I WOOOORAFT & FORESTRY FAIR Sat 29-Mon f, 11am-5pm. Kelburn Country Centre, South Offices, Fairlie, Ayrshire. 01475 568685. £3.50 (£2). Three days of displays, demonstrations and hands-on activities on a woody vein. Outdoor displays and demonstrations are sited all around the woodland of the Country Centre and include such arcane delights as snigging, felling and chainsaw sculpture. The Kelburn sawmill will be in operation and indoor demonstrations range from coopering and bodging to stick making, basket weaving and woodturning. Highlight of the fair is a first time appearance from the the acceptable lace of lumberiacking that is the Mid Wales Axe Racers. This six man team are led by the world intermediate underhand axe champion and will be providing an action packed show of chainsaw skills, high speed tree climbing, long saw cutting and axe and chainsaw racing. Jim Rose, eat your heart out. See Kids listings for Easter week activities.
This section gives details of 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 Olbdin.
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I ACTION RESEARCH FAMILY FUN DAY Sat 29. lOam—4pm. Hillend Ski Centre. Biggar Road. Edinburgh. 0131 445 4433. Sponsored skiing. rollerblading. bungy runs. pony rides and sledging in aid of Action Research. This should he an excellent family day out with bundles of things happening in the marquee from 10am and barbecued food available from noon.
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I BELTANE FIRE FESTIVAL Sun 30.
10.30pm—dawn. Calton Hill. Edinburgh. Free. but donations more than welcome. Bigger than ever before. this year's Beltane fire promises hundreds of performers. puppets. drummers. dancers. fire sculptures and installations with an expected audience of 5.000. Don’t forget to take warm clothing and something to warm up the inner body at this ancient ritual. Although the rituals finish at about midnight. that is when the real celebrations begin and continue through the night until the sun rises. A post- beltane club has been organised by Sativa at the New Calton. see club listings for further information.
I FARM CRAFTS DAYS Sat 29/Sun 30. : 10am—5pm. Almond Valley Heritage . Centre. MIIIﬁCld. Livingston. ()1506
414957. £2.20 (£1.10). Victorian farming
and dairying demonstrations at Almond Valley which is open daily and has plenty of family orientated things to do both indoors and out.
I HYPNDTIC SHOWS Sat 29 and weekly through May. midnight. The Odeon Cinema. Clerk Street. Edinburgh. 0131 667 7331. £6.50. Adults only entertainment from Edinburgh‘s own Shrink who bills himself as ‘the ultimate liypnotist'.
I MUIRAVONSIDE COUNTRY FAIR Sun 23. |--5pm. Muiravonside Country Park. near l.inlithgow. Rural activities. stalls. crafts. horse show and dog show.
I POND LIFE AT LOCHDRE MEADOWS Sun 23. 2—4pm. Lochore Meadows Country Park. Lochgelly. Fife. ()1592 860086. A look at the amphibian life in the pond with
r the Ranger service and an expert from l Fife Nature. On Sun 30. 2—4pm the
rangers lead an Indian Trackers expedition to read clues from the countryside and track down the well- hidden wildlife.
I THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTS Sat 22. lOam-me. Royal Botanic Gardens Exhibition Hall. lnverleith Row. Edinburgh. 0131 552 7171. £10. booking essential. A one day course looking at some of the interesting plants featured in the David Attenborough TV series.
I SONS ET COULEURS Fri 28. 7pm-midnight. Assembly Rooms. George Street. Edinburgh. 0131 220 4349. £6 (£4). Part of Edinburgh‘s Spring Fling. this fashion show promises outrageousness and vibrant colour. Andriamparany designs on the catwalk. drag queens on the floor and rootsie rhythms later in the evening to get your toes tapping. Buffet bar.
I SPRING FLING GALA DAY Sun 30. l--~lpm. Victoria Park. Newhaven Road. Edinburgh. Free. Serious family day out activities for the Spring Fling. For the young uns there's face painting from the Painted Smiles people. a kids fun fair and sports. an appearance from Mr Bob and a treasure hunt with prizes. The older crowd can browse through the car boot sale. show their prowess or. lack of it. on the have-a-go assault course and beat the goalie competition or simply graze their way through the stalls and hot food stands.
I A VOICE FOR THE RAINFOREST Mon 24. 6pm. Seminar Room South. David Hume Tower. Buccleuch Place. Edinburgh.
I FRIENDS OF THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE WEEKEND Sat 29—Sun l. lOam—Spm. Strathspey Railway. Aviemore Speyside Station. Dalfaber Road. Aviemore. 01479 810725. £4.20 (£2.10). Trains depart Boat of Garton every hour on the hour and from Aviemore every hour on the half hour. Afternoon tea and morning coffee are served in a restaurant car from the Flying Scotsman.
