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Dumfries Tower of Light

A Midwinter Celebration

December 19, 2021 @ 5:00 pm 7:30 pm

Join us at the Dumfries Museum for the spectacular Tower Of Light, a gentle midwinter celebration for all the family to enjoy. The iconic Windmill Tower will be illuminated by 1,000 candles for one night only and you’re invited to come along, make a wish and shine a light in the darkness of midwinter.

The Tower of Light will illuminate the Windmill Tower at 5pm on Sunday 19th December, running until 7.30pm. Audiences are invited to visit the site throughout the day to observe the installation and come back as darkness falls to see the full effect of the installation.

The Museum will be open during the day with special activities for families to enjoy, including traditional puppet shows and a drop-in crafting workshop with artist and maker Helen Walsh.

Visitors to the Midwinter Tower of Light are encouraged to add to the installation by reflecting on the year past and leave their own ‘message of hope’, to mark a significant moment in this year. As we step out of the dark and into a New Year and what looks to be a new beginning, it is hoped that the Tower of Light will be a way to connect the community and bring hope to those who visit, despite the difficulties faced by many over the past two years.

Festive Activity on the Day

Festive Victorian Robins: A Crafty Workshop with artist Helen Walsh

Artist Helen Walsh will be in residence at the Museum throughout the day on Sunday 19th December, hosting a special creative workshop to make your own felt Robins, suitable for hanging on a tree at home or decorating your windows.

This workshop will be free and offered on a drop in basis, so pop in during Museum opening hours, 12-5pm.

Puppet Performances with Clydebuilt Puppets

Clydebuilt Puppets will be hosting a series of pop-up performances in the main space of the Museum. Performances will last ten minutes, so time your museum visit to join the audience!

Performance times:

12.30pm & 3.30pm THE FORGOTTEN TREASURE – What really is Treasure?  Is it a flower?  Is it a Jewel? Or is it contentment!. A man finds a blue flower, then treasure and ‘forgets what the real treasure is’!

The Forgotten Tresure

1.30pm RED RIDING HOOD – The Wolf’s Story. The Wolf is very hungry and wants one of the delicious cakes
Red Riding Hood has in her basket.

Red Riding Hood

2.30pm The UNGRATEFUL CROCODILE – A traveller rescues a Crocodile… and then needs rescued himself.

The Ungrateful Crocodile

Cairn Chorus

The Cairn Chorus will be joining us for a short performance at around about 5pm.

About the Cairn Chorus

Cairn Chorus is a community performance choir based in Moniaive, Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway. Founded in 2007 the intention was to encourage the joy of singing as an inclusive community activity.

The choir is now 14 years old and our current musical director, Kate Howard, leads us through fantastic international repertoires and constantly presents us with ambitious new challenges.   

Choir members hail from all corners of Dumfries and Galloway and learn the songs by ear and/or sheet music. We strive to perform without the use of files as we believe that by learning the material we can engage more effectively with the audience and thus give a more lively performance.

Tasty Festive Treats

Catering from The Jaggy Thistle

The Jaggy Thistle Bistro will be hosting a pop-up in the Museum, with a warming selection of hot drinks, mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas biscuits as part of our Tower of Light evening, available on site from 4pm onwards.

Live Stream

The event will be live streamed on The Stove’s social media channels – thanks to Derry and the Battlestations Team, so if you can’t make it in person you’ll be able to watch the unveiling of the work from the comfort of your home.

Additional Information

Visiting Dumfries Tower of Light

The visual artwork is fully accessible and covid-safe guidelines will be in place, which we will ask all visitors to adhere to. No booking is required, but stewards will be on hand to help maintain safe visiting throughout.

There will be a one way system in place to allow safe visiting of the illumination which involves entry to the museum grounds from the corner of Church and Primrose Streets and access via the garden steps to the level of the Windmill Tower. An accessible alternative route is available for visitors with limited mobility, and stewards will be on hand at all times to guide visitors.

Car Parking and Access

There are 8 disabled parking spaces inside the main gate of the museum (at the corner of Rotchell Road and Church Street) and an alternative access route for visitors with limited mobility and wheelchair users.

All other visitors arriving by car are kindly asked to park either on the Whitesands or Mill Road car parks and take a short walk up the hill to the museum.

Further Information and Contact Details

Midwinter Tower of Light is produced by The Stove Network in partnership with Dumfries Museum and Dumfries and Galloway Council.

For press information please contact Kevin@thestove.org
For other information please contact Katie@thestove.org

Rotchell Rd,
Dumfries, DG2 7SW