Dumfries and Galloway
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Dumfries and Galloway

What's On in Dumfries and Galloway

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

April 2017

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

outdoorEvery day April 2017 Guide in the Hide
11am - 3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. See the ‘What’s On’ board in the visitor centre for information and availability.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

exhibitionUntil Saturday 29th April ‘Solway Landscapes’ by Minette Bell Macdonald
10am to 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
An exhibition of limited edition prints by established landscape artist Minette Bell Macdonald. The exhibition depicts beautiful scenes of the Solway and its changing light and moods.
Free. For more information please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 17th April:

otherTuesday 18th AprilDumfries Diabetes Support Group
7 - 9 pm @ St George's Church Hall, Dumfries
A friendly and informal get together. Receive information, advice and share experiences over a cuppa. Please feel free to bring someone for company.
For more information contact Lindsay on 07732 164010.

theatreThursday 20th April ON OUR WAY TO LISBON
8.00pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
On Our Way To Lisbon tells the story of how, in 1967, Glasgow Celtic became the first British team to win the European Cup with victory over the mighty Inter Milan.
Two fans look back and fondly recreate how the Bhoys in Green and White beat the team who were hailed as unbeatable.
The wildly magnificent campaign comes to life as two supporters become everything from a vicious Swiss football team to the entire population of Lisbon!
Tickets £16.00 - Tel 01776 703 535

booksThursday 20th - Sunday 23rd April Big Lit - Literary Gatehouse of Fleet Dumfries and Galloway
Variuos venues throughout Gatehouse of Fleet.
A long weekend of book events in Gatehouse of Fleet, including author talks, stories and poetry from a host of authors.
"We have a fantastic programme for you this year, headlining the gloriously funny ‘People’s Potato’, John Hegley, who will entertain both the young, and young at heart.
"Award winning novelist Karen Campbell returns to lead another cutting edge workshop for writers while charismatic broadcaster and performer Billy Kay explores the Scottish Diaspora and its influence on wine! With optional wine to follow! WagTongues will be back. Southlight will be back.
"We have music (ancient and modern), prose (historical, mythical and biographical), poetry (political, lyrical and personal), a horrid literary murder for you to solve at Cream o’Galloway (gory, gruesome and grisly), installation, heritage, text based art-work, exhibition, installation, and a timely Scottish PEN event featuring exiled Bafta award winning Palestinian poet Ghazi Hussein who has found refuge from torture in Scotland.
"And there’s BIG LIT young people’s strand offering something for all ages - from literary drumming and daft poyems to games, crafts and madcap story telling."
Full programme and tickets available at www.biglit.org or at Franca Bruno’s shop in Gatehouse of Fleet - tel: 07803 228497 / 07707 686109

otherSaturday 22nd April SHA UK's Longest Zipwire Charity Challenge
12:30pm @ Laggan Outdoor, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2ES
Zip 820 metres along the UK’s longest zipwire and help raise funds for the Scottish Huntington's Association.
Do you have what it takes to conquer UK’s longest zipwire? Spanning 820 metres over beautiful Scottish scenery this is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry. There are two wires which means two people can go together!
Please note: The minimum age to take part in this event is 4. Maximum weight is 100kgs.
Once you have signed up to the event we send you a fundraising welcome pack which is filled with lots of hints and tips on how to raise your sponsorship.
£20 per ticket
Contact 0141 848 0308 or email fundraising@hdscotland.org

musicSaturday 22nd AprilLive Music with Nathon Jones
Starting from 7:30pm @ Craft Hotel, 30 South Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HG
Join us for an evening with the fantastic musician, Nathon Jones.

outdoorSunday 23rd April Dusty’s GIANT Duck Hunt
10am – 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Calling all kids - we’ve lost our GIANT yellow ducks and Dusty Duck needs you and your family to help him find them at WWT Caerlaverock this Easter.
You’ll need to use all your special detective skills to track down these cheeky birds and be in with a chance of winning a yummy chocolate treat. Family event. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 24th April:

theatreWednesday 26th April CRAZY GLUE
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Crazy Glue follows the comedic roller coaster of a couple's romance as they move from the blossoming of first love through to the thornier terrain of married life. Inspired by the physical comedy of Buster Keaton and the madcap absurdity of Looney Tunes, we combine silent film nostalgia and cartoon antics.
Without using a single word Crazy Glue fuses clowning, dance and mime into a universally accessible show about the crazy, sticky, messy side of love.
Tickets £12.00 conc. £10.00 - Tel 01776 703 535

exhibition26th April - 23rd June 2017 Spring Exhibition
@ Unit 3 Gallery, Bladnoch Bridge Estate, Wigtown, DG8 9AB
Our Spring Exhibition features seven artists and has a contemporary feel from graphics to pop art to pen and ink - entry is free - the gallery is open Wed - Fri 10 - 4 and on Saturdays from 12 - 4.

