Upcoming events

Discover what's on in the Annan area ... below you will find a list of events happening soon in the Annan area.

There are also regular events, annual events and films at the Lonsdale City Cinema ...

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28th March

Organised walk with Annan Walking Group

A circular walk from Lockerbie town centre to Torwood roundabout via.ministers loaning to Eskrigg return to town by Quaas loaning. Walking on quiet roads and woodland paths.

Click here for full details of this walk and Annan Walking Group

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  • Saturday 28th March
  • Lockerbie / Eskrigg Reserve
  • Annan at 9.30am
  • £2.00 / Members Free

28th March

Family "Frozen" Day

With Craft stalls, Soup & pudding, Filled rolls, Face painting, Tombola

+ Meet the friends from Frozen

Limited tickets available, £4 per child.

Tickets available from, Annan Swimming pool, Annan day Centre & Newington sports and leisure

Entrance fee £1 where a character ticket has not been purchased.

Please come along and support the Annan Day Centre.

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  • Saturday 28th March
  • 10am till 3.30pm
  • Market Hall
  • Downies Wynd, Annan
  • £1 or £4 per child.

1st April - 4th May

Exhibition at Annan Museum - Strandlines

Exhibition at Annan Museum - Strandlines

Replenished with debris twice a day the strandline marks the turning point of the last high tide and provides endless material for the curious beachcomber. It is here that the sea deposits seaweeds and creatures torn up from below the waves as well as debris washed down from rivers.

Find out more about what you might find on the Solway seashore and enjoy an exhibition of photographs of our beautiful coastline.


Exhibition Drop In Activities

The following drop in activities will be available during museum opening hours.

• Feely box – dare to put your hand into the dark and guess the seashore objects within

• All washed up – find the yellow ducks that wash up on our beaches and uncover clues to solve the Strandlines gallery trail quiz

• Colouring sheets

• Underwater art – make beautiful collage pictures framed by a submarine porthole

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3rd April

Race Night

First race 7:30pm at Annan athletic football club

Race Night

All funds raised will be split between Annan Day Centre & the Ride of Hope Cancer Research

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  • Friday 3rd April
  • 7.30pm
  • Annan Athletic Football Club
  • Galabank, Annan

3rd & 4th April

Free Family Spring Events at Annan Museum
Easter egg hunt at the museum

Find all of the eggs hidden around the museum and answer the Easter quiz questions to win a wee chocolate egg and lots of satisfaction.

No booking required.

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9th April

Free Family Spring Events at Annan Museum
Drop in activities - Natureprint pictures

Drop in activities - Natureprint picturesArrange seaside objects and plants on special light sensitive paper, expose to daylight and then watch the picture magically appear.

No booking required.

Suitable for aged 5 and upwards, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free. Please wear old clothes - workshops can be messy!

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16th April

Free Family Spring Events at Annan Museum
Drop in activities - A day at the seaside!

Drop in activities - A day at the seaside!Be inspired by the Strandlines exhibition and have fun with seaside inspired arts and crafts activities including pebble pets, shell animals and underwater art.

No booking required.

Suitable for aged 5 and upwards, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free. Please wear old clothes - workshops can be messy!

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18th April

Coffee Morning

Coffee morning at Annan Old Parish Church

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  • Saturday 18th April, 10am
  • Old Parish Church
  • Church Street, Annan

7th & 8th May

As New Sale

As New Sale at Annan Old Parish Church

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  • Thursday 7th & Friday 8th May
  • Old Parish Church
  • Church Street, Annan

9th May - 6th June

Exhibition at Annan Museum - Crafting a Living

Exhibition at Annan Museum - Crafting a Living

In 1968 Werner Kissling settled in Dumfries, where he worked with the museum service as an anthropologist and photographer recording local buildings, crafts and traditional practices.

By the late twentieth century many of these crafts had ceased to exist as a way to make a living, out competed by cheaper factory processes. The craft techniques were kept alive by skilled individuals and some refined the techniques to produce beautiful objects, still functional but with aesthetic properties that make them desirable to collectors.

In the mid 1990s a craft development project commissioned four beautiful carved boxes to tour around schools and community venues highlighting the range of arts and crafts in the region at that time.

This exhibition features a selection of Kissling’s photographs alongside the four carved wooden boxes and the treasures they contain.

Exhibition Drop In Activities

The following drop in activities will be available during museum opening hours.

• weave colourful threads into the museum’s collective scarf

• have a go at stick weaving

• art and craft gallery trail

• make and decorate a little gift box

• colouring sheets

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24th May

Cider Festival

Cider Festival at The Bluebell Inn in Annan.

