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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

February 2016

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

exhibition6th – 27th FebruaryEngaging Elements
Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm @ Whitehouse Gallery, 47 St Mary St, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway. DG6 4DU
The Quarry Path by Kate DownieA three week exhibition focusing upon printmaking, with David Boyne, Kate Downie, Silvana McLean & Cat Outram. Also featuring sculpture by Elizabeth Waugh.
We are delighted to welcome landscape artist Kate Downie to the gallery for the first time (The Quarry Path by Kate Downie pictured here). Well known for her paintings and drawings as well as her printmaking, Kate has earned a reputation as one of Scotland’s leading artists with international acclaim.
Cat Outram is a printmaker based in Edinburgh who will also be exhibiting some of her etchings with us for the first time.
Moniave based artist printmaker Silvana McLean is to exhibit a large body of her work in this exhibition, including prints, originals and three dimensional works.
Local artist David Boyne will also be exhibiting a small collection of his prints in this exhibition. This exhibition features some of his lithographs.
We are delighted to welcome one of our long standing favourite artists, Elizabeth Waugh, to exhibit a large collection of her sculpture in this exhibition, which will include some new pieces.
Tel: 01557 330223

outdoorEvery day until April 2016 Wild swan feeds
11am and 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
See wild whooper swans closer than anywhere in Britain from the Sir Peter Scott Observatory, with live commentary by the warden.
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 8th February:

otherThursday 11th February Funding Roadshows
14:00 - 16:00 @ The Ryan Centre, STRANRAER
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FUNDING?
Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme is a European Rural Development programme that can support local community groups and organisations, small rural businesses and farm diversification projects based across the region.
LEADER Funding Roadshows will be delivered across the region by a member of the D&G LEADER Team. The roadshows will give an overview of the new 2014-2020 LEADER Programme which launched for Expressions of Interest in September 2014 and will soon open for full applications.
If you are considering applying to LEADER to support your project idea or have recently submitted an online Expression of Interest and have some specific questions - come along and meet the team, get an overview of the new programme and ask any questions you may have.
It is important to REGISTER to attend the roadshows and lack of interest may lead to events being cancelled.
Click here to register

other Friday 12th February Soup ‘n’ Roll Lunches
12 noon -1:30pm @ St John's Church Hall, Lovers’ Walk, Dumfries DG1 1 LW
Friday Soup lunches for Christian Aid.
Home-made Soup, Cheese or plain roll: tea or coffee and a warm welcome for a minimum donation of £3:50  (Children £2 ).

otherSaturday 13th 20th & 27th February 2016. Lino-Cutting Workshops with Clare MelinskyLino-Cut Workshops with Clare Melinsky
10am - 4pm @ Thomas Tosh, 19 East Morton Street, Thornhill DG3 5LZ

Looking forward to February?
That's the time to make more lino cuts at Thomas Tosh.
Spend all day cutting lino and making prints upstairs at Thomas Tosh shop and cafe.
£60 includes a lovely lunch downstairs.
Only six students in a class, so you will get lots of attention, and enough time to complete some colourful prints to take away.
Beginners are welcome, and those with experience.
There are four dates available in February: 6th 13th 20th 27th; you can come for more than one day.

Ring Yvonne or Trisha at Thomas Tosh on 01848 331553 or info@thomastosh.com to book your place.

Gift tokens are available from Thomas Tosh if you would like to give a present of the workshops to someone.

Week Commencing Monday 15th February:

theatreTuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 February Mums the Word 2
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
The Mum’s are back! They are older and wider!
Gail Porter, Libby McArthur (River City), Lorraine McIntosh (Deacon Blue) Julie Wilson Nimmo (Balamory) and former Radio Clyde presenter Suzie McGuire star in this brand-new production of “Mum’s The Word 2”. One of the Scotland’s favourites, “Mum’s The Word” laughs at the wonderful comedic horrors of child and teenager-rearing in this new and updated version of the hit show. Join the mums, now “older and wider”, on their journey into the parenting nightmare that is teenagers!
Both funny and emotional by turn, this is a wonderful evening out.
Ages 16+
Tickets £20.00 - available from Ryan Centre Box Office - Tel 01776 703 535

outdoorWednesday 17th – Sunday 21st February WWT Scottish Puddle Jumping Championships
10am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
How good are your puddle jumping skills? Come and make a splash at the first WWT Scottish Puddle Jumping Championships.
All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

other Friday 19th February Soup ‘n’ Roll Lunches
12 noon -1:30pm @ St John's Church Hall, Lovers’ Walk, Dumfries DG1 1 LW
Friday Soup lunches for Christian Aid.
Home-made Soup, Cheese or plain roll: tea or coffee and a warm welcome for a minimum donation of £3:50  (Children £2 ).