musicThursday 27th April MICHAEL ENGLISH
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Michael English has established himself as one of Ireland’s top Country music stars since forming his own band just 3 years ago. Michael took home the award for “Best Country Band” at the ICMA’s, “Best Male Vocalist” at The Sunday World Country Music Awards and recently performed on the Late Late Show. All whilst selling out dances and concerts in Ireland, UK, Portugal andCanada. Michael’s brand new album called “Take me Home” features all this current hits like “Tuam Beat” and “If you Love me Let me Know” along with some new material and some classic favourites.
Tickets £21.00 - Tel 01776 703 535

otherFriday 28th April Spring Book Festival Opening Party
9pm @ Craft Hotel, 30 South Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HG
Join the Association of Wigtown Booksellers, Wigtown residents and visitors to celebrate the start of the Spring Book Weekend 2017!
Acoustic music, glass of fizz and fun charity raffle, with all proceeds donated to the AWB.
Join us for a fantastic night! Craft bar is open until late!
Dress to Impress.
Tickets are £10 only! Email crafthotelwigtown@gmail.com for more information.

otherSaturday 29th & Sunday 30th April The Spring Kist
10am - 4pm @ County Buildings, Wigtown, DG8 9JH
Browse through and indulge in more than 25 unique goods stands (including 12 new exhibitors), with local and national producers and artisans showcasing the best of Scotland's art, craft, food and drink.
The Spring Tearoom offers a relaxing space to sit back, relax and enjoy a morning coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea.
Free Entry

musicSaturday 29th AprilLive Music with Katy Galloway
Starting from 8:30pm @ Craft Hotel, 30 South Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HG
Join a wonderful young musician who is travelling from Edinburgh to Wigtown to play.
Modern, country and traditional music.
Entry is free

outdoorSunday 30th April Dawn Chorus Walk
6am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Join the warden on a walk around the reserve, listening to the bird song.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSunday 30th April Portrack Open Day
Portrack Garden Opening
There will be a new car parking system this year, and it will involve closing the local lanes at the Estate and running a one way system entering from the A76 Thornhill side and exiting onto the A76 Dumfries/Cowhill side.
Nearly 800 tickets have already been sold! Although the ticket prices are up this year kids go free if accompanied by an adult so it's still a good value family day out. 40% of the monies go to the Maggie Centres and the rest to Scottish Gardens beneficiaries.
Click here for further details about Portrack | Click here for tickets for the Open Day

otherSunday 30th April In Search of the Hidden Energy of Water - A Drumlanrig Quest
11am @ Drumlanrig Castle car park
In Search of the Hidden Energy of Water - A Drumlanrig QuestJoin us on a quest to discover the hidden energy of water within the stunning landscape surrounding Drumlanrig Castle. Professor David Munro will taken us on a journey, guided by the fascinating estate plans in the castle’s archive, showing how energy has been harnessed, chiefly from the Marr Burn, to power mills, light the castle and feed an ornamental cascade and fountains in the designed landscape around Drumlanrig.
Our journey will also take us to the site of a Roman fort, to ancient wells and to stones that may well have had their own ‘hidden’ energy linked to water nearby. We will explore how important water has been to the estate and to people who have lived on the land, from earliest times to modern hydro-electric schemes. The story of the power of water in the past and the present will hopefully stimulate us to think about the role of water in the future.
Please bring wellies and weatherproof clothes and a packed lunch for our journey.
Fee: £40 (concessions available)
To Book: Please contact jan@wide-open.net or tel 07801232229 to find out more.

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

May 2017

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

outdoorEvery day May 2017 Guide in the Hide
11am - 3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. See the ‘What’s On’ board in the visitor centre for information and availability.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

exhibitionThroughout May ‘Mr Spaghetti Head Flies the Cuckoo Nest’ by Andy Ormandy
10am to 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Paintings and photographs focusing on the beautiful landscape of Dumfries and Galloway and wildlife at WWT Caerlaverock. The paintings draw on influences from artists such as Mondrian, Peter Blake and Warhol.  
All proceeds will be split equally between Support in Mind Scotland and WWT Caerlaverock.
Free. For more information please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 1st May:

otherMonday 1st MayChalloch SWI (Scottish Women's Institute) - 4 Different Corners
19:30 - 21:30 @ St Ninian's Church Hall, Newton Stewart
For Challoch members
Competitions are: (1) Flowers in a teacup (2) Small picture max 6
Bring your own teacup and bring a friend.
First visit free.
For more information contact Margaret on 01671 403 023

outdoorSaturday 6th & Sunday 7th May Giant LEGO® Brick Animal trail Launch Weekend
11am & 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Take part in an awesome hour-long LEGO brick workshop! There are two exciting LEGO challenges and a LEGO brick frog to make and take home. Do the LEGO® trail to see the 11 giant LEGO brick animals around the reserve.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. £8.50pp for workshops. Booking is essential.  
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSaturday 6th May Bird Ringing Demonstration
11am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Join the North Solway Ringing Group as they demonstrate how to ring a range of birds.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherSaturday 6th May Wigtown Festival Company Dinner and Charity Auction
10am - 4pm @ County Buildings, Wigtown, DG8 9JH
Join us for an evening of fun with a delicious three course meal and the chance to outbid your friends with all proceeds going to Wigtown Festival Company's events, including the annual book festival and children's and young people's programmes.
Featuring a live auction led by Wyllie McCulloch, a silent auction and dazzling raffle you're sure of a night to remember supported by local businesses, individuals and visiting authors.
Tickets are £30 per person (or £300 for a table of ten). Tickets can also be purchased by calling the office on 01988 402036. For further information please contact claire@wigtownbookfestival.com.

