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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. All Our Yesterdays

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    An evening of musical nostalgia.

    Dates

    24 Apr 2014
  2. Take A Lunchtime Alloway Tour

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Robert Burns Birthplace Museum guide, Tommy Burns, leads a one-hour guided tour of the site.

    Dates

    27 Apr 2014
  3. Gradings

    Irvine

    Be uplifted by the freshness of the early morning wildlife.

    Dates

    13 Sep 2014
  4. Gradings

    Brodick

    See the internationally acclaimed rhododendron collection in full bloom.

    Dates

    4 May 2014 to 6 Jul 2014
  5. Ballantrae Smugglers' Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Girvan

    The town celebrates its dark history of contraband and piracy with a series of events and activities for families and children.

    Dates

    18 Aug 2014 to 23 Aug 2014
  6. Gradings

    Cumnock

    A four day classical music festival in Cumnock, East Ayrshire.

    Dates

    2 Oct 2014 to 5 Oct 2014
  7. Carry On Craig

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Musical variety performance, led by Craig Glover.

    Dates

    26 Apr 2014
  8. Gradings

    Ayr

    Good old fashioned fun as dolly pegs are transformed into whoever your imagination suggests.

    Dates

    26 May 2014
  9. Gradings

    Ayr

    Shakespeare's Scottish Play is reimagined from a feminist perspective.

    Dates

    1 May 2014 to 3 May 2014
  10. Summer Fair

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Maybole

    Entertainment, produce and crafts.

    Dates

    27 Jul 2014
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