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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

January 2017

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

outdoorEvery day January 2017 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 16th January:

musicThursday 19th JanuaryNew Jersey Boys: Oh What a Night!
7.30pm @ Theatre Royal, 66-68 Shakespeare St, Dumfries DG1 2JH
A musical tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
This family show returns to the Theatre Royal Dumfries for another great evening of musical entertainment which celebrates the music of one of the most successful bands of all time. The fast moving show, featuring the falsetto voice of Einar Vestman and the humour of all round entertainer Gary Gould, includes such hits as Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like a Man and many more...
Don't be surprised if you find yourself singing and dancing in the aisle!
Book tickets for this event online using www.ticketweb.co.uk.
Tickets are also available from The Midsteeple Box Office or by calling 01387 253 383.

otherFriday 20th - Sunday 29th January Big Burns Supper FestivalBig Burns Supper Festival
Various venues throughout Dumfries
Stars from across the country congregate as Dumfries celebrates the birth of the Baird with a vast selection of dance, theatre, visual arts, live art and comedy, turning Burns' Night into a festival of contemporary arts.
Big Burns Supper is Scotland’s landmark Burns Night event which takes place in Dumfries, from the 20th – 29th January 2017 and features a heady mixture of cabaret, comedy, music and entertainment in over 20 different venues as the town goes bonkers for nine days of winter magic.
If you are going to check out Dumfries – this is the time to do it, including the Burns Night Carnival which boasts a community cast of over 5,000. The festival is also the home of Le Haggis, the five star Scottish cabaret experience.
Download the Festival Guide here

musicSaturday 21st January Maidens of Music @The Wee Burns Supper Festival
8pm till 11pm. @ The Globe Inn, Globe Close, High Street, Dumfries
3 hours of enchanting performances from 3 very different (mainly) female artists.  Alix Adair - singer /songwriter.  A rare opportunity to hear Kate Kyle and Elia Davidson together - both singer/songwriters and The Razorbills the Galloway based folk-rock band.
Tickets are £5 and can be purchased on the door.

musicSaturday 21st January Scottish Chamber Orchestra – Nicola Benedetti plays Beethoven Violin Concerto
Nicola Benedetti plays Beethoven Violin Concerto7:30pm @ Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries
- Joseph Swensen – Conductor
- Nicola Benedetti – Violin
Programme:
BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No 1 / BEETHOVEN Symphony No 4 / BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
“Tender, and sensitive, and intimate… I'm just so unbelievably moved by his music”, is how Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti describes Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, the centrepiece of this brilliant all-Beethoven programme.
Thomas Edison once said, “genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”. This certainly applies to tonight’s Overture. Leonore No 1 was one of Beethoven’s four attempts at writing an overture to Fidelio. The Fourth is the most Classical of Beethoven's mature symphonies - in form if not in content. But, within the ‘Classical’ frame lurks something wonderfully subversive and original.
Tickets: £6 - £32.50 available from Midsteeple Box Office, www.dgboxoffice.co.uk
More information www.sco.org.uk

musicSunday 22nd January Air Farce 1/Around the Globe in Song @ The Wee Burns Supper Festival
Starts at 7:30pm and finishes at 10pm @ The Globe Inn, Globe Close, High Street, Dumfries
A rare opportunity for the public to see this hilarious 2 hour show feat. 40 songs from 18 countries delivered by the talented crew of Air Farce 1. Kirsty Moss, Jayne Murdoch, Diane MacLean and Carol Brotherston. 
Tickets are £10. To find out more contact carol@themusicroom.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 23rd January:

otherMonday 23rd January Lessons in Sustainability
7:30pm @ Gilchrist Room. Easterbrook Hall. Crichton Campus. DG1 4TA
Jason Lewis
Lessons in Sustainability: An Explorer's Tale What can a terrifying crocodile attack, a year alone at sea in a tiny boat, contracting blood poisoning and malaria, being arrested and held for espionage, and getting hit by a car and left for dead with two broken legs teach us about global sustainability? Spend an evening with adventurer Jason Lewis to find out why.
Cost:  free to members, non members £10. Pay at the door.
For information on RSGS (Royal Scottish Geographical Society) contact:
Lord John Murray House, 15-19 North Port, PERTH, PH1 5LU
T: 01738 646145 (direct) or 01738 455050 (office)
W: rsgs.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter  

otherWednesday 25th January Annual Robert Burns Commemorative Service
1.30pm @ St Michael’s Church, Dumfries
The service will be conducted by the Rev Dr M Bond minister of St Michael’s and will include contributions from local school children.
Immediately after the service, President of Dumfries Burns Club, Peter Kormylo, will preside at the wreath laying ceremony at Burns Mausoleum where leading figures from member clubs of the SSCBA along with local dignitaries will lay floral tributes at the Bards tomb.
Following this short ceremony, teas and refreshments will be served in  St Michael’s Church hall.

