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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25th March - 28th May

Exhibition
Solway Seafood - Out of the Blue

Food from the sea has sustained the people of south west Scotland for the past 10,000 years and is now an integral part of local life.

Take a journey through time and discover the story of people who have fished the Solway coast, the traditional methods employed and the changes that have taken place.

Drop in gallery activities to accompany the "Solway Seafood" exhibition.
• See who can catch the highest score in the magnetic fishing pond
• Make a fishy face mask
• A fishy gallery trail
• Quizzes and colouring sheets

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28th April - 5th June

Exhibition at The Devil’s Porridge Museum, Eastriggs
Hosts and Champions: Scotland in the Commonwealth Games

Drawn from the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive held by the University of Stirling, ‘Hosts and Champions: Scotland in the Commonwealth Games’ celebrates over 80 years of participation and achievement by Scotland in the Commonwealth Games, from its origin as the British Empire Games in Hamilton, Canada, in 1930, through to Glasgow 2014.

The exhibition includes photographs, designs, clothing, papers and artefacts which evoke a rich story of Scotland's involvement in the Games, including as hosts in 1970, 1986 and 2014.

Kayleigh Scott, Museum and Learning Manager at the museum said:

"The Devil’s Porridge Museum is very excited to be hosting this exhibition. Based in Eastriggs, famed as the Commonwealth Village, the museum will celebrate the history of the Commonwealth Games and the comradery that has long existed between the different countries involved.

The exhibition will be on display alongside the museum’s permanent displays which explore the history of the WWI munitions factory, HM Factory Gretna, ‘the greatest factory on Earth’, which had workers from all across the Commonwealth".

For more information about The Devil’s Porridge Museum, please visit www.devilsporridge.org.uk

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  • Thursday 28 April
  • Devil's Porridge
  • Mon - Sat, 10am - 5pm
  • Sun: 10am - 4pm

8th May

Organised walk with Annan Walking Group

Canonbie
A reasonably flat walk, starting at the village hall, then a lovely river walk, on a road beside the river. Then we go through a pictures walk, through a wood. Then we continue our walk on minor roads, leading us back to the lovely village of Canonbie.

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

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  • Sunday 8th May
  • Canonbie
  • Annan at 9.30am
  • £2.00 / Members Free

20th May

Comedy: DANIEL SLOSS

The award-winning Scottish comedian, Daniel Sloss, has held his audiences captive since he first hit the stage in his teens. Since then he has garnered a massive international following, both on the world’s stages and on TV with his no-holds-barred shows that have been described as “nothing short of hilarious.” This Work in Progress will be a preview of some new material and some of Daniel’s greatest hits.

DANIEL SLOSS Comedian

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“Brilliantly dark” Sunday Times. “Brilliant” Mail on Sunday.
“Genuinely funny!” Time Out
“Funny, intelligent, charming” Edinburgh Evening News

ADVISORY 16+ CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE AND ADULT CONTENT.
NOT FOR THE EASILY OFFENDED.

A Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival Event

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  • Friday 20th May
  • Corner House Hotel Annan
  • 7.30pm
  • £12/Under 26 half price

27th May

THE RAJASTHAN HERITAGE BRASS BAND

Eight musicians from the villages surrounding Jaipur, Rajasthan’s renowned Pink City, make up the brass core of this rousing brass ensemble on trumpet, saxophone, tuba, sousaphone and trombone, supplemented with clarinet and keyboard against an insistent background of percussion on side, bass and dhol drums.

Dancing to this uplifting music is unavoidable and is represented in two unique styles - Kalbelia, or Sapera, and Bollywood. Completing the scene are the gravity-defying feats of the amazing fakir.

THE RAJASTHAN HERITAGE BRASS BAND

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“The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band put on a show like no other. A huge sound, unreserved showmanship, too many people to fit onto one stage. Dancing expected."

A Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival Event

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  • Friday 27th May
  • Corner House Hotel Annan
  • 7.30pm
  • £12/Under 26 half price

28th May

IAN SHERWOOD

Musician, storyteller and “constant creator”, Ian Sherwood, is no stranger to UK shores, having performed at the festival in 2014 and at Arts Out West events in Lamplugh, Cumbria, last year.

The popular Canadian singer/songwriter has won numerous awards and is a regularly featured artist on CBC radio in his home country.

IAN SHERWOOD

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A Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival Event

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  • Saturday 28th May
  • Ecclefechan Village Hall
  • 7.30pm
  • £8

29th May

A TASTE OF ABSOLUTE CLASSICS: NORIKO OGAWA, PIANO

International pianist and cultural ambassador to the National Autistic society Noriko Ogawa will present a free Jamie’s Concert in aid of the charity. Her performance includes music from Schumann, Takemitsu and Liszt.

A TASTE OF ABSOLUTE CLASSICS: NORIKO OGAWA, PIANO

Donations for Jamie’s Concert in aid of Austistic Children

A Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival Event

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  • Sunday 29th May
  • Annan Academy Arts Centre
  • 11.30am
  • FREE

3rd June

TALKS & Events
Bullets, Ballistas and Burnswark

Bullets, Ballistas and BurnswarkExhibition preview and talk by John Reid For the last five decades, archaeological debate has surrounded the extraordinary complex of Roman earthworks at Burnswark Hill near Middlebie. During the last half century, the two Roman camps which hold the largest native hill fort in Dumfriesshire in a vice-like grip, have been believed to be a Roman practice works.

Now after a year of investigations supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, exciting new evidence is emerging of what really took place on this dark and foreboding hill.

Admission is free. Booking is required.

Please telephone Annan Museum on 01461 201384 to reserve a place.

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4th June - 27th August

Exhibition
The Offensive Romans

BurnswarkIs Burnswark Hill the site of a Roman training camp or a scene of bloody conflict between invading Romans and the native people of Southern Scotland?

This question has puzzled archaeologists since the 18th century. An imposing table - top hill in flat surroundings, Burnswark has been an important site throughout the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman occupation of Britain, mediaeval period and 17th century Civil War.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund a team of archaeologists and volunteers carried out a dig in September 2015. Using modern methods of metal detecting, soil testing, and input from experts in the UK and Germany new evidence is being presented to tell the story of Burnswark and the Roman invasion of Scotland.

Drop in gallery activities to accompany the Offensive Romans exhibitionDrop in gallery activities to accompany the Offensive Romans exhibition.
• Design your own Iron Age shield and find out about the weapons native tribes used to defend themselves against the Roman invasion.
• Discover more about Roman weapons and shields. Make a Roman helmet.
• Learn about Roman numerals and take the shopping challenge
• Discover more about Roman altars and tombstones
• Roman gallery trail, quizzes and colouring sheets

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7th July

Family Friendly Events
Summer activities at Annan Museum

Roman pottery with master potter Graham TaylorRoman pottery with master potter Graham Taylor

Sessions start at 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm (Booking essential)

Learn how the Romans made and used pottery jugs, bowls and tiles. Make your own Roman design tile to take home. If you like what you have made you can have it kiln fired and returned to Annan Museum (cost £3 per object). There is no charge for taking part in the activity at the museum.

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!

To reserve a place please phone Annan Museum on 01461 201384 during normal opening times (Mon - Sat, 11am - 4pm).

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14th July

Family Friendly Events
Summer activities at Annan Museum

Roman inspired mosaics with artist Jane Rose

Sessions run 11am - 1pm or 2 - 4pm (Booking essential)

Be inspired by Roman designs, and make your own mini mosaic to take home.

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!

To reserve a place please phone Annan Museum on 01461 201384 during normal opening times (Mon - Sat, 11am - 4pm).

