DAYS OUT LISTINGS
l CANAL EVENTS DURING GLASGOW FAIR Sat 15-Fri 27. Various ven
ues along the
Forth & Clyde Canal. Full details from the Forth & Clyde Canal Project on 0141 332 9115, ext 19. There is something going on every day at 2pm along the canal. Donald the horse stars on Sun 23, pulling the barge (pictured above) from Maryhill Locks with a live hand, there are bike hikes on both Saturdays from Applecross Basin, a teddy bears picnic will be held on Mon 17 at Maryhill locks and an industrial tour by barge leaves Spiers Wharf on Wed 19 (phone to book a place).
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
for our information. Days Out compiled by Thom Dibdin.
I AIKWOOD TOWER GARDEN OPEN DAY Sat 15. 2 ()pm. Aikvvood Tower. Selkirk. A chance to rubberneck round the gardens of Sir David Steel MP under Scotland‘s (iarden Scheme. The gardens are notable as they \v ere r't-plantetl in I‘Nl by Louise Wall using only plants grown in Scotland dtrring the l7th century. Plant lovers will be particularly interested to see several old varieties of rose. Plants will be on sale during the day. including the old White .‘vlelrose apple which vv as cultivated by the monks at Melrose Abbey in the Middle Ages. There will also be displays of Ilovv er paintings by Marjorie [you and sculptures by Jake Harvey.
I AYTON CASTLE POLO TOURNAMENT Wed l‘)—I"ri 2 I. 2--()pm (I lam—4pm. lir'i). Ayton Castle. by Iiyeniouth. Berwickshire. 01890 78I2I2. lirce. btrt a donation to the riding for the disabled charity is requested. Three days of pukka chukkas with low—goal (0-0) Handicap polo. No. don't ask trs what that means. except that it ensures a fair contest and competitive games. Refreshments will be
style castle. built in 18-16 otrt of red sandstone. is lived in as a fantin home it is open on Sundays. 2~—5pm. £2 (under 15s free).
I HERRING UUEEN FESTIVAL Sat 22—Sun 30. Various venues around liyemouth.
Full details of events during the week front Eyemouth Tourist Information
Centre on 018907 50678. What was once a simple annual picnic and day otrt for the whole town has evolved into the coronation of the Herring ()ueen. chosen
_ = by ballot from the local school. The main accompanied by a contact phone number ;
event takes place at 1.30pm on Sat 22.
. when the queen in waiting arrives at
Iiyemouth harbour to be greeted by the children of the town and led tip to the Citrnsgrcen picnic area where the coronation takes place.
I KELSO CIVIC WEEK Sat 15 Sat 22. Various venues around Kelso. Full details ofevents during the week from Kelso Tourist Information Centre on 01573 223464. Horse based processions and rideotrts. a fancy dress parade and dances are a few of the attractions at Kelso. On Wednesday the Colour Httssittg and installation of the Kelso l.addie takes place iii the Kelso Square at 7pm. with a torchlit procession leaving Mayftelds at Ilpm to arrive at The Cobby for a firework display at ll.15pm. On Saturday 22 there will be entertainment in the Square from the High Tension Road Show. starting at Ham and clearing tip in time for the l.addies return from the main rideotrt at 4.30pm.
: I PIPE BANDS AT FLOORS Sun 16. 2pm.
l‘loors Castle. 2 miles North West of Kelso on the 8608‘). L2. includes entry to castle grounds. lintry to castle and grounds: £3,800. 1 .90; castle open daily I0.30am--~I.30pm. A good excuse to visit Floors. a William Adam mansion dating
from I721 with later additions front available. Although the Scottish Baronial-
William I’Iayfair. Floors was the location shoot for the film (I‘l‘t't'.\IU/\‘t'.
CENTRAL 8: TAYSIDE
I BEATING OF THE RETREAT Sun 16. 9pm.
Stirling Castle lisplanade. Stirling. Tickets
:£5 tic-Ii. £2 standing. front ()l78(i 473 5-14.
See photo caption.
