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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. Gradings

    Ayr

    Christmas market.

    Dates

    6 Dec 2014 to 21 Dec 2014
  2. Gradings

    Prestwick

    Enjoy a full air display, aviation exhibitions and more.

    Dates

    7 Sep 2014
  3. Land Rover Forest Adventure

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Brodick

    Explores the south end of Arran by Land Rover.

    Dates

    26 May 2014 to 20 Aug 2014
  4. Gradings

    Ayr

    A mini pantomime featuring Santa.

    Dates

    6 Dec 2014 to 21 Dec 2014
  5. The Dublin Legends

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Irish folk quintet.

    Dates

    21 Jan 2015
  6. Gradings

    Irvine

    Be uplifted by the freshness of the early morning wildlife.

    Dates

    13 Sep 2014
  7. Gradings

    Ayrshire & Arran

    A year-long programme of events, exhibitions and attractions celebrating Scotland's National Bard.

    Dates

    1 Jan 2014 to 30 Nov 2014
  8. Gradings

    Ayr

    An all-singing, all-dancing drag show.

    Dates

    1 Nov 2014
  9. Gradings

    Stevenston

    Guided walk through the park.

    Dates

    6 Sep 2014
  10. Gradings

    West Kilbride

    2014 sees the Scottish Potters Association celebrate their 40th Anniversary with an exhibition which will celebrate the many and varied techniques and skills that Scottish Ceramics has to offer.

    Dates

    11 Jul 2014 to 14 Sep 2014
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