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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 ...

Please note - these events were added before the recent Covid-19 / Coronavirus restrictions. If you are planning to attend an event please contact the event organisers to make sure that it is still going ahead.

April

outdoorThroughout AprilPhoto Trail - cancelled
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Take on the challenge to take photos of certain objects around the reserve. How well do you know the reserve? Find hidden corners and take photos of objects or signs on your mobile phone or camera.
Normal admission charges, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 13th April:

outdoorMon 13 AprBeginner Birding for Kids - cancelled
10am - 12 noon @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Use binoculars and telescopes to take a closer look at the variety of different birds on our wetland reserve. Learn to recognise a variety of different garden birds, ducks and geese.
Normal admission charges, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherTue 14 April Family Samba Session
2pm @ St Ninian's Hall, 11 St Ninians Terrace, Isle of Whithorn DG8 8LH
As part of our Easter Activity Programme, here is a chance for some serious family fun! We're forming a big family Samba Band where you can sing and play percussion instruments, and you're invited!!
Booking essential. Contact us via Facebook, email on info @ islefutures.co.uk or call us on 01988 501197.

otherWed 15 AprilMeditation Taster Sessions
2pm @ St Ninian's Hall, 11 St Ninians Terrace, Isle of Whithorn, DG8 8LH
Meditation is a gentle, peaceful way to reduce stress and anxiety and can even lower blood pressure. Try these 30 minute FREE taster sessions for yourself. Weekly for 4 weeks, from 15th April to 6th May.

otherFri 17 April Family Cooking Class
10.30am @ St Ninian's Hall, 11 St Ninians Terrace, Isle of Whithorn DG8 8LH
Here is an opportunity to show off your cooking skills! As part of our Easter Activity Programme we\'ve joined up with Building Healthy Communities to offer a parent and child cooking class, and it's FREE!
Places are limited so booking is essential.  Contact us via Facebook, email on info @ islefutures.co.uk or call us on 01988 501197.

otherSat 18 AprSpring Craft Fair
11am--15.00 @ Ellisand  Farm, Nr Courthill Park, Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0RP
Free entry into Craftfair, Raffle, Teas, Coffees and food available All proceeds will go to Ellisand Farm  for the upkeep off the place.

otherSat 18 April Spring Craft Fair
11am-3pm @ Ellisland Museum and Farm, Holywood Road, Dumfries DG2 0RP
Some incredible local makers are setting up their stalls at the rural farm of Robert Burns. Browse, buy or try your luck in the raffle and you may win something from these amazing craftspeople. Refreshments will be served in the Barn. Your visit to the craft fair is free, normal admission prices apply for the museum.

otherSat 18 AprilDorothée Pullinger exhibition launch and talk
4pm-6pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
In April and May 2020, The Devils Porridge Museum will be hosting an exhibition focusing on Dorothée Pullinger who built cars 'for ladies by ladies' in Dumfries and Galloway in the 1920's. This exhibition will focus on her work and achievements and will feature objects from a private collection. On Saturday April 18th, Dr Nina Baker, will be at the Museum from 4 - 6pm to officially open the exhibition. She will also deliver a talk, answer questions and be available for informal conversation.
£3 per person payable at the door (no need to book). Tea and coffee will be served as part of this event.

Week Commencing Monday 20th April:

otherTue 21 AprilTalk: History of HM Factory Gretna
7pm - 8.30pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
This talk will be delivered by Judith Hewitt, Museum Manager and will focus on the history of HM Factory Gretna in World War One. The Museum is always receiving donations and new information about the Factory and the 30,000 who worked there. This talk will focus on recent findings and include the chance to see some newly donated objects and material.
£3 per person, payable on the door (no need to book)

otherWed 22 April Kitchen Ceilidh
7-9.30pm @ Ellisland Museum and Farm, Holywood Road, Dumfries DG2 0RP
Join us in the farm kitchen for an evening of entertainment much like those in the time of Burns. We know that Robert and his family held similar gatherings in the days when people had to make their own entertainment. Our regular Kitchen Ceilidh’s invite our talented audience to do a ‘turn’; often a song, story. music or recitation. If you would like to perform, please contact Sue Hughes, manager@ellislandfarm.co.uk so that we can add you to the programme.
£7 adults, £5 children including refreshments. Due to the domestic proportions of the performance space, places are limited, so book early. Tickets available from Ellisland, Midsteeple Box Office and dgboxoffice.co.uk.

