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Park. Maybole. Ayrshire. 06556 274. £3 (£1.50). The big day of the Culzean calendar with over 200 classic vehicles expected and a full list of supporting attractions. Culzean is open daily and is always good for a day out: send the kids off to get lost on the beach or the wild-life walks while you wander round the Castle (£3.50/£1.80 extra). There are two weeks of kids’ activities every weekday: Mon 8—Fri l2 and Mon 22—Fri 16 August. On Sunday 4 September there is an Equestrian Driving Event including cross country and dressage sections.

I INTERNATIONAL ROCKET WEEKEND Fri 26—Mon 29 Aug. Kelbum Country Centre. Kelbum Castle. Fairlie. Ayrshire. 0475 568 685. £3.50 (£2). See photo

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I PRACTICE LEARNING AND TEACHING IN THE PUPPET THEATRE Sat 13. 2pm. Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre. 8 Balcarres Avenue. Kelvindale. Glasgow. £2.50. Booking on 041 339 6185. John Blendall. puppet master and creator of the T/ttmderbird puppets. gives a talk for adults at the puppet theatre. On Thursday I September at 7pm. John Roberts of Puppetcraft will give a demonstration and talk with slides on the Carving of Chinese

I TOY AND MODEL FAIR Sat 13 Aug. Ham—3pm. Bearsden Burgh Hall. Drymen Road. Bearsden. Glasgow. 041 942 395I. 60p (30p). A huge range of model railways. model cars. dolls and more will be for sale. with expert dealers buying items brought in by the public. Free draw for diecast ‘Thomas the Tank Engine‘ models. Refreshments available. I VIKING FESTIVAL Thurs l—Sun 4 Sept. Various venues around Largs. Vikings lived in the Largs area from the 9th to the l3th centuries. bringing over not only their warriors but also farmers and their families. This festival is a celebration of the culture they brought and their ultimate defeat in the Battle of Largs in 1263. A Viking village will be built on the Largs Esplanade (daily. 10am—6pm. Free) with an exhibition. lots of activities and special events every day. ()n Saturday at 7.30pm the Battle of Largs will be re-enacted at the Pencil Monument by Regia Anglorum. the UK's largest battle re-enactinent society. with weaponry displays and full explanation of battle tactics. At 8.30pm at Iongship will be consigned to the gods with a firework display to light the way. ()n Sunday evening at 8.30pm a torchlit procession will march from the Viking

l BEATINC THE RETREAT Sun 21, 9—11pm. Stirling Castle Esplanade, Stirling Castle. £5 (£4). 0786 473544. A mini tattoo with six pipe bands, the 40-strong Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and the very wonderful MacUmba followed by a seventeen-minute firework display. This year the event will make full use of the seating left up after the 0840 and Runrig concerts. Every day there are a variety of living history-type free events taking place around the old part of Stirling. Every Saturday there is free street entertainment in the Port Street precinct with everything from iugglers and stilt walkers to music from the likes of the Tartan Amoebas. There is also an extensive programme of activities taking place each week, with ghost walks, pipe bands and ceilidhs. A weekly programme of events is available from the Tourist Information Centre on 0786 475019.

W ' soul or techno. All formats. collectors’ items galore. memorabilia and. possibly. IOam—Apm. The Arches. Midland Street. first. earthshattering LP.

Glasgow. 60p (40p). Buy. sell or exchange I CULZEAN CLASSIC VEHICLE SHOW Sun your discs. whether heavy metal. punk. 7 Aug. 10am—5pm. Culzean Country

I CD AND RECORD FAIR Sat 6 Aug. I that elusive copy of Dumpy‘s Rusty Nuts‘

Hand Puppets. (£3). Roberts has spent six months in China studying traditional

marionettes with China‘s top puppet company.

I TANGO DASH Sun 7 Aug. IOam—IOpm. Strathclyde Country Park. Hamilton Road. Motherwell. £6 plus one Tango proof of purchase (tickets from HMV shops or on the day). After entry. all activities are free at the Bash. subject to availability. Among the incredibly diverse range of have-a-go activities are sumo wrestling. aerobics. trampolining. circus skills. karaoke. comedy and synthesiser clinics. pole jousting and softball. Radio Clyde will be providing the aural entertainment all day with support from an as yet to be announced selection of local bands and DIs. This should be a stonking day out. as

village to Aubury Park.

I WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS Sat 13 Aug. 9.30atn-7pm. Bellahouston Park. Glasgow. £2.50 (£1.50). Lovers of the sound of the pipes are rather well catered for at this event. with 188 pipe bands from all over the globe taking part in the competition for the World Pipe Band Champion of 1994. Besides the hands. there‘s a full programme of drum major competitions. Highland games. Highland dancing. at tug-of—war competition and exhibition shinty match.

I Days Out will be back in issue 236 of The List out on September 8. In the meantime. if you visit anything you think


practically the whole of the park will be taken tip with things to do. watch and sample. Strathclyde Park is open daily. with an excessively diverse range of leisure activities on offer both on and around the Strathclyde Loch. Day out“? Take a week!

worth mentioning in Days Out. please let us know. Any decent day is always enhanced by a high quality cafe or teashop. All personal reports (good ()I' had!) will be gratefully received. Write to Days Out at the Edinburgh Office of The List and include a daytime phone number.


SATURDAY 6th and

SUNDAY 7th AUGUST I 1.00am - 6.00pm All entertainment FREE with your ticket

Theatre, music, children's entertainment, craits and complementry medicine. This year including TALITHA MCKENZIE BAND, HOLLYWOOD ROCKETS, CHIMAERA - aerial trapeze, DODGY CLUTCH THEATRE CO.

and much more.

Tickets; Adults £8.00 Concs/Child £5.00 Family £19.00 £1.00 off all tickets bought in advance. NO DOGS PLEASE


I a; -- I TRAOUAIR FAIR Sat 6/Sun 7 Aug, Ham-6pm. Traquair Rouse, Innerleithen,

Peebleshlre. £8 (£5). 0896 830785/830323. A highlight of the year at Traquair is the annual fair when a host of excellent entertainers throng to this, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland. Once in, all entertainments are free, although you’ll have to pay for your pints of wonderfully tasty Traquair Ale. Among the entertainers booked this year are ex-Mouth Music singer Talitha McKenzie’s Band, the Hollywood Rockets, the dare-devil Chimaera aerial trapeze group and the Dodgy Clutch Theatre Company. Also a classical music garden, children’s entertainment, crafts and complementary medicine. Sunday 31 July is the SHEEP AND WOOL DAY at Traquair, 10.30am—5.30pm. (£3.50/£1.50). This is a day out for both expert and amateur alike with everything lovers of wool could desire. Besides the sheep dog demonstrations, rare breed displays and Scotland’s largest sheep, just about every part of the process of turning fleece into a iumper will be demonstrated as well as drystane dykeing and crook making. Traquair House is always a good bet for a day out with its garden maze, tours (oétlgfirouse and excellent tea room. Traquair is open daily, 10.30am-5.30pm. £3.50

58 The List 29 July—ll August I994