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August

TIDELINES BOOK FESTIVAL
Various North Ayrshire

tidelines book festival north ayrshireTIDELINES BOOK FESTIVAL

Tidelines is an independent book festival for the people of North Ayrshire and beyond.

The aim is to bring people to books and books to people. Catering for all age groups and many different interests, including fiction and non-fiction.

For more details and the full programme visit www. tidelinesbookfest.com

  www. tidelinesbookfest.com
Fri 29th August – Sun 7th September 2014 Various

DIGITAL KITCHEN'S FAMILY FUN DAY
Mosshill Industrial Estate just past Ayr hospital

digital kitchens family fun dayDIGITIAL KITCHEN'S FAMILY FUN DAY

Making the kids smile will be a host of favourite characters. Fireman Sam will be on patrol, along with Woody, Elmo, Doc McStuffins and everyone's favourite plumber Mario. Gotham's dark knight Batman will be on hand swooping in alongside the amazing Spiderman.

There will be face painting inside the big red tartan bus, bouncy castle fun, and the opportunity to get up close with stunning birds of prey at the Owl Magic display. If you think your footwork is fancy enough, you can try to beat the goalie with Ayr United's Youth Academy.

Foodies are in for a treat too. Not only will the Cook School Scotland be putting on a fine free spread of delights, they'll be sharing some top tips at their live cook show.

And don't miss boss Craig take on the ice bucket challenge along with West FM fan favourites at 2pm on the day.

Best of all- everything's free! The gang are only asking for a donation to top charity Cash for Kids.

  www.digitalkitchens.co.uk
Sat 30th August 2014 11am - 4pm

LARGS VIKING FESTIVAL
Largs Promenade

LARGS VIKING FESTIVAL

Come and see how the Vikings lived in an authentic 13th Century village - talk to them about their way of life; learn about how they made their clothes, weapons, jewellery and food. Ask the Vikings about their religion, beliefs, homes, crafts, ships, their homeland and why they left it.

This year the re-enactment group Swords of Dalriada will be in the Viking Village with Viking traders from Germany, Sweden and Ireland. The entry fee of £5 for Adults and £2 for Children/Concessions (over 60s and students) gives admission throughout the day of purchase. Under 5s free.

A Scottish Food and Craft Fayre will also open every day from 10 am to 6pm. Come and enjoy a shopping experience with a difference. Owl Magic will be with us every day and on both weekends there will be on stage entertainment, street performers on the Promenade and an aerobatic or parachute display.

A fun fair will also be present on the Promenade throughout the Festival.

  www.largsvikingfestival.com
Sat 30th August – Sun 7th September 2014  

OLD FIRM LEGENDS GAME
Dam Park Stadium, Ayr

OLD FIRM LEGENDS GAME

Celtic v Rangers Old Firm Legends game. Including Andy Goram, Frank McAvennie, Frank McGarvey, John McDonald etc...      

Admission  £6 Conc £3(pay at the gate)

3pm Kick off, Gates open 1.45pm

07543 133696  
Sun 31st August 2014 2pm

September

SEPTEMBAYR
Various, Ayr

scottish air showSEPTEMBAYR

Septembayr is a mixed media festival, a month of entertainment involving popular and classical music, drama, children’s performances, street events and comedy. 

A programme of events, I believe, where there is something to suit everyone. It’s a Festival created as a visitor attraction and for the people of Ayr and the surrounding towns and villages to enjoy.  A Festival to showcase new performers as well as popular returning bands and performers.  We invite at least one well recognised artist to headline our programme and this year we have Donnie Munro who has enjoyed considerable success as a solo artist and writer.

As always, we start off on the first day of September and our popular Street Day will be on Saturday 6th September. For more details visit the website.

  www.septembayr.com
Throughout September 2014 Various

KILMARNOCK'S GLOBAL MARKET
King Street, Kilmarnock

global market kilmarnockKILMARNOCK'S GLOBAL MARKET

Kilmarnocks’ Global Market is due to return for its FINAL VISIT of 2014.

Kilmarnock is THE place to be as Ayrshire’s only Global market transforms the town centre into a world-wide market place. The Cross will be the setting for the spectacular floral and plant display and all the favourite food stalls will return including the traditional German Schwenkgrill, the exotic meats from around the world, Spanish Paella, Caribbean street food and loads more.

Back again will be the artisan French baker where everything will be baked from scratch on the stall. Apart from the mouth watering food there will also be traditional crafts from countries as far apart as Finland and Peru!

Featuring over 50 traders from around the world, the Global shopping extravaganza has become one of the most popular events in Ayrshire.

01563 503014  
Thur 4th - Sun 7th September 2014 9am - 6pm (Sun 10am - 4pm)

SCOTTISH AIRSHOW
Low Green, Ayr

scottish air showSCOTTISH AIRSHOW

Scottish Airshow has been revived after a 22 year gap and hope you will enjoy the 2014 format and the many exciting things we will bring to Ayrshire.

On Saturday there will be a show site on the Low Green where you will be able to enjoy a day of entertainment and fun. With events in the show ring during the day, funfare, aeroplane simulators where you can practice to be like our amazing Airshow pilots and many other great family attractions.

