This section gives details oi selected events taking place in and around the Central Belt oi Scotland this iortnight. Events are listed by area and then alphabetically. All submissions should be accompanied by a contact phone number ior our iniormation. Days Out compiled by Thom Dibdin.
l GARDEN AT GNOME Sat 2. 24.30pm. Netherbyres. Eyemouth. Free. Stalls. sideshows. competitions and the Eyemouth Pipe Band at this fete for ‘Garden Gnomes of all ages‘ at the Gardeners Royal Beneﬁt Society Residents Home. We kid you not. I JIM CLARK MEMORIAL RALLY Sat 9. 10am—4pm. Starts at Newton Street. Duns. finishes at Tait Hall. Kelso.11m Clark was the Duns lad who was twice world Formula 1 racing champion before being killed on the race track 26 years ago. The rally sets off from outside his Trophy Room in Duns and goes ﬁrst to Charterhall for two stages before travelling down to the North Keilder forests where the bulk of the event takes lace. I NEWCASTLETON TRADITIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL Fri l--Sun 3. Various venues around Newcastleton village. 21 miles south of Hawick on the 86399. Details on ()6977 48255. If you nip down to Newcastleton this weekend. you‘re in for a regular heuch of traditional music events. Ceilidhs. sessions. concerts. competitions. dancing on the village green and no doubt a lot of serious drinking. Free camping and caravan parking in the village. ()ne of the more established traditional festivals with the emphasis on ‘enduring native idioms‘ rather than the ‘contemporary Celtic/folk/rock/Afro/world/cajun
' synthesis‘ according to our Folk editor.
Should be a good one.
I TORCHLIGHT PARADE AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY Sat 9. from 10.15pm. East Green or Huntslaw Road. Earlston (34 miles south of Edinburgh on the A68). £1.50 per torch. Two groups of torches (take your pick) will be led by pipers to meet in iiarlston Square and thence to the Haugh Rugby Field for the ﬁreworks.
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I ARBRDATH HIGHLAND GAMES Sun 10. ‘ 12.30—5pm. Victoria Park. Arbroath. £2
(£1). Highland Games incorporating heavy-weight. piping and dancing events plus all the usual extras.
I GAME CONSERVANCY FAIR Sat 2/Sun 3.
9.30am—6pm. Scone Palace grounds.
1 Perth. (off the A93. two miles NE of Perth). £5 (children £1). free car parking. See photo caption.
I GHOST WALKS Dundee: Tue—Sun. Twice nightly. 7.30pm and 9.30pm. St Mary‘s Tower. Ninety-minute walk taking in the City Square, the McManus Galleries and ends at The Howff. Tickets £5 (£3) from the Tourist Information
Stirling: Tue—Sat. Twice nightly. 7pm and 3 9pm. Ninety-minute walk through the old town lead by a haunt of local ghosts.
Phone 0786 450945 for prices. See photo
I GLAMIS EXTRAVAGANZA Sat 9/Sun 10. 9am—6pm. Glamis Castle Grounds. on A95. ﬁve miles SW of Forfar. £4 (£2). The Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club’s annual bash. with a whole mews worth of vehicles ancient and modem taking part (over 500 are expected). On Saturday the ﬂea market. autojumble. antique display and trade stands are open. The extravaganza itself takes place on Sunday. with western bare-back barrel racing.
I ARCTIC PENGUIN Daily, wan—6pm. Maritime ller Fyne. £2.80 (£1.80). A new attraction out in Argyllshlre within sight at Inverary Castle, is this three masted sailing schooner. Originally built in Dublin in 1911 as a Iightship, the Arctic Penguin is now a line hands-on museum detailing ‘Scotland's love aiiair with the sea’. While preserving the original hand-riveted iron ship - built to withstand the ravages oi the Atlantic while on station oil the Irish coast - the museum contains the sort oi displays that will both iniorrn the true shiplover while engaging those who want a bit oi action In their history. From the noise machines that are log horns and ships telegraphs, to the secrets oi the navigation room or the Bosun's Chair, this is an exciting museum in an beautiiul location. Deiinltely worth a
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I CAME CONSERVANCY FAIR Sat 2/Sun 3, 9.3Cam—6pm. Scone Palace grounds, Perth, (oil the A93, two miles NE oi Perth). £5 (children £1), lree car parking. Over the last six years the Game Conservancy iair has been promoting the arguments for huntin’, shootin’ and lishin’. Came conservation is said to provide a vital role ior Scottish wildliie while helping to maintain the rural economy and develop employment in the countryside. This year's iair ieatures an array oi shooting and iishing competitions: gundog trials, terrier racing, alr-riile competitions and several casting competitions. The lair caters ior gatherers as well as hunters, however, with over 170 stands in the crait iair. Also skydiving displays, go-carting, pipe bands and a Wimbledon tent ior those who don’t want to miss the Wimbledon iinals. The ticket to the iair does not include entry to Scone Palace, ior which there will be an additional charge.
