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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

July 2016

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

exhibitionSaturday 2nd July – 3rd September 2016THE SUMMER EXHIBITION
Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm @ Whitehouse Gallery, 47 St Mary St, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway. DG6 4DU
Jane Blair - Highland’This annual exhibition is a wonderful mix of gallery favourites, alongside some of Scotland’s most celebrated fine artists, whilst introducing some new artists to the gallery. This year guarantees not to disappoint, with some really exciting artists and a varied mix of subject matter and style, now spread over two floors. Artists include Rosanne Barr, Jane Blair, Ruth Brownlee, Michelle Campbell, Dronma, Marion Drummond, Victoria Foster, John Halliday, Stewart Lammie, Moy Mackay, Fiona Millar, Louise O'Hara, Deborah Phillips, Tracy Rees & Sian Smith.
Also includes new collections: Glass by Bobbie Coleman, Jewellery by Julie Allison & Diana Greenwood; Ceramics by Debbie Barber & Selborne Potter; Wooden Bowls & Lights by Tom Cooper; Furniture by Rustique Interiors; Sculpture by Karen James & Urpu Sellar; Willow baskets & Sculpture by Trevor Leat; Verdigris Copper & found object assemblages by Linda Lovatt; textiles by Jo Gallant and ongoing collections from a wide range of artists and makers.
Tel: 01557 330223

exhibitionSaturday 16th July - 2nd September 2016Lost and Found
Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm @ Unit 3 Gallery, Bladnoch Bridge Estate, Wigtown, DG8 9AB
An exhibition of art and sculpture featuring works created using found and recycled items. Assemblage, shadow boxes, metal sculpture and collage alongside embroidery and message dolls, various national and local artists.
Items are available to buy and entry is free .

outdoorEvery day July - September 2016 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 25th July:

comedyFriday 29th July Comedy Night
Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club, Dumfries
Comedy night at the cairndale includes 2 course dinner and coffee, live entertainment from a selection of comedians and disco til late.
Tickets can be bought from the Cairndale Hotel.
Dinner and show time 6.30pm for 7pm £22, Show Only 9pm £12.
Show only tickets can be bought from Midsteeple, Barnstorm records and Domino Entertainments.

theatreFriday 29th July A Midsummer Night's Dream
7.30pm @ Caerlaverock Castle Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG1 4RU
Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's best-loved romantic comedy. Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players.
Beautifully designed Elizabethan costumes, a wonderful new musical score and enchanting woodland creatures go to make this an evening of unmissable summer garden theatre.
Picnic with family and friends in the picturesque surroundings of some of the UK and Ireland’s most stunning open-air venues for the perfect evening of magical theatre in magical surroundings.
Tickets and Information from:
Caerlaverock Castle (01387) 770 244 / See Tickets (0871) 220 0260 or www.seetickets.com
Adult £14 / Child £10 / Concession £12 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £42
10% discount for Historic Environment Scotland Members 10% discount for parties of 10 or more
Gates open at 6.45pm. Please bring your own rugs or rubber-footed seating.

readingSaturday 30th July RYAN VAN WINKLE
7.30pm – 9.00pm @ The Bakehouse, 44 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet. DG7 2HP
The ubiquitous RYAN VAN WINKLE has been there, done that and won almost everything!
He’s a feisty, widely published, young American living in Edinburgh who is live artist, podcaster, critic, poet, festival organiser and workshop leader. His second collection The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society's 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award, he has organised and appeared in Festivals in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq, was awarded a coveted Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2012 and a residency at The Studios of Key West in 2016. He gets about!
The Bakehouse hosts regular poetry readings featuring internationally acclaimed writers – Australia last month, America this - but it also offers a regular intimate and friendly opportunity for folks to share their work in our popular OPEN MIKE SESSIONS. Aka The Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate.
Come and show Ryan Van Winkle ( no relation) what we’re made of.
Tickets £5,00. To Book: chrys@chryssalt.com or 01557 814175

family eventSaturday 30th – Sunday 31st July Family Nature Camp
6pm, 30th July – 10am, 31st July @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Spend a night camping at WWT Caerlaverock.  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

otherSunday 31st July Durisdeer Sunday Teas
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Durisdeer, DG3 5BJ
More information about the church at
www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/church/durisdeer-parish-church

