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  • Portpatrick RNLI Lifeboat Week

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    Portpatrick RNLI Lifeboat Week


    To all our friends and faithful supporters….

    I’m sure this will not come as a surprise to any of you but unfortunately we are having to cancel Lifeboat Week 2020 due to the current circumstances within the UK.

    We hope you all remain safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

    Portpatrick Crew and Committee.

    #StayHomeSaveLives #RNLI #AlwaysOnCall


  • What’s On

    The link gives a list of the main events that are happening in Dumfries & Galloway over the coming months.

    What’s on in Dumfries & Galloway 

  • Langholm Common Riding 2020

    Langholm, “The Muckle Toon” has seen tradition upheld for over 250 years with the Annual Langholm Common Riding which takes place every year on the last Friday in July.

    This year sees The Common Riding on Friday July 31st  2020

    The Trustees and Members of Langholm Common Riding issue the following statement as a result of the outbreak of Coronavirus.

    Under the current circumstances Langholm Common Riding 2020 cannot take place in its customary way. Should restrictions be lifted sufficiently by the end of July it may be possible to celebrate the Common Riding in a limited way and every effort will be made to mark the boundaries.

    The Trustees and Members will assess the situation and act accordingly.

    The event usually starts at 5am with the flute band parading the town and draws to a conclusion (after an exciting day of events and festivities) at 9.30pm when the Cornet hands back the Town Standard in front of the town hall.


    For more information please look at the Langholm Initiative Website

  • Galloway Country Fair 2021

    Galloway Country Fair




    21st & 22nd August 2021


    It is with regret and huge disappointment that we confirm the cancellation of the Galloway Country Fair 2020, due to be held on 22nd and 23rd August.

    This will be a disappointment to our visitors, traders and sponsors, as it is for the team at Drumlanrig.

    At a time such as this, however, the safety and wellbeing of those involved and local communities must be prioritised. We have a duty of care to protect the most vulnerable and continuing with the Fair would not allow us to do this.

    The team at Drumlanrig are passionate about the Fair and hope to welcome you back on 21st and 22nd August in 2021.

    Join us for the award-winning Galloway Country Fair 2021, set in the grounds of the stunning Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Galloway Country Fair is an annual two day event held on the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Taking place on 21st and 22nd August 2021  

    The event is a celebration of rural life and brings together food and drink, country sports, entertainment, rural crafts, children’s activities and much, much more to ensure an outstanding day for every member of the family. For more information contact 01848 331 555 or email

    We look forward to welcoming you in August 2020




  • Galloway Activity Centre Events 2020

    Galloway Activity Centre

    Loch Ken



    Galloway Activity Centre Open Days


    Saturday 4th July 2020

    Saturday 10th October 2020



    Galloway Activity Centre Youth Club


    Monday 6th July – Friday 10th July 2020

    Monday 12th October – Friday 16th October 2020

  • Castle Kennedy Gardens Events 2020


    Castle Kennedy Gardens

    Events 2020



    For nearly 100 years we’ve been welcoming people to our Gardens, to enjoy our unique setting and to find some peace and respite. However, the welfare of our Friends, visitors and staff must always come first.

    That’s why, in the light of coronavirus, we are temporarily closing Castle Kennedy Gardens. We will be reviewing this and keep you updated.

    We believe that access to nature is a universal human right. Now more than ever, gardens and the outdoors can lift our spirits, brighten our days and improve our physical and mental health. So whilst our gardens are shut, we’ll be sharing some images from the gardens to help keep your spirits up wherever you are.

    Thank you for your support and for being part of Castle Kennedy Gardens. We hope you will bear with us during this period of disruption. And of course we will extend your Friends Membership for the duration of the closure.

    We don’t know yet when our Gardens will reopen, but we look forward to welcoming you back when they do.

    Until then, stay safe and take care. We’ll be in touch soon.





  • Loch Ken Open Swimming Festival 2020

    Loch Ken Open Swimming Festival


    Loch Ken is perfect for Wild Swimming and our organised swim is a great opportunity for experienced swimmers, families and beginners to get out and enjoy the water.

    As part of the hydro scheme Loch Ken is regularly filled with fresh, clean water straight off the Rhinns of Kells and is one of the cleanest Lochs in Scotland.


    The wild swims have been running  for about 5-6 years and they are well attended.

    This year it will be run as part of the Loch Ken Alive Month of Endurance whereby a number of events on and around the Loch Ken area will run throughout September.

    For on line booking visit the website


    –          Friday 11th September:           500 metre; 1km; and 2km Night swims

    –          Saturday 12th September:      1km; 2km; 4km and Childrens’ Fun Swims

    –          Sun 13th September:               10 Km End to End Swim

  • Logan Botanic Garden 2020


    Logan Botanic Garden 


    Unfortunately, all events, exhibitions and short courses at the Gardens are currently suspended. We will update our What’s On and Learn sections with further details when that changes.

