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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 ...

February

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

outdoorThroughout FebruaryFeather Trail
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Do you know your swan feather from a curlew or your bluetit feather from a mallard? Learn how to identify feathers and distinguish some of the common feathers found at Caerlaverock in winter!
Normal admission charges, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

ExhibitionUntil 7 March 'Alla Prima studies in nature' Exhibition by Gary Haughan
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock DG1 4RS
The work for this exhibition is my response to local wildlife and an attempt to capture their essence.  Most encounters with nature are short and fleeting and these works aim to capture and record them. The work is the culmination of many visits to the centre and its surrounding countryside. Alla Prima translated directly from Italian means all at once and refers specifically to my painting method. Paintings are done in one session working fast and spontaneous. This means there is always an element of surprise and controlled experimentation to my work which hopefully creates a sense of energy and excitement. The paintings are in Acrylic on both canvas and paper. Free Entry.

ExhibitionUntil 31 MarchHaaf Net Fishing Exhibition
10am - 5pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
Haaf Netting has taken place on the Solway for over 1000 years and is a method of fishing which involves a wooden frame which supports the net and divides it into two pockets or 'pokes'. The middle leg, of the three, is extended to allow fishermen to carry it easier and also allows them to tip the beam to stop the fish from escaping. This method of fishing dates back to the Viking Invaders, Haaf being the Norse word for channel (or sea).

Week Commencing Monday 17th February:

outdoorMon 17 - Fri 21 FebWWT Scottish Puddle Jumping Championships
12-2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Get your wellies on and make a splash at the Scottish Puddle Jumping Championships. We will be looking out for enthusiasm, style and height of splash! If it wasnae for your wellies!
Normal admission charges, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherMon 17 Feb Warhammer Workshop and Painting Competition
11am - 2pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
Come along and find out all about Warhammer. We will have mini games set up for beginners to learn and play as well as space for more experienced players to set up their own epic battles. Paint and take home one of our Space marines as part of the painting competition. All paints and models will be provided! There will also be space and paint for anyone looking to paint their own models.

otherMon 17 Feb Arts and Crafts Club
3:15pm - 4:15pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
Arts and Crafts with Wendy and Alison.
Open to all ages!

otherTue 18 FebKnit & Natter
10.30am @ St Ninian's Hall, 11 St Ninians Terrace, Isle of Whithorn, DG8 8LH
Join expert knitter Clare from Wee County Yarns for a lovely knitting/crochet session. Clare can help with any problems you might be having or help you to begin knitting and will have a variety of her quality yarns for sale.

otherTue 18 Feb Pop in Poetry
11am - 2pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
Local writer and published poet Hugh McMillan will be running a series of drop in poetry workshops aimed at all ages today at the museum. Find out about WW1 poets and try your hand at writing some poetry of your own inspired by the museum's collection.

otherTue 18 Feb Drama Workshop - Block 1
5 - 6pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
With Helen O'Grady Drama Academy.
2x 5-week blocks. Open to Primary 4 and above
Booking essential! Contact info@devilsporridge.org.uk, phone 01461 700021 or pop into the Museum in person during our opening hours

otherWed 19 Feb Historical Arts and Crafts
11am - 2pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
Running along-side our imitation stained-glass project designing panels for our cafe renovation, drop into the Learning zone and join Alison and Wendy to create your own imitation stained-glass window scene to take home and proudly display at home. The imitation stained-glass project is a separate event and aimed at older crafters and adults.

otherWed 19 Feb Workshop: How can tourism build a better place?
3:30pm-5pm @ Easterbrook Hall, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA
Join us over tea and cakes to have your say about the impact of tourism in the South of Scotland, and your own experiences as a tourist of our country. We would love to hear thoughts from any organisations, businesses or individuals who are involved with/have a perspective on tourism in the South of Scotland.
Over the next two years, the Scottish Civic Trust and its partner organisations are leading a series of workshops across Scotland to find out how tourism works or doesn't work for you locally, and what your own experience as a tourist in Scotland is. We will present these findings at a major international conference on tourism to be held in 2021 as part of Doors Open Days. This conference, jointly organised by Scottish Civic Trust, Built Environment Forum Scotland, the Cockburn Association and Edinburgh World Heritage, considers how tourism can help create good places. With your help, we'll be placing the Scottish experience front and centre in the debate.
Book your FREE space: bit.ly/southscottourism