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August 2016

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

Week Commencing Monday 1st August:

family eventTuesday 2nd August Bug Hunt
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Spend a morning hunting for bugs on the reserve.  Look under stones, in wood and on plants and trees. 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

family eventWednesday 3rd August 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.
Pond Dipping
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
What creatures can you catch in our raised pond? Use nets, bug pots and aquascopes to find and identify the pond creatures. 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

family eventThursday 4th August Dragons & Damsels
10am – 12noon @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Discover the dragonflies and damselflies present on the reserve and learn the differences between them.  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

theatreFriday 5th August ROY CHUBBY BROWN
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer, DG9 7AP
Chubby returns with his meatiest show yet!
He’s still rude, he’s srtill crude and this time he’s turning headlines onto punch lines as his rip-roaring brand of banter continues to burst bellies across the country. Chubby doesn’t hold back from sharing his views on news, women and gender, sailing so close to the mark, even the most seasoned of fans will be left gob-smacked. As politically correct as ever “The World’s Most Outrageous Comedian’ is far too rude for TV, so this live performance is the only place to catch the flamboyant comedian.
If easily offended please stay away!
Tickets: £20.00 - Box Office: 01776 703 535

musicFriday 5th August EVELYN GLENNIE & PHILIP SMITH
7:30pm @ Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries
Absoulte Classics - International Musicians Platform
Programme:
- Prism Rhapsody, Keiko Abe
- Orologeria Aureola, Evelyn Glennie and Philip Sheppard
- Quasi Una Sonata, Nebojsa Zivkovic
Interval
- Piece for Dance, James Keane (Recital version)
- View from Olympus, John Psathas
Adults £20 Under 26 Free
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theatreSaturday 6th August The Bearded Dug Comedy Club
7.00pm @ Johnstonebridge Centre, Johnstonebridge
Need a good laugh? Can't make the Edinburgh Fringe Festival?
From the creator of the Boreland Village Hall, Lockerbie and Annan comedy nights comes D&G's own version of a comedy fringe festival! Bill Dewar, founder of The Edinburgh Stand Comedy Club and a "Comedy genius" is headlining together with Langholm lass, Ruth E Cockburn, shortly before her own Edinburgh Fringe show. Accompanying her will be a selection of three fresh comics from the Scottish and English circuit, all with their own and different styles.
Doors open 7pm and tickets available from Johnstonebridge Centre on 01576 470325 or from Berry Promotions on 07557 414581. Parties of 10 and over will receive a FREE ticket for the organiser.
You'll have a Bearded Dug of a night!

theatreSaturday 6th August Macbeth Without Words
7.30pm @ Theatre Royal, Dumfries
Macbeth: without words is a new production by Ludens Ensemble that premiered at the Hidden Door Festival 2015 in Edinburgh as a work in progress to eminent reviews (Herald Scotland). Macbeth traveled to Pafos and Limassol, Cyprus in November 2015 as part of the events organised by Pafos, European Capital of Culture 2017. Our performance was then staged in Edinburgh at the "manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2016" and received two four-star reviews (Herald Scotland, Edinburgh49). We are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 at the ZOO (Venue 124). "Macbeth" is co-funded by Pafos, European Capital of Culture 2017.
Ludens Ensemble is an Edinburgh based theatre group run by local and international artists that create original performances with the aid of video art, animation, masks, puppets and music.
We are performing as part of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival. Tickets can be booked at the following link: http://www.dgartsfestival.org.uk
Tickets are £12/10. The performance is 60 minutes

musicSaturday 6th August SASHA GRYNYUK
7:30pm @ Buccleuch & Queensberry, Thornhill
Absoulte Classics - International Musicians Platform
Programme:
- Goulda, Piano Variations
- Bach, Golberg Variations
Adults £12 Under 26 Free
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other Sunday 7th August Village Hall Annual Sale
Doors open at 12 noon @ Port Logan Village Hall, Port Logan, DG9 9NJ
There are lots of stalls including second hand books, plants, bric-a-brac, home baking, and tombola stall, enter our raffle for a chance to win a holiday and try our refreshments marquee with home-made soups and baking. Doors close at 3pm.
Entry is by donation.
Funds raised are for the upkeep of the village hall.