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21st July

Family Friendly Events
Drop in Summer activities at Annan Museum

Iron Age Jewellery

The people who lived in this area at the time of the Roman invasions wore functional jewellery and may even have decorated their skin with paint or tattoos. Make some simple bead jewellery and learn about the ancient symbols used by these people.

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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28th July

Family Friendly Events
Drop in Summer activities at Annan Museum

Iron Age LivingIron Age Living

At the time of the Roman invasions of Scotland many of the local people lived in roundhouses on land or over water (crannogs). Make a model of a roundhouse and find out more about how these people lived.

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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4th August

Family Friendly Events
Drop in Summer activities at Annan Museum

Stories of the Roman GodsStories of the Roman Gods

The Romans were very superstitious and believed in many different Gods, such as Jupiter, Neptune and Mars.

Listen to stories of the Gods and make colourful story posters to take home.

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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11th August

Family Friendly Events
Drop in Summer activities at Annan Museum

Make a Roman bulla

Roman soldiers often wore a bulla - a small bag made of soft, woven wool that contained a secret, lucky charm, perhaps a spell or a magic word. Make your own bulla to take home.

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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3rd September

TALKS & Events
Undiscovered Treasures: A writing project inspired by the Annan Museum collection

Writer Vivien Jones will lead two workshops for all levels of writers from beginners to professionals. Working in small peer groups participants will support each other to produce creative writing inspired by unusual, and sometimes overlooked, objects in the museum collection. The finished work will be published in a booklet.

In workshop one, participants will be paired with a museum object and guided towards available research within the museum and beyond.

For further details and to book a place on the workshops you can contact Vivien Jones, telephone 01461 700396 or email Vivien @ freeola.com.

These workshops are supported by Live Literature Scotland.

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3rd September - 31st October

Exhibition
"Amang the rigs o’ Barley": A cartographic tour of Nithsdale and Annandale in the 18th and early 19th century

cartographic tour of Nithsdale and Annandale in the 18th and early 19th centuryThe poet Robert Burns wrote “Rigs o’ Barley” in 1783, around the time when many of the maps in this exhibition were drawn. Rigs were a feature of the landscape that had slowly begun to change. The landscape of the larger estates was being mapped in order to plan future changes.

With the help of these early maps we can imagine the landscape Burns saw. Glimpse how life became more comfortable with enclosures around houses including gardens and perhaps even orchards, hedgerows to halt the wind, mosses where peats were cut and of course the strips of cultivated land or rigs. By the early 19th century the maps show the enclosed fields and enlarged steadings created to feed an expanding population.

These old maps allow us to see where we have come from. They may be the closest that we can get to time travel.

Drop in gallery activities to accompany the map exhibition.
• Follow the treasure map trail
• Learn about map symbols
• Colouring sheets and quizzes

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  • Saturday 3 September
  • Annan Museum
  • Mon - Sat, 11am - 4pm
  • Free

15th September

TALKS & Events
The Cartographic Riches of Estate Planning before the Ordnance Survey

A talk by Peter Norman of the Dumfries Archival Mapping Project.

The maps and estate plans of Annandale eloquently describe changes in the local landscape through the 18th century. They map accurately what was present. Often embellished by calligraphy, they capture the ambience of a past landscape in a way that words fail to. Looking at these maps may be the nearest that we can come to time travel!

Admission is free. Booking is required. Light refreshments will be served.

Please telephone Annan Museum on 01461 201384 to reserve a place.

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17th September

TALKS & Events
Undiscovered Treasures: A writing project inspired by the Annan Museum collection

Writer Vivien Jones will lead two workshops for all levels of writers from beginners to professionals. Working in small peer groups participants will support each other to produce creative writing inspired by unusual, and sometimes overlooked, objects in the museum collection. The finished work will be published in a booklet.

In workshop two, participants will bring work in draft form and work in small peer groups to share and refine their work towards publication.

For further details and to book a place on the workshops you can contact Vivien Jones, telephone 01461 700396 or email Vivien @ freeola.com.

These workshops are supported by Live Literature Scotland.

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