otherWed 19 FebHeritage Hooley
6pm-8pm @ Easterbrook Hall, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA
Join us over drinks and canapes for a networking event with some lively conversation about what's happening in Scottish culture & heritage. We're inviting groups involved with the cultural, built environment & heritage sectors to learn from each other's experiences and build up local connections, with the opportunity to pick the brains of the sector's major stakeholders. Representatives from the Scottish Civic Trust, Doors Open Days, Heritage Trust Network, Architectural Heritage Fund and others, as well as local authorities, will all be there to answer your burning questions over a glass of something cheering in deepest darkest February.
Book your free space: bit.ly/southscothooley

otherThu 20 Feb Time Bandits Living History
11am - 2pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
Historical re-enactors from Time Bandits Living History will be visiting the Devil's Porridge Museum today. With live performances through out the day and a larger ranger of objects to be handled and explored the Time Bandits will be providing an insight into life on the home front and the roles of women during World War One.

otherFri 21 Feb Warhammer 40k Kill Team Porridge Championship
11am onwards @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
The first ever Porridge Championship! Build your 40k Kill team and battle your way through a series of missions against the other competitors. Prizes for best painted army and most enjoyable competitor as well as our overall Champion! A painting area will also be available for anyone adding any finishing touches to their armies.

outdoorFri 21 FebExploring the Dark: Wildlife and Wonders of the Sky
6pm for approx. 3hrs @ Solway Wetlands Centre, RSPB Campfield Marsh, Bowness-on-Solway, CA7 5AG
Join Solway Coast AONB team members for a wander at dusk to Rogersceugh which sits at the top of a glacial drumlin and is one of the highest points on the Solway Firth. From here you will catch the evening light disappearing behind the outline of the Scottish hills. If you are lucky there might be a glimpse of the local inhabitants – deer, badger, possibly even an owl. Hot drinks will be available.
The event involves a gentle walk of approx. 3 miles on paths and boardwalk. Please bring wellies or walking boots as the ground could be soft and muddy in places. Please dress appropriately for the weather- warm clothes, waterproofs and a torch are essential.
This event is free of charge but booking is essential through Eventbrite

otherSat 22 Feb Riverside Museum Trip to Glasgow
9.30am - 4pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
Booking Essential!
Join us for a family day out to Riverside museum in Glasgow. Free return travel to the museum and entry to the museum is also free! Riverside Museum is Glasgow's award-winning transport museum. With over 3,000 objects on display there's everything from skateboards to locomotives, paintings to prams and cars to a Stormtrooper. https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/riverside-museum

craftSat 22 Feb Beginner's Knitting Workshop - Learn to Knit Wrist Warmers
10am-1pm @ Wellness Centre Dumfries, 9 George Street Meuse, Dumfries DG1 1HH
This is a Beginner's Knitting Workshop for any adults keen to learn a new craft and explore the meditative effect of knitting. By the end of this workshop you will have learnt basic knitting techniques, including reading knitting patterns, and knitted a pair of wrist warmers.
Knitting has benefits similar to meditation and mindfulness, and can be a great tool for relaxation, anxiety minimisation and stress relief. It also results in a tangible product that can act as a reminder of your accomplishments.
This 2-part workshop is held over 2 Saturdays (22nd February and 7th March), from 10am-1pm. Teas/coffees and all materials will be provided. Prices are £60 for both dates, or £35 for just the first date. You are welcome to attend just the first date if you can't make both. Pre-payment will be required to secure your place.
Please email JeanM.Knitting @ gmail.com for more information and to book your spot.

outdoorSat 22 FebIntroduction to Wildlife Sound Recording
10am-2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
WWT Caerlaverock is full of wonderful sounds of ducks, waders, geese and swans at this time of year. Take this unique opportunity to learn techniques on taking wildlife sound recordings, with professional sound recordist Pete Smith. Please bring your own microphones and recorders if you have them.
Booking is essential. £50 per person
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherSat 22 Feb Games Club
10am - 5pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
Our regular Devil's Porridge Game Club will be running (10am-11am P6 and above 1am-12noon open to all ages) but they different traditional games will be set up for families to play throughout the rest of the day.

musicSat 22 FebDalgarno Singers Supper Concert
7.30pm @ Wallace Hall Academy, Station Road, Thornhill, Dumfries DG3 5DS
An evening of light music, songs from the Shows, well-known medleys, and folk songs, followed by a light buffet supper.  Tickets cost £12.50 per adult and £8 for children/students, and are available from any member of choir or from the Midsteeple Box Office in Dumfries.  Limited tickets might be available at the door but this cannot be guaranteed.

