the Lockerbie Jazz Festival
a potter's studio during Spring Fling
Tour of Britain finish line in Dumfries - © The Tour of Britain
The region is recognised as being home to some rare wildlife. Why not find out more at Wild Spring, a festival held throughout April and May, giving you a chance to see wildlife up close in the company of experts?
Explore Dumfries & Galloway's stunning countryside on foot at the Newton Stewart Walking Festival, in May, offering a series of guided walks of varying levels through the diverse landscape of Galloway. Keen walkers can also stretch their legs at the Dalbeattie Walking Festival held in August, the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Dumfries & Galloway.
The Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival sees a number of activities happening in venues across the region - enjoy classical, jazz or folk music, dance, theatre and children’s events.
Spring Fling, which takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend allows you a deep insight into the life and work of the region’s artists as around 80 arts and craft studios open their doors to the public and special events, workshops and tours take place from studio to studio.
The RSAC Scottish Rally arrives in the region at the end of June with competitors from the UK, Ireland and Europe driving high-speed special forest stages. If you passion is more for classic vehicles, head to the Moffat Classic Car Rally.
At the end of July every year, the innovative and family-friendly weekend event, the Wickerman Festival takes place. Partly themed around the famous cult movie, the festival features a variety of music from current and new talent on a farm near Kirkcudbright.
The Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail takes place in early August and hosts works from hundreds of artists/makers across venues not normally open to the public.
Head to one of Scotland’s most successful country events, the Galloway Country Fair, which takes place in August in the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle. Back in Kirkcudbright, the summer festivities come to a spectacular close with the annual Tattoo at the end of August.
Celebrate Dumfries & Galloway’s delicious local food and drink at Flavour Fortnight in early September, when you can enjoy the finest food and drink the region has to offer at markets, cookery demonstrations, tastings and other events. The Scottish stage of the Tour of Britain also comes through the region in September.
For books and literature events, visit in September and October for the Wigtown Book Festival when 100 activities take place to celebrate the written word.
October also welcomes Lockerbie Jazz Festival which hosts a mix of mainstream and contemporary jazz and blues concerts. Enjoy a variety of styles from international, Scottish and Dumfries & Galloway musicians.
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