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July 2014

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

otherEvery Wednesday in July at 9pm Participants on the Dumfries Ghost WalkDumfries Ghost Walk
9pm @ Begins at The Dumfries Midsteeple
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!
Booking Essential: Tickets - £7/£5/£19 (special family ticket) available from - Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries & Carlisle Tourist Information Centre
Enquiries - 07791 047835 or 07912 145865 - www.mostlyghostly.org
Lasts one and a half hours approximately
Private bookings available

otherUntil Saturday 30th AugustHazel Campbell – new Paintings
Mon-Sat 9.30-5pm @ Designs Gallery Castle Douglas
Summer is here with a brilliantly colourful exhibition of new work by Dumfries & Galloway artist, Hazel Campbell at Designs Gallery, Castle Douglas.
Hazel is well known for the bright colours she uses in her natural landscape and still life paintings. As Hazel says, she can’t resist finding a reason to use oranges and pinks as a starting point to her work. This exhibition is no exception, but for those who favour more subtle tones her wintry landscapes with their warm, rich browns and sepia hints against inky sketches, create a different mood.
In a new departure, Hazel has spent the last year experimenting with collage and mixed media. What started as a happy accident, the laying of a small linocut on a discarded painting while tidying up her studio, has led to the development of a whole new body of artwork. Black and white lino prints of trees against block coloured landscapes are reminiscent of the fairytale cut paper scenes created by artist Sue Blackwood.

otherUntil Saturday 30th AugustTEN - Celebrating Ten years, with Ten Fine Artists
@ Whitehouse Gallery, 47 St Mary St, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4DU
Painting by Mairi Stewart'Ten' features collections of new and original works from Rosanne Barr, James Fraser, Stewart Lammie, Duncan Macleod RSW, Suzan Malcolm PPAI HPAI, Alison McWhirter, Fiona Millar, Mairi Stewart, Valerie Sadler & Andrew Waddington.
There will be a collection of dramatic land and seascapes from Rosanne Barr who aims to capture mood, emotion, movement and atmosphere in her work, and is influenced by the Scottish landscape and coastline Scotland’s rugged coastline is also a large inspiration for Duncan Macleod RSW, whose love of the ever-changing pattern, colour and mood of the land, sea and sky are captured beautifully in his extremely popular mixed media work. Landscape paintings of local scenes will also be on show by Stewart Lammie.
Valerie Sadler paints land and seascapes, but is also well known for her animal work and still life paintings, and will be exhibiting a collection of her work to commemorate ten years involvement with the Whitehouse Gallery. Other artists exhibiting their still life works include Suzan Malcolm, who captures the strength and intense colour of the flowers whilst describing their delicate beauty at the same time. 
Alison McWhirter also has a passion for the use of colour in her still life paintings, although her style is more contemporary and are intended to evoke a mood. Alison will also be joined by Fiona Millar, James Fraser & Mairi Stewart.  Fiona Millar's art-deco style of painting captures the hearts of so many customers visiting the gallery.  Likewise, James Fraser’s unmistakable style has gained him popularity, typically depicting his still-life study with a flattened perspective and giving his work a very contemporary feel.  Mairi Stewart also paints still life’s with a flattened perspective, although her use of colour is usually much bolder and more vibrant.
Last but by no means least, Andrew Waddington is giving the gallery some of his original watercolour paintings, which depict wildlife beautifully.
There will also be some fantastic Applied Art & Craft including unique and quirkly textile animal sculpture by Karen Suzuki, jewellery by designers Sheena McMaster and Susanna Hanl, contemporary handblown glass by Jonathan Rogers, ceramic sculpture by Helen Kemp & Urpu Sellar, furniture by Pete Brown, new textile cushions by Jo Gallant and much more.

