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What's on in Stirling 2014

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What's on around Stirling in March


Balfron Car Boot Sale

Balfron High School is hosting a car boot sale to raise money for their partnership with Robert Laws Secondary School in northern Malawi.

Indoor stalls and outdoor pitches are available for local businesses, community groups and individuals for only £10. Stall and pitch holders can set up from 9am.

Saturday 01 March 2014
Open from 10am - 12 noon.
Tea/coffee and homebaking available.
Contact douglasn01s@stirling.gov.uk to guarantee a stall or pitch.


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - WEST PLEAN HOUSE

Woodland walks with snowdrops in February and March. Well established garden including site of iron age homestead and panoramic views over seven counties. Woodlands with mature rhododendrons, specimen trees, extensive lawns, shrubs and walled garden with variety of vegetables. Includes woodland walk with planting of azaleas and rhododendrons.

Directions: Leave all routes at Junction 9 roundabout where M9/M80 converge. Take A872 for Denny, go less than a mile, turn left at house sign and immediately after lodge cottage. Carry on up the drive.

Charities: Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

Sunday 2 March
1:00pm - 4:00pm for Snowdrop Festival
Garden also open by arrangement 15 February - 31 October
Disabled Access: Full
Admission: £3.50, children free
children free
Denny Road, by Stirling FK7 8HA


Session at Stirling Folk Club

March 03 2014
8pm start
Tickets available on the door
Where we meet: At Stirling County R.F.C., Bridgehaugh Park, Stirling FK9 5AP
www.stirlingfolkclub.co.uk


Stirling Farmers Market

Outstanding range of superb produce – get the local taste

Where else can you talk to the farmer/producer and find out how the food is grown/reared/made?

Highland beef, pork and bacon, venison and wild game, wild boar, fresh and smoked fish, great bread in variety – continental and traditional recipes including sourdoughs, scones and cakes, gluten-free baking, jams, chutneys and preserves, Scottish cheeses and butter, free-range hen/duck eggs, organic vegetables, cold-pressed oilseed-rape products and dressings, fudge and tablet, low sodium sea-salt, savoury pies, country fruit wines, hand-made, jewellery, soaps and body care products, knitted baby clothes, garden plants.

Always the 2nd Saturday of the month

saturday March 8 2014
starts 11am
duration 6 hours Port Street, Stirling City Centre (outside M&S)


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - THE LINNS

The Linns is a plantsman's garden of 3½ acres of mature woodland created from scratch since 1984 at the west end of the Ochils. The site demonstrates what is possible, with time and dedication, in what would otherwise be a windswept and bleak location. The layout of trees including beautiful species such as Cercidophyllum japonicum, Acer griseum and Betula albo-sinensis to mention just 3, rhododendrons, hedges and walls, has created a wide variety of interesting and attractive garden spaces, giving a real sense of exploration and surprise. The garden display from early January onwards delights with drifts of near 100 forms of "special" snowdrops, a variety of large hellebores and dainty winter aconites. Then come corydalis, trilliums, erythroniums, daffodils etc. The summer display offers a superb collection of Meconopsis and a woodland meander through many other well-loved perennials.

Other Details: National Plant Collection: Meconopsis. Drs Evelyn and Lewis Stevens are wonderful hosts and are happy to provide a tour or simply let you wander. Plants may be for sale. No dogs except guide dogs. As parking is limited, it is necessary to phone prior to visiting the garden to book a place. Groups are welcome.

Charities: Sophie North Charitable Trust receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries

Directions: Sheriffmuir by Dunblane. Please phone prior to visit for additional directions

Sunday 9 March
10:00am - 4:00pm for Snowdrop Festival
Garden also open by arrangement 15 February - 31 October
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: £4.00, children free
children free
Sheriffmuir, Dunblane FK15 0LP


The Morgan Lee Band at Stirling Folk Club

The Morgan Lee Band is a Glasgow-based group. We are particularly interested in the alternative edge of the folk music scene although we do play some 'oldies'. Our set list ranges from the more traditional Banks o’ the Spey (J. Scott Skinner) through to Dylan . We also perform self penned material. Hence we term our music ’Celtic Eclectica’.

We have played at many folk clubs including The Star (Glasgow), Stirling and Irvine and have also performed at Glasgow's Renfrew Ferry and at the Arran Folk Festival in 2011. Over the coming months we are looking forward to performing in various pubs and folk clubs in Glasgow and further afield. We are particularly excited about our mini tour to Donegal next Easter and Ullapool in August 2014 .

March 10 2014
8pm start
Tickets available on the door
Where we meet: At Stirling County R.F.C., Bridgehaugh Park, Stirling FK9 5AP
www.stirlingfolkclub.co.uk


The Scottish Sabbath - the Do's and Dont's

A talk by Dr Alastair Durie

Dr Alastair Durie is a senior lecturer at Stirling University . He is currently teaching the history of medicine for the Open University, and the history of sport at Stirling, and supervising postgraduates for the University of the Highlands and Islands.

He undertakes a wide range of speaking engagements both in Scotland and overseas. He is an expert in the history of tourism and has been involved with genealogy, including research in Annie Lennox on Who for the TV programme ‘Who do you think you are? ‘

He has a range of sporting interests and other commitments to church and charities. Amongst these are acting as a lay assessor for the Law Society of Scotland. He has published a number of books, papers and articles on a wide range of subjects which include Scottish Railways, Early Motoring, The British Linen Company and much else.

His entertaining and amusing talk ‘The Scottish Sabbath – the Do’s and Do Nots’, draws on his experience with the Church of Scotland where he holds Lay appointments.

