LISTINGS DAYS OUT
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from Anderston Ouay, Glasgow. Back 5.30pm Fri, 8pm Sat, 9pm Sun. From £9.95 (Kids £4.95). Full details trom 041 221 8152. Until the end oi August the Waverley provides a carefree day out, with time ashore at llunoon and Rothesay on Fridays, and Tignhnabruaich added on the Saturday cruise. On Sundays the route includes Largs, Bothesay and Millport, or a lull cruise round Cute. Pickup at Creenock Customhouse Ouay (Sat/Sun only) and Helensliurgh (Sat only). See the mighty steam engines, guzzle in the restaurant, eat your own sarnies in the lounge, buy a souvenir, lie back on the deck or sway drunkenly in the all-day bars while the kids put in some swimming practice In
get you into the palace itself (£4/£2.20 extra) but it does get you a ‘fuil programme of activities. demonstrations, trade stands and fun events for all the family'. Visitors can participate in archery. bungee jumping, helicopter rides. go-carts. clay pigeon shooting and airgun target shooting. Over 200 stands are expected offering everything from country clothing to four wheel drive vehicles. Events in the main ring on both days include dog agility trials. sky divers. terrier racing and falconry displays. 9" ‘ . s 57.“:
8—Sat 10 and weekly. 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Stirling Castle. Stirling. (Also Sun 11 and weekly at Aberdour Castle. Aberdour. Fife). Free with entry to the castle (£2.50/£1.30). The merry making features the good citizens of Stirling. entertaining Mary Queen of Scots with 16th Century music song and dance. Visitors are invited to participate in the revelry as they cast off the cares of the day. Things get a bit less happy for the play No Hope of Freedom. during which Mary looks back at her time on the throne of Scotland. reﬂecting on the relationships and evean which led to her exile in England and eventual execution. During the play. Mary sees herself as a young woman dining with David Rizzio her beloved conﬁdant and advisor. As they share their love of poetry. Rizzio is confronted by his murderers and Mary (and the audience) is forced to watch his brutal slaughter.
I STIRLING HIGHLAND GAMES AND FAMILY FUN DAY Sun 11. 12.30pm. Kings Park. Stirling. £1.50 (£1 concs; 50p kids). Opening event of the Stirling Tartan Festival with the Blue Arrow Motor Cycling Display team. Standard Highland Games. with cabers. hammers and shots to toss. throw and putt. displays of falconry. police dogs. sheep dogs. karate. and laser riﬂe shooting. Stick the kids on the assault course and death slide while you get of to some serious business at the beer tent. fun
fair and craft stalls.
I VICTORIAN MARKET Sun 4. i lam—4pm. The village square. Letham. by Forfar. Angus. Free. Take your cameras to this wonderful open-air street market where all the stall holders wear period Victorian costume. Crafts. claymores (ornamental) and cream teas are among the goods on sale as well as horse-drawn carriage rides. if you fancy some serious photography. the best time to arrive is about noon.
I RADIO ONE ROAD SHOW Thurs 15. 10am onwards. Baxter Park. Arbroath Road. Dundee. Whoop-de-doo! its fabulous Radio One. commin‘ at ya live on stage from llam to 12.30pm (but the real fun starts at 10am. so don't be late boys and girls!) with the irascibie Neal James at the controls. ably supported by Smiley Miley and his Mileage Game and those lovely Bits and Pieces. Oh the bliss of it all. Special guests for Dundee: bubbly Sonia with John Sekahada. Oh you lucky Dundonians!
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I DRUMLANRIG CASTLE HORSE DRIVING TRIALS Fri 9-Sun 11. 10am am—4pm. Drumlanrig Castle. 3 miles north of Thomhill on the A76. Dumfriesshire. £5 per car. £1.50 for pedestrians down from castle. See photo caption.
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I EDINBURGH RENAISSANCE BAND Sun 4. 2.30pm. Craigmiliar Castle. 2% miles SE of Edinburgh on the A68. £1.20 (60p). Castle open 9.30am—6.30pm (2—6.30pm Sundays). Enjoy a selection of popular Scottish songs from the 15th and 16th centuries played on period instruments. Suitably. although the castle was built in 1374. it was being extended to include courtyards and gardens. enclosed in one and a quarter acres. at the time these songs were being written.
I GARDEN OPEN DAY Sun 11.2—5pm. Hill of Tarvit. by Cupar. Fife. (2 miles south of Cupar on the A916) Garden only: £1 (50p); House and Garden: £2.80 (£1.40). The National Trust for Scotland have a policy of planting their gardens in the style that would have been in fashion when the house was built. This can pose problems at their older properties. Luckily for the head gardener. Hill of Tarvit was extensively re-built in 1906 during a period of exploration by botanists. so he is pretty much able to let his imagination run riot. The house was purpose built to house a collection of French. Chippendale and
Vernacular furniture. Dutch paintings. Flemish tapestries and Chinese porcelain and bronzes. There's not much in the way of places to dump the kiddies out of harm’s way. but you can tire them out with a walk up to the hill-top folly through the woodland. ifyou've time. the head gardener is organising a guided walk of the gardens on Tue 6. at 3pm.
I ROUND BRITAIN YACHTING EVENT Wed 14—Sat 17. Leith Docks. Free. See photo capuon.
