Events in 2016:
GALLOWAY FOREST PARK - Events throughout the yearToo many to list here - details are available on the Forestry Commission Scotland Website
THE CATSTRAND ARTS, COMMUNITY & VISITOR CENTREin New Galloway (17 miles from NS), runs events including art & craft workshops, theatre, live music & exhibitions throughout the year. Visit the website or check their Facebook page for latest details.
CURRENT LOCAL 'WHAT'S ON' GUIDE:For a comprehensive listing of current local events, visit the Machars Action website Whats on Guide
ANNUAL FESTIVALS & EVENTSFestivals are particularly popular in the Dumfries & Galloway region, with themes based on outdoor activities and nature as well as food, books, music, arts and crafts. Here are a just few of the year's events:
SNOWDROP FESTIVAL: January - March 2016Tthe Scottish Snowdrop Festival presents fantastic displays of these delicate little flowers which signify the beginning of spring. Enjoy the earliest blossoms of the year with beautiful gardens, magnificent castles, stately homes and local exhibitions or simply step into nature and wander through the woodland. Participants in Dumfries & Galloway include: Galloway House, Garlieston; Craichlaw, Kirkcowan; Logan Botanic Gardens; Dunskey Gardens, Portpatrick; Castle Kennedy and Cally Woods, Gatehouse.
GALLOWAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: March 2016Predominantly for schoolchildren and amateur musicians, grades & trophies are awarded.
Members of the public are most welcome to attend all events during the festival, both daytime and evening sessions, held in Newton Stewart & Stranraer. Admission to all events, except the Festival Concert in the Cinema, is FREE. Website
WILD SPRING FESTIVAL: April - May 2016Part of Dumfries and Galloway’s Wild Seasons, featuring great wildlife events; many free and most hosted by local wildlife guides. Set amidst beautiful unspoilt countryside, our events are perfect for families and wildlife fans alike to discover the most surprising and naturally inspiring part of Scotland. From Red Deer to Red Kites and Otters to Oyster Catchers and from Badgers to Black Grouse, Barnacle Geese, Bats and the charismatic Red Squirrel, Dumfries and Galloway is teeming with wildlife. Website
WIGTOWN BOOK TOWN SPRING FESTIVAL: May 2016With over 27 events over three days in Wigtown to suit all ages and interests the programme for Wigtown’s annual Spring Book Weekend takes place from Friday 29 April – Sunday 1 May 2016. This year sees the welcome return of speakers from the University of Glasgow, Crichton Campus, and a series of events with both familiar and new faces.
A lso the Spring Kist (“Kist” is an old word for treasure chest.) where you'll find art, crafts, food & drink from Dumfries & Galloway and beyond. It will take place in the County Buildings on the Saturday & Sunday.
Keep up-to-date with plans on the Wigtown Kist's Facebook page
NEWTON STEWART WALKING FESTIVAL: May 2016This will be the 14th Annual WalkFest, now firmly established as the biggest walking festival in the South of Scotland. Galloway is a wonderful location for walking and whether you enjoy the challenge of our true hill walking experiences or our lower-level themed routes, there is sure to be something for everyone. Make a date in your diary and join our action packed walking week in the Galloway Hills and surrounding area. You will soon realise why we call this area Scotland's best kept secret!
:: 30 walk routes over 7 days
:: Fully guided walk routes for all abilities
:: Hill routes guided by Galloway MRT
:: Linear, coastal and themed routes
:: Many favourite classic walking routes
:: Social Events throughout the week
:: Transportation included
Telephone: 01671 404500
SPRING FLING OPEN STUDIOS: May 2016Covering the length and breadth of Dumfries and Galloway, Spring Fling is Scotland’s leading visual art and craft open studio event. Renowned as the most successful contemporary visual art & craft open studio event in Scotland and one of the best in the UK, Spring Fling brings around 10,000 visitors from across the world to artists' studios in Dumfries & Galloway, southwest Scotland each year in Spring.
A chance to see, and buy, some of the best creative work in Scotland, in some of the most beautiful settings, from painters, sculptors, furniture makers, jewellery makers, photographers, basket weavers, ceramicists, glass and textile artists.
In addition to the core open studios trail, there are also be a series of additional events.
