This section gives details of selected events taking place in and around the Central Belt oi Scotland this fortnight. Events are listed by area and then alphabetically. All submissions should be accompanied by a contact phone number ior our information. Days Out compiled by Thom Dibdin.


I CELEBRATION OF BORDERS FOOD Fri 27 (10am—6pm)/Sat 28 (10am—5pm). Jedburgh Town Hall. Jedburgh. Further details from 0450 87 786. £1.75 (£1). Over 40 trade stands are expected. offering the finest local cheeses. game. fish. baking and chocolates to taste and buy. Lloyd Grossman opens the event on Friday at 10.15am. Masterchef Sue Lawrence will be signing her latest cookery book on Friday. 1 lam—noon and 2.30—3.30pm and there will be continuous cookery demonstrations by top chefs on both days. Cookery competitions and play areas with free children‘s entertainments.

I CELEBRATION OF SCOTTISH BEER Sat 28/Sun 29, noon—midnight. Traquair

House. Innerleithen. Peeblesshire. 0896 830323. £3 (includes a commemorative

glass. admission to grounds and parking).

admission to house £1.50 extra. if you go down to the Borders this weekend. you can get absolutely blambered on thirteen cask ales and selected bottled beers before losing yourself in the Traquair House maze. Among the beers on offer in the walled garden will be a Traquair special brewed exclusively for the weekend. Heather ale. the ‘rich and fruity' Montrose ale and the Aberdeen celebration ale. Live bands and a barbecue in the evenings.

I SCOTTISH MUSIC FESTIVAL Sat 21/Sun 22. all day from noon. Selkirk. Details from Mike Firth. 0750 23139. Street entertainment in Selkirk starts at noon on Saturday. with local artistes. accordions. fiddles and bands. There is a fun day in the afternoon at the Selkirk Rugby field featuring the usual sheepdog trials. falconl'y displays and entertainments. At 6pm the massed bands will play in the Market Place. after which most of the local hostelries in the town will provide live entertainment.


I ATHDLL HIGHLANDERS PARADE Sat 28. 3-6pm. Blair Castle. Blair Atholl. Pitlochry. Castle open daily: 10am—6pm. £4.50 (£3.50). See photo caption.

I GYM-FEST ’94 Fri 20—Sun 22. 7—9.30pm (Fri), 10am—4pm (Sat/Sun). Bell’s Sports Centre. Hay Street. Perth. £1.50 per day. The largest display of non- competitive. recreational gymnastics in the UK. with over 1500 gymnasts. dancers and acrobats from all over the British Isles and as far afield as Finland taking part. Displays range from pre-school gymnastics to two Masters Champions from the city of Vilnius in Lithuania.

I PARACHIITE CHAMPIONSHIPS Fri 27—Mon 30. 9am—9pm. Strathallan Airfield. near Auchterarder. Perthshire. Free. 0764 662572. See photo caption and Great Outdoors Section.


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I Gilli“ lllliii Fri 27 May-Wed 15 Jone, Meat. leith Docks, Edinbnrfl. £1.90 (£1.50). This tull scale reconnection oi Sir Francis llralte’s world moss galleon was launched in 1973 and has since sailed more than 110,0!” ntiies, including a clrcumnavigation - much inrther than the original ship which rotted away at her display berth on the Thanes over 300 years ago. The Golden iiinde has iew concessions to modern day lite: no taps or running water, no reiridgeratlon and no heating. She indies ior an interesting day out, with exhibits and arteiscts on every one oi her ilve decks, including ionrteen cannon on the gun deck.


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liewport-On-Tay, Fiie. £5 (£1). 0382 541581. It’s the sport oi princes, carriage driving, and this, the Scottish Open event, is recitoned to be the top in Scotland with the horse team classes competing to get in the British Team for the World Equestrian Championships to be held in lioiland later in the year. lilill the Duke of Edinburgh, competing with HM the Queen’s team of Balmoral Fell Ponies, will be battling it out with one Bowman the Showman and the current British Champion Phillipa Gammell of Glen lsla. Besides the various classes oi the carriage driving (dressage on Friday, marathon on Saturday and hunter trial on Sunday) there is a full programme oi arena events and displays as well as 50 trade stands and an antiques


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I GDLD RUSH WEEKEND Sat 28—Mon 30. l lam—4.30pm. Wanlockhead Museum of lead mining. Goldscaur Row. Wanlockhead. Dumfriesshire. 0659 74387. The Scottish Gold Panning Championships will be held at the museum on Friday and Saturday. with competitors coming from all over the country to try their luck. Over the weekend there will also be gold panning demonstrations. a gold panning school and talks about local minerals. Gold has been mined in Wanlockhead since the fifteenth century. and locally washed gold was used in James V’s crown. now on display in Edinburgh Castle. However. the village of Wanlockhead is now more closely associated with lead mining and the museum. spread out through the village. has many displays associated with the industry.


I CARRIAGE DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP Fri 27—Sun 29. 9am—5pm. St Fort Estate. Newport-On-Tay. Fife. £5 (£1). 0382 541587. See photo caption.

I CYCLE PATH NETWORK DAY Sun 29. 12—5pm. Victoria Park. Craighall Road. Edinburgh. Free. A celebratory opening of the new North Edinburgh cycle path between Granton Road and Victoria Park. which completes the network of continuous cycle routes from Roseburn.

Silverknows and Granton to Leith and Canonmills. At eight miles. this is the longest car-free cycle track in urban Britain. Lots ofcycling and environment related stalls. including the Bike Bus. a skilful cycling course. and a plethora of unusual cycles. At 3.30pm. there will be an attempt to create a record-breaking self-supporting bicycle circle.

I FIFE SHOW Sat 21. 9am—6pm. Balcormo Mains. Leven Fife. £1.50 plus £2 per car. Agricultural show with the usual range of trade stands. a craft fair. helicopter rides and target golf among the added attractions.

I FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT Sat 2 l/Sun 22. 10am—5pm. Almond Valley Heritage Centre. Livingston Mill. Millfield. Livingston. £1.50 (75p). 0506 414057. The ever popular sixteen- acre museum documenting the agricultural and industrial history of West Lothian draws in vintage vehicles from all over Central Scotland for their annual festival of transport. Besides the centre’s usual attractions there will be vintage steam rollers. lorries. cars. motor bikes and tractors in action around the farm and mill buildings as well as in adjacent fields and around the railway station. The Centre is open daily at the above times and prices. I GOLDEN HINDE Fri 27 May—Wed 15 June. 9am—sunset. Leith Docks. Edinburgh. £1.90 (£1.50). See photo capfion.

I HEALTH, BEAUTY AND INNER WELL- BEING FAIR Sun 22. 1 lam—5pm. Brunton Hall. Musselburgh. £1 (50p). Get into tune with your inner self at this largish gathering of alternative and complementary therapy types. Besides massage treatments. aromatherapy and various astrology and tarot readers, there will be all you need for self-help. from books. cosmetics and remedies to candles. cards and crafts. Wholefood cafe.

I RACING AT KNOCKHILL Sun 29. 1-5.30pm. Knockhill Racing Circuit. by Dunfermline. Fife. (Off the A823). 0383 723337. £6 (£3). Scottish Motor Racing Club racing. featuring Formula 500. Road Saloons. Single Seaters. Histories and the ever-speedy 2CV class. Practise starts at 9am. with racing from 1pm to 5.30pm.


I SCOTBLOOM ’94 GARDEN SHOW Fri 27—Mon 30; Fri noon—9pm; Sat—Mon 10am—6pm. Aberdeen Exhibition and

76 The List 20 May—2 June 1994