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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 - due to Covid-19 / Coronavirus restrictions most events are now online based. If you are based in Dumfries & Galloway you are welcome to add your online events to this page; we regularly update our facebook page with news of online events - visit our facebook page.

July

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

Until 29 Aug Laura Aldridge: sumVigour
@ Cample Mill, Cample, Dumfriesshire DG3 5HD
A solo exhibition of new work by artist Laura Aldridge entitled sumVigour. In this exhibition, Aldridge presents a group of twelve new works created in her studio over the last few months, which offer new developments in surface, scale, arrangement and sensory affect in her use of ceramic and textiles. A mixture of wall-based and freestanding work, she brings them together at CAMPLE LINE in the distinctive proportions of the gallery.
Entry is free and by pre-booked appointment via: campleline.org.uk
Watch the exhibition trailer for sumVigour below: 

Until 1 SeptDorothée Pullinger Exhibition
10am-5pm (Mon-Sat) / 10am-4pm (Sun) @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Stanfield, Annan Road, EASTRIGGS DG12 6TF
On their visit to The Devil's Porridge Museum visitor's can enjoy, the story of trailblazing car engineer Dorothée Pullinger in a fascinating new exhibition, brought together by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and The Devil's Porridge Museum. Pullinger, one of Dumfries and Galloway's most famous daughters, lived a fascinating life, working in munitions during World War One, then going on to oversee the construction of the Galloway car at Tongland near Kirkcudbright.The car was unique at the time, developed with women in mind, by a company staffed mainly by women.You can read more about the exhibition here: https://www.devilsporridge.org.uk/dorothee-pullinger-exhibition
Book your place to enter the museum and its current exhibition here: https://www.devilsporridge.org.uk/product/tickets

Summer 2021Summer Activities
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Until Sat 28 August: 'Wild Steel' Sculpture Trail
Geoff Forrest is a sculptor based at Loch Doon in the Galloway Forest. He takes his inspiration from the flow of water and the bending winds that shape the environment. Like these moments of change, quick sketches in steel catch the spirit and outline of birds and mammals, his favourite being the hare. The works will be displayed in the landscape, out on our wetland reserve.
Until 1 Sept: Wetland Explorers
Immerse yourself in nature this summer with a range of activities out on the wild wetlands! Discover the life in the different habitats on our wetlands! Discover the fascinating creatures that live in our ponds through pond dipping. Search under logs, stones and in vegetation in our Wildlife Garden, for minibeasts such as smooth newts, slugs, beetles and caterpillars.
Until 30 September: Pond Dipping
Use pond nets to catch bugs such as water scorpions, smooth newts, water boatmen, damselfly larvae and great diving beetles!
Normal admission charges, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Sun 25 July - Sat 11 Sept'Drawn to Textiles - Coastal Birds' by Deborah Campbell
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
"The inspiration for my work lies in the remote coastal locations and birds of Scotland, I like to respond directly to my subject by working outside in the landscape using mixed media. These observations then act as a device to access ideas and colours for the development of my fine art textiles.
Textiles for me have always been an important element of my artistic expression. The methods I use in my work stem back to my art school days reflecting my training in printed textiles at Glasgow School of Art."
The work for the exhibition at Caerlaverock Wetland Centre will show a selection of my original drawings in charcoal of coastal birds that are common to the beautiful and rugged wetlands of the Solway Coast. Alongside these will be a collection of fine art textiles that have been developed from my drawings and created using a combination of felted and hand printed fabrics then constructed using hand and machine embroidery.

Mon 26 JulyGreat War Huts: an accidental First World War heritage project
7.00pm - 9.00pm GMT
Taff Gillingham tells the story of how the Great War Huts project came about and their work in saving and restoring a number of original First World War temporary wooden buildings from across the country, set against the context of the original hut-building programme of 1914-1919. Taff goes on to explain the museum and visitor centre plans for the future and the approach that they intend to take.
Hosted by Devil’s Porridge Museum.
More info and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk

Mon 26 JulySandstorms, Swimming and Stories: Creative Writing Workshop
10am - 12 noon @ Devils Porridge Museum, Stanfield, Annan Road, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
Can you imagine what it would be like to get stuck in a desert sandstorm, fly an aeroplane, or swim in the Dead Sea? The Devil's Porridge Museum contains countless old photographs from all around the world. The only thing is we don't know much about them -but we can imagine what stories the images could contain! Join us at our creative writing workshop run by local writer Kerrie McKinnel, and create your own short story using these images and more as inspiration.Suitable for young people with big imaginations.
Kerrie McKinnel is a writer, graduate from the University of Glasgow's MLitt Creative Writing, and Events Manager for Lockerbie Writers group. She has run a number of successful writing workshops and events.
Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/

