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August

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.

07780603364  
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

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

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

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

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

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!