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Starting this week until 30 March: Scottish Snowdrop Festival - across Galloway. Some gardens charge entry fees.

The Scottish Snowdrop Festival is back for another season. Many of Scotland’s spectacular gardens open their gates to offer visitors a rare glimpse of the country’s winter beauty.

For six weeks, more than 50 gardens across the country are offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy beautiful gardens, magnificent castles, stately homes and local exhibitions or simply step into nature and wander through the woodland.

Participating gardens:

Broughton House and Garden, Kirkcudbright, 11am-4pm Monday to Friday; 10am - 5pm at Castle Kennedy Gardens, near Stranraer, 10am-5pm;

Dunskey Gardens, Portpatrick - open two weekends in February, Saturday 18 to Sunday 19, and Saturday 25 to Sunday 26, 10am-4pm; Cally Woods, Gatehouse - open daily, see guide boards for snowdrop information; Galloway Forest Park, visit the Galloway Forest Park and enjoy a walk in the woods with carpets of wonderful wild snowdrops to delight you.

Open daily: sunrise to sunset, free entry; Kirkdale House and Gardens, fabulous woodland snowdrop walks around historic 18th century property.

A chance to view the only working water-driven sawmill in the south of Scotland and to enjoy the nature trail.

Sunday 12 February 1pm - 4.pm; Logan Botanic Garden, Port logan, open Sundays 10am-4pm.

Friday (today) for six nights: War Horse (12A) - The Cinema, Newton Stewart

Young Albert enlists to service in WW1 after his beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry.

His journey takes him across Europe as the war rages on - an absolute masterpiece and definitely not to be missed. Already being hailed as a big winner on the movie scene.

Monday 6 February and every Monday and Thursday: bingo - The Millennium Centre, Stranraer, 6.30pm, eyes down 7.45pm.

Cash prizes, raffles and café with tea, coffee and soft drinks.

Wednesday 8 February: Riding for the Disabled, Machars Group, meeting at Barstobrick Equestrian Centre, Ringford. 10.00am til 1.00pm.

Contact Jean Clarkson on 01557 814672.

Wednesday 8 February: Reflections on Kirkcudbright, exhibition of photographs by Stewart Baillie - Tolbooth Arts Centre, Kirkcudbright.

Depicting common scenes in the Artists’ Town viewed from unusual perspectives.

Some of the photographs give the effect of a painting; others are more abstract – each one reflecting the artist’s affection for his birthplace. The exhibition continues until 25 February.

The Tolbooth is open from 11am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, and there is free admission.

Thursday 9 February: Birdlife through 40 Pennine Years in film by Gordon Yates - New Galloway Primary School, 7.30pm.

For thirty years since 1982 Gordon Yates has been entertaining audiences in New Galloway and across the region with his wildlife films. To begin with he only came every second year but by 1996 his visits by popular demand became annual events.

But all good things must come to an end and even this enthusiastic, energetic and

ever youthful photographer is beginning to feel his years. This year’s films will be his penultimate show.

Expect superb close-up shots of many species of birds and other wildlife as well as spectacular scenery, all accompanied by Gordon’s unique commentary.

Saturday 4 February: An evening with Chris Packham – The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm.

A stunning new show with a difference, from BBC TV’s “Springwatch” presenter, photographer, traveller and wildlife expert Chris Packham. Enjoy a fascinating journey through the eyes of Chris and his camera as he weaves a visual thread through a number of topics.

Saturday 4 February: Red Stripe live jazz concert – Kirkcudbright Parish Church Hall, 7-7.30pm.

A fantastic evening of boogie-woogie rock’n’roll jazz and jive with the Red Stripe Band

£10 (or £12 per ticket including a glass of wine). Available on the door or in advance from Carla@jkmanagement.co.uk Tel: 07768 907525

Sunday 12 February: Quintet Zambra – The Cinema, Newton Stewart at 3pm and Gatehouse Parish Church, 7.30pm.

Gatehouse Music Society and Newton Stewart Music Club welcome Quintet Zambra.