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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From 25th May

EXHIBITION
Lady Florence Dixie - Scotland's Forgotten Radical

Lady Florence Dixie - Scotland's Forgotten Radical Florence Dixie was born in 1855. As part of the Douglas family she was brought up and later lived at Kinmount near Annan.

One of the most prominent figures of the late 19th Century she is remembered for her involvement with the British Ladies Football Club. She was a political activist who campaigned for women’s right to vote and stood for election, speaking out for the restoration of the Scottish Parliament. She was a traveller and even at one point a war correspondent.

This exhibition explores the life of an enigmatic and often misunderstood local figure.

This exhibition has been developed in partnership with historian Stuart Biggs.

Drop in gallery activities to accompany the Lady Florence Dixie exhibition:
Exercise your right vote. 10 of our museum objects have been nominated for object of the year – vote for your favourite.
• Try on our Victorian-style corsets
• Gallery trails and quizzes

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  • Fri 25 May - Sat 23 June
  • Annan Museum
  • Mon - Sat, 11am - 4pm
  • Free

27th - 30th June

The Case of Robert Smith – Last Public Execution in Scotland The Same Hillside

A Multi-screen Audio Visual Installation

Local artist John Wallace explores themes around climate change and land use, as impacted by our modern lives, by focussing on the watershed from whence springs the rivers; 'Annan, Tweed and Clyde'.

Using documentary video, field audio recordings and extensive interviews with people whose lives, livelihoods and leisure link them to the study area, The Same Hillside transports audiences to this remote but highly productive place.

Wed 27th & Fri 29th June, 4.15 - 6pm

Sat 30th June, 11am - 5pm

FREE public shows in the Drama Studio within the school's Performing Arts Building, no tickets required as the screenings are on a 30-minute loop.

Sat 30th June, 7 - 9pm

Opportunity to meet the artist and Prof Pete Smith and discuss the issues raised in the films.

Annan Academy St John's Road, Annan, DG12 6AP

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  • 27 - 30 June
  • Annan Academy
  • Various Times
  • Free

28th June

TALKS & EVENTS
For Peat’s Sake: Peatlands Past, Present and Future

The Case of Robert Smith – Last Public Execution in Scotland To coincide with the opening of the Flow Country exhibition we will explore the history, wildlife and environmental importance of peatlands on a national scale, illustrated with examples from Dumfries and Galloway.

Andre Berry from Natural England will describe the long history of peat use in Britain. Extending back to the Bronze Age it has been put to some extraordinary uses over time. This talk explores the tools, techniques and landscapes of hand peat cutting, with reference to the collections in the Dumfries and Galloway Museums.

Peter Norman, former Biodiversity Officer, will describe the special plants, insects, birds and other wildlife of our peatlands. From the intricate world of Sphagnum mosses to the mysterious nocturnal song of the Nightjar, each species is adapted to a life on bogs.

Finally staff from the Crichton Carbon Centre, will tell us about how bogs can be brought back to life after forestation and how important bogs are in capturing carbon – a major factor in controlling climate change.

Refreshments will be served.

Please phone Annan Museum on 01461 201384 to reserve a place.
Events are free unless otherwise stated. Donations towards costs are always appreciated and help to make the museum sustainable in the longer term.

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From 29th June

EXHIBITION
The Flow Country

The Flow Country exhibitionThe Flow Country is a vast area of peat bog in the highlands of Scotland and is the best example of its type in the world.

This touring exhibition offers a rich and interactive insight into the importance of our peatlands – the diversity of habitat they provide, their role as a huge carbon store in the fight against further global warming and how they are restored following damage by large scale afforestation. The exhibition also highlights how people live and work in this fascinating landscape, and how they are connected to it.

The exhibition has a rich variety of artwork, displays, and interactive media and also offers hands on fun for children.

This exhibition was created by the Peatlands Partnership, lead project partner RSPB Scotland.

Drop in gallery activities to accompany The Flow Country exhibition:
• Interactive exhibition fun
• Flow Country gallery trail
• Colouring sheets and quizzes
• Animal and insect masks to make

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  • Fri 29 June - Sat 1 Sept
  • Annan Museum
  • Mon - Sat, 11am - 4pm
  • Free

5th July

FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENTS
Drop in summer activities at Annan MuseumDrop in summer activities at Annan Museum

Frogtastic amphibians

Use cardboard tubes, paper and pens to make fly catcher frogs and tumbling toads.

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

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

Activities are free. Donations towards the cost of materials are always appreciated and help to make the museum sustainable in the longer term.

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7th July

Annan Riding of the Marches

Annual fun events for all of the family in Annan on the first Saturday in July

8th July

Organised walk with Annan Walking Group

GRETNA & QUINTINSHILL
Public roads, farm tracks and fields. Mainly flat. No stiles. Possibly muddy in places if heavy rain in next fortnight!!
Walk distance: 5 miles / 8km approx. | Walk time:3 hours approx.

