Local Events

 

WIN a family pass to the Galloway Country Fair

2015_green background Galloway Country Fair, one of the Scottish rural calendar’s biggest events, returns to the beautiful Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate on 22 and 23 August 2015.

Sponsored by Border Cars, the Fair – which last year attracted around 18,000 people from across the country – promises to be more exciting than ever with more than 200 exhibitors and traders as well as entertainment, food and fun activities for all ages.

It will see the introduction of a brand new, free children’s entertainment zone, giving youngsters the chance to expend their energy and enjoy a fun-filled weekend.

Children can choose from a host of exciting activities, including a giant assault course, a bouncy castle, an inflatable slide, a bucking bronco, mini quad bikes and inflatable laser tag.

Dog image smallerDrumlanrig’s very own David Lisett, renowned dog trainer, will make his arena debut performing gundog displays on both days, while the popular Dog and Duck Display and educational Sheep Show make a return to the Fair.

And thanks to funding support from VisitScotland’s Events Directorate to help celebrate Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, Galloway Country Fair will boast the largest ever Food Marquee offering a wealth of tasty produce to try and buy throughout the weekend, as well as cooking demonstrations by Cook School Scotland and a brand new Bake-Off competition.

The show is open both days from 9am-6pm. Tickets cost £12 for adults, £5 for 5-16 year-olds, £10 for concessions, £30 for a family pass and under-fives go free. A new three-day camping offer has also been introduced this year so that visitors can enjoy a full weekend at the Fair.

 

We’ve also got ten family (two adults and two children) passes to the give away to this year’s Galloway Country Fair? To be in with your chance to win all you need to do is answer the question below.

Name the main river that flows past Drumlanrig Castle ?
If you think you know then e-mail your name and answer to [email protected] or text WIN followed by your name and answer to 07 564 364 464 (standard network rates apply). For full terms and conditions click here, all entries must be received by midday on Saturday 8th August, entries received after will not be counted but you will still be billed if you enter by text. The winners will be notified by text/ e-mail by Saturday 15th August, and also announced here on our website.

 

Visit www.gallowaycountryfair.co.uk for tickets and further information.

Dave Bass & Andy McMillan acoustic event in Kings – listen again

Dave Bass & Andy McMillanFull recording of the acoustic event broadcast live from Kings this evening, with Dave Bass and Andy McMillan. An enthusiastic crowd gathered to enjoy an evening of top class music from two accomplished local musicians:


Dave Bass & Andy McMillan – Live from 7.30PM Tomorrow

Kings Acoustics - 23rd JulyAlive 107.3 is the home of local music in Dumfries, and tomorrow night is no exception as we bring you (in association with Dumfries Small Town Sounds and Kings Coffee and Books on Queensberry Street) yet another of our region’s local artists, Dave Bass and Andy McMillan.

Tune in live from 7PM as Lee Medd and Aaron Kelly will be joining you whilst building up to the live show, kicking off live from Kings Coffee and Books from 7.30PM – or if you prefer, why not pop along to Kings to watch and hear them perform live. They’ll have a wide range of refreshments available on sale, as well as which you’re invited to Bring Your Own Bottle (note a small corkage charge applies).

So join us live from 7PM tonight to hear another sample of the great musical talent our region has to offer.

Wickerman Festival – Top Ten Tips from Police Scotland

With the Wickerman Festival fast approaching excitement is building for what is certain to be another terrific event at Dundrennan. Police Scotland is calling on all revellers to have fun, but to keep themselves safe.

The festival is a highlight for the thousands that flock to The Wickerman, and also for the scores of people who make it happen, including officers and staff of Police Scotland.

Inspector Stuart Davidson, Event Planner for The Wickerman said –
‘I am delighted that the main event is almost upon us again. It doesn’t seem like a year since we were last at Dundrennan. But, the organisers, the emergency services and the many agencies involved have packed in a power of work in months of extensive planning to deliver what will be another world class festival. It is a true team effort.

Wickerman is a landmark event that has been built on years of the experience, know-how and good-old fashioned hard work of everyone concerned.

