Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities
As one of Scotland’s most popular holiday spots it is no surprise that a programme of summer festivities and events has been provided for almost 40 years.
The first festival was a small affair over a few weeks in the summer. Over the years it has continued to grow not just in length but also in its reputation and stature.
Festivities events now commence in March and continue throughout the summer finalising in December.
There are some events that we believe should not be missed these include;-
- New for 2014 Farmers and Producers Market, 4th Sunday of Month from March.
- New for 2014 Sports for All. Details to Follow.
- Music Festival 'Kirkcudbright On Song' 23rd & 24th May.
- Kirkcudbright Half Marathon 24th May See Website for full details,
- Galloway Childrens Festival 29th June,
- Kirkcudbright Country Fair 12th & 13th July,
- Riding of the Marches 18th July,
- Arts & Craft Trail 1st-2nd-3rd & 4th August See Website for full details,
- Our Grand Decorated Vehicle Parade 16th August,
- Our famous Floodlit Tattoo and Firework Dispaly 23rd August,
- Classic Car Rally 24th August,
- Food Festival 18th & 19th October,
Farmers and Producers Market
New for 2014 will be Monthly Farmers and Producers Markets.
To be held on the forth Sunday of the month throughout the Summer.
There will be two venues, Kirkcudbright Town Hall will be the main venue fot thr Markets,but during June, July and August we will be moving into Marquees in Soperie Gardens (Parish Church Grounds opposite the Town Hall.
Car Boot Sale
Held on the second Sunday of the month throughout the Summer in the Harbour Square Car Park in Kirkcudbright.
Book your spot through the Summer Festivities Charity Shop or turn up on the day.
Through out July and August we also have weekly events including our famous Thursday Night "Scottish Nights" an evening of entertainment of Scottish music and dance featuring Kirkcudbright and District Pipeband, Stewartry Area Windband and Galloway Pipes, Highland and Country Dancing and more. We have weekly historical walks and Maggie's tours.
10th - 17th - 24th - 31st July -7th - 14th & 21st August 2014
A must see family event providing excellent family entertainment.
Held in the Harbour Square, a natural arena in the middle of town, the night features a mixture of traditional Scottish Pipe music from our award winning Kirkcudbright and District Pipe Band supported by the Stewartry Area Wind Band and Galloway Pipers, Scottish Country Dancers, Highland Dancers and other traditional entertainment including the World Famous UNBEATEN Kirkcudbright Tug o' War Team.
The night starts at 19:00 with a special guest act who will add colour to our event and entertain the crowds to a variety of different cultural experiences.
Galloway Childrens Festival
29th June 2014.
A fantastic family day out! This is the 13th annual Galloway Children's Festival and there is a fun packed day planned by some of the country's top class children's entertainers . Live music, storytelling, puppet shows, magic show, clowns, games and activities, workshops along with bouncy play area, stalls and stands. One of the biggest and best children's events in Scotland
12th & 13th July 2014
Kirkcudbright Country Fair is a fantastic day out for the entire family "Something for everyone" This year will see the introduction of a selection of new attractions to keep you entertained all day.
- Events arena with entertainment all day 2014 acts to be confirmed. 2013 saw Galloping Acrobatics, Birds of Prey Display, Samba Sisters, Sheep Dog Demonstration, Wee Kirkcudbright Entertainers and much more.
- Events tent with a wide selection of activities, entertainment and demonstrations 2013 included Magic Monty Magic Shows, Cooking Demonstrations from Tom Kirkpatrick of Kirkpatrick's Restaurant, Presentations by Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and Gardeners Question Time, Galloway Rangers, and Coastal Rangers, Floral Art Demonstration and much more.
2014 attractions will be displayed shortly, the 2013 acts included;-
- Childrens entertainment including Galloway Activity Center's LASER QUEST, rides and bouncy castle.
- Stewartry Archers.
- JCB Demonstration.
- Kite building workshops. Build your own kite then fly it.
- Beer tent by Sulwath Brewery with Open Mic and Music.
- Specialist Nurseries from across the Country.
- Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Science Team along with their slug racing teams.
- Arts and Crafts tent.
- Food Producers Market and much much more.
Riding of the Marches
18th July 2014
If you like horses then you will love this. A wonderful spectacle of over 100 horses and riders, beautifully presented, riding through the streets of Kirkcudbright.
