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Date changed for Keswick Mountain Festival

Keswick Mountain Festival in 2015. Credit: ITV Border

Next year the Keswick Mountain Festival will be held in June, rather than May.

The event, which draws mountaineers and adventurers from all around the world, will take place from 8 to 11 June 2017.

Organisers say they've chosen the new date because "there is a greater chance of it being warmer for camping, warmer for swimming and lighter for partying in the evenings".

They say the size of the campsite is also increasing, and there will be space for caravans next year.

Dumfries hosts Big Draw Festival

Children with their drawings from the 2015 event Credit: Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust

Children of all ages are being encouraged to take part in the Big Draw Festival which takes place in Dumfries today.

It's the third time the event is being held at Moat Brae House, where J.M Barrie drew inspiration from to pen his famous novel 'Peter Pan'.

The festival features a number of creative activities led by artist and young entrepreneur Rachael Speedie.

The theme for this year is Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

We hope lots of people will drop in to Moat Brae for this event where science and space meet stories and sketches. We’ll provide the glitter, glue, pens and paper, and ask you to use your imagination to add your own creations to our giant mobile in the starlight dome.

"We are hoping for some surprises as well as the usual planets, planes, birds, butterflies, kites, balloons, helicopters, rainbows, fairies, Peter Pans, rockets, space stations, galaxies and black-holes…”

– Rachael Speedie, Big Draw Festival

Entry to the event is free and it runs from 11am until 3pm.

The 2015 event proved popular with the youngsters Credit: Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust

Melrose Abbey in Top 10 Scottish man-made wonders

Melrose Abbey listed among the best man-made buildings in Scotland Credit: PA

Melrose Abbey has been named in the top 10 of Scotland's best man-made wonders.

A survey conducted by Visit Scotland put the 12th century building on the same list at the Forth Bridge, Edinburgh Castle and the Kelpies.

The Abbey is the final resting place of the heart of the medieval King Robert the Bruce.


Carlisle attempt pom-pom world record

Knitted pom poms. Credit: Eden Valley Hospice

Thousands of woollen pom poms and one world record!

Tonight, as part of Eden Valley Hospice’s 25th Anniversary this year, an attempt will be made to break a world record.

Staff and volunteers will collect thousands of woollen pom poms to try and break the current world record at the Lanes Shopping Centre in Carlisle.

world record for longest line of pom poms.

All year, the hospice has been encouraging people to make a pom pom and send it to them.

Calvin Harris returns to Dumfries as Best Man

Charli Wood and Ellie Cowan grab a quick picture with Harris Credit: Gina Wood

The world's highest earning DJ Calvin Harris has returned to his hometown of Dumfries for his duties as best man at his best friend's wedding.

Calvin Harris, real name Adam Wiles, arrived in Dumfries on Saturday morning before attending Mark Irving and Ellie Richmond's wedding.

The 32-year-old superstar was dressed in traditional red tartan clothes for the ceremony.

He was performing at his multi-million pound residency in Las Vegas just a few days ago, before flying back to the UK.

Harris and Irving have been best friends since the age of 16 and Harris treated the groom to a stag do to remember, by putting on a huge party for 40 guests at this year's T in The Park Festival.

Before the wedding on Saturday, locals managed to catch a quick glimpse of Harris before he took to his duties as part of the wedding party.

It's reported that Harris is staying in Dumfries for a second reception, rumoured to be taking place at one of the town's nightclubs on Sunday evening.

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