musicSaturday 6th MayThe Dalgarno Singers - Spring Concert
7.30pm @ Thornhill Parish Church
The theme is 'Peace and Love' and we are excited to be performing Karl Jenkins' "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace", a work commissioned by the Royal Armouries to commemorate the millennium and dedicated by the composer to the victims of Kosovo. We shall also be singing Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitaker and a selection of shorter pieces reflecting our theme.
The Dalgarno Singers' Spring Concert is, from a singing point of view, always the most challenging of our three concerts and we are working hard and enjoying rehearsals with our new Music Director, Rory McLatchie. We hope that you will be able to come along and hear the results!

musicSaturday 6th MayBonnie Fechters: Songs and Stories of Hope and Resistance
7.30 @ Theatre Royal, Dumfries
Celebrated singer and director Morna Burdon brings a host of strong women to the Theatre Royal in Dumfries.
From so-called witches persecuted throughout Scotland, including Dumfries, in the 17th centuary to the women of Greenham Common in the 1980s, Morna links the stories of hope and resistance throughout history who have used song to tell their stories and gained strength from each other.
Tickets available from ticketweb.co.uk or Midsteeple Box Office

musicSaturday 6th Maycharity concert
7.30pm @ Thornhill Bowling Club, E Morton St, Thornhill DG3 5LZ
An evening with Marc James    
£10 a ticket  - money raised for heart/stroke

musicSaturday 6th MayMotown and Northern Soul Night featuring Sarah Collins
9.00 pm and 1.00 am (or even longer!) @ Cairndale Hotel Dumfries
A night of classic motown and northern soul plus, live on stage - sarah collins and the keep the faith band.
Tickets - £10 (dinner and show package also available) - on sale at the cairndale, barnstorm, domino records and the mid-steeple box office.
This is a night not to be missed.

outdoorSunday 7th May In Focus
10am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Try before you buy the latest binoculars and telescopes from the huge range available today. In Focus experts are on hand all day to give advice. WWT Caerlaverock benefits from every sale.
Free. For more information please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 8th May:

otherFriday 12th May Johnstonebridge Community Centre Film Club Presents
Doors open 7pm - Film starts 7:30pm @ Johnstonebridge Community Centre DG11 1ES
Cheese & Wine Evening
Tickets Adults: £7:50 / Children Free (includes cheese, biscuits & a glass of wine of your choice)
Bar & Refreshments available - Raffle too!
Please book tickets at:  Johnstonebridge Centre - 01576470325 Cheese Kindly Donated By:  Arla Foods

musicFriday 12th MayAn evening with Huey Dowling and Al Price
Starting from 7:30pm @ Craft Hotel, 30 South Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HG
An opportunity to spend the evening with two fantastic local musicians. Join us in our cosy bar from 8pm for an evening of brilliant music.

otherSaturday 13th May Springalong
1-4pm @ Dock Park, Dumfries DG1 2RY
Fun free activities for the family to enjoy.

otherSaturday 13th & Sunday 14th MayHeal Your Home
@ Cumberland Street Day Centre, Cumberland St, Dumfries DG1 2JX
Do you shiver when you enter a home? Do you live in a 'divorce house'? Do you feel tired all the time? Is your house not selling? Is your family constantly in conflict? Do you find it difficult to sleep at night?
If you have answered yes to any of the above, then this is the course for you.
Course starts at 9.30 on Saturday
www.dowsingspirits.co.uk/courses

outdoorSaturday 13th & Sunday 14th May Giant LEGO® Brick Animal Trail
10am-5pm (workshops at 11am) @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Do the LEGO® trail to see the 11 giant LEGO® brick animals around the reserve. 
Take part in an awesome hour-long LEGO brick workshop! There is a LEGO brick frog to make and take home.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. £5pp for workshops. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSunday 14th May Natterjack Talk and Walk
8.30pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Learn about natterjack toads and why they are the rarest amphibian in Britain.  There may be a possibility at dusk, of taking a walk out onto the reserve to try and hear the toad chorus as the male toads come down to the shallow pools to sing to the females to encourage them to spawn. Bring warm clothing suitable for the evening and a torch.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 15th May:

musicFriday 19th MayLive music from Siannen Mcllroy
From 8.00pm @ Craft Hotel, 30 South Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HG
If you missed her the first time, don't fret! The wonderful Siannen Mcllroy will be singing her beautiful songs in our cosy bar!

