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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

December 2014

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

exhibitionUntil 31ST DECEMBERENCHANTED CHRISTMAS
Mon-Sat 9.30-5pm @ 47 St Mary St, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway. DG6 4DU
Little Winter House by Fiona MillarThe gallery will be a treasure trove of original gift ideas to suit every pocket. There are a few new Fine Artists to the gallery for this exhibition, including Jane McCance, Rona Lee & Patricia Sadler, Julie Barnes and Este Macleod. An interesting collection of work will be on show from local artist Helen Acklam, whose recent travels to the Orkney Islands have sparked inspiration to produce a series of paintings, bookwork and mixed media sculpture. Returning Fine Artists include Grace McDonald Cameron, Stewart Lammie and Peter Tudhope with their unique, powerful interpretations of the Scottish landscape, ranging from the more traditional through to the semi abstract. Fiona Millar will also have some of her extremely popular work on show, depicting landscape and still life studies in her own unequivocal style. Kirkcudbright based artist Margaret S Milligan was the best seller of last Christmas, and returns with a collection of her endearing still-life oil paintings.
We are excited to introduce some new makers to the gallery for this exhibition, including Kim Steeden, Susanna Hanl, Miya Hayes and Lisa Rothwell Young. We are introducing a new basket maker to the gallery. Geoff Forrest works with willow to create traditional basket work, as well as pursuing a more contemporary style of work, often incorporating different materials to create beautiful works of art. We have a collection of framed textile pictures from Kate Buchanan, with subject matters ranging from beaches and landscapes to the more quirky and fun. Joining Kate are regular exhibitors Jo Gallant, with a new collection of her handmade cushions, as well as felt work by Rachel Morley and Heather Potten.
There will also be a selection of framed and 3d glass work by Niki Crew, framed illustrative porcelain pictures by Wendy Kershaw, new sculpture by Michael Lythgoe, ceramic sculpture by Helen Kemp, Paul Jenkins & Urpu Sellar and ceramics by Debbie Barber & Karen McPhail. Ongoing work will also be on show including furniture, sculpture, glass, forged ironwork, ceramics, artist prints, cards, books and much more.
In keeping with the theme of Christmas, we will also have some very festive handcrafted Christmas decorations, including glass decorations by Jo Newman and ceramic decorations by Shirley Vauvelle.

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

Week Commencing Monday 15th December:

musicTuesday 16th DecemberChristmas Stories and Songs
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm @ Newton Stewart Library, Church Street, Newton Stewart, DG8
Christmas Stories and Songs for Grown-ups with Reader in Residence, Renita Boyle.
Seasonal stories warmly told. Mince pies and a cuppa provided.
Free event.

musicWednesday 17th DecemberDalgarno Singers -  Evening Christmas Concert
7.30pm @ Penpont Church
To mark the end of their 40th anniversary year, the Dalgarno Singers will be performing a Carol Concert in Penpont Church.
A selection of popular Carols, and the evening will finish with serving hot drink and Christmas bites
Admission (adults £8, children free) includes a mulled drink and a Christmas bite to eat.
Dalgarno Singers Tickets from choir members.
Visit our website www.dalgarnosingers.co.uk

musicFriday 19th DecemberEmily Smith’s ‘A Winter’s Night’ Christmas Tour
7:30 pm @ Dunscore Parish Church, Dunscore DG2
Multi-award winning Scottish folksinger Emily Smith takes her annual Christmas show on the road around D&G.
Come and enjoy an evening of Christmas and winter themed songs and tunes, join in with carols and toast the season with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie!
Emily Smith with multi-instrumentalists Jamie McClennan and Matheu Watson.
Cost: £10 / £8

musicFriday 19th DecemberStrumsum Blues Band – Christmas Cracker
9:00 pm @ The Coach & Horses, 66 White Sands, Dumfries DG1 2RS
After you’ve spent a fun-filled day amongst the Christmas shopping uproar, why not relax with a drink and some raucous blues. You can tell us all about the socks, jumpers or inappropriate underwear you’ve bought for your loved ones if you like!