See http://mccourier.com/2013/10/04/scottish-professor-to-visit-monmouth/ for publicity concerning his tour of USA and Canada in October 2013

Wednesday 12 March 2014
7.30pm
St Mary's Episcopal Church, Aberfoyle
Tickets £8
www.stmaryschurchaberfoyle.co.uk


Pop Up Poetry Slam

Creative Stirling CIC, in collaboration with Stirling Makar Anita Govan, present Pop Up Poetry Slam.

This will be Stirling’s debut poetry slam taking place in the basement of Mediterranea Bar and Restaurant on Thursday 13th March at 7:30pm-10pm.

Stirling Makar Anita Govan will be leading the Slam and keeping everyone on track. Anita has been a driving force behind many creative events and artistic communities in Scotland, with a particular passion for poetry. She initiated the first poetry slams in Scotland and has performed with many leading Scottish and international poets, including Bob Holman (USA) and Canadian World Slam Champion Shane Koyczan. She also received five stars for PoeJazz Spoken World in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2009 she performed at Glastonbury Festival and this year she was commissioned to write a video poem for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Local musician End of Neil (Neil Stewart) will be compere on the night and also keep the audience engaged playing original tracks. The event will culminate in a performance by Stirling based Americana Swing Trio The Precious Penny Pluckers. The event will be a great creative outlet for local talent, showcasing dynamic, passionate, accessible and fun poetry works.

Poetry Slam Background
Slamming first began in Chicago in 1986. In a traditional poetry slam, poets compete against each other by reading or reciting their original work. Our slam will incorporate poetry works of a number of performers from across Scotland. At the end of the evening, the audience makes their voice heard by deciding upon the victor, based on their judgements of the performers throughout the evening. 5 members of the audience will be randomly chosen on the night to score each act out of 10, based on criteria such as content, performance and audience response.

How to Participate
The poetry slam has an open list; anyone can apply who is over 18 years of age. There are 11 places available, with a 12th place reserved as a wild card: once the list is full, all names will be taken and placed on a reserve list for the wildcard on the night. On the night, these names will be put into a hat and pulled before the competition begins. The reserve list will be open until the competition starts. Poets will compete reading or reciting their own original poetry. You will need to prepare more than one poem to get through all the rounds to the end. The amount of rounds will depend on the number of performers on the night. No props are allowed.

The time limit for each performer is 3 minutes or under. The score will be taken from the chosen audience judges and added together and given after the poet has finished.

If you would like to participate or learn more about competing please email Anita Govan: stirlingmakar@gmail.com

Tickets are £3 and available to purchase via Eventbrite in advance https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pop-up-poetry-slam-w-stirling-makar-anita-govan-tickets-10370669953 or on the night.

Thursday 13th March
7:30pm-10pm
in the basement of Mediterranea Bar and Restaurant
Tickets £3
Competing poets gain free entry to the event.
www.stirlingfolkclub.co.uk


Pete Abbott and Gregor Borland at Stirling Folk Club

Although this is essentially a ‘solo’ tour, the content of the concerts being mainly songs from my solo albums, I will be accompanied on fiddle and bass by my pal from Other Roads, Gregor Borland.

It may seem a little odd I guess... Other Roads without Dave... but it shouldn’t be thought of in that way, it’s an entirely different concert. Dave understands that, as it’s been so long since I’ve gone out without being with the band, I was a little nervous about it and having Greg with me would be helpful.

March 17 2014
8pm start
Tickets available on the door
Where we meet: At Stirling County R.F.C., Bridgehaugh Park, Stirling FK9 5AP
www.stirlingfolkclub.co.uk


Jail Yard Music Presents AZTEC

Secret Venue gig

JailYardMusic are kicking of 2014 with Aztec hosting a Secret Venue gig in an alternative space somewhere in the City Centre.

After putting on a blinder of a party last year in Mediterranea, Aztec will be hosting a series of gigs in the run up to summer. Expect a mix of house, electro, techno powered by WolfCry Soundsystem. It will be dark, sweaty, and one to remember.

Details of the venue will be fed through JailYardMusic Facebook page so check in there for details.

Thursday, March 20, 2014
7pm to 11pm
Basement, Old Town Jail, Stirling FK8 1EA
Minimum Age 18
Tickets are £2 each and limited (attendees will also be given a £1 pass for Dusk)
Tickets available here


Stirling exhibition on the work of Scots author Iain Banks

A new exhibition on the work of Scots author Iain Banks is being officially opened at the University of Stirling. Banks studied English and philosophy at the University in the early 1970s. The exhibition, in the University Library, is entitled "Parallel Worlds" and showcases foreign editions of Banks' works, as well as a sculpture inspired by one of his most famous books "The Crow Road". It will be launched at a public event on the University's main Stirling campus on Thursday 20 March, at 6.30 p.m.

Ken MacLeod - a close friend of Banks and the writer of over a dozen novels - will speak about the author. Mr MacLeod is currently editing a book of poetry featuring his and Banks' material, due to be published next year. There will also be refreshments after the launch.

Karl Magee, the University Archivist, said: "The exhibition highlights the international appeal of Banks' fiction and shows the variety of ways his work was presented in different countries around the world. The volumes on display are part of a larger collection of almost 200 editions of Banks' work translated into a range of languages and designed to reflect the tastes of readers in a range of markets including France, Germany, Israel, Russia and South Korea. The exhibition also features a book sculpture commemorating Iain Banks which was presented to the University by the Edinburgh International Book Festival last September".

"The sculpture is part of a set produced by an anonymous artist celebrating literature and the love of words. It represents Banks' 1992 novel The Crow Road and is accompanied by a tribute to the writer from author Ian Rankin."

Iain Banks was born in Dunfermline, Fife, becoming one of the most popular and critically acclaimed Scottish novelists of his generation. He graduated from the University of Stirling in 1975, and was later awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of the University in 1997. He told the University: "I came to Stirling because it was fairly close to home - we lived in Gourock at the time - but not so close that commuting would have been a realistic possibility, and also because I'd grown to hate exams and knew that the University used continuous assessment".