outdoorSun 23 FebScotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
1pm-4pm @ SNOWDROPS at DANEVALE PARK, Crossmichael, Castle Douglas DG7 2LP
First opening for snowdrops in 1951, these mature grounds have a wonderful display of snowdrops as well as aconites and many other wild flowers. Walks through the woods and alongside the River Dee make this a memorable afternoon. Tea and scones in the stables. Plant Sales.
Directions: On the A713 two miles north of Castle Douglas and one mile south of Crossmichael.
Admission £3, accompanied children free. For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 24th February:

otherTue 25 FebTea Dance
1.30pm @ St Ninian's Hall, 11 St Ninians Terrace, Isle of Whithorn, DG8 8LH
Come along for a lovely afternoon of tea, shortbread and dancing. Absolutely no experience necessary, just enthusiasm. We're hoping to begin dance classes soon so why not see if it's for you at this FREE event?

otherTue 25 Feb Drama Workshop - Block 2
5 - 6pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
With Helen O'Grady Drama Academy.
Open to Primary 4 and above
Booking essential! Contact info@devilsporridge.org.uk, phone 01461 700021 or pop into the Museum in person during our opening hours

otherTue 25 Feb Talk: The Strange Case of Kate Hume
7.30pm - 8.30pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
The family of Andrew Hume, a music teacher living in Dumfries, was it seemed beset by tragedy. After the loss of his son 'Jock', a bandsman on the Titanic, in 1912, it was reported in September 1914 that his elder daughter Grace, a nurse working for the Red Cross in Belgium, had been brutally murdered by the advancing German army.
The Hume family's troubles understandably achieved national prominence. But this was more than a personal disaster. It takes us to the heart of the wider issue of wartime'atrocities' and their impact on the way the First World War was understood at the time and since.
This talk will present a fascinating glimpse into local life at the start of the Twentieth Century.  The talk will be presented by David Dutton who has taught for many years at the University of Liverpool and is now Ramsay Muir Emeritus Professor of Modern History there.  He has written or edited seventeen books and around a hundred chapters and journal articles on twentieth-century British political and diplomatic history.
£3 per person, payable on the door, No need to book.

otherFri 28 & Sat 29 Feb Just Start Here
2.30pm and 7.00pm @ The Stove Network, 100 High Street, Dumfries, DG1 2BJ
A two-day festival of bold new work, taking over shop-fronts, working men's clubs and the streets of Dumfries this February. At Just Start Here, dive into innovative work-in-progress performances, dance, music and cross art form experimentation.
In the daytime find provocative talks and intimate performances, a bite to eat and ideas to mull over. Or come at night for performances, live music, conversation and the energy and connection of experiencing something together now, in the live moment. A celebration, a party and a unique chance to see the artists and theatre-makers of today, Just Start Here is the beginning of something.
Each day is broken into a set of afternoon sessions (from 2.30pm) and evening sessions (from 7.00pm) with different events happening in each, as well as different events across the Friday and Saturday.
Tickets to each session are £5/£4 concession and can be bought from the National Theatre of Scotland website, where you can find the full lineup of events for each session.
www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/production/just-start-here/

readingSat 29 Feb Joy Hendry and Katy Ewing
7.00 for 7.30 @ The Bakehouse, Galloway, 44-46 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2HP
The Galloway Launch of their joint pamphlet BEARINGS, the first publication from The Poets’ Republic Press.
Joy is in an exciting place, re-inventing herself as a poet in her own ‘write’ after a long lifetime editing the iconic Chapman magazine. She has an Honorary Doctorate from Edinburgh University and, last year, joined the ranks of Saltire Society’s Outstanding Women of Scotland. Joy partners popular local poet Katy Ewing, winner of the Wigtown Poetry Competition’s Dumfries and Galloway Fresh Voice Award 2018 bringing together two diversely talented Scottish voices in a Galloway Launch of their wonderful joint pamphlet.
‘Katy’s work has a beguiling and deceptive simplicity ... poems of thoughtful understated beauty’.
‘Joy’s poetry combines insight with wonderful lyricism’. Hugh McMillan
Followed by our popular Bakehouse open spots - The Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate
Tickets £5.00. To book ring 01557 814175 or email chrys@chryssalt.com

