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

July 2015

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

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.

otherEvery Wednesday in July Ghost Walk ParticipantsDumfries Ghost Walk
Begins at The Dumfries Midsteeple - Lasts one and a half hours approximately
Ghosts, ghouls, murder and witchcraft - join Mostly Ghostly for a terrifying tour around darkest Dumfries... We will transport you as far back in time as the 14th century, with a promise you'll never see our town in the same light again...

Led by real-life paranormal investigators, the Dumfries Ghost Walk is a darkly intriguing experience – quite simply a must-do for anyone interested in curious characters, harrowing history and spine-tingling ghost lore!

Tickets - £7/£5/£19 (special family ticket) available from Midsteeple Box Office
Private bookings available
Enquiries - 07791 047835 or 07912 145865 - www.mostlyghostly.org
Booking Essential

Week Commencing Monday 29th June:

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

otherSaturday 4th July Annan RoM Day
Annan annaul Riding of the Marches includes a grand parade though the town with decorated floats and bands. In the afternoon a major pipe band competition, sports and entertainment. Later massed pipe bands and Annan Town Band combine to entertain at the evening closing ceremony on Annan High Street.
Full details at www.annan.org.uk/rom/

readingSaturday 4th July One Head, Two Tongues - Sheila Templeton
7.00pm for 7.30pm @ The Bakehouse, 44 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HP
Multi-prize winning Sheila lives in Glasgow and writes in both Scots and English, although her favourite language for depth of expression is the Doric Scots of her childhood. . She is widely published and an engaging, popular performer. Her poetry collections are Slow Road Home Makar Press 2004; Digging For Light New Voices Press 2011; Tender is the North Red Squirrel Press 2013 with a long awaited full collection scheduled for publication in September 2016 also by Red Squirrel Press.
‘Sheila Templeton's poems about love, loss, northern landscape, family and growing older are lyrical, astute, often moving, sometimes funny and always beautifully observed.”
Then there’s always the Fickle Tupperware bowl of FATE
Sing, play, dance, rant, read.
Come and strut your stuff in our open mike session.
Tickets £5.00 - To book ring 01557 814175 or chrys@chryssalt.com

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

outdoor Sunday 19th July Small Mammal Survey
10am-12noon @ Eskrigg Nature Reserve, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, DG11 1BW
Help identify the small mammals found in and around Eskrigg Reserve
Free Event
www.lockerbie-wildlife-trust.co.uk

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

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 Friday 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

outdoor Saturday 25th July The Big Butterfly Count: Guided Walk
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm @ RSPB Mersehead Reserve, Southwick, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG2 8AH
As part of the national big butterfly count, join us for a guided walk to search for beautiful butterflies and other incredible insects.
£2.00 per ticket
www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/

family event Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 July Capture The Castle!
@ Caerlaverock Castle, Caerlaverock, Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries And Galloway, DG1 4RU
Bring along your arms and armour and lay siege to the mighty fortress of Caerlaverock Castle. Explore the medieval encampment, test your skills at knightly pursuits and get hands on with a bow and arrow. A day full of fun and games.
www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/events-calendar/

Week Commencing Monday 27th July:

outdoor Thursday 30th July Create A Dragonfly Mobile
1pm-3pm @ Logan Botanic Garden, Logan, Ardwell, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 9ND
Come along and find out how to convert some canes, pipe cleaners, beads, fishing line and plastic sheet into a dragonfly mobile. When complete, take them home to hang in your bedroom.
£6.00 per ticket
www.rbge.org.uk/whats-on/

music Thursday 30th July 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.
It stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK whose combined West End credits include Buddy, Lennon, Forbidden Planet and Jailhouse Rock and was endorsed as Britain’s most popular Buddy Holly act when the boys guested on BBC One’s Saturday
night live programme, “The One and Only”, hosted by Graham Norton.
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!”
Tickets: £15.00 - Box Office: 01776 703 535

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/

otherFriday 31st July Langholm Common Riding
@ Various Venues, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, DG13 0HG
A great day of family entertainment. Watch out for the spectacular gallop up Kirk Wynd and the Fair Crying, when the proclamation is read by a man standing on the back of a horse! The equestrians ford the river to get to Castleholm, where racing follows; dancing and other sporting events take place around town throughout the day.

August 2015

otherEvery Wednesday in August Ghost Walk ParticipantsDumfries Ghost Walk
Begins at The Dumfries Midsteeple - Lasts one and a half hours approximately
Ghosts, ghouls, murder and witchcraft - join Mostly Ghostly for a terrifying tour around darkest Dumfries... We will transport you as far back in time as the 14th century, with a promise you'll never see our town in the same light again...

Led by real-life paranormal investigators, the Dumfries Ghost Walk is a darkly intriguing experience – quite simply a must-do for anyone interested in curious characters, harrowing history and spine-tingling ghost lore!

Tickets - £7/£5/£19 (special family ticket) available from Midsteeple Box Office
Private bookings available
Enquiries - 07791 047835 or 07912 145865 - www.mostlyghostly.org
Booking Essential

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

Week Commencing Monday 31st August:

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:

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

Week Commencing Monday 14th September:

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

 

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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