"I did get in a lot of writing while I was at Stirling, as well as a fair amount of walking in the hills, too, plus I was handily placed to keep in touch with my extended family in Fife. What I remember most keenly is the wonderful feeling of freedom of being there, and the sheer intoxication of living and working in a place devoted to learning, to the pursuit of knowledge. I still smile when I think of the place, the time, and my years at Stirling were some of the happiest and most productive of my life. All that, plus I got to be an extra in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. How cool was that?"

By the time of his death in 2013, Iain Banks had published 26 novels and had been named as one of the top British writers since 1945 by The Times newspaper. Shortly after Banks' death, the author Ian Rankin paid tribute, saying, He had a self-deprecating sense of his own worth. But those who knew him knew him as a man who was passionate about life".

The University exhibition on Iain Banks is on display in the Archives and Special Collections area of the University Library, at its main Stirling campus, and runs until Friday 4 April. The University's Archives are open to university staff and students, researchers and members of the public. Visitors are asked to make contact before their visit. Call 01786 466619 or email: archives@stir.ac.uk

The collection covers wide range of subjects including history and politics, literature, film and media, and sport. Mr Magee added: "The University is delighted to be working with Iain Banks' estate to collect and preserve an archive of his working papers and make this material available to researchers with an interest in his work."

Exhibition opens on Thursday 20 March, at 6.30 p.m.
the University Library, Stirling University main campus
Anyone interested in attending the event should call 01786 467033 or email: externalaffairs@stir.ac.uk to reserve a place. The event is free to attend, although places are limited.


Blyde Lasses at Stirling Folk Club

Blyde Lasses means ‘glad girls’ in Shetland dialect, and we’ve been playing together as a duo since 2006. Our performances are as rich in stories as they are in music, and we hope our material offers a glimpse into Shetland’s aert-kent musical tradition. Over the past few years we have enjoyed touring the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UAE. In April 2013, after countless requests for recordings, we released our debut album of traditional, contemporary and self-penned Shetland songs and tunes.

March 24 2014
8pm start
Tickets available on the door
Where we meet: At Stirling County R.F.C., Bridgehaugh Park, Stirling FK9 5AP
www.stirlingfolkclub.co.uk


Life Drawing Workshop at &Collective Gallery

The class is aimed at adults of any age, both beginners and the more advanced, who want to work directly from the model. Participants will progress at their own pace in a friendly, relaxed and flexible class.

Tutor: Greer Ralston, graduate of Glasgow Art School of Art. International Artist & highly experienced tutor.

Please bring desired materials, as only basics will be provided.

Bookings made in advance to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday 25th March 2014
1pm-4pm
Three hour course £25
Chalmers Hall, Keir Street, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4NW
01786 359864
info@andcollective.co.uk


Stirling Arcade Mother's Day Event

On Saturday 29th March 2014 The Stirling Arcade will be hosting a Free event for Mother's Day, including
Free Manicures
Free Nail Art
Free File and Polish
Free Sushi Tasters
and a Free Photo Booth Service to treasure those memories forever.

Also help judge our local School Art Competition. Local Schools have joined together to give their pupils the opportunity to enter this fantastic competition. Children will draw a picture dedicated to their Mother and ALL the art work will be displayed throughout The Stirling Arcade. A winner will be chosen by the retailers in The Stirling Arcade and they will win an array of fantastic prizes for themselves, their Mum and their School.

Good Luck to our aspiring Artists.

Make sure you pop along to the event nice and early because it's subject to availability.

Saturday 29th March 2014
The Stirling Arcade
Free event


Celtic Quines at Stirling Folk Club

March 31 2014
8pm start
Tickets available on the door
Where we meet: At Stirling County R.F.C., Bridgehaugh Park, Stirling FK9 5AP
www.stirlingfolkclub.co.uk


What's on around Stirling in April


Emily Smith at Stirling Tolbooth

Emily-Smith photograph copyright Archie MacFarlane

Emily Smith has just released her eagerly awaited new album ECHOES where Emily returns to her first love of traditional song. Her gift for finding a personal connection in these passed-down, anon-penned words is still at the heart of her craft. But this is a bold new phase in Emily’s music and with it comes what she describes as "a new Scottish sound".

Recorded over the space of a year, Echoes expands the core group of musicians with whom she’s previously played by adding a guestlist of true greats. Joining multi-instrumentalists Jamie McClennan and Matheu Watson, bassist Ross Hamilton and percussionist Signy Jakobsdottir are none other than Jerry Douglas, Aoife O'Donovan, Kris Drever, Tim Edey, Natalie Haas and Rory Butler. Together they’ve created an album with one foot planted firmly in Emily’s home of Dumfries and Galloway and the other in the unspoiled heartland of Nashville.

Echoes is unshakeably Scottish but with farther, wider horizons. From remembered ballads like the murdery Twa Sisters and the mythical King Orfeo to contemporary but no less timeless songs such as Bill Caddick’s gorgeous John O’Dreams and Darrell Scott’s The Open Door.

Time has passed ridiculously fast since Emily was named BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year back in 2002. The accolades continued as she won the USA Songwriting Competition in 2005, Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2008, and she received two nominations in the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In that time she’s toured the world, thrilling audiences from Cambridge Folk Festival all the way down to the National Folk Festival in Australia, via Europe, Russia, Canada and New Zealand.

In 2013 Emily toured as part of the Transatlantic Sessions extended family, singing with the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Eric Bibb and Teddy Thompson - adding to an impressive list of onstage collaborators which also includes Richard Thompson, Eddi Reader and Beth Neilson Chapman.

