Dumfries and Galloway
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Dumfries and Galloway

What's On in Dumfries and Galloway

Please find below information about what's on and events coming up in Dumfries and Galloway in south west Scotland ... click on a month to get started

March 2017

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

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 20th March:

filmFriday 24th - Sunday 26th March Wild Film Festival
Throughout Dumfries
A weekend-long celebration of the natural world with film, photography, topical talks and special guests.
Join us in Dumfries to enjoy some of the world’s best wildlife films, plus celebrity speakers including Simon King of Big Cat Diaries and Iolo Williams from Springwatch. Plus two photographic exhibitions, art, music, literature and our Wild Film Fayre.
See the packed programme at a glance:
http://www.wildfilmfestivalscotland.co.uk/programme-at-a-glance/

otherFriday 24th March Soup ‘n’ Roll Lunches for Christian Aid
12 noon -1:30pm @ St John's Church Hall, Dumfries DG1 1LW
Home made soup, cheese or plain roll, tea or coffee and a warm welcome all for a minimum donation for Christian Aid.
Sales table (baking etc) and Fairtrade stall.
Minimum Donation £3.50 Children £2
Organised by Dumfries and District Churches

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.

musicFriday 24th MarchSean TaylorSean Taylor
7.30pm @ The The Mill on The Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet.
Sean Taylor is a seasoned performer and recording artist of ten years standing, he has achieved a special maturity — stemming from experience, but also from the excitement in artistic freedom that experience can sometimes bring — with a new album ‘Flood & Burn’, being released February 2017.
Sean puts it like this: “I felt a freedom and confidence in writing the original songs, and in the making of this recording. And that’s exciting.” It sure comes across.
Recorded in Austin, Texas, by ace producer Mark Hallman, known for his work with Eliza Gilkyson and Tom Russell amongst others, Flood & Burn is big enough and confident enough to embrace a variety of genres, a range of feel and texture. And this is with such a rare ease, fluidity and mastery that it works completely towards being first and foremost, a great Sean Taylor album.
Sean bee played on BBC Radio 2 on three programmes; Bob Harris Sunday, The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe and Paul Jones Blues Show.
Tickets £10 - Tel. 01557 814099 or Book Online

otherSaturday 25th March ARTIST TALK: LORNA MACINTYRE
4:30pm @ Cample Mill, Cample, Dumfriesshire DG3 5HD
Please join us for a talk by Lorna. Lorna will discuss her practice and her exhibition, SPOLIA, which is currently in our upstairs space.
FREE | BOOKING ESSENTIAL - CONTACT: info@campleline.org.uk

musicSaturday 25th MarchThe Mighty King Galdus Sound System
Starting from 8:30pm @ Craft Hotel, 30 South Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HG
The Mighty King Galdus Sound System! Come and join us at Craft for a great night of fantastic music! Featuring General Pricey and Crucial Dave on the sound system for a night of the best in Reggae, Ska & DUB, spinning records from every era!
Chart topping hits to underground classics!

Week Commencing Monday 27th March:

theatreMonday 27th March Faslane
7.30pm @ The Swallow Theatre, Ravenstone, Whithorn, DG8 8DR
Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde, or Faslane, situated 40 miles outside Glasgow, is home to the UK's nuclear missile program: Trident.
With her family having worked in Faslane all her life, and with friends protesting at the gates, Fringe First winner Jenna Watt explores what happens when the personal and political collide.
Drawing upon interviews with individuals at the front line of the nuclear debate, Jenna navigates her own journey through the politics, protests and peace camps in this multi award-winning show, direct from a hugely successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Presented by The Swallow Theatre Association.
Tickets cost £12.50 and can be booked online (no booking fee) at www.swallowtheatre.co.uk or telephone 01988 850368 (please leave a message).