musicSaturday 20th DecemberEmily Smith’s ‘A Winter’s Night’ Christmas Tour
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm @ Thornhill Community Centre, Back Street, Thornhill, DG3
Multi-award winning Scottish folksinger Emily Smith takes her annual Christmas show on the road around D&G.
Come and enjoy an afternoon filled with Christmas and winter themed songs and tunes, join in with carols and (easy to play from your seat) games. This matinee show will take place in the lower hall of the community centre and will be two halves of 30 minutes each, children welcome.
Emily Smith with multi-instrumentalists Jamie McClennan and Matheu Watson.
Cost: £6/£4

musicSaturday 20th DecemberChristmas Party Night – RUE & THE ROCKETS
7pm @ Locharbriggs Social Club, Locharbriggs, Dumfries DG1 1XS
Christmas Party Night with live performance from Rue and the Rockets. Alan, Jimmy and Rueben Slater are three brothers who started playing professionally in 1960 when they were just lads aged 13 to 16 years old. Rue is the youngest of the Brothers.
£3 on the door plus meal options

theatreSunday 21st & Monday 22nd December Here Comes Christmas
Sunday 21st 4pm & 7.30pm. Monday 22nd 7pm @ Brigend Theatre, Market Square, Dumfries, DG2
Here Comes Christmas is a fun, festive, family show bringing together local singers to perform your favourite Christmas songs.
Free event.

Week Commencing Monday 22nd December:

outdoorFriday 26th DecemberBoxing Day Guided Walk
2pm - 4pm @ RSPB Crook Of Baldoon Nature Reserve, Shell Road, Wigtown, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 9AQ
Need a walk after your festivities join the warden for a stroll along the shore and get some fresh Wigtownshire air. Bring binoculars and walking boots
£3.00 / Children £1.50 - Tel: 01988 402130

January 2015

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

outdoorThursday 1st January New Years Day Bird Race
10am – 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Start the year by challenging our warden to see how many bird species you can spot in a day.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherSaturday 3rd January Open Day 10am – 4pm @ Sandgreen Caravan Park, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2DU
Open day FREE to everyone to celebrate the largest stock of caravans we have ever had at Sandgreen Caravan Park.
It will commence on January the 3rd from 10am to 4pm open to everyone with FREE shortbread and Gluhwein.
Great festive day for the whole family and some great bargains to be had!

musicTuesday 13th JanuaryThe Lothians Duo
7.30 pm @ Queens Hotel, Annan Road, Lockerbie DG11 2RB
Jessica Beeston – Viola | Andrew Johnston – Piano
Scottish Duo Jessica Beeston and Andrew Johnston form an exciting and lively partnership who have been playing together since 2006 when they were accepted onto the prestigious Live Music Now! concert scheme, which involves doing workshops in schools and in the community and giving recitals in venues throughout the country. They have recently performed for Aberdeen, Perth, Kirkcaldy and St Andrew's Music Societies. Jessica Beeston is a keen chamber musician. She plays with the Hebrides Ensemble and is a member of the Tunnell-Trust-winning Nephele Ensemble. She is a guest principal with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and enjoys playing with the Camerata Salzburg, Orchestra Revolution et Romantique,the English Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She gained a distinction in her Masters Degree from the Mozarteum. She has been violist with the Edinburgh Quartet. Andrew Johnston performs regularly as a chamber musician with various different ensembles and as a soloist, but has also given performances of major piano concertos such as the Tchaikovsky, Grieg, and Rachmaninov’s Second with orchestras in Britain and abroad. He gained his Masters Degree in Musicology from Edinburgh University in 2006, and has participated in master classes with a number of eminent pianists. As a duo, Jessica and Andrew are currently exploring the existing repertoire for viola and piano as well as investigating the possibility of adapting other works for their own instruments. They are keen to work with Scottish composers and perform neglected works by composers such as Hans Gal and Erik Chisholm.
Tickets are purchased at the door on the evening of the concert at the Queen's Hotel.
Adults: £10, Students: £5, Schoolchildren: Free
Annual Membership: £45 includes free entry to all concerts.

