PRESS RELEASE: Spring Fling Makes the Perfect Spring Break

22nd April 2013
Spring Fling 2013 offers the perfect chance for a fun and colourful long weekend of art and entertainment in glorious Dumfries and Galloway.


Scotland’s premier visual art and craft open studios event is taking place from 25 to 27 May and provides a great opportunity to explore beautiful countryside, meet artists in their own studios, and enjoy superb evening entertainment courtesy of the new Spring Fling Fringe.

This year’s Spring Fling is the biggest ever, with all 93 artists and makers taking part having been specially selected, meaning that the work visitors see is of the highest standard.

Leah Black, Spring Fling Manager, said: “Spring Fling is ideal for taking a spring break in one of the loveliest parts of Scotland. Dumfries and Galloway has rolling hills, long coastlines, tranquil villages and small towns – plus an incredible amount of creative talent.

“This there will be a huge amount to see and do. The range of art, craft and design is enormous – from landscape and wildlife painting and photography to ceramics, textiles, jewellery, furniture, sculpture, willow work, video and installation.

“On top of that we have introduced the Spring Fling Fringe, with a choice of 21 activities and events to enjoy in the evenings after a day touring the studios.”

The fringe events (see full list below) include everything from costumed contemporary dance in castle gardens, to opera, music, chocolate tasting and the chnace

Last year visitors came from 19 different countries, including Ireland which is just a short ferry ride away. Many visitors come from central and southern Scotland and the north of England which are within easy driving distance.

Spring Fling is ideal for a day trip or for a short break – studios are open daily 10.30am to 5pm during the event and are free to visit.


Notes for editors

Getting around: There are three great alternatives to getting around the studios by car:

  • Six bus tours 
  • Bike tours 
  • Walking tours  

Finding the route: A fold-out map will be available which shows the studios and the fringe locations. There are also seven suggested coloured routes to follow – each provides a great day-long tour of studios and super countryside.

Smartphone app: An updated smartphone app can be downloaded for free so visitors can plot their own routes – choosing where they want to visit by area, name of artist or the type of work they produce.

● Spring Fling is a Community Interest Company. The core event is funded by Dumfries & Galloway Council. The Springboard Project is funded by The Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme and The Holywood Trust. Additional projects are funded by Creative Scotland and The Galloway Association of Glasgow. The Trigony House Hotel are the 2013 Prize Draw sponsors.

● To find out more visit


Fringe events

The full programme of fringe events and activities is (collaborations with Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival productions are marked DGAF):

  • Working with Chocolate and Chocolate tasting: Small group chocolate workshop and tasting sessions with an experienced chocolatier.
  • Pollen: Contemporary costumed dance examining the growth and the migration of ideas. This Year of Natural Scotland project is a journey from darkness into light.
  • Caper Ceilidh: Dancing into the night with three piece Ceilidh band 'Caper'.  Finger buffet and bar.
  • Shooglenifty: D&G Arts Festival and The CatStrand present a wild mix of trad talent and super funky phonics melding, heritage and hedonism. A supremely dexterous and witty live band. DGAF
  • Wing and a Prayer: An evening of acoustic blues with Dave Dick and Jim Gilbert, who are "Wing and a Prayer". Ticket numbers limited, so booking is essential.
  • Operr A La Carte: An intimate night of opera in the round presenting Carmen, the tale of the smouldering gypsy seductress. DGAF
  • Tea for Two: Indulge yourself with a delicious afternoon tea. Enjoy freshly made cakes, scones and sandwiches while a local pianist plays the mini-grand piano.  
  • Art Tour of Drumlanrig: A guided tour of the castle and its exceptional art collection which features works by old masters and portraits from across the centuries. Cheese & Wine will follow.
  • Cider Tour: Tour of the Scottish cidery including a Stovie Supper. Discover the history of cider making and Scottish variety apples. Adults only.
  • Wine, Cheese and Art Conversation: Wine and cheese in the company of artists and practitioners.
  • Callum’s Road: National Theatre of Scotland production about Calum MacLeod who, having battled the inaction of authorities on Raasay, sets off alone with a pick, a shovel and a wheelbarrow to build a road to connect up the island. DGAF
  • The Amy Geddes Trio: At the forefront of contemporary Scottish fiddle playing, Amy has an assured and unique approach firmly rooted in the. She is joined by Kevin MacKenzie (guitar) and Tom Lyne (double bass). DGAF
  • Spring Sing: The Bladnoch Distillery is the showcase for some of the most original singer/songwriters in The Machars - Steve Dowling, The Cochranes and Hope London.
  • Dryfe Valley Pop up Tea Room: Tea, coffee and a range of food including home baked scones and cakes, soup, toasties and filled rolls.
  • Make your own artisan pizza: Enter an artisan bakery to roll the dough, choose the toppings and see it stone baked. Walk away with freshly baked pizza!
  • Aye Waulkin O: A performance by the Margaret Morris Movement group. Choreography inspired by softening of tweed/tartan to a song by Robert Burns, sung by Eddie Reader. Followed by a dance and movement workshop.
  • The Oak and The Ivy and Words at the Edge: Wendy Stewart presents Corrina Hewat’s harp suite. Lucy Harper, Angus Macmillan and Davie Douglas offer an innovative evocation of the River Urr in an interlinking cycle of songs and poems. DGAF
    • London Soloists Ensemble: A celebration of the rich heritage of British music, bringing together some of today’s most admired soloists and chamber-music players. DGAF


Media information  

● Spring Fling is very happy to help journalists. Contact us and we can set up interviews, provide pictures and photo opportunities. In some circumstances we can offer ready-written copy.

● Contact Matthew Shelley on 07786 704299 or at

● Free-to-use images and press releases are available from the Spring Fling website.