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  

musicThursday 30th MarchScottish Ensemble an Evening of String Duets
7.30pm @ Theatre Royal 66-68 Shakespeare Street Dumfries DG1 2JH
Chosen by violinist Cheryl Crockett and cellist Alison Lawrance, the programme is a showcase of some of their favourite pieces for the two instruments. Spanning the Baroque to the 20th Century, Cheryl and Alison will shift between moods and styles, from the rich, earthy sounds of Bartók’s folk-inspired melodies to the romance of Ravel’s sonata to Halvorsen’s Passacaglia, an impressive, virtuosic gambol across all the strings inspired by Handel.
£15 adult; £10 U26; £5 students and unwaged; FREE carers and U16 - Book Online

otherFriday 31st March Soup ‘n’ Roll Lunches for Christian Aid
12 noon -1:30pm @ St John's Church Hall, Dumfries DG1 1LW
Home made soup, cheese or plain roll, tea or coffee and a warm welcome all for a minimum donation for Christian Aid.
Sales table (baking etc) and Fairtrade stall.
Minimum Donation £3.50 Children £2
Organised by Dumfries and District Churches

otherFriday 31st MarchQuiz night for D&G Blood Bikes
Starts at 8pm until 11pm @ Craft Hotel, 30 South Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HG
Come and join us at Craft Hotel for a quiz night to raise money for the fantastic D&G Blood Bikes.
Teams of 3 or 4, entry is £5.

musicFriday 31st March - Sunday 2nd AprilThe Moffat Rammy
@ Various venues in Moffat
Every year Moffat holds a weekend of acoustic music sessions and musical events in various venues in and around Moffat High Street. All the events are free and open to all comers. This year is going to be bigger than ever so if you can play come along, if you can''t come and listen ...

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

April 2017

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

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

Week Commencing Monday 27th March:

musicSaturday 1st AprilLive Music with Chopperhead
From 9pm. @ Craft Hotel, 30 South Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HG
Come and join us at Craft for a great night of rock music! Chopperhead is a four piece band, playing classic rock, heavy rock and rock and roll! How much more rock do you want?! A brilliant night for music lovers of every generation!!

Week Commencing Monday 3rd April:

familyMonday 3rd AprilOskar's Amazing Adventure
3.00pm @ The Swallow Theatre, Ravenstone, Whithorn, DG8 8DR
Oskar's Amazing Adventure is an original piece of theatre for young children and their families and features Theatre Fideri Fidera's characteristic mix of physical theatre, comedy, music, song and audience involvements throughout.
Oskar tells the tale of a little puppy who leaves his snowbound home in the mountains in search of a friendly animal to play with. But most of the animals outside are hibernating and the only ones Oskar meets are more interested in eating him than playing with him. But luck is on Oskar's side when running away from a hungry fox, he falls down a hole in the ground and lands on top of a young marmot asleep in its burrow. Despite this rude awakening, the marmot forgives Oskar, and with her amazing digging and whistling skills, helps the puppy evade the fox and reunite him with his family. But then Oskar has to learn the art of patience while he waits till spring for Marmot to wake up from her long winter's sleep and for them to play their favourite game together.
Theatre Fideri Fidera was set up in 2014 by Colin Granger and Marina Kobler, founding directors of the independent UK arts organisation Komedia, to produce and tour new children's theatre. Their aim is to approach each show as if it were the audiences' very first visit to the theatre and to ignite a deep-rooted passion for live-performance. Their principles are that children's theatre needs to be accessible, entertaining, engaging, inspirational and offer a shared experience for both children and their families.
* Supported by Dumfries and Galloway Arts Live
* Part of the Puppet Animation Scotland Festival
Suitable for 2-8 years
Adult : £5 / Child : £3 and can be booked online (no booking fee) at www.swallowtheatre.co.uk or telephone 01988 850368 (please leave a message).