outdoorSaturday 20th & Sunday 21st MayGiant LEGO® Brick Animal Trail
10am-5pm (workshops at 11am) @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Do the LEGO® trail to see the 11 giant LEGO® brick animals around the reserve. 
Take part in an awesome hour-long LEGO brick workshop! There is a LEGO brick frog to make and take home.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. £5pp for workshops. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSunday 21st May Scotland’s Gardens - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ BARMAGACHAN HOUSE, Borgue, Kirkcudbright DG6 4SW
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.
This new garden 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, including rhododendrons. Two themes are plants from SW China and Australasia e.g. meconopsis, Asian primulas, eucryphia, hebe. Many plants have been chosen for their wildlife value. The grounds also include an orchard, wall trained fruit area, potager and meadow. The woodland is rich in birdlife. There is a 13th century motte. Teas and plant sales.
Admission: £4.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org Charity No: SC011337

otherSunday 21st MaySpring Tea Dance
2pm-4.30pm @ Locharbriggs Community Centre, Locharbriggs, Dumfries DG1 1UH
Music will be provided by The McRobert Brothers from Moffat on accordion and drums.
Admission is £3.00 which includes half time refreshments.
There will also be a grand raffle.
Proceeds from this event will be used for LCCA funds.
Everyone is invited and a warm welcome awita you all.

Week Commencing Monday 22nd May:

outdoorMonday 22nd May We’re going on a frog hunt
10am – 12 @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Hunt for amphibians around the reserve, including frogs and toads hiding under stones and logs.  Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

musicTuesday 23rd May DECLAN NERNEY
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Declan Nerney has been at the forefront of Irish Country music now for several decades, known near and far for his energetic showmanship with the unique "Nerney" big band sound that has rightfully carved his name right at the top of showbiz . Declan has appeared on over 50 TV shows and has won countless accolades and awards along his glittering career which is going as strong today as it was from the day he first began. Some of his biggest hit songs include 'Stop The World', 'The Marquee In Drumlish' and 'The Three Way Love affair'.
Tickets £20.00 - Tel 01776 703 535

musicWednesday 24th MayLive music with Andy Shades
From 8.30pm @ Craft Hotel, 30 South Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HG
If you enjoyed music with Andy Shades then you're in for a treat! Join us for some fantastic live music from the wonderful Andy Shades!

outdoorSaturday 27th & Sunday 28th MayGiant LEGO® Brick Animal Trail
10am-5pm (workshops at 11am) @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Do the LEGO® trail to see the 11 giant LEGO® brick animals around the reserve. 
Take part in an awesome hour-long LEGO brick workshop! There is a LEGO brick frog to make and take home.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. £5pp for workshops. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherSaturday 27th & Sunday 28th MayThe Creetown Heritage Museum Open Weekend
11am till 4pm @ The old Latta Garage, 91 St John’s Street, Creetown (on the Main St)
Creetown Heritage Museum Cordially invites you to attend their celebratory open weekend over the Spring Bank Holiday. With FREE entry including Wine and Nibbles The Museum has many 20th Century artefacts of local interest; They have a large photographic collection on display showing life in Creetown over the last 100 years or more. They have our own Wickerman alongside photos and articles about the hit movie. For Family tree/Ancestor hunters they have Baptism records from as early as 1750 and many old school registers and year photographs from 1900 onwards.

otherSaturday 27th MayLes Impromptues-The Unexpected Garden Party
7pm @ Craigdarroch House, nr. Moniaive, DG3 4JB
French/Scottish Dance Troupe, Les Impromptues invite you to dance in a marvellous garden. Breathing, walking, skipping, stretching & balancing or taking positions are done while dancing together with family and friends. When you need a pause from dancing Les Impromptues will perform one of their choreographies for you. Bring a picnic.
Cost: £6/£4 concession.
Tickets available from Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries or online: www.dgartsfestival.org.uk

musicSaturday 27th May LIZANNE KNOTTS
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Lizanne Knott, from Philadelphia, PA, USA is a singer and songwriter who has been captivating audiences across the pond and, since her first tour here in 2010. Lizanne will be touring with guitarist and partner, Glenn Barratt with whom she runs a recording studio in Philadelphia.
Tickets £10 Under 26s £8 - Tel 01776 703 535

musicSaturday 27th May A Night in Hollywood with Cafe Largo
7.30pm @ Cochran Hall, Kirkcudbright Academy
A night of live music from the sensational seven-piece Cafe Largo band with support from pupils at the Academy. Put on your glad-rags, come along and dance the night away or just sit back and enjoy great songs from the movies including Dirty Dancing, Jungle Book, The Blues Brothers, Pulp Fiction and Breakfast at Tiffany's. With lights, camera's and action plus bar and refreshments from 7.30pm 'til late. Part of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2017.
Tickets £8 from the Midsteeple Dumfries, Thomsons in Kirkcudbright or via www.cafelargo.co.uk

