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


I FUNGUS FORAY Wed 14. 1.30pm. Dawyck Botanical Garden. £1.50 (50p). ()721 760254. An informal garden walk with Roy Watling on the specialist subject of fungi. both toadstools and mushrooms. I GHOST WALK Sun 1 1. 8pm and 10pm. Chambers Institute. High Street. l’eebles. Details frorn P. Taylor on ()721 720 955. A ghostly evocation of the history of l’eebles. its life and characters. Led by Mungo Park and his wife and introducing William Chambers. The Monks of St Andrews’. plague victims and many more. I KELSO RAM SALES Fri 9.

10am—6.30pm. Springwood l’ark. Kelso. Free. Over 7000 breeding rams will be auctioned in nineteen selling rings at the largest one-day sale of rams in the world. .I SELKIRK VINTAGE, VETERAN AND CLASSIC VEHICLE SHOW Sun 18. 11am—5pm. l’hiliphaugh. Selkirk. £2 (£1 ). More than a collection of old crocks. this should be a line family day out with loads of other attractions including sheepdog trials. pipe bands. Burmese Mountain Dog handling. an RAF exhibition and kids rides.



I DOORS OPEN DAY Sun 18. contact 0387

' 60064. See photo caption.


5 I ooons om DAY Dunfermline: Sat 10/Sun 11.contact 0383 736321.

Edinburgh: Sat 10. contact 031 557 8686. Linlithgow: Sun 1. contact 0506 842 398.

north-east Fife: Sun 1 1. contact 0334

8.30am—4pm. Mountbenger Field. Yarrow. '

Selkirk (by the B709/A708 cross roads). Contact: A Turnbull on 0750 62310. £2 (50p). Carpark £1. For the 75111 anniversary of this show it will be back to its original location by St Mary‘s Loch. All the usual agricultural show attractions with pipe bands. livestock. kids races.

Punch and Judy. and industrial. craft. pets.

flower and vegetable shows.

I DOORS OPEN DAY Stirling: Sun 11. contact 0786 432291. See photo caption.

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I OUNFERMLINE JAH AND BLUES FESTIVAL Fri 9-Sun 1 1. Various venues around Dunfermline. Box office and programme details: 0383 720999. The pubs. parks and streets of Dunfermline will be hooching with the sounds ofjazz and blues over this weekend. Among the acts are Mike Hart. Sophie Bancroft and Gina Rae at the Pitbauchlie House Hotel (Fri 9. 9—1 1pm) and John Francis and the inspirational Gospel Choir at the Brucefield Manor Hotel (Sat 10. 9—10pm) and Dunfermline Abbey (Sun 1 l. 3.30-4.30pm). See Jazz and Blues listings.

I FAMILY FUN DAY AFTERNOON Sat 10. 2—4pm. St John Holiday Home. 14 Cramond Road North. £1. This afternoon of live music. stalls and kids games is organised by Alzheimer Scotland Action on Dementia to publicise the work of their holiday home which offers people with dementia and their carers the chance to holiday together. The entry fee includes afternoon tea and an opportunity to look

1 round the house and gardens.


1—5.30pm (practice sessions from 9am).

Knockhill Racing Circuit. By

Dunfermline. Fife. (Off the A823). £6.

Scottish Championships. featuring 125.

400 Supersport and the Regal 600 Series.


AIRSHOW Sat 17. 8am—7pm. RAF

Leuchars. St Andrews‘ Fife. £7.50 (£5). Carpark £5. Reductions for tickets booked in advance on 0334 839000


(Access/Visa). See photo caption. I YESTERDAY’S HARVEST Sat l7/Sun 18. 10am—5pm. Almond Valley Heritage

Centre. Livingston Mill. £1.50 (75p). lt‘s

I RAF lEUCRARS BATTLE OF BRITAIN AIRSHOW Sat 17, Sam-7pm. RAF leuchars, St Andrews Fife. £7.50 (£5). Carpark £5. Reductions tor tickets booked in advance on 0334 839000 (Access/Visa). Scotland’s largest international airshow with a seven- hour tlying display, including the Crunchy Flying Circus with their wing-walkers and over 100 aircratt on static display. This is a major day out, with the extra delights of arena events, a tuntair, go karting, bungee jumping and other ground exhibitions.

No pets: guide dogs only.

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traditional harvest time at Almond Valley with the permanent collection of old working farm machinery being put through its paces on specially grown crops of oats. barley and potatoes. Lots of family-orientated entertainment will also be on offer.


I DOORS OPEN DAY Aberdeen: Sat 10. contact 0224 592045. Inverness: Sat 17. contact 0463 702281. See photo caption. I DISCOVER THE PASS OF NILLIECRANKIE Wed 14. 2—5pm. Killiecrankie car park. Pitlochry (on the B8079. the old A9). £2. children free. A ranger-led walk up the pass where the Jacobites defeated the

En lish government forces in 1689.

