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SPRING FLING OPEN STUDIOS EVENT MAY BANK HOLIDAY

CLASSIC CAR HIRE IS THE PERFECT WAY TO
DISCOVER ARTS AND CRAFTS IN DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY

For us, one of the signals that summer is on its way is Dumfries and Galloway’s Spring Fling.

Spring Fling is Scotland’s premier art and craft open studio event.  It takes place annually on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in late May.

Selected artists, makers and designers will have been working their butts off for months again this year.  And preparing for the influx of visitors from, not only Dumfries and Galloway, but all over the UK, and even abroad.  In fact, some visitors return year after year, which is no surprise as there is so much to see.

Being a classic car hire company, part of the treat is being able to tootle about in one of our classic cars, in no particular hurry – a great change from the rest of our lives!

The Routes:

Every year we follow part of one of the five different routes. These are centred around five of the main towns of Dumfries and Galloway.

  1. Wigtown
  2. Kirkcudbright
  3. Castle Douglas
  4. Dumfries
  5. Thornhill
  6. Lockerbie

This year for us, it will be the turn of Dumfries town itself. Here there are several galleries, each showing the works of various different artists – Solway House, Gracefields, and Otterburn.

The Artists:

Every art and design genre is represented including jewellery making, printmaking, photography, pottery and textiles. In fact, all artistic tastes are satisfied.

Talking about tastes, another part of the joy of Spring Fling is trying out the different tea houses, cafes and pubs along the way! In fact, several of the studios will offer you tea and cakes to help keep you keep your strength up!

Additionally, in the Spring Fling booklet, each artist has recommended their favourite local places to visit and eat etc.  That’s if you find you have time to do anything else!

These are just a few of our favourite studios we have visited over the years and is by no means a complete list!

Links:

For more information about Spring Fling 2018 go here However, if you can’t get to Spring Fling in May, there is still the Kirkcudbright Arts Trail in August (link and dates). This is a smaller event centering on the town of Kirkcudbright itself and is a wonderful way to while away a weekend in August.

Spend a day or weekend “Spring Flinging” in a classic car, winding your way around the beautiful countryside and coast, towns and villages of Dumfries and Galloway.

It doesn’t get much better than that.