Find out ‘What’s On’ locally in the coming weeks

James Faed
James Faed

FIND out what’s taking place around Galloway over the coming weeks.

Every day until 25 January: James Faed exhibition and also Views in Wigtownshire - Stranraer Museum.

An exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the death of the celebrated mezzotint engraver and Galloway artist James Faed. From 1848-1898, James Faed engraved over 140 plates for leading Victorian artists. The Duke of Buccleuch, his son Lord Dalkeith, The Earl of Galloway, Sir Andrew Agnew of Lochnaw and Wellwood Herries Maxwell of Munches were all subjects of Faed’s plates. James Faed died in Edinburgh aged 90.

Also on show - Views in Wigtownshire: a collection of photographs of Victorian Wigtownshire The original photographs are in a bound leather volume called ‘Views in Wigtownshire’. The album was found in Italy and has been donated to the Museum by the late John Ross. Most of the views were taken in the Machars.

The accompanying notes are by Jack Hunter, who, together with a number of other local historians, has been researching the photographs.

A booklet of the collection of photographs is on sale at the Museum. Admission is free. Call 01776 705 088 for more information.

Friday 13 January (today): Sherlock Holmes, A Game of Shadows - at The Cinema, Newton Stewart

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) and his longtime trusted associate, Doctor Watson (Jude Law), take on their arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), with the help of Holmes’s older brother Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) and a gypsy named Sim (Noomi Rapace).

Sunday 15 January: Glasgow String Quartet - The Cinema, Newton Stewart.

The Quartet will play Beethoven’s String Quartet in B flat major Opus 18, the ever popular Ravel String Quartet and Samuel Barber’s String Quartet with its famed Adagio.

Sunday 15 January: Red Kite Roost Watching - on the Galloway Kite Trail, phone for booking details.

The watches are free and will begin at 2.45pm but it will not be known where these will take place until nearer the time, so booking is essential (so that people can be contacted about any changes). For more information and booking, please contact Calum by email: or telephone on 01556 670464.

Thursday 19 January: Pub Quiz - The Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart from 9pm.

Six rounds plus picture round, prize for winning team, free to enter.

Saturday 21 January: Burns Night - 7pm-11pm at Dundrennan Village Hall

Music by Galloway Folk, haggis neeps and tattie supper, and bar by Sulwath Brewery.

Open mic for anyone who wishes to “ do a turn”.

Tickets £10 from 01557 500200

Monday 23 January: Stargazing for Beginners - Kirroughtree Visitor Centre from 7pm.

Join Commission staff on a visual tour of the region’s Dark Sky Park. You should wrap up very warm and take a torch with a red filter if you have one. As a mark of appreciation for these events a £3 donation to Galloway Forest Park Astronomy Society would also be very welcome.

This is one of several events held by the Forestry Commission in coming weeks. Keep at eye on this What’s On section for details.

If you’d like to tell us what’s going on in your neck of the woods, email details of the event to