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What's on in Stirling 2014

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What's on around Stirling in August


Bridge of Allan Highland Games 2014

Sunday August 3rd 2014

Bridge of Allan is one of Scotland’s premier Highland Games, attracting crowds of between 8,000 and 10,000 people. The games field nestles between Stirling Castle – Scotland’s grandest historic attraction, the beautiful Ochil Hills and the National Wallace Monument, made famous by the blockbuster movie, Braveheart.

The games themselves offer a packed programme of traditional cultural and sporting events. Crowd-pleasing heavyweight competitions, almost two hundred highland dancers and more than a thousand pipers are just some of the highlights of the day. Colourful pipe bands, elegant highland dancers, huge strongmen tossing the caber. A multitude of other events, stalls and entertainments spread out in a picturesque and historic setting. TV presenter Neil Oliver joins us a Chieftain for this year's Bridge of Allan Highland Games.

You can also enjoy running, cycling and wrestling, browse among trade stands and craft stalls and enjoy a wee refreshment or two as you go. For the young ones there’s more thrills to enjoy in the popular funfair, adjoining the Games field.

Whether you live in Scotland and you’re looking for a fascinating day out or you’re visiting on holiday, you can’t fail to be impressed by such a concentration of traditional Scottish events and entertainment. The climax of the day – the massed pipe bands – is one of the most inspiring and emotional sights of Scotland.

Bridge of Allan Highland Games is run to professional standards by dedicated local volunteers who look forward to meeting you on Sunday.

Enjoy the spectacle as hundreds of highland dancers display their graceful art.
Marvel at amazing feats of power and skill shown by top international strongmen.
It’s the battle of the bands, as more than a thousand pipers thrill the crowds.

Find out more at http://bofagames.com/

Sunday August 3rd 2014
Bridge of Allan Games Park
Adult £8.00
Children under 16 £3.00
Senior citizens £3.00
Start from 10am, with events continuing throughout the day till around 5.30pm.
Tickets are sold at the gate on the day of the Games – we have a large arena so everyone is assured of entry.


Minibeast Safari Hunt

Come along and have some fun and assist the Rangers on a Minibeast Safari, search out the different types of bugs in their own special habitats in the park, slimy slugs, buzzy bees, beautiful butterflies, wandering woodlice and so much more! We will be in rougher terrain so sturdy footwear and long trousers are advised.

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 6th August 2014
10.00am
Stirling


Dippin the pond

Come along and join the Rangers on a pond dip to find out about the amazing pond-dwellers. You may see dazzling dragonflies, amazing amphibians and busy beetles. Wellies are essential 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 6th August 2014
1.30pm
Stirling


Austen classic to be performed against the backdrop of Stirling Castle

One of Jane Austen’s best loved works is to be brought to life at Stirling Castle next month. The castle, the former home of Mary, Queen of Scots, will provide the backdrop to an outdoor production of ‘Sense and Sensibility’, as regency society comes to the castle.

‘Sense and Sensibility’ tells the story of two sisters, Marianne and Elinor Dashwood, as they take their first foray into eighteenth century society, in a tale of love, friendship and sisterly bonds. The novel, which was first published in 1811, is regarded as one of Austen’s best loved works and has been the subject of numerous adaptations, including perhaps most famously a 1995 film starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet.

Now the book will be given the castle treatment as it comes to life in a special outdoor performance by Chapterhouse Theatre Company at Stirling Castle on Thursday, 7th August. The production forms part of Historic Scotland’s annual events programme which ranges from theatrical productions to costumed re-enactments, and this year forms part of Homecoming 2014.

Thursday, 7th August 2014
Stirling Castle
For further information visit www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk


Summer Ceilidhs at the Tolbooth

Our ever-popular summer ceilidhs are back and are suitable for all ages and stages. Combining Scottish music and dance our ceilidhs will gently introduce you to ceilidh culture. Dance are led by a 'caller' who will talk you right through the moves, so there's no need to worry about how to Strip the Willow.

The ceilidh band features some of Scotland's finest musicians and is a wonderful opportunity to meet with friends and strangers and enjoy a great night out. Go on dust off your dancing shoes and have a jig.

Wednesday 13 August
8pm
£8 in advance / £10 on door
the Tolbooth, Stirling Old Town

SEE Whats On at Stirling tolbooth


The Fly-By-Nights

Want to know more about the bats that live in and around Stirling? Come and join us on a nice leisurely stroll experience the bats of the Riverside in the company of local experts. You will hear the bats as they hunt and learn about the best way to monitor bat numbers.

All of our events must be booked in advance. Under 16s welcome but must be with an adult/ For further information about the events and to book –please call 08452 777 000 or e-mail countryside@stirling.gov.uk

Friday 15th August 2014
8.00pm
Riverside Play Park


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - KILLEARN VILLAGE GARDENS

Attractive small and medium-sized gardens, the majority of which are within easy walking distance of the centre of Killearn. Some new gardens since they last opened in 2009. More details of the gardens will be on the website nearer the time. Other Details: Homemade teas in the hall. Tickets and maps available at the hall and at the gardens.

