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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

April 2015

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

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

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

otherUntil Sunday 19th April BIG LIT
in Gatehouse of Fleet
With How to Write Sex - a workshop with Booker Award nominee Michele Roberts ( only one place left on this. Contact chrys@chryssalt.com for info), Michele will also be talking about her latest novel Ignorance. Terry Darlington talking about his Long Dog books and crossing The Channel in a narrow boat with a three legged whippet, Rise, a new post-referendum book from local novelist Karen Campbell, bottling memories in Gatehouse Library with Renita Boyle. Scots singer of the Year Trad Music Awards nominee Gerda Stevenson sings at The Mill with her brand new album, Night Touches Day, Nicola Black sings MacDiarmid, and Rally and Broad’s marvellous spoken word cabaret finale with its unique melange of music, spraffing, spikiness and other assorted nonsense..
There are opportunities for kids to bump into their favourite characters from literature in Cally Woods, Ladies who Launch, candlelit readings with Liz Niven in The Temple a Victoria folly deep in the forest not to mention another Bill Barlow Crazy interactive installation in The Bakehouse Studio, and an opportunity to rub shoulders with everyone from Leonard Cohen to Ivor Cutler in the Murray Arms with one of Galloway’s longest standing pub sessions . All this and much, much more. www.biglit.org
Lots of free events, others as cheap as chips. Something for everyone - come join the party on our BIG LIT Long Weekend.
Tickets are available from the Box Office: Mill on the Fleet Tel: 01557 814099
Tickets available in advance or on the day from the Front Desk on the ground floor of the Mill. The Mill is open daily 10am - 5pm
and from Midsteeple Box Office: Tel: 01387 253383. The Midsteeple is open Tue – Fri: 10am – 4pm, Saturday: 10am – 1.30pm
Further information from The Bakehouse Tel: 01557 814175

Week Commencing Monday 20th April:

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

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

musicTuesday 21 AprilMike Denver
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Mike Denver returns with his brilliant and fast moving show of country, Irish, and popular music. His show last year was a sell out and this one gives another opportunity to see one of Ireland’s very best. Mike and band will put on a show that you will thoroughly enjoy. “Tommy Kay”, “Galway Girl”, “Seven Spanish Angels”. Guest star Caitlin will perform songs like “Heaven Won’t be Heaven” and “Conemara Marble Ring “.
Tickets: £22.00 - Box Office: 01776 703535

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

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

Week Commencing Monday 27th April:

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

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

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

 

May 2015

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

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

Week Commencing Monday 27th April:

musicFriday 1st MayAbbamania
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Celebrating 40th Anniversary of ABBA
Dust off your platforms, put on your flares and come and enjoy an unforgettable night with ABBAMANIA. ABBA remain one of the most popular groups in the world with songs from ‘Dancing Queen’ to ‘Waterloo’ continuing to entertain generations. ABBAMANIA are widely regarded as the UK’s Top ABBA Tribute Show with performances throughout Europe.
Tickets: £19.50 - Box Office: 01776 703535

musicSunday 3rd MayTrio Gitan Presents: Orient Express – A Musical JourneyTrio Gitan Presents: Orient Express – A Musical Journey
7.30pm @ Buccleuch Centre, Langholm - Box Office: 013873 81196

TRIO GITAN proudly present an extravaganza of passionate European musical styles, based on a fantastical voyage on the legendary Orient Express train.

This exciting show is packed full of the charm, romance and wonder of a grand tour of Europe on board the famed Orient Express. TRIO GITAN will take you on a breathtaking musical adventure, visiting some of the most romantic European capitals before returning to the final destination of Paris.

Playing with passion, poise and virtuosity, TRIO GITAN push the boundaries of acoustic music to the limits in this spellbinding show. Their fresh interpretations of classic music and song form an enchanting display of sensitivity and skill. Individually they are all masterful musicians; together they are simply spectacular.

Week Commencing Monday 4th May:

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

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

Week Commencing Monday 11th May:

musicTuesday 12th MayMichael English In Concert
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Michael is a superb singer, accordion and piano player. He can dance the odd jig and he and his superb band play a wide range of country, Irish and popular music. Michael’s recent big hits have been “Locklin’s Bar” and “High Fives” from his latest album “Country Roots”. All attending the show will receive a free presentation CD..
Tickets: £18.00 - Box Office: 01776 703535

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

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

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

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 8th June:

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

Week Commencing Monday 15th June:

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

Week Commencing Monday 22nd June:

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

July 2015

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

Week Commencing Monday 6th July:

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

November 2015

otherTuesday 10th - Thursday 12th November3-day Residential Writing Course
@ Durhamhill. Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas, DG7 3HP
3-day Residential Writing Course in Dumfries and Galloway countrysideSet in the beautiful and tranquil Galloway countryside, whether you are starting out as a writer or seeking to enhance your skills, this is the opportunity to discover your writing potential. The tutors are Margaret Elphinstone & Mary Smith. They are well-established, published writers with a wealth of teaching experience who will support & encourage you in developing your writing. Workshop topics include the creation of character & plot, the role of the narrative voice & writing from personal experience. There will be ample opportunity to discuss your work with the tutors & fellow students.
Margaret Elphinstone, a historical novelist, had her first novel published in 1987. Her novel, 'The Sea Road’ is in 'The 100 Best Scottish Books of all Time' produced by 'List Magazine'. She also writes poetry & short stories & is an Emeritus Professor of Strathclyde University & was a visiting Professor at central Michigan University in 1998 & 2001. She has taught creative writing to all levels of experience & has been a regular tutor on international Arvon courses.
Mary Smith is a writer, poet & journalist, her poems being widely published. A full collection, "Thousands Pass Here Every Day", was published in 2012. Her novel, "No More Mulberries", is set in Afghanistan where she worked for several years. "Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Woman", a lively account of her time there, provides an insight into the lives of Afghan women. She was senior reporter on a local paper, & staff features writer with the award-winning magazine, 'Dumfries and Galloway Life'. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing & has taught the subject at Glasgow University.

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

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

 

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