Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival

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Scottish Highland Dancing Competitions

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Welcome to Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival's first ever official Scottish Highland dancing competition which takes place on Saturday 7th July 2018 from 10:30am - 4:30pm at Minnigaff Park, Minnigaff, Newton Stewart.

Supporting Scotland's Year of Young People

The Primary, Beginners and Novice sections begin at 10:30am with the Intermediate and Premier sections starting at 1:30pm.

There will be 11 different dances, across all sections, accompanied by live traditional Scottish bagpipes from acclaimed Scottish piper Andrew McCowan and all under the watchful eye of Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD) judges.

It's a terrific opportunity for dancers from Dumfries & Galloway to compete at a home competition, demonstrating and celebrating the wonderful local talent that we have and we would like to wish them all well as they compete against some of the best in the UK.

Dancers will compete on stage in the dance marquee which will be open on three sides to allow easy spectating whilst providing cover should the weather not be kind to us!

As well as the dance marquee, pipes and dancers there will be catering available on site along with stalls and bouncy castles to keep everyone entertained.

Register Online


You can register and pay online by selecting the section/s you require from the list below.


Register Offline

If you prefer pen/paper then simply click the link/icon below to open/print a registration form (PDF format). You will need to complete a seperate form for each dancer you're registering.

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Stall Holders


We have 14 steel framed covered market stalls available this year at £25.00 per stall or if you have your own gazebo/unit just £20.00 per pitch, which are available to crafters / local produce / traders. You'll be sited directly opposite the highland dancing marquee and stage area giving you a full view of the dancers and pipers with easy access for spectators to browse your stall, products and services.

Please call 01671 404924 or e-mail festival@tradmusic.com to book your place today.

10 spaces remaining (7th June)

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Getting Here



Minnigaff Park is located just north of the B7079 New Galloway Road which runs from the A712 and A75, to the West, over the Creebridge to meet the A714 which runs directly, north/south, through Newton Stewart.

If you're travelling from the West, take a right turn off the A75 onto the A712 and then an immediate left onto the B7079 towards Minnigaff & Newton Stewart. Take the second right off the B7079 into McGregor Drive and then an immediate left into Bruce Place. Continue along Bruce Place and around onto Kirroughtree Avenue. Minnigaff Park is on your left.

If you're travelling from the South, through Newton Stewart on the A714, take a right, or a left if you're travelling from the North, directly over the Cree bridge, which becomes the B7079. Take, what is effectively, the 4th left once you've crossed the Cree bridge into Bruce Place.

Access & Parking


Vehicle access to the park will be via a clockwise one-way system around Bruce Place, Kirroughtree Avenue and McGregor Drive in Minnigaff. This will be in place to reduce traffic congestion and will be in operation from 9am - 5:30pm on the day.

The event will be well signposted and there is plenty of parking at the site and within a short walking distance should that reach capacity.

5th Anniversary Year Celebrations!

2018 sees the 5th anniversary of Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival and we're pulling out all the stops to deliver another outstanding event in Wigtownshire. This year sees us host officially registered Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as ever, some of the biggest names in traditional music who will be performing over the 3 days. We have the bubbly on ice and can't wait to see you all again in Galloway. The tunes last year were just mighty!

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