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

July 2017

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

outdoorEvery day in July 2017@ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Giant LEGO® Brick Animal Trail
10am-5pm (workshops at 11am) Do the LEGO® trail to see the 11 giant LEGO® brick animals around the reserve. 
Take part in an awesome hour-long LEGO brick workshop! There is a LEGO brick frog to make and take home.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. £5pp for workshops. Booking is essential.
Dusty’s Wildlife Rangers
10am – 5pm daily
Find out what it is like to be a wildlife ranger and take part in a range of different activities, collecting stamps along the way in your log book! Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Guide in the Hide
11am - 3pm
Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. See the ‘What’s On’ board in the visitor centre for information and availability.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherEvery Wednesday from 12th July to 16th August This Is Scotland
@ Old Well Theatre, Moffat
At 7pm a local piper will be hailing the imminent start of "This Is Scotland" at 7:30pm. During the show, which has been produced as part of the coming Gold Panning event, visitors and locals alike will be amused by the mixture of history, song & comedy and have the chance to sample haggis crisps, shortbread & tablet during the show interval. This is a joint production between the Upper Annandale Dramatic Society and Moffat Theatre Choir. With variety and characters aplenty make sure you get your tickets soon.
Tickets, £8.00 for adults and £4.00 for under 16's are available from the Moffat Tourist Information Centre, on the High Street (01683 221210) or at the door.
Thank you for supporting your local theatre.

Week Commencing Monday 24th July:

outdoorTuesday 25th July Bug Hunt
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Spend a morning hunting for bugs on the reserve.  Look under stones, in wood and on plants and trees. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorWednesday 26th July Pond Dipping
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
What creatures can you catch in our raised pond? Use nets, bug pots and aquascopes to find and identify the pond creatures. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorThursday 27th July Beautiful Butterflies
10am – 12 @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Find and identify the butterflies out on the meadow.  We may find green veined white, ringlet, meadow brown and tortoiseshell. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherSunday 30th July Durisdeer Sunday Tea
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Thornhill DG3 5BJ
Durisdeer Church Sunday teas.
Families welcome, all home baking

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

August 2017

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

outdoorEvery day in August 2017@ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Dusty’s Wildlife Rangers
10am – 5pm daily
Find out what it is like to be a wildlife ranger and take part in a range of different activities, collecting stamps along the way in your log book! Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Guide in the Hide
11am - 3pm
Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. See the ‘What’s On’ board in the visitor centre for information and availability.
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 31st July:

outdoorTuesday 1st August Bug Hunt
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Spend a morning hunting for bugs on the reserve.  Look under stones, in wood and on plants and trees. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorWednesday 2nd August Pond Dipping
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
What creatures can you catch in our raised pond? Use nets, bug pots and aquascopes to find and identify the pond creatures. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorThursday 3rd August Dragons & Damsels
10am – 12 @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Discover the dragonflies and damselflies present on the reserve and learn the differences between them.  Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherSaturday 5th August Dumfries Show After Party
6pm- 12am (doors close 10.30pm) @ Palmerston Arena, Palmerston Park, Lochfield Rd, Dumfries DG2 9BA
Tickets £7 pre-purchase, £10 show day. Tickets are available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk and a limited number are available in the Young Farmers Tent on the day of the show.
Happy Hour, 6-7pm - Pie & Pint £2
Hot food served all evening.

otherSunday 6th August Durisdeer Sunday Tea
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Thornhill DG3 5BJ
Durisdeer Church Sunday teas.
Families welcome, all home baking

otherSunday 6th August Goldielea summer fete
From 2-4pm @ Goldielea care home, Dalbeattie Road, Dumfries DG2 8ND
Fun and games with loads of stalls including a cake stall brick Brack stall, face painting  tea and coffee and light refreshments served and a demonstration of country dancing.   All money raised is going towards goldielea resident funds. 
Come along for a fun filled afternoon