For more information, please visit http://www.emilysmith.org/

"One of Scotland's most adept singers" Mojo

"One of the finest traditional Scots voices around, pure and poised..."

Thursday 3 April 8pm
Tickets £13/£11 conc
Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1DE

SEE Whats On at Stirling tolbooth


Loving Food pop-up night

Loving Food pop-up night

Tickets are now on sale for our first pop-up restaurant night at Cowane's Hospital, Stirling on Friday 4 April. We expect it to be a great night and thanks to those who have already pre-ordered tickets.

We want to serve great food in unique locations around Stirling and Cowane's Hospital will be the first of a few we have planned for this year. All will be different, and if you know us you'll know they will be quirky. The menu isn't street food this time, it's a four course menu with a free drink on entry plus some entertaining street magic. We'll be serving modern Scottish craft beer from the new Fallen Brewing Company based in Kippen along the road, and wine is from Woodwinters in Bridge of Allan. The guys have kindly matched both their beers and wine with our menu and you can try them out or go your own sweet way.

Arrive at 6.30pm for your free drink and entertainment before we kick of the meal at 7pm. Tickets are £29 per person and include four course menu, a free drink on entry plus some magical entertainment to keep you amused throughout the evening. If you are suitably convinced this'll be a good night out - and why wouldn't you be - you can now buy tickets online through Paypal. We hope you're coming and can't wait to serve you.

The menu
Wild garlic soup (v)
Salmon gravlax, confit heritage potato and horseradish cream
Root vegetable galette with shallot vinaigrette (v)
Braised neck of lamb, three types roasted beetroot
kale and game crisps with a red wine jus
Parmesan arancini with wild mushroom ragu and roquette (v)
Caramelised lemon tart with creme fraiche and white pepper sorbet (v)
Cuba turquino coffee or tea served with mango brigadeiros

Friday 4th April 2014
Arrive at 6.30pm (meal at 7pm)
Tickets are £29 per person
Cowane's Hospital, Stirling
See more at www.loving-food.com/blog.html


Creative Stirling Pecha Kucha Style Event

Creative Stirling is developing a new range of Pop Up events for 2014, including Pecha Kucha Style nights. These are free events tailored to connect the creative community through highly engaging, fast paced speaker’s nights, while also showcasing a local artist. Creative Stirling Pecha Kucha style events will span a variety of unusual venues in Stirling, and feature speakers from various sectors, from business to the arts.

BACKGROUND
They were first developed in Tokyo in 2003. It is a simple presentation format where 20 images are shown for 20 seconds each along with dialogue. The concept was developed to create informal and fun gatherings where creative people can get together and share their ideas, works and thoughts. Pecha Kucha nights have gone viral globally, now happening in over 700 countries.

DEBUT EVENT
The first Pecha Kucha style night in early February at the Burgh Coffee House in Stirling was a great success. Speakers included artist, lecturer and Indie Publisher Ewan John, Animator and illustrator Selina Wagner whose clients include STV and CBeebies and Stirling Fringe Festival Director Barry McDonald. Each speaker offered great insight into their work and passions, and attendees were highly engaged in this new format of event.

Creative Stirling CIC Director Joe Hall stated, "Pecha Kucha style nights are the type of event that Creative Stirling thrives on. One of the main purposes of our organisation is to create platforms for local creatives and to bring people together through arts and culture. As a pilot event we were impressed with the range of people we attracted and the speakers themselves did a fantastic job. Great presentations and no one was ready to leave when the event ended."

"It was interesting to discover that such a variety of talent exists in Stirling and it fascinates to me think what the next one could be like based on the pilot event I attended."

FUTURE EVENTS
The events will run on the first Friday of every month. The next Pecha Kucha event is scheduled to take place on Friday 4th April in the Burgh coffee house 7-9pm (they are on the first Friday of every month, venue will change each time). Speakers attending are a social entrepreneur/activist/change maker, musician/playwright, graphic artist and a featured visual artist.

Friday 4th April 2014
7-9pm
Entry to the event is free, however you need to register your interest by email to enquiries@creativestirling.org


Flaming Tease

The next instalment of the fabulous cabaret and burlesque event is returning to the Fubar on the 5th April. We are the only event of our kind in Stirling, and bring you the best in burlesque entertainment for every show.

For this show, we bring you a whole host of new faces as well as our lovely regular performers. Every show has a brand new line up, and a new selection of acts, which means that we really do bring something for everyone.

Although we have no official dress code for the show, we do encourage our audience to dress up and be part of the fun.

The announced line up so far is available on the Facebook event page and the website. Ticket price also includes post-show entry to the Fubar.

Saturday 5 April
Fubar, Stirling
Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm
Tickets are £5 in advance or £7.50 on the door.
Available from Skiddle, from the Flaming Tease Events Facebook page or by emailing scarlett@scarlettflame.co.uk to arrange PayPal payment. There are also links to payment options on my website at www.scarlettflame.co.uk/flaming-tease


Holiday Club for primary school children

Holiday Club for primary school children April 8th -11th Commonwealth Games Theme

Pre registration Lyndsay Boyack - lyndsay.boyack@outlook.com

April 8th to 11th 2014
£1 per day
10 -12.30 daily Allan Park South Church


Stirling Farmers Market

Outstanding range of superb produce – get the local taste

Where else can you talk to the farmer/producer and find out how the food is grown/reared/made?

Highland beef, pork and bacon, venison and wild game, wild boar, fresh and smoked fish, great bread in variety – continental and traditional recipes including sourdoughs, scones and cakes, gluten-free baking, jams, chutneys and preserves, Scottish cheeses and butter, free-range hen/duck eggs, organic vegetables, cold-pressed oilseed-rape products and dressings, fudge and tablet, low sodium sea-salt, savoury pies, country fruit wines, hand-made, jewellery, soaps and body care products, knitted baby clothes, garden plants.

