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  • The Burns an a' that! Festival gala concert at Ayr Racecourse
    The Burns an a' that! Festival gala concert at Ayr Racecourse
  • Burns storytelling festival at the Brig o' Doon, Alloway
    Burns storytelling festival at the Brig o' Doon, Alloway
  • The fireworks display following the Festival of Light Procession, part of the Marymass Festival
    The fireworks display following the Festival of Light Procession, part of the Marymass Festival
  • The Singing Kettle perform a show at the Festival Club in the Bon Vivant Spiegeltent, Ayr
    The Singing Kettle perform a show at the Festival Club in the Bon Vivant Spiegeltent, Ayr

From Robert Burns to Vikings, Ayrshire & Arran is a vibrant part of Scotland all year round and is alive with events and festivals.

Fans of the arts should navigate their way to the annual Burns an’ a that! Festival where many top venues pay tribute to Scotland’s National Bard. Fans of folk music simply cannot afford to miss out on the very best of local talent at the Arran Folk Festival. For even more variety, including soul, indie-pop, country rocks and blues as well as performances by international artists, check out the friendly ambience at the Darvel Music Festival.

The Boswell Book Festival in May is a charming cultural event with performances, live talks and discussions from a sparkling line-up of writers and artists.

Watch or participate in top sporting events such as Troon Golf Week, and the Scottish Sailing Institute (SSI) regularly hosts competitive events at Largs. Have a punt at the Scottish Grand National or the Ayr Gold Cup at Ayr Racecourse or simply take in the relaxed atmosphere of the Ayr Country Show.

Explore magnificent landscapes and stunning views during the Arran Mountain Festival in May. With a varied programme including glens, ridges, mountains, wildlife and geology, this is your perfect opportunity to discover Arran.

Uncover the delightful spectacle of traditional Highland games across the region during the summer, including the Brodick Highland Games on Arran.

Back in Ayrshire, the Ayr Flower Show is also well worth a visit in August or enjoy top live music from talented Scottish musicians at Live@Troon.

For a fantastic family event, the Largs Viking Festival has battle re-enactments and living history displays which mark the end of Viking rule on Scotland’s west coast. The festival commemorates the Battle of Largs in 1263, the last skirmish between the Scots and the Norse, culminating in a grand Viking galley burning and firework display.

Use the detailed listings which provide details such as locations, contact details, dates and more on events and festivals in Ayrshire & Arran.

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  1. Gradings

    Largs

    This new musical is the brainchild of theatre director and Deputy Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Maggie Kinloch, who is also Honorary President to Largs Players.

    Dates

    20 Apr 2016 to 23 Apr 2016
  2. Dance Fest

    Type

    Dance Event

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    East Ayrshire's Dance Festival returns for a 5th year.

    Dates

    15 Mar 2016 to 17 Mar 2016
  3. Rod Stewart

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Veteran pop and rock singer.

    Dates

    17 Jun 2016
  4. All Out Yesterdays

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Nostalgia just doesn't come any better! Another sensational show from the producers of 'Memory Lane', 'Rolling Back the Years', and 'Memories Are Made of This'

    Dates

    14 Apr 2016
  5. Gradings

    Ayr

    Stand-up from the character comic.

    Dates

    21 Sep 2016
  6. Burnsiana

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Cumnock

    Burnsiana is an exhibition that explores the world of Robert Burns through the creative partnership of visual artist Calum Colvin and poet Rab Wilson.

    Dates

    7 Jan 2016 to 9 Apr 2016
  7. Carrick Lowland Gathering

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Girvan

    With a pipe band competition, Highland dancing, stalls and more.

    Dates

    5 Jun 2016
  8. Gradings

    Maybole

    Carpets of snowdrops border the drive and woodland walk.

    Dates

    30 Jan 2016 to 13 Mar 2016
  9. Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    East Ayrshire Leisure is delighted to host the return of the annual exhibition that showcases the work of pupils studying Art and Design at schools across East Ayrshire.

    Dates

    13 Feb 2016 to 26 Feb 2016
  10. The Words of Keir Hardie

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Keir Hardie (1856-1915) was one of the best known public figures of his time. His portrait was displayed in many working class homes and his name was a byword for radical opinion.

    Dates

    11 Feb 2016 to 14 May 2016
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