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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. The Magical Castle

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Maybole

    Family event.

    Dates

    7 Dec 2014 to 14 Dec 2014
  2. Ayrshire Arts & Crafts Fair

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Troon

    Arts and crafts stalls.

    Dates

    1 Nov 2014 to 6 Dec 2014
  3. Boswell Book Festival

    Type

    Literary

    Gradings

    Cumnock

    A three-day literature festival.

    Dates

    8 May 2015 to 10 May 2015
  4. Scotland Sings Event

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Traditional songs.

    Dates

    24 Jan 2015
  5. A Play, A Pie And A Pint

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Enjoy a short play in the relaxed and casual atmosphere of our upstairs theatre.

    Dates

    11 Nov 2014
  6. Gradings

    Ayr

    Art exhibition and fair.

    Dates

    6 Oct 2014 to 2 Nov 2014
  7. Sleeping Beauty On Ice

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    The tale of Sleeping Beauty performed on ice.

    Dates

    10 Jul 2015 to 12 Jul 2015
  8. Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Deep Roots is about the search for personal history by tracing back through the story of the Boyds.

    Dates

    1 Oct 2014 to 31 Dec 2014
  9. Acorn Club

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Irvine

    Nature-based activities.

    Dates

    20 Sep 2014 to 15 Nov 2014
  10. Alloway 1759 Music Night

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Traditional music.

    Dates

    22 Jan 2015 to 25 Jan 2015
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