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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. Late Summer: Guided Garden Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    With head gardener John MacArthur.

    Dates

    10 Sep 2014
  2. Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    An illustrated talk from Forestry Commission Scotland's Andrew Jarrott.

    Dates

    12 Sep 2014
  3. Gradings

    Stranraer

    Family fun and activities.

    Dates

    20 Apr 2014
  4. Butterfly Bonanza

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Thornhill

    See how many butterflies you can find.

    Dates

    13 Jul 2014
  5. Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Emma Boyes reveals how improving the wildlife habitats on her venison farm has made a difference to local biodiversity.

    Dates

    25 Apr 2014
  6. 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
  7. Gradings

    Stranraer

    With head gardener John MacArthur.

    Dates

    7 May 2014
  8. Spring Fling

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Come along and view a month long celebration of visual art and sculpture inspired by nature.

    Dates

    2 May 2014 to 31 May 2014
  9. Mike Denver

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Classic country singer-songwriter.

    Dates

    22 Apr 2014
  10. Gradings

    Stranraer

    The botanist talks about his work in South Africa.

    Dates

    10 Jun 2014
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