outdoorSunday 28th May Scotland’s Gardens - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ CORSOCK HOUSE, Corsock, Castle Douglas DG7 3DJ
Directions: off A75 Dumfries 14 miles, Castle Douglas 10 miles, Corsock village ½ mile on A712.
Corsock includes an amazing variety of types 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. This is an Arcadian garden with pools and temples, described by Ken Cox as ‘the most photogenic woodland garden in Scotland.’ Homemade teas and plant sales.
Admission £5.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org Charity No: SC011337

otherSunday 28th MayAnnan Harbour Kayak Day
@ Annan Harbour
Free family kayak sessions at Annan Harbour. Expert instruction and all kit provided.
Tuition will be provided by qualified instructors from our friends at Galloway Activity Centre at Loch Ken. It is envisaged that each taster session will last for around 30 minutes and will include approximately 20 minutes "on the water".
Details and booking form via www.annanharbouractiongroup.btck.co.uk

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

June 2017

outdoorEvery day June 2017 Guide in the Hide
11am - 3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. See the ‘What’s On’ board in the visitor centre for information and availability.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

exhibitionUntil 17th June ‘Mr Spaghetti Head Flies the Cuckoo Nest’ by Andy Ormandy
10am to 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Paintings and photographs focusing on the beautiful landscape of Dumfries and Galloway and wildlife at WWT Caerlaverock. The paintings draw on influences from artists such as Mondrian, Peter Blake and Warhol.  
All proceeds will be split equally between Support in Mind Scotland and WWT Caerlaverock.
Free. For more information please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

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

Week Commencing Monday 29th May:

theatreThursday 1st June THEY BUILT IT. NO ONE CAME.
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Fledgling Theatre Company presents a tragicomedy with original live music inspired by the true story of Tobias and Alexander, a couple who form a commune based on visions of a peaceful and harmonious community - they are still awaiting their first member.
“Told succinctly with humour and compassion” The Scotsman.
Tickets £12 | Under 26s £10 - Tel 01776 703 535

outdoorSaturday 3rd & Sunday 4th JuneGiant LEGO® Brick Animal Trail
10am-5pm (workshops at 11am) @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Do the LEGO® trail to see the 11 giant LEGO® brick animals around the reserve. 
Take part in an awesome hour-long LEGO brick workshop! There is a LEGO brick frog to make and take home.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. £5pp for workshops. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherSaturday 3rd June TARGET WRESTLING
7.00pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Target Wrestling will return to The Ryan Centre for a huge night of hard hitting high octane action featuring all your favorite Target Wrestling superstars!
Already confirmed to be in action is Stranraer's very own Khifie West, The Coyote Kid & Medallion plus lots more TBA! Last year was the biggest show we've ever done in Stranraer, well this... year will be even bigger and better!
Tickets £10.00 (Advance 4 for £30.00) - Tel 01776 703 535

outdoorSunday 4th June Wildlife Photography Workshop
10am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Wildlife photography workshop with Tom Langlands and Bob Fitzsimmons. Learn how to take fantastic macro photographs of flowers and insects on the reserve. Suitable for beginners and more experienced photographers.
£75 per person. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 5th June:

musicThursday 8th - Sunday 11th June Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival
Come to Kirkcudbright this June and join us at the 20th Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival. 
From the evening of Thursday 8th and through until late on Sunday 11th we will have 15 different bands playing at venues throughout the town, from large halls to cosy dining and jazz.  There are old favourites, bands returning by popular demand and acts coming to Kirkcudbright for the first time.  Celebrations will include the Jazz Parade finishing with a free concert, jazz church services on the Sunday morning and over 50 hours of live jazz to choose from to suit everyone's preferences. 
Make a date now for this June in Kirkcudbright!

outdoorFriday 9th June Bat & Moth Night
8-11pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Freda Seddon from Dumfries Bat Group will give a talk about bats followed by a bat walk around the reserve. Bring warm clothes, a torch and insect repellent.  Alison Robertson, the county moth recorder will see what moths are about!
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

musicFriday 9th JuneMusic with The Moot
From 8.00pm @ Craft Hotel, 30 South Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HG
Join us for an evening of music with the fabulous The Moot! Enjoy acoustic music from 8pm in our cosy bar.