otherFriday 19th February Target Wrestling Dumfries
7.00pm @ The Assembly Rooms, 52 George Street, Dumfries, DG1 1EJ
Price: Standard General Admission £10, Group of 4 £34.00 - available from The Midsteeple Box Office or by calling 01387 253 383
Online Tickets

musicFriday 19 February Knockengorroch Winter Warmer
Lino-Cutting Workshops with Clare MelinskyFrom 7.30pm @ The Venue in Dumfries
Lgendary dub pioneer Zion Train’s Neil Perch, positive vibes from Glasgow’s up and coming Samson Sounds, top soundsfrom DJ collective Wobbly Social Club, local troubadours the Mind Sweepers and folky sessions featuring Galloway’s finest. Greenery, decor and colourful installations will turn the venue into a winter wonderland, whilst organisers guarantee the line-up is guaranteed to knock the socks off any winter blues.
For the many followers of Dub, Neil Perch and Zion Train need no introduction. Formed in the late 80’s, with an impressive and award winning back catalogue, they have been have been cited as primary influences on the minimal techno and minimal dub genres. The Winter Warmer also features a strong contingent of artists from Dumfries & Galloway: Several of Samson Sounds hail from Galloway. The fresh 4 piece incorporate African highlife and blues, to Kwaito and steppas with a heavyweight dub bass. With the launch of their new album at the end of February, and several past and future London performances, their grooves are described as ‘tight and solid, never failing to bring warm happy vibes’.
A band predicted to go places, The Mind Sweepers hail from Dumfries and Newton Stewart. Their self-penned music is eclectic and covers nu folk to rockabilly.
A traditional sessions set will kick off the music with uillean pipes and guitar, performed by Moniave folk artists.
Advance tickets costing £12 + 75p booking fee are available from www.knockengorroch.org.uk
Tickets at £13.50 will also be available at the door.

otherSaturday 20th February Renewable Energy Fair
10 - 2pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English Street, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Advice available on energy saving, renewable energy, grants & incentives.
Speak to our Home Renewables Advisors for free and impartial advice.
Free admission.

Week Commencing Monday 22nd February:

other Friday 26th February Soup ‘n’ Roll Lunches
12 noon -1:30pm @ St John's Church Hall, Lovers’ Walk, Dumfries DG1 1 LW
Friday Soup lunches for Christian Aid.
Home-made Soup, Cheese or plain roll: tea or coffee and a warm welcome for a minimum donation of £3:50  (Children £2 ).

musicFRIDAY 26 February Dumfries Male Voice Choir
Special guest – Stranraer’s own Robyn Stapleton!
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Dumfries Male Voice Choir comes to the Ryan Theatre to present a concert in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The choir, established since 1950, has sung throughout the south of Scotland as well as having participated recently in concerts and competitions in such diverse places as Germany, America, Elgin, Northern Ireland, Kendal, the Usher and the Albert Halls! Come and enjoy a rare treat in aid of a wonderful charity.
Tickets £10.00 - available from Reids Hardware, Hanover Street, any Stranraer Macmillan committee member

theatreSaturday 27 February SCDA Wigtown District Local Festival
@ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Tickets available from Drama Club Members or on the door.
One-Act Play Festival
Ryan Centre Box Office - Tel 01776 703 535

outdoorSunday 28 FebruarySnowdrop Festival - Scotland’s Gardens – gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm Danevale Park, Crossmichael  DG7 2LP
First opening for snowdrops in 1951, these mature grounds have a wonderful display of snowdrops as well as aconites and other wild flowers. Walks through the woods alongside the River Dee, followed by an old fashioned afternoon tea in the house.
Directions: On the A713 two miles from Castle Douglas, and one mile short of Crossmichael.
Admission £2.50. For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org  Charity No: SC011337

musicSunday 28 February Louise Morrissey with Gary Gamble
and the Ryan Turner Band
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Louise Morrissey has long been one of Ireland’s best loved singers and entertainers. She has achieved great success in both Ireland and the UK, and has brought her easy style of country and folk to many other countries, including the USA, Canada, The UK and the Middle East.
Tickets £17.00 - available from Ryan Centre Box Office - Tel 01776 703 535

