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What's on in Stirling 2014

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What's on around Stirling in November


Scottish Paranormal Festival in Stirling

Stirling Paranormal Festival

See details above

Thursday 30 October to Sunday 02 November 2014
The main Festival will take place in the Albert Halls, The Tolbooth, The Smith Art Gallery and Museum, and Cowane’s Hospital. There will also be a film strand at the Macrobert Centre cinema.
Find out more at www.paranormalscotland.com


Bridge of Allan Fireworks

Bringing you the best show in town

Every year Stirling and Bridge of Allan Round Table welcome over 8000 people to Stirling’s only fireworks spectacular. Having raised over £75,000 in the last 10 years our aim is to ensure our community has a safe bonfire night with entertainment that everyone will enjoy.

Fireworks Spectacular

This year Stirling and Bridge of Allan Round Table are bringing you the biggest and most spectacular bonfire night ever. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers will be performing at the 2014 Bridge of Allan Fireworks display. With an explosive combination of bag rock, bonfire and fireworks, this promises to be the biggest and best show in around.

Tickets are available online now. You can still buy tickets at the gate on the night but exclusive discounted tickets for families and student groups are only available online in advance.

Ticket prices
ADULT £5 Standard ticket
CONCESSION £4 Student ID required
CHILD £2 Under 16
Discounted advanced tickets are available online from
stirlingboaroundtable.co.uk/bridge-of-allan-fireworks

Wednesday 5th November 2014

Strathallan Games Park Bridge of Allan, FK9 4RB

Timetable
17.45 Gates Open
18.00 Music act tbc
18.40 Red Hot Chilli Pipers
19.15 Bonfire Lighting
19.30 Fireworks
20.00 Close
Car parking at University of Stirling


Gowanhill Action Day

Fancy a day out? Why not join the Ranger Service and get involved in the tidy up of Back walk and Gowanhill. The task will include removing litter from the paths, grasslands and woodlands below the castle, as well as managing areas of vegetation. Sturdy footwear is advisable for this event.

All of our events must be booked in advance. For further information about the events and to book –please call 08452 777 000 or e-mailcountryside@stirling.gov.uk

Wednesday 12th November 2014
10.00am
Duration 5 hours
Gowan Hill, Stirling


FESTIVE FLORAL FAYRE

SCOTLAND’S GARDENS STIRLINGSHIRE BRANCH

DEMONSTRATIONS by Amanda Clayden, Green Pea Studio and Fiona Wallace, Bramble and Thyme

AUCTION FOR FESTIVE ARRANGEMENTS – SIGNING OF TWO BOOKS: COLLECTORS DAUGHTER by Sue stephens and SEEDS OF ADVENTURE by Sir peter Hutchison

SELECT STALLS AND RAFFLE

THURSDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2014
7.30PM
IN THE LIBRARY AT BLAIRDRUMMOND HOUSE,
CUTHIL BRAE, STIRLING FK9 4UT
TICKETS £20.00 TO INCLUDE WINE & CANAPES
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM:MANDY READMAN 01786 821 102
email info@scotlandsgardens.org
visit www.scotlandsgardens.org


Christmas Craft Fair

Our annual Craft Fair has over 60 stalls available displaying an impressive range of products including; jewellery, textiles, patchwork, paintings, knitwear, cards and other handmade gifts – whether you want to display or just come along this always makes for a fantastic event!

This is an annual event which always sells out. We hold it in November so perfect opportunity for people thinking about their Christmas shopping. With 60 stalls and teas/coffees, soups and home baking available – this events attracts people from all over Central Scotland. Parking available at the Centre and the craft fair runs from 11am – 4pm!

15 November
11am - 4pm
Dunblane Centre, Stirling Road, Dunblane, FK15 9EY


Christmas Lights Switch On

Stirling’s Christmas Lights Switch-On and Santa’s Reindeer Parade is set to take place on Sunday (16 November) with an afternoon of family entertainment from 12 noon until 5pm, the perfect way to get in the mood for Christmas. This is a free event, delivered in partnership with Stirling Council, The Thistles Shopping Centre and Capital FM.

Santa’s parade starts at the Corn Exchange at midday, then heads down King Street and along to Murray Place, where the reindeer will stop for a rest until 3.30pm. While they rest, Santa will make his way through the Thistles Shopping Centre, where children are welcome to visit his grotto to share their Christmas wishes.

Capital FM’s presenters, Des and Jennie, will entertain visitors with festive fun as the lights switch on approaches; Performances from Stageworx and Dance Star Academy will keep the family entertained; and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are bringing their fire engine along to give advice about fire safety over the Christmas period.

Stirling business owner Nicola Salerno from Italia Nostra on Baker Street said: “This year’s Christmas period will showcase the true spirit of the Stirling people. Children will remember these magical events throughout their lives, so on behalf of all local businesses, I’d like to welcome everyone into Stirling City Centre to embrace the Christmas spirit that Stirling can offer.“

The Christmas lights will be switched on at 5pm by the child who wins the Thistles competition.

