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Dumfries and Galloway

What's On in Dumfries & Galloway

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

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October

filmIn October rbc film theatreFilms at RBFCT in Dumfries
Films currently showing at Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre in Dumfries >>

Until 24 Oct
Caerlaverock Castle mini events
10am-4pm daily @ Caerlaverock Castle, Castle Road End, Dumfries DG1 4RU
Various mini events including Jacobite Soliders, Medieval Scribe, Medieval Cook, Falconer, Lady Aelfwyn and 19th Century Pioneer.

until 31 Oct
What Lurks Beneath
10am-5pm daily @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
This Halloween it's time to discover What Lurks Beneath. Are you brave enough to explore the weird and wonderful mysteries of wetland nature? What will you uncover as you make your way around our wetlands on our trail?
10am-5pm daily. Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.

until 30 Oct
40 years of Galloway Pictures by Cyril Shutler
10am-5pm, Mon to Sat @ Gallery 141, Artists and Makers Pop Up Shop, 141 King Street, Castle Douglas DG71DX
Free exhibition of paintings and drawings by Cyril Shutler (1933-2020) from his 40 years at Garroch Glen.

until 17 Dec
50th Anniversary Historical Trail
10am-5pm daily @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
WWT Caerlaverock celebrates its 50th anniversary in October 2021.  Learn more about Caerlaverock and its history, by following our historical trail around the site. Find out about our founder, Sir Peter Scott, how the ponds, fields and hides got their names, how the wildlife has changed over the years and discover more about the fantastic staff, volunteers and visitors who have made this site so special in the last 50 years!
10am-5pm daily. Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.

until 21 March 2022
Wild Swan Feeds
Daily at 11am & 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Experience the sights and sounds of hundreds of swans, ducks and geese at the daily swan feeds! Watch the antics of our wonderful whooper swans, whilst listening to the commentated feed by the warden. Learn about their individual characters and incredible annual migration from Iceland. Use the swan screen to learn more about swans, their migration and threats. Access the swan database to discover more about the individual swans out on the pond, some of which are named. Find out who their mates are, how old they are, how many times they have visited Caerlaverock and how many cygnets they have brought back!
Daily at 11am & 2pm. Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.

Tue 19 - Thu 21 Oct
Caerlaverock Cycle Ride
Daily, 10am-4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Find out how to create a large-scale willow structure of flying geese.  Over three days between 10am and 4pm each day, local sculptor Geoff Forrest will be demonstrating using willow to create a sculpture. There will be the opportunity to speak to Geoff about how he goes about willow weaving and the challenges of creating large-scale works.  Geoff will be creating a new wall decoration in the picnic area at the centre. This will depict a series of flying geese to mark the return of the Barnacle Geese to Caerlaverock.
Daily, 10am-4pm. Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.  This event is part of the Wild Goose Festival held in Dumfries, 16th - 23rd October.

Wed 20 Oct
Creative Writing Workshop
2pm-4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Interested in developing your nature creative writing skills?  The creative writing session will help participants to write short poems inspired by the movements and calls of the birds around the reserve. Dr David Borthwick will lead a walk around the site, inviting those who have joined him to look and listen closely and to take field notes. Participants can then gather to undertake writing exercises, shaping these notes into poems. This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in a relaxed informal workshop.  Dr David Borthwick is a lecturer and writer, based at the University of Glasgow's Dumfries Campus.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.  This event is part of the Wild Goose Festival held in Dumfries, 16th - 23rd October.

Wed 20 OctThe Miracle Workers Wikithon #2
17:00 -20:00 GMT
HM Factory Gretna was the largest munitions factory built in World War One, straddling the borders of England and Scotland. Thousands of people worked there during the war, and research volunteers at The Devil's Porridge Museum have spent the last few months uncovering this previously untold history. Now we want to write biographical articles of the more notable workers at the Factory onto Wikipedia!
Wikipedia is the fifth most read website in the world, and as an online encyclopaedia is often the first port of call for those dabbling in online research. However, Wikipedia has a gender problem. Most of its biographical articles are written by and about men. HM Factory Gretna was a large employer of women during the war, and many of these women workers, or 'Gretna Girls' as they were known, were doing dangerous jobs previously reserved for men.
Participants will learn the basics of Wikipedia editing during this online Wikithon, and will be supported during the session in creating or improving upon Wikipedia articles for HM Factory Gretna workers. No prior knowledge is needed as full training will be given. However, it is recommended that you sign up for a Wikipedia account prior to this free workshop.
You will learn valuable digital skills, be supported throughout, and meet other Wiki Editors who have the common goal of improving Wikipedia. If you have any issues, contact @lauranoakes on twitter or email laura@devilsporridge.org.uk.
Join us to write untold histories onto the online encyclopaedia!
Book your free place on eventbrite here: www.eventbrite.co.uk