outdoor Every Monday, 7th July – 25th AugustMoth Mondays
10am – 2pm, @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Discover the variety of beautiful moths we have at Caerlaverock and learn more about them through fun activities. An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Tel: 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoor Every Tuesday, 8th July – 26th AugustTracks & Signs Tuesday
10am – 2pm, @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Explore Caerlaverock to discover the tracks and signs of birds and mammals. An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Tel: 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoor Every Wednesday, 9th July – 27th AugustPond Dip Wednesday
11am – 1pm, @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Spend a morning with the warden pond dipping out on the reserve. An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Tel: 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoor Every Friday, 11th July – 29th August Film Fridays
3pm, @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Watch an inspiring short film about the work of WWT and the importance of wetlands.
Free entry to the visitor centre. Tel: 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 21st July:

outdoor Thursday 24th JulyButterflies & Bees
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Discover the butterflies and bees on the reserve. Learn more about these insects through games and activities. An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherThursday 24th July Legends & Lore at Lochmaben CastleLegends & Lore at Lochmaben Castle
9pm - The atmospheric ruins of Lochmaben Castle form the perfect backdrop to an evening of spine-chilling storytelling…
Dare you join Mostly Ghostly to discover the origins of the infamous vampire legend, hear of a fearsome curse laid on the Bruce family and learn of our own gripping experiences at the castle, all entwined with a spooky collection of local ghost stories. To top off this enchanting evening, try your hand at rod and crystal dowsing and engage in a group vigil within the castle's ancient walls…
Booking Essential: Tickets - £10/£8 available from Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries
Age restrictions - 12 and above
Enquiries - 07791 047835 or 07912 145865 - www.mostlyghostly.org
Lasts one and a half hours approximately - parking restricted
Private bookings available

otherFriday 25th – Sunday 27th July Medieval Mayhem at Caerlaverock Medieval Mayhem
12pm – 4pm, each day @ Caerlaverock Castle
This fun filled weekend is back!
Bring along your budding little lords and ladies and experience medieval life.
They can try out hobby- horse jousting, foam sword fighting and even learn how to dress for battle!
Included in admission Adult £5.50, Conc £4.40, Child £3.30.
Historic Scotland members: free

otherSaturday 26th July Dumfries Auction
11am @ Dumfries Auction Hall, Greyfriars Hall, 117 Irish Street, Dumfries, DG1 2NP
General Auction of household goods
Registration and viewing the Friday afternoon 2pm to 4pm and 10am on the morning of the sale.  
Enquiries Tel: 01387 266804 or info@dumfriesauction.co.uk

musicSaturday 26th JulyMalcolm Bushby And Rosie Lindsay
7.30pm @ Swallow Theatre, Whithorn, Whithorn, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 8DR
The fiddle and piano pairing performs a variety of traditional music from Scotland and the British Isles.
£8.00 per ticket

otherSunday 27th July Opera Bohemia - Madame Butterfly
7.30pm @ Stranraer Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
Scotland's dynamic professional opera company present Puccini's masterpiece. .
Tickets: £13.00 / £11 concessions / £5 under 18
Ryan Centre Box Office, 01776 703535

Week Commencing Monday 28th July:

otherTuesday 29th July Commonwealth Ceilidh
7.30pm - 10.00pm @ St George’s Church Hall, Dumfries
Organised by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.
All dances re-capped,
Adults £3.00, under 21s £2.00 – All welcome.

otherWednesday 30th July Stranraer Show
9am-5pm @ London Road Playing Fields, London Road, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 8BS
The Stranraer Show is one of Dumfries & Galloway's most popular annual events. The show is organised and hosted by Stranraer & Rhins of Galloway Agricultural Society in order to showcase the best of local livestock, agricultural products and rural crafts. 2014 will mark the 170th Show.
The day is the perfect mix of the traditional agricultural show where it’s all about the livestock, the competition and showmanship as well as having a huge variety trade stands, craft and food stalls and live entertainment to ensure a great day out for all the family.
Full Price £7.00 per ticket / Child Price £3.00 per ticket / Family Price £16.00 per ticket Senior Citizen Price £4.00 per ticket

outdoor Thursday 31st JulyBugs & Beasties
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Discover the range of insects on the reserve by taking part in bug hunts and pond dipping. Learn more about these creatures through games and activities. An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