musicWednesday 25th January Robert Burns' Birthday Singalong Afternoon Tea Party!
2-4pm @ Ellisland Farm, Auldgirth, DG2 0RP
Sing your hearts out to entertainment by Lee McQueen and friends as we celebrate Burns' birthday with afternoon tea and a few wee games at Ellisland Farm!
Part of The Wee Fringe Festival
Tickets priced at £5.50 are available by calling 01387 740426 for tickets or visit The Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries.

musicThursday 26th January GRACE MO, PIANO
7:30pm @ Crichton Church, Dumfries
An Absolute Classics Concert
Described as “an excellent pianist, combining technical wizardry with impressive attention to detail”, Grace Mo is internationally acclaimed and in demand as both soloist and chamber musician.
Programme:
Chopin, Barcarolle, Op. 60
Schumann, Carnaval, Op. 9
Liszt, Sposalizio
Liszt, Sonetto del Petrarca 123
Liszt, Dante Sonata
Adults £12, Under 26s £0
Book now

musicFriday 27th JanuaryGRACE MO, PIANO
7:30pm @ Annan Academy, Annan
An Absolute Classics Concert
Described as “an excellent pianist, combining technical wizardry with impressive attention to detail”, Grace Mo is internationally acclaimed and in demand as both soloist and chamber musician.
Programme:
Mozart, Sonata in D Major, K311
Allegro con spirito
Andante con espressione
Rondeau
Ravel, Sonatine
Modéré
Mouvement de menuet
Animé
Brahms, 3 Intermezzi, Op 117
Andante moderato
Andante non troppe e con molto espressione
Andante con moto
Prokofiev, Sonata No 2 in D minor, Op. 14
Adults £12, Under 26s £0
Book now

otherSaturday 28th January Orienteering in Shambellie Wood
Start times will run from 10.00 to 12.00 @ Shambles Wood near New Abbey
Are you in need of a little help in keeping your 2017 New Year resolutions? Why not let us help you?
Come orienteering and you will be doing something adventurous, getting more exercise, having fun and, if you bring the family you can also spend some quality time with them.  Not bad for one Saturday morning. There will be courses to suit everyone from the complete beginner to the more seasoned navigator.
For those who are new to the sport help will be available.
Non members are welcome. Adults £3.50, juniors £3.00.
Find us on Facebook or visit our web site www.solwayorienteers.co.uk

musicSaturday 28th January Free Concert Border Strathspey and Reel Society
2pm @ Gardenwise Garden Centre Dumfries
Starting at an afternoon of toe tapping Scottish Music from the popular local Border Strathspey and Reel Society featuring some local young singersand players.

musicSaturday 28th January GRACE MO, PIANO
7:30pm @ Broughton House, Kirkcudbright
An Absolute Classics Concert
Described as “an excellent pianist, combining technical wizardry with impressive attention to detail”, Grace Mo is internationally acclaimed and in demand as both soloist and chamber musician.
Programme:
Chopin, Barcarolle, Op. 60
Schumann, Carnaval, Op. 9
Liszt, Sposalizio
Liszt, Sonetto del Petrarca 123
Liszt, Dante Sonata ​
Adults £12, Under 26s £0
Book now

Saturday 28th January Burns Night at the Bakehouse
7.00pm for 7.30pm @ The Bakehouse, 44 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7  2HP
Back by popular demand - Hugh McMillan
Hugh McMillan, one of Dumfries and Galloway's most accomplished literary sons will take us down some back passages in a quest for the spirit, if not the letter, of Robert Burns. Entertainment guaranteed.
‘...one of the most individual, intelligent, accessible and entertaining voices in Scotland’
with The Fickle Burns Night Tupperware Bowl of Fate
Bring a poem, a song, (we can supply a keyboard), guitar, small pipes, BIG PIPES, harps, juggling balls - anything suitable or wholly unsuitable for the occasion.
Tickets £9.00 includes a hot toddy and haggis nibbles
To book ring 01557 814175 or email chrys@chryssalt.com

