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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. Boswell Book Festival

    Type

    Literary

    Gradings

    Cumnock

    The world's only biography festival featuring guest authors.

    Dates

    6 May 2016 to 8 May 2016
  2. Rod Stewart

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Veteran pop and rock singer.

    Dates

    17 Jun 2016
  3. Festival Of Architecture

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Ayrshire & Arran

    The Festival of Architecture is an international celebration of design, set to boost the appreciation of Scotland's built environment.

    Dates

    1 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
  4. 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
  5. SCDA Drama Festival

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    The Ayrshire District presents the District Final of the Scottish Community Drama Association's One-Act Play competition

    Dates

    18 Feb 2016
  6. Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    The 3rd UK and Ireland tour of the side splitting, all sing and dancing family drag show of the year.

    Dates

    13 Feb 2016
  7. Gradings

    Maybole

    Carpets of snowdrops border the drive and woodland walk.

    Dates

    30 Jan 2016 to 13 Mar 2016
  8. Burns an a That! Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Ayr

    An annual celebration of the bard.

    Dates

    22 May 2016
  9. Carrick Lowland Gathering

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Girvan

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

    Dates

    5 Jun 2016
  10. Gradings

    Ayr

    The Inspiring People talks bring big names from television, exploration and academia to Ayr.

    Dates

    30 Sep 2015 to 30 Mar 2016
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