George McMurdo, Tenant of Enrick, Cally Estate 1758-1787


Tuesday 16th August 2pm Faed Gallery

Travel into the world of Gatehouse in the 18th century with historian Frances Wilkins who will give a talk on George McMurdo who farmed at Enrick outside Gatehouse in the second half of the eighteenth century. A tenant of James Murray who built Gatehouse, McMurdo had a varied life which also took him to Virginia to work in the tobacco trade before returning to Scotland. McMurdo will be the subject of a new exhibition at the Mill next season.

Admission Free


Galloway’s Red Squirrels - how can we save them?

Wednesday 12 October 2016 :  7.30pm

Dr Peter Garson

Convenor of the Gatehouse Red Squirrel Group

admission free - no ticket required  |  refreshments

Photo: Richard Potts

Murray and Fearchara: The Firelight Show

Saturday 15th April

Delighted to be welcoming back Murray the Magician to the Mill with his amazing new show.

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Big Lit 2016 : 14th-17th April

2016 is the 10th Anniversary of Gatehouse literary venue, The Bakehouse, which runs BIG LIT. Big Lit, the Stewartry Book Festival has gone from strength to strength since it began as part of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival in 2011. This year it has grown even bigger, with the expansion of activities for young people. So whether you have small children underfoot, are an Archer’s fan, enjoy the work of Jane Austen, love the combination of music and poetry, are into contemporary writing or writing from other generations and cultures, are interested in installation or  exhibition  – there will  be something in this year’s BIG LIT programme you can enjoy.  The Mill is the main venue for most of the events, but other events are happening around town as well as ad hoc unprogrammed entertainement from guerilla poets to buskers.  A lively weekend in Gatehouse is guaranteed.  Check out the Big Lit website for full details.

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Bats - An Illustrated Talk and Guided Walk

Friday 29th July : 8pm

Join Dumfries and Galloway Bat Group for an illustrated talk about bats, followed by a leisurely bat walk at the Mill and in the nearby woods.  We will provide bat detectors, giving you a fresh understanding of these fascinating flying mammals.

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Galloway’s Golden Eagles Past, Present and Future

14 September 2016 :  7.30pm

an illustrated talk by
Chris Rollie
Chairman, Dumfries and Galloway Raptor Study Group and RSPB Area Manager

admission free - no ticket required  |  refreshments

photo Angus Hogg

Big Lit 2017

Big Lit 2017 is 20 - 23 April this year with the Mill as the main venue.  Many events are running over the four days of the festival.  Check out the website for full details:

Tom Pow At the Well of Love and other Locations

Friday 15th April   2.30- 3.15pm

As part of The Big Lit Festival

Tom is one of Scotland’s foremost contemporary poets; lyrical, celebratory and sensitive to the world around him. He reads from his latest collection At the Well of Love (Mariscat Press, 2016), and of other unexpected locations. Come and share a varied and engaging 45 minutes in his company.

Sponsored by the Scottish Book Trust

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Book Launch - Little Boreland

Join us for the launch of

Little Boreland
The story of a magical house
by James Collett-White

Wednesday 22 March 2017 at 6.30 for 7.00pm
Admission Free


The launch with refreshments will include a short illustrated talk by the author.

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Kirkcudbrightshire Castles Past and Present

Wednesday, 26 April, 7.30pm

Talk: Kirkcudbrightshire Castles Past and Present, speaker: Janet Brennan, Chair, Scottish Castles Association.

Saturday, 29 April

Excursion: Tour of a local castle and gardens. (£5 admission per head, all monies to local charities)

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Wendy Stewart Harp recital

Friday 15th April  3.45 – 4.30pm

As part of The Big Lit Festival

World renowned Scottish harpist Wendy Stewart entertains with a programme of Gaelic and Scots song  highlighting the poetry of both languages and the links in culture and history.


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Holy Wells of Scotland

Saturday 16th April  10.30 – 11.30am

As part of The Big Lit Festival

Writer, photographer, and exhibition and book designer Phil Cope will take readers on a series of surprising journeys: travels through time, through our contested histories, through the responses of our poets and writers, and through the inspiring territories of our changing beliefs, in his illustrated talk on the sacred springs and holy wells of Scotland.


See additional associated event - a free guided walk to Rutherford’s Well at Anwoth (weather permitting!)

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Discovering Rabindranath Tagore

Saturday 16th April  1.30 – 2.30pm

As part of The Big Lit Festival

With old photographs, poems and a summary of his philosophy, Dr Christine Kupfer explores the life and thought of Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore was a polymath who reshaped Bengali poetry, literature, music, art and theatre. He was honoured with the Nobel Prize in literature in 1913 for Gitanjali. India still celebrates him as one of its greatest cultural heroes. Dr Kupfer, author of a book on Tagore’s philosophy and education, talks about Tagore’s life, worldview and his educational experiments at his Indian ashram.


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