This section gives details of special selected events taking place within Edinburgh and Glasgow and around the Central Belt this fortnight.

Listings are compiled b date, place and then event. Extra Times listings compiled by Brian Donaldson.



lfiii/eiii-niir info: 018] 858 4422. until Sun I. l0am—7pm. £5 (£3.50/L‘250). family ticket £12.50. The world's most authentic replica ship spends its last few days anchored in l.eith before speeding off into the sunset for lnverness. Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour The Beehive Inn. (irassmarket. info: 55-1 0777. £6 (£5 ). (rpm. 8.30pm. A great excuse to educate yotrrself through alcohol as the tour follows in the footsteps of Rabbie. Sir Walter. Robert l.ouis and Irvine across the ale houses of the city.


Scotland's National Gardening Show Strathclyde Country Park. info: ()lo98 507000. until Sun I. I-‘ri-Sat

l0am- (r50ptti. Sun 10am 5er. L“) public (£8 in advance). L") RHS members (L7 in advance). children £2. under 5 free. The cream of Britain‘s horticultural crop w ill be blooming in the Royal Horticultural Society's celtic version of the (‘helsea Flower Show. If saintpaulias. sweet peas. cacti. delphiniurns and the like are your bag. then the 260 exhibitors should have plenty for you to get excited abotit.


Renfrew 600 Various venues. info: ()I-ll 886 1997. l.'iitil Dec 3]. Among this fortnight‘s happenings are a brass band contest tSat M i. A Sui/i! For Our Yilll(’\' - a tribute to St ('oluiiiba tSat 7) and Is'irklandneuk Primary Schools (‘entenary Sports Day (Wed 1 l ).


Battle of Stirling Bridge 700th Anniversary Various venues. info: 0I7So ~I0l2‘)7. l'ntil ()ct ‘). September sees the 700th anniversary of William Wallace's victory at Stirling Bridge. The series of events and exhibitions in and around Stirling will reach a fever‘cd

EXPO 97 Sat 31-Mon 9, various venues, info: 01294 324232. Now in its

height on the actual anniversary date. I I September. A mix of sport. colour. music. theatre. noise and fun will conclude with an outdoor spectacular and a stunning new exhibition which will explore the legend of Wallace himself.



Amnesty International Booksale Hillhead Library. Byres Road. info: ()l3l 557 2957. 10am—4pm. free. Just because the gusts ofchange may have tornadoed the nation barely a month ago. that doesn‘t mean that everything is peachy keen everywhere in the world. Aiirnesty's Glasgow West Group are, hoping to raise funds arid consciousnesses with this second-hand book sale. Tea and coffee available.


50+ Table Tennis Coaching Craiglockhart Sports Centre. Colinton Road. 443 010]. ‘) -l0ain. 10- l lam.

£ l .50. Another iii a series of Saturdays where the over 50s can improve or kickstart their table tennis skills. (‘all the hotline to book your spot.

Ifmleuvuur See Fri 30.

Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour See Fri 30.

North Ayrshire

Expo 97 Various venues. info: 0|2‘)4 324232. l'ritil .lune I). North Ayrshire goes festival-crazy with a series of events throughout the summer. lixpo ()7 kicks it all off with the STl'("s centenary acting as the central theme. See photo caption.


The Scottish CD and Record Fair C‘aledonian Ilotel. Church Street. info: 014! 954 093 l. l0aiir-5pm. L‘ I. This massive roadshow has collectors. dealers and fans from across litirope getting their kicks on discovering or selling that elusive rarity. livery genre is represented from 50s rockabilly to Br'itpop imports.

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Race For Life Holyrood l’ark. info: 0090 I343 l4. 2pm. Three years on and Imperial Cancer‘s all-worrren 5km walk/run gets stronger every tinre with the L‘ I in barrier expected to be breached, See photo caption.

l-Iiit/euvuiir See Hi 30.

Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour See liri 30.

Lesmaha ow Folklore 0 Trees Walk Langdykesidc (‘ar I’ark. Main Street. info: 0|555

second year, a large chunk of Expo's programme is devoted to 100 years of the STUC. Among the highlights is a film festival, the Arran Folk Festival, The Reduced Shakespeare Co (above), a kite festival and the

Alternative Clothes Show.