I SANDCASTLE COMPETITION Wed 7. 10.30am. Burntisland Beach. Could be a hot day out this one. if the sun shines. that is. First. Second and Third kiddies prizes will bejudged at about 11.30am. but stick around and you could show them how to really go about building that golden schloss of your dreams. Bring your own bucket. spade. JCB and industrial power tools.
I SHEARING, WOOL AND SPINNING DEMONSTRATION Sat 3/Sun 4. 10am—5pm. Almond Valley Heritage Centre. Livingston Mill. 0506 414957. SMT Bus 27 from central Edinburgh. £1.50 (75p). Each morning and afternoon over these two days (phone for times) there will be a demonstration of the complete process of getting wool off a sheep's back. carding the ﬂeece and spinning it into yarn. The centre is a heartin recommended day out for families. open every day. There’s loads to see and do on the sixteen-acre site. with horse drawn cart rides around the outlying ﬁelds. a nature trail to ramble round. swing park and playground to dump the kids. while you go for a cup of tea at the Farmhouse Kitchen cafe. (We have yet to have a ﬁrst-hand report of the cafe here at The List. send your opinions to Days Out at our Edinburgh Ofﬁce.) if it’s raining. there's still the mill. byres and museum building.
I FALLS OF CLYDE OPEN DAY Sun 4. 1—5pm. Falls of Clyde. New Lanark. Free. (Audio visual presentation: 50p/40p). Go with a ranger up to the falls for £1.50. ()555 665262. Although the visitors' centre is open 10am—5pm every weekday and l—5pm on weekends. during the Open Day the power station above the falls is shut down. providing even more spectacular views. These are certainly the best waterfalls in Lowland Scotland. it's a gentle 40- minute stroll up to the falls through the 70-hectare Scottish Wildlife Trust parkland with vestiges of ancient woodland. along the Clyde. Spend the rest
of the day in New Lanark. the renovated model village from the industrial Revolution. I FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS AND MUSIC Fri 9-Sun ll. 10.30am-5.30piii. Culzean Castle. 12 miles south of Ayr on the A719. £3.50 (£1.70). There's always lots to do at Culzean. but over these three days there is the added enjoyment of the ﬂower and music festival. ﬁlling the castle with colours. fragrances and sweet sounds. On Sunday 1 i. there is the added attraction of a Sheepdog Competition on the events ﬁeld 2—5pm. I POWER BOAT RACING Fri 2--Sun 4. from noon. Dunoon Promenade. Dunooii. Free. Three days of thrusting. throbbing power boat events. with over 60 craft already booked. The main races will take place at high tide. but there‘ii be a few I boats tootiing around beforehand. Also demonstrations of speed skiing. jet skiing. display waterskiing and paragliding. | Expect a bit of a carnival atmosphere on 1 l
Friday. with a parade round the town and music on the bandstand.
I RADIO ONE ROAD SHOW Mon 12. 10am onwards. The Beach Park. Irvine. See Central listings. Special guests at lrvine Oceanic: Kim Wilde and Jason Donovon. who will be achieving a life-long ambition by ﬂying with the Red Arrows. ()h the sheer magic of life in the fast lane!
I RADIO ONE ROAD SHOW Tue 13, 10am onwards. Balloch Park. Loch Loniond. See Central listings. Bring yourjungle juice as it's bound to be a midgey morning. Extra special guests at Balloch Park include Bjorn Again. Simon Climie and The Silencers. WhOOp-de-doo!
I SUMMERLEE CIRCUS WEEK Sat 3 “Sun 11. daily. 10am—5pm. Summerlee Heritage Trust. West Canal Street. Coatbridge. 0236 431261. Free. Circus skills workshops every day: learn how to juggle. unicycle or even spin plates (don‘t try this at home. kids!) Cardmaking. face painting and other carnival entertainments every day. including a coconut shy. There's a bouncy castle in the exhibition hall and a specially decorated circus tram outside. so that makes a whole bundle of things for you to do while you send the kids off to educate themselves in the rest of this 20-acre museum. with displays : illustrating 200 years of Scottish industry. ' I WAVERLEY PADDLE STEAMER CRUISE
Fri 2—Sun 4 and weekly. 10am depart f from Anderston Quay. Glasgow. Back 5.30pm Fri. 8pm Sat. 9pm Sun. From
£9.95 (Kids £4.95). Full details from 041 221 8152. See photo caption.
ROUND BRITAIN YACHTING EVENT: Wed Ill—Sat 1. Leith Docks. Free. Twenty-I
tour yachts are taking part in this round-Britain sailing rally, the iirst of its kind to circumnavigate Mainland Britain. During the seven weeks oi the rally, the yachts will be calling at eleven ports and sailing some 1600 nautical miles. They will arrive in leith on the 14th and be berthed at the Cruise Liner Terminal, all ralted up together. They will be leaving from Cranton on the 17th, alter exiting through the giant lock normally reserved tor ships, and setting oil from the harbour at 2pm. From there they will be sailing up to Buckie, from where the more intrepid among the party will be going round the top oi Caithness to Ullapool, but the wimps will be dodging down through the Caledonian Canal (see photo) to Craobh Haven.
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