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

May

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

outdoorThroughout MayNest Trail - cancelled
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
How many nests of different bird species can you find around the reserve? Take on the nest trail to find nests of swallows, house martins, jackdaws, crows and mute swans amongst others!
Normal admission charges, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 4th May:

outdoorFri 8 MaySpring Birdsong - cancelled
8am - 10am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Take an early morning wander on the reserve to listen out for bird song, as resident as well as newly arrived birds, sing for their territory and to attract a mate. Learn the difference between robins and blackbirds, blackcaps and chiffchaffs!
Normal admission charges, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherFri 8 May Wine Tasting Evening
7pm @ St Ninian's Hall, 11 St Ninians Terrace, Isle of Whithorn DG8 8LH
Join us for a fun introduction to wine tasting with Marion and James from "Wine For Fun". You will learn about how to taste wines and how to effectively match different wines with food. Spitting is optional!
Booking is essential.  Contact us via Facebook, email on info @ islefutures.co.uk or call us on 01988 501197.

otherFri 8 - Sun 10 May 75th Anniversary of VE day Commemorations
10am - 5pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
All weekend during Museum opening hours: display by Eastriggs and Gretna Primary Schools of life inside a 1940's house.
8th May @ 3pm, Piper outside the Museum. Taking part in nationwide playing of Battle O'er
8th May @ 7pm - Victory Dance. At Eastriggs social club, ticket price TBC.

otherSAt 9 May Jolly Beggars & Tam O’ Shanter
7pm @ Ellisland Museum and Farm, Holywood Road, Dumfries DG2 0RP
A dramatic performance with songs, music, dance, plus lots of fun and nonsense.
The cast are all members of the Dalry Burns Club and their production of Jolly Beggars was first performed at their annual supper in 2014, then in Mauchline Church as part of the Holy Fair in 2016 and at the Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway in 2017. Their version of Tam O' Shanter was produced for their Burns Supper in 2019.

Week Commencing Monday 11th May:

musicSat 16 MayThe Tartan Tenor Concert
7:30pm @ Moffat Town Hall, Moffat, DG10 9HF
Join Scottish Tenor Colin Thomas Bryce and pianist Gina Baker for an evening of top class musical entertainment featuring the most famous melodies from the worlds of Musical Theatre, Opera and Scots Song in a two half concert show "The Tartan Tenor Concert" at Moffat Town Hall. Following on from their sell-out 2019 concert of the same name brace yourselves for a night of non-stop entertainment in a show packed with charm, style, sophistication and a particularly spectacular tartan jacket...
Tickets are £15.50 (inclusive of booking fee) and can be purchased online only at: www.thetartantenor.com/box-office

Week Commencing Monday 18th May:

otherSAt 23 MayEvening Event: Riding the Marches
7pm - 10pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
An evening of talks, films, costumes and objects with the team behind the local Riding the Marches traditions. £15 per head (full details of the menu TBC).
Booking Essential! If you would like to book a place please call: 01461 700021 or info@devilsporridge.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 25th May:

otherTue 26 MayTalk: The Role of Navvies in HM Factory Gretna and Beyond
7pm - 8.30pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
10,000 people built HM Factory Gretna. They were mainly itinerant Irish labourers, known as Navvies. This talk will be delivered by John Anstey, Museum Trustee and an incredibly knowledgeable and passionate person about the building of the Factory. Find out about the people who built the greatest factory on Earth during World War One.
£3 per person, payable at the door (no need to book).

