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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. Meet The McDougalls (Over 3s)

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Come along and visit McDougall Cottage, where you'll meet lovable brother and sister Max and Molly McDougall.

    Dates

    30 Aug 2014
  2. Geese Homecoming

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Learn about the resident wildlife and our ongoing conservation work.

    Dates

    28 Nov 2014
  3. Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Visit Santa, enjoy a woodland stroll or buy a real Christmas tree!

    Dates

    6 Dec 2014 to 21 Dec 2014
  4. Walk On The Wildside

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    The warden leads an informative walk through the reserve, sharing knowledge about the wildlife.

    Dates

    12 Sep 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. Amy Winstanly

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    An exhibition of the artist's paintings utilising memory, observation and documentation, oscillating between intuitive gestures and conscious forms.

    Dates

    1 Aug 2014 to 30 Aug 2014
  7. Trees Of The World: Guided Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Thornhill

    See the estate's wonderful array of trees.

    Dates

    21 Sep 2014
  8. Moth Morning

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    A session on moth identification, looking at species which were captured the night before.

    Dates

    30 Aug 2014
  9. Hedgerow Safari

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Search for small mammals in the hedgerows.

    Dates

    24 Apr 2014 to 30 Oct 2014
  10. The Stray Birds

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Langholm

    Americana folk combo.

    Dates

    12 Sep 2014
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