Always the 2nd Saturday of the month

saturday April 12 2014
starts 11am
duration 6 hours Port Street, Stirling City Centre (outside M&S)


Doug Allan In the Company of Giants

Saturday 12 April 2014 - 7.30pm at macrobert Stirling

"My passion lies with the big animals" - That's how multi-award winning cameraman Doug Allan (Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Ocean Giants, Wild Cameramen at Work) introduces his new show "In the Company of Giants".

What's it like to face a hungry polar bear and its cubs as they emerge from their den? Or to swim eye to eye with an enormous Southern Right Whale? And how does it feel to be stalked by killer whales in the straits of Gibraltar?

Join Doug for an unforgettable evening of extraordinary animal adventures and unique wildlife film footage. Ask Doug questions about his encounters and travels, and discover what it's like to be up close and personal with nature's biggest creatures.

"Wildlife cameramen don't come much more special than Doug" Sir David Attenborough

SEE Whats On at macrobert Stirling

Saturday 12 April 2014
7.30pm
macrobert Stirling university


Dip in the Pond

Join the Ranger Service to hunt for the amazing pond life - from water boatmen and water scorpions, to tadpoles and beautiful jewel-like dragonflies.... We will be searching two sets of ponds, so we can spot the differences between the two. Wellies and waterproofs highly advisable. We have some pond nets, but you may want to bring your own if you have one.

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 16th April 2014
10:00am start
Plean Country Park


Minibeast Safari

Following on from a morning of exploring the watery depths of Plean Country Park, we go on a safari to hunt the little land insects that live in woodlands, grasslands and anywhere else we can discover! We will be opening our traps to discover who is inside, so come and join us to look for incy-wincy, the hungry caterpillar and some of their friends!

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 16th April 2014
1:00pm start
Plean Country Park


The Beautiful Cosmos Of Ivor Cutler

The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler is a musical and visual journey based on the songs, stories and poems of one of Scotland's most iconic exiles. Conceived and Directed by Matthew Lenton. Created by James Fortune, Sandy Grierson and Matthew Lenton

The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler weaves together the music, prose, poetry and biography of Ivor Cutler to tell the story of a remarkable life, from birth, through boyhood, to old age and death. Created by a team of internationally renowned artists, this Vanishing Point and National Theatre of Scotland collaboration will celebrate the work of one of Scotland's truly unique artists.

A Jewish, Scottish, Londoner, Ivor Cutler was a wholehearted eccentric whose music and words range from the whimsical to the disturbing. A true maverick, Ivor Cutler was the only artist to have been played on Radios 1,2,3 and 4. He was signed by all the major record labels, influenced the Beatles and was championed by John Peel.

Friday 25 April
7.30pm
macrobert, Stirling University
See Whats On at macrobert Stirling


Wingin’ It at Mediterranea stirling

Emily-Smith photograph copyright Archie MacFarlane

Wingin’ It are one of the most highly rated guitar duo’s in the country who, in their live show, deliver a fiery, energy fuelled array of acoustic music styles. Weaving effortlessly between Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Folk and Pop, their performances are sure to capture the imagination.

Having won a coveted "Danny Kyle" Award at Celtic Connections, the duo have gone on to dazzle audiences ever since. FOR THE MANY is their superb debut album consisting of ten self composed pieces covering many musical genres and styles.

The album writing process began when, in 2011, the duo were commissioned to compose 10 minutes of new original music by the Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust, and then asked perform the piece at a prestigious concert in Perth Concert Hall in front of a sold-out audience. That 10m of material formed the core of the album FOR THE MANY, providing the pieces Lament for Gordon, Among Us and Raising the Bar. This spurred the duo on to start writing more material with the plan to record their debut album. As the recording sessions progressed, and they called in help from additional musicians, the album really started taking shape. What began as material purely for the duo soon became a far more textural and varied soundscape, enhanced by sound effects, and edging towards a soundtrack and cinematic experience. This is reflected in the subject matter of the material.

Guesting on the album are a veritable who’s who of Scotland’s finest roots musicians including Ruaridh Campbell on violin, Angus Lyon on Fender Rhodes, Carrie Thomas on violin, Calum McIntyre on percussion, Alyn Cosker on drums, Ross Ainslie on whistle, Fraser Field on saxophone and whistle and Toby Shippey on trumpet and various percussion. Wingin’ It themselves comprise Adam Bulley who plays guitar and mandolin and vocals and Chas Mackenzie who supplies guitars, bass and vocals. They also perform and record with critically acclaimed group The Halton Quartet. They are endorsed by Elixir strings and are currently looking forward to a year of touring to support this fine release.

"These are instrumentalists who are dexterous in the extreme with their instruments, and who are completely in tune with each other and their music" - Blues Matters Magazine

Sunday 27 April
Show 4pm
Tickets £4
Admission: £5.00 on 4 May, £4.00 on other days
Mediterranea, 4 Viewfield Place, Stirling, FK8 1NQ
Tel 01786 478534


What's on around Stirling in May


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - KILBRYDE CASTLE

The Kilbryde Castle gardens cover some 12 acres and are situated above the Ardoch Burn and below the castle. The gardens are split into 3 parts: formal, woodland and wild. Huge drifts of snowdrops are in the wild garden during February and March. Natural planting (azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias) is found in the woodland garden. There are glorious spring bulbs and autumn colour.

Other Details: 23 February: Open for Snowdrop Festival. 4 May Gala Day: Plant stall by Carol Seymour and rhododendrons and azaleas by Willie Campbell, Gargunnock, as well as other stalls. See website for more details nearer the time. Cream teas on 4 May only. Directions: Three miles from Dunblane and Doune, off the A820 between Dunblane and Doune. On Scotland's Gardens days signposted from A820.

