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July

SCOOTAYR 2014
Ayr Raceourse, Whitletts Road, Ayr

HONEST MEN SCOOTER CLUB PRESENTS SCOOTAYR 2014

Custom Show with live music, dealer stalls, bar amd restaurant.

FRIDAY: The Tripps, Soldier On, The Redstarts.

SATURDAY: The Third Class Tickets, The Beat Movement, Big Fat Panda, Berry Tweed & The Chasers.

Entry £15

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Fri 25th - Sun 27th July 2014  

STEAM DAYS AYRSHIRE
Dunaskin Heritage Centre, Dalmellington Road, Waterside, Patna, Ayrshire, KA6 7JF

STEAM DAYS AYRSHIRE

Steam hauled brake van rides over 1/3 mile*, cafe with light refreshments, shop, museum & live steam G-gauge model railway.

Please note: *steam locomotive subject to availability. Operated by the Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group.

For further information, please contact the A.R.P.G. Information line 01292 269260.

01292 269260 www.arpg.org.uk
Sunday 27th July 2014 11am - 4pm

CULZEAN SUMMER FAIR
Culzean Castle & Country Park, Maybole

Come to  Culzean for a family fun day with local producers and great entertainment.

Take home your very own piece of Ayrshire. The Culzean Summer Fair aims to promote everything from the local area.

Enjoy a fun filled day with entertainment for all the family. In the Events Field

Ticket price is included in admission cost.

0844 493 2148 www.nts.org.uk
Sun 27th July 2014 10.30am – 4pm

LOVE PARKS WEEK - GEOCACHING TEDDY BEARS PICNIC
Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock

LOVE PARKS WEEK - GEOCACHING TEDDY BEARS PICNIC

The 7th annual Mega Event is coming to Scotland as part of Homecoming 2014.

As part of this diverse programme, there will be a family fun geocaching Teddy bears Picnic around the country park.

01563 554734 www.eastayrshireleisure.com
Thursday 31st July 2014  

August

NIGHT HUNTERS
Culzean Castle & Country Park, Maybole

NIGHT HUNTERS

Come and discover the Nocturnal sights and sounds of Culzean Country Park,

See the park in a different light on this late night walk with rangers. Find out what comes out and about at night and learn more about our nocturnal residents.

Adult :£3.00. Child :£2.00. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Children must be accompanied..

0844 493 2148 www.nts.org.uk
Friday 1st August 2014 10.30pm - 12am

BAT WALK
Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock

BAT WALK

 

Bat by 'pipular' demand...another chance to learn about these mysterious nocturnal creatures that explore the Dean after dark.

01563 554734 www.eastayrshireleisure.com
Sat 2nd August 2014 9pm - 11pm

SMUGGLERS DAY
Culzean Castle & Country Park, Maybole

There will be a historical re-enactment in front of the castle. Come and join the fun. Hear some smugglers tales from Culzean's past. Find out about the tricks of the trade that were used by some of Scotland's most notorious smugglers.

Presentations in front of the Castle at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

Ticket price is included in admission cost.

0844 493 2148 www.nts.org.uk
Saturday 2nd August 2014 12pm – 3pm

STEAM DAYS AYRSHIRE
Dunaskin Heritage Centre, Dalmellington Road, Waterside, Patna, Ayrshire, KA6 7JF

STEAM DAYS AYRSHIRE

Steam hauled brake van rides over 1/3 mile*, cafe with light refreshments, shop, museum & live steam G-gauge model railway.

Please note: *steam locomotive subject to availability. Operated by the Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group.

For further information, please contact the A.R.P.G. Information line 01292 269260.

01292 269260 www.arpg.org.uk
Sunday 3rd August 2014 11am - 4pm

JAM AT THE DAM
Dam Park, Ayr

jam at the damJAM AT THE DAM

This is the 6th year of Jam At The Dam. Food stalls, beer tent, funfair, face painting and live music all day featuring; Madnish. Southbound. The Penetrations. Talk Of The Town. Electric Warrior. The Marauders. Blackberry Jack. The Ifoundation. Skyline. The Shires.

With compere Somerset Boab. All proceeds to Cash For Kids.

Tickets only £10 under 14's free with one full paying adult.

Tickets available from Ticketweb on 08444 771 000 or at The Market Inn, Ayr. Body Art, Lorne Arcade, Ayr. The Full Works, Irvine. RGM Music, Kilmarnock.

  www.whatsonayrshire.com/jamatthedam
Sunday 3rd August 2014 12noon - 10pm

COMMONWEALTH COMMUNITY BBQ
Monkton and North Prestwick Church, 10 Monkton Road, Prestwick

COMMONWEALTH COMMUNITY BBQ

You are invited to a community celebration at the end of the Commonwealth Ga

There will be a BBQ with light refreshments and the opportunity to join together to watch the closing ceremony on a large screen

Free Event

(Opp Bryson 's Garage)

01292 678810 www.mpnchurch.org.uk
Sunday 3rd August 2014 6.45pm

SCOTTISH INDUSTRIAL RAILWAY 40th ANNIVERSARY GALA WEEKEND
Dunaskin Heritage Centre, Dalmellington Road, Waterside, Patna, Ayrshire, KA6 7JF

SCOTTISH INDUSTRIAL RAILWAY 40th ANNIVERSARY GALA WEEKEND

The weekend of August 3rd and 4th is planned to be a special event weekend, with several additional attractions including farm machinery, a working miniature steam locomotive and a performance by Dunaskin Doon Band, all on the Sunday.