otherSunday 7th August SUMMER TEA DANCES with THE McROBERT BROTHERS
2pm-4.30pm @ Locharbriggs Community Centre, Auchencrieff Road, Locharbriggs, Dumfries DG1 1UX
ADMISSION £3.00
Includes Tea and Biscuits
All welcome!
*****
GRAND RAFFLE!
Proceeds to Locharbriggs Community Centre Association funds

otherSunday 7th August Durisdeer Sunday Teas
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Durisdeer, DG3 5BJ
More information about the church at
www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/church/durisdeer-parish-church

Week Commencing Monday 8th August:

family eventTuesday 9th August Bug Hunt
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Spend a morning hunting for bugs on the reserve.  Look under stones, in wood and on plants and trees. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.

musicTuesday 9th August TIMOTHY CONNOR & SIMON LEPPER
7:30pm @ Broughton House, Kirkcudbright
Absoulte Classics - International Musicians Platform
Programme to include:
- Schubert
- Poulenc
- Gurney
- Richard Rodney Bennett
- Ives
- Folk Songs
Adults £12 Under 26 Free
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outdoorSunday 7th August Scotland’s Gardens - gardens open for charity
10pm-5.30pm CALLY GARDENS, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2DJ
Directions: From Castle Douglas take the Gatehouse turning off A75 and turn left through the Cally Palace Hotel gateway from where the gardens are well signposted.
The 18th century walled garden was built in the 1770s to provide fruit and vegetables for Cally House, and is now a plantsman’s garden and home to a specialist nursery. The emphasis is on unusual perennials with over 3,000 varieties planted out in 33 large borders. Most of the new introductions are grown from seed from botanic gardens worldwide and Michael Wickenden’s own plant hunting expeditions.
Admission £2.50. For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

musicSunday 7th August KARINE GEORGIAN, JOHN LENEHAN & ANTHONY PIKE
7:30pm @ Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries
Absoulte Classics - International Musicians Platform
Programme:
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2
- Nadia Boulanger: Three Pieces for cello and piano
Interval
- Debussy Première Rhapsodie
- Johannes Brahms: Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in A minor, Op. 114 
Adults £12 Under 26 Free
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Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

family eventWednesday 10th August Pond Dipping
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
What creatures can you catch in our raised pond? Use nets, bug pots and aquascopes to find and identify the pond creatures. 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

musicWednesday 10th August KARINE GEORGIAN, JOHN LENEHAN & ANTHONY PIKE
7:30pm @ Cally Palace, Gatehouse of Fleet
Absoulte Classics - International Musicians Platform
Programme:
- Haydn String Quartet in F major op.77 no.2
- Mendelssohn String Quartet in F minor op. 80
​- Debussy String Quartet in G minor 
Adults £12 Under 26 Free
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outdoorThursday 11th August Small Mammal Trapping
10am – 12noon @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
See what small mammals live on the reserve and find out what we have caught in our small mammal traps
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

musicThursday 11th August SORAYA MAFI, NICKY SPENCE & SIMON LEPPER
7:30pm @ Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries
Absoulte Classics - International Musicians Platform
Programme to include:
- Purcell/Britten arrangements
- Schumann songs and duets
- Richard Strauss (SM)
- Songs after Walt Whitman (NS)
- Vaughan Willams
- Ned Rorem
- Kurt Weill
- Craig Urquart
- Lehar
- Paganini
- Lustige Witwe
Adults £12 Under 26 Free
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musicFriday 12th August KIRSTEN JENSON & JOHN THWAITES
7:30pm @ Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms, Thornhill
Absoulte Classics - International Musicians Platform
Programme:
- Chopin Sonata for Cello
- John Ireland Sonata for Cello & Piano
- Janacek, Pohadka (Fairy Tale) for Cello & Piano
Adults £12 Under 26 Free
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musicSaturday 13th August ALY & PHIL ‘LE GRAND ANNIVERSAIRE’
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer, DG9 7AP
Together Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham have established themselves as the epitome of excellence in the world of traditional music. Mike Russell has described them as “probably the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear”. With their musical magic and quick-witted humour they will pull your emotional strings one moment and have you falling off the seat with laughter the next. 2016 sees Aly and Phil mark many milestones. This will be their 30th year of working together, Aly turns 70 (hard to believe!) in May and Phil also celebrates 40 years as a professional musician. To celebrate they plan some surprises on their annual trip round Scotland including a nostalgic backdrop of images from all those years, and with the release of a new album.
Tickets: £17.50 / £16.00 conc. - Box Office: 01776 703 535

