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Annan the History Town

Enlivening Annan's past to create a brighter future for the town...

Annan the History Town

Annan’s history came in waves  like our Solway tide, carrying Romans to settle on our river banks,  bringing  Vikings with their haaf net fishing which we still practise here  today’; attracting the Normans including   Robert the Bruce’s family who  built Annan Castle.  The fierce power of Annan River swept it away and centuries of turmoil ensued.  When cross-border hostilities ceased, exciseman Rabbie Burns patrolled this smuggler coast and wrote great poems in Annan.  Prosperity came in the 19th Century. Record-breaking tall ships were built in Annan and sailed the Atlantic from our harbour with cargoes of people and sandstone. This red sandstone ,which helped build New York,  still brightens our High Street and every building , courtyard and back wynd has a story to tell of great writers , radical churchmen. fine artists, military leaders and more!

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9 July
9 July

Summer festival launch

Starts at 11am with Tree Planting Ceremony followed by musical entertainment.

Quarter Cake, Butts Street Annan.

14 - 17 July
14 - 17 July

State Management Exhibition

For over fifty years Annan and district was unique in that all the hotels and pubs were owned by the British Government. Find out why and when it ended, when the pubs and hotels were sold and for how much. Exhibition open 11am to 4pm daily.


St Andrews Church Hall, Bank Street, Annan

23 & 24 July
23 & 24 July

Medieval Fayre at the Motte & Bailey, Everholm, Annan

Travel back to the 12th. Century as the Historia Normannis re-enactment group take camp at the Motte & Bailey, Everholm for the weekend. Witness the skills of that era including combat displays and

Living history craft displays.


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27 July
27 July

Beginning Scottish Family History

Would you like to know how to trace your Scottish family history? Join Emma Maxwell, genealogist at ScottishIndexes.com, for this FREE online event.

Following the presentation, Emma and her husband Graham will host a genealogy Q&A.

Register by clicking here

28-31 July
28-31 July

Historic Railways Exhibition

Memories of the railways from yesteryear in and around Annan. Do you remember the Newbie railway line or perhaps the Solway Viaduct evokes memories. Plus a chance to win a model railway set !

Exhibition open 11am to 4pm daily.

St Andrews Church Hall, Bank Street, Annan

6-7 August
6-7 August

Memories & Mysteries Exhibition

A history of town centre shops as well as local family history. Come along and tell us about your family history.

Exhibition open daily 11am to 4pm.

St Andrews Church Hall, Bank Street, Annan

13 August
13 August

Busk For All

Listen to a variety of musical entertainment in local pubs throughout the day, culminating in a finale event at The Corner House Hotel.

20 August
20 August

Family Fun Day

Entertainment for all the family. Free entry. 1pm to 4pm.

Newington Sports Field, Annan

17 September
17 September

Variety Showcase

We are showcasing local talent from Zelda Hill Academy of Music Gretna and Maureen Smith Dancing Academy. An evening to remember. Doors open 7pm, show starts 7.30pm. Tickets (adults) £5

Annan Academy

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 Photographs and/or video will be taken during the 2022 Summer Festival events.

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