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RACE FOR LIFE Sun 1, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, 2pm; Sun 8, Queen's Park, Glasgow, 2pm, info: 0990 134314. Imperial Cancer's annual tour of the nation with Race For Life makes a couple of stops up here this fortnight. Patrons Sarah Greene and Mike Smith (above) launched 1997's search for funds with £1m sitting as the target. Thirty-two cities and towns across the UK are getting in on the act this year, aiming to help the 140,000 women who will be diagnosed with cancer this year, so if you want to participate, give the hotline number a call. The tour makes its way to Dundee and Aberdeen later this month.

6652.14. 2pm. free. Clyde aird Avon \‘alleys Project join forces with the l.esniahagow Woodland Park (iroup for a walk of discovery with the superstitions. stories and value of trees throughout the ages. Lasting around ()0 minutes. the walk will give you a new insight into the rowan. elder. birch. hazel arid oak trees. Stout footwear and weather-proof clothing are recommended.

Loch Lomond

Feis Loch Lomond 97 Various \enues. info: Ill 38‘) 750005. l'ntil Sat 7. Don't go anywhere near the bonny banks this week unless you are completely conversant with (hiaelic. Bars. libraries and a crurse boat on the loch will be alive to the sound of the language and music of the (iaels. There are workshops. song and drama. literature. arts and crafts. social events and a (‘eilidh cruise to aid An [- Ath-Nuadhachadh The Reawakening.

Aberdeen The Scottish CD and Record Fair Stakis (‘ity Ilotel. Market Street. See Sat


Loch Lomond Feis Loch Lomond 97 See Sun I.


Loch Lomond Feis Loch Lomond 97 See Sun I.



Interior Inspiration Open Evening Wellpar‘k linterprise (‘entre. Sydney Street. 550-1‘)IM.-1.3() 8.30pm. free. Take the opportunity to experiment w ith ideas. colour. paints and materialsbefore taking the plunge at home. Design and decoration workshops are available as are displays and information.


Edinburgh Greenpeace Campaigning Group Baniiernian's Bar. (‘ow gate. info: 557 5204. 8pm. free. Willi current campaigns on the go strch as preventing deep sea oil exploration off the West ('oast of Scotland and nuclear discharges from Sellafield. the group w ill be happy to greet new rrrenibet's.

Loch Lomond Feis Loch Lomond 97 See Sun 1,


Killjoys The Royal British Hotel. Princes Street. into: ()l-ll .123 732‘). 7.30pm. L5 tL2.5(li. .Itrst in case yotr were under the illusion that the nation was at one regarding the election of a new

government. Living Murrisni have organised this discussion to show that the policies of Tony Blair and his colleagues

- are as draconian as his Tory predecessors.

l)r I‘rank I-‘uredi leads the onslaught. Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour See Fri 30.

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Feis Loch Lomond 97 See Sun 1.



Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour See l‘ri 30.

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Feis Loch Lomond 97 See Sun 1.



Bobath Cycle Run Sli(‘('. l-"innieston Quay. info: 0141 95‘) 8538. llam. (‘harity event in aid of the Scottish Bobatlr Association and acting as part of National Bike Week. The Glasgow run starts at the Sli('(‘ and ventures forth through (‘lydebank and Dumbarton with Ballocli on l.och l.omond the desired destination. The 2-1-Iiourhotline gives you details on how to get involved. Interior Inspiration Open Weekend l0arn 5pm. See Wed 4.


Meadows Festival The Meadows. info: (r20 ‘)l0.‘s’. until Sun 8. Sat 9am opiii. Sun llam (rpm. free. The highlight of lidinburgh's summer community events programme features the Robert I-"ish Band. Swelling Meg. the Braveliear‘t 'l‘t'ading l’ost with a spectacular display of Scottish costume and a mock battle. five-a-side football. and a special children‘s fun day on Sunday. The futrfair continues until 10pm botli day's.

Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour See Hi 30.

50+ Table Tennis Coaching See Sat 31.

Loch Lomond Feis Loch Lomond 97 See Sun I.



Race For Life Queen's Park. 2pm. See Stiii 1.

Interior Inspiration'Open Weekend l0ani 5pm. See Wed ‘1.


Meadows Festival See Sat 7. Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour See bit if).


Edinburgh Greenpeace Campaigning Group See Wed 3 l.