It was the year 1455 and Kirkcudbright was given Royal Burgh status by virtue of a charter granted by King James II. The Persuivant from the King and the Cornet together rode round the boundaries referred to in the charter. This act is recreated annually by the Kirkcudbright Cornet's Club with their spectacular ceremony of the Riding of the Marches through the town ending in the Harbour Square
Kirkcudbright Arts and Craft Trail
1st - 2nd - 3rd & 4th August 2014
The Art & Crafts Trail is an annual event organised as part of Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities programme. The event, which was first held in 2004, has developed into a major event in the area, attracting thousands of visitors to the picturesque harbour town.
The 2013 Art & Crafts Trail will be our 10th year and it's popularity is growing every year both in terms of participants and visitors. 2012 saw in excess of 80 different venues hosting works by around 150 artists/makers and attracted thousands of visitors to Kirkcudbright.
Famous Floodlit Tattoo and Firework Display
Saturday 24th Aug 2013
Food Festival Producers Market
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October
Food Festival "Four Chefs, One Venue, One Day"
Sunday 20th October
Gourmet extravaganza! “Four Chefs, One Venue, One Day”. We are bringing together some of the country’s finest chefs for one of the biggest cooking demonstrations in Scotland this year.
Simon Rogan “one of the most innovative chefs in the country"
Double Michelin Star Celebrity Chef and proprietor Simon Rogan of L’Enclume in Carmel Cumbria. Simon Rogan not only has two Michelin Stars to his name but has also been awarded both the “Best Chef” and “Best Restaurant” award 2013 by Cateys (The hospitality industry's equivalent of the Oscars). Simon has also appeared on the last two series of Masterchef, in this year’s penultimate show the contestants cooked Simon’s menu for the “Chefs Table” where each of the chefs hold three Michelin Stars. He competed on the Great British Menu 2012 and won the dessert course. He also managed to be in the top three dishes for the starter, fish course and main and was in many ways the man of the series.
Willie Pike MBE “probably one of the country’s best competition chefs".
Master Chef Willie Pike MBE. Willie has cooked for many distinguished guests and dignitaries, including the Royal Family. He has probably won most culinary accolades in his career including the Coveted Red Jacket from the Craft Guild of Chefs as the best competition chef in Britain. Willie was also the founder member of the Scottish Culinary Team winning 60 medals at the highest level and C.I.S Scotland’s Chef of the Year. Willie specialises in Sugar Craft and Desserts along with high quality local recipes .
Ian McAndrew “a mix of art, instinct and meticulous cooking practice".
Local Chef and proprietor Ian McAndrew of Blackaddie Country House Hotel Sanquhar. Ian won the Coveted Michelin Star in his restaurant venture in Canterbury where he gained a coveted Michelin star in his first year of operation. Ian was at the time the youngest Englishman to attain a coveted Michelin Star. Ian was awarded the honour of Chef Laureate to the British Academy of Gastronomes headed up by Egon Ronay. He has written three best selling cookery books including, ‘A Feast of Fish’ and ‘Poultry & Game’ his second book, referred to by most chefs as the best book on game ever to be written. He has developed a kitchen garden at the hotel and he regularly forages for wild foods and is a keen supporter of all local producers within the region.
Martin Avey “The presentation was superb and the taste even better"
Local Chef and proprietor Martin Avey of Del Amitry in Annan.Martin has already won recognition from leading food critics in Scotland, and has been awarded an AA Rosette, and in 2012 entered the Michelin Guide with 2 Knive and Fork awards. Martin has a comprehensive understanding of produce and flavours and is committed to ensuring the highest standards of quality and culinary skill.The menus are changed on a weekly basis, each embracing locally-sourced seasonal produce whenever possible.
We have brought together four fantastic chefs who will be tantalising your taste buds, in four separate cooking demonstrations each lasting approximately one hour.
o 11:30 am Chef Martin Avey of Del Amitri in Annan.
o 12:45 pm Chef Ian McAndrew of Blackaddie Country House Hotel Sanquhar.
o 2:00 pm Masterchef Willie Pike MBE.
o 3:15 pm Double Michelin Star Chef Simon Rogan of L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria.
Win, Win, Win!
The demonstrations are a bargain at £4.00 each with the added bonus of getting a Full Day Gold Pass for £12.00. These tickets will also enter you into our fantastic raffle, with the chance of winning some amazing prizes, Gold Pass Tickets will give you 5 raffle chances.
How would you like a top chef to come to YOUR house, on an agreed Sunday (Lunch or Dinner) to:-
o Clean up.
An agreed menu for up to four people, just sit back and enjoy, what a Prize.
Tickets are available online at Ticketsource see link below, Kirkpartick’s Restaurant Kirkcudbright and Summer Festivities Charity Shop Kirkcudbright.