Wed 20 - Sat 23 Oct
Big Book Bazaar
1000 - 1730 @ The Thornhill Space, South Drumlanrig St, DG3 5LY
Thornhill & District Rotary Club are holding their autumn fundraising Book Fair - we will have hundreds if not thousands of books in excellent condition to suit a wide variety of tastes. Best selling fiction, and just about every non-fiction subject going. Our stock is enormous, and while we can't show it all at the shop, we can always try and see if we have something suitable for you.
Our fundraising efforts support local communities and our Global campaign to END POLIO NOW.

Fri 22 - Sun 24 Oct
Absolute Classics Presents ...
Fri 22 October, 6:30pm @ Netherby Hall, Longtown.
Sat 23 October, 7:30pm @ Cochran Hall in Kirkcudbright,
Sun 24 October, 2:30pm @ Easterbrook Hall, Duncan rooms in Dumfries

"This October we are joined by the incredible musicians Hannah Roberts, cello and Simon Parkin, piano. Acclaimed in 'The Strad' magazine for its 'rare ensemble and musical intelligence', the husband and wife duo has gained great critical and public success both at home and abroad."
Programmes include: Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Faure, Debussy and Bridge.
More info & book online

Fri 22 & Sat 23 Oct
Optics Demonstration
10am-4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Take this fantastic opportunity to try before you buy!  Experts from Swarovski and Viking will be present on site to demonstrate a range of optics for bird watching including binoculars and telescopes.
Daily, 10am-4pm. Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.  This event is part of the Wild Goose Festival held in Dumfries, 16th - 23rd October.

Fri 22 Oct
Wild Geese from Wardlaw
Meet at Caerlaverock Castle carpark at 5pm
Take a gander with a wander up Wardlaw!  Every evening hundreds of pink footed geese flight out to the Solway to spend the night on the mudflats. Wardlaw Hill is an ancient fort with fantastic views of the Solway. Take this fantastic opportunity to watch the sunset and the geese flying over, with staff from both NatureScot and WWT Caerlaverock who will lead this guided walk. Please bring warm clothes, walking boots, binoculars and a torch.  This is a fairly strenuous walk up a hill and it will be getting dark when we return.
We will meet at Caerlaverock Castle carpark at 5pm and should be back by 7.30pm.  Free event but booking is essential. Please email southern_scotland_admin @ nature.scot to book your place. This event is part of the Wild Goose Festival held in Dumfries, 16th - 23rd October.

Fri 22 OctComedy Sketch Show- Life, It's a Laugh
20:00 @ Castle Douglas Golf Club
Fox and Hound Theatre Presents A Comedy Sketch Show: Life, It's a Laugh! Written by Helen Fox and Codge Crawford
Our first sketch show welcomes you into the funny world of life. The sketches cover the timelessly funny topics of Births, Deaths and Marriages. When reading Granny's will leaves you with more questions than answers? Giving birth and your husband's stuck in traffic! what do you do? When you dream of a love that's Champagne and Caviar, but you get Bucky and kebabs; and who hasn't laughed at a funeral? No? Just us then!
Join us on a night out for the grow ups, have a few drinks, and enjoy the musical interludes!
Tickets are available at- https://dgartsfestival.org.uk/events/

Sat 23 OctComedy Sketch Show- Life, It's a Laugh
20:00 @ The Coach House, Craigdarroch Hotel, Moniaive
Fox and Hound Theatre Presents A Comedy Sketch Show: Life, It's a Laugh! Written by Helen Fox and Codge Crawford
Our first sketch show welcomes you into the funny world of life. The sketches cover the timelessly funny topics of Births, Deaths and Marriages. When reading Granny's will leaves you with more questions than answers? Giving birth and your husband's stuck in traffic! what do you do? When you dream of a love that's Champagne and Caviar, but you get Bucky and kebabs; and who hasn't laughed at a funeral? No? Just us then!
Join us on a night out for the grow ups, have a few drinks, and enjoy the musical interludes!
Tickets are available at- https://dgartsfestival.org.uk/events/