August 2014

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otherEvery Wednesday in August at 9pm Participants on the Dumfries Ghost WalkDumfries Ghost Walk
9pm @ Begins at The Dumfries Midsteeple
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!
Booking Essential: Tickets - £7/£5/£19 (special family ticket) available from - Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries & Carlisle Tourist Information Centre
Enquiries - 07791 047835 or 07912 145865 - www.mostlyghostly.org
Lasts one and a half hours approximately
Private bookings available

music1st to 10th AugustInternational Musicians Platform
From the 1-10 of August Dumfries and Galloway will be filled with the "Sound of Music" as International Classical Artists will once again join us in the International Musicians Platform. With a leading line up of musicians including, Karine Georgian, Lorraine McAslan, John Lenehan, John Thwaites, Eduard Kunz, Mei Yi Foo, Robert Irvine and Tony Moffat, the 2014 Platform is looking fantastic.
In addition to these concerts each day from 1 - 2pm we will host young artist recitals at Annan Academy Performing Arts Centre. The concerts are free to watch and we look forward to welcoming you to them.
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London Soloists Ensemble - Piano Trio
Date: Friday 1st August
7:30pm @ Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms, Thornhill, DG3 5LU
Cost £12, £6 (under 26)
Programme:
- Beethoven Piano Trio in D Op.70 No.1 (Geister Trio)
- Brahms Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor Op.101
- Arensky Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, Op.32
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Eduard Kunz, Piano
Date: Saturday 2nd August
7:30pm @ Greyfriars Church, Dumfries DG1 1DE
Cost: Adult £12, Under 26’s £6
Programme:
- Scarlatti 5 piano sonatas
- Bach / Liszt Prelude in E minor, BWV 543
- Tchaikovsky The Seasons
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Karine Georgian Cello & John Lenehan Piano
Date: Sunday 3rd August
3:30pm @ Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms, Thornhill, DG3 5LU
Cost: Adult £12, Under 26’s £6
Programme includes:
- Kodály Sonata Op. 8 for cello solo
- Rachmaninov Sonata Op.19 for cello & piano
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Da Vinci Piano Trio
Date: Tuesday 5th August
7:30pm @ Greyfriars Church, Dumfries, DG1 1DE
Cost: Adults £12, Under 26’s £6
Programme includes:
- Viennese Evening
- Schubert Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat, D898
- Brahms Piano Trio no.1 in B Op. 8
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Da Vinci Piano Trio
Date: Wednesday 6th August
1:00pm - 2:00pm @ Annan Academy Performing Arts Centre, DG12 6AP
Cost: Adults £12, Under 26’s £6
Programme includes:
- Arvo part - Mozart Adagio Piano Trio
- Ponce Estrillita arr. Heifitz. ( Mexican love song) violin and piano
- Rachmaninov Vocalise for cello and piano
- Ravel Piano Trio
- Passacaille: Très large
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Lorraine McAslan, Violin & John Lenehan, Piano
Date: Friday 8th August
7:30pm @ Catstrand, New Galloway, DG7 3RN
Cost: £12, £10 conce2, £10 concessions
Programme includes:
- Beethoven Sonata in D major for violin and piano Opus 12 N0.1
- Elgar Sonata in E minor for violin and piano Op. 82
- Suk Four Pieces for violin and piano Op.17
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Mei Yi Foo, Piano
Date: Saturday 9th August
7:30pm @ Greyfriars Church, Dumfries, DG1 1DE
Cost: Adult £12, Under 26’s £6
Programme includes:
- Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) Regard de l’Esprit de joie from Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus
- Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Ma Mère l’Oye, arranged for solo piano by Jacques Charlot
- Béla Bartók (1881-1945) Out of Doors Sz 81
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John Thwaites, piano, Sarah Oliver, cello & Beth Haughan, piano
Date: Sunday 10th August
3:30pm @ Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms, Thornhill, DG3 5LU
Programme includes:
- Debussy Petite Suite (piano duet)
- Chopin Ballade No. 3 in A flat
- Britten Sonata for Cello & Piano
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John Lenehan Piano
Date: Sunday 10th August
7:30pm @ Old Well Theatre, Moffat
Cost: Adults £12, Under 26’s £6
Programme includes:
- "Film Fantasia - a programme of silent and music-inspired films accompanied by John Lenehan"
- Lotte Reiniger’s “Papageno” (music by Mozart)
- Harold Lloyd in “Never Weaken” (popular music from the 1920s)
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** To Book Your Tickets Visit
www.absoluteclassics.co.uk

