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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 ...

March

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

outdoorThroughout March Wild Swan Feeds
11am & 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
See wild whooper swans closer than anywhere in Britain from the Sir Peter Scott Observatory, with live commentary by the warden.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

ExhibitionThroughout MarchLove in Wartime Exhibition
Daily during Museum open hours (10am-5pm Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm Sundays) @ Devil's Porridge Museum, Stanfield, Annan Road, Eastriggs, DG12 6TF
The Museum is all about the munitions factory established during World War One (it was the largest in the world at the time) and employed 12,000 female workers.  Their lives and morals were closely protected by 150 women police officers.  There were curfews and by-laws against fraternisation.  Despite this, many people did find love in the Factory and this exhibition explores their stories.  This beautiful and poignant exhibition is a look at war and its impact on women, family life and love.

Week Commencing Monday 18th March:

OtherThu 21 MarchResonate Inclusive Music & Art workshops
4:30-6:30pm @ Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Rd, Dumfries DG1 1JQ
A fun and inclusive series of music and visual art project for people with additional support needs (15-25 yrs) at Gracefield - a fully accessible venue in Dumfries town centre.
Meet new friends and enjoy creating and discovering music and art whilst contributing to a brand new piece for performance at the end of the project.
Professionally trained facilitators from Access Art and Paragon who are highly experienced in supporting young people will lead the workshops which are free of charge thanks to support from the Holywood Trust.
http://paragon-music.org/
For more info and to book call 01387 262084

KidsThu 21 MarchNYCOS Dumfries Wee Sing
5.45 - 6.45pm @ Laurieknowe School, 18A Laurieknowe, Dumfries DG2 7AJ
Wee Sing is a completely free project that introduces Primary 3 children to singing through musical games. Over the course of the project the children will learn new songs, develop musical skills, gain confidence and make lots of new friends. This is a Youth Music Initiative funded project from NYCOS, Scotland's youth singing organisation.
NYCOS Wee Sing is completely free, however, spaces are limited so advanced booking is required. To book, visit nycos.org.uk/weesing.

MusicThu 21 MarchBritish soprano Katie LoweAbsolute Classics presents ...
7:30pm @ Annan Academy, Annan DG12 6AP
Katie Lowe, Soprano & Phillip Thomas, Piano
British soprano Katie Lowe studied at the RNCM, RCM, CIAV and completed her MA in advanced Vocal studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice. Her extensive list of awards and prizes includes the Elizabeth Connell Prize, the Ian Fleming Award MBF, the Sybil Tutton Award MBF and the Countess of Munster Award. Katie has had great success on the Opera stage including, Helmwige in Die Walküre at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Brünnhilde in Göetterdämmerung with the Master Singers.
In a career spanning over three decades, Phillip Thomas has worked as a vocal coach, casting associate, record producer, accompanist, vocal consultant and conductor. His prolific concert career apart from performances all over the UK and Ireland include concerts in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, New Orleans and St Louis.
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OtherFri 22 MarchSoup Lunches Fridays in Lent supporting Christian Aid
12- 13:30 @ St John's Church Hall, Dumfries DG1 1 LW
Popular long established fundraiser for Christian Aid:  delicious home made soup, cheese or plain roll, tea or coffee and a warm welcome  for a minimum donation of £3:50.
Sales table for cake, preserves and other goodies and Fairtrade foods stall.
Organised by Dumfries and District churches
christianaid.org.uk/fundraising/supporter-events

OtherFri 22 MarchCurry & Quiz Night
7:30pm @ Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart DG8 6JL
Come and enjoy a fun, sociable evening with a bit of brain exercise and a meal included! 
Just £6 per person to raise funds for Newton Stewart Singers' Spring Festival. No limit on numbers.
Tickets Jim 01671 820662 / jim.jva @ btinternet.com