Sun 24 Oct
Lad of Liberty: How Robert Burns inspired America
12.30pm for 1pm start @ Robert Burns Ellisland Farm, Holywood Road, Auldgirth DG2 0RP
Join Scotland's US business ambassador Ian Houston to hear how Robert Burns influenced some of America's leading thinkers.
In conversation with Ian Houston, President of the Scotland Business Network US, in the unique setting of Ellisland, the farm designed and built by Robert Burns near Dumfries. Ian will reflect on the way Burns shaped the thoughts of progressive American leaders, including Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln and anti slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass. Ian lives in Washington DC and has a monthly column in The Herald newspaper called "Letter from America". He is a published poet and serves on the board of The Robert Burns Ellisland Trust, the charity formed last year to preserve and develop Ellisland Farm and Museum, the home of Auld Lang Syne.
£ 8 - Book Tickets Online

Sun 24 - 30 Oct
40 years of Galloway Pictures by Cyril Shutler
10am-5pm, Mon to Sat @ Gallery 141, Artists and Makers Pop Up Shop, 141 King Street, Castle Douglas DG71DX
Free exhibition of paintings and drawings by Cyril Shutler (1933-2020) from his 40 years at Garroch Glen.

Sun 24 Oct - Sat 11 DecCoastal Colours Exhibition
Daily, 10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RSE
The 'Coastal Colours' exhibition by Angela Lawrence comprises of a range of beautiful paintings and prints of the Galloway landscape.
Free entry to the exhibition

Fri 29 OctComedy Sketch Show- Life, It's a Laugh
20:00 @ Castle Douglas Golf Club
Fox and Hound Theatre Presents A Comedy Sketch Show: Life, It's a Laugh! Written by Helen Fox and Codge Crawford
Our first sketch show welcomes you into the funny world of life. The sketches cover the timelessly funny topics of Births, Deaths and Marriages. When reading Granny's will leaves you with more questions than answers? Giving birth and your husband's stuck in traffic! what do you do? When you dream of a love that's Champagne and Caviar, but you get Bucky and kebabs; and who hasn't laughed at a funeral? No? Just us then!
Join us on a night out for the grow ups, have a few drinks, and enjoy the musical interludes!
Tickets are available at- https://dgartsfestival.org.uk/events/

Sat 30 Oct
Coffee, Cake & Craft Morning
10.30 to 1pm @ The Usual Place, Academy St, Dumfries, DG1 1BZ
In aid of Dumfries Stroke Support & Communication group. Enjoy a range of cakes and drinks and you can also participate in a hands-on Craft workshop, visit Craft stalls and try your hand at winning a prize at the Lions Tombola.
To Buy a ticket price £5 please visit our Face Book Page @LionsClubDumfries

Sat 30 OctComedy Sketch Show- Life, It's a Laugh
20:00 @ The Vault Arts Centre, Newton Stewart
Fox and Hound Theatre Presents A Comedy Sketch Show: Life, It's a Laugh! Written by Helen Fox and Codge Crawford
Our first sketch show welcomes you into the funny world of life. The sketches cover the timelessly funny topics of Births, Deaths and Marriages. When reading Granny's will leaves you with more questions than answers? Giving birth and your husband's stuck in traffic! what do you do? When you dream of a love that's Champagne and Caviar, but you get Bucky and kebabs; and who hasn't laughed at a funeral? No? Just us then!
Join us on a night out for the grow ups, have a few drinks, and enjoy the musical interludes!
Tickets are available at- https://dgartsfestival.org.uk/events/

Sat 30 Oct
Disco
6pm @ Kingholm Quay Community Centre, Dumfries
Come and have a great night out at the kingholm quay community center. Tickets £3.00 per head pay on the door. Over 18s only please.

November

filmIn November rbc film theatreFilms at RBFCT in Dumfries
Films currently showing at Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre in Dumfries >>

Until 17 Dec
50th Anniversary Historical Trail
10am-5pm daily @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
WWT Caerlaverock celebrates its 50th anniversary in October 2021.  Learn more about Caerlaverock and its history, by following our historical trail around the site. Find out about our founder, Sir Peter Scott, how the ponds, fields and hides got their names, how the wildlife has changed over the years and discover more about the fantastic staff, volunteers and visitors who have made this site so special in the last 50 years!
10am-5pm daily. Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.

Until 21 March 2022
Wild Swan Feeds
Daily at 11am & 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Experience the sights and sounds of hundreds of swans, ducks and geese at the daily swan feeds! Watch the antics of our wonderful whooper swans, whilst listening to the commentated feed by the warden. Learn about their individual characters and incredible annual migration from Iceland. Use the swan screen to learn more about swans, their migration and threats. Access the swan database to discover more about the individual swans out on the pond, some of which are named. Find out who their mates are, how old they are, how many times they have visited Caerlaverock and how many cygnets they have brought back!
Daily at 11am & 2pm. Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.