During the afternoon there will be a fabulous flying display which will start with a truly unique formation. The Battle of Britain Memorial flight will bring their Hurricane and Spitfire World War 2 fighters and the Lancaster bomber. For the first time ever they will be joined by the only other Lancaster still flying. The Canadian Lancaster comes across the Atlantic Ocean for a summer tour of Europe and we are delighted that we have persuaded them to come to Ayr on Saturday 6th September.

The FREE Airshow will continue with currently another 8 flying acts. If you want to see skill and daring then The Blades aerobatic team will thrill you. All the pilots are ex Red Arrows display pilots and their close formations are very very close !!

This is a day out not to be missed, for more information visit the website.

  www.scottishairshow.com  
Sat 6th September 2014 10am - 7pm

SILVER JUBILEE DOORS OPEN DAY AYRSHIRE
Various venues throughout Ayrshire

doors open daySILVER JUBILEE DOORS OPEN DAY AYRSHIRE

Doors Open Day in Ayrshire is organised by volunteers from the Kyle & Carrick Civic Society, with help from other voluntary groups.

Established in 1967, the Society campaigns to protect and improve the environment. It has a particular interest in the conservation of historic buildings, protection of open space, the improvement of public transport and the encouragement of continued residential use of town centres. Membership is open to all who support these aims.

Celebrate this Silver Jubilee Doors Open Day Ayrshire proramme by visiting some of the 79 participating venues, 10 in Ayr; 10 new to the programme. Leaflets with details of which properties are open and when are available from Tourist Information Centres and libraries throughout Ayrshire.  

  www.doorsopendays.org.uk
Sat 6th & Sun 7th September 2014 Various

SCOTTISH AIRSHOW
Glasgow Prestwick Airport

scottish airshowSCOTTISH AIRSHOW

A full day of entertainment at Glasgow Prestwick Airport with a large static aircraft display plus lots of other attractions.

 

For more details visit the website

  www.scottishairshow.com  
Sun 7th September 2014 From 10am

AUCHINLECK HOUSE OPEN DAY
Auchinleck House, Ochiltree, Ayrshire

AUCHINLECK HOUSE OPEN DAY

The Landmark Trust will be opening Auchinleck House to the public.

Built between 1755 and 1760 by Alexander Boswell, 8th Laird of Auchinleck and the father of James Boswell, the celebrated diarist and biographer of Samuel Johnson, Auchinleck House is a fine example of an eighteenth-century Scottish country villa.

Admission is free and leaflets are provided detailing the building's history. Should you need any further information please contact Booking Enquiries on 01628 825925. The Booking Office is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

01628 825925 www.landmarktrust.org.uk
Sun 7th September 2014 10am - 4pm

DUNLOP COMMUNITY FUN RUN
Dunlop, East Ayrshire

dunlop fun runDUNLOP COMMUNITY FUN RUN

Dunlop Fun Run with a choice of 10k, 5k and 2k races, and the chance to indulge in some fancy dress, there is something to suit everyone.

Competitive and club runners should relish the varied 10k route, with hill challenges for endurance and flat straights for pace, whilst the less competitive runners/walkers/joggers can simply enjoy the picturesque surroundings. The 2k run may be fiercely contested by some young Liz Mcolgans and Mo Farahs, but is also an opportunity for children to run, walk and giggle with dad, granny or friends.

This race is open to all abilities and is wheelchair accessible. Why not take the dog for a walk, push the baby in the pram, or put your toddler on your shoulders and head out to enjoy the great outdoors. There will be an array of prizes, all kids will receive a medal and all competitors, a cake! Registration in Dunlop Village Hall. Toilet and changing facilities are available. Races to start within the village and heading out into the beautiful surrounding East Ayrshire countryside.  Registration can be done in advance online, or at 1pm on the day.

Prices to compete in the 10k, 5k and 2k respectively are £12, £7 and £2, (£10, £5 and £2 for S.A.A. members). 5’s and under run for free. We hope to see you there. 

 07917573441   www.rundunlop.wordpress.com
Sun 14th September 2014 10am - 4pm

October

GLOW NEON 3K FUN RUN
DAM Park, Ayr

GLOW NEON 3K FUN RUN

Run or dance under UV lights with glow neon paint to our live DJs at venues across the UK including Dam Park, Stadium, Ayr!

Glow is inspired by the colourful full moon parties held in Thailand and start after sun down from 7pm. The glowing participants can run, walk or dance the 3km distance around the track whilst being sprayed along the way with luminous, glowing paint!

A huge sound system and DJs create that party feeling to motivate our participants, don't forget to bring your glow sticks too.

Ticket costs £10 registration

0845 345 0054 www.rnib.org.uk/glow
Friday 24th October 2014 7pm

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Ayrshire boasts some fantastic festivals and outdoor events, from Burns an A That in May, Ayr Flower Show and Marymass Festival in August, and Septembayr Ayr's Own Festival the list is endless.

There are also travelling events such as the funfair and the circus.

Not to mention the many Ayrshire Gala days and Highland games. Fingers crossed for some good weather this year!