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 at the beginning of May and continue throughout the summer finalising in October.
Famous Floodlit Tattoo and Firework Display
There are some events that we believe should not be missed these include;-
- Music Festival 'Kirkcudbright On Song' 24th-25th & 26th May See Website for full details
- Kirkcudbright Half Marathon 25th May See Website for full details,
- Galloway Childrens Festival 30th June,
- Kirkcudbright Country Fair 13th & 14th July,
- Riding of the Marches 19th July,
- Arts & Craft Trail 2nd-3rd-4th & 5th August See Website for full details,
- Our Grand Decorated Vehicle Parade 17th August,
- Our famous Floodlit Tattoo and Firework Dispaly 24th August,
- Classic Car Rally 25th August,
- Food Festival 19th & 20th October,
Kirkcudbright: On Song
Kirkcudbright : On Song 24th, 25th and 26th May
We're over the moon to announce that the Kirkcudbright: On Song headline act will be the wonderful Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher. Their unique sound is turning heads all over the UK and beyond... These guys are Scotland's answer to Mumford and Sons... and what an answer! Winners of best new band in the 2013 Scottish Variety Awards.
Amongst the highlights will be an appearance from BBC Radio 2 Award Winner Steve Tilston.
The wonderful Beck Goldsmith, who joins us for Kirkcudbright: On Song, recently provided the music for BBC show THE VILLAGE... and the video of the full version of the song clocked up over 55,000 views in it's first fortnight.
Click on Artist Picture for youtube videos
Dougie MacLean & AMWWF Caledonia. Steve Tilston on later with Jools Holland Oil & Water
Beck Goldsmith I Vow to Thee My Country. Tom Attah Long Time
Kim Edgar The Ornate Lie. Ivan Drever Bless The Wind.
Kirkcudbright Half Marathon (& Beeches Run)
There are two courses for runners: the half marathon route, and the Beeches Run – a 11.2k race. Both routes have been accurately measured and verified.
Walkers are only permitted on the half marathon route. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of signposts and stewards to make sure you don’t get lost!
Galloway Childrens Festival
A fantastic family day out! This is the 12th 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
Riding of the Marches
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
2nd-3rd-4th & 5th August
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.
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.
11th - 18th - 25th July - 1st - 8th - 15th & 22nd August
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.