Some of our officers and staff have played a part at The Wickerman since its early beginnings. From a policing perspective events of this magnitude will bring their own set of challenges but it is a rewarding and enjoyable experience for those involved.

Police officers will be operating within all areas of the venue. They are available to you so please take the opportunity to speak with them, particularly if you have any queries or concerns.

Our priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of our communities, including the community that gathers for the weekend at The Wickerman. We want people to have fun and enjoy what is sure to be another excellent festival.

At the same time we want them to look after themselves, have respect for others and be mindful that what is against the law in Scotland is also against the law within any festival venue in Scotland.’

‘Drugs are illegal and Police Scotland adopts the same pro-active approach to the dealing and misuse of drugs across the country, no matter where it happens and no matter what the occasion or venue. Police Scotland will take action against drugs dealers and drugs misuse.

Legal highs are dangerous and are not permitted at The Wickerman. Some of these substances do contain drugs that are controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1970, which means charges can be brought. Anyone who takes legal (also known as herbal) highs has no idea of what they actually contain. They could have been mixed with drugs or other substances and their use becomes even more perilous when taken with alcohol or, indeed, other substance. Anyone who feels ill as a result of taking any substances should seek medical assistance immediately and stay with the person who is unwell until help arrives.

Drugs will not be tolerated and anyone caught dealing or carrying drugs will be arrested. Police Scotland’s specialist drugs dogs will also be operating at The Wickerman. If you have information regarding drug misuse or dealing call Police Scotland on 101, or pass information anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

It’s common for people to relax and have a drink, but too much alcohol combined with what we hope will be a sunny weekend can pose real difficulties. Excessive alcohol consumption is a factor in crimes of disorder and violence. It also poses real health risks and can result in what would have been a memorable day being hard to recall.

Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids – water – to avoid getting dehydrated, eat regularly and slow your pace when drinking alcohol.’

The event organisers and their partners, including Police Scotland, offer the following Top Ten Tips to Wickerman attendees –

  1. Before setting out on your journey, plan ahead and leave in plenty of time. Check http://trafficscotland.org before setting off for advance advice.
  2. The festival medical team is onsite 24/7 to support the audience and the event, but no one wants to miss their favourite band due to a trip to first aid. Remember to pack any medication you will need over the weekend, including prescriptions, inhalers and diabetic medicines. Plus, take heed of Scotland’s changeable weather. Take time to look at the weather forecast for the weekend and bring appropriate clothing and footwear and also sunscreen.
  3. Refuel, Rehydrate and Relax – It’s a long weekend so remember to pace yourself and take some time out to eat and drink – trust us eating isn’t cheating and makes you last longer! Alcohol can dehydrate you so remember to make use of the free water points around the site. There is also plenty of food to choose from for your three daily meals, and make sure you wash your hands frequently or use the hand sanitizers throughout the site.
  4. Drugs are illegal. Anyone caught in possession of illegal substances will be dealt with in the same way as anywhere else in the UK.
  5. ‘Legal, or herbal highs’ are not permitted onsite at The Wickerman. Selling these substances is prohibited and anyone found with these substances in their possession will have them immediately confiscated. It is important that music fans understand that ‘legal’ does not mean ‘safe’ and that these substances can cause serious harm especially when mixed with others such as alcohol. The terms “legal high” and “herbal high” are often misleading as many of these substances are not meant for human consumption.
  6. Look after the festival site and each other – please put rubbish in the bins provided, take your tent home and be a good neighbour.
  7. Always report any incident no matter how big or small, to security or police, they are there to help. By reporting incidents you can help prevent further crime. If you can’t contact a police officer or steward in person, you can call 999 in an emergency, 101 in a non-emergency. If you want to pass CONFIDENTIAL information ANONYMOUSLY dial CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111.
  8. Local residents – the local community is extremely supportive of The Wickerman. Please show them respect when travelling to and from the event.
  9. Only bring essential items, and don’t leave anything of value in your tent.
  10. Wristbands – you need your wristband at all times. Checks will be in place all weekend and if you can’t present a valid wristband, this could result in you being asked to leave the event. Please keep them safe.

