If you’d like to experience one of the region’s other theme towns then it’s worth the 45-minute drive west to Wigtown.
Wigtown on the Machars peninsula became Scotland’s National Book Town in 1997 and is host to the award-winning Wigtown Book Festival every autumn. Taking place over ten days at the end of September, there are over 250 events for all ages.
The town becomes a magnet for everything book-related with over 10,000 extra visitors to the place during the Wigtown Book Festival. And with plenty of cafes dotted around, you’re quite likely to end up sitting next to one of your favourite authors while you have a coffee.
The festival has attracted some pretty big names over the years including Clare Balding, Julia Donaldson and Joanna Lumley and this year sees Judy Murray, Christopher Brookmyre and Roy Hattersley getting to know this corner of the region.
Children and Young People
One of the great things about the festival is the dedicated festivals for children and young people. There are activities and workshops to keep everyone entertained and all events are free for visitors aged under 26. The local primary school is transformed into a haven for younger children to enjoy talks from authors, art and crafts and quiet corners from reading.
Local young people create their own festival, deciding on the themes and the authors they want to invite. This year’s features workshops on writing, editing and illustrating for any budding writers out there.
Not Just Books
It’s not just about books, though. With theatre, music, visual art, debates and a new series of walking and talking events, there’s something for everyone at Wigtown Book Festival.
If local produce is more your thing, you’ll find art, crafts, food and drink in The Kist marquee at the main festival site. Everything is handmade and there’s a chance to speak to the producers and makers and find out more about their creations.
Don’t worry if your stay at High Kirkland Holiday Cottages is during one of the other 51 weeks a year. From the wide array of bookshops, including a specialised children’s bookshop, and cafes, to the nearby RSPB nature reserve and stunning views from Windy Hill, you’ll find plenty to entertain you in Wigtown.
This year’s Wigtown Book Festival takes place from Friday 22 September-Sunday 1 October. The full programme can be found here.
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Thank you to Colin Tennant Photography for providing information and images.