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March

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

outdoorThroughout March'Superb Speculums' Trail
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Many species of ducks have a beautiful coloured feather called a 'speculum'. This varies in colour between species and can help identify female ducks in particular. Learn the different colour speculums in different ducks and find the birds out on the reserve! Normal admission charges, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

ExhibitionUntil 7 March 'Alla Prima studies in nature' Exhibition by Gary Haughan
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock DG1 4RS
The work for this exhibition is my response to local wildlife and an attempt to capture their essence.  Most encounters with nature are short and fleeting and these works aim to capture and record them. The work is the culmination of many visits to the centre and its surrounding countryside. Alla Prima translated directly from Italian means all at once and refers specifically to my painting method. Paintings are done in one session working fast and spontaneous. This means there is always an element of surprise and controlled experimentation to my work which hopefully creates a sense of energy and excitement. The paintings are in Acrylic on both canvas and paper. Free Entry.

ExhibitionUntil 31 MarchHaaf Net Fishing Exhibition
10am - 5pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
Haaf Netting has taken place on the Solway for over 1000 years and is a method of fishing which involves a wooden frame which supports the net and divides it into two pockets or 'pokes'. The middle leg, of the three, is extended to allow fishermen to carry it easier and also allows them to tip the beam to stop the fish from escaping. This method of fishing dates back to the Viking Invaders, Haaf being the Norse word for channel (or sea).

Week Commencing Monday 24th February:

outdoorSun 1 MarchIn 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. WWT Caerlaverock benefits from every sale.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 2nd March:

otherTue 3 March Drama Workshop - Block 2
5 - 6pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
With Helen O'Grady Drama Academy.
Open to Primary 4 and above
Booking essential! Contact info@devilsporridge.org.uk, phone 01461 700021 or pop into the Museum in person during our opening hours

otherSat 7 March Friends of Ellisland Coffee Morning
10-11.30am @ Ellisland Museum and Farm, Holywood Road, Dumfries DG2 0RP
Join us for a fundraising coffee morning delivered by the Friends of Ellisland. The event runs 10-11.30, with refreshments, a cake stall and raffle. Admission is £3.

Week Commencing Monday 9th March:

otherTue 10 March Drama Workshop - Block 2
5 - 6pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
With Helen O'Grady Drama Academy.
Open to Primary 4 and above
Booking essential! Contact info@devilsporridge.org.uk, phone 01461 700021 or pop into the Museum in person during our opening hours

otherTue 10 March Landgirl Film Project Premiere
7pm - 9pm @ Annan Lonsdale Cinema, Moat Rd, Annan DG12 5DE
Hear the oral history of a Carlisle Landgirl as filmed, edited and animated by local young people.
Free to attend with film screening and talks by those involved in this project.
Booking essential. If you would like to book please call 01461 700021 or email: info@devilsporridge.org.uk

otherSat 14 March Stranraer Scottish Country Dancers Annual end of season dance
19.30 - 23.00hrs @ Stranraer High Kirk Church Hall, King William IV Cottage, Leswalt High Rd, Stranraer DG9 0HH
Enjoy an evening of Scottish country dancing and listen to the music played by Karyn McCulloch from Ayrshire.
Ticket price £8 includes supper.

Week Commencing Monday 16th March:

otherTue 17 March Drama Workshop - Block 2
5 - 6pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
With Helen O'Grady Drama Academy.
Open to Primary 4 and above
Booking essential! Contact info@devilsporridge.org.uk, phone 01461 700021 or pop into the Museum in person during our opening hours

otherSun 22 MarchMothers Day at The Museum
1pm - 3pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
On Sunday the 22nd of March the Devils Porridge will be hosting afternoon tea (including freshly prepared sandwiches and homemade cakes) for Mother's Day between 1 & 3pm.
£10.95 per person. Booking essential! If you would like to book a place please call: 01461 700021 or info@devilsporridge.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 23rd March:

otherTue 24 March Drama Workshop - Block 2
5 - 6pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
With Helen O'Grady Drama Academy.
Open to Primary 4 and above
Booking essential! Contact info@devilsporridge.org.uk, phone 01461 700021 or pop into the Museum in person during our opening hours

otherTue 24 March Talk: Haaf Net Fishing
7pm - 8.30pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
A chance to hear the Museum's own Tony Turner, talk about his experiences as a Haaf Net salmon fisher on the Solway. With decades of experience and lots of tales to tell this should be a night to remember! A must for anyone interested in fishing or the social history of our region.
Tony is part of the Annan Haaf Nets Project which has an exhibition within the Devils Porridge until April 1st.
£3 per person, payable on the door (no need to book)

otherThu 26 MarchChair Yoga Taster Sessions
10.30am @ St Ninian's Hall, 11 St Ninians Terrace, Isle of Whithorn, DG8 8LH
Chair yoga is the perfect way to increase flexibility and strength and can help reduce pain and stress and promote better sleep. Our block of 6 weekly taster sessions will last for one hour each and cost just £2 per person. Contact us for more information.

