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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 ...

September

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

outdoorThroughout SeptemberFruits & Berries Trail
10am-5pm, daily @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Discover the fruits and berries growing on trees, bushes and plants, all around the reserve!
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

ExhibitionUntil 26 Oct Dumfries Camera Club Exhibition
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock DG1 4RS
We hope you enjoy this exhibition which shows a small selection of the work of our members. These photographs were all taken locally within Dumfries and Galloway illustrating the wonderful opportunities we have on our doorstep. Our members are interested in all aspects of photography including portraiture, sport, still life, landscape as well as wildlife. Many take part in national and international competitions, whilst others are content to improve their skills and enjoyment with no thoughts of entering competitions. Free Entry.

Week Commencing Monday 16th September:

MusicSat 21 SeptMaidens of MusicMaidens of Music
From 1pm @ Lockerbie Town Hall, High St, Lockerbie DG11 2ES
In its 4th year of production Maidens of Music will return with another fantastic line up to shake up your Saturday with full bar services on site. LINE UP - Katee Kross, Elia Davidson, Kate Kyle, RA, Alix Apples, Miss Leading, The Samba Sisters, We are Quasars, Jeanice Lee, Go to Girl, Houdini Said No, EBB, L-Space and Krow.
14 ACTS spread out over one day of AMAZING music and a wealth of talent!
Are you ready to be rocked, astounded and blown away? By raw, inspiring music spanning all genres, some local and some national artists. Then book your tickets today at the early bird price of just £8 per adult and £5 per child under 14. Children under 5 are FREE! Book Online

ReadingSat 21 SeptDisComBoBuLiTe: Where Literature, Music, Comedy & Poetry Collide
7.30pm @ The Mill on The Fleet, 65 High St, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2HS
Magi Gibson is a poet. Her books include Wild Women of a Certain Age, Graffiti in Red Lipstick and Washing Hugh MacDiarmid’s Socks. She’s married to writer and performer Ian Macpherson.
Ian Macpherson is a writer and performer. His books include The Autobiography of Ireland’s Greatest Living Genius, The Book of Blaise and – from October 2019 – post-postmodern crime anti-thriller SLOOT. He’s married to poet Magi Gibson and washes his own socks.
With very special local guests. May contain musicians!
Tickets £5.00 - 01557 814175 or chrys @ chryssalt.com NB. Bookings after September 14th, hilaryhawker @ gmail.com

MusicSat 21 SeptLas Vegas Charity Ball
7pm until 1am @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Las Vegas Charity Ball in the Park House Suite at the Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club, Dumfries
£35 per person, the evening includes four course dinner with coffee, entertainment with a superb Elvis Tribute, fun casino, auction & more!

MusicSat 21 SeptDalgarno Singers Concert: A Journey To America
7.30pm @ CatStrand Arts & Visitor Centre, New Galloway
Thornhill-based Choir, the Dalgarno Singers, will be performing their next concert at the CatStrand Arts & Visitor Centre. Music Director, Rory McLatchie said, "Our Concert is based around American Composers, and I've called this year's concert: 'A Journey To America'.
"Our audience will be in for a treat with an interesting and varied programme of music with an American theme: some well-known pieces from 'West Side Story', Irving Berlin's 'America', and 'Old American Songs'by Aaron Copland."
The Dalgarno Singers, which has recently welcomed some new members to the Choir, will end their concert with 'Everlasting Melody' by Rollo A. Dilworth, a high-energy piece in a gospel style, celebrating singing and music in general.
Tickets via CatStrand £10 adults

Week Commencing Monday 23rd September:

OtherMon 23 Sept Absolute Beginners' Tai Chi Class
3 pm - 4 pm @ Lockerbie Town Hall
If sufficient interest this class will run on a weekly basis.  The cost will be £7 for the first session thereafter the classes will be paid in four weekly blocks of £26. 