March 2016

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

outdoorEvery day until April 2016 Wild swan feeds
11am and 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
See wild whooper swans closer than anywhere in Britain from the Sir Peter Scott Observatory, with live commentary by the warden.
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 29th February:

familyWednesday 2nd March 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.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

other Friday 4th March Soup ‘n’ Roll Lunches
12 noon -1:30pm @ St John's Church Hall, Lovers’ Walk, Dumfries DG1 1 LW
Friday Soup lunches for Christian Aid.
Home-made Soup, Cheese or plain roll: tea or coffee and a warm welcome for a minimum donation of £3:50  (Children £2 ).

musicFRIDAY 4 MARCH GA GA - 20th Anniversary Tour
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
GA GA are embarking on their 20th Anniversary Tour with a show packed with massive Queen hits spanning right across the legendary band’s back catalogue. From numerous Queen Conventions to TV appearances, GA GA have consistently proved why they are so highly rated by critics and audiences alike. There are no wigs, no make-up and definitely no false moustaches but instead a host of massive Queen songs played like they were meant to be.
Tickets £17.00 - available from Ryan Centre Box Office - Tel 01776 703 535

outdoorSaturday 5th March Swanning About
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
What swans do we get at Caerlaverock? Where do they go in summer? How many feathers does a swan have? Learn all about the swans at WWT Caerlaverock through outdoor 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

outdoorSunday 6th March In Focus
10am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Try before you buy the latest binoculars and telescopes from the huge range available today. In Focus experts are on hand all day to give advice. WWT Caerlaverock benefits from every sale.
Free. For more information please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 7th March:

other Friday 11th March Soup ‘n’ Roll Lunches
12 noon -1:30pm @ St John's Church Hall, Lovers’ Walk, Dumfries DG1 1 LW
Friday Soup lunches for Christian Aid.
Home-made Soup, Cheese or plain roll: tea or coffee and a warm welcome for a minimum donation of £3:50  (Children £2 ).

outdoorSaturday 12th March High Tide Birding
12-2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Join the warden in the Saltcot Hide, to watch the flocks of thousands of ducks and waders brought in by the high tide.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

readingSaturday 12th March Des Dillon
7.00pm for 7.30pm @ The Bakehouse, 44 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HP
Des is an award winning poet, short story writer, novelist, dramatist, TV scriptwriter and screen writer for stage and radio. His work has been published in the USA, Russia, Sweden, in Catalan, French and Spanish and has been anthologised internationally. He claims Bob Dylan, comics, fairy tales, Coatbridge patter and Meat Loaf as his influences. Alongside scripts for River City, Des is the author of Singin’ I’m No a Billy He’s a Tim and his novel Me and Ma Gal is included on the list of The 100 Greatest Ever Scottish Books. His latest award was The Lion and Unicorn prize for the best of Irish and British literature in the Russian language (2007).
The Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate awaits once more bring a poem, a song, a balalaika – something to entertain us in the second half
Tickets £5.00
Ring 01557 814175 or email chrys@chryssalt.com

outdoorSunday 13th March 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.
Ticket / contact info: £60 per person. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 14th March:

other15th - 17th March 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

other Friday 18th March Soup ‘n’ Roll Lunches
12 noon -1:30pm @ St John's Church Hall, Lovers’ Walk, Dumfries DG1 1 LW
Friday Soup lunches for Christian Aid.
Home-made Soup, Cheese or plain roll: tea or coffee and a warm welcome for a minimum donation of £3:50  (Children £2 ).