Week Commencing Monday 7th August:

outdoorTuesday 8th August Bug Hunt
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Spend a morning hunting for bugs on the reserve.  Look under stones, in wood and on plants and trees. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorWednesday 9th August Pond Dipping
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
What creatures can you catch in our raised pond? Use nets, bug pots and aquascopes to find and identify the pond creatures. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorThursday 10th August Small Mammal Trapping
10am – 12 @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
See what small mammals live on the reserve and find out what we have caught in our small mammal traps.  Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

musicFriday 11th - Sunday 20th August Absolute Classics 2017 Festival
@ The Theatre Royal, Dumfries, and the Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms Hotel, Thornhil
A world-class programme of internationally acclaimed classical superstars will be performing at two of the region’s most prestigious venues over the festival’s 10-day run. The Absolute Classics Festival is a celebration of classical music with concerts and workshops given by some of the world’s finest international artists.
Programmes and tickets available at www.absoluteclassics.co.uk.
Subject to availability, tickets may also be purchased at the venue on the night.

outdoorFriday 11th August Caerlaverock Bioblitz: Evening Walk
8pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Caerlaverock NNR, we are holding a Bioblitz at WWT Caerlaverock, in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Join us on an evening walk around the reserve to look for badgers, bats, moths, otters and any other creatures that come out at night!
FREE
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSaturday 12th August Caerlaverock Bioblitz
10am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Caerlaverock NNR, we are holding a Bioblitz at WWT Caerlaverock, in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). We will find and identify as many different species of bugs, plants, birds, mammals, amphibians etc as we can, with the help of natural history experts.
FREE
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherSaturday 12th AugustSUMMER  FAMILY BARBEQUE
6pm -TILL- We Drop!! @ Johnstonebridge Community Centre DG11 1ES
Local Musicians & Dancing
Hotdog's & Burger's 
Licenced Bar 
Raffle 
Adults £2 Children (under 14) Free
Proceeds of collection to Glencaple Canine Rescue Centre

outdoorSunday 13th August Family Writing Workshop
10am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Take this unique opportunity to participate in a nature writing workshop specifically for families, with our Writer in Residence, Karen Lloyd.  Booking is essential. Family event.
£20 per family. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherSunday 13th AugustDay Trip from Edinburgh to Little Sparta, Crawick Multiverse & Merz Gallery
Crawick Multiverse, Sanquhar, DG4 6ET
As part of Edinburgh Art Festival, we are running a unique day trip from Edinburgh to two symbolic artlands, Little Sparta and Crawick Multiverse. Little Sparta - the celebrated garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay - is located 25 miles from Edinburgh in a rural setting in the Pentland Hills. From there the bus will travel to Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway for lunch and an opportunity to see an exhibition Cosmic Collisions: Birth, Re-birth and the Universe at MERZ studio featuring leading thinkers and creators, including architect Daniel Libeskind.
Then spend the afternoon exploring Crawick Multiverse, a 55 acre land art restoration project designed by Charles Jencks.
Note on suitable clothing: This excursion involves walking over rough terrain. Please dress for hill-walking with sturdy shoes.
Tickets are priced £45 per person and the charge includes all admissions and return transport from Summerhall, Edinburgh, departing 9.30am and returning approx. 6pm. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch or pre-book soup & sandwich lunch for £6.50.
Booking tickets: Call 01387 253383. Crawick Multiverse and A' the Airts are also selling tickets (cash or cheque only).

otherSunday 13th August Durisdeer Sunday Tea
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Thornhill DG3 5BJ
Durisdeer Church Sunday teas.
Families welcome, all home baking

Week Commencing Monday 14th August:

outdoorTuesday 15th August Bug Hunt
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Spend a morning hunting for bugs on the reserve.  Look under stones, in wood and on plants and trees. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

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.

outdoorWednesday 16th August Pond Dipping
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
What creatures can you catch in our raised pond? Use nets, bug pots and aquascopes to find and identify the pond creatures. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorThursday 17th August Owl Pellet Dissection
10am – 12 @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Find out what our barn owls are eating – dissect an owl pellet and work out what all the bones are!  Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