MusicMon 23 SeptDalgarno Singers Come & Sing Evening
7.30pm @ Penpont Primary School, Penpont nr Thornhill
A fun evening is planned as an introduction to the exciting world of choral singing.  Participants will be able to join in this special 'taster session' with local choir, the Dalgarno Singers, as they prepare their repertoire for their forthcoming concerts. The evening will be based on a typical rehearsal night, giving visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in a musical 'cocktail' of harmonised music, including folk songs, festive tunes, music by well known composers, and items from stage shows.  This is a free event and everyone is very welcome.  There's no need to book, just turn up and sing!
For more information:  www.dalgarnosingers.co.uk.  Tel: 07721 062223

MusicThu 26 SeptGeorge Harliono, Piano
7.30pm @ Easterbrook Hall, Duncan Rooms, Dumfries
George Harliono, PianoProgramme:
Chopin Preludes Op. 28
No. 1, 4, 7, 16, 20, 23, 24
Chopin Strauss/Grünfeld Soirée de Vienne
Paraphrase on Fledermaus
Interval
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Tickets: Adults £15, Under 26s £0 - Book Online

MusicFri 27 SeptGeorge Harliono, Piano
7.30pm @ Annan Academy, Annan
George Harliono, PianoProgramme:
Chopin Preludes Op 28
No. 1, 4, 7, 16, 20, 23, 24
Beethoven Sonata No. 23
Appassionata
Interval
Bach Siloti Prelude B minor
Scriabin Etude Op. 8 No. 12
Liszt Romance E minor
Stravinsky Petrouchka
Tickets: Adults £15, Under 26s £0 - Book Online

MusicSat 28 SeptGeorge Harliono, Piano
6pm @ Cally Palace, Gatehouse of Fleet
George Harliono, PianoProgramme:
Chopin Preludes Op. 28
No. 1, 4, 7, 16, 20, 23, 24
Chopin Etudes Op. 25 No. 5 & 12
Strauss/Grünfeld Soirée de Vienne Paraphrase on Fledermaus
Interval
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Tickets: Adults £15, Under 26s £0 - Book Online

MusicSun 29 SeptGeorge Harliono, Piano
2:30pm @ Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms, Thornhill
George Harliono, PianoProgramme:
Chopin Preludes Op 28
No. 1, 4, 7, 16, 20, 23, 24
Beethoven Sonata No. 23
Appassionata
Interval
Bach Siloti Prelude B minor
Scriabin Etude Op. 8 No. 12
Liszt Romance E minor
Stravinsky Petrouchka
Tickets: Adults £15, Under 26s £0 - Book Online

OtherSat 28 & Sun 29 SeptStop Motion Animation Workshop
10:00am - 4:00pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
This 2-day workshop will use stories extracted from an extended oral history interview with a former Land Girl, now in her nineties, to create animations to illustrate a film about her experiences.
A chance to work with a professional film company on a stop motion animation featuring stories from World War Two.
The completed film will be played in the museum.
Young people must be aged 12 and over.
Limited to just 10 places. Book fast!
Completely free to participate.
Booking is essential please email manager@devilsporridge.org.uk

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October

outdoorThroughout OctoberWinter Collective Nouns Trail
10am-5pm, daily @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
There are some lovely collective nouns for birds. Find out some interesting ones relating to the winter wildfowl on our reserve!
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorThroughout OctoberWild Swan Feeds
11am & 2pm daily @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Experience the sights and sounds of hundreds of whooper swans, mute swans, ducks and geese at the daily swans feeds, commentated by the warden. Learn more about the whooper swans as they arrive from their migration from Iceland. Use the touchscreen in the Sir Peter Scott Observatory to find out more about the individual whooper swans out on the Whooper pond.
Normal admission charges, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 30th September:

OtherTue 1 Oct Rhythm Cradle
7 pm - 8.30 pm @ Langholm (address will be given upon booking)
This drum circle draws from the ancient wisdoms of the human race and it is not specific to one cultural heritage.  You do not need previous drumming experience.  Empowering.  Stress Relieving. Re-vitalizing. Group healing.  £10  What to bring; AN OPEN HEART

OtherSat 5 & Sun 6 OctCraft Fair
10:00am to 4:00pm each day @ Royal Four Towns Hall Hightae DG11 1JN
Local Craft Fair with 20 stalls selling home crafted items. Free admission. Refreshments including Home Made Soup and a Roll available in the Kitchen throughout the day. Some stall changes from Saturday to Sunday. There will be the opportunity for adults and children to try their hands at craft activities including Nature Craft Activities provided by the RSPB for Scotland.