I CALLANDER RAFT RACE AND FUN DAY Sttn 23. l.30-—5pm. The Meadows. Callander. Free. litm for all the family.
with pony rides. stalls. a mountain rescue ' display. aerobatics. Highland Dancing and a presentation from the Kit Car Cltrb. The organisers are hoping fora spot of rain to ; fill tip the river and make the raft race
(3pm) ﬂow a bit faster and the contestants get well and truly wet. I GLAMIS TRANSPORT EXTRAVAGANZA
Sat IS/Sun If). 9am—6pm. (ilamis Castle.
on the A94. 5 miles SW of liorliat'. £4 (£2).
Saturday is a flea market. atrtojumble. antique display and trade and craft stands. The extravagan/a itself is on Sunday with over (>00 vehicles expected to show. Among the entertainments are appearances from the Mid Wales Axe Racing Team. the Kangaroo Kidd with his quad bike stunts and a l‘)20 (iebr‘uder
E Hr‘uder fair'gt‘ound organ. Also helicopter flights and a Ventura Super X Simulator. I lintry does not include a ticket to (ilatttis Castle, which is open daily.
I0.30am——5.30pm (USU/£2.40) tel 01307
8402-12. and was the childhood home of the Queen Mum.
j DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY :
I VIKING BATTLE RE-ENACTMENT Sun lo.
2.30pm. Caerlaverock Castle. 8 miles south east of Dumfries on the H725. £2 (£1.25/75p) ()l387 770244. Castle open Mon—Sat: 9.3(lilIIl-‘(T3IITHIIL Sun: 2--(i.30pm. liarl Siggurdson and his Islesmen take on the mighty Eric Hloodaxe and his warriors in hand-to-
hand combat. Thank ()din it’s just the
Carrick 800 Battle Re-enactment Society
coming over all Viking for the afternoon! Cacrlaver'ock is reckoned to be one of the : fittest medieval fortresses in Scotland. It
was the scene of two famous sieges and
has a model siege engine in the grounds.
as well as a kids adventure play area.
i LOTHIANS 8r FIFE
5 I AIRTH HIGHLAND GAMES Sat 22.
llam—bpm. Northgreens I’ark. Airth. £2
(LISII). All the fun of the Highlands in
bonny Airth vv ith those heavy events.
. running. cycling. tug-o‘wvar. Highland . Dancing and whippet racing.
I CRAIL FESTIVAL \‘v'ed l8- Sat 2‘).
Various venues around Crail. Iiife. Full : details from 01333 450909. l0am—5pm. A
week ol'concerts and workshops in this small liife port which should provide an extra attraction during any visit. The week steps otrt on Wed l‘) with a liiddlers Rally in the Community Hall (8pm. £3). Sat 22
j and Sun 23 see a selection of workshops
i and activities for the kids. including kite
making on Sunday in the Community Hall (2.30pm. £3). The l‘ootstomping
Khartoum Heroes make an appearance on Sat 22. also in the Community Hall (8pm.
1.11;. i I INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL
Sun 23. 2.30pm. l.inlithgow l’alace. Dancing in the coutryard as the l.inlithgow Festival Trust hosts folk dance groups from Belgium. l.ithuania and Spain on the 25th anniversary of the Dunedin Dancers International l-‘olk
I LEITH FESTIVAL AND GALA DAY Sat
IS-l-‘ri 2l. \'arious venues around I.eith.
See Tall Ships Race feature.
I MUSSELBURGH RIDING OF THE
MARCHES Strn 23 Sat 2‘). Various venues around Musselburgh. I-trll details from the Riding of the Marches Office on ()I3l (>65
_37I I ext. 2‘)|. This historic festival takes - place every 2I years. when the appointed
Turf Cutter. Town Champion and their Attendants lead a mounted procession to
i the twelve cutting stations which mark out
the boundaries of the Honest Toun.
Nowadays the celebrations are extended to a week. with concerts. re-enactments and all sorts ofcolourful celebrations. The
I BEATING OF THE RETREAT Sun 16, 9pm. Stirling Castle Esplanade, Stirling. Tickets
£5 (£4), 22 standing, from 01786 473 544. Six pipe bands, the twenty-strong lnner
Sense Percussion Orchestra and the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra provide the " soundtrack to this breathtaking fireworks display.
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