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    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. Uncle Varick

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Chekhov's comedy Uncle Vanya is relocated to 1960s Scotland.

    Dates

    17 May 2014
  2. Carry On Craig

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Musical variety performance, led by Craig Glover.

    Dates

    26 Apr 2014
  3. Joan Armatrading

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Pop-rock singer-songwriter.

    Dates

    17 Oct 2014
  4. Gradings

    Prestwick

    A celebration of aviation.

    Dates

    4 Sep 2014 to 7 Sep 2014
  5. Jaleo Flamenco: A Compas

    Type

    Dance Event

    Gradings

    Ayr

    High energy, traditional Mediterranean dance.

    Dates

    25 May 2014
  6. Gradings

    Irvine

    Venture out in the crisp weather with Countryside Rangers.

    Dates

    6 Dec 2014
  7. Gradings

    Irvine

    Learn how to identify trees in summer, their traditional uses and some folklore linked to them.

    Dates

    10 Aug 2014
  8. Ralph McTell

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Folk singer-songwriter.

    Dates

    4 May 2014
  9. 51 Shades Of Maggie

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Ayr

    The best-selling spoof of 50 Shades Of Grey that tells the story of Maggie and her search for love.

    Dates

    6 May 2014 to 28 May 2014
  10. Maybole Pipe Band

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Maybole

    Classic pipe music with Maybole Pipe Band.

    Dates

    20 Apr 2014
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