MusicSat 5 OctMichael Buble Tribute Night with Dan McCann
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Dance Party with Dan McCann's Michael Buble tribute. Includes 4 course dinner with coffee and entertainment.
£29.50pp includes dinner and entertainment

OtherSun 6 OctApple Day
10am-4pm @ Galloway House Gardens, Walled Garden, Garlieston House, Garlieston DG8 8HF
Join us for a day of all things 'Apple' when you can:
* Pick apples in the orchard
* Make apple juice and bring a container to take some away (pasteurised juice also on sale)
* Get your own apples identified
* Get valuable growing tips from fruit expert John Hancox, and take part in grafting/pruning workshops
* Enjoy some apple pie!
Tea/coffee and other baking on offer too!  £3.00 entry into the walled garden. Tel: 01988 600780 /  info @ ghgt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 7th October:

Musical theatreWed 9 - Sat 12 OctLabours of Love
19:30 @ Dumfries Baptist Church Centre, Gilbrae road, Dumfries
This is a brand new, groundbreaking musical theatre production, set in a maternity unit and following the stories of 5 women and their partners as they become parents, and the staff who work in the unit. The music covers many genres and the stories are an emotional rollercoaster of joys and sorrows. It's like nothing else you\'ve seen in all your born days!
Currently in rehearsal - and we are looking for 1 man and 1 young woman to play roles which have become re-available. Please contact at above address for more info.

outdoorSat 12 & Sun 13 OctWild Goose Weekend
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Join us at WWT Caerlaverock to celebrate the return of thousands of wild barnacle geese and pink footed geese to the Solway Firth. This is the second year of the Wild Goose Weekend and this year we are pleased to also be part of the Scotland and the Arctic Festival in Dumfries. Listen to interesting talks from WWT scientists on the latest research into geese, talks from local authors, guided goose walks and workshops on the reserve and walks to see thousands of barnacle geese flighting in from the Solway mudflats at dawn and out again to roost at dusk.
For families, we are excited to have two professional storytellers here over the weekend, to tell stories in the yurt. There will also be a variety of fun art and craft activities to take part in.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

MusicSat 12 OctKeep The Faith Northern Soul Band with Sarah Collins
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Back again by popular demand.. Keep the Faith Northern Soul band featuring Sarah Collins. 9 piece Northern Soul Band based in North Yorkshire led by singer Sarah Collins who is a firm favourite on the Northern Soul scene in the UK and Europe.
Includes a four couse dinner with coffee and live entertainment. Call the hotel direct to book your places on 01387-254111.

outdoorSun 13 OctDawn Flight
6.45am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Watch the amazing spectacle of thousands of wild barnacle geese flighting in from the mudflats against the dawn sky. The Cathan Coffee Shop will be open early to provide hot drinks and bacon rolls. Bring warm, waterproof clothing, binoculars and a torch. 6.45am.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 14th October:

OtherTue 15 OctTalk: The Women's Police Service at HM Factory Gretna
7:00pm - 8:30pm @ The Devil's Porridge Museum, Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF
There were over 150 women police officers stationed at His Majesty's Factory Gretna during World War One.  This talk will consider their role in policing female munitions workers suffragette connections.
The talk will be delivered by Dr Chris Brader who wrote his PhD thesis on female munitions workers at Gretna during WWI and is the author of 'Timbertown Girls: Borders Women and the First World War.'
£3 per person, payable on the door

outdoorWed 16 OctBroomstick Flight Training
11.30am-1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Learn to fly a broomstick before taking to the sky and flying the perilous journey from Iceland to Caerlaverock, following the swans and dodging obstacles as you go along. Can you land at Caerlaverock safely to get your broomstick pilot licence? Family event.
Included in normal admission charge, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

MusicThu 17 OctMarmen QuartetMarmen Quartet
7.30pm @ Easterbrook Hall, Duncan Rooms, Dumfries
Programme:
Haydn Quartet Op.50 No.1
Debussy Quartet
Interval
Beethoven Quartet Op.18 No.1
Tickets: Adults £15, Under 26s £0 - Book Online

MusicFri 18 OctMarmen QuartetMarmen Quartet
7.30pm @ Annan Academy, Annan
Programme:
Mozart K.387
Ades Four Quarters
Beethoven Op.59 No.3
Tickets: Adults £15, Under 26s £0 - Book Online

MusicSat 19 OctMarmen QuartetMarmen Quartet
6pm @ Cally Palace, Gatehouse of Fleet
Programme:
Haydn Quartet Op.50 No.1
Debussy Quartet
Interval
Beethoven Quartet Op.18 No.1
Tickets: Adults £15, Under 26s £0 - Book Online

MusicSun 20 OctMarmen QuartetMarmen Quartet
2:30pm @ Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms, Thornhill
Programme:
Mozart K.387
Ades Four Quarters
Beethoven Op.59 No.3
Tickets: Adults £15, Under 26s £0 - Book Online