otherFriday 1st August 2014The Amati Roadshow
9am until 5pm @ Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries
Amati – the new online auction house – are holding a UK Roadshow of free valuation days, offering people the chance to find out what their stringed instruments are worth.  At a recent valuation day in Shrewsbury, Amati discovered a rare Bergonzi cello - valued at 300k - much to the amazement of the owner!  

musicSaturday 2nd AugustMike Daly And His Band
5.30pm-7.30pm @ Logan Botanic Garden, Logan, Ardwell, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 9ND
Enjoy a relaxing evening of Jazz with Mike Daly in the magical setting of the Walled Garden.
Tickets RBGE members £5, non-members £10, any 4 tickets £30.

sportSunday 3rd AugustMTB Monster Marathon
races start 10am @ Drumlanrig Castle & Country Estate, Drumlanrig Mains, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, DG3 4AQ
Drumlanrig Castle has in recent years been host to a stage of the Tour of Britain, British National and numerous Scottish cross country races. This spectacular venue not only provides a touch of upper class camping in the castle grounds but the eighty thousand acre Queensberry estate, Ae forest and the way marked trails within the grounds offers enough scope for the 100+ km monster marathon. Mini 25km / Half 50km and 75km marathon events also available.
Full Price £25.00 per ticket
Call direct on: Tel:01848 331555

Week Commencing Monday 4th August:

otherWednesday 6th August 2014Wigtown Show
@ Bladnoch Park, Wigtown DG8 9AB
Enjoy a great day out with the whole family at the region’s oldest agricultural show.
This year’s Wigtown Show, the oldest agricultural show in south-west Scotland, takes place on Wednesday, 6th August at Bladnoch Park, Wigtown and offers a great day out for the whole family to enjoy. The show ground will again be packed with trade stands, food and craft marquees, hundreds of animals to see, entertainment and displays as well as fairground rides.
Visit www.wigtownshow.org.uk for full details

outdoor Thursday 7th AugustDragons & Damsels
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Discover the dragonflies and damselflies of Caerlaverock. Learn about their lifecycles through games and activities. An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

musicFriday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th August SCOTTISH AUTOHARP WEEKEND
At various venues in Moniaive, Dumfriesshire
The fourth Scottish weekend devoted to all things Autoharp will happen in the Dumfriesshire village of Moniaive on 8th-10th August 2014.
For full details on this event visit http://www.ukautoharps.org.uk/events/uka_scottish.htm

otherSaturday 9th August 2014Children in Need Event
@ Debenhams High Street Dumfries
Peppa Pig & George will be visiting the store from 11-12 sat morning
then Dora the Explorer & Fireman Sam will be visiting the store from 12-1pm
Come and take your photo with them for a small donation to Children in Need we will have face painting & lollies