The Monday will be a day for young people to enjoy, with a bouncy castle, face painting and other fun activities. One very special moment will be the steaming, for the first time in many years, of the Group's Barclay 0-4-0 fireless locomotive, built in Kilmarnock, number 1952 of 1928, after an overhaul which has lasted seven years. When it is completed, this will be the only working example of a fireless locomotive in the United Kingdom. With luck, it will be ready to take part in our gala weekend in August!

For further information, please contact the A.R.P.G. Information line 01292 269260.

01292 269260 www.arpg.org.uk
Sunday 3rd & Mon 4th August 2014  

DUNDONALD HIGHLAND GAMES
Dundonald Castle

DUNDONALD HIGHLAND GAMES

25th Anniversary Event. Dundonald Highland Games is one of Ayrshire's premier cultural events.

It is unique in capturing traditional Scottish heritage and strong community spirit within the picturesque setting of Royal Dundonald Castle. Admission to the event is completely free and offers a whole range of entertainment and activities including a traditional highland games with pipe band contest, drum majors, solo piping, highland dancing, battle re-enactment, heavy events, side stalls, massed pipe bands display and street parades.

  www.dundonald-games.org.uk
Sat 9th August 2014 12noon

STEAM DAYS AYRSHIRE
Dunaskin Heritage Centre, Dalmellington Road, Waterside, Patna, Ayrshire, KA6 7JF

STEAM DAYS AYRSHIRE

Steam hauled brake van rides over 1/3 mile*, cafe with light refreshments, shop, museum & live steam G-gauge model railway.

Please note: *steam locomotive subject to availability. Operated by the Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group.

For further information, please contact the A.R.P.G. Information line 01292 269260.

01292 269260 www.arpg.org.uk
Sunday 10th August 2014 11am - 4pm

TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC
Culzean Castle & Country Park, Maybole

Pack a picnic, your favourite teddy bear and come along to Culzean for a fun filled afternoon.

There will be Fancy Dress and Best Dressed Bear competitions. Bear hunts, Ted Tours and Tales, Sand Art, Face Painting and lots more! Fun for all the family if your can Bear the excitement.

Ticket price is included in admission cost.

0844 493 2148 www.nts.org.uk
Sunday 10th August 2014 11.30am – 3.30pm

RAMBLING ROSIES SATURDAY STORIES
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway, Ayr

RAMBLING ROSIES SATURDAY STORIES

Storyteller Rosie Mapplebeck will lead you on a magical trip around Robert Burns' Alloway.

Meet at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

Free with admission

0844 493 2601 www.burnsmuseum.org.uk
Sat 16th August 2014 1pm & 3pm

STEAM DAYS AYRSHIRE
Dunaskin Heritage Centre, Dalmellington Road, Waterside, Patna, Ayrshire, KA6 7JF

STEAM DAYS AYRSHIRE

Steam hauled brake van rides over 1/3 mile*, cafe with light refreshments, shop, museum & live steam G-gauge model railway.

Please note: *steam locomotive subject to availability. Operated by the Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group.

For further information, please contact the A.R.P.G. Information line 01292 269260.

01292 269260 www.arpg.org.uk
Sunday 17th August 2014 11am - 4pm

PIRATES' DAY
Culzean Castle & Country Park, Maybole

Ahoy me hearties. Join us at Culzean for a swashbuckling piratical day of fun and entertainment.

Come in costume as there will be a best dressed pirate competition for both children and adults!

Follow the Treasure Trail, meet world famous pirates, join a pirate crew and hear some pirate tales and learn how pirates fought on the high seas.

The event will take place in the Fountain Court.

Ticket price is included in admission cost.

0844 493 2148 www.nts.org.uk
Sunday 17th August 2014 11am – 4pm 

BALLANTRAE SMUGGLERS FESTIVAL
Ballantrae Village

BALLANTRAE SMUGGLERS FESTIVAL

This 6 day festival for the whole family and will celebrate's Ballantrae's role in the history of smuggling in South West Scotland.

This year's festival will be bigger and better. It will involve "Smuggler Scarecrows" and a "Smugglers' Trail"; a creative writing competition about smuggling for children and adults; re-enactments of Ballantrae's Smuggling History; a Village Fayre; music, poetry, smuggling stories; fine wine and great Ayrshire food!

