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Festival Venues

The main Festival takes over the centre of Wigtown every autumn, with events also being held in neighbouring Bladnoch and the wider local area.

See below for our 2022 Festival venues.


Main Venues

  • Wigtown County Buildings, located in Wigtown Square, contained the Main Hall, Festival Café, Festival Bookshop, Library and Visitor Centre
  • The Festival Marquee, which this year will be located on the school ground on New Road
  • The Print Room, just round the corner from the box office on New Road
  • The McNeillie Tent, which is located in the garden behind The Old Bank Bookshop in Wigtown Square, 7 South Main Street
  • The Louis McGuffie VC Memorial Gardens (also known as the Gardens) will be open as a gathering place and picnic ground with a Big Screen broadcasting select events.

    All of the above venues are within five minutes’ walk of one another.
    Please note that only assistance dogs are permitted into Wigtown Book Festival venues and on Wigtown Book Festival walks.


Town centre parking is limited. Extra parking is within close walking distance and disabled parking is provided during the festival (visit our access page to find out more. Please follow the signs to the Old Showfield (Southfield Park) when you enter Wigtown.

Other Venues

  • The Burrow, located outside the County Buildings.
  • The Kist, located outside the County Buildings.
  • The Old Bank Bookshop, located on the corner of Wigtown Square, at 7 South Main Street
  • Sacred Heart Church, entrance located in Wigtown Square, 6 Chapel Court
  • Wigtown Parish Church, Bank Street
  • The Yurt, located in the Gardens*
  • New Chapter Books, located in Wigtown square, 25 South Main Street
  • Deception Island Hut, located in the Gardens

*If you are a wheelchair user, please let us know if you book an event at the Yurt so that we can ensure appropriate seating.

Venues outside Wigtown

Maps showing directions to events at venues outside town (listed below) are available from the box office. Most are around 15-30 minutes’ drive from Wigtown. Please contact the box office if you need help with transport. Car share is encouraged. 

  • Bladnoch Inn 1.3 miles (DG8 9AB)
  • RSPB Crook of Baldoon Reserve 3.5 miles (DG8 9AF) 
  • The Swallow Theatre 8.9 miles (DG8 8DR) 
  • St Ninian’s Priory Church 10.9 miles (DG8 8PY)