Week Commencing Monday 11th August:

musicWednesday 13th August Phil & Aly
7.30pm @ Stranraer Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
Phil Cunningham is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative accordion players of the times.
Aly Bain is Scotland's supreme traditional style fiddler.
Tickets: £20, Tickets available from:
Ryan Centre Box Office, 01776 703535

outdoor Thursday 14th AugustAnimal Homes
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Find the homes of birds and mammals on the reserve. Take part in art activities and games. An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherThursday 14th August“Around & About” – Peter Russell
7 - 9pm @ Nelson House, Melbourne Avenue, Eastriggs.
An Eastriggs Natural History group (The Wild Bunch) presentation.
Entry costs £2 which includes refreshments and a free entry into a raffle
New members and visitors always welcome.

otherThursday 14th August Haunted Highways Tour Haunted Highways Tour
Pick-up points: Old Lonsdale Cinema, Carlisle at 6:30pm, Gretna Inn, Gretna at 6:45pm, Dumfries Whitesands (outside Visit Scotland) at 7:40pm. Tour begins 8pm.
Screaming hags, eyeless phantoms and a menagerie of unearthy creatures... Join our intrepid team for a coach trip with a difference! Our eerie excursion will take you along famously active stretches of what is believed to be Scotland's most haunted road - the A75...
Booking Essential: Tickets - £19:50 available from Visit Scotland Centres throughout Dumfries & Galloway, Carlisle Tourist Information Centre
Age restrictions - 12 and above
Enquiries - 07791 047835 or 07912 145865 - www.mostlyghostly.org
Lasts two and a half hours approximately

otherSaturday 16th & Sunday 17th AugustGalloway Country Fair
9am-6pm @ Drumlanrig, Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway DG3 4AQ
The largest and most renowned country fair in southern Scotland brings together thousands of visitors with hundreds of businesses, demonstrations and activities each year offering a true celebration of rural life.
The Food Marquee will be full to the brim with food and drink to cater for every taste, including fresh produce from local suppliers. Visitors can enjoy gifts or homeware in the huge Craft Marquee and purchase a variety of goods, from premium clothing and sporting supplies to jewellery, pet products, artwork, toys, gifts and much more.
As well as regular attractions such as traditional Highland games, and the chance to see the Buccleuch hounds and gundog demonstrations in the main arena, this year will also see a new focus on mountain biking. The popular Fishing Village will make a return, allowing youngsters to learn about the sport through demonstrations and casting clinics.
Once again, visitors can try their hand at clay pigeon shooting, and a wide range of firearms, rifles, shooting accessories and fishing tackle from leading suppliers will be available in Gunmakers Row.
Tickets are priced at £12 for adults, £5 for ages 5-16, £10 for concessions and £30 for a family pass. Under-fives go free.
Anyone buying tickets online will enjoy a 25 per cent discount if purchased online before 1 August.
Galloway Country Fair

Week Commencing Monday 18th August:

outdoor Thursday 21st AugustBirds of Prey
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Learn about birds of prey through games and activities. An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
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 August:

outdoor Thursday 28th AugustNatural Art
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Use natural items found on the reserve to create your own artwork. An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherThursday 28th August Legends & Lore at Lochmaben CastleLegends & Lore at Lochmaben Castle
9pm - The atmospheric ruins of Lochmaben Castle form the perfect backdrop to an evening of spine-chilling storytelling…
Dare you join Mostly Ghostly to discover the origins of the infamous vampire legend, hear of a fearsome curse laid on the Bruce family and learn of our own gripping experiences at the castle, all entwined with a spooky collection of local ghost stories. To top off this enchanting evening, try your hand at rod and crystal dowsing and engage in a group vigil within the castle's ancient walls…
Booking Essential: Tickets - £10/£8 available from Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries
Age restrictions - 12 and above
Enquiries - 07791 047835 or 07912 145865 - www.mostlyghostly.org
Lasts one and a half hours approximately - parking restricted
Private bookings available

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September & October 2014

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otherThursday 18th September“The Curator’s Choice – My top 10 Animal Specimens from the Hunterian” - Maggie Riley
7 - 9pm @ Nelson House, Melbourne Avenue, Eastriggs.
An Eastriggs Natural History group (The Wild Bunch) presentation.
Entry costs £2 which includes refreshments and a free entry into a raffle
New members and visitors always welcome.