It will also include an event entitled "Ancestral Footprints". In the run up to the Festival we will identify the descendants of local smugglers and Excisemen and help bring their ancestors stories to life using information from the archives. The descendants will be invited to attend the Festival to hear their ancestor's story being told and they will receive a personal souvenir of their involvement in the event.

  www.ballantrae.org.uk/smugglers
Mon 18th - Sat 23rd August 2014  

AYR FLOWER SHOW
Rozelle Park, Ayr

AYR FLOWER SHOW

Set in Rozelle Park, with its feature trees, ponds, and woodland walks near to Burns' Birthplace in Alloway, today's Ayr Flower Show is much more than an opportunity for gardening enthusiasts to admire bonny begonias and dazzling delphinia, or to purchase plants and related gardening items.

For it is now a three-day family festival in which food and fun complement flowers and fruit in a heady mixture that has become increasingly attractive to a much wider market.

Already viewed as a major "Family Day Out" event, there is an even greater incentive this year for families to visit the Show as ALL accompanied youngsters aged under 16 years are being admitted totally FREE. To avoid queuing, on-line ticket purchase is being encouraged and Car Parking at the Show remains FREE of CHARGE!

For more details and tickets visit the website

  www.ayrflowershow.com
Fri 22nd - Sun 24th August 2014 11am - 4pm

DALMELLINGTON WALKING WEEKEND
Dalmellington, Loch Doon, Galloway Hills

DALMELLINGTON WALKING WEEKEND

Get your boots on and enjoy a wide range of walks and outdoor activities in and around Dalmellington, Loch Doon and the Galloway Hills.

There are walks to suit all abilities including visits to Ness Glen ,Craigengillan, Camlarg, Dalcairney Falls and a night visit to the Dark Sky Obsevatory. East Ayrshire Countryside Rangers will lead family friendly outdoor activities and the 10th anniversary of the Rhinns o Kells Challenge will take place on Saturday 23rd August.

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Fri 22nd – Sun 24th August 2014  

CUMNOCK HIGHLAND TATTOO
Broomfield Park, Cumnock

CUMNOCK HIGHLAND TATTOO

On the eve of Cumock's 9th annual Highland Games, head to Broomfield Park for an evening of music, demonstration and fireworks.

This will be the first Cumnock Tattoo in a number of years, with music from Scotland's premier tribal band, Clann an Drumma, plus Pipe Bands. The Cheshire Dog Display Team will be performing for the first time under floodlights, and there will be demonstrations from the Queens Own Yeomanry plus Scottish Country Dancing, rounded off with a fireworks finale.

Tickets: £5pp (pay at the gate) More details visit the website

  www.cumnockhighlandgames.org
Sat 23rd August 2014 7pm

LARGS FLOWER SHOW
Dunn Memorial Hall, St John's Church, Bath Street, Largs

LARGS FLOWER SHOW

Together with a full range of flower show classes: pot plants, cut flowers, vegetables, floral art, baking, hobbies & crafts, junior, schools and Viking Festival Competition.

There will be a tea-room with homebaking, Home-made soup and bread served at lunch-time, raffle, tombola, plant stall and Viking Festival stall.

Entry to show by donation. Tearoom charged separately.

For more information see our website.

  www.largshorticultural.org.uk
Sat 23rd August 2014 9.30am - 4.30pm

LUNCHTIME TOUR WITH TOMMY
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway, Ayr

LUNCHTIME TOUR WITH TOMMY

RBBM guide Tommy Burns leads a one-hour guided tour of the Site. Meet at the Museum

Free with admission.

0844 493 2601 www.burnsmuseum.org.uk
Sun 24th August 2014 1.30pm

STEAM DAYS AYRSHIRE
Dunaskin Heritage Centre, Dalmellington Road, Waterside, Patna, Ayrshire, KA6 7JF

STEAM DAYS AYRSHIRE

Steam hauled brake van rides over 1/3 mile*, cafe with light refreshments, shop, museum & live steam G-gauge model railway.

Please note: *steam locomotive subject to availability. Operated by the Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group.

For further information, please contact the A.R.P.G. Information line 01292 269260.

01292 269260 www.arpg.org.uk
Sunday 24th August 2014 11am - 4pm

CUMNOCK HIGHLAND GAMES
Broomfield Park, Cumnock

CUMNOCK HIGHLAND GAMES

Join caber-tossing Heavies, Highland Dancers from around the world and an array of Pipe Bands at Cumnock's 9th annual Highland Games

. One of the biggest events of its kind in the area, the Games is a great family day out with funfair, stalls, tug o' war, food and folk music.

Plus for 2014, see the amazing agility and courage of special guests the Cheshire Dog Display Team, and meet members of the Queens Own Yeomanry. It all starts with the Pipe Band parade which leaves the town's Square at 12.30pm marching to Broomfield for this year's Chieftain to declare the Games open.

Tickets: £5pp (pay at the gate)

  www.cumnockhighlandgames.org
Sunday 24th August 2014 1pm

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  

September

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

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
Saturday 25th 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!