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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. Creative Creatures

    Type

    Workshops

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Come and design your own creature using recycled materials.

    Dates

    17 Feb 2015 to 12 Apr 2015
  2. Big Burns Supper

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Nine days of music, theatre, comedy and much more.

    Dates

    23 Jan 2015 to 30 Jan 2015
  3. John McNicholl

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Langholm

    One of Ireland's most popular singers.

    Dates

    30 Nov 2014
  4. Feed the Birds

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Create a range of bird feeders for your garden.

    Dates

    25 Jan 2015
  5. Woodland Adventure

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    An adventure in the woods.

    Dates

    17 May 2015 to 14 Jun 2015
  6. Gradings

    Dumfries

    Watch the barnacle geese flight out to the Solway mudflats.

    Dates

    26 Oct 2014
  7. Buggy Fun

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    A bug hunt.

    Dates

    19 Apr 2015
  8. Return Of The Geese

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Learn about the resident wildlife and our ongoing conservation work.

    Dates

    28 Nov 2014
  9. Sundaes On Sunday

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Scoop your own ice cream sundae!

    Dates

    2 Mar 2014 to 28 Dec 2014
  10. Nature Tots

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Encouraging an early interest in wildlife.

    Dates

    3 Apr 2015 to 28 Aug 2015
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