Week Commencing Monday 21st October:

outdoorWed 23 OctBroomstick Flight Training
11.30am-1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Learn to fly a broomstick before taking to the sky and flying the perilous journey from Iceland to Caerlaverock, following the swans and dodging obstacles as you go along. Can you land at Caerlaverock safely to get your broomstick pilot licence? Family event.
Included in normal admission charge, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Musical theatreWed 23 OctThe Monster and Mary Shelley
7.30pm (doors open 7pm) @ Theatre Royal Dumfries
1816 - the year without a summer.
On yet another sun-less day at their villa in Switzerland, Lord Byron challenges his guests Percy and Mary Shelley to "each write a ghost story". Two days later Mary, 18 years old and having recently watched her premature baby die, has a 'waking dream' and begins to write a story that will haunt and define her for the rest of her life. Over 200 years since the publication of 'Frankenstein', The Occasion is delighted to present a new production drawing inspiration from Mary Shelley's extraordinary life.
Incorporating elements of music hall, melodrama, horror and teenage rebellion with a pulsing, contemporary cinematic score, The Monster and Mary Shelley is a celebration of one of literature's most influential talents and an atmospheric, moving, and at times darkly comic exploration of the Gothic Girl who electrified the world.
The Occasion is a Glasgow based performance company dedicated to producing dynamic and exciting original theatre and innovative community projects. Founded in 2010 by Peter Clerke and Catherine Gillard, previously the Co-Artistic Directors of benchtours.
Tickets £12 full / £10 concessions - Box Office: 01387 254209 / Book online

outdoorSat 26 OctPotions
11am-1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Use the spell created by our Wetland Wizard, to find all the ingredients for your magical wetland potion. Take part in a scavenger hunt around the reserve to find all the ingredients for your potion, then meet the Wetland Wizard to stir up a spell!
Included in normal admission charge, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Exhibition27 Oct - 14 Dec'Robins and Rooks' Exhibition by Viktor Seifert
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock DG1 4RS
An exhibition of bird photography by 12-year old Viktor Seifert who has been shortlisted three times for the British Wildlife Photography Award. Viktor has been a keen photographer ever since he got his first camera for his fourth birthday. His fascination with wildlife photography started several years ago, during an inspiring stay at WWT Caerlaverock. He has returned regularly since, focussing on bird photography. More recently, he has explored birdlife in Germany and in Italy.
Free Entry.

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

November

outdoorThroughout November'Differences between' Trail
10am-5pm, daily @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Discover the range of different waders that call our wetlands their home during the winter months and learn how to tell the difference between them!
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorThroughout NovemberWild Swan Feeds
11am & 2pm daily @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Experience the sights and sounds of hundreds of whooper swans, mute swans, ducks and geese at the daily swans feeds, commentated by the warden. Learn more about the whooper swans as they arrive from their migration from Iceland. Use the touchscreen in the Sir Peter Scott Observatory to find out more about the individual whooper swans out on the Whooper pond.
Normal admission charges, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 28th October:

MusicFri 1 NovAtom Heart Floyd - Pink Floyd Tribute
7pm @ The Venue, Dumfries
Atom Heart Floyd are a group of professional musicians who have a shared passion - to reproduce the classic sound of Pink Floyd live. Focusing on delivering the songs every Pink Floyd fan wants to hear, along with a few extra rarities and album tracks, Atom Heart Floyd deliver over 2 hours of music including songs from The Wall, Wish You Were Here, and The Dark Side Of The Moon, plus songs from Animals, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Meddle, The Final Cut, The Division Bell, and A Momentary Lapse of Reason.
With visuals throughout the show delivering an immersive visual experience for the audience, the band perform songs from across the entire Pink Floyd back catalogue, live, just like the original band.
Touring across the UK and Europe, Atom Heart Floyd are the tribute to Pink Floyd, for fans both old and new.
Tickets: www.seetickets.com

outdoorSat 2 Nov Wader Day
11am-3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Take part in the World Wader Watch, to contribute to research on waders and see waders flocking in on the high tide. Andrew Whitelee from Wader Quest will give a talk on the World Wader Watch, 11am-12. Then there is a guided walk to see the waders on the reserve with the Reserve Manager, 1-3pm. We will look out for waders such as curlews, lapwings, knot, dunlin, golden plover and oystercatchers.
Included in normal admission charge, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