otherMonday 6th - Wednesday 8th OctoberResidential  Writing  Course in the Countryside
@ The Coach House - Durhamhill, Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 3HP
Durhamhill's writing courses are back by popular demand! This is your chance to make the start to the writing you always promised yourself. With the support of two experienced & widely published local tutors & in the beautiful tranquil setting of Durhamhill you couldn’t have a finer opportunity for discovering your writing potential. It is the opportunity to turn your rough ideas into stories or poems. If you already have some writing underway you will have time & guidance in editing & developing your work.
Workshop topics will cover the creation of characters & plot, explain the role of narrative voice & provide guidance on life-writing. At Durhamhill there is ample time to discuss your ideas & work with your tutors & fellow writers
Margaret Elphinstone's first novel was published in 1987. Her book, 'The Sea Road', appears in 'The 100 Best Scottish Books of all Time' produced by 'List Magazine'. She also writes poetry & short stories. She is an Emeritus Professor of Strathclyde University where she was a member of the Department of English for 18 years. She has been a Visiting Professor at central Michigan University. She has extensive experience of teaching creative writing at all levels & has been a regular tutor on international Arvon writing courses.
Mary Smith is a writer, poet & journalist. 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" is a lively account of her time there and provides an insight into the lives of the women she lived & worked with. Her poetry collection, 'Thousands Pass Here Every Day' was published in 2012. As a journalist, Mary has been a senior reporter on a local paper & a staff features writer with the award-winning consumer magazine 'Dumfries and Galloway Life'. She continues to write features on a freelance basis. Mary has an MLitt in Creative Writing & has taught Creative Writing at Glasgow University. She is the organiser of the Dumfries Writers' Group & a facilitator for a group of disabled writers.
Course fee £295. £50 discount for couples.
Fee includes 2/3 night stay in the 4-star Coach House, or large rooms in the main house, and food. Participants welcome to arrive on the preceding Sunday evening. Early booking is recommended as the maximum number of participants is limited to 12 to allow ample time for individual sessions.
Website www.durhamhill.co.uk
Contact Juliet on 01556 509021 or 07843 476862 or email mail@durhamhill.co.uk.

otherThursday 16th October“Wildlife and the Garden” - Barry Caudwell
7 - 9pm @ Nelson House, Melbourne Avenue, Eastriggs.
An Eastriggs Natural History group (The Wild Bunch) presentation.
Entry costs £2 which includes refreshments and a free entry into a raffle
New members and visitors always welcome.

musicFriday 17th OctoberWho's Who (The Who) and the Small Fakers (Small Faces)
Doors Open 7.30pm @ The Venue, 6/7 Church Place, Dumfries DG1 1BW
The UK's number one tribute to The Who and the ultimate Small Faces tribute band.
Tickets from Barnstorm Records, 128 Queensberry Street, Dumfries or www.tickets-scotland.com

November 2014

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otherMonday 10th - Wednesday 12th November3 day Photography Course with Andrew Buchanan
@ The Coach House - Durhamhill, Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 3HP
Your guide, expert, and fully qualified photographer is Andrew Buchanan, who has a depth of knowledge of his subject, from film to digital, and an intimate love and feel for the surrounding countryside. He will gently guide you through any technical problems with your camera, and reveal some of the tricks of the trade.
During your visit to Dumfries and Galloway we aim to explore and photograph some unique and varied locations in the area. We will then spend time, using Photoshop, processing your images, and, if required, we have the facility to print high quality images up to A2 size.
In Scotland we can't guarantee the weather, so if the Gods are against us, we can retire t the studio, where Andy will show you some of the intriguing aspects of studio lighting, to ceate stunning portraits and fascinating still life.
Aims of the course
- To help you master your camera,
- To help you understand light and composition.
- To help you master photographic editing, from camera to printing.
- And to have a enjoyable and meaningful holiday.
Course fee £295, £50 discount for bookings by 31st May 2014. £50 discount for couples.
Fee includes 2/3 night stay in the 4-star Coach House, or large rooms in the main house, and food. Participants welcome to arrive on the preceding Sunday evening. Early booking is recommended as the maximum number of participants is limited to 8 to allow ample time for individual sessions..
Website www.durhamhill.co.uk
Contact Juliet on 01556 509021 or 07843 476862 or email mail@durhamhill.co.uk.