otherMonday 3rd April Challoch SWI (Scottish Women's Institute) - Blood Bikes
19:30 - 21:30 @ St Ninian's Church Hall, Newton Stewart
Talk by Kelly Henry - and I'm told she's bringing her beast of a machine along!
Competitions are: (1) Teapot (2) Small jar of lemon curd.
We're also having a 'bring & buy' table. Bring your own teacup and bring a friend.
First visit free.
For more information contact Margaret on 01671 403 023

familyTuesday 4th April Easter Special Mini Sand Crafts
Drop in between 10-12pm @ Georgetown Library, Dumfries
Create your own sand art decoration from Easter Egg hanging decorations, Bunny rabbits to Disney design pictures to layering up different shaped bottles
Prices start from £1 - no booking required but items are limited - suitable from age 3 + with parental supervision - a fun hands on activity that encourages the imagination and is enjoyed equally by both girls and boys

familyTuesday 4th April Free Easter Activities
12noon - 4.00pm @ Dock Park, Dumfries DG1 2RY
A range of free events and activities are being held at Dock Park during the Easter school holidays.
Fishing Skills Session
Come for a fun day and learn all about the River Nith. Staff from the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust will be on hand to answer all of your questions about the river and introduce you to some of the live fish and invertebrates that live in it.
Crafty Fish!
Get involved in some fun forest school activities with crafts, games and activities led by Lusi Alderslowe and Jenny Stephenson. Craft a willow fish and a fishing rod, and see if you can catch it using your new fishing skills!
Please note that events and activities may be weather dependent. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

sportWednesday 5th April Free Easter Activities
12noon – 2.00pm @ Dock Park, Dumfries DG1 2RY
A range of free events and activities are being held at Dock Park during the Easter school holidays.
Let’s Get Sporty Session for Senior Citizens
Sport session aimed at senior citizens and offer participants the opportunity to test their skills across various challenges.

familyThursday 6th April Free Easter Activities
12noon – 2.00pm @ Dock Park, Dumfries DG1 2RY
A range of free events and activities are being held at Dock Park during the Easter school holidays.
Let’s Get Sporty
Come along to Dock Park for a fun filled session with Let’s Get Sporty. The inflatable shootout target offers participants the opportunity to test their skills by competing against others in various sports such as football, tennis, basketball and more. The highest score wins. Our TOTS Bouncy Castle offers young children the opportunity to bounce and have fun with their friends. Let’s Get Bouncing!! To top it off, their sport stations offer participants the opportunity to test their throwing skills across various challenges – with different stations on offer, who will be the winner?
Please note that events and activities may be weather dependent. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

familyFriday 7th April Free Easter Activities
12noon onwards @ Dock Park, Dumfries DG1 2RY
A range of free events and activities are being held at Dock Park during the Easter school holidays.
Sand Art Workshop
Event Vision will be holding a Kids Bee Happy Sand Art workshop – sand art is a wonderful activity for children of all ages. Pop along and choose from any of our A4 size pictures to make and take home.
Please note that events and activities may be weather dependent. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

otherFriday 7th April Soup ‘n’ Roll Lunches for Christian Aid
12 noon -1:30pm @ St John's Church Hall, Dumfries DG1 1LW
Home made soup, cheese or plain roll, tea or coffee and a warm welcome all for a minimum donation for Christian Aid.
Sales table (baking etc) and Fairtrade stall.
Minimum Donation £3.50 Children £2
Organised by Dumfries and District Churches

familyFriday 7th - Sunday 9th April Family Tour of JM Barrie’s Favourite Theatre
@ Theatre Royal, 66-68 Shakespeare St, Dumfries DG1 2JH
Travel back in time and let J.M. Barrie take you through the theatre that inspired his love of the stage-and led him to write his most famous of plays, Peter Pan.
Family event open to all ages, this event is produced by young people for young people.
From The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust Youth Forum in collaboration with Theatre Royal Dumfries.
For more information and to register go to www.peterpanmoatbrae.org