MusicSat 2 NovHotel Caledonia Eagles Tribute Night
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
New for 2019 we have a fantastic Eagles Tribute band called Hotel Caledonia. The Eagles became the soundtrack of the 70's and the very definition of the classic West Coast sound. The Band comprises 6 experienced and multi-talented musicians, also from the West Coast (of Scotland) who have chosen to celebrate and share those timeless songs with Eagles fans old and new. The set includes Take it Easy, Tequila Sunrise, One of these Nights and many more.
£29.50 per person including dinner and entertainment.

outdoorSun 3 NovIn 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.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 4th November:

outdoorFri 8 NovStorytelling in the Yurt
10-11am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Sit in our cosy yurt and listen to a nature-related story told by one of our engaging storytellers. Then take a short walk around the reserve to look for some wildlife!
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members and children under 4 free. Booking is essential.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

MusicSat 9 NovNeil Diamond Tribute with Tom Scott
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
The fabulous Neil Diamond tribute night with Tom Scott offers perfomances of all his hits including love on the rocks & song sung blue to name a few.
Enjoy a four course dinner with coffee and a disco until late! £29.50 per person.
Call the hotel to book your places on 01387 254111.

outdoorSun 10 NovDawn Flight
6.30am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Watch the amazing spectacle of thousands of wild barnacle geese flighting in from the mudflats against the dawn sky. The Cathan Coffee Shop will be open early to provide hot drinks and bacon rolls. Bring warm, waterproof clothing, binoculars and a torch.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 11th November:

MusicFri 15 & Sat 16 NovDerek Ryan Special Weekend of Dancing in Dumfries
6pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Derek Ryan brings his phenomenal dancing weekend to Dumfries in November 2019 joined by his fantastic band, and playing fan-favourites 'Hold On To Your Hat', 'Down On Your Uppers' and hits from his latest studio album TEN.
Starting on Friday 15th November, Derek will be joined by special guest Brandon McPhee and his Band.
Saturday 16th November will have two special guests join the line-up, including the legendary BBC Radio Ulster\'s Hugo Duncan and singer Louise Morrissey.
Late night bar entertainment will also be provided each night by Irish Country's Olivia Douglas.
Call the Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club to book or for any enquiries: 01387 254 111

outdoorSat 16 NovWildlife Photography Workshop
9.30am-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 shots of the swans and geese on this wonderful wetland reserve. All abilities welcome - suitable for beginners and more experienced photographers.
£75pp. Booking in advance is essential. Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 18th November:

OtherTue 19 - Thu 21 Nov3-day residential writing course
9am - 4pm @ The Coach House, Durhhamhill Farm, Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas, DG7 3HP
Whether 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 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.
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
Tel. Juliet Caird - 07843 476867

MusicThu 21 NovAbsolute ClassicsFilip Pogády, Violin & John Lenehan, Piano
7.30pm @ Easterbrook Hall, Duncan Rooms, Dumfries
Programme:
Beethoven Violin Sonata No.4
Beethoven Violin Sonata No.5
Interval
Beethoven Violin Sonata No.6
Tickets: Adults £15, Under 26s £0 - Book Online

MusicFri 22 - Sun 24 NovGold Soul Dumfries Soul & Motown Weekender
6pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Any lover of Soul & Motown should attend this Weekender full of music and dancing.
Weekender Pass available from Goldsoul.co.uk

MusicFri 22 NovAbsolute ClassicsFilip Pogády, Violin & John Lenehan, Piano
7.30pm @ Annan Academy, Annan
Programme:
Vitali Chaconne
Mozart Violin Sonata K454
Interval
Suk 4 pieces for Violin & Piano, Op.17
Waxman Carmen Fantasy
Tickets: Adults £15, Under 26s £0 - Book Online

MusicSat 23 NovAbsolute ClassicsFilip Pogády, Violin & John Lenehan, Piano
6pm @ Cally Palace, Gatehouse of Fleet
Programme:
Beethoven Violin Sonata No.4
Beethoven Violin Sonata No.5
Interval
Beethoven Violin Sonata No.6
Tickets: Adults £15, Under 26s £0 - Book Online

MusicSun 23 NovAbsolute ClassicsFilip Pogády, Violin & John Lenehan, Piano
2:30pm @ Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms, Thornhill
Programme:
Vitali Chaconne
Mozart Violin Sonata K454
Interval
Suk 4 pieces for Violin & Piano, Op.17
Waxman Carmen Fantasy
Tickets: Adults £15, Under 26s £0 - Book Online

Week Commencing Monday 25th November:

MusicFri 29 & Sat 30 NovSt Andrew's Weekend
7pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
For St Andrew's Weekend 2019 we have the fabulous Neil Hardie and his Band. The Neil Hardie Scottish Dance Band was formed around 15 years ago and has had more or less the same 5 piece line up from the beginning. They perform regularly all over Scotland and the North of England at dances and accordion clubs where they have performed as guest artistes at over 30 different clubs. The band are delighted to be returning to play at the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival this year.
The line up for this Festival will be Neil Hardie - lead accordion, Brian Forrest - 2nd accordion, Neil's sister Caroline Hardie - fiddle, Jim Nichol - piano, Graham Jamieson - drums and Alasdair MacLeod - double bass.
With Leonard Brown and his Band playing on 30th November. To book, call the hotel directly on 01387 254 111.

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

December

outdoorThroughout DecemberWild Swan Feeds
11am & 2pm daily @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Experience the sights and sounds of hundreds of whooper swans, mute swans, ducks and geese at the daily swans feeds, commentated by the warden. Learn more about the whooper swans as they arrive from their migration from Iceland. Use the touchscreen in the Sir Peter Scott Observatory to find out more about the individual whooper swans out on the Whooper pond.
Normal admission charges, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSun 1 DecDawn Flight
7am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Watch the amazing spectacle of thousands of wild barnacle geese flighting in from the mudflats against the dawn sky. The Cathan Coffee Shop will be open early to provide hot drinks and bacon rolls. Bring warm, waterproof clothing, binoculars and a torch.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 2nd December:

outdoorFri 6 DecStorytelling in the Yurt
10-11am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Sit in our cosy yurt and listen to a nature-related story told by one of our engaging storytellers. Then take a short walk around the reserve to look for some wildlife!
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members and children under 4 free. Booking is essential.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

MusicFri 6 DecMichael Buble Tribute with Dan McCann
7.30pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Why not come along to our first Christmas Party night and enjoy a festive four course meal and live entertainment from Dan McCann and his tribute to Michael Buble. Dan will be singing all of Michael Buble's hit songs.
Meal & Show £29.50. To book, call the hotel directly on 01387 254 111.

outdoorSat 7 DecChristmas Craft Afternoon
1pm-3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Use natural materials such as wood, string, rope, sticks, leaves and plants to make your own festive crafts in time for Christmas! Suitable for all ages!
Included in normal admission charge, WWT members free. There will also be a small charge for materials. Booking is essential.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

MusicSat 7 DecSpice Girls Tribute Night with Wannabe
7pm until 1am @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Why not come along to the Cairndale Hotel and enjoy a four course festive dinner which includes Turkey. Live entertainment from the ever popular Corrine Oliver and her Deck and Dance tribute night. 
Meal & Show £32.50. To book, call the hotel directly on 01387 254 111.

MusicSat 7 Dec Deck and Dance with Corrine Oliver
7.30pm until 12.30am @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Why not come along to the Cairndale Hotel and enjoy a four course festive dinner which includes Turkey. Live entertainment from the ever popular Corrine Oliver and her Deck and Dance tribute night.
Dinner and entertainment £32.50. To book, call the hotel directly on 01387 254 111.

Week Commencing Monday 9th December:

MusicThu 12 DecApollo 5
7.30pm @ Easterbrook Hall, Duncan Rooms, Dumfries
Programme:
MacMillan O Radiant Dawn
Pérotin Beata Viscera
Byrd Beata viscera
Byrd Vigilate
Love Came Down At Christmas & Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes
Noël Nouvelet, trad. French
Sherwin A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square arr. Clements
Howard Fly Me to the Moon arr. Blake Morgan
Ding Dong! Merrily on high, trad. French arr. Fraser Wilson for Apollo5
Cantiones Gaudete arr. Fraser Wilson for Apollo5
Interval
The Wexford Carol trad. Irish arr. John Rutter
Wilson He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
Gruber Silent Night arr. Jacob Ewens
Leontovych Carol of the Bells
Adam O Holy night arr. Fraser Wilson for Apollo5
Gaye & Terrell You’re All I Need to Get By arr. Jim Clements
Simon The 59th Street Bridge Song – arr. Emily Dickens
Styne Let It Snow arr. Kirby Shaw
Javits, Springer &Springer Santa Baby arr. Matt Greenwood for Apollo5
Martin & Blane Have Yourself A Merry Christmas arr. Matt Greenwood for Apollo5
We Wish You A Merry Christmas trad. English arr. Arthur Warrell
Tickets: Adults £15, Under 26s £0 - Book Online

