I UNIJTNGOVI EXT RAVAGANZA Sat 20, 11.3llan—4.30prn/Sun 21, 12.30-4.30pm.

Liniithgow Palace, Linlithgow. £4 (ca/£2). Historical re-enactments, falconry, combat and weapon displays and fire blowing are a few of the entertainments planned for this Historic Scotland event. Among the re-enacters are The Clann with their demonstrations of Jacobite weaponry and clothing, Garrick 800 with combat skills ranging from Vikings to lloyalists and lloundheads and The White Cockade who are experts in living history and will be setting up a iiedcoat camp In the Palace Courtyard. While you lap up the history, the kids can take in a wide selection of activites.

This section gives details of selected events fairing place In and around the central belt of Scotland this fortnight. Events are listed by area and then alphabetically. All subrnisslons should be accompanied by a contact phone number for our information. Days Out compiled by Thom llibdin.


I AGRICULTURAL VINTAGE RALLY Sun 21. 10.30am—4.30pm. Auction Market. Newton St Boswells. £3 (£2). Vintage tractors and traction engines. cars. motor cycles and machinery are the main attraction. but there will also be crafts and trade stands. kids entertainment and refreshments, but no beer tent. 'I ALLANTON BEER AND BLUES FESTIVAL Fn' 26—Sun 28. Allanton Inn. near Chimside. Berwickshire. 01890 818260. £2. Roasted pig. real beer and real blues sounds like a must if your passing this way over the weekend. Entry includes programme. first drink and a com liment glass. I C TI N OF SCOTTISH BEER Sat 27/Sun 28. noon—5pmf7—l 1pm. Traquair House. innerleithen. Peebleshire. £3. 01896 830323. A new addition to the usual round of cask ales and bottled beers at Traquair’s annual beer fest is the Jacobite Ale. Brewed to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Jacobite uprising in 1745. this bottled bevy comes spiced with coriander and an ABV of 8 per cent. Yum Yum! Live music at each of the sessions. food available all day and free tours of the brewery. Traquair house is open daily. l2.30—5.30pm.

I CHIRNSIDE GALA WEEK Sun 21—Sat 27. Various venues around Chimside. The week of events kicks off with the first professional games of the season. at the Chirnside football park: Sun 21. noon—6pm. £2 (£1). Besides the games there will be Highland Dancing, kids events and the usual stalls. The other event worth travelling for is the open football five-a—side competition on Sat 27 at the same place. All teams must be registered before noon.

I FLOORS CASTLE HORSE TRIALS Sat 27. 8.30am start. Floors Castle. Kelso Roxburghshire. £5 per car. The dressage starts at 8.30am. with the Cross Country and Show Jumping leaping off at 10.30am. Floors Castle. built in, 1721 is home to the Duke of Roxburgh and is open Sun—Thurs. 10.30am—4pm.

I NEWCASTLETON CRAFT FAYRE Sat 27—Sun 3 June. 11am-5pm. Newcastleton Village Hall. 25p. Over 50 craft workers displaying and selling their wares.

I SELKIRK SCOTTISH FESTIVAL Sat 20. 1.30—5pm. Selkirk Rugby Club grounds. Philiphaugh. Selkirk. £2.50 (50p). The centrepiece of Selkirk’s annual festival is this family fun day with the usual assortment of sheep dogs. motor cycle acrobatics. tug o’war and massed bands. Yes. there will be catering. a kiddies comer and a load of stalls. Buskers will be doing their stuff around Selkirk all day and the massed bands will be blowing their own trumpets in a final workout at the Market Place at 6.30pm. after which the local hostelries will be expecting your custom.


I ATHOLL HICHLANDERS PARADE Sat 27. 3pm. Blair Castle. Blair Atholl. Pitlochry. Castle open daily: 10am—5pm. £5 (£4). 01796 481207. The Duke of Atholl is the only British subject allowed to maintain a private army. which parades once a year in front of the castle. This year they will be joined by the Transvaal Scottish regiment and some of the Lonach Highlanders. On Sun 28. the Castle will be hosting the Atholl Highland Games. 1—5pm. £3 (£1).

