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Events in and around Newton Stewart
Festivals and Events in Newton Stewart

Festivals and Events in and around Newton Stewart


GALLOWAY FOREST PARK - Events throughout the year

3 local Visitor Centres at Kirroughtree, Glentrool and Clatteringshaws.Too many events to list here - details are available on the Forestry Commission Scotland Website



in 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.


Festivals 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:



Tthe 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.
VisitScotland Website

GALLOWAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: (5 -10th March 2018)

Predominantly 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


Part 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


With over 27 events over three days in Wigtown to suit all ages and interests in the programme 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


Galloway is a wonderful location for walking and whether you enjoy the challenge of our true hill walking experiences or discovering our beautiful countryside and rugged coastline, there is sure to be something for everyone. Our festival is more than a walk in the hills, along the coast or amongst wonderful woodlands - we aim to provide you with a unique and complete WalkFest experience. Often described as Scotland's best kept secret, Galloway is a wonderfully unspoilt landscape with an endless variety of routes for walkers to enjoy. Walkfest offers around 30 routes over 7 days, with transport and guides included, as well as a programme of evening social events.
:: 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

You can find a list of local accommodation providers on this site.


SPRING FLING OPEN STUDIOS: (26 - 28th May 2018)

Covering 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.

MAYFAYRE, Art & Craft Fair: May

in 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.


The 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.


Following a very successful launch in 2014, the Festival will include Concerts, Sessions, and more.
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Newton 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.

WIGTOWN FOOD FESTIVAL: (13 - 15th July 2018)

The Wigtown Food Festival was established in 2014 and has undergone a number of changes throughout that time as we continue to grow it. The festival has an emphasis on showcasing the fantastic food establishments in Wigtown along with the most amazing skilled food producers from around Scotland and the North of England. We also have talks from authors and producers, plus cooking demonstrations and competitions throughout the weekend. Website

THE WHEELIE GOOD BIKE SHOW: First Sunday in August

A 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 1st August 2018)

The 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!


‘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!
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


The annual show, at the McMillan Hall, where you can see the best local garden produce and flowers.


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


Opening reception music night on Friday 8th from 7:30pm at the Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart, featuring live music from local musicians and hosted by Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival.
On Saturday 9th, there will be outdoor stalls, live music and displays at Dashwood Square PLUS the official opening of Newton Stewart Initiative Community Shop at 11am!
Activities and demonstrations in McMillan Hall, including - demonstrations by local working crafters;
try curling, carpet bowls and Zumba!
+ Refreshments provided by Riverside Day Centre in McMillan Hall
+ Visit Galloway Mountain Rescue base on Princes Avenue

WIGTOWN BOOK FESTIVAL: (21st - 30th September 2018)

In the past 18 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 explore the local and the global. As ever, we celebrate the writers on our doorstep and consider some of the great figures of this region’s past, from Thomas Telford to Thomas Carlyle. But we also look overseas, in particular to our European neighbours, because their stories are our stories, too. We hope that you enjoy these voices from elsewhere.
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

WINTERFAYRE/ CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Saturday 18th November 2017

Winterfayre from 10am - 4pm. A great opportunity to start your Christmas shopping with items from local crafters and for the kids to get their lists to Santa nice and early.
Christmas Light Switch On from 5.30pm - 7.30pm, with a family disco and stalls from local Community Groups raising much needed funds. Both events are in and around the McMillan Hall.


EMILY SMITH CHRISTMAS SHOW: Friday 22 December 2017

7.30pm at Crafty Distillery, Newton Stewart, DG8 6JZ.
Multi-award winning Scottish folksinger Emily Smith has been a leading voice of the Scottish folk scene for over a decade.  December 2017 sees her tour her hugely popular Christmas show promoting the accompanying album ‘Songs For Christmas’.  Now in it’s seventh year the show is selling out venues across Scotland from castles to churches and theatres across the land!
Joining Emily on the tour are Jamie McClennan and Anna Massie on guitars, fiddles and vocals.
Tickets £12.50 Tel. 01671 404924 or 07762 064298  
Presented by Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival


If you are an organiser of an event or a group in the Newton Stewart area and want to add or amend information, please email

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