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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. The Words of Keir Hardie

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Keir Hardie (1856-1915) was one of the best known public figures of his time. His portrait was displayed in many working class homes and his name was a byword for radical opinion.

    Dates

    11 Feb 2016 to 14 May 2016
  2. Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    View displays of snowdrops.

    Dates

    1 Feb 2016 to 29 Feb 2016
  3. Gradings

    Ayr

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

    Dates

    30 Sep 2015 to 30 Mar 2016
  4. The Naked Truth

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Tailor made for women, The Naked Truth is the hit comedy play from Dave Simpson, writer of the smash-hit comedy Girls Night Out.

    Dates

    25 Apr 2016 to 26 Apr 2016
  5. Gradings

    Ayr

    Works by Wagner, John Maxwell Geddes, John Adams and Glazunov.

    Dates

    15 Apr 2016
  6. I Will Survive

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Musical comedy featuring pop hits from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

    Dates

    1 Apr 2016
  7. The Largs Viking Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Largs

    Learn about the Battle of Largs as well as a life as a Viking.

    Dates

    27 Aug 2016 to 4 Sep 2016
  8. Gradings

    Largs

    This new musical is the brainchild of theatre director and Deputy Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Maggie Kinloch, who is also Honorary President to Largs Players.

    Dates

    20 Apr 2016 to 23 Apr 2016
  9. Still Futures II

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Still Future II is the second exhibition and forum for a group of artists who were brought together by chance in Edinburgh.

    Dates

    23 Jan 2016 to 30 Apr 2016
  10. Gradings

    Maybole

    Carpets of snowdrops border the drive and woodland walk.

    Dates

    30 Jan 2016 to 13 Mar 2016
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