44 The High Street,
Gatehouse of Fleet,
Dumfries & Galloway,
Scotland DG7 2HP

P: 01557 814175
M: 07891 803027

The Bakehouse

A Happy Christmas from the Bakehouse

You know Christmas wouldn’t be the same  without The Bakehouse Knitivity. This Christmas we are offering two free tickets
for any Bakehouse Event for the best caption! Deadline January 5th to give you time to sober up.

Our next event will be Burns Night on January 26th. Haggis, toddies and The Amazing Gerry Cambridge who  will be entertaining us with his poems and his harmonica followed by A Big Burns Tupperware Bowl of Fate brimming with talent and surprises.

Have a fantastic Christmas. The Bakehouse Team looks forward to seeing lots of you in 2013.

Hamlet Huge Success

Nearly one thousand people, including over two hundred students from six Dumfries and Galloway schools, attended three riveting performances of Hamlet given by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre at The Crichton, Dumfries on Wednesday and Thursday last week.
“It was amazing,” said Chrys Salt, Artistic Director of The Bakehouse, the arts organisation responsible for bringing the Globe to Dumfries. “Despite the threatening weather, the crowds came with their picnics and raincoats and had a very special time.”

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New Successes for Bakehouse

"The Bakehouse is an exciting place to be," says Bakehouse Artistic Director, Chrys Salt, "despite all the cuts and chaos in the arts at the moment."

The ongoing success of Bakehouse readings and workshops has led to another coup for the venue as Book Trust Scotland has supported its planned Winter series of events and readings, “Telling Stories".

The Bakehouse has secured another five funded placements to bring in readers from across Scotland, and as ever The Bakehouse plans to support both national and local figures.

"This is excellent news," says John Hudson who devised the series with his colleagues. "We are building real momentum with these themed series and offering quality events on a monthly basis. It's what people deserve and need despite these somewhat austere times.

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The Bakehouse - Background

The Bakehouse is a performance space dedicated to poetry and the spoken word. It aims to promote interest and skills related to writing in Dumfries and Galloway through

  • events that give local writers an opportunity to hear high quality work;
  • opportunities to read their own work;
  • workshops that provide an opportunity to share new work and obtain feedback from group leaders and other writers.

The Bakehouse is accommodated in a double-fronted Georgian house in Gatehouse of Fleet, a conservation town in the Fleet Valley, south west Scotland. The town did not exist before 1760. The 'gait house' - a roadhouse near the river crossing – was the only building but by 1793 it was a thriving Mill Town with 160 houses and 1150 inhabitants. At this time The Bakehouse was built on the High Street as a bakery, shop and home.

About a hundred years later in the 1870s a big bakery and oven was built on the back. The building continued to be used as the town bakery until the 1970s. The oven front, which was installed by James Cruikshank Ltd., oven builders of Edinburgh, is still there as is the original eighteenth century fireplace in the lobby.

Chrys Salt and Richard Macfarlane bought the Bakehouse at 42/44 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet in 2001 since when they have developed the old shop into a Studio for exhibitions and workshops, and the nineteenth century Bakehouse itself into a performance space for larger events including book launches, poetry readings and small scale theatre. The Bakehouse can accommodate audiences of up to 50.

The Bakehouse is currently registering as a Company Ltd, by Guarantee without share capital (i.e. no profit distribution) with a membership of individuals committed to the arts, and a voluntary management committee. The constitution includes the following aims:

To advance the education of the public in all aspects of the arts and crafts and to facilitate the advancement of skills therein, and to further benefit the community through the relief of poverty and the development of local economies by supporting the development of business and social skills and opportunities through the arts and crafts.

The Team

Artistic Director: Chrys Salt

Financial Director: Richard Macfarlane

Website: Ken Smyth


Space, both on the page and on the stage;
The Bakehouse, dedicated to the literary arts live; Markings, a bi-annual publication presenting the best in contemporary writing and together a dynamic arena of creativity.

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