outdoorSunday 29th January Wildlife Photography Workshop
10am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Wildlife photography workshop with Tom Langlands and Bob Fitzsimmons. Learn how to take fantastic photographs of the geese and swans present on the reserve. Suitable for beginners and more experienced photographers.
£75 per person. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherSunday 29th January Ellisland Farm and Mogerley Butchers Haggis Hurling Championship
1-3pm @ Ellisland Farm, Auldgirth, DG2 0RP
Rules and regulations  Modern Haggis Hurling is judged on the basis of distance and accuracy of the hurl and a split or burst haggis is immediately disqualified, as the haggis must be fit to eat after landing. The sport requires subtle technique rather than brute force, as the hurl must result in a gentle landing to keep the haggis skin intact.
Kindly sponsored by Mogerleys Quality Butchers, Dumfries

musicSunday 29th JanuaryGRACE MO, PIANO
3:30pm @ Buccleuch & Queensberry, Thornhill
An Absolute Classics Concert
Described as “an excellent pianist, combining technical wizardry with impressive attention to detail”, Grace Mo is internationally acclaimed and in demand as both soloist and chamber musician.
Programme:
Mozart, Sonata in D Major, K311
Allegro con spirito
Andante con espressione
Rondeau
Ravel, Sonatine
Modéré
Mouvement de menuet
Animé
Brahms, 3 Intermezzi, Op 117
Andante moderato
Andante non troppe e con molto espressione
Andante con moto
Prokofiev, Sonata No 2 in D minor, Op. 14
Adults £12, Under 26s £0
Book now

Event listings are FREE - just email us the details ...

February 2017

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

outdoorEvery day February 2017 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 30th January:

otherFriday 3rd February BURNS SUPPER
6.30 for 7pm @ Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries
Dumfries & Galloway Befriending Project 11th Annual Burns Supper
Top Table Guests:
John Glover, MBE —Master of Ceremonies
Stuart Cochrane - The Immortal Memory
Richard Arkless MP - Toast the Lassies
Fiona Armstrong, Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries – Reply frae the Lassies
Entertainment—Robyn Stapleton, Ailsa Black and Alec Ross.
Tickets, priced £30, can be purchased from D & G Befriending Project, 19 Bank Street, Dumfries Telephone: 01387 247812

outdoorSunday 5th February Dawn Flight
7am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Join the wardens as we open early to experience the wild geese flighting in against the dawn sky. The Coffee Shop will also be open early to provide hot drinks and bacon rolls. Bring warm, waterproof clothing, binoculars and a torch.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 6th February:

theatreMonday 6th FebruaryThe Circus of Horrors
7.30pm @ The Easterbrook Hall, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries DG1 4TA
The Circus of Horrors celebrates its 21st anniversary as it takes to the road with its latest incarnation "The Never-ending Nightmare". The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave & beautiful acts all woven into a Alice in Horrorland type story driven by a mainly original soundscape & performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek!
The Circus of Horrors started it's gruesome beginnings at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival and became an instant hit, touring all over the world from Chile to Chatham, Argentina to Aberdeen, Japan to Jersey including festival appearances with Alice Cooper, Eminem, Motley Crue, Oasis, Iron Maiden, The Manic St Preachers, Foo Fighters and many more.
Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Contains scenes of Gruesome and Nudity
Early Bird Prices: Standard £19 / Concession £16
Book tickets for this event online using www.ticketweb.co.uk.
Tickets are also available from The Midsteeple Box Office or by calling 01387 253 383.

theatreThursday 9th FebruarySimon & Garfunkel: Through The Years
7.30pm @ 66-68 Shakespeare St, Dumfries DG1 2JH
Bookends perform the most authentic sounding tribute to the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Made up of Dan Haynes & Pete Richards, Bookends and have toured extensively visiting prestigious venues such as the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, The Lowry and the breathtaking Minack Theatre in Penzance. They have performed consecutive sell-out runs at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals with their concerts being described as "simply breathtaking".
Performing the songs in a truly captivating way, their delicate recreation of the unmistakable sound of the American folk-rock duo is something of a masterpiece.
Here many of the hits such asThe Sound of Silence, Mrs Robinson and The Boxer and  Bookends own beautiful rendition of the unforgettable Bridge Over Troubled Water With early folk gems such as the haunting Sparrow and wonderfully poetic Bleecker Street, alongside music of Simon & Garfunkels solo careers, the concert is must see for any music lover.
Tickets: £15/12 - Box Office: 01387 254209 or Book Online

