Fun at The Fair - Highlights 2023

A round-up of events from a thrilling weekend of country sports and family fun at Galloway Country Fair and Defender Jam.

Drone Image of Galloway Country Fair Show Ground

A Jam-Packed Weekend

The weekend of August 12th-13th saw thousands of visitors flock to Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate for the annual celebration of Galloway Country Fair.


Despite dodging rain showers on Saturday, enthusiastic crowds turned up with wellies and umbrellas for a day of entertainment, shopping and family-fun.

The Buccleuch and Queensberry Caledonia Pipe Band got the event to a great start with an uplifting performance in the Main Ring. Throughout the day, visitors shopped till they dropped in the bustling Craft & Food Tent. Some visitors turned their hand to Clay Pigeon Shooting and were entertained by dancing farm animals in The Sheep Show.

As the evening drew in, Karen Dunbar entertained visitors and camping guests to a live DJ set from the back of Defender Jam‘s own ‘Compact Disco Defender‘. Live music from local band, By Proxy saw out the night.


As Sunday commenced, the clouds started to clear and the sun began to shine. More visitors entered the show grounds for a day of cheering on The Lamb National, learning new culinary skills from the Demo Kitchen and entering their four-legged-friends in The Dog Show.

As the Fair came to a close on Sunday evening, visitors left entertained and traders craved a well earned rest after a busy weekend.

Keep reading for a round up of Highlights from the weekend.

Lamb Nation - Sheep racing, adults jumping hurdles

Main Ring Entertainment

Visitors were amused all day long as various acts entertained and stunned the crowds surrounding the Lloyd Main Ring. A family favourite included The Lamb National seeing the likes of Mint Sauce and Ed Shearing race the kids (and adults) around the ring. Equine Acrobats, Riders of the Storm, left spectators in awe as they witnessed the acrobats perform gymnastic maneuvers and tricks whilst on horse-back.

The Ring also put on engaging demonstrations such as a Casting Demo and Lee Hartis Dog Training. Flyin Ryan closed the show both days with an explosive finish as the motorcyclists performed thrilling two-wheeled stunts.

Little Girl having fun on toy tractor

Fun For The Family

The joyous faces of young and old could be seen across the whole Fair as a variety of shows and activities left many with beaming grins.

Kids were especially lucky to enjoy lots of free activities across the weekend, from Bouncy Castles to Inflatable Assault Courses.

Many traders and entertainers also offered fun for the whole family. This included the chance to Pan for Gold and Carriage Rides pulled by Blackstone Clydesdale Horses.

2 girls and a an walking with 4 dogs, holding rosettes

Dog Lovers Dream

Galloway Country Fair was the place to be for all dog lovers. The whole weekend offered exciting dog friendly fun, with many traders specific to canine needs in attendance and there were even opportunities to test your own dogs abilities.

Over both days visitors could enter their four-legged chums into the Scurry Competition, testing their pets inner Gun Dog abilities. Additionally, Galloway Gundog Association ran the Spaniel and Retriever Tests throughout the weekend.

Sunday saw the return of the highly-populated Dog Show, allowing visitors to enter their beloved pets into several competitions to claim their canine companion as the Top Dog.

4x4 splashing through puddle whilst driving off road

4x4 Frenzy

Off-road fanatics were treated to plenty of car fun as Defender Jam returned to Galloway Country Fair, alongside the Lloyd 4×4 Experience.

Defender Jam invited Land Rover owners and admirers to attend their social family meet, providing a chance to chat all things Defenders, buy and sell parts, and even go Green Laning across the Estate.

Lloyd 4×4 Experience were also on site to give visitors a chance at driving their off-road pick up trucks, splashing and cruising over the technical terrain.

2 people and their dog watching the Demo Kitchen

Food, Drink & Crafts Galore

Who doesn’t love hand-made crafts, tasty treats and divine drinks? Galloway Country Fair had it all, from our Craft Marquee selling unique art and accessories, to yummy food carts with mouth-watering bites to eat.

Galloway Demo Kitchen also held demonstration sessions, ran by Station House Cookery School and featuring several traders selling in the Food & Drinks Marquee. Those who enjoyed the demos were treated to special taste tests and helpful cooking advice- even the dogs appeared to enjoy it!

Thank you

The whole weekend was a huge success and highly enjoyed by those in attendance. A big shoutout also goes to our incredible Sponsors.

Thank you to all the traders and entertainers who provided plenty to see and do across the weekend.

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