You can follow The Wickerman on Facebook on – www.facebook.com/wickermanfestival

Police Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Division will also be updating its own official social media channels with relevant news and information – Facebook – www.facebook.com/dumfriesandgallowayconstabulary and Twitter – @GallowayPolice

Dock Park Summer Programme

An exciting new summer programme of free activities, events and music for Dock Park is now available. The programme includes new events like the Pirates and Princesses Fun Day and activities such as messy play and crafts, as well as Heritage Walks with the Friends of Dock Park.

As well as new activities and events, some old favourites are returning to Dock Park – such as Balance Bike sessions and the Fishing Fun Day. The bandstand will host live music including performances from Dumfries Town Band and Boneshaker.

Councillor Colin Smyth said, “The fantastic regeneration of the Dock Park means it’s the perfect venue for events. The summer programme is part of our commitment to continue to build on the park’s huge success and help make Dumfries an enjoyable place to live and visit. There really is something for everyone and we hope the activities will be enjoyed by local families and visitors alike during July and August”.

The programme can be found by clicking here. Please remember that all events, activities and music are weather dependent

Kings Acoustic Sessions continue – Tonight from 7PM

Alive 107.3 is the home of local music in Dumfries, and tonight is no exception as we bring you (in association with Dumfries Small Town Sounds and Kings Coffee and Books on Queensberry Street) yet another of our region’s local artists, Daz McCormick, who also joined us live on The Thursday Night Showcase last week.

Tune in live from 7PM as Lee Medd and Aaron Kelly will be joining you whilst building up to the live show, kicking off live from Kings Coffee and Books from 7.30PM – or if you prefer, why not pop along to Kings to watch and hear him perform live. They’ll have a wide range of refreshments available on sale, as well as which you’re invited to Bring Your Own Bottle (note a small corkage charge applies).

So join us live from 7PM tonight to hear another sample of the great musical talent our region has to offer. To find out more about Daz, why not check out his Facebook page.

Prayer vigil for victims of Tunisian shootings

Tunisia FlagIn response to the PMs call for a minute silence this Friday, Maxwelltown West Church of Scotland is opening their doors to the public on Friday morning, for people to come and spend some time in quiet reflection and prayer, for all those affected by the tragic shooting in Tunisia. The Church, at Laurieknowe, Dumfries, will be open from 11.30am and will mark the national one minute silence at 12noon.

“Everyone is welcome to find a place of quiet and peace interspersed with readings and prayers. It is a fitting way to remember those 38 individuals murdered in the terrorist attack on 26th June and to mark the minute’s silence.”, says Max West Minister, Rev. Dave Sutherland who has organised the event.

Gathering of the Clans charity show

GatheringSolway Vehicle Enthusiasts Club recently held its second Annual Weekend Show at Park Farm, Dumfries. Despite a few periods of inclement weather, particularly during Sunday, the Club enjoyed another successful event. A wide range of exhibitor’s vehicles were on display and a significant number of very knowledgeable spectators attended over the two days of the show.

Hugh Turner, President of the Club, said: “The Club is delighted at the success of our second Annual Show which has surpassed our expectations. We have been in existence for a relatively short period of time and with the sponsorship of local business, particularly Paul Williamson at Croma Vigilant Security, the Club has established itself in the vanguard of similar styled clubs. This achievement has provided a twofold benefit in satisfying the aspirations of our members and supporters and giving us the ability to continue our stated mission of donating to local charities and organisations.”

Nepal Earthquake Appeal

decAll of us at Alive are stunned by the extent of the devastation as a result of the earthquake in Nepal earlier the week. With a confirmed death toll of 3,000 and rising, we urge you to donate to the appeal. Many charities’ efforts are coordinated by the Disaters Emergency Committee, and you can give directly to them via: dec.org.uk

Please give generously! Thank you.

Alive Local Election Debate – listen again

Election Debale listen againIf you missed the live local debate on the 23rd April, you can listen to the whole show here. The event was hosted by Lee Medd, before a live audience in Kings Coffee and Books, in Dumfries. The four main parties were represented as follows:

SNP: Richard Arkless
Labour: Russell Brown
Conservative: Finlay Carson
Liberal Democrat: Andrew Metcalf

Listen again here … and the debate continues: #alivedebate