Charities: Leighton Library receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries

Directions: Sheriffmuir by Dunblane. Please phone prior to visit for additional directions

Sunday 4 May
Plant sale 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: £5.00 on 4 May, £4.00 on other days
children free
Dunblane FK15 9NF


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - ROMAN CAMP COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL AND ORCHARDLEA HOUSE GARDENS

Set amid 20 acres of grounds the 1625 former Hunting Lodge is now the renowned Roman Camp Country House Hotel. The delightful gardens have evolved over the centuries with much care and attention and incorporate a Victorian semi-walled garden, river side walks, woodland trails and a parterre garden to the rear. The rhododendrons, meconopsis, tulips and early spring herbaceous plants should all be in flower for the open day. Adjoining the Roman Camp is Orchardlea House with its Secret Garden developed over the last 25 years with a wide range of interesting trees and shrubs. These 2 properties were in the same ownership until the early 1970s.

Other Details: Approach Orchardlea from the Roman Camp via a special path and interesting gate.

Plant stall at Orchardlea. Teas at the Roman Camp Country House Hotel

Directions: Off the A84 at the east end of Callander. Entrance between 2 pink houses off Main Street. Parking available

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

Sunday 11 May
1:00pm - 6:00pm
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: £5.00
children free
off Main Street, Callander FK17 8BG


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - THE PASS HOUSE

Well planted, medium-sized garden with steep banks down to swift river. The garden paths are not steep. There are lovely displays of camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, alpines and shrubs. The Scotland's Gardens plaque awarded for 25 years of opening is on display.

Directions: Two miles from Callander on A84 to Lochearnhead

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

Sunday 11 May
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Disabled Access: None
Admission: £4.00
children free
Kilmahog, Callander FK17 8HD


Stirling Scribbler’s Picnic 2014

Stirling charity music festival The Scribbler’s Picnic set to be the biggest and best yet. The Scribbler’s Picnic, which takes place on Sunday 11 May 2014, is on track to welcome thousands to enjoy a family-friendly musical feast all in aid of cancer-related charities. The event will be held from 12noon to 8pm in and around the grounds of Stirling Rugby Club.

Eight stages of music, including acts as varied as cover bands, indie, rock, folk, DJs, a pipe band and a choir will delight expected crowds of around 2000 people. There will be a range of charity and commercial stalls, tombola, raffle, 5-a-side football, dancing, food vendors, bar, kids shows and inflatables. There will also be an indoor room for children from 12noon to 2pm with disco, face painting, crafts and bouncy castle.

There will also be a Remembrance Wall where people can leave a memory of a loved one or message of hope for those affected by cancer. The event runs under the tagline "musicians helping the fight against cancer". All proceeds from the festival go to cancer related charities. Last year the charity group donated £10,000 to deserving causes including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Strathcarron Hospice, Maggie’s Forth Valley Build Fund and the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

The non-profit event is run entirely by volunteers in memory of Stirling musician, teacher and writer Graham Whitelaw who died of cancer in 2001. Graham penned a column in the Stirling Observer called ‘The Scribbler’ which is where the name of the event comes from. Graham spent time in Strathcarron Hospice before his death.

Graham’s daughter Katy Whitelaw, who helps organise the festival, said: "It is devastating watching someone you love die of cancer. This festival is a positive way to bring people together and help individuals touched by cancer. We might all need the help of one of the charities The Scribbler’s Picnic donates to one day. Music is a very emotive medium. It can evoke powerful memories, put a smile on your face or reduce you to tears. The Scribbler’s Picnic brings people together to enjoy some great music and help those affected by this terrible disease – it is not just musicians against cancer – it is Stirling V cancer."

To purchase discounted tickets go to www.scribblerspicnic.co.uk and enter the code SCRIBBLERS14 at the checkout and it will take £3 off the price of a family or adult ticket. Discount finishes April 30 at midnight.

Sunday 11 May 2014
12noon to 8pm
Disabled Access: None
Tickets on the gate on the day will cost £25 family (3 children 2 adults), £10 adult, £5 under 16 and under 5s free.
Festival goers are encouraged to use public transport to ease traffic congestion locally. There will be a small charge for parking in the car park.
For information on hosting a stall at the event email scribblerspicnic@live.co.uk


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 14 May
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Disabled Access: Full
Admission: £4.00
children free
Arnprior FK8 3EY


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


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - THE LINNS

The Linns is a plantsman's garden of 3½ acres of mature woodland created from scratch since 1984 at the west end of the Ochils. The site demonstrates what is possible, with time and dedication, in what would otherwise be a windswept and bleak location. The layout of trees including beautiful species such as Cercidophyllum japonicum, Acer griseum and Betula albo-sinensis to mention just 3, rhododendrons, hedges and walls, has created a wide variety of interesting and attractive garden spaces, giving a real sense of exploration and surprise. The garden display from early January onwards delights with drifts of near 100 forms of "special" snowdrops, a variety of large hellebores and dainty winter aconites. Then come corydalis, trilliums, erythroniums, daffodils etc. The summer display offers a superb collection of Meconopsis and a woodland meander through many other well-loved perennials.

Other Details: National Plant Collection: Meconopsis. Drs Evelyn and Lewis Stevens are wonderful hosts and are happy to provide a tour or simply let you wander. Plants may be for sale. No dogs except guide dogs. As parking is limited, it is necessary to phone prior to visiting the garden to book a place. Groups are welcome.

Charities: Sophie North Charitable Trust receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries

Directions: Sheriffmuir by Dunblane. Please phone prior to visit for additional directions

Sunday 25 May
10:00am - 4:00pm for Snowdrop Festival
Garden also open by arrangement 15 February - 31 October
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: £4.00, children free
children free
Sheriffmuir, Dunblane FK15 0LP


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - BUCHLYVIE GARDENS

A variety of gardens with a wide range of planting, including rhododendrons, azaleas and specimen trees. Herbaceous borders and some vegetable gardens. Also includes Buchlyvie Wildlife Garden which is managed by the primary school children. More details will be on the website nearer the time.

