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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. Boswell Book Festival

    Type

    Literary

    Gradings

    Cumnock

    A three-day literature festival.

    Dates

    8 May 2015 to 10 May 2015
  2. Gradings

    Ayr

    Musical show paying tribute to the 1987 film.

    Dates

    8 Nov 2014
  3. Gradings

    Ayr

    An all-singing, all-dancing drag show.

    Dates

    1 Nov 2014
  4. Annie

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    The sun will come out tomorrow for the 11-year-old orphan as she battles Miss Hannigan.

    Dates

    10 Oct 2014 to 1 Nov 2014
  5. Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    The Storm take on the Sharks in the Scottish National League.

    Dates

    3 Jan 2015
  6. Gradings

    Ayr

    Phil Collins tribute.

    Dates

    23 Oct 2014
  7. Ricoh Women's British Open

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Girvan

    The best women golfers in the world drive and putt on a challenging course.

    Dates

    30 Jul 2015 to 2 Aug 2015
  8. Turnberry Beach Rugby Tournament

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Girvan

    A weekend of beach rugby.

    Dates

    3 Jul 2015
  9. Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    The Storm take on local rivals the Wild in the Scottish National League.

    Dates

    14 Feb 2015
  10. Deep Roots Finale Event

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Celebrating the history at the castle.

    Dates

    14 Nov 2014
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