MusicFri 22 MarchBritish soprano Katie LoweAbsolute Classics presents ...
7:30pm @ Cochran Hall, 63 Castledykes Rd, Kirkcudbright DG6 4AW
Katie Lowe, Soprano & Phillip Thomas, Piano
British soprano Katie Lowe studied at the RNCM, RCM, CIAV and completed her MA in advanced Vocal studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice. Her extensive list of awards and prizes includes the Elizabeth Connell Prize, the Ian Fleming Award MBF, the Sybil Tutton Award MBF and the Countess of Munster Award. Katie has had great success on the Opera stage including, Helmwige in Die Walküre at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Brünnhilde in Göetterdämmerung with the Master Singers.
In a career spanning over three decades, Phillip Thomas has worked as a vocal coach, casting associate, record producer, accompanist, vocal consultant and conductor. His prolific concert career apart from performances all over the UK and Ireland include concerts in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, New Orleans and St Louis.
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MusicSat 23 MarchVoice of the Decades with Kolin Grainger
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Voice of the Decades with Kolin Grainger enjoy a four course dinner with a Tribute to the songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr with the ever popular Kolin Grainger.
After dinner the music is more up tempo as Kolin performs his own Cabaret Spot with hits from the likes of Robbie Williams, Tom Jones and the Drifters.
4-course dinner with coffee and show £29.50 per person

MusicSat 23 MarchAbsolute Classics presents ...
7:30pm @ Holywood Village Hall, Holywood, Dumfries DG2 0RB
Katie Lowe, Soprano & Phillip Thomas, Piano
British soprano Katie Lowe studied at the RNCM, RCM, CIAV and completed her MA in advanced Vocal studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice. Her extensive list of awards and prizes includes the Elizabeth Connell Prize, the Ian Fleming Award MBF, the Sybil Tutton Award MBF and the Countess of Munster Award. Katie has had great success on the Opera stage including, Helmwige in Die Walküre at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Brünnhilde in Göetterdämmerung with the Master Singers.
In a career spanning over three decades, Phillip Thomas has worked as a vocal coach, casting associate, record producer, accompanist, vocal consultant and conductor. His prolific concert career apart from performances all over the UK and Ireland include concerts in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, New Orleans and St Louis.
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MusicSun 24 MarchBritish soprano Katie LoweAbsolute Classics presents ...
2:30pm @ Buccleuch & Queensberry Hotel, 112 Drumlanrig St, Thornhill DG3 5LU
Katie Lowe, Soprano & Phillip Thomas, Piano
British soprano Katie Lowe studied at the RNCM, RCM, CIAV and completed her MA in advanced Vocal studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice. Her extensive list of awards and prizes includes the Elizabeth Connell Prize, the Ian Fleming Award MBF, the Sybil Tutton Award MBF and the Countess of Munster Award. Katie has had great success on the Opera stage including, Helmwige in Die Walküre at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Brünnhilde in Göetterdämmerung with the Master Singers.
In a career spanning over three decades, Phillip Thomas has worked as a vocal coach, casting associate, record producer, accompanist, vocal consultant and conductor. His prolific concert career apart from performances all over the UK and Ireland include concerts in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, New Orleans and St Louis.
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Week Commencing Monday 25th March:

OtherThu 28 MarchResonate Inclusive Music & Art workshops
4:30-6:30pm @ Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Rd, Dumfries DG1 1JQ
A fun and inclusive series of music and visual art project for people with additional support needs (15-25 yrs) at Gracefield - a fully accessible venue in Dumfries town centre.
Meet new friends and enjoy creating and discovering music and art whilst contributing to a brand new piece for performance at the end of the project.
Professionally trained facilitators from Access Art and Paragon who are highly experienced in supporting young people will lead the workshops which are free of charge thanks to support from the Holywood Trust.
http://paragon-music.org/
For more info and to book call 01387 262084

KidsThu 28 MarchNYCOS Dumfries Wee Sing
5.45 - 6.45pm @ Laurieknowe School, 18A Laurieknowe, Dumfries DG2 7AJ
Wee Sing is a completely free project that introduces Primary 3 children to singing through musical games. Over the course of the project the children will learn new songs, develop musical skills, gain confidence and make lots of new friends. This is a Youth Music Initiative funded project from NYCOS, Scotland's youth singing organisation.
NYCOS Wee Sing is completely free, however, spaces are limited so advanced booking is required. To book, visit nycos.org.uk/weesing.