theatreSaturday 11th FebruaryThe DUKES OF UKE IN SPACE
7.30pm @ The Old Well Theatre, Old Well Rd, Moffat DG10 9AP
The Dukes of Uke, a 9 piece ukulele band from Biggar perform their show 'The Dukes of Uke in Space'.
The Show sold out for 3 performances in Biggar during Biggar Little Festival in October and November 2016. So we are taking the show on the road to Peebles, Moffat and Crawfordjohn. All details are to be found on our website : www.thedukesofuke.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 13th February:

familyMonday 13th February Zoolab: Rainforest Adventure
@ Annan Museum, Bank Street, Annan DG12 6AA
Sessions start at 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm.
Marvel at tales of the rainforest and meet some of its astonishing animals.
Leave winter behind and visit the world’s most exciting habitat. Marvel at tales of the rainforest and meet some of its astonishing animals.
This event is FREE but booking is essential - booking opens 13 January, please call Dumfries Museum on 01387 253374.
Suitable for aged 5 and upwards, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

familyMonday 13th – Wednesday 15th 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. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherMonday 13th February Royal Scottish Geographical Society Dumfries Branch Travellers Club  Talks
7pm @ Room 127. Rutherford McCowan Building. Crichton Campus. DG1 4ZL
Margaret Carruthers on West Greenland Marion Aitken on Nova Scotia.
Cost £2.
For additional information on Dumfries RSGS (Royal Scottish Geographical Society) Travellers Talks please email dumfries@rsgs.org

theatreTuesday 14th - Friday 17th FebruaryOn The Beach
7.30pm @ Theatre Royal, 66-68 Shakespeare St, Dumfries DG1 2JH
The Guild of Players present a contemporary family drama dealing with the impacts of global climate change.
From £8 per ticket
Tickets available from The Midsteeple Box Office or by calling 01387 253 383.

theatreWednesday 15th FebruaryFarnham Maltings Theatre Presents Yørgjin Oxo
7:30pm @ Glencairn Memorial Institute, Chapel Street, Moniaive DG3 4EJ
A WINTER’S SAGA OF COURAGE AND LOVE From the team that brought you It’s a Wonderful Life and The Iranian Feast, comes an evening of story and song from the lands of the far, far north.
Yørgjin Oxo is a Marshlander who can tell a person by the sound of their squelch and is unlike any hero we might actually need.
Thomas Crowe’s script fizzes with humour, larger than life characters and of a place quite unlike our own. Join us for a tale of soggy nights, brave mice and the joys of being alive.
This is a new production by Farnham Maltings, whose previous productions include It’s a wonderful life and Iranian Feast.
£10 per ticket

musicWednesday 15th FebruaryChernobilly Atomic Boogie
from 9pm @ Craft Hotel, 30 South Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HG
Craft Hotel is pleased to announce that Chernobilly Atomic Boogie will be playing on the 15th February as part of their UK Tour!!
Have a look on our Facebook Page or call on 01988 403 236 or email davishotels@gmail.com for more information!

musicThursday 16th February AUREA STRING QUARTET
7:30pm @ Crichton Church, Dumfries
An Absolute Classics Concert
They gave their Wigmore Hall debut in February 2012 as part of the Pro Corda Musical Encounters Programme. Later that year, they were finalists in the 1st Sándor Végh International String Quartet Competition in Budapest where they were awarded a special prize for their outstanding performance of Lajtha String Quartet No.7.
Programme:
Mozart Dissonance No.19 in C Major, K.465
Adagio-Allegro
Andante cantabile
Menuetto -Allegro
Allegro molto
Ravel Quartet in F Major
Allegro moderato – très doux
Assez vif – très rythmé
Très lent
Vif et agité
Shostakovich two short pieces, Elegy, Polka
Adults £12, Under 26s £0
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musicSaturday 18th FebruaryAUREA STRING QUARTET
7:30pm @ Cally Palace, Gatehouse of Fleet
An Absolute Classics Concert
They gave their Wigmore Hall debut in February 2012 as part of the Pro Corda Musical Encounters Programme. Later that year, they were finalists in the 1st Sándor Végh International String Quartet Competition in Budapest where they were awarded a special prize for their outstanding performance of Lajtha String Quartet No.7.
Programme:
Mozart Dissonance No.19 in C Major, K.465
Adagio-Allegro
Andante cantabile
Menuetto -Allegro
Allegro molto
Ravel Quartet in F Major
Allegro moderato – très doux
Assez vif – très rythmé
Très lent
Vif et agité
Shostakovich two short pieces, Elegy, Polka
Adults £12, Under 26s £0
Book now