MusicFri 13 DecApollo 5
7.30pm @ Annan Academy, Annan
Programme:
MacMillan O Radiant Dawn
Pérotin Beata Viscera
Byrd Beata viscera
Byrd Vigilate
Love Came Down At Christmas & Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes
Noël Nouvelet, trad. French
Sherwin A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square arr. Clements
Howard Fly Me to the Moon arr. Blake Morgan
Ding Dong! Merrily on high, trad. French arr. Fraser Wilson for Apollo5
Cantiones Gaudete arr. Fraser Wilson for Apollo5
Interval
The Wexford Carol trad. Irish arr. John Rutter
Wilson He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
Gruber Silent Night arr. Jacob Ewens
Leontovych Carol of the Bells
Adam O Holy night arr. Fraser Wilson for Apollo5
Gaye & Terrell You’re All I Need to Get By arr. Jim Clements
Simon The 59th Street Bridge Song – arr. Emily Dickens
Styne Let It Snow arr. Kirby Shaw
Javits, Springer &Springer Santa Baby arr. Matt Greenwood for Apollo5
Martin & Blane Have Yourself A Merry Christmas arr. Matt Greenwood for Apollo5
We Wish You A Merry Christmas trad. English arr. Arthur Warrell
Tickets: Adults £15, Under 26s £0 - Book Online

MusicFri 13 DecMichael Buble Tribute with Dan McCann
7.30pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Why not come along to our first Christmas Party night and enjoy a festive four course meal and live entertainment from Dan McCann and his tribute to Michael Buble. Dan will be singing all of Michael Buble's hit songs.
Meal & Show £35.00. To book, call the hotel directly on 01387 254 111.

MusicFri 13 DecemberTake That Tribute Night with Take That 3
7pm until 1am @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Back by popular demand Take That 3 are back with their fantastic tribute to Take That. Includes a festive 4 course dinner with coffee and live entertainment. This is not to be missed!   
Meal & Show £35.00. To book, call the hotel directly on 01387 254 111.

MusicSat 14 DecemberNeil Diamond Tribute with Tom Scott
7.30pm until 12.30am @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
The Neil Diamond tribute act offers an evening of live entertainment, with performances of all Neil Diamonds hits including Sweet Caroline, Song Sung Blue, Love on the Rocks and Hello again to name a few. The entertainment follows a four course dinner, making an excellent evening for all.
Meal & Show £35.00 - price includes a four course dinner and coffee, live tribute entertainment and a disco until late.
To book, call the hotel directly on 01387 254 111.

MusicSat 14 DecemberQueen Tribute Night with Queenesque
7pm until 1am @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
New for 2019 Queenesque are not only top musicians, but passionate Queen fans, and as such deliver everything they do with great detail and energy. Fronted by one of the best Freddie Mercury tributes in Europe, and powered by 4 fantastic musicians on replicating Brian May on electric guitar, John Deacon on bass guitar, Roger Taylor on drums and Freddie himself on piano and keyboard, QueenEsque recreate the authentic Queen sound- live - and have quickly become one of the UKs most sought after Queen tribute band.
Meal & Show £37.50 includes a four course dinner and coffee. To book, call the hotel directly on 01387 254 111.

Exhibition15 Dec - 25 January'From Woods to Water' Exhibition by Kerry Thomas
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock DG1 4RS
Kerry Thomas is an artist and maker based near Lockerbie. In this exhibition, Kerry has created a collection of pictures using the themes of woods and water, two of the key habitats in Dumfries & Galloway. She specialises in creating pictures using wool and other fibres in a process called needle-felting, which uses a type of barbed needle to felt fibres together. Her work in this media is mainly landscapes, seascapes and woodland scenes, and each of her pieces is original artwork, including each greetings card. Some of these pictures are also embellished with machine and hand stitching, and she frames all of her own pictures using box frames to separate the fibres from the glass to give the viewer the scene through a window. Her other work on exhibition here is in mixed media, using mainly watercolours in a more abstract form but also based on the theme of landscapes.
This exhibition of Kerry's work will show the versatility of techniques she uses in creating her pictures in these two very different mediums. Free Entry.

