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April

SPRING FESTIVAL
Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock

SPRING FESTIVAL

Spring is a time when everything is growing and bursting into life. Birds are singing, leaves are unfolding and mammals are beginning to wake from their winter sleep.

Come along to Dean Castle Country Park and join the Countryside Rangers in a range of fun walks, activities and workshops to celebrate this season where nature is at its most busy

01563 554734 www.eastayrshireleisure.com
Sunday 5th April 2015 1pm - 4pm

EASTER STEAM WEEKEND 

Scottish Industrial Railway Centre, Dunaskin, Dalmellington Road, Waterside. Patna

EASTER STEAM WEEKEND 

Experience the thrill of travelling in a brake van behind one of our working steam locomotives this Easter.

Enjoy a short trip along a section of the Dalmellington Iron Company's main line. View our extensive collection of locomotives and rolling stock. View our indoor museum, shop, cafe proving teas, coffee, soft drinks and snacks. Watch the steam model railway in action. Free Car Parking. All staff are unpaid.

Costs: Adult £5 / Child £3 / Family £13 / Under 3's are free .    

01292 269260

www.scottishindustrialrailwaycentre.org.uk 

Sunday 5th & Monday 6th April 2015 11am - 4.30pm

FAMILY NATURE ACTIVITIES
Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock

FAMILY NATURE ACTIVITIES

Family friendly nature based activity suitable for all ages. So whether you need your wellies and jacket or your sunscreen and hat, get down to the Country park for an afternoon of adventure and fun.

Cost: £2 per child, Adults free

01563 554734 www.eastayrshireleisure.com
Tuesday 7th April 2015 1.30pm - 3pm

WILD WEDNESDAYS
Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock

WILD WEDNESDAYS

Ears to the ground, eyes to the sky, who knows what we’ll find as we delve deeper into the wildlife of Dean Castle & Country park on our Wild Wednesdays.

Cost: £2 per child, age 8-12 yrs

01563 554734 www.eastayrshireleisure.com
Wednesday 8th April 2015 1.30pm - 3pm

EXPLORE CULZEAN'S CAVES

Culzean Castle Country Park, Maybole, Ayrshire

EXPLORE CULZEAN'S CAVES

Come along for a rare opportunity to enter the caves at Culzean which are normally closed to the public.

Meet at Visitor Centre. Adult £10 Child £5 (Children must be 8 years or over and accompanied by an adult) Places limited

To book call 01655 884400.

01655 884400 www.nts.org.uk
Saturday 11th April 2015 10am - 11.30am

RAMBLING ROSIE'S SATURDAY STORIES     

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway, Ayr

RAMBLING ROSIE'S SATURDAY STORIES

Join traditional storyteller Rosie Mapplebeck at Burns Cottage for a wealth of stories and folklore.

Learn about crafts, hidden skills and perhaps a few spells and secrets! Auld Kirk, Monument and Brig !

FREE (with admission)

  www.burnsmuseum.org.uk
Saturday 11th April 2015 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm

sunday funday runday
Eglinton Country Park, Irvine

SUNDAY FUNDAY RUNDAY

A 5k running event that has fun games along the route and optional obstacles that can be tackled.

A running event for everyone that encourages healthy lifestyle. All profits from the event go to the prince and princess of wales hospice.

Costs £5

  sundayfundayrunday.eventbrite.co.uk
Sunday 12th April 2015  

FAMILY NATURE ACTIVITIES
Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock

FAMILY NATURE ACTIVITIES

Family friendly nature based activity suitable for all ages. So whether you need your wellies and jacket or your sunscreen and hat, get down to the Country park for an afternoon of adventure and fun.

Cost: £2 per child, Adults free

01563 554734 www.eastayrshireleisure.com
Tuesday 14th April 2015 1.30pm - 3pm

WILD WEDNESDAYS
Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock

WILD WEDNESDAYS

Ears to the ground, eyes to the sky, who knows what we’ll find as we delve deeper into the wildlife of Dean Castle & Country park on our Wild Wednesdays.

Cost: £2 per child, age 8-12 yrs

01563 554734 www.eastayrshireleisure.com
Wednesday 15th April 2015 1.30pm - 3pm

WINTER SENIORS GOLF
Dalmilling Golf Course, Ayr

WINTER SENIORS GOLF

Fun competitions for lady and gentlemen golfers over the age of 50.

Cost: £3.

Tel: 01292 616150.