    Thank you for your continued support during this period of uncertainty. We will continue to review the situation on a daily basis and post updates on this page. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gardens as soon as we can.

    Daily, 1 Aug 2020 – 21 Sep 2020

    Explore the formation and history of RBGE in this amazing exhibition celebrating its 350th anniversary


  • Dumfries Show 2021

    Dumfries Show

    First held in 1962, following the amalgamation of the Dumfries and Lockerbie agricultural shows, Dumfries Show is an old established agricultural society and is now considered to be the largest one day show in the country.

    It is a traditional agricultural show held on the first Saturday in August each year. Dumfries, being primarily a livestock producing area, prides itself on the quality of the livestock on display, with the quality of dairy, beef and sheep sections second to none.

    There is a very large and growing horse section with an extensive array of different classes. It has BSJA affiliation and is a qualifier for Blair Atholl.

    The show has an enthusiastic goat section, including milking trials.

    There are also sections for the home and garden industries, stick making, a large craft fair, a food festival with cookery theatre,  a very popular and growing cheese competition which is the only one in Scotland outside the Highland Show and a young farmers section as well as a huge array of stands throughout the showfield.

    We aim to put on an entertaining, educational show in a safe environment for all the family whether they be involved in farming or not.

    Come and enjoy a great day out.

  • Kirkcudbright Events 2020 by Visit Kirkcudbright

    Kirkcudbright has a busy schedule of events throughout the 2020 season.

    Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
    It is with great regret that following some discussion and advice from local and national governing bodies, Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities have currently decided to suspend all events until the end of July due to the ongoing concerns owing to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). This decision will be reviewed in June in case there is any updates on whether we need to extend or reduce the cancellations.  Please see the following page for more details

  • Threave Garden and Estate 2020

    NTS Threave Garden and Estate

    Open Monday 6th July

    Advance Booking: Threave Garden

    6 Jul 2020 – 20 Jul 2020

    Paid Event | Book online

    As we all know, there is still a threat from COVID-19 and that means we’ve had to make some changes so that we can keep you and our staff safe when visiting.

    We’re introducing an advance booking system to help manage visitor numbers and maintain safe, social distancing. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking.

    It is with great pleasure that we can announce the reopening of Threave Garden in Castle Douglas to the public on Monday, 6th July.

    Threave will open five days a week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday), 10am to 5pm, until further notice.


    We will be maintaining free public access to natural heritage properties in D&G and we hope our charity can count on your ongoing support as we meet this unprecedented challenge.”

    Threave Nature Reserve and Rockcliffe. Please enjoy these places responsibly. Please note too, for the moment, travel is still temporarily restricted from nearby postcodes DG1, DG2, DG11, DG12, DG13, DG16. For those who are able to visit, we hope you have lovely weekend and that the weather improves!

  • The Swallow Theatre 2020

    The Swallow Theatre 2020

    All Events


    THE SWALLOW THEATRE WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE and we are working with performers to reschedule shows.

    We have to follow government guidance and we intend to play our part in controlling the spread of coronavirus and therefore we are sadly going to temporarily close The Swallow Theatre until we are told it is safe to re-open.

    We are currently talking with all the performers who were due to appear here over the next few weeks and we hope to re-schedule as many of the shows as possible to later in the year or to 2021.

    For shows that are postponed or cancelled, we shall get in touch with ticket-holders and arrange a refund, or a transfer of their ticket to the new date. It will take a little while for us to organise all this, so please bear with us. We shall keep our website and Facebook pages updated with the latest situation on each show as we have information.


    Clouds Promotional Image

    Vintage flair, thought-provoking issues and a touch of comedy from a cast of five.
    Thursday 4 June 2020 : 7.30pm
    Friday 5 June 2020 : 2.30pm
    Tickets : £13.50

    Looking for Wolverhampton’s Latin Quarter & The Cavalry Twill Incident


    Looking for Wolverhampton's Latin Quartet and The Cavalry Twill Incident Promotional Image

    Dramatised storytelling packed with poignancy, nostalgia and laughter.
    Friday 26 June 2020 : 7.30pm
    Tickets : £13.50

    The South Afreakins

    The South Afreakins Promotional Image

    A heart-breaking and hilarious show about country, loss and the impossible search for home.
    Tuesday 14 July 2020 : 7.30pm
    Wednesday 15 July 2020 : 2.30pm
    Tickets : £13.50

    Howerd’s End

    New Dates

    Howerd's End Promotional Image

    New Dates
    Frankie Howerd’s life story portrayed with humour and truth in this new play starring Simon Cartwright and Mark Farrelly (Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope)
    Tuesday 20 October : 7.30pm
    Wednesday 21 October : 2.30pm
    Tickets : £13.50


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