filmSaturday 19th & Sunday 20th August FILM AND ARTISTS' MOVING IMAGE FOR CHILDREN | FAMILIES | YOUNG PEOPLE
@ Cample Mill, Cample, Dumfriesshire DG3 5HD
CAMPLE LINE is pleased to present a series of three screening weekends, featuring films and artists’ moving image suitable for a range of ages. The programme includes both short and feature-length films made by a wide range of artists and filmmakers, many of whom have chosen to explore the perspectives, dreams, games and imaginings of children and young people, as well as the decisions, expectations and disciplines placed upon them and the journeys they embark upon.
Over the three weekends, we will show films by artists and filmmakers who bring compassion, humour, interest, respect and integrity towards their young subjects, and who reflect the experiences and lives of children and young people around the world.
Please come and share with us wonderful films by Albert Lamorisse, Norman McLaren, Robert Breer, Ana Mendieta, Colin Low, Margaret Tait, Sally Potter, Miranda Pennell, Otto Bell, Dryden Goodwin, Salla Tykka, Pilvi Takala, Moufida Fedhila, Mohammed-Ali Talebi, Jillian Schlesinger and others.
More details and booking info at campleline.org.uk

otherSunday 20th August Durisdeer Sunday Tea
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Thornhill DG3 5BJ
Durisdeer Church Sunday teas.
Families welcome, all home baking

Week Commencing Monday 21st August:

outdoorTuesday 22nd August Bug Hunt
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Spend a morning hunting for bugs on the reserve.  Look under stones, in wood and on plants and trees. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorWednesday 23rd August Pond Dipping
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
What creatures can you catch in our raised pond? Use nets, bug pots and aquascopes to find and identify the pond creatures. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

musicSaturday 26th August The Sweetest Hours - songs of Burns at Ellisland
@ Robert Burns' Ellisland Farm, Holywood Road, Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0RP
This dynamic duo will present a concert of traditional, classical and contemporary songs. Focusing on the works of Robert Burns they have created fresh new arrangements for Harp and Voice.
Esther Swift (Harpist) and David Douglas (Tenor) are two renowned Scottish musicians. As a duo they have performed throughout the UK. Their unique approach to Scottish music, as well as their versatility in performing a variety of styles from traditional, classical, opera and musical theatre see them in much demand. Esther and David have recently released their debut album, "The Sweetest Hours", a Robert Burns album consisting of new and exciting arrangements.
Tickets prices at £10 are available by emailing or calling Ellisland - friends@ellislandfarm.co.uk or 01387 740426.

outdoorSunday 27th August Scotland’s Gardens - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ 3 MILLHALL, Shore Road, Kirkcudbright DG6 4TQ
Directions: On the B727 between Kirkcudbright and Borgue on the west shore of the Dee Estuary. Parking at Dhoon beach public car park, about 3 miles south of Kirkcudbright.
Impressive five acre garden with a large collection of mature shrubs, including rhododendron species, many camellias, perennials hydrangeas and rare southern hemisphere plants. The garden is on a steep hillside running along the rocky shore of the Dee Estuary in Kirkcudbright Bay.
Admission £4.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org Charity No: SC011337

otherSunday 27th August Durisdeer Sunday Tea
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Thornhill DG3 5BJ
Durisdeer Church Sunday teas.
Families welcome, all home baking

Week Commencing Monday 28th August:

outdoorTuesday 29th August Bug Hunt
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Spend a morning hunting for bugs on the reserve.  Look under stones, in wood and on plants and trees. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorWednesday 30th August Pond Dipping
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
What creatures can you catch in our raised pond? Use nets, bug pots and aquascopes to find and identify the pond creatures. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

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

September 2017

outdoorEvery day September 2017 Guide in the Hide
11am - 3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. See the ‘What’s On’ board in the visitor centre for information and availability.
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 28th August:

outdoorSunday 3rd September In Focus
10am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Try before you buy the latest binoculars and telescopes from the huge range available today. In Focus experts are on hand all day to give advice.
Free. WWT Caerlaverock benefits from every sale.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherSunday 3rd SeptemberDurisdeer Sunday Tea
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Thornhill DG3 5BJ
Durisdeer Church Sunday teas.
Families welcome, all home baking

Week Commencing Monday 4th September:

outdoorMonday 4th - Friday 8th September Stars & Stripes Badger Watching
8pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Watch wild badgers feeding just outside our comfortable observatory. Fair trade tea, coffee and biscuits available.
Adults: £10, Concession £7.50, Children £5. Booking is essential. Tickets must be paid for in advance.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherFriday 8th SeptemberAn Evening with Joss Naylor
7pm @ Johnstonebridge Community Centre DG11 1ES
Tickets £5.00
Licenced Bar & Refreshments

otherSunday 10th SeptemberDurisdeer Sunday Tea
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Thornhill DG3 5BJ
Durisdeer Church Sunday teas.
Families welcome, all home baking

