The Guild Dumfries can't wait until we safely relaunch Dumfries Market Festival on the 12th September. Come & enjoy a micro festival in the historic market town of Dumfries on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Showcasing a curated and carefully selection of talented makers, creatives, food & drink producers from the region & beyond. Supported by volunteers & celebrating community spirit. Plus a superb line up of entertainment & live music from 10am until 4pm in Dumfries town centre.
The Guild (Dumfries) C.I.C will transform the town centre into a community festival for the day! Our launch event in March was a resounding success but further dates were curtailed due to Covid-19. But we're over th emoon to be back in September with over 25 handpicked stalls at our Makers Market laden with the finest homewares & gifts, arts & crafts, food & drink plus so much more!
Visit our Makers Market at Queensberry Square and Fountain Square to meet the makers and creatives and find covetable products that you might not find elsewhere. Enjoy buying directly from the makers and supporting independent businesses, many who live and work right here in the region. Feast on festive food and take delight in a marvellous selection of beautifully crafted & unusual designs. It's the perfect opportunity to head into the town centre and shop local.
House of Rothach
Mountain Daisy Flower Farm
Ann Smith Art
Brigston & Co
Rhubarb 'n' Custard
Natalie Farrell Handmade
The Love Bug D&G
Fully Fledged Art
Pip and Ell
Galloway Fudge Company
Farm Boy Brews
The Wee Shade Shop
Old Toll House Crafts
The Kitchen Witch
Ruin and Redemption
Annette’s Baking In a Box
Copeland Walker Art
Unique Sweets and Savouries
Are you a maker, designer. artist, producer or indie business owner and keen to find new ways to get your products in front of new customers in a prime location. Why not get in involved at our monthly street market festival. We are keen to collaborate and hope that we can work together to offer support and opportunities to grow and nuture your business.
It's not just a market!
The festival team have been working hard to bring together local performers, musicians and local groups. There's a full programme of activities and entertainment available on the day, many of it free, so why not bring family and friends along, all are welcome to watch safely.
10.00 - 4.00 PM Makers Market | QUEENSBERRY SQUARE , BY THE MIDSTEEPLE & FOUNTAIN SQUARE
10.00 - 10.45 AM St Lucia | PLAINSTANES
11.15 - 11.45 AM Kate Kyle | PLAINSTANES
12 NOON - 12.15 PM Musical Theatre Group | PLAINSTANES
12.30 - 12.45 PM Dumfries & Galloway Youth Orchestra | PLAINSTANES
1.00 - 1.15 PM Rory Buglass | PLAINSTANES
1.30 - 2.30 PM Bob Hollis | PLAINSTANES
Would you love to get involved and perform or entertain at Dumfries Market Festival? If you are starting out and would like an opportunity to perform in public or if you are a more established act and just love what we do here then why not get in touch. We are really keen to include locally based family friendly musicians, performers and community groups as part of a jammed packed programme each month on the Plainstanes.
St.Lucia is a Scottish 6-piece consisting of playing an eclectic mix of all-original material and drawing on a collaboration of ideas, instruments and vocals. St. Lucia produces an exciting, challenging and always very fun show. The styles include Mexican-Western, hard rock and even some melancholic ballads. The guys are all part of the process of development and this comes across in a full-blooded sound that may even blow the socks from your feet.
Find time in your busy schedules to take a break from life with St.Lucia or follow them on FACEBOOK at to see what you are missing live.
PRICE | FREE TIME | 10AM - 10.45AM
Seventeen- year old, Kate Kyle, who’s unique blend of soulful country and powerful voice is establishing herself in the Scottish music scene. Having recently released her 5 -track debut EP entitled ‘Where I’m Going’, Kate’s music has been met with a great deal of accolade –
“possibly the finest song-writing I’ve heard from someone of this age” – Bruce McKenzie Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazine.
Accompanied by her guitar, Kate is a regular feature at local gigs, festivals and events such as Celtic Connections, D&G Arts Festival, Eden Festival, Maidens of Music, Millport Country Music Festival and Resonate Live. Kate’s influences stem from country/singer-songwriter acts such as Lady Antebellum, Chris Stapleton, Dixie Chicks and Stevie Nicks. Kate hails from the beautiful Dumfries and Galloway area and lives on her family farm. She aspires in the coming years to study music at university and take on a career as a full-time songwriter, working and collaborating with other artists.
Kate recently took her song writing to the next level, earning the title of Top 10 finalist for the BBC Radio Scotland Songwriter of the Year awards.
PRICE | FREE TIME | 11.15AM - 11.45AM
Musical Theatre Group - Annie Junior
We hope you'll come along to support this brand new local theatre company, The Musical Theatre Group, who rehearse at the Brigend Theatre in Dumfries.
A family musical with little orphan Annie who charms everyone's hearts. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
The Musical Theatre Group are a brand-new company who are currently rehearsing for their show which was supposed to be performed in June this year but was cancelled due to Covid 19. They performed at the Midsteeple at our launch in March and we loved every minute. We’re delighted to welcome them back!
PRICE | FREE TIME | 12 NOON - 12.15 PM
We are working hard behind the scenes to produce and organise Dumfries Market Festival.
We are really excited about making plans for each month. We'll be announcing lots more details and information in the coming weeks with news and updates about what's on, our makers market line up, activities and performers. We will transform the town into a community market festival on the second Saturday of each month through to November .
Be sure to sign up to our mailing list to be first to hear the news!
Dumfries & Galloway Youth Orchestra
Dumfries and Galloway Youth Orchestra wowed the crowds at our Christmas Lights Festival last year, with their excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Sadly due to Covid-19 the full orchestra cannot meet up but we are delighted to welcome a duo to represent DGYO. We are delighted that these talented young musicians are taking part once again.
PRICE | FREE TIME | 12.30PM - 12.45PM
Rory Buglass is 14 years old and a pupil at Dumfries High School. He sings and plays guitar. Rory is a big fan of Taylor Swift and enjoys listening to and playing country music. He has been a member of NYCOS for the last 6 years and is also a member of Stagecraft Musical Theatre group where he works on his singing and performance skills.
Rory started learning the guitar in p6 and with the help of Mr Bass, his guitar teacher he has been singing and performing at The Stove under 18 acoustic sessions, Big Burns Supper and at Kinmount monthly Open Mic Nights.
Rory was a huge hit at our Market Festival launch in March and we are delighted Rory is back to entertain us once again.
PRICE | FREE TIME | 1.00PM - 1.15PM
The final act in our fabulous line up of local talent is Bob Hollis. A local singer-songwriter who performs an eclectic selection of songs acoustically. Known previously as lead vocalist and bass player for ska-punk outfit “More From Jim”, Bob was a hit at Big Burns Supper Festival Hub earlier this year and is a popular entertainer around the Dumfries music scene.
His repertoire has something for everyone and you're sure to be singing along! Welcome to Dumfries Market Festival Bob!
PRICE | FREE TIME | 1.30PM - 2.30PM
Volunteers are needed on Market Festival days as well as in the weeks in between, so whether you can only spare a few hours once a month or a few hours once a week, we’d love to hear from you! Being a volunteer is a great way to meet new people who live in your area, put names to faces you see in the street and generally have a lot of fun. Everyone has a skill to share so we’d love to hear from you no matter what you do.