Support for festivals and events

Dumfries and Galloway Council is determined to make Dumfries and Galloway the best place in rural Scotland in which to plan, manage, deliver and visit great events. For more than fifteen years the Council has overseen the delivery of successive events strategies that have helped grow creative, memorable and sustainable festivals and events in our beautiful region.

Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the events directly funded and supported by our current events strategy - the Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2018-2021 - generated more than £8m per annum for the regional economy.  The region's Signature Events - our seven internationally renowned festivals and events (Big Burns Supper, D&G Arts Festival, the Scottish Rally, Spring Fling Open Artists' Studios Weekend, the Tour of Britain, Wigtown Book Festival and World Championship Ice Hockey in Dumfries) are responsible for generating more than 60% of these revenues.

The Council has extended the Strategy until the end of financial year 2022/2023, to enable continuity of funding support to be provided to our fantastic portfolio of regional festivals and events, and to provide time to prepare a new Events Strategy for the region.  An executive summary of our existing Strategy is available Icon for pdf here [PDF - 160.35KB] .

In 2021 we published our Community Events Toolkit, a guide to planning and delivering events in Dumfries and Galloway.  Our Council hopes that this publication will encourage our vibrant voluntary events sector to start planning smaller scale events once more, to assist with community and economic recovery from Covid-19.

Our Council funds the website .  Do please check this website throughout the year for news and information on what is taking place at our Council's galleries and museums and our events calendar that lists all of the main festivals and events taking place in Dumfries and Galloway.


Community Events Toolkit

Dumfries & Galloway Council has updated its Events Toolkit in the light of the Coronavirus Pandemic to provide a practical, easy to use resource for Dumfries and Galloway's festivals and events organisers.  The new Community Events Toolkit includes template risk assessments that can be downloaded and amended for events projects such as Fun Runs and community concerts.  There is guidance on all aspects of events planning, including statutory responsibilities such as applying to the Council for licences when required and road or car park closures, and a host of helpful tips for your festivals and events project.

Icon for pdf Download the Community Events Toolkit [PDF - 10.66MB]


Icon for pdf Download Sample Risk Assessment - Fun Run [PDF - 90.55KB]

Icon for pdf Download Sample Risk Assessment - Outdoor Concert [PDF - 87.44KB]

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Dumfries and Galloway Council announces funding for 31 Festivals and Events Projects

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Dumfries and Galloway  to Host Two Blue Riband Cycling Events in 2022

The Council and British Cycling have announced that the 2022 British National Road Championships will take place in Dumfries and Galloway, once again bringing together the time-trial, circuit and road race championships into three days of scintillating racing.  The Championships will take place between the 23-26 June across many stunning locations in our region.

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The Tour Series makes a very welcome return to Dumfries and Galloway, in Stranraer on Thursday 12 May.  Full details will be posted on  Come and cycle in Dumfries and Galloway, and enjoy our wonderful quiet roads, 7stanes mountain bike trails, wonderful food, drink and culture and the many cycling events to participate in and spectate at!!

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Dumfries and Galloway Council's Major Festivals and Events Strategy for financial year 2022/2023

Dumfries and Galloway Council has decided to extend the Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2018-2021 to cover an additional financial year, 2022/2023.  This decision was made at the Communities Committee of the Council on 7 December 2021.  The Strategy is led by our Council on behalf of a regional partnership that includes VisitScotland, Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce, Dumfries & Galloway Multicultural Association, Third Sector Dumfries & Galloway, the Crichton Trust and the events sector.  A new Events Strategy for Dumfries and Galloway, covering the period 2023-2026, is to be prepared for the Council, in consultation with the events sector and regional and national agencies, businesses and organisations, by September 2022.

An executive summary of the existing Strategy is available Icon for pdf here [PDF - 160.35KB] .

The Dumfries and Galloway Events and the Environment Charter

Dumfries and Galloway Council has worked with the UNESCO-designated Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere to produce an Events and the Environment Charter.  Our Council is requesting that all events organisations that secure funding from the Community Events Fund and Major Events Strategic Fund sign up to this Charter on a voluntary basis.  The Charter can be accessed Icon for pdf here [PDF - 122.45KB] .

For any enquires regarding the two funding programmes, or the Events and the Environment Charter, or if you wish to arrange to speak to a Council Officer regarding a possible application, please email

Page last updated: 04/04/2022
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