Week Commencing Monday 21st March:

other Tuesday 22nd March What does a career in tech hold for your child?
18:30 to 20:00 @ Easterbrook Hall
With the societal change from paper to PDF, ICT and digital technology has become one of the fastest growing sectors within the UK. This rapid growth has set an estimated 11,000 new vacancies, in Scotland, every year to keep up with demand. With demands across various roles from web designers to programmers to software developers and more there are opportunities for everyone to kick start their career in ICT.
Skills Development Scotland and Young Scot have teamed up to give you the chance to learn a little bit more about this sector and what it could hold for your children. This spring, leading industry professionals and homegrown digital businesses will be getting together across the country to give you an insight on what a job in technology is all about.
Come along to an event close to you and hear from Scottish digital leaders, schools, colleges and more as they unviel the truth behind a digital career and give you the knowledge to support your children in their route into ICT success!
Register here for free: discovering-digital-world-dumfries.eventbrite.co.uk

musicFriday 25 March STRANRAER HOOLIE WEEKEND - The Happy Lands
7.00pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Come along to the Ryan Centre and watch this fascinating piece of Community filmmaking. We are delighted that the Director of the film Robert Rae has agreed to come and hold a Q & A session about the making of the film. It’s the General Strike 1926 – miners unions lead the country against savage austerity cuts handed to the nation by a Liberal-Conservative government. Inspired by true stories from local families in Fife, the Happy Lands follow the journey of law-abiding citizens who become law-breakers in a heroic battle against the state.
This event is followed by a 1960’s Social Night in the Railway Club – all welcome
FREE EVENT

musicSaturday 26 March STRANRAER HOOLIE WEEKEND - Dick Gaughan
8.00pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
The Politics Fest is delighted to welcome Dick Gaughan to our festival here in Stranraer. If you love good music with a political edge then this event is a must! Dick Gaughan is a Scottish folk singer known for celebrating his working class identity through his music steeped in social protest songs.
Tickets £8.00 - available from Ryan Centre Box Office - Tel 01776 703 535

Week Commencing Monday 28th March:

outdoorMonday 28th March Giant Duck Hunt
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Take part in the giant duck hunt around the reserve. Follow the clues to find the giant ducks and learn more about ducks!
Family event. 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

outdoorMonday 28th March until Friday 8th April 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, 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

kidsThursday 31st March Eggstravaganza
1–3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Paint an egg and take part in an egg and spoon race on the reserve. Learn about birds and eggs.
Family event. 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

April 2016

outdoorEvery day until April 2016 Wild swan feeds
11am and 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
See wild whooper swans closer than anywhere in Britain from the Sir Peter Scott Observatory, with live commentary by the warden.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorEvery day April - June 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.
Osprey Update
12 noon @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Find out what our osprey family have been up to and learn more about ospreys in general.
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 4th April:

familyTuesday 5th April Beginner Birding for Kids
10-12noon @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Learn some of the common bird species seen at Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, including ducks, geese swans and garden birds. Use binoculars and telescopes to take a closer look! 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

familyWednesday 6th April 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.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

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Week Commencing Monday 18th April:

outdoorSaturday 23rd April Bird Ringing Demonstration
11am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Join the North Solway Ringing Group as they demonstrate how to ring a range of birds.
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 April:

otherSaturday 30th April Table-Top Gaming to celebrate International TableTop Day
9am until late @ Dumfries YMCA, 24 Castle Street, Dumfries, DG1 1DR
The Dumfries Wargaming Club, in partnership with the Annan Gaming Club, will be hosting a day of Table-Top gaming to celebrate International TableTop Day, 2016. All manner of games such as board games, card games, miniature games and many more will be played and enjoyed. Some examples of games played will be science-fiction tabletop miniature wargame Warhammer 40,000, card games such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic: The Gathering, board games such as Settlers of Catan and roleplaying games such as Dungeons & Dragons.
Members of the public of all ages are welcome to visit, see a few games and perhaps play a few games for themselves.
The event is free to attend, with a suggested donation of £1.
All members of the public are welcome.

May 2016

outdoorEvery day April - June 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.
Osprey Update
12 noon @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Find out what our osprey family have been up to and learn more about ospreys in general.
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 April:

outdoorSunday 1st May In Focus
10am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Try before you buy the latest binoculars and telescopes frm the huge range available today. In Focus experts are on hand all day to give advice. WWT Caerlaverock benefits from every sale.
Free. For more information, please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 2nd May

outdoorMonday 2nd May Frog Frolics
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

familyWednesday 4th May 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.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSaturday 7th May Natterjack Talk and Walk
8.30pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Learn about natterjack toads and why they are the rarest amphibian in Britain. There may be a possibility at dusk, of taking a walk out onto the reserve to try and 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 9th May:

