Stewartry countryside on roads with little traffic compared to most of the UK and raise money for local good causes.
Choice of three routes 15, 50 or 75 miles, all signed and marshalled.
Start and finish at the Blair Centre with parking, changing rooms, and showers post event. Feeding stations on Medium and Long routes. Food and drinks after finishing for all riders. Timed certificate for every finisher.
More info, on-line entry or entry form at www.dandgcycling.org.uk.
Contact Betty Howard, 01556 610998, betty.howard41@btinternet.com

Week Commencing Monday 13th July:

theatreFriday 17th July Hamlet
7pm @ Threave Garden, Dumfries & Galloway
Come and join the Prince of Denmark as he battles his inner demons and seeks to avenge his late father, in true Folksy style.
Filled with live folk music and colourful characters, in an apt Victorian setting – it's Hamlet as you've never seen it before!
Bring along your picnics, blankets and folding chairs to enjoy this wonderful open-air production..
Tickets available from www.folksytheatre.co.uk

theatreFriday 17th to Sunday 19th July Sleeping Beauty On Ice
Various times @ Park Farm, New Abbey Road, Dumfries, DG2 7LU
The magic of Sleeping Beauty is told on ice with a variety of international skaters, acrobatic specialty & comedy performers.
Perfect for all the family.
Child Price £9.00 per ticket / Family Price £40.00 per ticket / Full Price £15.00 per ticket
View times and buy tickets online at: fairytalesonice.digitickets.co.uk

Week Commencing Monday 20th July:

familyThursday 23rd JulyBuild Your Own Bat Box
1pm-3pm @ Logan Botanic Garden, Logan, Ardwell, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 9ND
Come along and make your own bat box to take away. With help from the volunteers of Dumfries and Galloway's Bat Group, come along and make your own bat box to take away and place in your garden; as well as joining in with other batty activities.
£6.00
www.rbge.org.uk/whats-on/

outdoor Wednesday 24th July Mystery Moths
10am-12noon @ RSPB Ken Dee Marshes, Mains of Duchrae Cottage, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 2LY
Join the warden to discover what exciting minibeasts turn up after a night's insect trapping at Ken Dee Marshes.
Meet at the reserve car park.
Full Price £3.00 | Members / Friends Price £1.50 per ticket
www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature

Week Commencing Monday 27th July:

outdoor Friday 31st July Bat Walk At Caldons
9pm-11pm @ Caldons Wood, Bargrennan, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 6SU
Discover the wonderful world of bats, with experts on hand to reveal their mysterious lives and demonstrate how to use bat detectors.
Free Event
http://www.creevalley.com/events/

August 2015

Week Commencing Monday 3rd August:

musicFriday 7th AugustRobyn Stapleton - Fickle Fortune
@ The Fullarton, Castle Douglas
Robyn Stapleton - Fickle Fortune'Filckle 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

Week Commencing Monday 24th August:

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)

September 2015

musicFriday 11th SeptemberRobyn Stapleton - Fickle Fortune
@ The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm
Robyn Stapleton - Fickle Fortune'Filckle 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

 

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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