outdoorFri 29 MayUp and close to Nature day - cancelled
11am - 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Explore the Caerlaverock reserve, splashing in puddles, walking barefoot, taking on the blindfold trail, looking at bugs and pond dipping.
Normal admission charges, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

musicSat 30 MayScott Brothers Duo
7:30pm @ St John's Church, Newall Terrace/Lover's Walk, Dumfries
As part of Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, internationally acclaimed brothers Jonathan and Tom Scott present a dazzling programme of duos for piano and organ.  Their programme includes original works as well as their own virtuosic arrangements of well-known classical pieces by Rossini, Guilmant, Debussy, Grieg, Mozart, Gounod, Yon, and Liszt.  As part of Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival 2020, internationally acclaimed brothers Jonathan and Tom Scott present a dazzling programme of duos for piano and organ.  Their programme includes original works as well as their own virtuosic arrangements of well-known classical pieces by Rossini, Guilmant, Debussy, Grieg, Mozart, Gounod, Yon, and Liszt. 
Tickets: £10/£5 Students via dgartsfestival.org.uk. For more information:  01387 259627

sportSun 31 MaySolway Sportive 2020
08.00am @ Dumfries Rugby Club, Park Farm, New Abbey Rd, Dumfries DG2 7LU
Enjoy cycling the beautiful countryside of Dumfries and Galloway at the Solway Sportive with the choice of Yellow 40, Blue 75 and Red 100 routes including an impressive 100 mile route. Quiet roads and well selected routes designed by fellow cyclists await in stunning scenery.
Event is organised in partnership by the Rotary Club of Dumfries Devorgilla and Dalbeattie Community Initiative with all proceeds from the event going to local charities. Entry details at www.solwaysportive.co.uk

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

June

outdoorThroughout JuneParts of an Insect Trail - cancelled
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
To celebrate National Insect Week follow the signs around the reserve to collect all the different part of an insect and find out what creature you have made! This insect is present on the reserve - can you find them?!
Normal admission charges, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

ExhibitionUntil 13 JuneExhibition by Suzanne Stuart Davies & Julian Francis - cancelled
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock DG1 4RS
Bright Days: Lyrical landscape paintings and shore studies by Suzanne Stuart Davies and ceramic birds by Julian Francis. Free Entry.

ExhibitionSun 14 June - Sat 12 JulyExhibition by the Nithsdale Artists - cancelled
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock DG1 4RS
The Nithsdale Artists are a local group of artists who paint and sketch a variety of subjects, including wildlife, landscapes and local scenes. Free Entry.

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otherSat 13 JuneOn War Service Living History Weekend
10am - 4pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
There will be tents and historical re-enactors outside the Museum on this weekend exploring healthcare and medicine in World War One (with a particular focus on HM Factory Gretna). There will be soldiers, doctors, nurses and munitions workers to meet and interact with. Operations and other procedures will be (safely!) demonstrated.
Free to attend during Museum opening hours. You are welcome to attend this outdoor event but normal entry charges to the Museum apply if you wish to visit the Museum as well.

Week Commencing Monday 15th June:

otherSun 21 JuneEco Gardening Day for Young People
10am - 5pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
Learn about composting and organic gardening. Help us and our Youth Council make the Museum as eco friendly as possible! Free to take part but booking is essential!
If you would like to book a place please call: 01461 700021 or info@devilsporridge.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 22nd June:

outdoorSun 28 JuneBugs 4 Kids - cancelled
1-3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Discover the bugs living at Caerlaverock, from critters living in and around dead wood, to creatures of the water and those in the air! This event is part of National Insect Week 2020.
Normal admission charges, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 29th June:

otherTue 30 JuneHoly wells and sacred waters
7.30pm - 8.30pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
A talk by Dr Peter Hewitt. An exploration of ancient beliefs and practices surrounding water in Dumfries and Galloway and beyond. £3 per person, payable at the door (no need to book)

July

ExhibitionUntil 12 JulyExhibition by the Nithsdale Artists - cancelled
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock DG1 4RS
The Nithsdale Artists are a local group of artists who paint and sketch a variety of subjects, including wildlife, landscapes and local scenes. Free Entry.