OtherThu 28 MarchStone Pipers: Exploring Images of Bagpipes in Carved Stone
7pm - 8.30pm @ Ellisland Farm, Ellisland, Auldgirth, Dumfries, DG2 0RP
Discover the iconography of an ancient instrument in this illustrated presentation. We'll look at bagpipers depicted in carved stone from the 13th century to modern times. Tom Hughes, a keen bagpipe historian and part of the Dumfries Stonecarving Project, will explore the rich variety in carved bagpipers and the stories behind these images, including a recently identified bagpiper stone carving from Dumfries
FREE EVENT

OtherFri 29 MarchDiary of a Councillor - Ros Surtees
10.00 am for 10.30 am @ County Buildings, Wigtown DG8 9JH
Ros will describe her life as a Councillor for Dumfries and Galloway Council. She has lived in the region for nearly 15 years, 12 years of which she spent as a social worker in Stranraer eventually heading up practice learning as the Senior Practice Learning Manager.   She took early retirement in 2016, intending to lecture in social work, conduct research, teach swimming, and conduct weddings and funerals as a qualified civil celebrant but instead, in May 2017 she was elected as a councillor with the SNP.

OtherFri 29 MarchSoup Lunches Fridays in Lent supporting Christian Aid
12- 13:30 @ St John's Church Hall, Dumfries DG1 1 LW
Popular long established fundraiser for Christian Aid:  delicious home made soup, cheese or plain roll, tea or coffee and a warm welcome  for a minimum donation of £3:50.
Sales table for cake, preserves and other goodies and Fairtrade foods stall.
Organised by Dumfries and District churches
christianaid.org.uk/fundraising/supporter-events

FilmFri 29 MarchDinner & Movie Night
18:00 @ The Green Room, Wigtown, DG8 9DS
Join us for our inaugural themed meal and film night - we will be serving a Tapas menu to complement our Spanish film Vicky Christina Barcelona.
About the film: A sizzling, erotically charged, relentlessly hilarious and touching romantic comedy that won Penelope Cruz (Volver, Vanilla Sky) a Best Performance By an Actress In a Supporting Role Oscar for her dazzling portrayal of the volatile Maria. Also starring Scarlett Johansen (Lost In Translation), Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men) and rising star Rebecca Hall (Frost/Nixon). In picturesque Barcelona, two American girls are about to find out that they have a lot more in common than they first thought. Vicky is practical, studious and engaged. Cristina on the other hand is reckless and adventurous. Both of them are about to have their worlds turned upside down by an infamous, bohemian artist called Juan and his psychotic ex-wife. Director: Woody Allen / Certificate: 12A / Runtime: 1 hr 36 mins
Meal served at 6:30pm Film starts at 8pm
Meal, Film and a glass of Sangria or Soft Drink for just £15 per person.
Advanced Booking Essential as we have a maximum capacity of 30. Tel: 07981925629 or online at: driftwoodcinema.org/shop

craftSat 30 MarchExperimental Needle Felting
10.30 - 3.30 @ Islesteps Hall, Dumfries DG2 8ES
Open to those who have done some needle felting. Use prefelt, silk fibres, hand dyed backgrounds and fleece to felt in texture. An inspirational day felting and embellishing. Cost £25 inc materials and equipment.
Contact solwaywoolscapes@gmail.com to book and for further details.

outdoorSat 30 & Sun 31 MarchGiant Easter Duck TrailGiant Easter Duck Trail
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
This Easter, go quackers and challenge your family to explore our wetlands to find giant yellow ducks hiding amongst reeds, trees and bushes. Use special activity cards to mark where you find these cheeky ducks hiding and take on the challenges, while learning all about the wetland wildlife we help look after.
See if you can beat your family and friends to finding all the yellow ducks, then receive your prize.
As well as the trail, there will be other fun duck-related activities for families to have a go at over the Easter holidays at WWT Caerlaverock.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSat 30 MarchSolway to Svalbard
11am-1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
A series of pop-up performances featuring some of Scotland's finest musicians and a chance to preview material created for 'Solway to Svalbard', a NEW body of audio visual work currently in development.
Musician and sonic artist, Stuart Macpherson, collaborates with filmmaker Emma Dove and sound recordist Pete Smith. Together they offer a creative response to the spring migration of the Barnacle Goose from the wetlands of the Solway Firth to the Islands of Svalbard.
Included in normal admission price, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