Other Details: Teas in the Village Hall. Directions: Buchlyvie is west of Stirling on the A811. Entry and maps at all gardens which will be signposted from the centre of the village.

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

Charities: Crossroads Caring Scotland (West Stirling Branch) receives 20%, Artlink Central receives 20%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

Sunday 25 May
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: £4.00
children free
Main Street FK8 3LX


Alastair Savage and Friends - The Scottish Fiddle Journey

Alastair Savage
A violinist, trained at RSMAD in Glasgow and the Royal Academy in London ,and a BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra player. However he grew up as an award winning Folk Fiddler and ‘returned’ to his roots forming the Trio with Euan Drysdale and Iain Crawford. He composes his own tunes and has recorded three albums of folk music.

Euan Drysdale
Originally a Trumpet player, he studied at the RSMAD. Now better known as a guitar and keyboard player, he is a renowned composer and instrumentalist. A founder member of the Alastair Savage Trio, he has played with ‘Soft Monster’ and ‘Big Vern and the Shootahs’ as well as recording his own music

Eddie McGuire
A member of the Whistlebinkies, he frequently collaborates with a wide rang of musicians. A talented and famed composer in his own right, he joins Alastair and Euan to play on the flute. He is a multi instrumentalist, so he may play ‘anything’ on the night ! The Whistlebinkies are fortunate in having one of Scotland’s leading composers in its ranks. His suites ‘Inner Sound’, ‘MacBeth’ and ‘Albannach’ have taken Scottish traditional music to a new level of musical complexity.

30th May 7.30pm
St Marys Episcopal Church Aberfoyle
Telephone 01786 870710
email concerts0310@yahoo.co.uk
www.stmaryschurchaberfoyle.org.uk
Tickets are £8 per person and can be booked from me or via our website at www.stmarychurchaberfoyle.org.uk


What's on around Stirling in June


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - ARNDEAN

This is a beautiful mature garden extending to 15 acres including the woodland walk. There is a formal herbaceous part, a small vegetable garden and orchard. In addition, there are flowering shrubs, abundant and striking rhododendrons and azaleas and many fine specimen trees. There is a tree house for children. Homemade Teas.

Directions: Arndean is well sign posted off the A977

Charities: Marie Curie receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

Sunday 1 June
10:00am - 5:00pm
By arrangement 15 May - 15 June
Disabled Access: Full
Admission: £5.00
children free
by Dollar FK14 7NH


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - THE LINNS

The Linns is a plantsman's garden of 3½ acres of mature woodland created from scratch since 1984 at the west end of the Ochils. The site demonstrates what is possible, with time and dedication, in what would otherwise be a windswept and bleak location. The layout of trees including beautiful species such as Cercidophyllum japonicum, Acer griseum and Betula albo-sinensis to mention just 3, rhododendrons, hedges and walls, has created a wide variety of interesting and attractive garden spaces, giving a real sense of exploration and surprise. The garden display from early January onwards delights with drifts of near 100 forms of "special" snowdrops, a variety of large hellebores and dainty winter aconites. Then come corydalis, trilliums, erythroniums, daffodils etc. The summer display offers a superb collection of Meconopsis and a woodland meander through many other well-loved perennials.

Other Details: National Plant Collection: Meconopsis. Drs Evelyn and Lewis Stevens are wonderful hosts and are happy to provide a tour or simply let you wander. Plants may be for sale. No dogs except guide dogs. As parking is limited, it is necessary to phone prior to visiting the garden to book a place. Groups are welcome.

Charities: Sophie North Charitable Trust receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries

Directions: Sheriffmuir by Dunblane. Please phone prior to visit for additional directions

Sunday 8 June
10:00am - 4:00pm for Snowdrop Festival
Garden also open by arrangement 15 February - 31 October
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: £4.00, children free
children free
Sheriffmuir, Dunblane FK15 0LP


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - DUNBLANE COMMUNITY GARDENS

A delightful walk along the banks of the Allan Water, the gardens show what can be done by an enthusiastic band of volunteers in a short space of time. In just 4 years the Rock Garden has been created with retaining walls and colourful planting. The Memorial Garden was started in 2011 and the hosta border is in the process of being verified as "the longest hosta border in the world". All areas have followed organic principles and the planting is designed to encourage wildlife.

Other Details: Hosta "Andy Murray" will be on display. Teas available in the many cafes that are open in Dunblane. There will be a plant stall.

Directions: Several car parks in Dunblane. Follow the signs towards the Memorial Garden on the south bank of the river and the Rock Garden, at the Haugh on the north side.

Charities: Dunblane in Bloom receives 20%, Dunblane Development Trust Environment Group receives 20%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

Sunday 8 June
12:00pm - 5:00pm
By arrangement 15 May - 15 June
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: By donation
children free
Dunblane, Perthshire FK15 9JS


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - STIRLING GARDENS

A selection of glorious town house gardens with unusual trees, shrubs, herbaceous borders, fruit and vegetables. To include 1 Laurelhill Place, 5 Ogilvie Road, and some new gardens, including 13 Park Avenue, a walled garden with a large pond and water feature and sculptures throughout. Also Carlton Coach House, Gladstone Place, a beautiful courtyard garden with great variety of planting. More details on the website nearer the time.

Other Details: Maps and tickets are available at all gardens. Teas are at 1 Laurelhill Place and the Plant Stall is at Carlton Coach House.

Charities: Forth environment link Ltd receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

Sunday 15 June
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: £5.00
children free
FK8 2JH


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - visit THORNTREE and SETTIE)

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.