Week Commencing Monday 10th April:

familyTuesday 11th April Free Easter Activities
11.00am - 12.30am and 1.30pm - 3.00pm @ Dock Park, Dumfries DG1 2RY
A range of free events and activities are being held at Dock Park during the Easter school holidays.
Freelance Ranger Sound Lab
Loud sounds, quiet sounds, squeaks, whistles and sound waves this Freelance Ranger Sound Lab gives you a chance to investigate and learn about sounds. Come and see what noises you can make.
Please note that events and activities may be weather dependent. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

familyWednesday 12th April Free Easter Activities
Meet in Dock Park Car Park at 6.45pm (tour will start at 7.00pm) @ Dock Park, Dumfries DG1 2RY
A range of free events and activities are being held at Dock Park during the Easter school holidays.
An Eerie Easter in Dock Park with Mostly Ghostly
Please bring a torch Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Walk lasts approximately an hour Fancy dress welcomed - best to make it warm and cosy with sensible shoes!
Please note that events and activities may be weather dependent. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

familyThursday 13th April Free Easter Activities
12noon – 3.00pm @ Dock Park, Dumfries DG1 2RY
A range of free events and activities are being held at Dock Park during the Easter school holidays.
Mini Beasts, Water and Sustainability
Water is essential for life but, how do you survive the rain when you are a mini beast? Why do we need clean water? Could our rivers run dry? Discover the importance of water through games and hands-on activities in this family event.
RSPB
Join the local RSPB officer for an interesting afternoon all about birds!
Please note that events and activities may be weather dependent. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

musicFriday 14th AprilLive Music with Gina Lawson from Electric Velvet
Starting from 8:30 to 11:00pm @ Craft Hotel, 30 South Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HG
Come and join us at Craft for a fantastic night of live music with the wonderful Gina Lawson from Electric Velvet!
Everyone welcome!

otherFriday 14th April Easter Event
7.30pm @ Locharbriggs community centre, Locharbriggs, Dumfries DG1 1UH
Including prizes for best ‘decorated Easter eggs ‘ & ‘Easter bonnets’
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Admission Adults £1.00 children 50p includes ‘Irish bingo ticket’ and half time refreshments
Bingo books 50p per 8 game book & ‘flyer’

familySaturday 15th April Free Easter Activities
12noon – 3.00pm @ Dock Park, Dumfries DG1 2RY
A range of free events and activities are being held at Dock Park during the Easter school holidays.
Inflatable Fun!!
Event vision will be coming to Dock Park with their new 17ft disco castle for you to enjoy (suitable for all ages) so pop along for a boogie and a bounce. Also for those under 5 years old there will be a play area to keep them occupied...bouncy castle, ball pool, hoppers and more!
Please note that events and activities may be weather dependent. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

otherSunday 16th April Easter Eggs-travaganza
1pm - 4pm @ Johnstonebridge Community Centre, Kirkbank Road, Johnstonebridge, LockerbieDG11 1ES
1. Come and join us in our Easter Egg hunt
2. Easter Bonnet Competition (Children & Adults)
3. Under5's -  5-7's -  7-11 - Colouring Competition     
Prizes Galore | Refreshments Available
Admission to all 3 events is just £2.00 per child
Everyone who takes part must have completed an entry form. (entry forms & colouring drawings available from the centre & the school - or can be emailed)
Contact: 01576 470325 or admin@johnstonebridgecentretrust.co.uk
Part sponsored by Tesco Lockerbie who kindly donated Easter Eggs

otherSunday 16th April Easter Sunday Tea
1pm - 4pm @ Johnstonebridge Community Centre, Kirkbank Road, Johnstonebridge, LockerbieDG11 1ES
A selection of delicious freshly made sandwiches served on white bloomer or wholemeal brown bread with /Scottish Butter Homemade cream scone Homemade Cheesecake & individual sponge cake
Cheesecakes: Raspberry & White Choc or Lemon & Lime or Cadbury Creme Egg & Baileys Sponge Cakes: Victoria Sponge with cream and preserve or Chocolate Fudge or Lemon Drizzle Unlimited tea or coffee
£4.50 per person - or £8.00 for 2 - or £15.00 for 4
Children's Tea (under 12)
Selection of Sandwiches - equivalent 2 slices of bread served on white or brown bread with handful crisps
Individual Sponge cake (various choices) chocolate finger biscuits & glass of cordial. £2.50 per child
Booking Essential - tel: 01576 470325
Last bookings accepted on 14th April
Supplied and provided by Kitchen SOS

Week Commencing Monday 17th April:

otherTuesday 18th AprilDumfries Diabetes Support Group
7 - 9 pm @ St George's Church Hall, Dumfries
A friendly and informal get together. Receive information, advice and share experiences over a cuppa. Please feel free to bring someone for company.
For more information contact Lindsay on 07732 164010.

