Frequently Asked Questions
All the answers in one place.
We hope we are able to answer your questions here. If you would like to know more please look at the Kirkcudbright web site.
Where is the Festival held
The Festival is staged in a number of venues in the picturesque harbour and artists' town of Kirkcudbright in South West Scotland.
When is the Festival held?
The Festival takes place over a Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June of each year. The dates for this year are from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th June inclusive, starting at 8pm on the Thursday and finishing at or around midnight on the Sunday.
How do we get to Kirkcudbright?
If you are coming by car from Ayrshire follow the A713 south signposted Castle Douglas - approaching Castle Douglas follow signs for Stranraer, then Kirkcudbright. If travelling from Stranraer, follow the A75 for approximately 40 miles then turn right onto road signposted Kirkcudbright.
From Stranraer follow the A75 for approximately 40 miles and take the first right turn signed Kirkcudbright.
From anywhere else, head for Dumfries then take the A75 west signposted Stranraer for some 22 miles then follow the A711 signposted Kirkcudbright.
Can we get to Kirkcudbright by public transport?
Yes. If coming by train you alight at Dumfries and then take a bus from the station for Castle Douglas - you may have to change there for Kirkcudbright.
There are buses from Carlisle, Edinburgh and Glasgow to Dumfries. Change at Whitesands, Dumfries for Castle Douglas/Kirkcudbright.
You can travel from Northern Ireland to Stranraer by ferry then by bus heading for Dumfries. Change at Gatehouse of Fleet for Kirkcudbright.
Are there ample car parking facilities in the town?
Yes, there is a large car park in the centre of the town close to all the venues and acres of on-street parking too! All parking is FREE.
Can you arrange accommodation for us?
Look at the Accommodation page - see main menu.
You can get help from the Kirkcudbright Tourist Information Office by telephoning 01557 330494
If you are absolutely stuck, please phone 01557 330467 and ask for Leon.
When will the Festival programme be available?
The programme, price £1.50 should be available from early April. If you wish a copy posted to you send your request together with £2.50 to cover the cost plus postage to Kirkcudright Jazz Festival, c/o 90 St Mary Street, KIRKCUDBRIGHT, DG6 4EJ. Don't forget to include your name and address!
What tickets are available for the Festival?
Weekend Ticket (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) £40 until 31 March 2012 then £45
Day tickets : Friday £16, Saturday £20, Sunday £14.
Evening tickets: Thursday £9, Friday £11, Saturday £11, Sunday £9
Single event tickets £6 payable at the door.
How do we get tickets and programmes for the Festival?
These are available by mail from Leon McCaig, 90 St Mary Street, KIRKCUDBRIGHT, DG6 4EJ. Solway Books in the Harbour Square will also sell tickets and programmes from April onwards.
Cheques to cover the cost should be made payable to KIRKCUDBRIGHT JAZZ FESTIVAL.
Programmes will be available from a number of shops in the town - look for the poster in the window.
Tickets and programmes can also be bought via this website. Click here to go to our Tickets page.
How many bands are appearing at the Festival?
For 2012, there will be 15 bands performing in Festival venues with up to 5 groups appearing in local restaurants.
How many venues are used?
In 2012, five venues will be used. In addition, four restaurants are hosting jazz with dining. Wheelchairs can access all venues except for dining at Kirkpatrick's Restaurant.
Will there be dancing space in the various venues?
This should be available but audience numbers in any venue may be such as to limit or even deny space for dancing.
What kind of music will be played?
Festival attendees will hear a variety of vintage sounds, from classic ragtime and traditional New Orleans, Chicago, San Francisco and Dixieland Jazz, to swing.