I RAMPIAN MOTORCYCLE CONVENTION Sun 1 l. l 1am—5pm. Grampian Transport Museum. Alford. 09755 62292. £2.50 (£1.50/£1). The big event for motorcycle enthusiasts in the North East with vintage. classical and modern bikes on display. Also racer demonstrations. tn'als. owners clubs. marquee and open air trade show. Includes the famous Moped Marathon at 12.15pm. The museum is open daily. until the end of October (same prices).

I WORLD PORRIOGE MAKING CHAMPIONSHIPS Sun 1 1. 2—8pm. Craigmhor Hotel. Newtonmore. Gird up your spirtles and theevils. it‘s time to get your oats off up the A9 to Newtonmore. Traditionalists demand that porridge should only ever be spoken of as ‘they‘

l and that they are eaten standing up. They should also be stirred (‘lm‘kri'ise with the

right hand. Whether they are made by adding the oats in batches: at the start. half way through or at the end (so the undercooked oats add texture and a nutty flavour). are cooked on the day before or

are allowed to stand a while and reheated. . is up to individual preference. First heats

i l l

. start at 2pm with a final cook-off at 6pm.

The prizes will be awarded at 7pm. Serious stuff.


I CIRCUS FIESTA Mon l2—Sun 18.

Fairground Arena. Strathclyde Country

Park. Mote Hill. Hamilton. The circus

comes to Hamilton. Details of times and prices from the booking office. 0698 266155.

I CLYDE CYCLE RIDE Sun 1 l. 2—4pm. Start from Winter Gardens. Glasgow Green. Glasgow. Free. All children should be accompanied by an adult on this ride along the Clyde walkway out the village

: of Carmer and back. The river banks are

an important habitat for wildlife in the centre of the cit .

I DOLL’S HOUSE, DOLL AND TEDDY FAIR Sun 18. 10.30am—4.30pm. Motherwell Concert Hall. Civic Centre. Motherwell. £2 (£1). The title says it all. with the added attractions of miniature woodturning and lace-making demonstrations and teddy bear repair and valuation.

I DOORS OPEN DAY Cumbernauld: Sat 17/Sun 18.0236 734604. Glasgow: Sat l7/Sun 18.contact 041 553 1585. Inverclyde: Sat 10. contact 0475 724400. Paisley: Sat 10. contact 041 889 3151.

I DRUMPELLIER BIRD DAY Sun 18. 2—5pm. Drurnpellier Country Park. Townhead Road. Coatbridge. Free. A day of bird related events for all the family. Live displays of exotic birds. falcons. owls and eagles will join the resident ducks and swans. Representatives of the RSPB. SOC and BTO will be on hand to answer questions and give guided birdwatching walks around the park. The 500-acre park is open daily and makes for an excellent nature-orientated day out. with an interesting programme of walks and talks. Contact the Ranger Service on 0236 422257 for further details.

I MEMORABILIA ’94 Sat lO/Sun 1 1. 10am—5pm. City Halls. Candleriggs. Glasgow. £2.50 (£1.50). Step down memory lane at the memorabila roadshow


I DOORS OPEN DAY Various venues around the country, see listings for local contact numbers. Full details of local open doors are generally available from local tourist intormation ottices. A full list at participating towns is available from the Scottish Civic Trust on 041 221 1466. The Eagle Building in Glasgow (open Sat 17) incorporates the original tacade with a unique new entrance atrium built in 1993. It is just one of the increasing number of doors opened to the general public each year. Doors Open Day is a unique opportunity to see inside all those private buildings and residences normally closed to the public and behind the ‘no public access’ signs in public buildings.

with Beatles. Comic Art. Doctor Who. Gerry Anderson and other displays. There will be several attics' worth of memorabilia for sale. including postcards. records. posters. toys. games. advertising ephemera. phone cards and jukeboxes. Mine‘s a Dalek!

I MODELS AND HOBBIES FAIR Sat 17/Sun 18. 10am—5pm. Summerlee Heritage Trust. West Canal Street. Coatbrige. Free. Displays ofstatic and working models. trains. engineering and wonderful Meccano. Also entertainments for the small kids.

I SCOTTISH MUSIC SHOW ’94 Sat 10. 10am—6pm/Sun 1 1. l lam—6pm. SECC. Finnieston Quay. Glasgow. £3.50. information line: 041 204 2161. All the music equipment from samplers to guitars for sale and demonstration. There will be a music education seminar and the CA VA mobile unit will be on display. Live appearances from Ted McKenna. John Goldie and Friends. Warren Cuccurullo. Virgil Donati and Scotland‘s very own Q- Tex. Like. wow man!

I RECORD ’N’ POP FAIR Sat lO/Sun l l. 10am—5pm. SECC. Finnieston Quay. Glasgow. £2. Information line: 041 204 2161. Touted as the largest selection of new and secondhand records. CDs. videos. tapes. books and pop-related items ever assembled. Buy. sell. trade orjust browse through the stalls of the hundreds of exhibitors. Specialist dealers in Led Zeppelin. Madonna. Prince and Springsteen have booked stalls.

I WATER DIVINING Sun 18. 2pm. Visitor Centre. Strathclyde Country Park. Hamilton Road. Motherwell. Free. The age-old practice of water divining explained. It does work. honest! Divining rods supplied.