01292 616150 www.golfsouthayrshire.com
Monday 20th – Saturday 26th April 2015 1.30pm - 3pm

EXPLORE CULZEAN'S CAVES

Culzean Castle Country Park, Maybole, Ayrshire

EXPLORE CULZEAN'S CAVES

Come along for a rare opportunity to enter the caves at Culzean which are normally closed to the public.

Meet at Visitor Centre. Adult £10 Child £5 (Children must be 8 years or over and accompanied by an adult) Places limited

To book call 01655 884400.

01655 884400 www.nts.org.uk
Saturday 25th April 2015 10am - 11.30am

FOCUS ON WILDLIFE: WETLANDS
Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock

FOCUS ON WILDLIFE: WETLANDS

Over the last few years, we have been keeping track of our plants and animals and have written a plan to protect the wildlife and their homes. This plan will focus on 4 key habitats throughout the country park and we have organised special events to celebrate them in 2015.

Starting with our wetlands, we will watch Daubenton's bats as they skim over the ponds and rivers on our evening walk. This will be followed the next day with a series of activities to explore our wetland habitats.

01563 554734 www.eastayrshireleisure.com
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th April 2015 Sat: 9pm until late. Sun 1pm - 3pm

AYRSHIRE CANCER SUPPORT 6K FAMILY FUN RUN
Ayr Esplanade

AYRSHIRE CANCER SUPPORT 6K FAMILY FUN RUN

It's time to look out those trainers now and run for charity. You don't have to be super fit to take part, you can walk or run. This is a great family event not to be missed, the kids can even dress up in their favourite costumes. We listened to your feedback last year and we have changed the start time to 11am. Registration is open from 10am. Karen Murrie from GLOW Fitness will do the warm up before the race starts at 11.00am.

Entry costs £10 Adults (includes a free ACS t/shirt), 5-16 Years £6, Under 4's free. Family of £28 (2 adults + 2 children) There will be prizes on the day and all finishers get a fantastic commemorative medal.

Enter online at www.ayrshirecs.org/upcoming-events. Entry forms are also available from our Ayrshire Cancer Support Centre's at 22 Wellington Square, Ayr and 16 Portland Road, Kilmarnock, or contact us at 01563 538008 or admin@ayrshirecs.org

01563 538008 www.ayrshirecs.org
Sunday 26th April 2015 11am

CULZEAN FUN RUN

Culzean Castle Country Park, Maybole, Ayrshire

CULZEAN FUN RUN

Culzean Fun Run 10k. Start of run: 1pm. Family Fun Run 5k. Start of run: 2pm. Up to 300 entrants negotiate their way over possibly the most scenic 10k Fun Run course in Britain.

Or why not bring the family and join in the Family 5k Fun Run. Fancy dress optional. Closing date for entries – Friday 24 April

01655 884400 www.nts.org.uk
Sunday 26th April 2015 from 1pm

LUNCHTIME TOUR     

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway, Ayr

LUNCHTIME TOUR

RBBM guide Tommy Burns leads a 1-hour guided tour of the site.

Meet at the Museum. Auld Kirk, Monument and Brig. FREE (with admission)

  www.burnsmuseum.org.uk
Sunday 26th April 2015 1.30pm

May

MUD RUN MAYHEM

Scottish Assault Courses, Craufurdland Estate, Kilmarnock

MUD RUN MAYHEM

Challenge yourself to 5k of mayhem as you run, crawl, climb and slide your way round this muddy assault course, in aid of Hansel.

The course by scottish Assault Coursesm Craufurdland Estate, Fenwick was designed and tested by the military elite but with an emphasis on fun and several 'softer' options - participants can opt out of obstacles or reduce the length of their challenge depending on their fitness levels. You can take part on your own or why not gather a team together? Participants are advised to wear old clothes and bring a change of clothing and a towel.

Cost: £20 

01563 831426

bit.ly/HanselFRMudRun2015  

Saturday 2nd May 2015 10am Start time (Registration 9am)

BURNS AN' A THAT FESTIVAL 2015

Rozelle Park, Ayr

boswell book festivalBURNS FESTIVAL 2015

The Burns an’ a’ that! Festival is an annual tribute to Scotland’s internationally acclaimed poet Robert Burns taking place from Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd May 2015.

In 2015 the festival will celebrate its fourteenth anniversary with a special weekend in Rozelle Park, Ayr.

Join us for a unique programme of live music, visual and performance art, family entertainment, food and drink and much more in celebration of the bard!

Just announced Big Country to headline Burns an' a' that! Festival Sunday (FREE!).

For the full programme visit the website.