Sun 7 Nov
Dawn Flight
6:30am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Experience the spectacular sight of thousands of wild barnacle geese flighting into the reserve at dawn.  These beautiful birds have spent the night out on the Solway mudflats and fly in to feed on the fields during the day. Join the wardens out on the merse, as we open early to watch the geese flighting in against the dawn sky. The centre will open early to provide hot drinks.
Meet at the visitor centre at 6.30am.  Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential, please ring the centre on 01387 770200 to book your place.

Wed 17 NovThe Miracle Workers Wikithon #3
17:00 -20:00 GMT
HM Factory Gretna was the largest munitions factory built in World War One, straddling the borders of England and Scotland. Thousands of people worked there during the war, and research volunteers at The Devil's Porridge Museum have spent the last few months uncovering this previously untold history. Now we want to write biographical articles of the more notable workers at the Factory onto Wikipedia!
Wikipedia is the fifth most read website in the world, and as an online encyclopaedia is often the first port of call for those dabbling in online research. However, Wikipedia has a gender problem. Most of its biographical articles are written by and about men. HM Factory Gretna was a large employer of women during the war, and many of these women workers, or 'Gretna Girls' as they were known, were doing dangerous jobs previously reserved for men.
Participants will learn the basics of Wikipedia editing during this online Wikithon, and will be supported during the session in creating or improving upon Wikipedia articles for HM Factory Gretna workers. No prior knowledge is needed as full training will be given. However, it is recommended that you sign up for a Wikipedia account prior to this free workshop.
You will learn valuable digital skills, be supported throughout, and meet other Wiki Editors who have the common goal of improving Wikipedia. If you have any issues, contact @lauranoakes on twitter or email laura@devilsporridge.org.uk.
Join us to write untold histories onto the online encyclopaedia!
Book your free place on eventbrite here: www.eventbrite.co.uk

Mon 22 NovNearly a decade! Fires and Firefighting at HM Factory Gretna
7.00pm - 9.00pm GMT
A free online talk by Nigel Crompton on the Fire Brigade at HM Factory Gretna (the greatest munitions factory on earth) in World War One.
Our presentation begins in October 1915 with the builders discussing fire insurance with HM Government and then we travel through to September 1925 with a large fire at Gretna just a few days after the brigade had been disbanded. Our journey will include looking at the men and women who fought fires, took part in competitions and ensured the safety of H M Factory, Gretna. We\'ll see the vehicles, stations and uniforms used. Likewise details and photographs will show the diversity of incidents including travelling miles to assist local communities in areas where proper fire fighting apparatus and crews did not exist or were rudimentary.
Lasting about 50 minutes, Nigel Crompton, MA's presentation includes photographs, copies of maps and other documents relating to the fire brigade and fire fighting at HM Factory, Gretna.
Hosted by Devil’s Porridge Museum.
More info and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk

 

December

filmIn December rbc film theatreFilms at RBFCT in Dumfries
Films currently showing at Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre in Dumfries >>

Until 17 Dec
50th Anniversary Historical Trail
10am-5pm daily @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
WWT Caerlaverock celebrates its 50th anniversary in October 2021.  Learn more about Caerlaverock and its history, by following our historical trail around the site. Find out about our founder, Sir Peter Scott, how the ponds, fields and hides got their names, how the wildlife has changed over the years and discover more about the fantastic staff, volunteers and visitors who have made this site so special in the last 50 years!
10am-5pm daily. Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.

Until 21 March 2022
Wild Swan Feeds
Daily at 11am & 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Experience the sights and sounds of hundreds of swans, ducks and geese at the daily swan feeds! Watch the antics of our wonderful whooper swans, whilst listening to the commentated feed by the warden. Learn about their individual characters and incredible annual migration from Iceland. Use the swan screen to learn more about swans, their migration and threats. Access the swan database to discover more about the individual swans out on the pond, some of which are named. Find out who their mates are, how old they are, how many times they have visited Caerlaverock and how many cygnets they have brought back!
Daily at 11am & 2pm. Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.

Sun 5 Dec
Dawn Flight
7am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Experience the spectacular sight of thousands of wild barnacle geese flighting into the reserve at dawn.  These beautiful birds have spent the night out on the Solway mudflats and fly in to feed on the fields during the day. Join the wardens out on the merse, as we open early to watch the geese flighting in against the dawn sky. The centre will open early to provide hot drinks.  Bring warm, waterproof clothing, walking boots or wellies, binoculars and a torch.
Meet at the visitor centre at 7am.  Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential, please ring the centre on 01387 770200 to book your place.

 

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