Directions: A81 Glasgow to Aberfoyle Road, take A875 turning to Killearn

Charities: Crossroads Caring Scotland West (Stirling Branch) receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

Sunday 17 August
1:30pm - 5:30pm
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: £5.00
children free
G63


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - THORNTREE

Charming country garden with flower beds around courtyard. Apple walk, Saltire garden and new mecanopsis bed. Lovely views from Ben Lomond to Ben Ledi. A good display of primroses at the end of April beginning of May.

Charities: Riding for the Disabled receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries

Directions: A811. In Arnprior take Fintry Road, Thorntree is second on the right

Wednesday 20 August
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Disabled Access: Full
Admission: £4.00
children free
Arnprior FK8 3EY


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - ROWBERROW

Other Details: The Hillfoot Barbershop singers will entertain you. Homemade Teas.Parking is limited but transport will be provided from Burnside for people who cannot walk from there.

Directions: Pass along the burn side in Dollar, turn right at T junction follow signs for Castle Campbell and Dollar Glen. Park at bottom of Castle Road or in Quarry car park just up from the house.

Charities: Hillfoot Harmony Barbershop Singers receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries. On the way up to Castle Campbell overlooking Dollar Glen, this colourful garden has several mixed shrub and herbaceous borders, a wildlife pond, two rockeries, alpine troughs, fruit and vegetable gardens, and a mini-orchard. The owner is a plantaholic and likes to collect unusual specimens. Rowberrow was featured on "Beechgrove Garden" in summer 2011

Sunday 24 August
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: £4.00
children free
18 Castle Road, Dollar FK14 7BE


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - THE PINEAPPLE

The Pineapple is named after the bizarre structure built around 1761 in the shape of a pineapple! This folly once held extensive glasshouses and pineapple pits where a variety of exotic fruits and vegetables were grown. It is now an oasis for wildlife including the rare great crested newt

Harvest Produce and Plant Sale dipping pool, an apple orchard and picnic grounds.

Directions: Seven miles east of Stirling, off A905, then off B9124. 1 mile west of Airth.

Charities: All proceeds to SG Beneficiaries

Sunday 31 August
10:00am - 5:00pm
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: By donation
THE PINEAPPLE Near Airth, Falkirk FK2 8LU


What's on around Stirling in September


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - DUN DUBH

A late Victorian garden of 6 acres undergoing restoration and development. It is set on a series of terraces and slopes which run down to the shores of Loch Ard with superb views west to Ben Lomond framed by stands of mature conifers. There is an enclosed, colour themed formal garden laid out on three terraces and a new Victorian style glasshouse overlooking a terraced kitchen and fruit garden. The formal paved terrace at the front of the house overlooks a newly developed rock garden and crag while the lower walk running from the boat house to the main lawn gives views across the Loch. A developing woodland garden leads on to a formal late summer herbaceous border and terraced heather garden.

Charities: Help for Heroes receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

Other Details: Car parking limited to disabled badge holders and helpers, but there will be free transport to and from Aberfoyle car park throughout the afternoon. Parking on the road is dangerous for other road users and will be stopped. Guide dogs only

Directions: Follow the signs to the car park in the centre of Aberfoyle, look for a Garden Open sign to show where the minibus will be leaving from

Sunday 14 September
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: £4.00
children free
Kinlochard Road, Aberfoyle FK8 3TJ


Fungi Foray

Join the Rangers for a fantastic foray to hunt for these autumnal fruits. If you have ID books and carrying containers it could be useful to bring them along.

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 20th September 2014
2.00pm
Braehead, Stirling


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - GARGUNNOCK HOUSE

Five acres of mature gardens, woodland walks, walled garden and 18th century doocot. Snowdrops in February/March, daffodils in April/May. Glorious display of azaleas and rhododendrons in May/June. Wonderful trees and shrubs, glorious autumn colours. Garden featured in articles in "The Scotsman" and "Scottish Field". Guided tours can be arranged for parties throughout the year, contact the Head Gardener.

Other Details: Major plant sale on 21 September with a wonderful selection of azaleas and rhododendrons. Homemade teas in Gargunnock House on 21 September only. Plant stall always available at rear of Gargunnock House.

Directions: Five miles west of Stirling on A811.