musicSunday 19th February AUREA STRING QUARTET
3:30pm @ Buccleuch & Queensberry, Thornhill
An Absolute Classics Concert
They gave their Wigmore Hall debut in February 2012 as part of the Pro Corda Musical Encounters Programme. Later that year, they were finalists in the 1st Sándor Végh International String Quartet Competition in Budapest where they were awarded a special prize for their outstanding performance of Lajtha String Quartet No.7.
Programme:
Cage - quartet in four parts
Quietly Flowing Along – Summer
Slowly Rocking – Autumn
Nearly Stationary – Winter
Quodlibet – Spring
Schubert, Quartet NO.13, 'Rosamunde' D.804, Op.29 Allegro ma non troppo
Andante
Menuetto: Allegretto – Trio
Allegro moderato
Adults £12, Under 26s £0
Book now

Week Commencing Monday 20th February:

family Monday 20th – Wednesday 22nd 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. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

theatreFriday 24th FebruaryDreamboys
7.30pm @ The Easterbrook Hall, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries DG1 4TA
The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK's top Male Strip Show, perfect for a girl's night out with all your friends. Their showcase is unquestionably the most famous Male Stripper act the UK has ever produced. With specialist guest appearances on some of the UK's biggest TV shows such as The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Loose Women, This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and The Only Way is Essex, plus their sold out worldwide tours, it's no wonder The Dreamboys have earned themselves the title of the only Male Strip Group in history to have celebrity status.
If you're looking for the very best girls night out in the UK look no further than these incredible stripping hunks. An action packed 2 hours shows from start to finish, these boys will have you literally begging for more!!!
This is one action packed show full of Music, Muscle, Magic and Mayhem, that will leave you breathless, which you can't afford to miss!!!!
Price: £24.75
Book tickets for this event online using www.ticketweb.co.uk.
Tickets are also available from The Midsteeple Box Office or by calling 01387 253 383.

otherSaturday 25th February Orienteering in Barhill Plantation
Start times will run from 10.00 to 12.00 @ Barhill Plantation, Dalbeattie
Are you in need of a little help in keeping your 2017 New Year resolutions? Why not let us help you?
Come orienteering and you will be doing something adventurous, getting more exercise, having fun and, if you bring the family you can also spend some quality time with them.  Not bad for one Saturday morning. There will be courses to suit everyone from the complete beginner to the more seasoned navigator.
For those who are new to the sport help will be available.
Non members are welcome. Adults £5.50 juniors £3.00 - reduced rate for members.
Find us on Facebook or visit our web site www.solwayorienteers.co.uk

otherSaturday 25th FebruaryGeorge Egg: Anarchist Cook
7.30pm @ Kings Arms Hotel, 15 High Street, Lochmaben, Dumfries, DG11 1NG
One Man, One Hotel Room, Three Courses
Spirit of the Fringe Award WINNER - Edinburgh 2015 / Total Sell Out Edinburgh Fringe 2015 / Total Sell Out Leicester Comedy Festival 2016
George Egg is a stand-up comedian and a passionate cook with an anarchic approach to making meals. Dissatisfied with the quality of room service food while touring the UK's comedy clubs, George embarks on a project to take matters into his own hands. This is a surreal mix of stand-up comedy, striking innovation and extreme multitasking.
Tickets available from The Midsteeple Box Office or by calling 01387 253 383

theatreSaturday 25th FebruaryBroadway & Beyond
7.30pm @ Theatre Royal, 66-68 Shakespeare St, Dumfries DG1 2JH
Broadway & Beyond is a thrilling and entertaining mix of music and wit from the most popular musicals of the 20th and 21st centuries. Featuring songs from classic productions such as Oklahoma!, Kiss Me Kate and The Music Man through to more modern musicals like Miss Saigon, The Producers and Spamalot, there is something to charm and delight the whole family.
Broadway & Beyond will set your feet tapping, your heart singing and leave you wanting more.
£12 per ticket
Tickets available from The Midsteeple Box Office or by calling 01387 253 383.