musicSaturday 13th August DANIELLE DE NIESE, NICKY SPENCE & SIMON LEPPER
7:30pm @ Duncan Rooms, Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries
Absoulte Classics - International Musicians Platform
Programme to include:
- Gounod Faust jewel song DDN
- Lalo L'Aubade NS
- Mozart Giunse alfin il momento, Al Desio K. 577 DDN
- Tchaikovsky Kuda Kuda NS
- Handel Lascia che io pianga DDN
- Handel Gia nel senno DDN
- Berlioz Je vais l’aimer NS
- Puccini O Mio babbino Caro DDN
Adults £20 Under 26 Free
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otherSunday 14th August Durisdeer Sunday Teas
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Durisdeer, DG3 5BJ
More information about the church at
www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/church/durisdeer-parish-church

musicSunday 14th August ANNA FEDOROVA
7:30pm @ Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries
Absoulte Classics - International Musicians Platform
Programme to include:
- Beethoven, Ludwig van: Sonata for Piano in C-sharp minor, No. 14, Op. 27/2 'Moonlight'
- Takemitsu, Toru: Uninterrupted rest
- Rachmaninov Preludes
- Chopin 
Adults £12 Under 26 Free
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Week Commencing Monday 15th August:

family eventTuesday 16th August Bug Hunt
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Spend a morning hunting for bugs on the reserve.  Look under stones, in wood and on plants and trees. 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

family eventWednesday 17th August Pond Dipping
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
What creatures can you catch in our raised pond? Use nets, bug pots and aquascopes to find and identify the pond creatures. 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

musicSaturday 20th August Brass band concert
7.30pm @ Carsphairn Church DG7 3TQ
Dunaskin Doon Band is returning to Carsphairn Church after an absence of five years to perform its third summer concert in the village.
On this occasion, however, they will be back as 2016 National Brass Band Championship finalists having qualified at the Scottish regional championships in Perth in March. The Ayrshire band will be competing against bands across the UK at Cheltenham in September to bring back the national title.
The Carsphairn concert will start at 7.30pm and refreshments will be served during the interval.
No admission charge but donations at the door will go towards the church fabric fund.

otherSunday 21st August Durisdeer Sunday Teas
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Durisdeer, DG3 5BJ
More information about the church at
www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/church/durisdeer-parish-church

Week Commencing Monday 22nd August:

family eventTuesday 23rd August Bug Hunt
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Spend a morning hunting for bugs on the reserve.  Look under stones, in wood and on plants and trees. 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

family eventWednesday 24th August Pond Dipping
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
What creatures can you catch in our raised pond? Use nets, bug pots and aquascopes to find and identify the pond creatures. 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

outdoorFriday 26th to Monday 29th August Dalbeattie Walking Festival
Annual walking festival exploring the beautiful setting of Dalbeattie. The festival offers a variety of woodland walks, hill walks, points of interest and a family friendly event. There is a broad range of walks and activities from Easy to Strenuous, with something for everyone to encourage you into the 'great outdoors in this wonderful part of Scotland'.
There is a £2 per adult charge per walk charged at the walk start point, accompanied children are free and you are welcome to bring along your dog.

Dalbeattie Walking Festival 2016

otherSunday 28th August Durisdeer Sunday Teas
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Durisdeer, DG3 5BJ
Mor information about the church at
www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/church/durisdeer-parish-church

Week Commencing Monday 29th August:

family eventTuesday 30th August Bug Hunt
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Spend a morning hunting for bugs on the reserve.  Look under stones, in wood and on plants and trees. 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

family eventWednesday 31st August Pond Dipping
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
What creatures can you catch in our raised pond? Use nets, bug pots and aquascopes to find and identify the pond creatures. 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

Event listings are FREE - just email us the details ...