sport Sunday 15th May Solway Sportive 2016
@ Dumfries Rugby Club
Enjoy a great day out riding along the beautiful Solway coast and countryside whilst raising money for local charities. There is a choice of a Short Route of 30km (19 miles), the Medium Route of 65km (40 miles), or the Long Route of 116km (72 miles) on quiet roads. The event starts and finishes at Dumfries Rugby Club with parking, changing rooms, and showers post event. Feeding stations will be available on all three routes and food/drink is provided at the finish. The event is suitable for all with a basic level of fitness.
This event is organised by the Dumfries Cycling Club, Dumfries Devorgilla Rotary Club and Dalbeattie Community Initiative.
Enter online at www.dumfriescc.btck.co.uk/SolwaySportive

outdoor Sunday 15th May What'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. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 16th May:

otherSaturday 31st May Drochduil Primary School - The Homecoming Reunion
@ North West Castle, Stranraer
A reunion for all pupils/staff of Drochduil School - Tickets £15 - Partners are also welcome to come as well.
Donald McHarrie, drochduilPShomecoming@aol.co.uk

Week Commencing Monday 30th May:

outdoorMonday 30th May We're going on a bug hunt
10am – 12 @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Hunt for bugs around the reserve, including bugs that live under stones, in rotten wood, in water and on plants!
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

June 2016

outdoorEvery day April - June 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.
Osprey Update
12 noon @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Find out what our osprey family have been up to and learn more about ospreys in general.
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 30th May:

familyWednesday 1st June 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.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSunday 5th June 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.
Ticket / contact info: £60 per person. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 6th June:

musicThursday 9th - Sunday 12th June The Eden FestivalThe Eden Festival
@ Raehill Meadows, Dumfries
Eden Festival is no longer Scotland’s hidden gem, it’s a treasure trove to be revelled in by discerning festival lovers! Showcasing fresh music and electrifying performances. Top of the bill:
- Skye and Ross from Morcheeba
- Andreya Triana
- King Charles
- Gentlemans Dub Club
- Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show (sounds exciting)
250 acts will perform live over 11 stages, Eden Festival’s playlist includes; hip hop, dance, RnB, acoustic, soul, funk, dubstep, disco, dancehall, electronica, ska, pop, afrobeats, jungle, balkan beat,  drum & bass, Ceilidh and much more…playfully meandering side by side, guiding you through a trip of space and time!
For more information visit www.edenfestival.co.uk

musicThursday 9th - Sunday 12th June Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival
The 19th annual Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival starts on the evening of Thursday 9th June and continues through to around midnight on Sunday 12th June.  Both national and international bands bring a selection of exciting jazz to the town, from classic New Orleans to jump-jive.  The Festival includes the popular Brolly Parade, accompanied by an All-Stars Parade Band, jazz church services on the Sunday morning and opportunities for jazz dining at restaurants around the town. 
Tickets - for sessions (£10), full days (£20) or the whole Festival (£55) - can be bought online at www.kirkcudbrightjazzfestival.co.uk or by post with cheques payable to "Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival" sent with orders to 90 St Mary Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4EJ. 
Come to the beautiful Artists' Town of Kirkcudbright this June and see this hugely popular event for yourselves.

outdoorFriday 10th June Bat Walk & Talk
8-11pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Freda Seddon from Dumfries Bat Group will give a talk about bats followed by a bat walk around the reserve.
Bring warm clothes, a torch and insect repellent.
Alison Robertson, the county moth recorder will be setting the moth trap as part of National Moth Night.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSaturday 11th June Hawkmoth Morning
10am-12 @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Alison Robertson, the county moth recorder will be looking at the moths caught in the moth trap overnight. The theme for Moth Night 2016 is Hawkmoths – will we find any in the moth trap?! Visit and learn more about these fascinating insects.
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 13th June:

outdoorSaturday 18th June Guid Nychburris Float
2-4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
6pm, parade in Dumfries
Help us decorate our float for the Guid Nychburris parade, then join us later in the afternoon for the parade around Dumfries. Our theme will be ‘insects’ and we welcome all your creative ideas!
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 June:

outdoorSaturday 25th June Insectathon
10am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
We will try and identify as many different types of insect as we can on the reserve during the day. This event is part of National Insect Week. Drop in during the day to take part in a variety of hourly activities.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

July 2016

otherSaturday 16th & Sunday 17th July Creative Whithorn Arts & Crafts Trail
Come and join us for a weekend of events, demonstrations, displays and exhibitions.
www.creativewhithorn.co.uk

November 2016

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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