OtherSat 30 MarchThe Mind-Body Connection
11:30am @ Easterbrook Hall, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA
Why does someone get ill, even though they exercise regularly and eat a healthy organic diet?
Does the mind-body connection have any influence on our health?
Soul Whisperer, Tony Mills is an expert in understanding the mind-body connection. He has gained a wealth of knowledge in this field and will be explaining how we can jeopardise our health and well-being by trying to ignore troubling emotions and feelings.  For instance, What Really Causes Flu?
Born and raised in north Wales, Tony Mills began working as a therapist over 30 years ago. After learning various healing techniques, including massage, kinesiology and becoming a Reiki Master and Osteopath, Tony began to ask the question: What really causes ill health?  What is the root cause of personal pain or discomfort?  Tony became more and more interested in the mind-body connection.  It was during this exploration, that he then realised he was a channel of Higher Energies and was being given information that finally led him to the work he does today.
Energetic Wisdom is a holistic system for balancing, healing and harmonising all aspects of a person- body, mind, emotions and spirit. Tony will be giving a brief talk at 11.30am on Saturday 30th March, about his work at the Holistic Ways, Mind Body Spirit fair.  He will only be at the fair in the morning, but he is also offering private appointments on Monday 1st. 

readingSat 30 MarchThe Bakehouse presents Ciara McClaverty
7.00pm for 7.30pm @ The Bakehouse, 44 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HP
Ciara is 'a born enthusiast' according to the Times Literary Supplement. Her 'striking' poetry has appeared widely in newspapers, journals and literary magazines. She's been selected for 'Scottish Poem of the Year' and written for Scottish Opera and The Edinburgh Book Festival. Her pamphlet, Past Love in The Museum of Transport explores everyday love from girlhood to motherhood.
Winner of New Writer Award 2017
Come and strut your stuff, poetical, musical or theatrical in our acclaimed Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate open mic spots.
Tickets £5.00 - Ring 01557 814175 or email chrys@chryssalt.com

craftSun 31 MarchA Dye to Dye for workshop
10.30 - 3.30 @ Islesteps Hall, Dumfries DG2 8ES
Learn to dye fleece, yarn, silks and cotton fabrics as well as various techniques for printing on to fabric. A fun day working at your own pace. Suitable for beginners and those wanting to experiment. Cost is £28 for the day and includes all materials and dyes. Contact solwaywoolscapes@gmail.com to book and for further details.

MusicSun 31 MarchMothers Day Sunday Lunch with Sax n' Strings
Lunch served between 12-3pm (reservations only) @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Enjoy a delicious 3 course lunch on Mother's Day Sunday in Reivers Restaurant with live entertainment from Sax n' Strings. Lunch between 12pm & 3pm, £19.95 per person

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April

outdoorThroughout April Wild Swan Feeds
11am & 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
See wild whooper swans closer than anywhere in Britain from the Sir Peter Scott Observatory, with live commentary by the warden.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorUntil 28 AprilGiant Easter Duck TrailGiant Easter Duck Trail
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
This Easter, go quackers and challenge your family to explore our wetlands to find giant yellow ducks hiding amongst reeds, trees and bushes. Use special activity cards to mark where you find these cheeky ducks hiding and take on the challenges, while learning all about the wetland wildlife we help look after.
See if you can beat your family and friends to finding all the yellow ducks, then receive your prize.
As well as the trail, there will be other fun duck-related activities for families to have a go at over the Easter holidays at WWT Caerlaverock.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 1st April:

SportTue 2 - Mon 8 April Women's World Ice Hockey Championship
@ Dumfries Ice Bowl, King St, Dumfries DG2 9AN
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women's World Ice Hockey Championship
More at: www.iihf.com/en/events/2019/wwiia

OtherThu 4 AprilResonate Inclusive Music & Art workshops
4:30-6:30pm @ Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Rd, Dumfries DG1 1JQ
A fun and inclusive series of music and visual art project for people with additional support needs (15-25 yrs) at Gracefield - a fully accessible venue in Dumfries town centre.
Meet new friends and enjoy creating and discovering music and art whilst contributing to a brand new piece for performance at the end of the project.
Professionally trained facilitators from Access Art and Paragon who are highly experienced in supporting young people will lead the workshops which are free of charge thanks to support from the Holywood Trust.
http://paragon-music.org/
For more info and to book call 01387 262084

