Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities
Kirkcudbright is one of Scotland's most vibrant communities with events, exhibitions and activities taking place throughout the year.
In the 40 years since Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities was born our vibrant programme of events and festivities has grown and spread its wings throughout the year.
From early Spring to the dark nights of winter, the Summer Festivities team of volunteers organise a uniquely varied programme of events, festivals and experiences.
Our Summer Festivities programme gets into full swing in July and August, with weekly events building up to the spectacular Floodlit Tattoo and Firework Display.
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. 28th & 29th June.
- Music Festival 'Kirkcudbright Song Festival' 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 Display 23rd August,
- Classic Car Rally 24th August,
- Food Festival 17th, 18th & 19th October
- 7 weekly Scottish Nights starting Thursday 10th July ,
Kirkcudbright 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 for the Markets,but during June, July and August we will be moving into Marquees in Soperie Gardens (Parish Church Grounds opposite the Town Hall
Food Festival Folk n' Food
Friday 17th October
New for 2014 will be our Folk n' Food evening.
Come along and be entertained by Folk Music, enjoy Real Ale produced right here in Dumfries and Galloway. Sample a variety of Artisan Breads, Local Cheese, Real Ale and Ciders and find out just how well they go together. You will never go back to cheese and wine ever again. We are bringing together three great passions of Dumfries and Galloway, Great Food, Great Drink and Great Music for a Great Night.
Food Festival Producers Showcase
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th October
Food Festival "Five Chefs, One Venue, One Day"
Sunday 19th October
Gourmet extravaganza! “Five 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.
2014 Chef Line Up
Tony Singh “one of the chosen few Real Scots"
Leith born Tony Singh has established himself as a leading force on the Scottish restaurant scene and has run 3 of his own restaurants, Oloroso, Tony's Table and Roti with great critical acclaim.
For over 25 years, Tony has pushed the boundaries of culinary innovation, combining his Sikh upbringing with his love of Scottish produce. His distinctive style soon developed and made him hot property in restaurant circles and helped him secure membership of the country's leading bodies including the Academy of Culinary Arts, the Craft Guild of Chefs, the Scottish Chefs association and the Master Chefs of Great Britain. Visit Scotland recently named Tony as one of the chosen few "Real Scots". He is now an ambassador for Scotland and all things Scottish. He has the responsibility of promoting Scotland and its delicacies globally.
TV Celebrity on The Incredible Spice Men, Food and Drink, Ready Steady Cook, The Great Brittish Menu, Christmas Kitchen with James Martin and Market Kitchen.
Awards for his culinary talents include: Drambuie Chefs Association Best New Restaurant of the Year; Scottish Chefs Award Scottish Chef of the Year; and SLTN Best Restaurant.
Tom & Malcolm Kirkpatrick “Father and Son cooking as one".
Local Chef and proprietor Tom Kirkpatrick of Kirkpatrick's Restaurant Kirkcudbright. Tom has just won the Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazine "Chef of the Year Award" 2013 - 2014. Tom is proud of the fact that only locally sourced and produced ingredients are used in the restaurant.
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 five fantastic chefs who will be tantalising your taste buds, in four separate cooking demonstrations each lasting approximately one hour. These demonstrations will be live broadcast onto a large 3 metre x 4 metre screen using two video cameras. This will ensure that none of the preparation, cooking or presentation will be missed.
o 11:15 am Chef Martin Avey of Del Amitri in Annan.
o 12:30 pm Chef Ian McAndrew of Blackaddie Country House Hotel Sanquhar.
o 1:30 pm Break.
o 2:00 pm Chefs Tom abd Malcolm Kirkpatrick
o 3:15 pm Celebrity TV Chef Tony Singh previous owner of Oloroso, Tony's Table and Roti.
Win, Win, Win!
The demonstrations are a bargain at Full Day Pass for £10.00.
Tickets are available online at Ticketsource see link below, and will be available through Kirkpartick’s Restaurant Kirkcudbright and Summer Festivities Charity Shop Kirkcudbright closer to the event. Please note these are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
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. MB7 Mountain Bike Display Team (The Clan), Birds of Prey Display, Samba Sisters, Wee Kirkcudbright Entertainers and much more.
- Demonstration tent with a wide selection of activities, entertainment and demonstrations.
- Childrens entertainment including Bubbles the Clown Magic Shows, Face Painting Childrens Rides and Giant Bouncy Castle.
- Segways by Laggan Outdoor
- Have a go Clay Pigeon Shooting, Crossbow and Air Rifle by Forest Estate Experiences.
- Stewartry Archers.
- JCB Demonstration & Dancing Diggers.
- Giant Kite Flying by TUG.COM Kite building workshops. Build your own kite then fly it.
- Beer tent by Sulwath Brewery.
- Catering by Ballards Butchers.
- Specialist Nurseries from across the Country.
- Arts and Crafts tent.
- Art and Crafts Trail Team.
- Farmers & Food Producers Market with cooking demonstrations by Tom and Kate Kirkpatrick.
- Scottish Steam Traction Engine Society including Minature Steam Railway.
Producers can download application form here.
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
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.