September 2016

Week Commencing Monday 29th August:

musicFriday 2nd September Magic of The Beatles
7.30pm @ Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries
Join the authoritative live concert show, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Yesterday!
1966 saw Lennon and McCartney come of age as songwriters: the Beatles' 11th EP, Yesterday, and seventh studio album Revolver both topping the charts.
The Magic of the Beatles returns us to this golden era, and more. Taking you from the Beatles' Mop Top roots to the psychedelia of Sgt Pepper and beyond. From Love Me Do to Let It Be.
Fantastic costumes, brilliant vocals and incredible musicianship Come Together in a lavish Magical Musical trip back to Yesterday.
Yesterday with The Magic of the Beatles celebrates the most exciting time in pop music history live and in concert. . .
Tickets: £19.50, www.easterbrookhall.co.uk

otherSaturday 3rd September 17th Robert Burns Piping Contest
@ Main Hall, Dumfries Academy, Academy Street, Dumfries
Piping contest for young bagpipers under the age of 21 years. Entries close 31st August 2016.
Admission to hall - £3.00. Entry to contest £4 per class.
Entry forms available from organizer or College of Piping website, www.collegeofpiping.org/

otherSunday 4th September Durisdeer Sunday Teas
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Durisdeer, DG3 5BJ
More information about the church at
www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/church/durisdeer-parish-church

musicSunday 4th September LISA MCHUGH
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer, DG9 7AP
Glasgow born, Lisa McHugh grew up in a house resonating to the sound of Irish Country Music from people like Daniel O’Donnell, Philomena Begley and Alan Jackson who her Irish-born parents were fans of. At a young age Lisa developed a liking for the music and after moving to Ireland a few years ago entered an Irish TV talent show which inspired her to form a band and tour the country. With four albums to her credit, two series of presenting Lisa on the road on Irish TV and multiple awards, her career continues to blossom.
Tickets: £20.00 - Box Office: 01776 703 535

Week Commencing Monday 5th September:

outdoor Monday 5th September – Friday 9th 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.
Adults: £7.50, Concession £5, Children £2.50. Booking is essential. Tickets must be paid for in advance.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherSaturday 10th September Soul of WoMen Europe Conference
Speakers, lunch and workshop from 11pm-6pm @ Allanton World Peace Sanctuary, Auldgirth, DG2 0RY
Conference aim: To inspire and encourage participants to explore ways to actively co-create a new, gender-balanced world Guest speakers include Mhairi Black MP, the youngest member of the House of Commons, Dr Jude Currivan, international author, healer and cosmologist, Asma Khalifa, peace activist and Luxembourg Peace Prize Winner 2016, John Nicholls, Youth Work Director at LGBT Scotland, and Sesto Giovanni Castagnoli, evolutant and founding president of the WSF World Spirit Forum, with Gabriele Castagnoli, founder of oralab - the couple are on an indefinite pilgrimage into society after having given away all their belongings.
Email soulofwomen.allanton @ gmail.com for ticket info.

otherSunday 11th September Durisdeer Sunday Teas
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Durisdeer, DG3 5BJ
More information about the church at
www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/church/durisdeer-parish-church

otherSunday 11th September 18th International World Peace Festival
2pm - 6pm @ Allanton World Peace Sanctuary, Auldgirth, DG2 0RY
An event for the whole family. Includes 'the World Peace Flag Ceremony' - sending 'peace' to all the countries of the world through the symbolism of their flag and featuring the Allanton Peace choir; local live music; walled garden; Fairtrade Group cafe; info and stalls and much more.
Free entry and parking.

Week Commencing Monday 12th September:

musicThursday 15th September BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETERS
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer, DG9 7AP
This breathtaking show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe from Cardiff to California, Barking to Bangkok and Swindon to Sweden and is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles. Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your Heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans the world over saying: “I can’t believe it’s not Buddy!” “Buddy brilliant!” Graham Norton, BBC One
Tickets: £16.50 - Box Office: 01776 703 535

comedyFriday 16th September Comedy Night
Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club, Dumfries
Comedy Night at the Cairndale hotel, includes 2 course supper and comedians with disco till late.
Tickets can be bought from the Cairndale Hotel.
Dinner and show 6.30pm for 7pm - £22 / Show only from 9pm - £12.
Show only tickets can be bought from Midsteeple, Barnstorm records and Domino Entertainments.

