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  • Hannah McAndrew, Slipware Potter, in her studio at Kelton
    Speak to the artists and tour their studios at Spring Fling
  • A ceilidh held for Spring Fling in Castle Douglas Town Hall
    A ceilidh held for Spring Fling in Castle Douglas Town Hall
  • Cyclists cross the finish line in Dumfries as spectators cheer on the sidelines.
    The Tour of Britain finish line in Dumfries - Image © The Tour of Britain
  • A crowd watch a band at Wickerman Festival
    Wickerman Festival

Home to the Wickerman Festival, Spring Fling, the RSAC Scottish Rally and the Wild Spring Festival, Dumfries & Galloway boasts a wonderful variety of events and festivals throughout the year.

Whether you’re interested in arts and crafts, music, walking or wildlife, Dumfries & Galloway will no doubt host an event that takes your fancy. The Scottish Snowdrop Festival signals the end of the winter months and the region, which boasts many highly acclaimed gardens and woodlands, becomes awash with magnificent snowdrops.

Continue your exploration of the great outdoors at the Wild Spring Festival. Running throughout April, choose from around 100 events including red deer tours, badger watching and a whole host of family activities.

Make the most of this beautiful part of the world by exploring the countryside on foot at the Newton Stewart Walking Festival in May, which holds a series of guided walks that are suitable for all ages and abilities. 

The month of May is also a time to celebrate the buzzing arts and culture scene in Dumfries & Galloway. The Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival puts on a wide range of activities throughout the region. You’ll find classical, jazz and folk music, alongside children’s events, theatre and dance. At Spring Fling you can speak to artists, tour their studios and attend workshops and special events as you uncover around 80 arts and craft studios.

In June, you can enjoy the Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival, which celebrates New Orleans, Dixieland and swing jazz and features UK and international artists. Also this month, the exciting RSAC Scottish Rally welcomes drivers from across Europe to take part in the high-speed special forest stages.

If you want to see bands such as Scissor Sisters, Texas, Kassidy and The View, then the Wickerman Festival in July is the place to be. This innovative and family-friendly event is partly themed around the famous-cult movie and offers two days of glorious entertainment on a charming farm near Kirkcudbright.

In September you can enjoy a wide selection of music at the Lockerbie Jazz Festival, while the Wigtown Book Festival, running from the end of September until early October, sees authors, performers and audience members from all over arrive in Wigtown.

Find out more about events in Dumfries & Galloway by browsing the listings below, or visiting the Dumfries and Galloway! What's Going On? website.

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  1. The Darling Buds Of May

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Dalbeattie

    A production based on the classic tale by H.E. Bates.

    Dates

    12 Jun 2014 to 21 Jun 2014
  2. Woodland Pasture Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Discover the benefits woodland pasture gives tour wildlife.

    Dates

    7 Jul 2014
  3. Wellies And Worms

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Outdoor nature-based activity.

    Dates

    3 Sep 2014
  4. Turn Up The Heat: Guided Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    See the colours and textures of the half-hardy perennials.

    Dates

    8 Jul 2014
  5. Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    A fascinating history exhibition which details over the centuries the development of the village.

    Dates

    1 Oct 2014 to 5 Oct 2014
  6. Wild Spring Festival: Open Day

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    The team at the red kite feeding station at Laurieston answer questions about the birds.

    Dates

    26 Apr 2014
  7. Tree Folklore

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Thornhill

    Learn about tales connected to trees.

    Dates

    29 Jun 2014
  8. Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Burn off some energy having a go at den building and searching for the natural homes of wildlife.

    Dates

    26 Apr 2014
  9. Halloween

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Family fun with dressing up, pumpkin carving and more.

    Dates

    25 Oct 2014
  10. Off The Beaten Track

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Discover the toads, deer, otters, badgers, and birds and the homes which are being created for them at Mersehead.

    Dates

    10 Sep 2014 to 24 Dec 2014
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