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Big Lit 2022 coming soon

Big Lit returns for the 2022 season with once again a rich literary diet to titillate your palettes - from our traditional Bards for Breakfast to a first fine shortlisted novel by Yvonne Bailey-Smith following in the footsteps of her famous daughter Zadie.

Midsummer Music Returns

Gatehouse of Fleet Festival Group are delighted to announce the return of Midsummer Music after two years without a festival. This year's event, to take place on the 18th of June, will be a stripped-down, grassroots affair, making the most of our local pubs and showcasing great Gatehouse talent. Expect summery sounds from Tobacco Barn, Alan of Galloway, the Wave Blues Band and Cameron O'Hagan, alongside our legendary jam sessions. Look out for our pedal-powered main stage in the Ship Inn's garden, supported by Wheels of Fleet! Attendance at events is free, but donations are welcome and will support next year's festival. Check our facebook group ( for up to date details - we look forward to seeing you there!

Keeping traditional skills alive

Six Forestry and Land Scotland apprentices have completed a five-day dyking course in Cally Woods, sponsored by the Gatehouse Development Initiative.  Under the guidance of qualified instructor Kevin Butters, the apprentices, from as far afield as Innerleithen and ranging in ages from school leaver to over 50, learned to take down and rebuild a substantial section of the old wall which snakes through the woods by the horse track.  On the fourth day they learned to build cheek ends and on the last day their challenge was to repair two gaps on the Deer Park wall on the road to Sandgreen.  As well as learning dyking skills the course also encouraged teamwork and helping each other. The apprentices were very positive about the course which will allow them to use their new skills as part of their forestry work.

Platinum Trees

To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee the Woodland Trust offered saplings to every town which wanted to plant some.  Gatehouse opted for a selection of rowans, hazel and crab apples which have now been planted around the town.  The School planted one of each, the three Churches have had one each along with the Community Centre, the Mill on the Fleet, the children's Fleetside play park and the Town Hall garden.

Raiders Gravel Update

With Raiders Gravel little more than three months away the organisers are proud to launch a brand new promotional video as part of their preparations.  Beginning on Thursday August 25th, the event will attract riders from all over the UK and Europe to the gravel tracks around Gatehouse of Fleet and aims to highlight the beauty and culture of Galloway and the South of Scotland.

Cally Gardens Wildlife Hide: open at last!

Since way back in 2019 there has been a plan to build a hide in Cally Woods from which people could watch and photograph woodland wildlife near Gatehouse.  Finally, this goal has been accomplished and the hide was opened on 10 November.