Week Commencing Monday 16th December:

MusicFri 20 DecemberMichael Buble Tribute with Dan McCann
7.30pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
Why not come along to our first Christmas Party night and enjoy a festive four course meal and live entertainment from Dan McCann and his tribute to Michael Buble. Dan will be singing all of Michael Buble's hit songs.
Meal & Show £35.00. To book, call the hotel directly on 01387 254 111.

MusicFri 20 DecemberABBA Tribute Night with Swede Dreamz
7pm until 1am @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
As one of the top ABBA tribute acts in the UK, The Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries is delighted to host Swede Dreamz who always prove to be a huge hit with locals and guests alike! Performing all of ABBA's top songs, the evening offers an excellent Party Night out for all during the festive period!  
Meal & Show £35.00. To book, call the hotel directly on 01387 254 111.

MusicSat 21 DecemberBeatles Tribute Night with Just John & Paul
7.30pm @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
A fabulous night with Just John & Paul and their tribute to the Beatles. Includes four course festive dinner and live entertainment.
Meal & Show £35.00. To book, call the hotel directly on 01387 254 111.

MusicSat 21 DecemberABBA Tribute Night with Swede Dreamz
7pm until 1am @ Cairndale Hotel, English St, Dumfries DG1 2DF
CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT. As one of the leading ABBA tribute bands in the UK Swede Dreamz never fail to impress audiences, capturing the magic and excitement of one the top bands ever. Performing all the great ABBA hits you won't be able to resist to get up and dance the night away!
Meal & Show £37.50. To book, call the hotel directly on 01387 254 111.

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January

outdoorThroughout JanuaryWinter Buds Trail
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Find and identify different tree buds around the reserve. In winter the buds of leaves on trees are all different shapes, sizes and colours and are useful in identifying the species of tree in winter when there are no leaves.
Normal admission charges, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 29th December:

outdoorWed 1 JanNew Year's Day Bird Race
10am - 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Start the year by challenging our warden to see how many bird species you can spot in a day.  Add your species to the board as you see them and we will see how many species we can see altogether at Caerlaverock during the day!
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSun 5 JanDawn Flight
7.15am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Watch the amazing spectacle of thousands of wild barnacle geese flighting in from the mudflats against the dawn sky. The Coffee Shop will be open early to provide hot drinks and bacon rolls.  Bring warm, waterproof clothing, binoculars and a torch. Normal admission charges, WWT members free. Booking essential.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSun 5 Jan In Focus
10am to 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 - Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

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outdoorSat 25 JanWinter Wildfowl ID for Beginners
10.30am-12.30pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Brush up on your winter wildfowl identification with the Caerlaverock wardens. The reserve has large numbers of ducks, waders, swans and geese and we will identify everything we see, including wigeon, teal, shovelers, black tailed godwits, curlew, barnacle geese and whooper swans. Booking is essential.
Normal admission charges, WWT members free. Booking essential.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Exhibition26 Jan-7 March 'Alla Prima studies in nature' Exhibition by Gary Haughan
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock DG1 4RS
The work for this exhibition is my response to local wildlife and an attempt to capture their essence.  Most encounters with nature are short and fleeting and these works aim to capture and record them. The work is the culmination of many visits to the centre and its surrounding countryside. Alla Prima translated directly from Italian means all at once and refers specifically to my painting method. Paintings are done in one session working fast and spontaneous. This means there is always an element of surprise and controlled experimentation to my work which hopefully creates a sense of energy and excitement. The paintings are in Acrylic on both canvas and paper. Free Entry.

 

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February

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

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

Week Commencing Monday 27th January:

outdoorSun 2 FebDawn Flight
7am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Watch the amazing spectacle of thousands of wild barnacle geese flighting in from the mudflats against the dawn sky. The Coffee Shop will be open early to provide hot drinks and bacon rolls.  Bring warm, waterproof clothing, binoculars and a torch. Normal admission charges, WWT members free. Booking essential.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 3rd February:

outdoorSat 8 & Sun 9 FebSwan Spectacular
10am - 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
This weekend celebrates the swans that visit us every winter. Events will include talks, walks, workshops and lots of opportunities to see and learn about our beautiful and characterful whooper swans and mute swans.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 10th February:

outdoorSat 15 FebNest Box Building Workshop
10.30am-1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
To celebrate National Nest Box Week, take this opportunity to make your own nest box to put up in your garden or local green space. After you have constructed your nest box the warden will give out information on the best places to site them.
Normal admission charges, WWT members free. Also £5 per nest box. Booking is essential.
Contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 17th February:

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

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

Week Commencing Monday 24th February:

 

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