Week Commencing Monday 27th February:

otherMonday 27th February Royal Scottish Geographical Society.  40 Shades of Green. The Rainforests of Britain and Ireland
7:30pm @ Gilchrist Room. Easterbrook Hall. Crichton Campus. DG1 4TA
Clifton Bain
40 Shades of Green: The Rainforests of Britain and Ireland All down the west coast of Britain and Ireland, ancient woodlands of oak, birch, ash and hazel form Europe's best examples of temperate rainforest. Under extreme Atlantic conditions where annual rainfall can be over four metres, these woods have formed incredible havens for wildlife, rich in mosses and lichens and supporting Tolkien-like stunted trees. This talk will explore some of the best remaining examples of these woods, explaining how human history has helped shape them and will look at the conservation challenges ahead.
Cost:  free to members, non members £10. Pay at the door.
For information on RSGS (Royal Scottish Geographical Society) contact:
Lord John Murray House, 15-19 North Port, PERTH, PH1 5LU
T: 01738 646145 (direct) or 01738 455050 (office)
W: rsgs.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter  

Event listings are FREE - just email us the details ...

March 2017

outdoorEvery day March 2017 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 27th February:

otherSaturday 4th March Charity Ball & Silent Auction
7.30pm @ Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries
Ceilidh & Waltz Music by Whirlyjig (2 course meal provided). In aid of a Medical Centre in India.
Tickets available £25 per person
For more details contact G.O. Glen Aros Overseas on 07731 766704.

otherSaturday 4th & Sunday 5th March Foundation Course in Dowsing
@ World Peace Sancturary, Allanton, Auldgirth DG2 0RY
Dowsing is a versatile skill that is innate in everyone, can be applied in all areas of human endeavour, and is a particularly useful tool for therapists and healers. The applications of dowsing are only limited by your imagination.
This 2-day workshop will train you in proper use of all the main dowsing tools, explore the main areas of dowsing interest,  and show you how you can apply dowsing to your everyday life.
Approved by the British Society of Dowsers. Residential options available Early Bird price £150 (full price £170)
Booking: http://westerngeomancy.org/product/foundation-course-allanton/

outdoorSunday 5th 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 Event.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 6th March:

otherTuesday 7th - Thursday 9th March 3-day Residential Writing Course
@ Durhamhill. Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas, DG7 3HP
3-day residential writing course based at DurhamhilWhether starting out as a writer or seeking to enhance your skills, this is your opportunity to discover your writing potential at our 3-day residential course based at Durhamhill in the beautiful & tranquil Galloway countryside. The tutors are Margaret Elphinstone & Mary Smith, 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 is 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 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 £350, includes. 2/3 nights stay in the 4 star Coach House, or main house, & food. Participants welcome to arrive the preceding evening.
Non- residents fee £250

MORE INFO / TO BOOK:
www.durhamhillcourses.co.uk Tel. Juliet Caird - 07843 476867

theatreSaturday 11th MarchOwdyado Theatre Presents A View From The Edge
7:30pm @ Glencairn Memorial Institute, Chapel Street, Moniaive DG3 4EJ
A View from the Edge is a slick and surprising show where the search for the truth provokes a mind-bending journey through the world of dreams, imagination and real life.
Private eye and troubled sleeper Charlie Daniels is hired by the seductive Elise Hillerman to investigate the disappearance of her husband – a prominent gallery owner. Meanwhile, writers Charlotte and Dan struggle to write the script of their new noir-inspired theatre show about an art forgery ring. As scenes spin, fragment and entangle with each other, one question arises: whose reality is real?
With its sharp wit, quick pace and a heavy dose of noir style; from the classic to the neo, A View from the Edge also takes influence from cult filmmakers Charlie Kaufman and David Lynch. A View from the Edge is a highly original show that will not only delight and intrigue but will keep you guessing until the end.
Pay attention now. Its about to get weird...
£8 per ticket

outdoorSunday 12th March Wildlife Photography Workshop
10am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Wildlife photography workshop with Tom Langlands and Bob Fitzsimmons. Learn how to take fantastic photographs of the geese and swans present on the reserve. Suitable for beginners and more experienced photographers.
£75 per person. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 13th March:

musicThursday 16th March JOHN LENEHAN & FRIENDS
7:30pm @ Crichton Church, Dumfries
An Absolute Classics Concert
Praised by the New York Times for his “great flair and virtuosity” and the London Times – “a masterly recital”, John Lenehan’s performances and recordings have been acclaimed throughout the world. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras at home and abroad, most recently with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and the RPO in the Royal Albert Hall. John Lenehan has collaborated with many leading instrumentalists and is recognised as an outstanding chamber musician. John Lenehan has made more than seventy CDs covering a huge range of music.
Kathryn Thomas (flute), Tim Lowe (cello), John Lenehan (piano)
Programme:
Hummel
Adagio, Variations and
Rondo on a Russian Theme, Op.78 (trio)
Hamilton Harty
In Ireland (flute and piano)
Goreki
Valentine piece for solo flute and little bell, op.70.
Martinu
Trio (1944) Poco Allegro, Adagio, Andante, Allegro
Villa Lobos
The Jet Whistle (flute and cello)
Tchaikovsky
Pezzo capriccioso and Nocturne (cello and piano)
Piazzolla (arr. Dmitriy Verelas)
Three pieces: Libertango, Ave Maria
Summer (from the 4 seasons of Buenos Aires) (trio)
Adults £12, Under 26s £0
Book now

musicFriday 17th March JOHN LENEHAN & FRIENDS
7:30pm @ Annan Academy, Annan
An Absolute Classics Concert
Praised by the New York Times for his “great flair and virtuosity” and the London Times – “a masterly recital”, John Lenehan’s performances and recordings have been acclaimed throughout the world. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras at home and abroad, most recently with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and the RPO in the Royal Albert Hall. John Lenehan has collaborated with many leading instrumentalists and is recognised as an outstanding chamber musician. John Lenehan has made more than seventy CDs covering a huge range of music.
Kathryn Thomas (flute), Tim Lowe (cello), John Lenehan (piano)
Programme:
Hummel
Adagio, Variations and
Rondo on a Russian Theme, Op.78 (trio)
Hamilton Harty
In Ireland (flute and piano)
Goreki
Valentine piece for solo flute and little bell, op.70.
Martinu
Trio (1944) Poco Allegro, Adagio, Andante, Allegro
Villa Lobos
The Jet Whistle (flute and cello)
Tchaikovsky
Pezzo capriccioso and Nocturne (cello and piano)
Piazzolla (arr. Dmitriy Verelas)
Three pieces: Libertango, Ave Maria
Summer (from the 4 seasons of Buenos Aires) (trio)
Adults £12, Under 26s £0
Book now

musicSaturday 18th March JOHN LENEHAN & FRIENDS
7:30pm @ Broughton House, Kirkcudbright
An Absolute Classics Concert
Praised by the New York Times for his “great flair and virtuosity” and the London Times – “a masterly recital”, John Lenehan’s performances and recordings have been acclaimed throughout the world. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras at home and abroad, most recently with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and the RPO in the Royal Albert Hall. John Lenehan has collaborated with many leading instrumentalists and is recognised as an outstanding chamber musician. John Lenehan has made more than seventy CDs covering a huge range of music.
Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola), John Lenehan (piano)
Programme:
Hummel Sonata in Eb op. 5 no. 3:
Allegro Moderato, Adagio Cantabile, Rondo con moto
Kodaly, Adagio
Prokofiev arr. Vadim Borisovsky
Two pieces from “Romeo and Juliet”
Balcony Scene
Dance of the Knights
Rachmaninoff Sonata op. 19
Lento,
Allegro moderato,
Allegro scherzando,
Andante,
Allegro mosso
Adults £12, Under 26s £0
Book now

musicSunday 19th March JOHN LENEHAN & FRIENDS
3:30pm @ Buccleuch & Queensberry, Thornhill
An Absolute Classics Concert
Praised by the New York Times for his “great flair and virtuosity” and the London Times – “a masterly recital”, John Lenehan’s performances and recordings have been acclaimed throughout the world. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras at home and abroad, most recently with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and the RPO in the Royal Albert Hall. John Lenehan has collaborated with many leading instrumentalists and is recognised as an outstanding chamber musician. John Lenehan has made more than seventy CDs covering a huge range of music.
Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola), John Lenehan (piano)
Programme:
Hummel Sonata in Eb op. 5 no. 3:
Allegro Moderato, Adagio Cantabile, Rondo con moto
Kodaly, Adagio
Prokofiev arr. Vadim Borisovsky
Two pieces from “Romeo and Juliet”
Balcony Scene
Dance of the Knights
Rachmaninoff Sonata op. 19
Lento,
Allegro moderato,
Allegro scherzando,
Andante,
Allegro mosso
Adults £12, Under 26s £0
Book now