Charities: Children's Hospice Association receives 20percent, Gargunnock Community Centre receives 20%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

Sunday 21 September
Admission: £4.00
2:00pm - 5:00pm garden also open
Also open 1 February - 16 March 11:00am - 3:30pm for the Snowdrop Festival
Admission: £3.00
14 April - 13 June 11:00am - 3:30pm weekdays only
Admission: £3.00
Disabled Access: Full
children free
Gargunnock FK8 3AZ


What's on around Stirling in October


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - LITTLE BROICH

A tree lover's heaven! A hidden arboretum of about 8 acres, planted over the last 20 years, with an extensive collection of native and non-native conifers and broad-leaf specimens. Fern leaf oaks, Hungarian oaks, Cercidiphyllom and Glyptostrobus amongst many others around wide, slightly sloping grass paths (can be slippery when wet). Stunning views across the Carse of Stirling and the autumn colours should be outstanding.

Other Details: No dogs except guide dogs. Homemade Teas.

Directions: Will be signposted off the B8037. Parking in a field at the bottom of the lane or on the road if very wet.

Charities: Strathcarron Hospice receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

Sunday 5 October
Admission: £4.00
2:00pm - 5:00pm garden also open
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: £4.00
children free
Kippen FK8 3DT


Make A Difference Day Action Day

Come along and help Stirling Council Ranger Service in conjunction with Friends of Plean Country Park celebrate CSV Make a Difference Day with our annual volunteer BBQ and rhodie bash. Help us 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 18th October 2014
10.00am
Plean Country Park


Scottish Paranormal Festival in Stirling

Stirling Paranormal Festival

Ghosts, UFOs, Aliens, Creatures, Hauntings – you will find them all in here, in the form of serious talks and lectures, films, theatre, music, storytelling, psychics, ghost hunts, the Caledonian Vampyre Ball, and even comedy. Whether you are a believer or a confirmed sceptic, a UFO expert or a curious enquirer, a warlock or a witch, a cynical adult or a child who loves a good, scary story – there is something here for you.

Taking place from Thursday 30 October to Sunday 02 November, the Scottish Paranormal Festival will be from the beginning the biggest, the most eclectic and the most significant paranormal festival in the UK. The intention is to make it the biggest paranormal festival in the world, and Stirling the only place to be on the planet at Halloween.

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. Visitors can also venture out on the famous Ghost Tours conducted by "The Stirling Hangman" himself, or take part in ghost vigils or make a visit to the Church of the Holy Rude and its ancient graveyard.

You might not have final proof of the existence of ghosts or UFOS by the end of the weekend but you will have assembled enough evidence that “weird stuff happens” to make your own decision.

The Festival has been originated and produced by Peter Broughan, the Scottish film producer responsible for international movies such as the Oscar-nominated Rob Roy, and The Flying Scotsman. His next major film is next year’s Paradise, with Peter Mullan writing and directing. Broughan, who lives nearby on Loch Lomondside, already has a strong association with the city, having established the Scottish Cultural Memory Project at the University of Stirling.

The Festival will feature

Talks and lectures on all aspects of the paranormal spectrum
The Caledonian Vampyre Ball on Halloween night
The Scottish Paranormal Film Festival
Fresh Blood, a filmmaking competition for younger filmmakers
A live performance of "Haunting", a song and story suite in Gaelic and English
Screenings of Murnau’s silent classic "Nosferatu" with live music
The Ghost Box, where people can record their own weird experiences
Star Psychic shows
Paranormal Comedy, including the world’s worst psychic
Ghost Tours and Ghost Hunts
The Bonnybridge Skywatch
Halloween storytelling and films for kids
Paranormal Theatre

Coming all the way from the USA, The Navajo Rangers – Native American federal officers and real-life X-Files operatives, James Fox – ecological campaigner, UFO filmmaker, and star of TV programmes like Chasing UFOs and UFO Hunters. Also Nick Pope, who was responsible for the UK Government’s official UFO desk - he now writes and speaks extensively on the subject of UFOS, and appears regularly on TV.

The Caledonian Vampyre Ball
Gordon Smith, "The Psychic Barber"
Ian D. Montfort, "The Sunderland Psychic", and star of the Edinburgh Fringe
The first screening in the UK of the only feature-film ever made of James Hogg’s classic Scottish novel of the supernatural, "Confessions of a Justified Sinner". "Memoirs of a Sinner" by director Wojciech Jerzy Has was produced in Poland in 1986
A short play by David Kinnaird about local psychic Helen Duncan, the last woman to be tried for witchcraft in the UK – in 1942. And a Night at the Smith Museum
The Ghost Box - A chance to tell your own strange tale for posterity
Discussions, Workshops and Vigils for both new and experienced Ghost Hunters
A Skywatching session at the world-famous UFO hotspot of Bonnybridge
Christina Stewart’s group presents in English and Gaelic the aptly titled "Haunting", a song and story suite on Scottish paranormal themes, stories and legends
David Allison presents his stunning, multi-layered, one-person accompaniment to Murnau’s 1922 vampire tale Nosferatu, a towering and chilling classic of the silent cinema

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


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


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


What's on around Stirling in December

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



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