Week Commencing Monday 30th March:

 

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April

outdoorThroughout AprilPhoto Trail
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

outdoorSat 4 - Sun 19 AprEaster Duck Quest
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Get outdoors this Easter with friends and family and have fun finding our giant yellow ducks in stunning wetlands! Pick up a trail card and find out lots of weird and wonderful facts about ducks you might spot in the wild while searching for the giant yellow ducks. Find them all and win a yummy prize!
Normal admission charges, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 6th April:

otherSat 11 & Sun 12 April Easter Tam Trail
10am-4pm @ Ellisland Museum and Farm, Holywood Road, Dumfries DG2 0RP
Follow Tam the Hare around the farm to discover his secret treasure and win yourself a prize! Plus, lots of Easter themed crafts. The trail and crafts are included in the admission price. Children go free! Adults £5, Concessions £4.

outdoorSun 12 AprilScotland’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: £4, accompanied children free. For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 13th April:

outdoorMon 13 AprBeginner Birding for Kids
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

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.

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.

Week Commencing Monday 27th April:

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May

outdoorThroughout MayNest Trail
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

ExhibitionUntil 13 JuneExhibition by Suzanne Stuart Davies & Julian Francis
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.

Week Commencing Monday 4th May:

outdoorFri 8 MaySpring Birdsong
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 - 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.

outdoorSun 10 MayScotland’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. Teas.
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 further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

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

outdoorSun 17 MayScotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ ARBIGLAND HOUSE, Kirkbean, Dumfries DG2 8BQ
Arbigland House is an Adam-style 18th-century mansion surrounded by 24 acres of woodland gardens running down to a beach on the Solway Firth. The gardens date from the 18th century but the more formal areas were developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and are currently undergoing a programme of restoration and development. There are 200 year old trees lining the Broad Walk which runs down to the Solway and a huge variety of rhododendrons and azaleas; within the woodland are a range of features including a stream-fed lake and a Japanese garden, with a more formal sundial garden and sunken rose garden, all in the process of renewal. Amongst these are a diverse collection of mature trees and shrubs. Teas.
Directions: Take the A710 to Kirkbean. In the village turn off towards Carsethorn and, after 200 yards, turn right and follow signs to John Paul Jones Cottage. After a mile or so, turn left at the T junction through white gates and down the drive through ornamental gates to Arbigland House.
Admission £5, accompanied children free. For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

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

outdoorSun 24 MayScotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ CORSOCK HOUSE, Corsock, Castle Douglas DG7 3DJ
Corsock House garden includes an amazing variety of designed landscape, from a strictly formal walled garden, through richly planted woodlands full of different vistas, artfully designed water features and surprises to manicured lawns showing off the Bryce baronial mansion. There is an Arcadian garden with pools and temples, described by Ken Cox as ‘perhaps my favourite of Scotland’s many woodland gardens’. Homemade teas and plant sales.
Directions: off A75 Dumfries 14 miles, Castle Douglas 10 miles, Corsock village ½ mile on A712.
Admission £5, accompanied children free. For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

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
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

outdoorSun 31 MayScotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ THE LIMES, Kirkcudbright DG6 4XD
This one-and-a-quarter-acre plantsman’s garden has a variety of different plant habitats: woodland, dry sunny gravel beds, rock garden, crevice garden and mixed perennial and shrub borders. There is also a large productive vegetable garden. The McHales like to grow most of their plants from seed obtained through various international seed exchanges. You can expect to see many unusual and exciting plants. In June the meconopsis should be at their best. Teas and plant sales.
Directions: In Kirkcudbright go straight along St Mary Street towards Dundrennan. The Limes is on the right, about half a mile from the town centre crossroads, on the edge of the town.
Admission £4, accompanied children free and includes entry for both gardens. For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

 

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June

outdoorThroughout JuneParts of an Insect Trail
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
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
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.

