We asked all our lovely volunteers to give us their top tips of what to see, where to eat and how to make the most of your festival experience!

 

Anne Dunford

The Event I'm most looking forward to is...

Richard Holloway or James Robertson, I can't decide which! 

The number of years I have been involved with Wigtown Festival is...

13

My top tip for Wigtown is... 

ReadingLasses has the best coffee (also good place to browse books), The Old Bank Book Shop is also excellent for browsing. Top View- Bay View Bistro & garden centre. 

Anything Else?

Just enjoy the 'buzz' for the whole ten days and everything about it!

 

Janis Edgar

The event I'm most looking forward to is...

Several! Maybe Mark Beaumont in particular.

The number of years I've been involved with Wigtown Festival is... 

First year!

What I do at the festival...

Box office and on the door at events.

My top tip for Wigtown is...

Bring back the wine bar from last year!

 

Kriss Nichol

The event I'm most looking forward to...

The Author Surgeries and Marjorie Lotfi Gill Workshop

Number of years I've been involved at the festival...

Seven

What I do at Wigtown Book Festival...

Stewarding, picking up/taking back speakers and authors, box office.

My top tip for Wigtown...

Exciting and interesting 10 days of the festival. The rest of the year there is always something to do!

Anything else?

The folk are very friendly and always helpful. 

 

Isabelle and Jim Caughey

The event I'm most looking forward to...

James Robertson, 'To Be Continued...', Hardeep Singh

Number of years I've been involved with Wigtown Festival is...

3

What I do at Wigtown Book Festival...

Venue Host, Ticket Taker, Envelope Stuffer, Drive Speakers

My top tip for Wigtown is...

Visit the Yurt at Glaisnock Cafe. Relax on a sofa at ReadingLasses. 

Anything else?

Don't be shy! Smile and chat to strangers! Wigtowners love it!

 

Joy Drysdale

The event I'm most looking forward to...

Ardwall Island Adventure with Jason Lewis

Number of years I've been involved with Wigtown Festival is... 

One

What I do at Wigtown Book Festival...

Take tickets at the door (stewarding)

My top tip for Wigtown...

Best garden centre, Glaisnock Cafe, Charity shop, Curly Tales Book Shop

Anything else?

Lovely local walks. 

 

Rose Telford

The event I'm most looking forward to is...

Sylvia Patterson. I interviewed her and she fast became my idol, she's very cool.

Number of years I've been involved with Wigtown Festival is...

First year!

What I do at Wigtown Book Festival is...

Marketing Intern

My top tip for Wigtown is...

I've only been here for 10 days but Craft do incredible burgers. 

Anything else?

The folk of Wigtown are so friendly and have made me feel very welcome! The area is excellent for a scenic walk too.

 

Anne & Vivian 

The event I'm most looking forward to is...

Susan Calman hopefully! 

The number of years I've been involed with Wigtown Festival is...

15 years

What I do at Wigtown Book Festival is...

Ticket collecting, booking office

My top tip for Wigtown is...

Community shop, all of the book shops and Cafe Rendezvous 

Anything else?

Enjoy meeting the visitors and making them welcome to the town. 

 

Patience Atkinson

The event I'm most looking forward to is...

The Jacobites

Number of years I've been involved with Wigtown Festival is...

This year will be my thirteenth

What I do at Wigtown Book Festival...

Mostly stewarding

My top tip for Wigtown is...

ReadingLasses for great food- wonderful atmosphere and welcoming staff.

 

Anonymous

The event I'm most looking forward to is...

Tam Cowan & Stuart Cosgrove, Julien Baginni

Number of years I've been involved with Wigtown Festival is... 

Fourteen

What I do at Wigtown Book Festival...

Ticketing and stewarding

My top tip for Wigtown is... 

Viewing room County Buildings, Cafe Rendezvous for coffee, ReadingLasses- books and coffee

Anything else?

Visit the community shop, very friendly locals, free parking

 

Anonymous

The event I'm most looking forward to is...

A Sky Full of Birds. However, I find that when I go to events that I'm not looking forward to, they often turn out to be my favourite.

Number of years I've been involved with Wigtown Festival is... 

First year!

What I do at Wigtown Book Festival...

Ticket collecting, box office.

 

Anonymous

The event I'm most looking forward to is...

Tam Cowan and Stuart Cosgrove

The number of years I've been involved with Wigtown Festival is...

Twelve

What I do at Wigtown Book Festival...

Ticketing & Stewarding

My top tip for Wigtown is...

County Buildings Viewing Room, Not bad cups of coffee, Old Bank Bookshop

Anything else?

Friendly locals, view from Windy Hill Monument, Lovers Lane walk. 

 

Anonymous

The event I'm most looking forward to is...

Rory Stewart, Shakespeare in Scotland, Islands of the Mind, Julien Baggini

Number of years I've been involved with Wigtown Festival is... 

Three

What I do at Wigtown Book Festival...

Iron ALL the table cloths, driver, steward

My top tip for Wigtown is...

Best burgers in Craft, healthy food in Beltie's, lovely children's book shop, friendly local people. 

 

Anonymous

The event I'm most looking forward to is...

Stargazing

The number of years I've been involved with Wigtown Festival is...

Four

What I do at Wigtown Book Festival...

Steward, box office, drive.

My top tip for Wigtown...

It's the friendliest place!

 

Anonymous

The event I'm most looking forward to is...

Richard Holloway

Number of years I've been involved with Wigtown Festival is...

Four

What I do at Wigtown Book Festival...

Stewarding

My top tip for Wigtown is...

Glaisnock Fish & Chips