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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 2019 Festival venues.

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Our main venues are: the County Buildings; the Festival Marquee, with main entrance on North Main Street opposite the box office; The Print Room, just round the corner from the box office on New Road; and the McNeillie Tent, which is located in the garden behind The Old Bank Bookshop. Our young adult venue aimed at 13-25s is The Other Tent located outside the County Buildings. Most children’s events take place at Wigtown Primary School on New Road and Wigtown Parish Church Hall on Lochancroft Lane. All the above venues are within five minutes’ walk of one another.


Town centre parking is limited. Extra parking is within close walking distance and disabled parking is provided during the festival. It is shown on the map. Please follow the signs to the Old Showfield (Southfield Park) when you enter Wigtown.


  1. Festival Marquee
  2. The Print Room
  3. Children’s Festival (including The Hall, The Treehouse & The Yurt) 
  4. The Bookshop
  5. The Old Bank Bookshop
  6. Well-Read Books 
  7. County Buildings (including Main Hall, Festival Café, Library, Nature Room, Kaos Café & Prayer Room) 
  8. The Kist
  9. The Other Tent
  10. McNeillie Tent
  11. The Map House (former Bank of Scotland) 
  12. Sacred Heart Church
  13. Craigard Gallery 
  14. The Old Manse
  15. Baptist Church
  16. Wigtown Market
  17. Number 11 (including Box Office)
  18. Craft
  19. Church Hall
  20. Book End Studio
  21. Curly Tale Books
  22. Byre Books
  23. Festival Bookshop
  24. Shoots & Leaves
  25. Beltie Books & Café
  26. ReadingLasses Café & Bookshop
  27. The Open Book
  28. Faodail
  29. The Wigtown Emporium
  30. At the Sign of the Dragon
  31. The Green Room
  32. Cobwebs
  33. Café Rendezvous
  34. Galloway Bar
  35. Bladnoch Inn
  36. The Pop Up Bar


Wigtown's neighbour, the village of Bladnoch, is just outside the town - 1.2 miles from the Festival Box Office and central Wigtown.


Bladnoch Inn
Bladnoch Distillery

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 Distillery 1.3 miles (DG8 9AB)
  • RSPB Crook of Baldoon Reserve 3.5 miles (DG8 9AF) 
  • Home Farm Garlieston 8.6 miles (DG8 8HF) 
  • The Swallow Theatre 8.9 miles (DG8 8DR) 
  • Whithorn Visitor Centre 10.8 miles (DG8 8NS) 
  • St Ninian’s Priory Church 10.9 miles (DG8 8PY) 
  • Old Place of Mochrum 11.2 miles (DG8 9RS) 
  • St Ninian’s Cave 13.8 miles (DG8 8JU) 
  • Five Kingdoms Brewery 14.6 miles (DG8 8LL) 
  • High Airyolland New Luce 26.6 miles (DG8 0AV) 
  • Logan Botanic Gardens 31.7 miles (DG9 9ND) 
  • Slongaber Farm Glenkiln 51.4 miles (DG2 9UD)