musicFriday 9th - Sunday 11th June Ukulele Festival of Scotland
@ Crichton Campus, Bankend Road, Dumfries DG1 4TA
Weekend-long music festival with performers ranging from local Zoe Bestel to the German group Lucky Leles and American artists including Gracie Terzian, Graig Chee & Sarah Maisel, Mike Hind etc.
For full line-up of performers and ticket options, please go to the Festival website:
https://ukulelefestivalofscotland.co.uk/

outdoorSaturday 10th & Sunday 11th JuneGiant LEGO® Brick Animal Trail
10am-5pm (workshops at 11am) @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Do the LEGO® trail to see the 11 giant LEGO® brick animals around the reserve. 
Take part in an awesome hour-long LEGO brick workshop! There is a LEGO brick frog to make and take home.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. £5pp for workshops. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSunday 11th June Scotland’s Gardens - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ STOCKARTON, Kirkcudbright DG6 4XS
Directions: On B727 Kirkcudbright to Gelston Road. Kirkcudbright three miles, Gelston 5 miles.
This charming garden was started in 1994. The aim has been to create small informal gardens around a Galloway farmhouse, leading down to a lochan, where there are a number of unusual small trees and shrubs. In 1996 a small arboretum of oak, including some very rare ones, was planted as a shelter belt. Teas.
Admission £4.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org Charity No: SC011337

musicSunday 11th June THE SUMMER COUNTRY SHOW
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Join 6 of Irelands top Country stars all on one stage for 'The Summer Country Show' featuring Matt Leavy, Tony Kerr, Gareth Pritchard, Cowboy Larry, Francy Donnelly and Barry Doyle who each will showcase their biggest hit songs that will take you to Nashville and back in one night with a touch of Irish Country magic.
Tickets £19.50 - Tel 01776 703 535

Week Commencing Monday 12th June:

musicThursday 15th JuneAn Evening with Al Mitchell
From 8.30pm @ Craft Hotel, 30 South Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HG
Enjoy an evening with the very talented Al Mitchell! Hear him perform some great solo acoustic music in our cosy bar.

otherFriday 16th June FRED MACAULAY LIVE 2017
8.00pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
With so much happening politically at home and abroad, there's no shortage of material for comedians. Fred might not have the answers to political questions, but one thing is for sure he'll have a bloody good laugh about it all. And so will you.
Fred's brand of humour mixes cheek, sarcasm and satire and has entertained people for three decades.
Age restriction: 16+
Tickets £14.00 Conc. £12.00 - Tel 01776 703 535

outdoorSaturday 17th & Sunday 18th JuneGiant LEGO® Brick Animal Trail
10am-5pm (workshops at 11am) @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Do the LEGO® trail to see the 11 giant LEGO® brick animals around the reserve. 
Take part in an awesome hour-long LEGO brick workshop! There is a LEGO brick frog to make and take home.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. £5pp for workshops. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSunday 18th June Scotland’s Gardens - gardens open for charity
1pm-5pm @ GLENLIVET with THE LIMES, Kirkcudbright DG6 4UR and DG6 4XD
Directions: Both gardens lie on the A711, which runs through Kirkcudbright, approximately ½ mile either side of the town centre.
Two town gardens developed over the past seven years will open under Scotland’s Garden scheme next weekend. Glenlivet is packed with colour and contains a huge variety of thriving plants, shrubs and trees. There are two small ponds and a variety of statuary, all in a lovely position overlooking the River Dee. The Limes contains many unusual plants, with a rock garden, crevice garden, extended gravel garden, borders of mixed perennials and shrubs and woodland areas. There is also a large vegetable garden.Teas will be available at each venue, and with plants on sale at The Limes.
Admission £5, includes entry for both gardens.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 19th June:

otherTuesday 20th JuneDumfries Diabetes Support Group
7 - 9 pm @ St George's Church Hall, Dumfries
A friendly and informal get together. Receive information, advice and share experiences over a cuppa. Please feel free to bring someone for company.
For more information contact Lindsay on 07732 164010.

comedy showFriday 23rd June Andy McGowan Is Mrs Brown
7.30pm. Show Starts 8pm - 11pm (With Intervals) @ Johnstonebridge Community Centre, Kirkbank Road, Johnstonebridge, Lockerbie DG11 1ES
Johnstonebridge Community Centre presents Andy McGowan As Mrs Brown
Fantastic one man stand up show!
Lots of belly laughs guaranteed
Tribute to Mrs Browns Boys.
This show involves a lot of audience participation and a lot of laughs. Andy is also an excellent vocalist and a fab sax player. A great all round entertainer. The Super Mammy of Irish Comedy
Tickets: £8.00 Per Person - available from:  JB Centre & Moffat TIC
Bar, Prize Raffle, Pie n Peas supper £1.50
Adults over 18 Only (Adult Humour) Strictly no Children

outdoorSaturday 24th & Sunday 25th JuneGiant LEGO® Brick Animal Trail
10am-5pm (workshops at 11am) @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Do the LEGO® trail to see the 11 giant LEGO® brick animals around the reserve. 
Take part in an awesome hour-long LEGO brick workshop! There is a LEGO brick frog to make and take home.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. £5pp for workshops. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