Week Commencing Monday 20th March:

musicFriday 24th March5IVE
7.30pm @ The Easterbrook Hall, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries DG1 4TA
Five (formerly styled 5ive) formed a legion of female admirers after dominating the pop scene in the late nineties. The five lads - Richard 'Abs' Breen, Jason 'J' Brown, Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson and Sean Conlon - were the five members picked from over 3,000 hopefuls at auditions in early 1997.
They went on to have ten top 10 hits in the UK and three number 1's, and enjoyed success worldwide until on 27 September 2001 Five disbanded.
Deciding to reform again for ITV's The Big Reunion in 2013. 5ive members Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson and Sean Conlon are still going strong playing all their big bangers, so get yourself ready to "Keep on Movin". They will be making"Everybody Get Up" and join in with all the shenanigans whilst performing all of their top hits such as ..... "If Ya Gettin' Down", "We Will Rock YOU" and "Slam Dunk da Funk"
Book tickets for this event online using www.ticketweb.co.uk.
Tickets are also available from The Midsteeple Box Office or by calling 01387 253 383.

Week Commencing Monday 27th March:

otherMonday 27th March Looping the Planet by Pedal and Paddle
7:30pm @ Gilchrist Room. Easterbrook Hall. Crichton Campus  DG 1 4TA
Sarah Outen - Looping the Planet by Pedal and Paddle
Just home from a five-year 25,000-mile journey looping the planet by pedal and paddle, cycling across Europe, Asia, and North America, rowing and kayaking across the North Pacific and most of the North Atlantic, Sarah Outen is an incredible adventurer and an inspiration. Shes met with devastating catastrophe (losing her rowing boat Gulliver after a tropical storm in the Pacific and Happy Socks before a hurricane hit her on the Atlantic), motivated people she met to do amazing things, and encountered unbelievable beauty in the natural world. This is the story of her adventure and inner journey, and also a call to action, to redefine your own boundaries, to be courageous, and to dare to do.
Cost. Free to members. £10 non members. Pay at the door.
For information on RSGS (Royal Scottish Geographical Society) contact:
Lord John Murray House, 15-19 North Port, PERTH, PH1 5LU
T: 01738 646145 (direct) or 01738 455050 (office)
W: rsgs.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter  

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April 2017

outdoorEvery day April 2017 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

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Week Commencing Monday 17th April:

booksThursday 20th - Sunday 23rd April Big Lit - Literary Gatehouse of Fleet Dumfries and Galloway
Variuos venues throughout Gatehouse of Fleet.
A long weekend of book events in Gatehouse of Fleet, including author talks, stories and poetry from a host of authors.

otherSaturday 22nd April SHA UK's Longest Zipwire Charity Challenge
12:30pm @ Laggan Outdoor, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2ES
Zip 820 metres along the UK’s longest zipwire and help raise funds for the Scottish Huntington's Association.
Do you have what it takes to conquer UK’s longest zipwire? Spanning 820 metres over beautiful Scottish scenery this is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry. There are two wires which means two people can go together!
Please note: The minimum age to take part in this event is 4. Maximum weight is 100kgs.
Once you have signed up to the event we send you a fundraising welcome pack which is filled with lots of hints and tips on how to raise your sponsorship.
£20 per ticket - tel: 01557 840217

Week Commencing Monday 24th April:

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July 2017

musicFriday 7th - Sunday 9th July 2017 Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival
Throughout Newton Stewart & Minnigaff
3 day celebration of traditional Scottish and Irish music in the heart of Galloway featuring concerts, workshops, tune and song sessions, tune and song writing competitions, pipe band...a great weekend altogether! 
Tickets and information available at www.tradmusic.com

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November 2017

otherTuesday 14th - Thursday 16th November 3-day Residential Writing Course
@ Durhamhill. Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas, DG7 3HP
3-day residential writing course based at DurhamhilWhether starting out as a writer or seeking to enhance your skills, this is your opportunity to discover your writing potential at our 3-day residential course based at Durhamhill in the beautiful & tranquil Galloway countryside. The tutors are Margaret Elphinstone & Mary Smith, 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 is 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 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 £350, includes. 2/3 nights stay in the 4 star Coach House, or main house, & food. Participants welcome to arrive the preceding evening.
Non- residents fee £250

MORE INFO / TO BOOK:
www.durhamhillcourses.co.uk Tel. Juliet Caird - 07843 476867

Event listings are FREE - just email us the details ...

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