Big DoG
A children’s book festival for Dumfries


where everybody has a tale

Named after Nana, the big dog who looks after the children in Peter Pan, Big DoG is an exciting new family festival for Dumfries. Take a lead from some of the nation’s best children’s writers who are hosting a long weekend of barking fun and ruff magic. It’s the event where everybody has a tale.

 

There are more than 20 events to choose from for children aged 0-13 and their families.  Some events are free but still ticketed due to limited numbers.  You can view the whole programme here. Family day tickets are available for £35, offering families of up to 5 people (including up to 2 adults) the opportunity to see as many events on a single day as they can squeeze in!  You'll find more information and booking details here.  

 

Ticket booking information

Online here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

By telephone on 01988 403222

In person at 11 North Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HN

The box office for telephone and in person sales is open: 10am - 4pm Monday - Saturday; and 12noon - 4pm Sunday

 

With thanks to:

Our funders: The Robertson Trust, Creative Scotland, WM Mann Foundation; and Dumfries & Galloway Council
Our sponsors: GRAHAM Construction; The People's Project; Specsavers, Dumfries; University of Glasgow, Dumfries Campus; Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre; Theatre Royal; The Usual Place; and Upland.
Our media partner: Dumfries & Galloway! What's Going On?

 

Big DoG also has a Fringe Programme, coordinated by Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust.  Tickets for Fringe events arenot available from our website.  You'll find full details below.

 

Sunday 2 April

Jabuti Theatre

Moonbeam on a Cat’s Ear

Theatre Royal, Studio Theatre

2.30pm | £5 | 3-5/Family

Based on the book by author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, this visual journey tells a simple yet compelling story about two children, a cat and a mouse, and their adventures with the moon. Using puppetry, physical theatre, toy theatre and video, it brings the world of dreams and imagination to life with an original musical score.
Tickets available from the Midsteeple Box Office 01387 253 383 or online here.

 

Moffat Children’s and Community Choir

St George’s Church, George Street, Dumfries

7.30pm | £5

Beautiful ‘A Cappella Harmony from Around the World’ directed by Kate Durran, followed by a performance of Flanders and Horowitz’s witty and exuberant cantata Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo, with pianist Peter Cowdrey.

Tickets available at the door or from Moffat Children’s and Community Choir members.

 

Thursday 6 April

Stories in the Park

The park opposite Ewart Library

10am – 11.30am | Free & Unticketed | Under 5

Come and join us as we explore three stories in the park. Crawl through tunnels, have a shot on the swings and play with a ball like Spot and his friends in ‘Spot Goes to the Park’. Make your own ‘Shark in the Park’ telescope and see if you can spot any sharks lurking in the park; And take part in a treasure hunt like the one Percy made for his animal friends in ‘Percy the Park Keeper: The Treasure Hunt’.

 

Friday 7 April

FILM A Monster Calls

Robert Burns Centre

5.30pm | £4.60/£7 | 12A

Magic and melancholy combine in this visually stunning story, based on Patrick Ness' bestselling book. Conor has a lot to deal with - his beloved mother is terminally ill, he’s bullied at school and his grandmother is bossy and domineering. But Conor unexpectedly summons a most unlikely ally when a giant ancient yew tree appears at his bedroom window. 108 min. Also Saturday.  Tickets are available on 01387 264808 or online here.

 

Saturday 8 April

PPMBT Youth Forum

JM Barrie – Inspired Tours of Theatre Royal

12noon, 2pm, 3pm | Free | Family

Travel back in time and let JM Barrie take you through the theatre that inspired his love of the stage - and led him to write his most famous of plays, Peter Pan.  Arrive 15 minutes before the start of the event.  Also Sunday.  Reserve your tickets for free here.

 

FILM A Monster Calls

Robert Burns Centre

1.30pm | £4.60/£7 | 12A

Magic and melancholy combine in this visually stunning story, based on Patrick Ness' bestselling book. Conor has a lot to deal with - his beloved mother is terminally ill, he’s bullied at school and his grandmother is bossy and domineering. But Conor unexpectedly summons a most unlikely ally when a giant ancient yew tree appears at his bedroom window. 108 min. Also Friday.   Tickets are available on 01387 264808 or online here.

 

PPMBT Youth Forum

Arts & Crafts Drop In Event

Theatre Royal

1pm – 4pm | Free | Family

Join Peter Pan Moat Brae’s Youth Forum and local artists in making fun, Peter Pan themed decorations and badges to take home.  Reserve your free tickets here.

 

PPMBT Youth Forum

The Scribbling Zone

Dumfries Town Centre

10am – 4pm | free | all ages

Stop by to scribble and stencil with a local artist who will inspire and guide you in some fringe festival fun – get creative in Dumfries.

 

Sunday 9 April

PPMBT Youth Forum

JM Barrie – Inspired Tours of Theatre Royal

12noon, 2pm, 3pm | free | Family

Travel back in time and let JM Barrie take you through the theatre that inspired his love of the stage - and led him to write his most famous of plays, Peter Pan.  Arrive 15 minutes before the start of the event.  Also Saturday.  Reserve your tickets for free here.