This section gives details of selected events taking place in and around the central belt of Scotland this iortnight. 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 DUNS SUMMER FESTIVAL Sun 2-—Sat 8. Various venues around Duns. Further details from Coldstream Tourist Information Office: 01890 882607. ()ne of the smaller Borders Festivals. but none the less fun for it. During the weekday evenings. horse rideouts lead by the Duns Reiver are staged around the village. On Thursday evening there will be a torchlit procession and fireworks. On Friday evening the married men take on the bachelors in a game of Handball around the village square. The ball is said to represent the head of a Frenchman and there are no rules except that the gatne goes on until one side scores. Saturday is the main riding of the bounds.

I FIRS & FEATHERS Sat 1. 2pm. I)awycl:. Botanic Garden. Stobo. Peebiesshiie. £3 (£2.50/£l 1. 01721 760254. Bird identification with the Young ()rnithologists Cltrb.

I JETHART CALLANT FESTIVAL to Sat S. Various venues around .chburgh. One of the bigger Borders Festivals. with horse ridouts and processions. The Fortnight culminates with a grand cavalcade on Friday 7. followed by a family day at Ramparts. Abbey Place (2~4pm) and a freedom march by the King's ()wn Scottish Bordere rs at 4.30pm. Saturday S is the Jedburgh Border (.iames at Riverside Park (10.30am--5pm. £2 (50p) with athletics. sprinting and distance events.

I JIM CLARK RALLY Sat 1. 9arri -4pm.

Starts from Newton Street Duns. finishes

at Tait Ilall. Kelso. This annual race to the memory of Jim Clark. the twice world champion Formula 1 racer who was killed on the racetrack 27 years ago. sets off from outside his trophy room in Duns. This year. the main race will be preceded by a historic vehicles rally.


Free. but make a big donation! Riding

I N G S , 1 t r 1 ,t i :l A l I NEWCASTLETON TRADITIONAL MUSIC I V 2’; . FESTIVAL Fri 30 -Sun 2. Various venues .; V21 r g).

round Newcastleton village. 21 miles south of Hawick on the B6399. Details on 01697 748003. The 25th year of this festival boasts competitions for traditional instruments. ceilidh bands. fiddle. accordion. men and women's song and original music but not drinking. althouin this will no doubt be much practised over the weekend. The emphasis is firmly on the traditional. rather than the folk-a-delic worldy spin of other music i festivals. The Grand Concert on Saturday night includes winners from the events while the pipes get their chance to blast out on Sunday. Tickets are available on the day from the Festival Office and there is free camping and caravan parking in the i _’ , village.


I GAME CONSERVANCY SCOTTISH FAIR Sat l/Sun 2. 9.30am-6pm. Scone Palace (irounds. Perth. (off the A93. two miles north east of Perth). £5 1 1. Free car parking. The province of huntin'. shootin' and fishirf folk. the fair promotes the positive aspects of these sports. This I year's event will feature the usual array of ' ~ = i " it"; competitions. For those who would rather gather than hunt. there are a whelter‘ of stalls offering crafts. food and clothing. Also entertainments around the grounds.

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I ROUND BRITAIN YACHT RALLY Sun 9—Wed 12. Leith Docks, Leit ' of a precursor to the Tall Ships Race, this annual yachting rally calls in to Leith on its

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Ticket does not include entry to the Palace for which there is an additional charge.

I GREENPEACE GALA Sat 1. II.30am--5.30pm. Cochrane Park. Alva. (six miles east of Stirling or: the A91).

horses turned out well and pulling the carriage correctly. although there will be a few 'fun‘ classes. Not perhaps a full day out. btrt worth popping in for a few hours if you are of an equine disposition. I HOPETOUN COUNTRY FAIR Sun 9. 11am—5pm. I'Iopetoun House. South Queensfer'ry (signposted from South .Queensferry). £3.50 (50p). Free car parking. See photo caption. I ROUND BRITAIN YACHT RALLY Sun 9-~\Ved I2. Leith Docks. Leith. Edinburgh. See photo caption.

high on Greenpeace International's successful battle against Shell. the Clackmannan Greenpeace Support Group are putting on a day of live music with stalls. clowns. and other entertainment.


I CARRIAGE DRIVING COMPETITION Sun 2. 9am—5pm. Main Ring. Royal Highland Showground. Ingliston. Free. Not the sport of kings. who go for the cross country version and driving about in muddy fields. but the show driving version. The skill lies in getting your

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11am—5pm. Hopetoun House, outh Queensterry 3 (signposted from South Queensierry). £3.50 (50p). Free car parking. A good bet tor a tine day out, the Country Fair boasts tree tall parachuting, talconry and rural joinery I demonstrations. Music will be provided by the Edinburgh Samba School, the Forth : Bridges Dance Band and the Queensterry pipes and drums. There will be lots of 1 activities and stalls, including tood, beer and soft drinks.

lpnr. Traditional Highland Games with dancing. piping and the usual heavyweight competitions. There is also a fun fair and various kids' activities. Contact: Mrs Watt: 01479 873237. ' I HIGH T Sat 1. 3—10.30pm. Aviemore I Mountain Resort Car Park. Aviemore. l Free. 01479 S 107624. A day of music in f the mountains from the likes of Gun. 5 Mike Peters. The Alarm. The Ilurnpff ! Family and Big Vern 'n' The Shootahs, 1 thanks to the benevolence oi fennents Live! There will also be a least of other entertainments. including a fun fair. go- karting. beer tent and mountain bike hire.

I CULZEAN SHEEPDOG COMPETITION Sun 9. 2—5pm. Culzean Castle and Country

: Park. Maybole. Ayrshire. 01655 760274.

3 £3 (£1.50). A competition for both an individual and a team cup. Local young farmers will compete and the event will be judged by Peter lleatherington.

i Culzean is the most visited of the National

Trust for Scotland's properties and has events going on daily.


Strathclyde Loch. Strathclyde Country Park. Hamilton. Free to spectators. Supporters of the Cancer Research Campaign take to the water in Dragon Boats to race for the charity to the beat of the drum.


2-4pm. I angdykeside Car Park. off Main

Street. I.esmahagow. (Iixit ten on the

M74). Free. A walk organised by the

Clyde and Avon Valleys Project during which the myths. old wives tales. i mysteries and medicinal properties of

' I.esmahagow‘s wild woodland and

I hedgerow plants will be explained.


10am—6pm. Kelburn Country Centre.

1 South ()ffices. Fairlie. Ayrshire. 01475 568685. £3.50 (£2). A week of airborn

activities including rocket-making workshops. kite flying and a study of

. NFOs (Nature's Flying ()bjects). Kelburn Castle is now open to the public for the

summer: £1.50 (plus entry to Country Centre).

I SMA’ SHOT DAY Sat 1. Ilam~5pm. Various venues around Paisley. Free. Paisley's big day to celebrate the triumph of the workers over the bosses. The Sma' Shot was the white cotton used to bind the coloured threads in the traditional shawl making industry of Paisley. As you couldn't see the srna shot. the bosses refused to pay the workers to buy it. but after years of dispute the worker's finally

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procession around the town. At noon. the local MP will make an address on the triumph of the weavers and the symbolic burning of the cork takes place at 12.15pm. There are live bands. stalls and other entertainments all afternoon in the centre of town.

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