Sunday 16 November
12pm - 5pm
starts at the Corn Exchange at midday


Pudsey Bear Cruise - Loch Katrine

There will be a special sailing of the steamship Sir Walter Scott at 1.00pm on Sunday 16th November when we welcome on board Pudsey Bear for a cruise in support of Children in Need.

In conjunction with Callander and West Perthshire Rotary Club, Pudsey and his friends will be collecting donations in an afternoon filled with fun, fancy dress and face painting. The entertainment also includes a live band playing on the steamship and a pipe band playing at the pier.

Tickets are available from the booking office at Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, By Callander, FK17 8HZ or by calling 01877 376315/6.

November 16th at 1.00pm
Adults £10.00
Under 16s £5.00
All proceeds raised will be donated to the BBC Children in Need appeal.


Farmers Market

Producers from all over Scotland have worked hard over the last ten years to make Farmers’ Markets a household name. Working closely with rural crafts and other food producers, farmers have brought fresh, local produce into city, towns and villages, offering consumers an alternative shopping experience. Farmers’ Markets are now a major attraction on the High Street.

Many of the producers are delighted to have won special taste awards over the years for their delicious products. All are passionate about the quality and provenance of what they bring to the market stall, and want you the customer, to enjoy some of the very best local and regional Scottish produce.

Meat from the specialists
Fish - fresh, smoked and shellfish Baking and Pies
Vegetables - great choice and quality
Deli items
Dairy produce - tasty essentials
Jams and preserves
Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil products and dressings
Fruit wines and cider
Fudge and tablet
Quality crafts
Garden plants
Soft Fruit

Saturday 22 November and 13 December
11am-5pm
Murray Place, Stirling


Christmas Bazaar

There will be a big variety of crafts and other stalls as well as refreshments and home baking available all day. all welcome, in aid of church funds.

Saturday 22 November
10am-3pm
Church of the Holy Rude St John Street Stirling FK8 1ED


What's on around Stirling in December

National Youth Choir of Scotland

The choir will entertain audiences at the Albert Halls on Tuesday, 2 December, 2014 at 7pm. Conducted by Choir Director Anne Murphy, the members, aged 8-17, are divided into four groups dependent on age and ability – the quality of each is outstanding. Each group will perform at the concert, showcasing a varied repertoire of what they have learned this term, including some wonderful festive songs.

Tuesday, 2 December, 2014
7.00pm - 9.00pm
Tickets £8 adults, £5 for concessions and are available on the night at the venue
Albert Halls Albert Place Dumbarton Rd. Stirling FK8 2QL


Medieval Merriment

Step back in time and join the royal court as they celebrate the festive season. Experience the traditions of a medieval feast and enjoy music, dancing and games as the court are entertained throughout the afternoon.

Sunday, 7 December 2014
12.30pm - 3.30pm
Stirling Castle Castle Esplanade Stirling FK8 1EJ


Santa Dash

Pop on your beard for a Santa Dash at Stirling Universty on Sunday the 7th December at 11am. Adults and children over 16 get a 5-piece Santa Suit, and younger children get a free Santa hat.

Adults and children over 16 can take part for £10 each, children age 5 to 15 are just £3 and children under 5 are free, or you can get Family Entry for just £25 (2 adults and up to 4 children). The 5-piece Santa suits are 1-size and children will receive a Santa hat.

Tell your friends and colleagues and raise as much sponsorship as you can for Strathcarron Hospice! This event is open to everyone including runners, walkers and families. Prams and buggies welcome. Online registration is closed but you can register on the day of the run.

Sunday, 7 December 2014
11am onwards
Stirling University, Stirling FK9 4LA


Macmillan Cancer Support - Words and Music for Christmas

Macmillan Cancer Support Forth Valley branch is holding it’s Annual Words and Music for Christmas on Tuesday 9th December in the Church of the Holy Rude at 7.30 p.m.

The Stirling Gaelic Choir, Rosenethe Singers and the Liltin’ lads and Lassies all take part and mince pies and wine served after the concert.

Tuesday 9th December 2014
7.30 p.m
the Church of the Holy Rude
Entry by Donation, all welcome.


Knight Fever - Arthurian Panto

Join King Arthur and his knights, Lester the Jester, Dame Daisy and Justin Thyme as they attempt to defeat the Black Knight and rescue the princess. A traditional family panto with all the usual adult culprits, a chorus of around 80 fabulous kids, some great songs, a dragon and more sequins than Strictly.

9 - 13 December 2014
Tickets £5 – £8
Dunblane Centre Stirling Rd. Dunblane Perthshire FK15 9EY
01786 824224


Rhodi Bash

Come along and help Stirling Council Ranger Service in conjunction with Friends of Plean Country Park cut and burn the invasive, non-native species Rhododendron ponticum to try and clear it from the park to let the natural flora re-establish.

All of our events must be booked in advance. For further information about the events and to book –please call 08452 777 000 or e-mailcountryside@stirling.gov.uk

Saturday 13th December 2014
10:00am
Duration 5 hours
Plean Country Park


Farmers Market

Producers from all over Scotland have worked hard over the last ten years to make Farmers’ Markets a household name. Working closely with rural crafts and other food producers, farmers have brought fresh, local produce into city, towns and villages, offering consumers an alternative shopping experience. Farmers’ Markets are now a major attraction on the High Street.