Wed 28 + Fri 30 July
Summer Kids Club at Gracefield - Ages 5-12
10.30am - 12.30pm each day @ Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ
Clay-time Play-time
We’ll be using air-dry clay to make simple decorations, beads and maybe even a model or two – can be left white/terracotta or painted at home when dry. With Sarah McAndrew.
"We ask that younger kids (under 7s) be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a snack for break time (or money for the café) and remember to wear old clothes."
£3 per child but please phone and book a place in advance on 01387 262084.

Fri 30 & Sat 31 July
Doonhame Festival 2021
12:00 Fri - 00:00 Sat @ The Crichton Grierson House Bankend Rd Dumfries
This small, boutique festival is excited to make their comeback on the 30th July, for the 2-day music festival, held within the charming church grounds of The Crichton in Dumfries and Galloway, featuring names such as Kaizer Chiefs, Bad Manners and The Feeling.
With 4 stages of great music, high-quality food village, relaxation area, licensed bar, and camping options, the Doonhame Festival is the perfect way to enjoy a safe festival season in 2021. On-site accommodation and camping options are available.
The Kaizer Chiefs, The Feeling, Bad Manners, Skerryvore, Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5, Tom McGuire & the Brassholes, ONR, I Am A Raver, Ibiza Mania and over 40 other acts as well as multiple talented local artists.
Doonhame Kids is also scheduled to take place on the festival site on Sunday 1st August, to give kids a festival experience too. This will feature live performances from tribute acts including Little Mix, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande.

sat 31 JulyThe Miracle Workers Project Update: Mini-Conference
10am - 12pm GMT
In March 2021, The Devil's Porridge Museum launched it's Miracle Workers Project, which aimed to research the 30,000 people who worked at H. M. Factory Gretna during World War One. Thanks to a generous grant from the D&G Costal Communities Fund, volunteers at the museum have been systematically researching and compiling information on those who worked at Gretna. This event will share what the volunteers have uncovered so far, from women\'s football teams at the factory to police to explosives and chemists. We will also be hearing from Dr. Chris Brader, who wrote his thesis on the women workers at Gretna, who will be speaking about his research.
Hosted by Devil’s Porridge Museum.
More info and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk

Aug & Sept

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

Until 29 Aug Laura Aldridge: sumVigour
@ Cample Mill, Cample, Dumfriesshire DG3 5HD
A solo exhibition of new work by artist Laura Aldridge entitled sumVigour. In this exhibition, Aldridge presents a group of twelve new works created in her studio over the last few months, which offer new developments in surface, scale, arrangement and sensory affect in her use of ceramic and textiles. A mixture of wall-based and freestanding work, she brings them together at CAMPLE LINE in the distinctive proportions of the gallery.
Entry is free and by pre-booked appointment via: campleline.org.uk

Until 1 SeptDorothée Pullinger Exhibition
10am-5pm (Mon-Sat) / 10am-4pm (Sun) @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Stanfield, Annan Road, EASTRIGGS DG12 6TF
On their visit to The Devil's Porridge Museum visitor's can enjoy, the story of trailblazing car engineer Dorothée Pullinger in a fascinating new exhibition, brought together by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and The Devil's Porridge Museum. Pullinger, one of Dumfries and Galloway's most famous daughters, lived a fascinating life, working in munitions during World War One, then going on to oversee the construction of the Galloway car at Tongland near Kirkcudbright.The car was unique at the time, developed with women in mind, by a company staffed mainly by women.You can read more about the exhibition here: https://www.devilsporridge.org.uk/dorothee-pullinger-exhibition
Book your place to enter the museum and its current exhibition here: https://www.devilsporridge.org.uk/product/tickets