Week Commencing Monday 1st June:

outdoorSun 7 JuneScotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ SEABANK, Rockcliffe DG5 4QH
This 1½ acre garden extends to the high water mark with fine views across the Urr Estuary, Rough Island and beyond. Mixed shrub and herbaceous borders surround the house and there is a new walled garden for fruit and vegetables. A plantswoman’s garden with a range of interesting and unusual plants. Plant sales and teas provided by the local Marie Curie fundraising group.
Directions: Park in the public car park at Rockcliffe and walk along the Merse to the garden. Disabled parking available adjacent to the house.
Admission £4, accompanied children free. For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 8th June:

outdoorFri 12 - Sun 14 JuneScotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
10am-5pm @ THREAVE GARDEN, Castle Douglas, DG7 1RX
Threave Gardening Show 2020 will mark 60 years since the foundation of Threave's School of Heritage Gardening. The three day event will offer the opportunity to gain advice and ideas from people who have innovated, transformed, and developed these outstanding gardens. Exhibitors will be arranged throughout the main paths across the garden, displaying new plants, sculptures, tools and services from landscape design to garden maintenance. There will be talks and daily demonstrations from the School of Heritage Gardening on key horticultural skills and many opportunities to take tours of the garden and glasshouses. Threave House will be opening its doors to another flower ‘extravaganza’ which visitors can wonder at and admire. Food and drink will be supplied by Threave’s catering team, with new venues throughout the garden. Don't miss out on Scotland's newest and most exciting garden festival.
Directions: Off A75, one mile west of Castle Douglas.
Admission £5, accompanied children free. For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

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
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
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.

Week Commencing Monday 29th June:

outdoor Sun 5 JulyScotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ SOUTHWICK HOUSE, Southwick DG2 8AH
The extensive gardens at Southwick House comprise three main areas. The first is a traditional formal walled garden with potager and large glasshouse producing a range of fruit, vegetables and cutting flowers. Adjacent to this is a hedged formal garden with herbaceous, shrub and rose beds centred around a lily pond, with roses predominating as an interesting feature. Out with the formal gardens there is a large water garden with two connected ponds with trees, shrubs and lawns running alongside the Southwick Burn. Teas and plant sales.
Directions: On A710 near Caulkerbush. Dalbeattie 7 miles, Dumfries 17 miles.
Admission £5, accompanied children free. For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

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Week Commencing Monday 13th July:

outdoor Sun 19 JulyScotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ DALBEATTIE COMMUNITY ALLOTMENTS, Dalbeattie DG5 4AZ
Dalbeattie Community Allotments Association was formed in 2008 and the site was officially opened in August 2010. A local land owner has leased the land for 25 years at £1 per year, initially providing for 47 plots. The initial results were so successful that the area is now increased to provide for 81 productive plots where local residents can grow their own fruit, vegetables and flowers. Come and enjoy a stroll around the site, chat to members or relax in one of the community areas. Information will be available and photos of the development of the site will be on display. Teas.
Directions: From Borgue follow the coast (Carrick) road up hill past the church and down. Take the first and only right turn and follow the lane winding past farms for about 1/2 mile. Barmagachan House is on the left by a wood.
Admission £4, accompanied children free. For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 20th July:

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!

outdoor Sun 26 JulyScotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ CROFTS, Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas DG7 3HX
Victorian country house garden with mature trees, a walled garden with fruit and vegetables and glasshouses, hydrangea garden and a pretty water garden. Delightful woodland walk, colourfully planted with bog plants, with stream running through. Teas.
Directions: A75 to Crocketford, then three miles on A712 to Corsock and New Galloway.
Admission £4, accompanied children free. For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

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.

Week Commencing Monday 27th July:

outdoor Sun 2 AugScotland’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. Teas.
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 further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 3rd August:

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).

outdoor Sun 9 AugScotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm -5pm @ KINGS GRANGE HOUSE, Castle Douglas DG7 3EU
An extensive garden surrounded by mature trees and shrubberies, with views to the southwest over the surrounding countryside. Originally Victorian, the garden is being restored by the present owners with a colourful variety of herbaceous mixed borders, beds and rockeries, mainly to the front of the house. Teas with vintage music.
Directions: Take the B794 north off the A75, two miles west of Castle Douglas. Kings Grange House is approximately one mile on the left.
Admission £4, accompanied children free. For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

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outdoor Sun 30 AugScotland’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 £4, accompanied children free. For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

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

Week Commencing Monday 7th September:

Week Commencing Monday 14th September:

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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