l KELSO RAM SALES Fri 8, mam—6.30pm. Springwood Park, Kelso. Free. Last year, over 7,000 breeding rams were sold individually in the eighteen rings: one every four and a half seconds! But it is not just the spectacle of the sale that makes this atop Days Out recommendation. There’s a social side to the largest one-day ram sale in the world, held under nearly one mile of canvas. Besides the trade stands selling all kinds of country paraphernalia there is catering and the all-important beer tents. But be warned: don’t get too tipsy and go winking at that smashing Bluefaced Leicester or you might just end up taking him home with you.

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 Dibdin.


I KELSO RAM SALES Fri 8. I0am—6.30pm. Springwood l’ark. Kelso. Free. See photo caption.


1 1.30am—5pm. Whitestonc Park. l’eebles. Family Days Out are go! The games start off with :1 Pipe Band competition from

1 1.30am. dancing at noon antl the heavy events from 1.30pm.

I SCOTTISH BORDERS FESTIVAL OF WALKING Sat ‘)——Sat 16. Various venues around West Linton. Details frotn lain MacKinlay on 01968 67751 1. This week- long celebration of walking and the countryside is centred around West


Linton. There will be walks. both self-led and guided. of various lengths every day. The guided walks have all been planned with a theme and will be led by someone knowledgeable in local history. archaeology or wildlife. livery evening there will be talks in West Linton at 7pm. The Festival starts with an Activity Day at Cottage Fartn on Sat 9, with a Country Fair there on Sun 10 ( 10am—5pm). Entry to both events is £5 per car. Surprisingly. no price is given for those on foot.

I SELKIRK VINTAGE VETERAN VEHICLE SHOW Sun 17. 11am—5pm. Philiphaugh. Selkirk. £2 (£1). A fabulous display of vintage. veteran and classic vehicles and stationary engines. Also your autojumble and trade stands. ()n a non-vehicular front there's ring-entertaimnent. kids rides. catering and. ofcourse. a bar.

I TEVIOTHEAD SHOW Sat 16. ‘).30am—4.30pm. Fanlash Farm. Teviothead. Hawick. £1.50. Your traditional rural show. in your traditional rural setting. Besides the sheepdog trial and sheep judging there's industrial crafts. hound trials. kids races and sheaf tossing.

I TRAOUAIR NEEDLEWORK WEEKEND Sat l6/Sun 17. 12.30—5.30pm. Traquair House. lnnerleithin. £3.75 (£1.75). 01896 830323. Besides offering a rare opportunity to see some of Traquair's I'tnest embroideries. there will be study classes (which must be booked iii advance). exhibitions. demonstrations and stalls. Everything. in fact, any nimble- fingered stitcher could want.

I YARROW & ETTRICK PASTORAL SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW Sat 9. Carterhaugh. Selkirk. Local hill show. with a full complement ofsheep. cattle. show ponies and horses. Plus

i showjumping. trade stands and the usual kids entertainments.



Fri 8—Sun 10. 10am—6pm (5pm. Sun). The

Assembly Rooms. George Street. , Edinburgh. £2 (accompanied children

free). See photo caption.

I HISTORIC COMMERCIAL VEHICLE RALLY Sun 17. lI.30am—4.30pm. Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. Union Street. Bo‘ness. 01506 822298. More commercial vehicles. buses. lorries and vans as an added attraction to the steatn trains which chuff along to the Birkley Fireclay mine. I RAF LEUCHERS BATTLE OF BRITAIN AIRSHOW Sat 16. 8am—7pm. Letichers, St Andrews. Fife. Tickets in advance: £6 (£5). on the day: £8 (£6). Ticket hotline 01334 839000. All-action flying displays frotn the RAF. the Royal Navy. the Army and eight airforces from around the world. Besides the military hardware there will be civilian displays including the (‘adbury Crunchie Flying Circus. ()n the ground there's tnore aircraft and. to keep the family fully occupied. a craft fair. funfair. vintage car display, fencing and karate competitions, simulators and more. There will be full catering ‘for all tastes'. Please leave your pets at home.

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I DOORS OPEN DAY Sat 9/Sun 10, Sat 16/Sun 17. Various venues in 23 towns around the country. Full details of local open doors are generally available from local tourist information offices and the Scottish Civic Trust (0141 221 1466) has contact numbers for local coordinators. The towns, cities and districts participating this year are Aberdeen, Alloa, Banff, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Clydesdale, Cumbernauld, Dumfries, Dundee, Dunfennline, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow, Cordon, Hamilton/MotherwelI/Strathaven, lnverclyde, lnverness, Kirkcaldy, Linlithgow, N.E. Fife, Paisley, Perth, Stirling and Tain. Among the highlights are Southness Lighthouse near Whithom in Dumfries and a Masonic Temple in Aberdeen. St Matthews Church of the Nazerene pictured above was built in 1906 and provides a good example of Art Nouveau architecture to rival Mackintosh. The interior is even better, with ‘frenzied’

woodwork and soaring roof trusses.


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