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GENERATION ››

This epic programme of events celebrates 25 years of contemporary arts in Scotland - from Orkney to the Scottish Borders

  • Ayr Races
    Ayr Races
  • 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

    Kilmarnock

    Children's show based on Lauren Child's popular books.

    Dates

    11 Oct 2014
  2. Back To The Bronze Age

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Brodick

    A chance to see how life was lived in the Bronze Age.

    Dates

    9 Apr 2014 to 29 Oct 2014
  3. Gradings

    Ayr

    With live music and entertainment.

    Dates

    15 Nov 2014 to 16 Nov 2014
  4. Sunset Song

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's classic, Sunset Song.

    Dates

    18 Sep 2014
  5. Gradings

    Ayr

    Chris Waddell discusses the nature poetry of Burns.

    Dates

    21 Sep 2014
  6. The Rat Pack

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Swinging jazz covering the songs of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin.

    Dates

    20 Sep 2014
  7. Bushcraft Weekend

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Largs

    Learn how to survive in the world.

    Dates

    27 Sep 2014 to 28 Sep 2014
  8. Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Stewarton Drama Group present their production of John Godber's comic play.

    Dates

    9 Oct 2014 to 11 Oct 2014
  9. The Big Draw

    Type

    Workshops

    Gradings

    Maybole

    Develop your skill at this Art Workshop.

    Dates

    14 Oct 2014
  10. Shane Filan

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Commercial pop singer-songwriter.

    Dates

    30 Oct 2014
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