Our festival takes place in and around Langholm, accessible by the A7.

SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST: Our partners at South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project are hosting an Eagle Day at Castleholm (park at the Kilngreen and hop over the bridge). Drop in for a falconry talk with Ray Lowden from Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre, or experience tree-top climbing with Tim Chamberlain from Wild Tree Adventures. For the Big Tree Climb, we recommend you book a spot via Event Brite here. Please note that the minimum age is 6, but there's no maximum age and adults are more than welcome!

Outpost Arts will have their Discover Langholm art trail, aimed at families with 5-13 year olds, for £5 each. At the end of this 1-2 hour trail you can achieve a nationally recognised Arts Award. Start the trail any time from 10am to 2pm. You can stop and start this trail throughout the day to fit it around other events; the trail closes at 4pm.

SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST: In the evening, how about enjoying a hot-fork buffet dinner at The Eskdale Hotel with the SSGEP team? Rick Taylor and Phil Munro will give an update on the project and then mingle over dinner, welcoming your questions on anything eagle related. Booking must be done via Event Brite here. The menu can be requested via education@wildeskdale.co.uk but the cost of the meal is covered by SSGEP, drinks not included.

SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER: Our Eagle themed weekend continues with Rick Taylor hosting an introduction to raptor identification. Come along to learn how to recognise an eagle from a buzzard and explore other species you may encounter in Eagle Country.

This event is free, open to absolute beginners of any age, and booking is unnecessary. Meet at Langholm's golf club Clubhouse for 10am and dress in sensible outdoor clothes. Binoculars will be provided but you're welcome to bring your own. The event ends at 2pm, so please bring lunch and a drink.

TUESDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER: Fancy a new experience? Come along and try moorland yoga, a beginner's class presented by Scapa Flow Yoga. Meet at the Kilngreen car park at 5.30pm for transport to The Malcolm Monument. The gentle yoga will run from 6-7pm, with teas and coffees provided at the end. Wear warm, gym-suitable clothes. In case of bad weather an indoor venue will be provided. Booking for this event is necessary (see the bottom of the page for more details) and is £5 per person.

NOTE: This event has now been cancelled due to lack of numbers.

WEDNESDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER: As the nights close in, the bats come out. David Dodds will give a bat walk from 7.30-9pm, passing on his impressive knowledge of these flying mammals and, we hope, pointing out plenty of them in the dusky sky. Booking is required for this event (see the bottom of the page for more details) and is £5 per person.

Meet at the new Outpost Arts Hub (42-44 High Street, Langholm - previously Blue Moon). Please bring along a torch.

Only a few spaces left so book fast!

SATURDAY 7TH AND SUNDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER: Have you, or your child, ever seen a cheeky robin at the birdfeeder and wished you could capture that in a spectacular photo? How about a butterfly poised delicately on a flowerhead, or a heron watching the world go by at the river? Award-winning Scottish wildlife photographer LAURIE CAMPBELL is leading two photography workshops so you can learn to do just that.

On Saturday 7th, under sixteens (and an accompanying, unparticipating adult) can enjoy his tutelage for FREE!

Adults have their own workshop on Sunday 8th for £35 per head. Both of these days run from 9.30am to 5pm.

Booking is essential for these workshops (see bottom of the page for more details). Meeting points will be confirmed upon booking.

SUNDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER: The Walled Garden at Arkleton plays host to a traditional village fete from 2-7pm. Live music from Alex Maxwell, and the Borders Ceilidh Band, will be a stunning backdrop to stalls and free games.

We have free buses to and from the event. Buses leave Langholm at the Paper Shop stop at 2pm, 3pm, and 5pm. They return from the Walled Garden at 2.45pm, 4.45pm, and 7pm.

Hungry or thirsty? Never fear! The His and Her Drinks pop up bar, popular at MTAF 2019, will be here to quench your thirst. Food will now be available all day and includes options for both vegetarians and meat-eaters.

As a finale to the festival, we couldn't be more excited. Tickets are available for £5 per adult or £3 for under sixteens (children under five go free) and can be bought from Welcome to Langholm, The Walled Garden at Arkleton, or the Langholm Initiative Office (Buccleuch Mills, Glenesk Rd).

You can get your tickets at the door, or you can purchase beforehand at the above locations.

HOW TO BOOK: We're delighted to have you along to our events. For those that require booking, please email education@wildeskdale.co.uk or phone the Langholm Initiative on 01387380914 for a booking form (for the fete, you will receive a ticket(s) instead). Bookings will only be valid upon reciept of payment, which can be done at the Langholm Initiative office, Buccleuch Mills, Glenesk Rd., or or over the phone at 01387380914.

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