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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Until 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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25th July

Organised walk with Annan Walking Group

Laurieston Forest.
Easy walking on forest tracks. The walk will commence at approx 11am and will start off at the car park and walk alongside the Kenick Burn and follow forest tracks until rejoining the Kenick Burn to the car park.

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

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  • Saturday 25 July
  • Laurieston Forest
  • Annan at 9.15am
  • £2.00 / Members Free

30th July

Free Family Summer Events at Annan Museum
Drop in activities - To a "finger" mouse

To a "finger" mouse - Robert Burns was a poet and an exciseman.

Make a finger puppet inspired by Burn’s poem “To a mouse”.

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6th August

Free Family Summer Events at Annan Museum
Drop in activities - Make a "Deil's Awa’ Wi’ the Exciseman" mask

Make a "Deil's Awa’ Wi’ the Exciseman" mask - Robert Burns wrote a poem called “The Deil's Awa’ Wi’ the Exciseman.

Look at the picture illustrating this story and make a mask inspired by it.

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13th August

Free Family Summer Events at Annan Museum
Drop in activities - Shoreline mobile

Shoreline mobile - cut out bird templates and add seashore finds to make a beautiful decoration.

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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