I BUDDHA DAY AT BALOUHIDDER Sat 21. 11am—5pm. Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre. Balquhidder. Lochearnhead. Free. but donations welcome. 01877 384213. To mark the 2538th year since the Buddha‘s Enlightenment. the monks of Dhanakosa well be offering vegetarian food. music. talks. events for children and a specially decorated marquee by the loch. The Centre runs a varied programme of retreats throughout the year featuring meditation. yoga and Tai Chi.

I COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL Sat 27. noon—midnight. Devondale Hall. Tillicoultry. £10 (£9) all day. £7 (£6) part day. Break out the stetsons and Colt 45s and hoe down to Tillicoultry County for this C&W mega fest. The first band is on stage at 1pm. your host for the afternoon is Radio Forth’s Dick Bary and featured bands include Navada. The Hayleys and A Band Named Sioux. Also a fast draw contest, line dancing. stalls and a hoe down. Neehh-hieeagh!

I FAMILY FUN DAY Sun 28. 12.30—5pm. Cochrane and Johnstone Park. Alloa. Free. Andy Cameron and Bill Torrence are your hosts for the afternoon at this kids-orientated afternoon. A total of 26 performances will take place throughout the day from the likes of Macumba. Rainbow Magic. the local fiddle orchestra. puppets. trampolinists. a pipe band and plenty ofclowns. Sky diving at

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IPPARACHUTINC CHAMPIONSHIP Sat 27-Mon 29. 9am—dark. Strathallen Airfield. Near Auchterarder. Spectators free. See photo caption.

I REAL ALE FESTIVAL Fri 26. 5—1 lpm/Sat 27. 11am—l 1pm. Alloa Town Hall. £2 entry. includes commemorative glass. A bit more than serious drinking for CAMRA types. this major beer fest

includes rock music from local bands Elemental. Crow Road and Revolver. Besides the usual suspects in the Scottish real ale cannon. guest ales include Dog Bolter. Devon Thick Black and raw scrumpy cider.

I WATERSKIINC CHAMPIONSHIPS Sun 28/Mon 30. 11am—6pm. Lochearnhead Watersports Centre. Lochearnhead. 01567 830330. Spectators free. Ben Hur on water in this British National and in Land Championships for water ski racing. Skiing finishes with the prize-giving at 3pm on Monday.


I DAWN CHORUS Sun 21. 6.30—8.30am. Lochore Meadows Country Park. Lochgelly. Fife. £1 for breakfast. 01592 86086. The ultimate in post club chill- zoncs. As more of the summer migrants arrive. so the dawn chorus gets louder. Booking essential.

I LINLITHCOW EXTRAVAGANZA Sat 20. 11.30am—4.30pm/Sun 2i. 12.30—4.30pm. Linlithgow Palace. Linlithgow. £4 (£3/£2). See photo caption.

I PUFFIN CRUISE Sat 27. 10.30am—l.30pm. Firth of Forth. £8 (£5). Booking essential on 01577 862355. A cruise round the Inner Forth islands on the MV Maid off/w Furl/1 with one of the wardens from the Vane Farm RSPB nature reserve. This rewarding opportunity to watch seabirds is repeated on Sundays 1 l. 18 and 25 June.


I DUNNICHAN EVE PARTY Fri 19. 8pm—lam. Letham Village Hall. Letham. Angus. (Not Letham. Fife!) Tickets £10 from Scales. West Cross Causeway. Edinburgh. Robbie The Pict has organised this major dose of mania for Dunnichan Eve with music from Tinderbox. Shakeagh Nhaill and Blazefakers and alcohol from Anglestomp Ale (£2 a pint. ‘but you only need one!‘). Above the merriment there is the more serious demand that the Stone of Destiny be returned by midnight. ‘A touchstone for the Law and Order debate in the Perth and Kinross bi-election' says Robbie. At midnight there will be the usual ritual banishing of unionist ambitions.

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I INTERNATIONAL MODEL YACHT RACING Sat 27—Mon 29, 10am-5pm. lirumpeilier



Country Park, Townhead Road, Coatbridge. 9am—4pm. Free. World class yachting: the most skiiful, the most exciting and the most costly. Just because they are radio- controlled models, don’t think these yachts are cheap. About £2500 is the asking price for one of these carbon fibre delights, which are up to seven feet in height and carry up to 500 square inches of sail. The higher the winds the better, as the yachts can cover 300 yards in under 90 seconds. The only reason racing will be cancelled

will be if wind speeds top 30mph.

72 The List 19 May-1 Jun 1995