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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. Acorn Craft Fair

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Maybole

    A sale of locally made crafts from jewellery to soaps.

    Dates

    11 Oct 2014 to 12 Oct 2014
  2. Gradings

    Ayr

    Write a dedication to someone you love and see it incorporated into this touching performance.

    Dates

    3 Nov 2014
  3. Gradings

    Irvine

    Be uplifted by the freshness of the early morning wildlife.

    Dates

    13 Sep 2014
  4. Gradings

    Ayr

    A fake haggis is passed through the streets.

    Dates

    21 Jan 2015
  5. Gradings

    Ayr

    Side-splitting comedy and show-stopping choreography.

    Dates

    4 Sep 2014
  6. Gradings

    Ayr

    Part of Burns and the South West this night of food, music and dancing is an ideal way to celebrate.

    Dates

    21 Jan 2015
  7. Alloway 1759 Music Night

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Traditional music.

    Dates

    22 Jan 2015 to 25 Jan 2015
  8. Gradings

    Irvine

    Join the Countryside Rangers for a walk and learn about the traditional uses of plants and fungi available on your doorstep.

    Dates

    26 Oct 2014
  9. Gradings

    Ayr

    A celebration of the rich history of Ireland and the art and evolution of Irish dance.

    Dates

    27 Aug 2014 to 28 Aug 2014
  10. Gradings

    Ayrshire & Arran

    A weekend of concerts in Britain's smallest cathedral.

    Dates

    29 Aug 2014 to 31 Aug 2014
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