PRESS RELEASE : Treats for all the Senses

24th May 2012

Don’t miss a host of special entertainments to celebrate Spring Fling’s 10th birthday during the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday long weekend

Enjoy a treat for all the senses – as well as stunning arts and crafts to feast your eyes on, we’ve got great music and dancing, and fabulous food and fine wines to savour. Have fun - and feed your soul - at Scotland’s leading open studios event!

Spring Fling, which takes place from 2 – 5 June, not only offers a fantastic opportunity to visit the studios and workshops of 76 outstanding artists and craft makers living and working in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway. To mark its 10th anniversary, this year’s event has a specially extended programme of entertainment.

Join the celebrations and enjoy a great evening of music, dancing and merriment at Spring Fling’s Ceilidh and Hog Roast on Saturday 2nd June. Castle Douglas Town Hall is the venue for this event highlight, which kicks off at 7pm.

One of the finest ceilidh bands in the country - Two Left Feet – will be playing and ensuring everyone takes to the floor to whirl away the night. And the musical treat is complete with a special appearance by Zoe Bestell, the local 14-year-old singer/songwriter who is hitting the headlines and looks set for stardom. Zoe’s wonderful singing and ukelele playing provides the soundtrack to Spring Fling’s own film. She recently launched her first single and will shortly be appearing in a string of big name gigs including the Wickerman and The Eden Festivals so it’s a good chance to see her before she

The delicious hog roast on the night offers a vegetarian option and there’ll be plenty of liquid refreshment too at the bar. Tickets for the night cost £12 for adults. £9 for concessions, and the event is free to Friends of Spring Fling. Book your ticket now to avoid disappointment – either through the Spring Fling website – or by contacting Spring Fling manager Leah Black on 01387 213218 or

Hot on the heels of the Ceilidh and Hog Roast is another treat in store - on the following evening, Sunday 3rd June it’s Spring Fling’s Wine Tasting.

This is an exclusive tutored wine tasting event organised by renowned wine merchants Corney & Barrow (Scotland) with Whighams of Ayr. The event, at The National Museum of Costume, Shambellie House, New Abbey, Dumfries, starts at 6.30pm and finishes around 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 per person and free to Friends of Spring Fling. As numbers are limited for this special evening, don’t delay in booking now by contact Greg Reid, at Corney and Barrow on 01292 267000 or

Greg says: “We’ll really looking forward to supporting Spring Fling this year during its 10th birthday celebrations with our tutored wine tasting evening. We’ll be bringing along a very special selection of wines for everyone to sample and hope as many people as possible will come along to what will be a very enjoyable, social evening.”

Leah Black, Spring Fling Manager, said: ‘Our two special evening events are a great way for everyone to get involved in Spring Fling’s anniversary celebrations – and make the most of the jubilee holiday weekend.

‘The Ceilidh on Saturday night should be a really fun night with superb entertainment – including a guest appearance by Zoe Bestell, the ‘voice of Spring Fling 2012’. And Sunday evening’s Wine Tasting at Shambellie House - which is a lovely venue – will be another highlight. And straight after that, there’s a Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival premier performance of ‘John Paul Jones – The Gairdner’s Son – so the wine tasting event will make a very enjoyable start to the evening for people attending that.”




Media information


• Spring Fling is Scotland’s premier arts and crafts open studio event. It has been shortlisted in the 2012 Scottish Thistle Awards for Best Regional Cultural Award.

• In 2012 it runs from runs from Saturday 2nd June to Tuesday 5th June.

• Some 76 artists and craft makers are taking part.

• The event includes everything from painting, pottery and photography through to jewellery, textiles and glassware.

• All the studios taking part open daily from 10.30am to 5pm and are free to visit.

• For full details of the programme and the artists, makers and designers taking part, see the website at



• For enquiries, interviews etc. contact Matthew Shelley on 07786 704299 or Ellen Drummond Ferroni on 07801 820757

• A backgrounder with additional details on Spring Fling accompanies this release.

• Free-to-use images are available from the Spring Fling website.