Summer 2021Summer Activities
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Until Sat 28 August: 'Wild Steel' Sculpture Trail
Geoff Forrest is a sculptor based at Loch Doon in the Galloway Forest. He takes his inspiration from the flow of water and the bending winds that shape the environment. Like these moments of change, quick sketches in steel catch the spirit and outline of birds and mammals, his favourite being the hare. The works will be displayed in the landscape, out on our wetland reserve.
Until 1 Sept: Wetland Explorers
Immerse yourself in nature this summer with a range of activities out on the wild wetlands! Discover the life in the different habitats on our wetlands! Discover the fascinating creatures that live in our ponds through pond dipping. Search under logs, stones and in vegetation in our Wildlife Garden, for minibeasts such as smooth newts, slugs, beetles and caterpillars.
Until 30 September: Pond Dipping
Use pond nets to catch bugs such as water scorpions, smooth newts, water boatmen, damselfly larvae and great diving beetles!
Normal admission charges, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Until 11 Sept'Drawn to Textiles - Coastal Birds' by Deborah Campbell
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
"The inspiration for my work lies in the remote coastal locations and birds of Scotland, I like to respond directly to my subject by working outside in the landscape using mixed media. These observations then act as a device to access ideas and colours for the development of my fine art textiles.
Textiles for me have always been an important element of my artistic expression. The methods I use in my work stem back to my art school days reflecting my training in printed textiles at Glasgow School of Art."
The work for the exhibition at Caerlaverock Wetland Centre will show a selection of my original drawings in charcoal of coastal birds that are common to the beautiful and rugged wetlands of the Solway Coast. Alongside these will be a collection of fine art textiles that have been developed from my drawings and created using a combination of felted and hand printed fabrics then constructed using hand and machine embroidery.

Sun 1 August
Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
10am-5pm @ CALLY GARDENS, Cally Avenue, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2DJ
Cally Gardens and Specialist Plant Centre is a treasure trove of exotic and rare hardy plants gathered from around the globe. The towering 18th-century walls of what was once the kitchen garden and pleasure garden of Cally House now provide shelter to thousands of rare and exotic plants. The informal garden, which was created by the famous plant collector Michael Wickenden, is now in the care of the plantsman Kevin Hughes. Kevin took ownership of Cally in 2018 and has since brought his own large collection of magnolias, daphnes and trilliums and has also added more collections including galanthus, paeonies and nerines. As an ecologist and environmentalist, Kevin has decided to make Cally a haven for birds, insects and all things wild. Plant sales.
Directions: From Dumfries take the Gatehouse of Fleet turning off the A75, follow the B727 and turn left through the Cally Palace Hotel gateway from where the gardens are well signposted.
Admission: £5, accompanied children free.
For latest information on opening please visit www.scotlandsgardens.org Charity No: SCI0 SCO49866

Wed 4 + Fri 6 AUG
Summer Kids Club at Gracefield - Ages 5-12
Wed 10.30am - 12.30pm and Fri 1.30pm - 3.30pm @ Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ
Puppet Masters
Create shadow puppets and sets to tell a story with artist Maria Ruiz Plana
Also practise your Spanish with her!
"We ask that younger kids (under 7s) be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a snack for break time (or money for the café) and remember to wear old clothes."
£3 per child but please phone and book a place in advance on 01387 262084.

Fri 6 - Sun 8 AugAbsolute Classics Festival 2021
@ Easterbrook Hall, The Crichton, Dumfries
"We can’t wait to welcome you back to live concerts and know that you are going to love the roster of artists we have lined up for you."
- Fri 6 Aug 7:30pm Mei Yi Foo, piano
- Sat 7 Aug 2:30pm Huw Wiggin, saxophone & John Lenehan, piano
- Sat 7 Aug 7:30pm Guy Johnston, cello & Mishka Rushdie Mormen, piano
- Sun 8 Aug 2:30pm London Soloists Ensemble
- Sun 8 Aug, 7:30pm John Lenehan, piano
The festival will take place at the Easterbrook Hall in a safe, socially distanced way.
More info and booking: ticketsource.co.uk/absolute-classics

Sat 21 Aug Join the Gardenwise Soroptimists
10.30am @ Lockards Farm, Lockerbie Rd, Dumfries DG1 3PF
Post lockdown are you looking to ; Try something new? Help in your local community? Meet new people? Develop new skills ? Why not consider joining Soroptimist International? Soroptimists are recruiting new members in the Dumfries and Galloway Area.
Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation for women who work to improve opportunities for women and girls in their local communities , nationally and internationally.
Who are Soroptimists?
Do Gooders? - Yes, we do good! We work on a variety of projects to empower women and girls around the world!
Militant Feminists? - We are unapologetically feminist we believe in equality for all people and work hard to achieve it; but without the bra burning!
Exclusive? - No, all women are welcome to become a Soroptimist, we actively want new members. You don't need  to be  invited, just come along to a meeting.
Professionals? - Some  of our members work full time, some work part time, some are retired or working in an unpaid capacity. All skills and abilities are welcome.
To find out more come along to our coffee meeting.