 

www.burnsfestival.com

Saturday 2nd & - Sunday 3rd May 2015 Various

TROON MOD RALLY 2015

South Beach Hotel, Troon & Troon Concert Hall

TROON MOD RALLY 2015

A 2 day event celebrating 1960's Mod culture held at the South Beach hotel and Troon Concert Hall.

Live bands in the afternoons are The Hamfat 4 and The Seventh Sons. Scooter ride out from Glasgow arriving early Saturday morning 2nd May at the South Beach Hotel.

£15 full weekend ticket. 

Sat evening 2nd May in Troon Concert Hall, all other events at the South Beach hotel 

07854867013

 

Saturday 2nd & - Sunday 3rd May 2015 Various

BOSWELL BOOK FESTIVAL 2015

Dumfries House, Ayrshire

boswell book festivalBOSWELL BOOK FESTIVAL 2015

The World’s only literary festival devoted to biography and memoir.

A brilliant day out with talks, workshops, house tours, café and bookshop.

Set in the grounds of the stunning Dumfries House.

For the full programme visit the website.

 

www.boswellbookfestival.co.uk

Friday 8th - Sunday 10th May 2015 Various

AYR COUNTY SHOW

Ayr Racecourse, Whitletts Road, Ayr

AYR COUNTY SHOW 2015

Ayr County Show At Ayr Racecourse is a fun day out with animals, entertainment, education, trade stands,food, crafts, vintage tractors, Tug O War & much much more.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

Dogs allowed at show as long kept on leash.

0845 2011 460

www.ayrcountyshow.co.uk

Saturday 9th May 2015 9am - 5pm

SCOTTISH WINDSURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015

Largs Sailing Club, Largs Yacht Haven, Irvine Road, Largs. KA308EZ

SCOTTISH WINDSURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015

The Scottish Sailing Institute hosts some of the best windsurfers in the country competing for the scottish title.

 

01475 670011

www.scottishsailinginstitute.com

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th May 2015  

KIRKMICHAEL GALA DAY

Kirkmichael playing field

KIRKMICHAEL GALA DAY

Kirkmichael Gala Day will be a fun filled family day out. Pipe band parade, over 20 stalls, huge inflatables, water walkers, pony rides, beat the goalie, beer and tea tents, sheep racing and more.

Parade starts at 11.30am

07748456618

 

Saturday 30th May 2015 11.30am

June

LOWLAND GATHERING & PIPEBAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015

Victory Park, Girvan, South Ayrshire,KA26 9DQ

lowland gathering 2015LOWLAND GATHERING & PIPEBAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015

Highland Games Competition. Highland Dance Competition. Amateur Athletics Competition. Girvan Athletics Club AnnualSaughill race. Funfair. Tombola's. Raffles. Craft Fairs / Stalls. Fairground Rides. Community Stalls. Owl Magic. Climbing Wall .

Fun day out for all the family.

 

girvanattractions.yolasite.com

Saturday 7th June 2015 10am

July

SCOOTAYR 2015

Ayr Racecourse, Whitletts Road, Ayr

SCCOTAYR 2015

ScootAyr is a scooter rally hosted by the Honest Men Scooter Club Ayr. Live bands & DJ's will be playing music ranging from 60's mod to ska, northern soul, punk, indie & more.

Ticket costs £15.00

07885931672  
Friday 31st July - Sun 2nd August 2015 From 12 noon

August

BALLANTRAE SMUGGLER'S FESTIVAL 2015

Ballantrae

BALLANTRAE SMUGGLER'S FESTIVAL 2015

Ballantrae celebrates its' colourful smuggling history with a week of events and activities for all ages. Go to YouTube and key in Ballantrae Smugglers Festival 2014 for a short video clip of the 2014 Smugglers Festival (our second) and go to our website www.ballantrae.org.uk/smugglers for a gallery of pictures from our 2013 and 2014 festivals.

Keep watching our website for updates as our 2015 festival programme develops.

01465 831122 www.ballantrae.org.uk/smugglers
Saturday 16th - Sunday 22nd August 2015 Various

September

SEPTEMBER WEEKEND/MILLPORT ILLUMINATIONS

Millport, Isle Of Cumbrae

SEPTEMBER WEEKEND/MILLPORT ILLUMINATIONS

Description of event Starting on Saturday and ending on Sunday this annual event traditionally marks the end of the Tourist season on The Isle of Cumbrae. A family weekend with lots of events including sandcastle competitions, crabbing for the kids, fancy dress, Millport's got Talent plus Grand evening firework display. Houses, shops, restaurants and pubs join the fun on Saturday evening with themed windows and street entertainmanti and street theatre.

01475 530865 www.millport.org
Friday 25th & Sat 26th September 2015 Various

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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!