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

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  • Sunday 8th July
  • Gretna
  • Annan at 9.30am
  • £2.00 / Members Free

12th July

FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENTS
Drop in summer activities at Annan Museum

Drop in summer activities at Annan MuseumDramatic dragonflies

Find out more about these beautiful insects and make your own giant dragonfly to take home.

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

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

Activities are free. Donations towards the cost of materials are always appreciated and help to make the museum sustainable in the longer term.

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19th July

FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENTS
Drop in summer activities at Annan Museum

Fearsome flowers

Did you know that some plants eat insects? Find out more, add some imagination and make your own fearsome flower.

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

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

Activities are free. Donations towards the cost of materials are always appreciated and help to make the museum sustainable in the longer term.

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26th July

FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENTS
Drop in summer activities at Annan Museum

Drop in summer activities at Annan MuseumCute caterpillars

Use beads or paper to create these wiggly beasties.

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

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

Activities are free. Donations towards the cost of materials are always appreciated and help to make the museum sustainable in the longer term.

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27th & 28th July

TALKS & EVENTS
Visits to Silver Flowe

Silver Flowe is Dumfries and Galloway's Flow Country, and this is a rare opportunity to visit, in the company of expert guides from the Forestry Commission and the Crichton Carbon Centre, this remote and special place, hidden deep in the Galloway Forest Park.

The site takes it's name from the myriad of bog pools which, when viewed from the surrounding hills, sparkle in the sunlight. The bog surface is a carpet of delicately-patterned mosses, which support specialist boglife such as Sundews, Large Heath butterflies and rare Azure Hawker dragonflies.

Meeting point - 10.30am at Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre car park, near New Galloway. Participants will transported by minibus on bumpy forestry roads for the last 5 miles of the journey. Access over the bog will be on foot and dependent on weather conditions, but expect wet, rough ground. Return approx 2.30pm at Clatteringshaws car park.

Friday 27 July

Open to all, but especially for those working in peatland restoration or with a particular interest in the ecology of bogs. We will visit Beggar’s Moss, where restoration is planned as part of the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme, then on to Silver Flowe to discuss the ecology of the most important upland bog in south west Scotland and its role in climate control.

Saturday 28 July

Enjoy an introduction to boglife in one of Dumfries and Galloway's wildest places. No previous experience necessary, with (optional) limited walking across the bog surface to discover wildlife and visit the bog pools.

These free events are being organised in partnership with the Crichton Carbon Centre and the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership.

Please phone Annan Museum on 01461 201384 to reserve a place.
Events are free unless otherwise stated. Donations towards costs are always appreciated and help to make the museum sustainable in the longer term.

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  • Fri 27 & Sat 28 July
  • Clatteringshaws
  • 10.30am
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2nd August

FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENTS
Drop in summer activities at Annan Museum

Birds above

Find out the names of some of our birds that live in bogs. Make paper bird models to hang up at home.

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

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

Activities are free. Donations towards the cost of materials are always appreciated and help to make the museum sustainable in the longer term.

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9th August

FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENTS
Drop in summer activities at Annan MuseumDrop in summer activities at Annan Museum

Slithering snakes

Discover ssseveral different ways to make sssslithering paper snakes.

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

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

Activities are free. Donations towards the cost of materials are always appreciated and help to make the museum sustainable in the longer term.

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From 8th September

Roman Invaders in the Solway EXHIBITION
Roman Invaders in the Solway

The story of the Priestside anchor and the ships that carried Roman invaders to our shores 2000 years ago.

We know that the Roman Army was almost invincible on land of its own choosing but what is less well known is that it was closely supported by sea by a formidable navy.

For many years an ancient iron anchor from Priestside near Annan has been on display in Dumfries Museum. New studies have revealed that this may be one of the rarest survivors of an invading Roman navy. Find out more about the anchor and how the Romans used boats to conquer and colonise.

Drop in gallery activities to accompany the Roman Invaders in the Solway exhibition:
• Make a Roman boat model
• Anchors aweigh gallery trail
• Quizzes and colouring sheets

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  • Sat 8 Sept - Wed 31 Oct
  • Annan Museum
  • Mon - Sat, 11am - 4pm
  • Free

11th October

TALKS & EVENTS
Roman Invaders in the Solway What was the role of the Roman navy in conquering Scotland?

Could the Priestside anchor be a relic of this Roman invasion?

Historian Dr John Reid presents evidence of the Roman’s use of boats around the coast of Scotland and conservator Will Murray describes a new study that is comparing ancient anchors, placing the Priestside anchor in context

Please phone Annan Museum on 01461 201384 to reserve a place.
Events are free unless otherwise stated. Donations towards costs are always appreciated and help to make the museum sustainable in the longer term.

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