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GENERATION ››

This epic programme of events celebrates 25 years of contemporary arts in Scotland - from Orkney to the Scottish Borders

  • 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. Country Pursuits X

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Kirkcudbright

    Works by artists including Caroline Hunter, David Greenall, Ruth O'Dell and Mary Sumner.

    Dates

    6 Sep 2014 to 1 Nov 2014
  2. Build A Bird Feeder

    Type

    Workshops

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    A guided walk followed by a craft activity.

    Dates

    15 Oct 2014
  3. Gradings

    Moffat

    Annual service to commemorate the life of the Air Chief Marshal.

    Dates

    7 Sep 2014
  4. Gala Day

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Wildlife crafts, pond dipping and ice cream fun!

    Dates

    28 Jul 2014
  5. Red Kites & Geese In Flight

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    A walk to the bird hides to see this RSPB reserve in autumn colour, woodland and wetland wildlife.

    Dates

    23 Oct 2014
  6. Design A Bird Mask

    Type

    Workshops

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    A guided walk followed by a craft activity.

    Dates

    22 Oct 2014
  7. Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Expert led daily wildlife watching event.

    Dates

    23 Jul 2014 to 31 Aug 2014
  8. Sundaes On Sunday

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Scoop your own ice cream sundae!

    Dates

    2 Mar 2014 to 28 Dec 2014
  9. Wellies And Worms

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Outdoor nature-based activity.

    Dates

    3 Sep 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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