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


I KELSO HORSE SALES Sat 24. 9.30am-2.30pm. Springwood Park. Kelso. Details and catalogue (£1) from Oliver & Sons 031 443 4444. Free (car park £1). If you fancy looking a few bargain horses in the mouth then trot on down to Kelso this morning. for the horse sale.

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I ESNDALE AGRICULTURAL SHOW Sat 24. 9.30am—5pm. The Castleholm. Langholm. £2 i50p). (£1 after 2pm). car park £1. Everything you‘d expect from a country agricultural show. Livestock competitions ranging from Jacob Sheep to cattle and horses by way of goats and donkeys. Horse driving event. vintage machinery and parade ofchampions round the show ring at 2pm. Also industrial and craft tents. the always important beer tent and lots of trade stands and stalls. The South Of Scotland SheafTossing Championship takes place in the main ring at 2.15pm.


I DAWN GOOSE WATCH Sunrise. Sat 24 and weekly until Sat 22 October. Vane Farm RSPB Nature Reserve. Loch Leven (on the 139097. one mile east ofjunction 5 on the M90). Phone 0577 862355 for times and to book a place. £3. More than 20.000 pink-footed and greylag geese over-winter on Loch Leven and the sight of them all flying out from the loch at sunrise is breathtaking. There are a limited number of spaces on this early morning adventure. so book as soon as possible! The price includes breakfast.

I FUHGAL FORAYS As autumn turns. mushrooms and fungi are sprouting out from under the trees and across the meadows. See feature on the food page. The following fungal forays offer the opportunity to search for fungi with someone who can tell their ceps from their psilocybin:

Lochore Meadows Country Park near Lochgelly. Sun 25. 2—4pm. Further details from 0592 860086/860261.

Polkemmet Country Park near Whitburn. Sun 25. 2—4pm. Further details from 0501 743905.

Townhill Country Park Wood Car Park. Sun 25. 2—4pm. Further details from 0383 725596.

I HOOFSTOCK AT THE ZOO Sat i/Sun 2. 9.30am—6pm. Edinburgh Zoo. Corstorphine Road. £5.10 (£2.70). 031 334 9171. (Zoo open daily). Special activities have been organised at the zoo for every weekend through October. Every weekend there will be animal- handling classes. brass rubbing and free activity worksheets and games. Over this weekend the keepers will be introducing two of the new babies at the zoo: Kora the giraffe and Meru the rhino.

I LADY VICTORIA COLLIERY OPEN DAY Sun 25. Ham-4pm. Scottish Mining Museum. Newtongrange. Midlothian. 031 663 7519. Free. See photo caption.


I ALFORD AUCTION AND AUTOJUMBLE Sun 25. 1 lam—5pm. Grampian Transport Museum. Alford. 28 miles west of Aberdeen on the A944. Free. 09755 62292. Viewing from 11am. bidding commences at 1pm with the small lots and accessories. followed by motorbikes. classic and vintage cars. commercial vehicles. tractors and barn engines. Famous for its bargains. Alford pitches itself towards the less wealthy collector who fancies a motor to restore over the winter. so don’t expect to drive your bargain away!

I 4x4 DRIVING EVENT Sat l/Sun 2. Newtonmore village. 15 miles south of Aviemore. This is an excellent family weekend out. well worth driving north for. either to take part (entry f 15 per vehicle. contact Colin Stewart on 0540 673 518 after 6pm) or simply to spectate. On each day vehicles take part in a zany mix of ten tasks. including a hill climb. blindfold driving. a water challenge. car gymkhana. and balancing your vehicle on a see-saw.


I CROSSFORD RAFT RACE Sun 25. noon—4pm. Crossford. Lanarkshire. Spectators free. Three rafts will leave Hazelbank at regular intervals on their way downstream to the Sandyholm Garden Centre. Judging of rafts begins at noon. The first of the expected 60 rafts will leave at about 1pm and the best vantage point is said to be the Crossford Bridge with its conveniently local Ian.

I FUNGAL FORAYS See also feature on the food page.

Drumpeliier Country Park Townhead Road. Coatbridge. Fungi Made Easy. Sun 25. 2.30pm. Details from 0236 422257. Chatelherault Country Park Ferniegair.