otherMonday 17th & Tuesday 18th NovemberLearn Self Learn Self-Hypnosis to Improve Your Creativity
Course starts 9am on Mon 17 Nov, finishes 4.30pm on Tues, 18 Nov
@ The Coach House - Durhamhill, Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 3HP
Hypnosis is a normal and natural state of mind very like daydreaming. In hypnosis, your attention is turned inwards to some degree and the mind is settled. It’s much easier in this state to notice the drift of your thoughts. These can be consciously constructed or you can as it were ‘just sit and watch’ images arising spontaneously from the subconscious part of the mind, where the roots of our creativity lie. The skill of self-hypnosis can be quickly and easily learned. Being in hypnosis is in itself profoundly relaxing (though it is not sleep!) and you return to normal everyday consciousness feeling refreshed. More importantly, the state of hypnosis allows access to the subconscious and our amazing resources of memory and imagination.
The course will include
- An overview of how creativity can be developed when the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind work together.
- An explanation of what hypnosis is, how it can be used therapeutically (i.e. a brief discussion of hypnotherapy) and how learning the skill of self-hypnosis can benefit writers. - Relaxation sessions where you experience the state of hypnosis.
- Further group sessions where hypnosis is used with a particular emphasis on writing
- visualisations, imagined conversations with your fictional characters, putting yourself into locations that feature in your work, generating ideas for future projects etc. - Steve can offer hypnotherapy to help resolve writing related issues such as writer’s block. These sessions can be on a one-to-one basis if preferred or as a demonstration to the group.
- One-to-one sessions to discuss aspects of your writing are also available. Note however that you can book either a one-to-one hypnosis session or a writing consultation (due to constraints of time).
- Each course member will receive a pack of handouts and also a self-hypnosis relaxation CD so that you can practise your newly learned skill after the course has finished.
Steve Bowkett qualified as a hypnotherapist in 1991 and has worked with many hundreds of people since then on a wide range of issues. He is a member of the Hypnotherapy Association – http://www.thehypnotherapyassociation.co.uk/ – and has run his Learn Self Hypnosis course for a number of years at places such as the Writers’ Holiday at Caerleon and the National Association of Writers’ Groups’ Festival of Writing (www.nawg.co.uk). His first book appeared in 1985. He writes fiction for children of all ages and also educational books on literacy, creativity, thinking skills and emotional resourcefulness. He has had sixty titles published plus numerous short stories and poems.
BOOKING INFO
Course fee: £195 includes 2 night stay in 4-star eco-friendly Coach House, or large rooms in main house, and food.
Non-participating partner’s fee £75.
£20 discount for bookings by 31st May 2014
The Galloway countryside is spectacular, with plenty of activities for non-participating partners, including walking, fishing, golf, visiting Solway Coast, llama feeding & motorcycle sidecar adventures.
Website www.durhamhill.co.uk
Contact Juliet on 01556 509021 or 07843 476862 or email mail@durhamhill.co.uk.
Durhamhill in the Galloway Countryside

otherThursday 20th November"Anyone for Crickets? The natural history of crickets and grasshoppers" - Mark Pollitt
7 - 9pm @ Nelson House, Melbourne Avenue, Eastriggs.
An Eastriggs Natural History group (The Wild Bunch) presentation.
Entry costs £2 which includes refreshments and a free entry into a raffle
New members and visitors always welcome.

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