Mon 23 AugustFur Coats and Overalls: clothing and munition workers in World War One
7.00pm - 9.00pm GMT
By 1917 the First World War was affecting the British Public's morale but munition production reached its peak in this year. Profiting from the war effort by company owners or female munition workers, in particular was discussed in vociferously disapproving tones. Cartoons appeared in publications such as Punch ridiculing the class, manners and extravagant taste of those working in munition production. Towards the end of the war when women were being 'laid-off' in favour of the returning soldiers editorials published in the Carlisle press described former munition workers attending employment offices dressed in fur coats.
This talk will discuss some of the illustrations and attitudes towards this group of working class women whilst considering whether their purchases did reflect a new financial security or if their future was actually more precarious.
Hosted by Devil’s Porridge Museum.
More info and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk

Sun 5 Sept
Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm 3 MILLHALL, Shore Road, Kirkcudbright DG6 4TQ
Impressive five-acre garden with a large collection of mature shrubs, including over 200 rhododendron species, many camellias, perennials, over 300 hydrangeas and many rare southern hemisphere plants. The garden has several interesting paths and is on a steep hillside running along the rocky shore of the Dee Estuary in Kirkcudbright Bay.
Directions: On the B727 between Kirkcudbright and Borgue on the west shore of the Dee Estuary. Parking at Dhoon beach public car park, about three miles south of Kirkcudbright. There is a five minute walk to the house.
Admission: £5, accompanied children free.
For latest information on opening please visit www.scotlandsgardens.org Charity No: SCI0 SCO49866

Mon 20 SeptThe Lost Men of a Parish Our Lady & St Joseph's Heroes Remembered 1914 -18
7.00pm - 9.00pm GMT
Standing proudly in the grounds of Our Lady & St Joseph's Church, Carlisle is an 18ft White Marble Memorial bearing witness to the 75 men who fell in the Great War this was our starting point. Little was known of those men, not a sheet of paper could be traced anywhere, some of whom are remembered without their Christian name or initials. Who were they? Where were they from? How old were they? Were they married? Where and how did they fall?
Following four years of dedicated research, the authors' have been able to painstakingly trace the lives 73 of these lost men all of whom made the supreme sacrifice for their King and country far from home. This book has traced their parents, siblings, careers and sadly the last few days leading to their loss. These compelling personal stories, and how they were unravelled, are contained in over 80,000 words and over 200 illustrations and graphs and are the subject of Derek's illustrated talk.
Hosted by Devil’s Porridge Museum.
More info and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk

Wed 22 SeptThe Miracle Workers Wikithon #1
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

Oct & Nov

Mon 11 Oct'A Kind of Twist': The Troubled Life of Stan Harding
7.00pm - 9.00pm GMT
Constance 'Stan'' Harding is one of the twentieth century's most curious, eccentric, endearing, often infuriating, and - sadly - long forgotten figures. Born into an affluent but deeply religious family in Canada in 1884, she fled at the age of nineteen to Florence. Here she mixed freely with expatriate artists and bohemians such as Käthe Kollwitz, Mabel Dodge, John Reed and Edward Gordon Craig. She enthralled and appalled in equal measures. Her Florentine escapades were only the prelude to a career that soon witnessed her working as a journalist, first in Berlin during the Armistice and the Spartacist Uprising, then in Bolshevik Russia. This latter stint ended in 1920 with her imprisonment as a spy in the notorious Lubyanka Prison, having been betrayed by an erstwhile friend, the American traitor Marguerite Harrison, who spied for the Russians against the Americans and British. Following her release, Harding spent the following decade consumed by her pursuit of vengeance against Harrison before new pastures beckoned in India, where she worked as a filmmaker and photographer.
A century after the plight of Stan Harding was front-page news around the world, this talk will introduce this ambitious and indomitable woman who, in advance of her time, worked as a foreign correspondent in the dangerous world of international politics.
Hosted by Devil’s Porridge Museum.
More info and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk

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 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

 

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