Hamilton. A beginners‘ guide to , mushrooms. Sun 25. Booking essential. from 0698 426213.

Bothwell Castle Castle Avenue. Bothwell.

Meet at car park. Sun 2. 2—4pm. Details

from 0698 263138.

Calderglenn Country Park Strathaven Road. East Kilbride. Autumn Foods Country Walk. Sun 2. 2pm. Details from 03552 36644.

Culzean Country Park Maybole. Ayrshire: Fascinating Fungi. Sun 2. 2pm. Meet at Swan Pond car park. Details from 06556

274. . I RED DEER RUT Sat 1. 3—8pm. 3 Ardgartan. Phone Forest Enterprise on 0396 84666 to book a place. As the mist descends down the mountains. the lust descends on the red deer stags and they

bellow their desires around the glens. 1f the voyeur in you is intrigued. the Forest Enterprise will take you on this guided

walk into the heart of the forest to see the

‘celebrated deer rutting spectacle.‘

I SANG SOL HEALING CEREMONY Fri 23. 2pm. Cathedral Precinct. St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art. 2 Castle Street. Glasgow. Free. Lama Khemsar. a Tibetan Master of the Yungdrung Bon tradition. will perform this ceremony which has been used in Tibet for thousands of years to defeat famine and drought. help create peace and reduce disease. The museum is open daily. 10am—5pm (Sun: 11am—5pm).


10am-5pm. Scottish Maritime Museum.


I LADY VICTORIA COLLIERY OPEN DAY Sun 25, 11am-4pm. Scottish Mining Museum, Newtongrange, Midlothian. 031 663 7519. museum, which aims to preserve and interpret the Scottish coal industry for the public, is reckoned to be the finest surviving colliery in Europe. Former miners share their experiences and recollections with visitors on a guided tour of the site, which also includes the Miners’ Skill, an exhibition describing the various jobs oi the men who worked at lady Victoria in its 150-year history. On the open day all guided tours of the colliery and visitors centre exhibitions are free, and there are the added attractions of face painting, pit pony rides, and a bouncy castle for the kids. Bigger kids might care to have a go at the bar-fly jump onto a veicro wall or bungee running. Barbecued snacks and refreshments will be available throughout the day. The museum is open daily, mam-4pm until Friday 30 September. Normal entry is £1.95

Free. Established ten years ago, the

Harbourside. Irvine. £2. Everything you need if your bent is messing about in. on or under the water.

; I SCOTTISH BRIDAL FAIR Sat l/Sun 2. 10am-5pm. SECC. Finnieston Quay. Glasgow. £5 (£2.50). Information line 041 204 2161. All you‘re wedding needs under one roof. from wedding gowns to bridal bouquets. and favours to financial companies. to cope with the overdraft after the special day. Whether there will be a lawyer there to advise you through

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Open 1 0.00am -

Royce, Jaguar, BMW,

Cl Individual displays

:1 Hundreds of classic,

9 historic and collectors '? vehicles on display inside

:1 Classic Car Owners Club

Stands, to include Rolls Cobra etc. ,both inside the

Hall and outside :1 Trade and Accessory stands

Buy yourself a classic at the Classic Car For Sale Area inside the Hall FREE ENTRY to anyone arriving in a classic

vehicle - phone for further details SEE YOU THERE FOR A GREAT DAY OUT!

1 the crockery throwing stage is not

I advertised. Five fashion shows daily.

I SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL BIRD SHOW Sat l/Sun 2. 1—7pmiSat); 10anI—530pni (Sun). SliCC. Finnie.ston Quay. Glasgow. £3 (£1.50). Fans of our feathered friends should be in for a tweet this weekend. with thousands ofcaged birds on display and for purchase. Also all those essentials for keeping your birds happy and healthy. although a free trip back to the wild is not on offer.

EDINBURGH CLASSIC CAR SHOW Royal Highland Showground,

Edinburgh Edinburgh Airport)

Sat. 8th & Sun. 9th October

5.00pm both days

the Exhibition Hall

J. Autoiumble section

ADMISSION ALL ENQUIRIES V Adults £4.50 Tet 0775 712100 Accompanied Children Mobue; 0850 752616 I (5-14) FREE Fax: 0775 718125


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