Join us in celebrating our Scottish heritage and be part of the unique spirit native to these parts. Experience the thundering hooves of the Common Ridings, indulge in a local food festival, dance the night away to live music, and attend a host of fantastic festivals that take place year-round.

Please note: every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of the event information, but we always recommend contacting the event organisers before attending.


Reading: The Raven’s Nest

Tuesday evenings until 13th December, 7pm weekly. As the nights draw in, you are invited to join New Galloway based author, Sarah Thomas, for a…...

date_range 1st November, 2022 - 13th December, 2022


Winter exhibition- Burnside Gallery

To round off Burnside gallery’s year; a Christmas group exhibition, mainly of local artists or those who have links with the Borders. Showing paintings of…...

date_range 23rd November, 2022 - 23rd December, 2022


Snowdrop Weekends

Come along to Scotland's most exotic Garden for the 2nd weekend of the 2023 Snowdrop Festival. Leave winter behind and see the beautiful swathes of…...

date_range 25th November, 2022 - 19th February, 2023


Christmas Wreath Making

Make yourself a beautiful Christmas wreath at Restoration Yard. Set your most creative festive spirit free and make a beautiful festive wreath with our expert…...

date_range 26th November, 2022 - 18th December, 2022


Spectacle of Light

This year at Spectacle of Light, the pirates are taking over Fort Douglas! Dalkeith Country Park’s after-dark family experience is inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s…...

date_range 2nd December, 2022 - 31st December, 2022


Meet Father Christmas

Father Christmas is coming back to Abbotsford this December! Add a little magic this festive season and come and visit him in his magical grotto.…...

date_range 3rd December, 2022 - 18th December, 2022


Celebrate an 1820s Christmas

Step back in time this December to experience Abbotsford at Christmas in the 1820s. A season of celebrations following the completion of the house and…...

date_range 3rd December, 2022 - 18th December, 2022


Meadow Market Place

Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones or picking up a little treat for over the festive season; Abbotsford’s Christmas…...

date_range 3rd December, 2022 - 18th December, 2022


Kid’s Workshop – Decorate Christmas Cookies

This is a really fun hands-on Christmas workshop for kids! Little ones under the age of 12 can decorate pre-made cookie stars and gingerbread men…...

date_range 3rd December, 2022 - 23rd December, 2022


Wreath Making at Floors Castle

Get creative this Christmas with our wreath making workshop in the cosy Courtyard Café. Be inspired by wild winter foliages and natural decorations....

date_range 9th December, 2022 - 10th December, 2022


Wreath Making Workshop

Create your own beautiful willow based Christmas wreath in this fun workshop. You’ll weave your own wreath base using willow then add moss, foliage and…...

date_range 9th December, 2022


Xmas Nights at Crafty!

XMAS NIGHTS AT CRAFTY! Join us for some banging cocktails and tasty perfect serves on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December. We will be open…...

date_range 9th December, 2022 - 10th December, 2022


Breakfast with Father Christmas

Give the kids a special treat this Christmas with a breakfast date they'll never forget – a breakfast with Father Christmas himself. This magical experience…...

date_range 10th December, 2022 - 18th December, 2022


Pony days

Riding, games, stable management, open to all ages and abilities, bring warm clothes and a packed lunch. Days vary - some are 10am-2pm, others longer…...

date_range 20th December, 2022 - 5th January, 2023


Christmas Ride Out

For riders happy in walk, trot and canter, join us on a ride around gorgeous Borders scenery from 2-4pm. £50 a head including hire of…...

date_range 22nd December, 2022


Dark Skies Stargazing Weekend

Join us a for a superb stargazing weekend at Caerlaverock Castle, with private dining experience here in Dumfries. The stargazing will be led by Matthew,…...

date_range 7th January, 2023 - 16th February, 2023


Big Burns Supper

Big Burns Supper is the biggest Burns Night celebration on the planet, and takes place at the end of January in Dumfries, with 5 hours…...

date_range 13th January, 2023 - 21st January, 2023


Closeburn Castle Ghost Hunt w/ Haunted Rooms

Welcome to Closeburn Castle – a ghost hunter’s dream location! Dating back to the 14th century, the castle is one of the oldest continuously inhabited…...

date_range 21st January, 2023 - 10th December, 2023


Kirkcudbright Book Week

Now in its second year, Kirkcudbright Book Week showcases the developing literary scene in the area and for Dumfries and Galloway in general. Events take…...

date_range 27th February, 2023 - 4th March, 2023


Jim Smith : The Hills have Ayes

After his last sell out tour, Perthshire farmer and comedian Jim Smith dons the checked shirt again as he returns with a brand new show…...

date_range 11th March, 2023


Borders Art Fair 2023

Don’t miss this inspiring and fun 3-day celebration of visual art in the Scottish Borders. Buy work from over 70 exhibiting artists, galleries and collectives.…...

date_range 17th March, 2023 - 19th March, 2023


Big DoG Children's Book Festival

The Big DoG weekend welcomes children's authors and illustrators from across the UK to inspire the region's children to a love of books....

date_range 31st March, 2023 - 2nd April, 2023


Celebrate 140 years of Melrose Sevens

Next year our world-renowned Melrose Sevens, will be the 140th year of the event and our plans continue to build on our role as custodians…...

date_range 6th April, 2023 - 8th April, 2023


Muck n’ Mac Fest

Muck n' Mac Fest is a unique gravel riding festival weekend - staged for the second year at Traquair House in the heart of the Tweed…...

date_range 5th May, 2023 - 7th May, 2023


WalkFest - Newton Stewart Walking Festival

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…...

date_range 12th May, 2023 - 18th May, 2023


Knockengorroch Festival

Scotland’s leading world ceilidh is back, as Knockengorroch is set to return music to the hills and people to the land once more, 25 -…...

date_range 25th May, 2023 - 28th May, 2023


Spring Fling

Spring Fling, will see specially selected artists and makers all across Dumfries and Galloway, throw open their doors to welcome the public. Dates for 2023…...

date_range 27th May, 2023 - 29th May, 2023


Borders Book Festival

This four-day extravaganza of more than 100 events will welcome to the Scottish Borders some of the biggest names from the world of literature, entertainment,…...

date_range 15th June, 2023 - 18th June, 2023


Portpatrick Lifeboat Week 2023

A week of activities to support the RNLI Lifeboat and her crew for locals and visitors alike....

date_range 10th July, 2023 - 5th August, 2023


UCI World Championship Para Cycling Road

This is where the rubber meets the road for the world’s fastest and most fearless para-cyclists. Every mile matters in ruthless contests of speed, stamina…...

date_range 9th August, 2023 - 13th August, 2023


Royal Burgh of Sanquhar Riding of the Marches

Annual Riding of the Marches, first recorded 1730, Cornet, Cornets Lass and Ensignalong with followers, over 150 horses set out on the Saturday to check…...

date_range 19th August, 2023


Raiders Gravel

Raiders Gravel is a uniquely Scottish gravel adventure and our stunning routes take riders on three challenging routes though the Galloway Forest Park, witnessing its…...

date_range 31st August, 2023 - 3rd September, 2023


Stranraer Oyster Festival

A three day celebration of the area’s unique coastal heritage, its people, its culture and its fabulous wealth of local produce. We are absolutely thrilled…...

date_range 15th September, 2023 - 17th September, 2023


Wigtown Book Festival

The 10-day Wigtown Book Festival is now one of the UK’s best-loved literary events set in the beautiful countryside of Dumfries & Galloway, south-west Scotland.…...

date_range 22nd September, 2023 - 1st October, 2023