otherSunday 18th September Durisdeer Sunday Teas
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Durisdeer, DG3 5BJ
More information about the church at
www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/church/durisdeer-parish-church

outdoorSunday 18th September Scotland’s Gardens - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ 3 MILLHALL, Shore Road, Kirkcudbright DG6 4TQ
Directions: On the B727 between Kirkcudbright and Borgue on the west shore of the Dee Estuary. Parking at Dhoon beach public car park, about 3 miles south of Kirkcudbright.
Impressive five acre garden with a large collection of mature shrubs, including rhododendron species, many camellias, perennials hydrangeas and rare southern hemisphere plants. The garden is on a steep hillside running along the rocky shore of the Dee Estuary in Kirkcudbright Bay.
Admission £4. For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 19th September:

theatreWednesday 21st - Saturday 24th September CATS - STRANRAER DRAMA CLUB JUNIORS
7.00PM (2.00PM on Saturday) @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer, DG9 7AP
A Youth Group production by arrangement with The really Useful Group Ltd.
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' by T S Eliot
Tickets £9.50 Adult/£8.00 child/ £32.00 Family (2 Adult + 2 Child)
Tickets available from Reid's Hardware from 8 September.

otherSunday 25th September Durisdeer Sunday Teas
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Durisdeer, DG3 5BJ
More information about the church at
www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/church/durisdeer-parish-church

Week Commencing Monday 26th September:

musicWednesday 28th September DEREK RYAN
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer, DG9 7AP
Derek Ryan became a sell out artist in his homeland Ireland and has topped the country’s national charts and the UK iTunes country charts with his albums and singles. His theatre shows contain much of the music featured on his studio albums including many of his own self-penned songs, ‘God’s Plan’, ‘Life Is A River’ and ‘Hold on to your Hat’ as well as music from his latest Nashville recorded album ‘This Is Me’
He is a constant recipient of Ireland’s most prestigious music awards and is regularly awarded ‘Entertainer of the Year’ ‘Songwriter of the Year’ and “Album of the Year’. The County Carlow songwriter has had his songs recorded by the likes of Daniel O’Donnell and Foster Allen amongst others.
Derek has been credited as one of the people instrumental in reinvigorated Irish Country Music by opening it to a new young audience.
Tickets: £21.00 - Box Office: 01776 703 535

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October 2016

theatreThursday 6th October DEMOCRACY
7.30PM @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer, DG9 7AP
Tickets: £12.00 / £10.00 under 26 years - Box Office: 01776 703 535

musicWednesday 12th October DOMINIC KIRWAN
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer, DG9 7AP
Tickets: £21.00 - Box Office: 01776 703 535

comedyFriday 14th October Comedy Night
Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club, Dumfries
Comedy Night at the Cairndale hotel, includes 2 course supper and comedians with disco till late.
Tickets can be bought from the Cairndale Hotel.
Dinner and show 6.30pm for 7pm - £22 / Show only from 9pm - £12.
Show only tickets can be bought from Midsteeple, Barnstorm records and Domino Entertainments.

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November 2016

comedyFriday 11th November Comedy Night
Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club, Dumfries
Comedy Night at the Cairndale hotel, includes 2 course supper and comedians with disco till late.
Tickets can be bought from the Cairndale Hotel.
Dinner and show 6.30pm for 7pm - £22 / Show only from 9pm - £12.
Show only tickets can be bought from Midsteeple, Barnstorm records and Domino Entertainments.

other15th - 17th November 2016. 3-day Residential Writing Course at Durhamhill
@ Durhamhill. Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas, DG7 3HP
3-day Residential Writing Course at DurhamhillSet in tranquil and stunning 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)
Limited number of places available for non-residents. Fee £250 including food

To Book: Web Site | Tel. Juliet on 07843 476862

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December 2016

comedyFriday 2nd December Christmas Comedy Night
6.30pm for 7pm @ Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club, Dumfries
Christmas Comedy night at the Cairndale includes 2 course festive dinner and coffee, live entertainment from a selection of comedians and disco til late.
Tickets can be bought from the Cairndale Hotel, £25

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