Includes BBQ and Entertainment with the Oompah Band.

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  • Sunday 24th May
  • The Bluebell Inn
  • 10 High Street, Annan

29th May

Free Family Spring Events at Annan Museum
Drop in activities - Clay tiles

Roll out air drying clay and press in patterns to make a decorative wall tile.

No booking required.

Suitable for aged 5 and upwards, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free. Please wear old clothes - workshops can be messy!

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13th June - 19th August

Exhibition at Annan Museum
Whisky, Wine and Wherry Boats
Smuggling along the Annandale Shore

Smuggling along the Annandale Shore

The mudflats and shingle shores of the Annandale coast provided the backdrop for a secretive trade in smuggled goods which was at its height during the 18th century. The Isle of Man was largely independent at this time. Its merchants imported luxury goods such as alcohol, tea and tobacco without paying high duty to the British government. Smugglers sailed small boats from the shores of Annandale to the island where they traded for goods. Returning to the mainland, their illegally landed contraband found a ready market north and south of the border, and often further afield. Fortunes were made - and lost! From clergyman to tenant farmer, most of the community was involved, and the government’s customs officers and dragoons had little success in controlling an arrangement which avoided a universally unpopular tax.

Based on the research of social historian Frances Wilkins, this exhibition tells the story of the people and places that played a part in the smuggling chain.

Exhibition Drop In Activities

The following drop in activities will be available during museum opening hours.

• Smuggling smells – can you tell what these mystery goods are just by sniffing them?

• Wherry boat posers – dress up as an 18th century smuggler and take a selfie with Rabbie Burns

• Find the hidden barrels – a smugglers’ gallery trail

• Devious quizzes and quaint colouring sheets

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3rd July

Talks & Events at Annan Museum
Talk on the history of Smuggling in Annandale by historian Frances Wilkins.

Discover how Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, helped capture the ‘Rosamund’ and its cargo, how Annan became the centre of the tobacco trade and how a network of ordinary folk from Redkirk in the east to Priestside in the west gave the Annandale shore a notorious reputation.

The talk will be followed by the launch of Frances Wilkins’ new book, “Annandale’s Smuggling Story”. Light refreshments will be served.

Admission is free but booking is required.
Please phone Annan Museum on 01461 201384 to reserve a place.

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9th July

Free Family Summer Events at Annan Museum
Drop in activities - Wherry boats with artist Hugh Bryden

Using card, crayons and imagination make your own model wherry boat like the ones the smugglers would have used long ago.

Suitable for aged 5 and upwards, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free. Please wear old clothes - workshops can be messy!

Booking opens one month before each event, and is essential unless otherwise stated. To reserve a place please phone Annan Museum on 01461 201384 during normal opening times (Monday – Saturday 11am-4pm, April to October) and Dumfries Museum on 01387 253374 November to March.

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16th July

Free Family Summer Events at Annan Museum
Drop in activities - Smugglers’ maps with artist Hugh Bryden

Drop in activities - Smugglers’ maps with artist Hugh BrydenLook at old maps of the Annan coast and make your own smugglers’ map showing where your precious goods will come ashore and where they will be hidden. Watch out for the excisemen!

Suitable for aged 5 and upwards, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free. Please wear old clothes - workshops can be messy!

Booking opens one month before each event, and is essential unless otherwise stated. To reserve a place please phone Annan Museum on 01461 201384 during normal opening times (Monday – Saturday 11am-4pm, April to October) and Dumfries Museum on 01387 253374 November to March.

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28th August - 31st October

Exhibition at Annan Museum
A game for girls?
Scottish women’s football from World War One to the present day

Scottish women’s football from World War One to the present day

Women’s Association football was first played in Edinburgh in 1881. Although further matches were played in Scotland throughout the 1880s and 90s, it was during World War One that the women’s game was propelled into the public consciousness like never before.

This exhibition looks at the rise, fall and resurrection of Scottish women’s football from the munition factory teams of World War One to its place on the international sports stage today.

Discover the stories of local teams, players and matches and how football helped to change the perception of women’s roles in society.

Exhibition Drop In Activities

The following drop in activities will be available during museum opening hours.

• Table football

• Design a football strip

• Dress up as a World War One footballer

• Kicking – a football gallery trail

• Quizzes and colouring sheets

During the autumn school holidays there will be further themed activities to go with the “A game for girls?” exhibition.

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29th & 30th August

Beer Festival

Beer Festival at The Bluebell Inn in Annan

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  • Sat 29th & Sun 30th August
  • The Bluebell Inn
  • 10 High Street, Annan