musicSunday 25th January‘WINTER TEA DANCES’ - McROBERT BROTHERS
2pm-4.30pm @ Locharbriggs Community Centre, Auchencrieff Road, Dumfries DG1 1UX
ADMISSION £3.00
Includes Tea and Biscuits
All welcome!
*****
GRAND RAFFLE!
Proceeds to Locharbriggs Community Centre Association funds

February 2015

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

arts and craftsSaturday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th FebruaryLino Cut Printmaking WorkshopsLino Cut Printmaking Workshops
10am - 4pm @ Thomas Tosh shop and cafe, Thornhill
Looking forward to February?
That's the time to make lino cuts with Claire Melinsky at Thomas Tosh.

Spend all day cutting lino and making prints upstairs at Thomas Tosh shop and cafe´.
£60 includes a lovely lunch downstairs, and cups of tea and coffee and cake through the day.
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: Saturdays 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th. You can come for more than one day.

Ring Yvonne or Trisha at Thomas Tosh on 01848 331553 to book your place.
Gift tokens are available from Thomas Tosh if you would like to give a present of the workshops to someone.
www.thomastosh.com

musicTuesday 10th FebruaryTrio Ecossaise
7.30 pm @ Queens Hotel, Annan Road, Lockerbie DG11 2RB
Harriet Davidson – Cello | Jennifer Brown – Clarinet | Claire Haslin – Piano
Formed in 2001, the Trio has performed extensively throughout Scotland and at the Jacqueline du Pré Concert Hall in Oxford. They also give performances in aid of charities such as Multiple Sclerosis Scotland and The Medical Foundation. All three are from Scotland and trained at respected conservatories - Harriet at Oxford University and Guildhall School of Music; Jennifer at the Royal Northern College of Music and Indiana University; and Claire at the Royal Scottish Academy and Guildhall School of Music. In addition to their chamber music commitments they each pursue busy and diverse freelance careers. Harriet’s recent engagements include work with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with whom she has toured in India and Europe, an education project at HMP Shotts, and concerts for the "Music in the Hospitals" scheme. She has recorded for BBC Radio and TV, and has performed at the Mercury Music Awards and Glastonbury Festival. Jennifer has played with various orchestras in the UK including the CBSO and the RSNO. She has broadcast on Radio 3, and performed at the Aldeburgh Festival and St Martin-in-the -Fields, London. Claire is much in demand as an instrumental and song accompanist. She is official accompanist for Glasgow University Music Department and a staff repetiteur at Scottish Opera.
Tickets are purchased at the door on the evening of the concert at the Queen's Hotel.
Adults: £10, Students: £5, Schoolchildren: Free
Annual Membership: £45 includes free entry to all concerts.

March 2015

musicSunday 1st March‘WINTER TEA DANCES’ - BON ACCORDS
2pm-4.30pm @ Locharbriggs Community Centre, Auchencrieff Road, Dumfries DG1 1UX
ADMISSION £3.00
Includes Tea and Biscuits
All welcome!
*****
GRAND RAFFLE!
Proceeds to Locharbriggs Community Centre Association funds

April 2015

otherFriday 3rd AprilEASTER ‘PRIZE’ BINGO
7.30pm @ Locharbriggs Community Centre, Auchencrieff Road, Dumfries DG1 1UX
Including prizes for best ‘Decorated Easter eggs ‘& ‘Easter bonnets’
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Admission: Adults £1.00 Children 50p includes ‘Irish Bingo Ticket’& Half time refreshments
Bingo Books 50p per 8 game book & ‘Flyer’

 

 

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