Week Commencing Monday 11th September:

otherSunday 17th SeptemberDurisdeer Sunday Tea
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Thornhill DG3 5BJ
Durisdeer Church Sunday teas.
Families welcome, all home baking

Week Commencing Monday 18th September:

otherSunday 24th SeptemberDurisdeer Sunday Tea
2.30 - 5.00pm @ Durisdeer Church, Thornhill DG3 5BJ
Durisdeer Church Sunday teas.
Families welcome, all home baking

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.

musicSunday 22nd OctoberAlabama 3 - Acoustic
@ The Venue, 6-7 Church Pl, Dumfries DG1 1BW
You may associate Brixton band Alabama 3 with moody track ‘Woke Up This Morning’ that became the theme song to The Sopranos.  But they are set to perform special acoustic & unplugged shows this October.
A group that blend a rich array of music styles and genres into one big sonic melting pot, Alabama 3 will perform a stripped back acoustic show in Dumfries, featuring three members from the band including Larry Love (vocals), Rock Freebase (guitar), and Harpo Strangelove (harmonica).
With a vast back catalogue of studio albums to choose from that traverse a myriad of blues, country, electro and trip-hop Alabama 3’s acoustic show brings a whole new dimension to the songs made famous by Alabama 3. This isn’t acid house music, this is country/gospel/delta blues, but played with a rhythm you’ve still got to dance to.
By performing in this stripped down acoustic way the band’s aim was to show the songs in a format reminiscent of the people that have been their inspiration, chiefly the old Delta Blues players like Fred MacDowell and Bukka White.

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

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

Ongoing Exhibitions

exhibitionFrom 18th June ‘Brock, paper, scissors’ by Hilary Keating
10am to 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
An exhibition of paper sculptures and other wildlife art by local artist Hilary Keating. 
Free. For more information please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

exhibition23rd June - 10th September 2017 Cosmic Collisions, Birth, Rebirth and the Universe
(Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) @ Merz Studio, Queens Road, Sanquhar DG4 6DH
This exhibition reaches back to the structures at the origin of our universe and interprets these forces "those cosmic collisions" in new and unexpected collisions of art, architecture and the cosmos. The exhibition's daring sweep from the world of computational cosmology to art and back again,  brings together leading creators and thinkers, including architect Daniel Libeskind, cosmologist Carlos Frenk, and land artist Charles Jencks.
From cosmologically inspired landscapes and architecture seeded from galaxies, the exhibition is framed from the standpoint of cosmic collisions: collisions of planets, comets and galaxies and the subsequent birth of billions of new stars. It also acts as a location for the collision of ideas - the collisions that take place at the intersections of arts and science and collisions that give birth to new ideas, over and over again.
Preview date: The exhibition begins with a preview on Friday, 23 June from 5pm onwards. All are welcome to attend.

exhibition12th July - 28th August The Nature of Galloway
Wed, Thurs, Fri 10 - 4, Sat 12-4 @ Unit 3 Gallery, Bladnoch Bridge Estate, Wigtown, DG8 9AB
For the summer exhibition at Unit Three Gallery we have decided to celebrate the nature of our beautiful area. We have invited artists from Dumfries and Galloway to exhibit works that use the wildlife of Galloway as their inspiration. From print making to photography there will be an artwork that will sum up your visit to Galloway.
Entry is free, parking available, children welcome.

exhibitionUntil Saturday 29th July ‘Brock, paper, scissors’ by Hilary Keating
10am to 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
An exhibition of paper sculptures and other wildlife art by local artist Hilary Keating. 
Free. For more information please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

exhibition1st August until Saturday 16th September ‘Durham to Dumfries’ Exhibition by Fishburn Art Group
10am to 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Artwork based on local wildlife and scenes of Dumfries and Galloway.
Free. For more information please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

exhibition Sunday 17th September - Saturday 28th october ‘Back Again’ by Keith Brown
10am to 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Exhibition of paintings representing the arrivals of the geese and ducks that return to the Solway during the winter.
Free. For more information please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

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

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