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What is Howff Tales

As part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 Howff Tales are taking storytelling back to its natural home, the Howff or Pub. For centuries pubs have been the centre of communities where people come together and the traditional place where epic tales are told often aided by a pint or two. Tales of bravery, tales of ghosts, tales of local mystery, tales of adventure or just tall tales, all taken from local legend and history.


Howff Tales has commissioned new works from local performers will adopt a character to tell their tale, act out the drunk at the end of the bar telling of the time when they saw the mysterious beast whilst fishing in one of the forest rivers of Galloway, or to sit in the big armchair by the fire and tell of the Tall Airman of Bladnoch who walks the airfield to this day, or to flamboyantly rest upon the fire mantle and regale the punters with tales of love unrequited in the 1750s that led to murder, revenge and a desperate attempt to escape the shire gaol before the hangman came.


Performers will be either solo or duo, with no backdrop, scenery or special lighting or staging so that performances can be accommodated in a wide variety of venues. Bringing a new form of entertainment to communities across the South West Of Scotland.

Venues, Dates and more information

Howff Tales is Free, No Ticket Required

There will be 24 events across Dumfries and Gallery, more dates are being added. Here's a the venues confirmed so far.

For updates, snippets and teasers follow our Facebook Page: @HowffTales

Wanlockhead Inn Howff Tales

Saturday 8th October at 7pm - The Wanlockhead Inn

Location: Gardendyke, Wanlockhead, ML12 6UZ

Tel: 0165974535


Riverside Tap Dumfries Howw Tales

Sunday 9th October at 6:30pm - Riverside Tap, Dumfries

Location: 5-11 Friars Vennel, Town Centre, Dumfries DG1 2RQ


Cum-Ye-Inn Dalbeatie Howff Tales

Wednesday 12th October at 7:30pm - Cum Ye Inn, Dalbeattie

Location: 94 High Street, Dalbeattie DG5 4HB

Tel: 01556 288020

Borgue Hotel Howff Tales

Friday 14th October at 7:30pm - Borgue Hotel, Borgue

Location: Main Street, Borgue, DG6 4SH

Tel: 01557 870636

George Inn Moniave Howff Tales

Tuesday 18th October at 7:30pm - George Inn, Moniaive

Location: High St, Moniaive, DG3 4HN

Tel: 01848 200017


Tam O'Shanter Pub Dumfries Howff Tales

Friday 21st October at 7:30pm - Tam O' Shanter, Dumfries

Location: 113-117 Queensberry Street, Dumfries DG1 1BH

Tel: 01387 267880

Laurie Arms Haugh of Urr

Wednesday 9th November at 7pm - Laurie Arms, Haugh of Urr

Location: 11-13 Main St, Haugh Of Urr DG7 3YA

Tel: 01556 660246


The Garret Hotel Kirkcudbright

Thursday 17th November at TBD - Garret Hotel, Kirkcudbright

Location: 116 High Street, Kirkcudbright DG64JQ

Tel: 01557 332040


The Star Hotel and Bar Twynholm

Friday 27th November at 7:30pm - Star Hotel Community Bar, Twynholm.

Location: 18 Main Street, Twynholm DG6 4NT

Tel: 07843896644

Harbour Inn Garlieston

Wednesday 30th November at 7:00pm - The Harbour Inn, Garlieston

Location: 18 South Cresent, Garlieston, DG8 8BQ
Tel: 01988 600685


Ship Inn Dumfries Howff Tales

Friday 2nd December at 7:30pm - The Ship, Dumfries

Location: 97-99 Saint Michael Street, Dumfries DG1 2PY

Tel: 01387 255189

Ship Inn Drummore Howff Tal

Saturday 3rd December at 7:30pm - The Ship, Drummore

Location: 5 Shore Street, Drummore DG9 9PU

Tel: 07596 476252


Sunday 4th December at 7:30pm - The Clachan Inn, Dalry.

Location: 8-10 Main Street St John's Town of Dalry Castle Douglas DG7 3UW


Tel: 01644 430 241

Borderlands Brewery Langholm

Friday 16th December at 7:30pm - Tap Room, Langholm.

Location: 116 High Street, Langholm DG13 0DH

Tel: 07843896644

Old Stables Inn Beattock

Sunday 18th December at 7:00pm - The Old Stables Inn at Beattock

Location: The Old Stables Main Street, Beattock DG10 9QX

Tel: 01683 300134


Black Horse Inn Newton Stewart

Tuesday 20th December at 7:30pm - Black Horse Newton Stewart.

Location: 66 Queen Street, Newton Stewart DG8 6JL

Tel: 01671403302


Friday 13th January at 7:00pm - The Steamboat Inn, Carsethorn

Location: Carsethorn Sea Front, Dumfries DG2 8DS

Tel: 01387 880631


Thursday 19th January at 7:00pm - The Custom House at Stranraer

Location: North Strand Street, Stranraer DG9 7RB

Tel: 01776 889727


Sunday 22nd January at 7:00pm - Corner House Hotel in Annan

Location: High Street, Annan, DG12 6DL

Tel: 01461 202 754


Wednesday 25th January at 7:00pm - The Troqueer Arms, Dumfries

Location: 152 Troqueer Rd, Dumfries DG2 7DF

Tel: 01387 254518


Sunday 29th January at 3:00pm - Flying Pig Community Pub, Dunscore

Location: Main Street, Dunscore, DG2 0TB

Tel: 01387 820787


Sunday 29th January at 7:00pm - The Galloway Arms, Crocketford

Location: Stranraer Road (A75), Crocketford

Tel: 01556 690 248

Howff Tales is delivered by Driftwood Cinema C.I.C. Bringing community Cinema and Entertainments to rural and underserved communities across the South West of Scotland.

For more information go to: DRIFTWOODCINEMA.ORG

This event has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players.

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