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.
"We have a fantastic programme for you this year, headlining the gloriously funny ‘People’s Potato’, John Hegley, who will entertain both the young, and young at heart.
"Award winning novelist Karen Campbell returns to lead another cutting edge workshop for writers while charismatic broadcaster and performer Billy Kay explores the Scottish Diaspora and its influence on wine! With optional wine to follow! WagTongues will be back. Southlight will be back.
"We have music (ancient and modern), prose (historical, mythical and biographical), poetry (political, lyrical and personal), a horrid literary murder for you to solve at Cream o’Galloway (gory, gruesome and grisly), installation, heritage, text based art-work, exhibition, installation, and a timely Scottish PEN event featuring exiled Bafta award winning Palestinian poet Ghazi Hussein who has found refuge from torture in Scotland.
"And there’s BIG LIT young people’s strand offering something for all ages - from literary drumming and daft poyems to games, crafts and madcap story telling."
Full programme and tickets available at www.biglit.org or at Franca Bruno’s shop in Gatehouse of Fleet - tel: 07803 228497 / 07707 686109

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
Contact 0141 848 0308 or email fundraising@hdscotland.org

Week Commencing Monday 24th April:

otherFriday 28th April Spring Book Festival Opening Party
9pm @ Craft Hotel, 30 South Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HG
Join the Association of Wigtown Booksellers, Wigtown residents and visitors to celebrate the start of the Spring Book Weekend 2017!
Acoustic music, glass of fizz and fun charity raffle, with all proceeds donated to the AWB.
Join us for a fantastic night! Craft bar is open until late!
Dress to Impress.
Tickets are £10 only! Email crafthotelwigtown@gmail.com for more information.

musicSaturday 29th AprilLive Music with Katy Galloway
Starting from 8:30pm @ Craft Hotel, 30 South Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HG
Join a wonderful young musician who is travelling from Edinburgh to Wigtown to play.
Modern, country and traditional music.
Entry is free

outdoorSunday 30th April Portrack Open Day
Portrack Garden Opening
There will be a new car parking system this year, and it will involve closing the local lanes at the Estate and running a one way system entering from the A76 Thornhill side and exiting onto the A76 Dumfries/Cowhill side.
Nearly 800 tickets have already been sold! Although the ticket prices are up this year kids go free if accompanied by an adult so it's still a good value family day out. 40% of the monies go to the Maggie Centres and the rest to Scottish Gardens beneficiaries.
Click here for further details about Portrack | Click here for tickets for the Open Day

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

May 2017

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

Week Commencing Monday 1st May:

otherMonday 1st MayChalloch SWI (Scottish Women's Institute) - 4 Different Corners
19:30 - 21:30 @ St Ninian's Church Hall, Newton Stewart
For Challoch members
Competitions are: (1) Flowers in a teacup (2) Small picture max 6
Bring your own teacup and bring a friend.
First visit free.
For more information contact Margaret on 01671 403 023

musicSaturday 6th Maycharity concert
7.30pm @ Thornhill Bowling Club, E Morton St, Thornhill DG3 5LZ
An evening with Marc James    
£10 a ticket  - money raised for heart/stroke

musicSaturday 6th MayMotown and Northern Soul Night featuring Sarah Collins
9.00 pm and 1.00 am (or even longer!) @ Cairndale Hotel Dumfries
A night of classic motown and northern soul plus, live on stage - sarah collins and the keep the faith band.
Tickets - £10 (dinner and show package also available) - on sale at the cairndale, barnstorm, domino records and the mid-stepple box office.
This is a night not to be missed.