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otherSAt 25 & Sun 26 JulyMilitary Vehicles Living History Weekend
10am - 5pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
There will be lots of World War Two vehicles, historical re-enactors and weapons outside the Museum on this weekend. Free to attend during Museum opening hours. You are welcome to just attend this outdoor event but the normal entry charges to the Museum apply if you wish to visit the Museum as well.

Sport Sun 26 JulyStranraer Half Marathon
10am - 5pm @ Stranraer Academy, 6 Royal Ave, Stranraer DG9 8ET
The 2020 Stranraer Half Marathon plus Junior Runs will take place on Sunday the 26th July.
Find out more Or Enter Now!

Week Commencing Monday 27th July:

otherTue 28 JulyTalk: Carlisle Ship Canal 1821 - 1853
7pm - 8.30pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
A talk by David Ramshaw. A talk exploring the importance of this navigation channel to Carlisle and the surrounding area.
£3 per person, payable at the door (no need to book)

August

exhibition 15 Aug - 5 SeptScotia Crafters
10am - 5pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
During Museum opening times, there will be a display of local arts and crafts in the Education Room of the First Floor.
Items will be available for sale and creators on hand to discuss their wares.

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otherTue 4 AugTalk: The Royal Fusiliers in World War One
7pm - 8.30pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
On the outbreak of war in August 1914 there was a realisation that the British Regular army was too small to face the might of the German forces. Volunteers were needed urgently and many from Britain were keen to sign on. The message went to all corners of the Empire and the response was immediate, though travelling meant some volunteers did not arrive until 1915.
One regiment which over the course of the war recruited thousands of men was the Royal Fusiliers. The talk will look at the way in which volunteers from the Empire became involved in different battalions. Some battalions were formed which took account of the knowledge of the volunteers, other men were incorporated into battalions comprised of British volunteers. Their experiences varied, from the time given for initial training, to where they were posted and what they had to do.
The stories of individuals will be used to show what life was like for the volunteers and what happened to some of those who survived.
£3 per person, payable at the door (no need to book).

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September

exhibition Until 5 SeptScotia Crafters
10am - 5pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
During Museum opening times, there will be a display of local arts and crafts in the Education Room of the First Floor.
Items will be available for sale and creators on hand to discuss their wares.

Week Commencing Monday 31st August:

otherSat 5 SeptBlitz Spirit Evening
7pm - 10pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
Visit the Museum at night and enjoy a taste of wartime foods, hear music from the war, listen to talks about Churchill and the experiences of evacuees, sit in an air raid shelter, dress up in our World War Two gallery and handle some generic historic objects.
£10 per person, £8 for concessions and children under 16. Booking is essential! If you would like to book a place please call: 01461 700021 or info@devilsporridge.org.uk

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otherSat 19 SeptOld Fashioned Wash Day
10am - 4pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
An old fashioned wash day! Use a mangle, scrub some shirts, plunge a dolly into a tub - a chance to see hoe our ancestors washed their cloths and to have a go at old fashioned cloths washing as well.
Free event, outside the Museum during both days during Museum opening hours. If you wish to visit the Museum as well, normal admission charges apply.

Week Commencing Monday 21st September:

otherTue 29 SeptTalk: Oswald Mosley and the BUF in South West Scotland
7pm - 8.30pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
In contrast to the experience of much of continental Europe, Britain in the 1930s largely escaped the scourge of far-right politics. No member of the British Union of Fascists was ever elected to the House of Commons and the party's performance in local elections was almost equally barren. But the ballot box is perhaps not the best way to measure the Fascists' impact. At least in the early part of the decade Fascist ideas were not entirely beyond the political pale. Recent research suggests that the BUF made some progress in Scotland and that the south-west of the country was briefly a Fascist success story. Against this background this talk assesses the visits to Dumfries made by Sir Oswald Mosley and his Director of Propaganda, William Joyce, later notorious as Lord Haw-Haw.
This talk will be delivered by David Dutton who taught for many years at the University of Liverpool and is now Ramsay Muir Emeritus Professor of Modern History. He has written or edited seventeen books and around a hundred chapters and journal articles on twentieth-century British political and diplomatic history.

 

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