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WILD GOOSE CHASE - throughout March
By travelling from Caerlaverock in the east, via Mersehead, Kelton Mains and Loch Ken, and the Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve, to Loch Ryan in the west, you can see all six species of geese that spend the winter in the region: barnacle, Canada, brent, pink-footed, greylag and Greenland white-fronted, as well as two species of swan - mute and whooper.
There will be a series of guided walks and tours throughout the month in each location, as well as special events for families and children.

WILD SPRING FESTIVAL: 25th March - 10th April 2016 
The Dumfries & Galloway Wild Spring Festival (Scotland’s largest and longest running wildlife festival) has joined forces with The Scottish Borders Nature Festival to celebrate the diversity of flora and fauna that can be discovered throughout the area in a fascinating programme of events. To mark Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink, both festivals are also set to reveal a series of events with a special focus on the area’s outstanding natural larder. Most of the events are led by wildlife experts and take in "natural delights" such as bats, badgers, moths, sharks and red squirrels.

Seasonal mini-festival offering inspiring activities for young and old, including music & theatre, craft & literary events.
Also 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

28th & 29th May 2016
The third Wigtown and Bladnoch Food Festival will have a fantastic selection of food and drink producers on both days and cooking demonstrations from talented chefs using the products on sale at the Food Festival. The cooking demonstrations will be educational and inspirational and show how relationships are built between suppliers and chefs who put a lot of emphasis on provenance . It will be held in the County Buildings. Website

Guided Walks throughout Galloway Hills, woodlands and coast. 29 walks over 7 days, plus evening events. From the challenge of true hill-walking to the lower level themed walks, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Web: www.newtonstewartwalkfest.co.uk

SPRING FLING: 28th-30th May 2016
Spring Fling is a vibrant visual art and craft open studios event covering the length and breadth of Dumfries and Galloway; it is highly regarded as one of the UK’s most successful contemporary visual art and craft events. Every year between 90 - 100 professional artists and makers throw open the doors to their studios for three days over the late May bank holiday weekend, offering visitors the chance to get behind the scenes of artistic practice, experience artists and makers demonstrating and explaining their processes and inspirations and have the opportunity to buy a piece of art direct from the artist.
Web: www.spring-fling.co.uk

The prestigious Wigtown Poetry Prize is an annual competition for poetry written in English, Scots or Gaelic. The competition is open to anyone throughout and outside the United Kingdom.  Winners are invited to the autumn Festival, where we celebrate the prize with a special event.
Find out more at our facebook page or the Festival website:www.wigtownbookfestival.com

WIGTOWN COMMUNITY FESTIVAL WEEK: July 2016 (Dates to be confirmed)
Events, activities, sports & entertainment for all ages.
Web: www.wigtowncc.org.uk

Come and join us in Whithorn for a weekend of events, demonstrations, displays and exhibitions.

WIGTOWN AGRICULTURAL SHOW:  Wednesday 3rd August 2016
A great day out for the whole family - livestock competitions & parade; trade stands; arts, crafts & food marquees; music; demonstrations; stunt motorbikes; owls, pigs, poultry & gundog displays and much more.
Web: www.wigtownshow.org.uk

WIGTOWN BOOK FESTIVAL:  23rd Sept - 2nd October 2016
Book Town's major festival of the year with a programme of over 170 events, for adults & children.
Web: www.wigtownbookfestival.com

A week-long, national celebration of books & literature, with a range of events organised by the Association of Wigtown Booksellers and Wigtown Festival Company. Programme at top of this page.


The Wigtown Treasure Trail
In what seems to be a copycat killing from the storyline of her latest novel, crime writer Misty Plot has been found dead in the storeroom of one of Wigtown's most popular book shops! Detective Laura Norder is in charge of the case and has compiled a list of suspects. Can you solve these clues to identify the murderer and the weapon used in this shocking crime? If you are successful you could win a prize!
Treasure Trails create fun and unique ways for you to get outside and explore. A Treasure Trail is a self-guided treasure hunt around a town. It includes the main features of the area but the focus is on finding clues, solving puzzles and having fun! The Wigtown Trail takes around two hours to complete and costs just £6.99 for a group activity that suits all ages.
Learn more: www.treasuretrails.co.uk/scotland-southwest/things-to-do-in-wigtown-trail-test.html

Wigtown Women's Walk is a heritage trail around the town of Wigtown and there is an extension trail that takes in the harbour and Martyr's Stake. It is a walk to celebrate the achievements of women, past and present.
Leaflets for the trail can be obtained, free of charge, from the Library or Readinglasses in Wigtown, and Tourist Information offices in the region, or you can take advantage of a guided tour from one of our volunteers - please enquire at Readinglasses for dates and times.
(You can also download the free podcast, available from Glasgow Women's Library, which is suitable for everyone, including those with visual impairments or learning disabilities, to enable you to listen to the history of the buildings and people who inhabited them, whilst walking in their footsteps.)

Wigtown Street Markets / Indoor Markets (Saturdays, 10am - 3.30pm)
Outdoors weekly from Easter to October | Indoors in winter occasionally, in the County Buildings
Further details from Tommy Henry on 01988 403378.

Wigtown Walks and Talks (Tuesdays, throughout the year)
Walks from April to September |
Talks from October to March, on natural history and other subjects.
Wigtown & Bladnoch Golf Club, 2.30pm
Membership - £10, covers all the talks with refreshments included, and a summer programme of walks. Non members are welcome - £2 at the door.
Phone Bill Stuart on 01988 403494 for more info, or check Machars Action Events pages:

Book Binding Courses available throughout the year at a time to suit you.
Book a tutor from Binders Keepers for a relaxed, friendly days tuition using traditional skills at The Book Shop, Wigtown. Course cost £75 per person including all materials, lunch and cake supplied by Glaisnock Cafe, Wigtown.
Contact Nikki binderskeepersdg8@yahoo.co.uk / 01671 402332 for further information and to book your course.



Booktown Writers
A friendly, creative writing group that meets from 2pm - 4pm on the 1st Tuesday of the month.
New members always welcome.
Web: www.booktownwriters.co.uk

Tai Ji Quan Dao
Chinese martial art, suitable for all abilities, relaxation, posture & concentration for improved health
10am - 12noon, Tuesdays in Main Hall, Wigtown County Buildings.
Telephone Susie Casswell 01988 500380

Thursdays in term time, in Wigtown County Buildings
5pm - 6pm for primary school children & parents, free after-school club.
8pm - 9.30pm for secondary school children & adults, £2 young people, £3 adults, £5 families.
Telephone Elizabeth Tindal 07842241141

Wigtownshire U3A
University of the 3rd Age, membership open to anyone who is no longer in full-time employment.
Monthly talks in Supper Room, Wigtown County Buildings, at 10am, on the last Friday of most months.
Numerous interest groups, from bridge to family history, music appreciation to psychology.
Web: www.wigtownshireu3a.org.uk

Forget-me-Not Cafe
County Buildings, Supper Room, 1.30 - 3.30pm
Informal monthly event, on Thursday afternoons, for those with dementia and their carers.
Come along for a chat, a cup of tea or coffee, entertainment such as quizzes or board games,
Information & advice available on a range of issues.
Contact Alzheimer Scotland at 01776 889181


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