Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival

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Newcastleton Festival Weekend :)

27 Jun 18
Nathon Jones


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The 49th Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival takes place this weekend over the 29th, 30th June and 1st July and it's a packed programme of dancing, workshops, competitions, tune and song sessions all weekend in the beautiful Scottish Borders. Don't miss it!

Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival was first held in 1970, growing out of the local Accordion and Fiddle Club that met in the Commercial Hotel (now the Liddesdale Hotel). From that initial one day event it has grown to become the most welcoming and family friendly traditional music festival in Scotland.

Over the years there have been a range of competitions, but always based around accordion, fiddle and traditional singing. As fashions change, so has the popularity of various classes, but the core competitions are still going strong, and a fantastic love for the interest shown in the children’s classes.

Concerts, ceilidhs, sessions, singarounds, and workshops add to the competitions to offer the festival goer plenty of choice, and of course the wonderful Copshaw Common Riding runs parallel to the festival as well – a spectacle that has to be seen to be believed!

Have a browse through the Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival website by clicking the button below to see what is on offer, but the best way to really learn what Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival is all about is to come along!

Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival Website

New Stall - Jamani Blankets

Another stall holder to announce for the Scottish Highland Dancing Competition at Minnigaff Park on Saturday 7th July 2018; Jamani Blankets will be joining the stalls available all day at the park along with the dancers, pipes, children's entertainment, catering and more.


28 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

Photography Course with David Moses

Learn to use your camera properly with expert tuition and advice from professional photographer David Moses. Thursday evenings from 28th June 2018, 6pm-8pm, in Newton Stewart. Free for under 25's, or £40.00 for over 25's.


26 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

New Stall - Little Dot Creations

Another stall holder to announce for the Scottish Highland Dancing Competition at Minnigaff Park on Saturday 7th July 2018; Little Dot Creations will be joining the stalls available all day at the park along with the dancers, pipes, children's entertainment, catering and more.


26 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

New Stall Galloway Sweets & Treats

Delighted to announce another stall holder at the Scottish Highland dancing event at Minnigaff Park on Saturday 7th July 2018 - Galloway Sweets & Treats will be joining traders available all day at the park along with the dancers, pipes, children's entertainment, catering and more!


26 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

New Sponsor - Hair NV

Huge thanks to Donna McWhir and everyone at Hair NV who we welcome as festival sponsors/partners this year. Hair NV Hairdressing Salon is Dumfries & Galloway's destination salon offering a range of professional services.


26 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

6th annual music festival

The 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over 12th-14th July 2019 and, after another outstanding programme of events in 2018 which saw us hosting Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as ever, some of the biggest names in traditional music, it looks set to be another packed programme and is really living up to it's reputation as one of the best rural arts festivals in Dumfries & Galloway.

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