I SPRING GLORY Sat 29 April-Mon 1 May. 1.30—5pm. Drum Castle. Drumoak. by Banchory (off the A93. 3 miles west of Petercultcr). 01330 81 1204. £3.50 (£1.80). ()ne of the three oldest tower houses in Scotland. this Scottish National Trust property will be decked out with ﬂowers and there will be a plant and ﬂower sale in the courtyard.
I ANTIOUE AND COLLECTORS FAIR Sun 30. Ham-5pm. New Lanark Visitor Centre, New Lanark Mills. Lanark. 01555 661345. 60p.
I AUCTIONS Wed 26. Thurs 27. Christies Auction House. 164 Bath Street. Glasgow. 0141 332 8134. Free. Jewellery and Silver Wed 26. l lam. Oil Paintings and watercolours: Thurs 27. 2pm.
I BOAT JUMBLE Sun 30. from 10am. The Scottish Maritime Museum. Harbourside. Irvine. £2. Bargains galore on the waterfront with everything from a spanner
to a spinnakre for sale from traders. charter operators. clubs and individuals on over 100 stalls. There is also plenty to see and do at the museum with boat rides round the harbour (weather permitting). boats on display both in and out of the water and an exhibition with the intriguing title of ‘Carry on Cruising‘.
I DAWN CHORUS Sun 30. 5.30am. Gleniffer Braes Country Park. Glen Lodge. Glenlield Road. Paisley. 0141 884 3794. Free. but booking essential. Get up with the lark and experience the sights and sounds of the countryside in the early morning.
I FOOD PROMS Until Tue 2 May. Various venues around Glasgow. A celebration of the best in Scottish food and cooking offers a chance to look at the impact of food on our culture. Events include tutored wine tastings. cookery demonstrations. a sugarcraft and cake decoration exhibition and illustrated lectures. Further details from 0141 636 6332.
I RITE OF SPRING Sun 23. Ipm—dusk. Rouken Glen Park. Eastwood. Free. The final event in Eastwood's arts festival: Artsfeast. The afternoon starts with a family sculpture day. followed by performances of dance. music and street theatre by schools and community groups. The climactic event is a massive procession through the park with music. lanterns and banners to a giant bonﬁre to symbolically banish winter and welcome spring as dusk falls.
I SPRING BUDS, DLOOMS AND BIRDSONG IN THE CLYDE VALLEY Sun 23. 2—3.30pm. Meet at the Popinjay ltm. Lanark Road. Rosebank (on the A72 between Hamilton 'and Lanark). Free. A springtime walk in the Mauldsie Woods near Rosebank to discover the wild flowers and birds which inhabit the woodlands organised by the Clyde and Avon Valleys Project.
I SPRING FLING Sat 29—Mon 1. 10am—5pm. Summerlee Heritage Trust. West Canal Street. Coatbridge. 01236 431261. Free. A festival for kids at the West of Scotland’s top industrial museum with the usual clowns. face-painting. traditional games. puppetshows and music.
I TRACKING ROE DEER Sun 30. 7.30-9.30am. Drumpellier Country Park. Townhead Road. Coatbridge. 01236 422257. Booking essential. Another early start. this time tojoin the Drumpellier Rangers in a search through the park for Roe Deer.
I A VOICE FOR THE RAINFOREST Sun 23. 8pm. Cottier Theatre. Hyndland Street. Glasgow. 0141 357 3868. £3.
I WATER WEIRDIES Sun 23. 2pm. Chatelherault Country Park. Femiegair. by Hamilton. 01698 426213. Free. but phone to book a place. Find out what lives in the pond and river. Also SPRING FLOWERS Sun 30. 2pm. A guided walk round the park to look at Chatelherault‘s spring blossoms.
I WOODCRAFT & FORESTRY FAIR Sat 29—Mon l. Ham—5pm. Kelburn Country Centre. South Offices. Fairlie. Ayrshire. 01475 568685. £3.50 (£2). See photo caption. -
A warm rain has been falling and that‘s not good for the skiers. They‘re piste off. to say the least. Although The Lecht and Glenshee are closed. the three remaining resorts reported good crowds over Faster with reasonable snow for the time of year. You will probably have to walk a bit to get to the whitish stuff. Providing the rain holds off the snow should hold out with skiable conditions to the end of April.
I GLENCOE Chairlift company: 01855 851 226. Closed Tue/Wed. ()pen to May I.
I NEVIS RANGE Chairlift company: 01397 705825.
I CAIRNDDHM Chairlift company: 0147‘) 861 261.
DO The List 21 Apr-4 May 1995