Week Commencing Monday 8th May:

otherSaturday 13th May Springalong
1-4pm @ Dock Park, Dumfries DG1 2RY
Fun free activities for the family to enjoy.

otherSaturday 13th & Sunday 14th MayHeal Your Home
@ Cumberland Street Day Centre, Cumberland St, Dumfries DG1 2JX
Do you shiver when you enter a home? Do you live in a 'divorce house'? Do you feel tired all the time? Is your house not selling? Is your family constantly in conflict? Do you find it difficult to sleep at night?
If you have answered yes to any of the above, then this is the course for you.
Course starts at 9.30 on Saturday
www.dowsingspirits.co.uk/courses

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

June 2017

Week Commencing Monday 5th June:

musicThursday 8th - Sunday 11th June Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival
Come to Kirkcudbright this June and join us at the 20th Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival. 
From the evening of Thursday 8th and through until late on Sunday 11th we will have 15 different bands playing at venues throughout the town, from large halls to cosy dining and jazz.  There are old favourites, bands returning by popular demand and acts coming to Kirkcudbright for the first time.  Celebrations will include the Jazz Parade finishing with a free concert, jazz church services on the Sunday morning and over 50 hours of live jazz to choose from to suit everyone's preferences. 
Make a date now for this June in Kirkcudbright!

musicFriday 9th - Sunday 11th June Ukulele Festival of Scotland
@ Crichton Campus, Bankend Road, Dumfries DG1 4TA
Weekend-long music festival with performers ranging from local Zoe Bestel to the German group Lucky Leles and American artists including Gracie Terzian, Graig Chee & Sarah Maisel, Mike Hind etc.
For full line-up of performers and ticket options, please go to the Festival website:
https://ukulelefestivalofscotland.co.uk/

Week Commencing Monday 12th June:

Week Commencing Monday 19th June:

otherTuesday 20th JuneDumfries Diabetes Support Group
7 - 9 pm @ St George's Church Hall, Dumfries
A friendly and informal get together. Receive information, advice and share experiences over a cuppa. Please feel free to bring someone for company.
For more information contact Lindsay on 07732 164010.

comedy showFriday 23rd June Andy McGowan Is Mrs Brown
7.30pm. Show Starts 8pm - 11pm (With Intervals) @ Johnstonebridge Community Centre, Kirkbank Road, Johnstonebridge, Lockerbie DG11 1ES
Johnstonebridge Community Centre presents Andy McGowan As Mrs Brown
Fantastic one man stand up show!
Lots of belly laughs guaranteed
Tribute to Mrs Browns Boys.
This show involves a lot of audience participation and a lot of laughs. Andy is also an excellent vocalist and a fab sax player. A great all round entertainer. The Super Mammy of Irish Comedy
Tickets: £8.00 Per Person - available from:  JB Centre & Moffat TIC
Bar, Prize Raffle, Pie n Peas supper £1.50
Adults over 18 Only (Adult Humour) Strictly no Children

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

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

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

August 2017

otherTuesday 15th AugustDumfries Diabetes Support Group
7 - 9 pm @ St George's Church Hall, Dumfries
A friendly and informal get together. Receive information, advice and share experiences over a cuppa. Please feel free to bring someone for company.
For more information contact Lindsay on 07732 164010.

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

October 2017

otherMonday 2nd OctoberChalloch SWI (Scottish Women's Institute) -'Newton Stewart Museum'
19:30 - 21:30 @ St Ninian's Church Hall, Newton Stewart
Talk by Kirsty Robertson
Competitions are: (1) Antique item (2) Premature baby hat
Bring your own teacup and bring a friend.
First visit free.
For more information contact Margaret on 01671 403 023

otherTuesday 17th OctoberDumfries Diabetes Support Group
7 - 9 pm @ St George's Church Hall, Dumfries
A friendly and informal get together. Receive information, advice and share experiences over a cuppa. Please feel free to bring someone for company.
For more information contact Lindsay on 07732 164010.

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

November 2017

otherMonday 6th NovemberChalloch SWI (Scottish Women's Institute) Annual General Meeting
19:30 - 21:30 @ St Ninian's Church Hall, Newton Stewart
+ Tips and ideas
Competitions are: (1) Pillbox (2) Gift wrapped box
Bring your own teacup and bring a friend.
First visit free.
For more information contact Margaret on 01671 403 023

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

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