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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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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27th May

Annan Riding of the Marches Event
1st Ride-Out

Depart 6.30pm from John Bell Playing Fields, Hecklegirth

The Annan Riding of the Marches is an annual event that culminates in RoM Day on the first Saturday in July each year.

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  • Wednesday 27th May
  • From 6.30pm

27th May

THE BUSKERS – DIVINE DISCONTENT

Newly devised spoken word literature live performance by, about and for women who refuse to behave properly, and the reasons why. If you like your women just a little wicked, this is for you.

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a Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival event

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  • Wednesday 27 May
  • 6.00pm
  • The Corner House Hotel
  • High Street, Annan DG12 6DL
  • £5

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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30th May

Andy Cannon - Oor Robbie

Burns fur bairns, Burns fur big bairns, Burns fur a’body!

Join storyteller Andy Cannon, previously of Wee Stories, and musician Wendy Weatherby for a day of interactive storytelling in Oor Rabbie, the perfect introduction to the life and works of Rabbie Burns for everyone aged 6 and over. Featuring Burns’ most popular works, lots of audience participation, poetry, storytelling and live music.

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a Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival event

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  • Saturday 30th May
  • 3.00pm
  • The Corner House Hotel
  • High Street, Annan DG12 6DL
  • £6

June

Annan Riding of the Marches Events
Various Events

The Annan Riding of the Marches is an annual event that culminates in RoM Day on the first Saturday in July each year.

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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