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If your organisation would like help with a project or a grant towards a project please contact us with your request for funding. All applications will be considered by the Charities management trustees. Contact details are at the bottom of our home page.

Download application form here     CDDF Grant Application Form. [582836]

Castle Douglas has many activity and hobby groups that engage with this thriving market town’s community. The community centre in the town positioned on Cotton Street is home to many clubs and activity groups for young and old. There are a number of Initiatives in the town that focus their time and effort on helping raise funds for the towns events programme and also care for the aged and less fortunate. There are a number of annual events that take place in the town for visitors and the local community. These events are organised by a number of these volunteer groups of which the Castle Douglas Development Forum is one. Please see our directory for more details of the Community and activity groups in the town.

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Annual Events

Spring Fling is the best visual art and craft open studio event in the whole of the UK and takes place over the Spring Bank holiday weekend. Almost 100 of the region’s artists and makers open their studios to the public – and the weekend attracts some 10,000 visitors from all over the world. Several studios in Castle Douglas are open and many more can be found in towns and villages only a short drive away. The brochure, which is always a beautiful production in itself, shows the location of all artists and craft people taking part.

Food Town Day is held in June and designed to attract people to come and discover all that’s great about local food producers and sellers. There is always a fantastic buzz about the place on Food Town Day, as thousands of people flock to the town. King Street, the town’s main street, closes to traffic to allow traders to set up their food stalls with everything from artisan breads, cakes, pies, fish and meat including locally produced venison, beef and lamb.

To assuage the hunger pangs brought on by seeing so much variety of foodstuffs there is often a hog roast organised by one of the local butchers and the chance to sample lots of free tasty nibbles. Lots of foodie attractions including cooking demonstrations make this a great day out for food lovers of all ages. Other attractions include children’s rides.

Civic Week: is a week-long run of events and entertainment in the last week in July. One of the main, and most colourful, features of the week is the Charter Ceremony, a symbolic reminder of Sir William Douglas and his presentation of the first charter. Sashes are given to the year’s chosen Douglas Lad and Lass, representing the town’s young people.

Activities vary from year to year but include sporting fixtures, fishing competition, pet show, fancy dress competition, a hidden article competition in the town’s shop windows, treasure hunts and much more. The week culminates in the Douglas Day parade of decorated floats and walkers in fancy dress. The fun continues with pipe bands, dancers, children’s activities, musical entertainment and beer tent at Lochside Park. The grand finale is a stunning firework display over the loch.

Civic Week has a Facebook page on which you can keep up to date with what is happening:

The Stewartry Agricultural Show, known locally as the ‘coo show’ provides a fantastic day out for all the family in August. Apart from at the weekly market, the Stewartry show best demonstrates the rich diversity and quality of livestock in the area. Not only does the show provide an opportunity see some of the best livestock in the region being judged by experts in their field, the showground is packed with trade stands, locally produced foodstuffs, craft stalls including a very high standard of sticks and shepherds’ crooks, floral displays and all kinds of entertainment and activities. There are very popular horse events, a dog show, not to mention a beer tent.

The show is held at the Stewartry Rugby Club ground at Greenlaw. There is plenty of free parking. A free bus shuttle service runs every hour from the Market Hill.

Christmas is a special time in Castle Douglas. Christmas lights along the main street give the town a festive appearance. The day of the switch-on is also late night shopping giving people the chance to make a head start on their gift buying. Carol singing, bands and Santa, his sleigh pulled by reindeer, all help to make it a special event.

The local Rotary Club has a standing arrangement with Santa to come and visit the town on several occasions in the run up to the big day.



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