Many of the producers are delighted to have won special taste awards over the years for their delicious products. All are passionate about the quality and provenance of what they bring to the market stall, and want you the customer, to enjoy some of the very best local and regional Scottish produce.

Meat from the specialists
Fish - fresh, smoked and shellfish Baking and Pies
Vegetables - great choice and quality
Deli items
Dairy produce - tasty essentials
Jams and preserves
Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil products and dressings
Fruit wines and cider
Fudge and tablet
Quality crafts
Garden plants
Soft Fruit

Saturday 13 December
11am-5pm
Murray Place, Stirling


The Tolbooth Christmas Ceilidhs

FAMILY CEILIDH

EVENING CEILIDH

Our ever-popular Christmas Ceilidhs are back.

Be sure to book early if you want to take part in this year’s seasonal knees up.

What better way to spend the lead up to Christmas than celebrating the festive season with friends and family in traditional Scottish style.

Even if you have never been to a ceilidh before, our ace band will talk you through the dances and ensure a fun time for all.

Both ceilidhs are open to all, though the afternoon ceilidh is particularly popular with families of all ages.

Expect the usual pre Christmas fun with the ever-popular Brian McAlpine and his International Ceilidh Collective.

Find out more at Whats On at the Tolbooth

FAMILY CEILIDH
Sat 13 Dec, 3-5pm
£8

EVENING CEILIDH
Sat 13 Dec, 8-11pm
£10

The Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling FK8 1DE


Holly At Christmas

Buddy Holly and The Cricketers are back at The Albert Halls to usher in the season of goodwill with Holly At Christmas.

Starring some of the finest actor-musicians direct from West End shows such as Buddy, Lennon, Forbidden Planet and Jailhouse Rock.

Holly’s hits, other contemporary classics and some Christmas crackers are all wrapped up in a fast, furious and funny feast of entertainment to make the perfect night for all the family.

The hits just keep coming all night, That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Heartbeat and many more

14 December 2014
7.00pm
Albert Halls Albert Place Dumbarton Rd. Stirling FK8 2QL


Roddy Woomble’s Christmas Hootenanny

The Last Hootenanny proved such a memorable gig for the band and the audience, we invited Roddy back with his band for another seasonal package – featuring songs from his latest releases album, with some festive favourites in the mix too.

Familiar to many thousands of music fans as the front man in the Scottish rock band Idlewild, Roddy Woomble is also a celebrated solo songwriter and performer. His album ‘Listen to Keep’ (released March 2013 on Reveal Records) features eleven new songs written and recorded with his band at An Tobar on the Isle of Mull. The new band featuring Seonaid Aitken (violin, piano, vocals), Craig Ainslie (bass) and Sorren Maclean (guitar, vocals) help to create the perfect backdrop for Roddy’s poetic lyrics, blending touches of country and folk to a set of poignant songs.

Roddy Woomble’s naturally poetic writing and consistent touring have won him many thousands of fans all over the world and he is widely regarded as one of Scotland ‘s finest songwriters. ‘Listen To Keep’ is another great recording packed with memorable melodies and powerful, artistic expression following on from his first two acclaimed solo albums; his cult classic solo début ‘My Secret Is My Silence’ (2006) and ‘The Impossible Song and Other Songs’.

This year he released a limited edition album ‘Roddy Woomble and Band – Live in the Inner Hebrides’.

‘This is a distinctly lovely affair’ NME

19 December 2014
8.00pm
£15.50
Tolbooth Jail Wynd Stirling FK8 1DE


The Singing Kettle Big Christmas Party

The Singing Kettle are having a party and you are invited! It’s a must see for the whole family this Christmas. Bursting with surprises, the legendary “Kettle Openings” lead the way to a sack full of non-stop, singalong favourite songs that will have you joining in.

Remember to dress in a Santa Hat & Tinsel

December 28th – 1.00 pm and 3.30 pm.
December 29th – 11.00 am and 2.00 pm.
Albert Halls Albert Place Dumbarton Rd. Stirling FK8 2QL
Tickets Adult and Child under 12 months £15.00
Groups 10+ £10.00
Standard £13.00
Family saver £48.00


The Albert Halls' Hogmanay Ceilidh

A sensational way to end 2014 and usher in the New Year. The annual Albert Halls’ Hogmanay Ceilidh is fast becoming one of the events of the year. With dinner, dancing, entertainment and a full bar, there really is no better place to celebrate with old friends or make new ones.

Your host, Moira Kerr, will provide the usual welcoming mix of Scottish songs, dances and spot prizes, to make sure that your evening will go with a swing.

All leading up to the countdown to the bells and 2015.

Find out more at Whats On at The Albert Halls Stirling

The Albert Halls Stirling
Wed 31 Dec, 7.30pm
£50 until 31 Oct / £55 thereafter


National Theatre Live: Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre. It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins.

22 January
7.00pm - 10.00pm
Suitable for 10 years +
MacRobert Arts Centre University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA


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