OtherFri 5 AprilSoup Lunches Fridays in Lent supporting Christian Aid
12- 13:30 @ St John's Church Hall, Dumfries DG1 1 LW
Popular long established fundraiser for Christian Aid:  delicious home made soup, cheese or plain roll, tea or coffee and a warm welcome  for a minimum donation of £3:50.
Sales table for cake, preserves and other goodies and Fairtrade foods stall.
Organised by Dumfries and District churches
christianaid.org.uk/fundraising/supporter-events

MusicSun 7 April Scottish Duo, Mairearad Green and Anna Massie
Doors: 2.00pm  Start: 2.30pm @ The Catstrands Theate, High Street, New Galloway. DG7 3RN
Fresh from a performance at Scotland's biggest music festival, Celtic Connections, the duo will be performing material from their fourth album, 'Farran',  combined with some familiar favourites, one or two completely new songs and all delivered with their intensely warm and friendly stage presence.
Given that Mairearad grew up by Achnahaird bay and is now living by the sea in Ullapool and Anna is from the village of Fortrose by the Moray Firth, it is not surprising that there is a marine theme for this duo's fourth album. Material includes the JP Cormier song about a boat, 'Molly May' and a haunting fiddle number 'Mo Chailin - Dileas Donn' written by Ullapool fisherman, Hector Mackenzie.  Also on the album, there's a foot stomping set of local reels written by Mairearad's piping teacher, PM Norman Gillies, and many other great tunes, notably, some self penned compositions which is a staple for this pair's music.

Week Commencing Monday 8th April:

OtherFri 12 AprilSoup Lunches Fridays in Lent supporting Christian Aid
12- 13:30 @ St John's Church Hall, Dumfries DG1 1 LW
Popular long established fundraiser for Christian Aid:  delicious home made soup, cheese or plain roll, tea or coffee and a warm welcome  for a minimum donation of £3:50.
Sales table for cake, preserves and other goodies and Fairtrade foods stall.
Organised by Dumfries and District churches
christianaid.org.uk/fundraising/supporter-events

MusicFri 12 AprilCounterfeit Sixties Show
Doors 7pm / Show 7.30pm @ Buccleuch Centre, Langholm DG13 0AW
Re-live the sounds of the swinging sixties, as Britain's No. 1 tribute show brings alive the magic of the sixties with their tribute to over twenty five bands of that era. The show encompasses everything from that period, from the clothes that were worn, to flashbacks from television history, including: TV programmes, adverts and even clips from the original bands.
The Counterfeit Sixties presents a showcase of the great bands of this unforgettable time. The fantastic music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks and The Monkees - to name but a few - all recreated in this stunning show. The band members have performed their unique tribute shows all over the UK and abroad, and have a wide range of experience in that field. The members of the band have individually worked with notable sixties' artists such as The Searchers, The Ivy League, The Fortunes, The Tremeloes and many more.
Join us for a night of sixties nostalgia!
Tickets: £18.00 Concessions: £16.00 - Box Office 01387 381196

MusicSat 13 AprilMichael Buble Tribute with Dan McCann
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
A fabulous Michael Buble Tribute with Dan McCann and also a 90's Tribute. The fabulous Dan McCann with his tribute to Michael Buble. Singing all his hits such as Haven't Met You Yet, It's a Beautiful Day, Feeling Good and Cry me a River to name a few. Includes a 4 course dinner with coffee and live entertainment.
7pm for 7.30pm dinner served at 7.30pm, entertainment usually starts around 9pm
4-course dinner with coffee & show £29.50 per person

outdoor Sun 14 Apr 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: £4, accompanied children free.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 15th April:

MusicSat 20 AprilSteve Storm Elvis Tribute
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Fantastic Easter Weekend starting with Steve Storm and his Elvis tribute show. Night includes a four course dinner with coffee. Entertainment will start around about 9-9.30pm. Elvis is in the building! Singing all the classic hits such as Blue Suede Shoes, Suspicious Minds, Burning Love, Always on my Mind and Love me Tender to name a few. Steve interacts with the audience and keeps you entertained all night!
4-course dinner with coffee & show £35 per person

MusicSun 21 AprilScottish Night with Sandy & Lee
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Why not come along to a fabulous Scottish Night with our ever popular Sandy and Lee with their fantastic Scottish Night. Night includes a four course dinner with coffee then live entertainment.
4-course dinner with coffee & show £29.50 per person

Week Commencing Monday 22nd April:

OtherThu 25 AprilResonate Inclusive Music & Art workshops
4:30-6:30pm @ Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Rd, Dumfries DG1 1JQ
A fun and inclusive series of music and visual art project for people with additional support needs (15-25 yrs) at Gracefield - a fully accessible venue in Dumfries town centre.
Meet new friends and enjoy creating and discovering music and art whilst contributing to a brand new piece for performance at the end of the project.
Professionally trained facilitators from Access Art and Paragon who are highly experienced in supporting young people will lead the workshops which are free of charge thanks to support from the Holywood Trust.
http://paragon-music.org/
For more info and to book call 01387 262084

OtherThu 25 AprTalk: G Branwell Evens or Romany of the BBC
7pm-8.30pm @ Devil's Porridge Museum, Stanfield, Annan Road, Eastriggs, DG12 6TF
A talk about G. Bramwell Evens, a Methodist minister who was in Gretna during World War One by David Barnaby.
David has recently published a new book about Branwell Evens called 'The Sky is as Blue as a Hedge-Sparrow's Egg: Reading Romany' George Bramwell Evens, (1884-1943) was one of the most loved broadcasters of his day. He was Methodist minister but in the 1930s he was known by everyone as Romany of the BBC. He had an intimate knowledge of the natural world and a gift for vivid communication. His natural history programmes led thousands of children to love of the wonders of the countryside.
In this talk, David Barnaby will explore the world Romany created. David has written over a dozen books. He is an amateur naturalist, a jazz drummer, a saxophone quartet player and a circus enthusiast.
£3 per person payable on the door.

MusicSat 27 AprilVoice of the Decades with Kolin Grainger
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Enjoy a four course dinner with a Tribute to the songs of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr with the ever popular Kolin Grainger. Fly Me To The Moon, Stranger in the Night, New York! New York etc
After Dinner the music is more up tempo as Kolin performs his own Cabaret Spot with hits from the likes of Robbie Williams, Tom Jones and the Drifters.
4-course dinner with coffee & show £29.50 per person

OtherSat 27 AprFloristry Workshop - Fun With Phormiums
10.00am - 12.00pm @ Heathhall Community Centre, Barnett Road, Heathhall, Dumfries, DG1 3RU
Come along and have fun weaving Phormium leaves into 'flowers'. 
£15.00 per person for tuition and refreshments, £20.00 per person for tuition, refreshments and leaves. 
Advance booking is essential.  Please contact Jaine at floralsynergy@btinternet.com for further details.

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May

outdoor11th - 31st MayGiant LEGO Brick Animal TrailGiant LEGO Brick Animal Trail
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
The Giant LEGO® Brick Animal Trail is back by popular demand!
Enjoy the fourteen individually-designed LEGO brick characters out on the reserve at WWT Caerlaverock. The giant animals, some up to twelve times life size, include Natalie the Nene, the world's rarest goose, Kate the Kingfisher and Benedict the Bewick's swan, magnificently stretching his brick wings.
Meet our fantastic new characters, Skye the White Stork, Walter the Water Vole and Sam the Short Eared Owl!
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 29th April:

musicFri 3rd - Sun 5th May Creetown Country Ceilidh Festival
Starts Friday 3rd May 18:00 @ Various venues, Creetown
3 days of country and ceilidh music in marquee as well as family fun. 
Tickets available at: ticketsource.co.uk/creetowncountryceilidhfestival

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outdoor Sun 26 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 27th May:

OtherTue 28 MayTalk: Extraordinary Women
7pm-8.30pm @ Devil's Porridge Museum, Stanfield, Annan Road, Eastriggs, DG12 6TF
In this talk, Janet Iveson will explore local women who lived extraordinary lives.  She will mainly focus on women from Dumfries and Galloway.
£3 per person payable on the door

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

June

outdoorThroughout JuneGiant LEGO Brick Animal TrailGiant LEGO Brick Animal Trail
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
The Giant LEGO® Brick Animal Trail is back by popular demand!
Enjoy the fourteen individually-designed LEGO brick characters out on the reserve at WWT Caerlaverock. The giant animals, some up to twelve times life size, include Natalie the Nene, the world's rarest goose, Kate the Kingfisher and Benedict the Bewick's swan, magnificently stretching his brick wings.
Meet our fantastic new characters, Skye the White Stork, Walter the Water Vole and Sam the Short Eared Owl!
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 27th May:

OtherTue 28 MayTalk: Extraordinary Women
7pm-8.30pm @ Devil's Porridge Museum, Stanfield, Annan Road, Eastriggs, DG12 6TF
In this talk, Janet Iveson will explore local women who lived extraordinary lives.  She will mainly focus on women from Dumfries and Galloway.
£3 per person payable on the door

outdoor Sun 2 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 3rd June:

outdoor Sun 9 JuneScotland’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.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 10th June:

MusicSat 15 JuneJust John and Paul Lennon & McCartney Tribute
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Why not come to the hotel after the Guid Nychburris parade and enjoy a fabulous night with the Just John & Paul tribute to Lennon and McCartney, Beatles Tribute. Enjoy a great party night with excellent entertainment and food.
4-course dinner with coffee & show £29.50 per person

outdoor Sun 16 JuneScotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ BARMAGACHAN HOUSE, Borgue, Kirkcudbright DG6 4SW
This garden, developed since 2009, surrounds an 18th century house on a rocky knoll overlooking Wigtown Bay. It is profusely planted with a large variety of alpines, perennials and shrubs. Two themes are plants from SW China and Australasia e.g. meconopsis, arisaema, Asian primulas, eucryphia and leptospermum. Planting is informal and naturalistic and designed to encourage wildlife. And there is a productive vegetable garden, soft fruit cage and developing orchard. Visitors may also explore the wood and motte. Teas and plant sales.
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 17th June:

outdoor Sun 23 JuneScotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
10am-5pm @ THREAVE GARDEN, Castle Douglas, DG7 1RX
Threave Garden, "The Training Centre for future Professional Gardeners", is home to the School of Heritage Gardening. A place of education and plantsmanship, the garden has been developed by generations of students since 1960, resulting in a series of 'rooms' within the garden, each showcasing year-round interest; from beautiful spring daffodils, striking autumnal colour and a multitude of summer herbaceous displays. Threave also boasts a fully productive working walled garden that yields a large bounty of home-grown produce each year for sale to the public and use in the on-site terrace cafe. Teas and plant sales.
Directions: Off A75, one mile west of Castle Douglas.
Admission: £5, accompanied children free.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 24th June:

MusicSat 29 JuneVoice of the Decades with Kolin Grainger
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Enjoy a four course dinner with a Tribute to the songs of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr with the ever popular Kolin Grainger. Fly Me To The Moon, Stranger in the Night, New York! New York etc
After Dinner the music is more up tempo as Kolin performs his own Cabaret Spot with hits from the likes of Robbie Williams, Tom Jones and the Drifters.
4-course dinner with coffee & show £29.50 per person

outdoor Sun 30 JuneScotland’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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July

Week Commencing Monday 1st July:

MusicSat 6 JulySax n' Strings
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Playing at The Cairndale Hotel, Sax 'n' Strings offers a great evening of live music. With the combination of great food and excellent music this event will not fail to impress.
4-course dinner with coffee and show £29.50 per person

outdoor Sun 7 JulyScotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ KINGS GRANGE HOUSE
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.
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

MusicSun 7 JulyScottish Night with Sandy & Lee
6.30pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with a 4 course dinner including coffee plus live Scottish music performed by Sandy & Lee. These nights always prove popular with our guests and offer a fantastic relaxed evening for all!
4-course dinner with coffee & show £29.50 per person

Week Commencing Monday 8th July:

MusicSat 13 JulySax n' Strings
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Playing at The Cairndale Hotel, Sax 'n' Strings offers a great evening of live music. With the combination of great food and excellent music this event will not fail to impress.
4-course dinner with coffee and show £29.50 per person

MusicSun 14 JulyScottish Night with Sandy & Lee
6.30pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with a 4 course dinner including coffee plus live Scottish music performed by Sandy & Lee. These nights always prove popular with our guests and offer a fantastic relaxed evening for all!
4-course dinner with coffee & show £29.50 per person

Week Commencing Monday 15th July:

MusicSat 20 JulyVoice of the Decades with Kolin Grainger
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Enjoy a four course dinner with a Tribute to the songs of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr with the ever popular Kolin Grainger. Fly Me To The Moon, Stranger in the Night, New York! New York etc
After Dinner the music is more up tempo as Kolin performs his own Cabaret Spot with hits from the likes of Robbie Williams, Tom Jones and the Drifters.
4-course dinner with coffee & show £29.50 per person

outdoor Sun 21 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

MusicSun 21 JulyScottish Night with Sandy & Lee
6.30pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with a 4 course dinner including coffee plus live Scottish music performed by Sandy & Lee. These nights always prove popular with our guests and offer a fantastic relaxed evening for all!
4-course dinner with coffee & show £29.50 per person

Week Commencing Monday 22nd July:

MusicSat 27 JulyVoice of the Decades with Kolin Grainger
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Enjoy a four course dinner with a Tribute to the songs of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr with the ever popular Kolin Grainger. Fly Me To The Moon, Stranger in the Night, New York! New York etc
After Dinner the music is more up tempo as Kolin performs his own Cabaret Spot with hits from the likes of Robbie Williams, Tom Jones and the Drifters.
4-course dinner with coffee & show £29.50 per person

MusicSun 28 JulyScottish Night with Sandy & Lee
6.30pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with a 4 course dinner including coffee plus live Scottish music performed by Sandy & Lee. These nights always prove popular with our guests and offer a fantastic relaxed evening for all!
4-course dinner with coffee & show £29.50 per person

Week Commencing Monday 29th July:

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August

Week Commencing Monday 29th July:

MusicSat 3 AugustVoice of the Decades with Kolin Grainger
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Enjoy a four course dinner with a Tribute to the songs of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr with the ever popular Kolin Grainger. Fly Me To The Moon, Stranger in the Night, New York! New York etc
After Dinner the music is more up tempo as Kolin performs his own Cabaret Spot with hits from the likes of Robbie Williams, Tom Jones and the Drifters.
4-course dinner with coffee & show £29.50 per person

MusicSun 4 AugustScottish Night with Sandy & Lee
6.30pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with a 4 course dinner including coffee plus live Scottish music performed by Sandy & Lee. These nights always prove popular with our guests and offer a fantastic relaxed evening for all!
4-course dinner with coffee & show £29.50 per person

Week Commencing Monday 5th August:

MusicSat 10 AugustVoice of the Decades with Kolin Grainger
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Enjoy a four course dinner with a Tribute to the songs of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr with the ever popular Kolin Grainger. Fly Me To The Moon, Stranger in the Night, New York! New York etc
After Dinner the music is more up tempo as Kolin performs his own Cabaret Spot with hits from the likes of Robbie Williams, Tom Jones and the Drifters.
4-course dinner with coffee & show £29.50 per person

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Week Commencing Monday 26th August:

MusicFri 30 AugustRobert Carmichael Singer & Acoustic Guitar
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
New for 2019 we have Robert Carmichael In 2011 he took his music career in a new direction, He launched his Solo Acoustic Project and has had an overwhelming success with this. Listen to Robert on his acoustic guitar.
Includes a four course dinner with coffee and live entertainment in the Solway Suite 4-course dinner with coffee & show £29.50 per person. 

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September

Week Commencing Monday 26th August:

outdoor Sun 1 SeptScotland’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

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OtherTue 17 SeptWojtek the Bear a talk by Aileen Orr
7pm @ Devil's Porridge Museum, Stanfield, Annan Road, Eastriggs, DG12 6TF
The story of Wojtek is about a bear cub picked up by a group of Poles who had been released from Siberian gulags in 1942. He was then transported by them down to Iraq where the men joined the Polish Army to fight with the Allies. He became their mascot and travelled with them to Italy where he was spotted carrying boxes of ammunition with the men at Monte Cassino. A war artist made a military emblem of the bear carrying a shell for them which became famous.
When the war was over, the same Poles were sent from Naples to Glasgow with the bear. They then ended their journey at Winfield Camp in Berwickshire for two years until 1947 when the Displaced Persons camps were closed.
The bear was sent to Edinburgh Zoo until Poland became free, but he died in 1963 at the age of 21.
His story was witnessed and recorded by James Little KOSB from Moniaive. His granddaughter Aileen Orr wrote the story and her family helped erect the Wojtek memorial in Princes Street Gardens. Aileen is the author of Wojtek the Bear: Polish War Hero (published by Birlinn, 2012).
£3 per person, payable on the door.

 

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