rnotorcyle display teams. helicopter n'des. pipes and drums and too many other exciting attractions to list here. Leave your pets at home.
I POWER BOAT SCOTTISH GRAND PRIX Fri 8—Sun 10 Various venues around Dundee. but mostly on the Tay. See photo ca tion.
I STIRLIN HIGIlAND GAMES AND FAMILY FUN DAY Sun 10. 12.30—5pm. King's Park, King's Park Road. Stirling. £1.50 (50p). Opening event of the Stirling Tartan Festival. Professional games. with the usual tossers. throwers and putters as well as a beer tent and a good deal of activities for the kids.
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I DRUMLANRIG CASTLE HORSE DRIVING TRIALS Fn’ 8—Sun 10. 10am—4pm. Drumlanrig Castle grounds. three miles north of Thomhill on the A76. Dumfriesshire. £5 per car. pedestrians free. Horse driven cam’age driving is the sport of pn'nces. including the Duke of Edinburgh. who will be competing in this event. The competition starts with the dressage section on Friday. with the cross- country marathon competition on Saturday during which the teams of horses have to race cross hill and down dale around the river Nith, and ﬁnish off with the water splash. On Sunday it's the obstacle event which involves racing round a tricky course laid out using traffic cones. Besides the carriages. there will be a fun fair. pipe band. parade of the Eglinton Hunt. laser clay pigeon shooting, craft tent and a demonstration of heavy horses used in forestry. Admission does not include entry to the castle. which with its pink sandstone architecture is worth its own visit.
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I CARRICK COO BATTLE RE-ENACTMENT Sun 3. 2.30pm. Linlithgow Palace. Linlithgow. Free with entrance to the Palace grounds (£2/75p). Members of Carrick 800 Battle Re-enactment Society slash around for your entertainment. ending up with a spectacular rapier duel. Expect loads of ketchup. but not real blood.
I GHOST WALKS Edinburgh is Scotland‘s most goulish place if the number of ghost walks is anything to go by. The Mercat tour: (031 661 4541) leaves the Mercat Cross. by St Giles on the Royal Mile. at 7pm and 8pm. £5 (includes refreshment) for a 90-minute tour with a university trained historian. The Witchery (031 225 6745) do three tours: Canongate Graveyards (£5. 90 mins) which runs by appointment only; Ghosts and Gore (£5. 90 mins) 7pm and 8pm; and Murder and Mystery (£5. 75 mins) 9.30pm — both of which leave from the Witchery Restaurant.Cast1ehi11. Robins (031 661 0125) do two 90-minute costumed tours which leave from the Waverly Tourist Centre and cost £4: The Ghosts and Witches tour leaves at 7pm while Dr Jeckyll’s Ghosts tour leaves at 9pm. Reductions for children on all tours. See photo caption.
I HILL OF TARVIT GARDEN OPEN DAY Sun IO. 11am—5pm. Hill ofTarvit. 2 1/2 miles south of Cupar on the A916. Fife. (Garden open daily: 10am—sunset; House open 2—6pm). £1 (50p). Garden only. £3 (£1.50) House and grounds. Garden of the Fortnight is the sheltered and secluded grounds of Hill of Tarvit. run by the National Trust for Scotland. Given a bit of sun. the border running almost 100 yards along the top of the garden should be at its most colourful and aromatic during July.
TO The List 1—14 July 1994