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Dumfries and Galloway

What's On in Dumfries & Galloway

Please find below information about what's on and events coming up in Dumfries & Galloway in south west Scotland. Click on a month to get started ...

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

June & July

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

Until 1 JulyTiktok Takeover!
3:30pm - 6pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum
Join us to take over The Devil's Porridge TikTok account, creating and publishing your own videos!
The Devil's Porridge Museum will be running a TikTok Takeover where you can create, shoot, edit and publish TikTok's for the museum!
We will be using historical objects, the museum\'s surroundings and dressing up materials to create fun short videos to share history with people worldwide. Starting Thursday June 10th and continuing weekly, this takeover will run at the museum, and you can drop in to join us anytime between 3:30 and 6pm. Because of COVID restrictions, pre-booking via Eventbrite is essential.
You can book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tiktok-takeover-tickets-156915116337.
Perfect for young people aged 12 and upwards!

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

From 3 July
Entertainment is back at The Cairndale Hotel
@ Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
- Sat 3 July : Scotty D Soul & Motown Tribute
- Sun 4 July : Scottish Night With Sandy & Lee
- Sat 10 July : Kolin Grainger, Voice Of The Decades
- Sun 11 July : Scottish Night With sandy & Lee
More info and booking: ticketsource.co.uk/midsteepleboxoffice

Sun 4 July
Little Red And The Big Bad Wolf
2pm-3:15pm @ Threave Gardens and Estate, Castle Douglas DG7 1RX
Open-Air Theatre. Little Red sets off through the forest to visit Grandma but the journey won't be easy, not with all these distractions! The three pigs are building their new homes, Goldilocks is having problems with some bears and to top it all off, the Big Bad Wolf is out on the hunt for his dinner! Can Little Red help her friends and still outsmart the hungry Wolf? Filled with live music, colourful characters and puppetry, this wonderful family musical has something for everyone! Bring along your picnics, blankets, folding chairs and friends and family!

Sun 4 July
Scotland’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. Plant sales.
Directions: On A710 near Caulkerbush. Dalbeattie 7 miles, Dumfries 17 miles.
Admission: £5, accompanied children free.
For latest information on opening please visit www.scotlandsgardens.org Charity No: SCI0 SCO49866

Thu 15 July
The Tempest
7pm-9:30pm @ Threave Gardens and Estate, Castle Douglas DG7 1RX
Open-Air Theatre. Prospero conjures a storm and torments the survivors of a shipwreck, including his treacherous brother, Antonio. Meanwhile Prospero's slave, Caliban, plots to rid himself of his master but is thwarted by Prospero's spirit-servant Ariel. Ferdinand then falls in love with Prospero's daughter Miranda. Will Prospero grant Ariel her freedom and be restored to his dukedom? Will Ferdinand and Miranda's love overcome all? Folksy's wonderful production is filled with live music, colourful characters, enchantment and a little touch of magic.

Fri 16 July
Theatre Illyria presents The Further Adventures Of Dr Dolittle
5:30pm @ Beside The Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries
Following the phenomenal success of 2018's tour of The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle, we're delving back into Hugh Lofting's amazing stories to bring you a brand-new musical adaptation of the Doctor's FURTHER adventures with Jip the Dog, Dab Dab the Duck, Gub Gub the Pig, Polynesia the Parrot. Where in the world will they go? Will they even stay on this world?! Which new animals will they help along the way? Will the Rats still have pithy observations to make? Is Gub Gub still dreaming about cake?
Perfect summer fun for everyone aged 5+.Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes (including a 20 minute interval
Bring a picnic and a rug – and bring a brolly rain won’t stop play!

Sun 18 July
Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
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.
Directions: The allotment site can be found on the Dalbeattie bypass (A710) next to Craignair Health Centre.
Admission: £3, accompanied children free.
For latest information on opening please visit www.scotlandsgardens.org Charity No: SCI0 SCO49866

Sun 25 July
Scotland’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.
Directions: A75 to Crocketford, then three miles on A712 to Corsock and New Galloway.
Admission: £5, accompanied children free.
For latest information on opening please visit www.scotlandsgardens.org Charity No: SCI0 SCO49866

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

Aug & Sept

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

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

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

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

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

Oct & Nov

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

Mon 22 NovNearly a decade! Fires and Firefighting at HM Factory Gretna
7.00pm - 9.00pm GMT
A free online talk by Nigel Crompton on the Fire Brigade at HM Factory Gretna (the greatest munitions factory on earth) in World War One.
Our presentation begins in October 1915 with the builders discussing fire insurance with HM Government and then we travel through to September 1925 with a large fire at Gretna just a few days after the brigade had been disbanded. Our journey will include looking at the men and women who fought fires, took part in competitions and ensured the safety of H M Factory, Gretna. We\'ll see the vehicles, stations and uniforms used. Likewise details and photographs will show the diversity of incidents including travelling miles to assist local communities in areas where proper fire fighting apparatus and crews did not exist or were rudimentary.
Lasting about 50 minutes, Nigel Crompton, MA's presentation includes photographs, copies of maps and other documents relating to the fire brigade and fire fighting at HM Factory, Gretna.
Hosted by Devil’s Porridge Museum.
More info and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk


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