You can Strip the Willow with a toe-tapping willow weaver at the Spring Fling Ceilidh on Saturday 29 May in Castle Douglas. Ceilidh band Two Left Feet’s fiddler, Trevor Leat, is one of a hundred or so artists and makers across Dumfries and Galloway who will be opening up their studios to the public over the May bank holiday (29-31 May).
In the old schoolhouse in the little coastal village of Auchencairn you can see where Leat creates his giant sculptures, baskets, coffins and furniture from the organic willow he has grown. However, when he bolts the door on Saturday night he will be picking up his fiddle and heading over to Castle Douglas to get the party started.
This year the Spring Fling Ceilidh is being held in association with Castle Douglas Food Town Day. From 11am until 3pm there will be all sorts of foodie activities and tastings in town, culminating in the evening with the ceilidh and hog roast (vegetarian alternative also available) in the Town Hall at 7pm. So whether you’re a dab hand with a dashing white sergeant - or have two left feet - join the band and artists and makers for an evening of music and mayhem.
And if you want to make sure you’ve got enough energy left for dancing, leave the car behind and enjoy Spring Fling the greener way by joining one of the small group bus tours. Hop on at 10am at one of three locations - Castle Douglas on 29 May, Newton Stewart on 30 May or Dumfries on 31 May - and hop off again at the same location at around 5pm having visited five or more Spring Fling studios en route.