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

Festivals and Events in and around Newton Stewart


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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

 

THE CATSTRAND ARTS, COMMUNITY & VISITOR CENTRE

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.


ANNUAL FESTIVALS & EVENTS

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.

 

:: A FEW OF THE LOCAL FESTIVALS IN 2018 ::


SNOWDROP FESTIVAL: January - March

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

WILD SPRING SEASONS: April - May

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

WIGTOWN BOOK TOWN SPRING FESTIVAL: 4th - 6th May 2018

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

NEWTON STEWART WALKING FESTIVAL: 11th-17th May 2018

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

You can find some local accommodation providers here.
Website: www.newtonstewartwalkfest.co.uk   |   Telephone: 01671 404500

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.
Website: www.spring-fling.co.uk

MAYFAYRE, Art & Craft Fair: 26th May 2018

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.

KIRKCUDBRIGHT JAZZ FESTIVAL: 14 - 17th June 2018

A Celebration of Trad New Orleans, Dixieland and Swing Jazz in South West Scotland.
The 21st 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.
The 22nd Festival will be held 13 - 16 June 2019
Website: www.kirkcudbrightjazzfestival.co.uk

NEWTON STEWART & MINNIGAFF TRADITIONAL MUSIC & DANCE FESTIVAL:
6-8th July 2018

The 6th annual Festival will take place over 12th-14th July 2019 and, after another outstanding programme of events in 2018 which included Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as ever, some of the biggest names in traditional music, it looks set to be another packed programme and is really living up to it's reputation as one of the best rural arts festivals in Dumfries & Galloway.
Website: www.tradmusic.com |  Facebook: www.facebook.com/TradMusicFestival

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!
Website

NEWTON STEWART & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY OPEN SHOW:
Friday 24th & Saturday 25th August 2018

Friday 6.30pm - 8.30pm | Saturday 10.00am - 3.00pm | Presentation of Trophies at 7.00pm on Friday.
The annual show, at the McMillan Hall, where you can see the best local garden produce including flowers, fruit & vegetables, as well as baking, arts & crafts and children's section. Raffle tickets on sale throughout the show. Teas, coffees & home baking available on Saturday. Admission £1, Children Free.

10K 'ROON THE RISK' RUN & SUMMER SANTA DASH: Sunday 26th August 2018

‘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 ARMSTRONG GALLOWAY HILLS RALLY: Saturday 8th September 2018

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: 21st - 30th September 2018

20th Anniversary year! Wigtown Book Festival has become one of the most vibrant literary events in Britain.  The Festival showcases writers old and new, with events for adults and children.
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

NEWTON STEWART DAY OF THE REGION:
Friday 28th & Saturday 29th September 2018

Day of the Region activities are organised by working groups of local volunteers in each participating community and everyone is encouraged to get involved – dance groups, choirs, musicians, fitness classes, sports clubs, individuals, organisations and businesses – to showcase what’s on offer in the community, celebrate local talent, and strengthen links across the area.
For updates on events visit the Website

WINTERFAYRE/ CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Date tbc - November

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.




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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