WIGTOWN & BLADNOCH FOOD FESTIVAL: May 2016Wigtown and Bladnoch Food Festival was held initially in May 2014 to celebrate Whisky month. Held in the County Buildings with a fantastic selection of food and drink producers on both days and additionally on the Sunday, cooking demonstrations from chefs incorporating the produce that is on offer. Website
MAYFAYRE, Art & Craft Fair: May 2016in the MacMillan Hall, Newton Stewart, 10am - 4pm
A Newton Stewart Initiative event featuring local artists, craftspeople and food producers.
More details & updates on the NSI Facebook page.
KIRKCUDBRIGHT JAZZ FESTIVAL: June 2016The 19th annual festival, in this unique small Scottish town, offers visitors the chance to enjoy top class and highly professional artistes, some on a first time visit, as well as some old favourites, ensuring that the festival caters for jazz lovers of all ages who appreciate quality as well as variety for their entertainment.
NEWTON STEWART TRADITIONAL & ACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL: July 2016Following a very successful launch in 2014, the 3rd Festival will include Concerts, Sessions, and more.
Website: www.tradmusic.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/TradMusicFestival
GALLOWAY PAGEANT: July 2016Newton Stewart hosts the annual Galloway Pageant, with a programme of social and sporting events, ending on the Saturday with a parade of highly decorated floats, the crowning of the "Queen of Galloway", and an afternoon of family fun.
THE WHEELIE GOOD BIKE SHOW: Sunday 7th August 2016A gathering of motorcycles of all types, sizes, colours and shapes. A good day out for the whole family, including custom bikes, treasure hunt, stalls & food. Website | Facebook
WIGTOWN AGRICULTURAL SHOW: Wednesday 3rd August 2016The longest-running Agricultural Show in Galloway, which has built up a distinguished history over the past 200 years. A variety of attractions and entertainment, some of the best livestock from all over south-west Scotland and beyond, showjumping, a dog show, exhibitor and trade stands with the very best in locally-produced food, crafts, farm machinery and other products. A great family day out!
NEWTON STEWART 10K 'ROON THE RISK' RUN & SUMMER SANTA DASH:
‘Roon the Risk’ 10km Run - Pull on your running shoes and take part in our 10k road race, which follows the Risk Road and offers stunning views across the Galloway hills. Not feeling quite so energetic? Why not walk the route instead!
Sunday 21s August 2016
Summer Santa Dash - Newton Stewart and District Round Table is well known for taking Santa and his Sleigh around Newton Stewart and the surrounding villages in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Santa normally takes a break over the summer months, but this year he is trying to get fit. Why not join him in a Summer Santa dash! The Santa Dash is a fun run open to the whole family. Join us for the Santa Dash and we’ll give you a free Santa hat so that Santa doesn't feel left out.
Junior 2km - After taking in feedback from last years event we have decided to introduce a 2k which is open to juniors. Tickets for the 2k include free entry to Santa Dash. Website
NEWTON STEWART HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY SHOW: September 2016The annual show, at the McMillan Hall, where you can see the best local garden produce and flowers.
THE ARMSTRONG GALLOWAY HILLS RALLY: 10th September 2016is open to car club members from Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England.
Based in Castle Douglas, with over 40 forest stage miles. Website
WIGTOWN BOOK FESTIVAL: 23rd September - 2nd October 2016In the past 17 years, Wigtown Book Festival has blossomed into one of the most vibrant literary events in Britain. The Festival showcases writers old and new, with events for adults and children.
This year we take inspiration from island life. We’ll set sail for the Hebrides, search for Utopia and consider the nation’s relationship with Europe. Shipwrecked with Crusoe, we’ll find solace in the Icelandic sagas and toast our rescuers with Islay malts. For what is a festival if not a kind of island, separate from the world but open to it, a place of arrivals, departures and, above all, exchange ....
Wigtown became Scotland’s National Book Town in 1997 – a mecca for booklovers drawn to this beautiful part of southwest Scotland by its secondhand bookshops. With more than 175 events over 10 days, we warmly invite you to share in, and add to, our sense of creative purpose.Website
Throughout the Book Festival, the Autumn Kist will showcase a selection of the best in local art, crafts, food & drink from Dumfries & Galloway and beyond, in the Marquee outside the County Buildings.
Keep up-to-date with plans on the Wigtown Kist's Facebook page
WEEKLY or MONTHLY EVENTS & GROUPS