kidsSunday 25th June FUNBOX HIGHLAND FLING
2.00pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer. DG9 7AP
Hoots mon and help ma boab! Take the high road (or the low road) and get roamin in the gloamin for Funbox's brand new show. Join Anya, Kevin and Gary and Bonzo the dog as they take a trip to the Highlands of Scotland to battle midgies, become monarchs of the glen and hear the skirl of the bagpipes in their latest singalong adventure. You'll need to help us get the Funbox open - which contains everything you need to sing a song or have an adventure.
Packed with family favourites like 'Buy Me A Banana', 'Shove yer granny aff a bus' and ‘The midgies are comin ', as well as brand new songs, Highland Fling is the perfect treat for kids of all ages - from nought to ninety. Wear something Tartan and join the hoolie.
Tickets £11.00 (Family Saver £40.00) - Tel 01776 703 535

outdoorSunday 25th June Scotland’s Gardens - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ SEABANK, Rockcliffe DG5 4QH
Directions: Park in the public car park at Rockcliffe and walk along the Merse to the garden. Disabled parking available adjacent to the house.
This 1½ acre garden extends to the high water mark with fine views across the Urr Estuary. Herbaceous borders surround the house and there is a new walled garden with fruit and vegetables. A wide range of interesting and unusual plants. Plant sales and Teas provided by the local Marie Curie fundraising group.
Admission £4.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org Charity No: SC011337

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July 2017

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

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

Week Commencing Monday 26th June:

outdoorSunday 2nd July Scotland’s Gardens - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ SOUTHWICK HOUSE, Southwick DG2 8AH
Directions: On A710 near Caulkerbush. Dalbeattie 7 miles, Dumfries 17 miles.
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. Outwith 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.
Admission £5.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 3rd July:

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

outdoorWednesday 5th July Pond Dipping
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
What creatures can you catch in our raised pond? Use nets, bug pots and aquascopes to find and identify the pond creatures. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

musicFriday 7th - Sunday 9th July 2017 Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival
Throughout Newton Stewart & Minnigaff
3 day celebration of traditional Scottish and Irish music in the heart of Galloway featuring concerts, workshops, tune and song sessions, tune and song writing competitions, pipe band...a great weekend altogether! 
Tickets and information available at www.tradmusic.com

outdoorSunday 9th July Scotland’s Gardens - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ DRUMSTINCHALL HOUSE with DRUMSTINCHALL COTTAGE, Drumstinchall, Dalbeattie DG5 4PD
Directions: From the A711 just east of Dalbeattie, take the B793 towards Southwick/Caulkerbush. After 4.2 miles take a right turn signposted Drumstinchall and follow this road for 0.8 miles to Drumstinchall House.
Drumstinchall House has an extensive and established garden, surrounded by mature trees, with fine views to the sea two miles away. There are colourful herbaceous and mixed borders, and a rose garden in front of the house. A variety of paths wind their way through more borders, a rock garden, rhododendrons and azaleas, and past the ruin of the original house to a woodland walk around the edge of the garden.There is a vegetable garden, including a polytunnel and you can walk through the farmyard to the loch. Drumstinchall Cottage has a small informal quintessentially cottage style garden surrounded by farmland and hills, and with views to Criffel and Drumstinchall Loch. The main area has been reclaimed from agricultural land over the last seven years and continues to evolve, with the emphasis on growing a wide range of vegetables, herbs and fruit organically. Unusual varieties are combined with as many colourful wildlife friendly flowers as possible. There is a wildlife pond area and a few rescue chickens pottering about! An authentic Bolivian bread oven will be producing delicious treats to try and buy at Drumstinchall Cottage. Teas at Drumstinchall House.
Admission: £5 includes admission to both gardens.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 10th July:

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

outdoorWednesday 12th July Pond Dipping
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
What creatures can you catch in our raised pond? Use nets, bug pots and aquascopes to find and identify the pond creatures. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSunday 16th July Scotland’s Gardens - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ BARMAGACHAN HOUSE, Borgue, Kirkcudbright DG6 4SW
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.
This new garden 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, including rhododendrons. Two themes are plants from SW China and Australasia e.g. meconopsis, Asian primulas, eucryphia, hebe. Many plants have been chosen for their wildlife value. The grounds also include an orchard, wall trained fruit area, potager and meadow. The woodland is rich in birdlife. There is a 13th century motte. Teas and plant sales.
Admission: £4.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 17th July:

outdoorTuesday 18th July Bug Hunt
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Spend a morning hunting for bugs on the reserve.  Look under stones, in wood and on plants and trees. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorWednesday 19th July Pond Dipping
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
What creatures can you catch in our raised pond? Use nets, bug pots and aquascopes to find and identify the pond creatures. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherWednesday 19th July Brow Well service and social
From 7pm
Join members and friends of Southern Scottish Counties Burns Association (SSCBA) for the annual outdoor Brow Well service, commemorating Robert Burns visit to Brow Well days before his death in 1796.  Service will be conducted by Rev G Moulle with oration by B Kane President of the Robert Burns World Federation. After service social, will be held in The Cairndale Hotel Dumfries, compered by SSCBA secretary John Caskie and music from William McRobert, tickets for social £12 including buffet available from John Caskie 01387710975 / 07711573071

outdoorThursday 20th July Paper Making Workshop
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Make your own paper to take home, using natural resources to decorate it. Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherSaturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd July Creative Whithorn Art and Craft Trail
@ Whithorn
Over 30 artists and makers exhibiting work in various venues located in the historic town of Whithorn.
Totally free and all venues are open from 11am to 5 pm on the Saturday and from 10am to 4.30pm on the Sunday

outdoorSunday 23rd July Scotland’s Gardens - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ CROFTS, Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas DG7 3HX
Directions: A75 to Crocketford, then three miles on A712 to Corsock and New Galloway
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.
Admission £4.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 24th July:

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

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

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

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August 2017

outdoorEvery day in August 2017@ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Dusty’s Wildlife Rangers
10am – 5pm daily
Find out what it is like to be a wildlife ranger and take part in a range of different activities, collecting stamps along the way in your log book! Family event.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Guide in the Hide
11am - 3pm
Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. See the ‘What’s On’ board in the visitor centre for information and availability.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

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

Week Commencing Monday 31st July:

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

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

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

Week Commencing Monday 7th August:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week Commencing Monday 14th August:

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

otherTuesday 15th AugustDumfries Diabetes Support Group
7 - 9 pm @ St George's Church Hall, Dumfries
A friendly and informal get together. Receive information, advice and share experiences over a cuppa. Please feel free to bring someone for company.
For more information contact Lindsay on 07732 164010.

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

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

Week Commencing Monday 21st August:

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

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

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

Week Commencing Monday 28th August:

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

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

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September 2017

outdoorEvery day September 2017 Guide in the Hide
11am - 3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. See the ‘What’s On’ board in the visitor centre for information and availability.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

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

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

Week Commencing Monday 28th August:

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

Week Commencing Monday 4th September:

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

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October 2017

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

otherMonday 2nd OctoberChalloch SWI (Scottish Women's Institute) -'Newton Stewart Museum'
19:30 - 21:30 @ St Ninian's Church Hall, Newton Stewart
Talk by Kirsty Robertson
Competitions are: (1) Antique item (2) Premature baby hat
Bring your own teacup and bring a friend.
First visit free.
For more information contact Margaret on 01671 403 023

otherTuesday 17th OctoberDumfries Diabetes Support Group
7 - 9 pm @ St George's Church Hall, Dumfries
A friendly and informal get together. Receive information, advice and share experiences over a cuppa. Please feel free to bring someone for company.
For more information contact Lindsay on 07732 164010.

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November 2017

otherMonday 6th NovemberChalloch SWI (Scottish Women's Institute) Annual General Meeting
19:30 - 21:30 @ St Ninian's Church Hall, Newton Stewart
+ Tips and ideas
Competitions are: (1) Pillbox (2) Gift wrapped box
Bring your own teacup and bring a friend.
First visit free.
For more information contact Margaret on 01671 403 023

otherTuesday 14th - Thursday 16th November 3-day Residential Writing Course
@ Durhamhill. Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas, DG7 3HP
3-day residential writing course based at DurhamhilWhether starting out as a writer or seeking to enhance your skills, this is your opportunity to discover your writing potential at our 3-day residential course based at Durhamhill in the beautiful & tranquil Galloway countryside. The tutors are Margaret Elphinstone & Mary Smith, well-established, published writers with a wealth of teaching experience who will support & encourage you in developing your writing. Workshop topics include the creation of character & plot, the role of the narrative voice & writing from personal experience. There is ample opportunity to discuss your work with the tutors & fellow students.
Margaret Elphinstone, a historical novelist, had her first novel published in 1987. Her novel, 'The Sea Road’ is in 'The 100 Best Scottish Books of all Time' produced by 'List Magazine'. She also writes poetry & short stories & is an Emeritus Professor of Strathclyde University & was visiting Professor at central Michigan University in 1998 & 2001. She has taught creative writing to all levels of experience & has been a regular tutor on international Arvon courses.
Mary Smith is a writer, poet & journalist, her poems being widely published. A full collection, "Thousands Pass Here Every Day", was published in 2012. Her novel, "No More Mulberries", is set in Afghanistan where she worked for several years. "Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Woman", a lively account of her time there, provides an insight into the lives of Afghan women. She was senior reporter on a local paper, & staff features writer with the award-winning magazine, 'Dumfries and Galloway Life'. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing & has taught the subject at Glasgow University.

Testimonials from past participants:-
• 'superb tuition, lovely group with widely divergent experience, beautiful and comfortable surroundings' Frances H.
•'a beautiful location, very welcoming hosts and just the right amount of challenge and reassurance' Cate M.
• 'valuable, intense, worthwhile' Ian B.
• 'neither intimidating nor too formal, instantly absorbing. Una C.
• 'we all came away better writers. Roger W.

Course fee £350, includes. 2/3 nights stay in the 4 star Coach House, or main house, & food. Participants welcome to arrive the preceding evening.
Non- residents fee £250

MORE INFO / TO BOOK:
www.durhamhillcourses.co.uk Tel. Juliet Caird - 07843 476867

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