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

Settie

A 1½ acre country garden located to the south west of Kippen on an exposed site benefitting from wonderful views of the Trossachs. Settie is gaelic for a windy spot and the Hutchisons have divided this garden up into a series of rooms divided by tall random rubble sandstone walls. As a landscape gardener, James has used this challenging site as an opportunity to demonstrate what can be done in either a country garden or an enclosed urban space.

Other Details: Homemade teas at Settie, plant stall at Thorntree

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

Directions: Take the Fintry Road out of Kippen and take the second on the right. Settie is approximately a 1/3 of a mile west of the outskirts of Kippen.

Sunday 22 June
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Disabled Access: Full
Admission: £6.00 for both gardens
children free
Arnprior FK8 3EY


Big Weekend Stirling

Armed Forces Day, Pipefest and Bannockburn Live will be part of an action packed weekend of celebrations being held in Stirling. Included in the celebrations are:

Pipefest

Marching from the gates of Stirling Castle to mark the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, Pipe Bands, Scottish Clans and Highland Dancers are invited to take part in an international parade through the City of Stirling. The March will be led by the Atholl Highlanders – Europe’s only private Army. Watch the spectacle as over a thousand pipers, drummers and clan members’ march through the streets of Stirling.

Friday 27 June 2014
http://www.pipefest.com/stirling


Armed Forces Day National Event - Stirling

Join in this fantastic national event honouring the UK Armed Forces past and present, with entertainment and side shows a great day out for all the family.

Saturday 28 June
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: £5.00, children free
http://www.armedforcesday.org.uk


Tartan Ties

Tartan Ties is the name of Clan Hay's annual social gathering. This year it will take the form of a ceilidh at Blair Drummond Hall, Blair Drummond, Stirling. It is supported by the Scottish Clan Event Fund and, although organised by Clan Hay, is open to everybody.

It is taking place on Saturday 28th June and will provide an opportunity for those gathered for the commemoration of the Battle of Bannockburn, to enjoy a wonderful evening of dancing and entertainment. Supper is included in the ticket price of £25 and music will be provided by the Jack Delaney Band. Catering is by Regis Banqueting.

We would love to have people from the local community taking part and we have the support of The Scottish Clan Event Fund through Event Scotland. The Earl of Erroll, The Lord High Constable of Scotland will be attending this event.

Transport to the venue will be provided from Stirling Castle to the venue and back but please advise when booking if this is required.

Saturday 28th June
Blair Drummond Hall, Blair Drummond, Stirling
Tickets £25
Advance booking is essential as tickets are limited so early booking is recommended. To book, contact pam.rotheroe-hay@hotmail.co.uk


Bannockburn Live

Bannockburn Battlefield by Battle of Bannockburn Heritage Centre

Looking for a great day out? Bannockburn Live is a fantastic two day event happening on 28-29 June, commemorating the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

The event has something for everyone and is a celebration of Scottish music, food and history. Be transported back in time and visit 1314, experience the sights and sounds of 14th century Scotland in the medieval encampments from the forges’ sharpening weapons to the kitchens getting food ready for the troops. See one of the spectacular battle performances professionally choreographed by Clanranald known for their work on blockbuster films like Gladiator, Thor II and Robin Hood.

Fast forward to 2014 and hear some of the best Scottish trad music on the main stage. In Storyville listen to great discussions around Scotland and see recitals capturing the essence of Scottish history and culture. Plus there are lots of activities for children from hand-on crafts to trying out medieval sports.

Looking to trace your Scottish roots? Meet members from around 40 clans and families and learn more about their connections to Scotland.

And when you’re feeling hungry, tantalise your taste-buds with the textures and flavours of Scotland’s fantastic produce in the Land of Food and Drink.

So make sure you’ve got your tickets. Find out more and book online today at www.bannockburnlive.com

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June
10:00am - 7:00pm

King’s Tickets £75
Family Ticket £55
Adult (14+) £20
Child (5-13) £12.50
Children under 5 go free

All ticket prices shown are excluding booking fee and postage
Book online today at www.bannockburnlive.com
Location: The Battle of Bannockburn Centre, Glasgow Road, Whins of Milton, Stirling FK7 0LJ


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - BRIDGE OF ALLAN GARDENS

A delightful selection of gardens, some opening for the first time and some old favourites. A newly designed Japanese garden, terraced gardens to inspire you, and a wonderful selection of specimen trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders. See the website and posters nearer the time for full details of all the gardens opening.

Other Details: Tickets and maps available from all gardens. Teas will be served in St Saviour's Church Hall, Keir Street.

Directions: Signposted from village.

Charities: St Saviours Church receives 20 percent, Artlink Central receives 20 percent, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

Sunday 29 June
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: £5.00, children free


What's on around Stirling in July


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - ROW HOUSE

Mature garden with wonderful views to the River Teith and Ben Lomond. Many unusual trees and shrubs and stunning herbaceous borders, including a newly planted lavender bed.

Directions: From Keir Roundabout take the B824 to Doune, Row House will be sign posted off the B824

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

Wednesday 2 July
2:00pm - 5:00pm
By arrangement 1 May - 30 September
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: £4.00
children free
Dunblane FK15 9NZ


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 16 July
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Disabled Access: Full
Admission: £4.00
children free
Arnprior FK8 3EY


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - GEAN HOUSE

Gean House is an early 20th century Arts & Crafts style mansion. On arrival, the sweeping driveway from the main road takes you through beautiful parkland lined with trees to the mansion set on top of the hill facing north east. The gardens surrounding the house were originally 40 acres and included a Japanese garden in the woods. All that remains now are 7 acres on the southern and eastern aspects of the house

Other Details: Cream teas in Gean House. No dogs, except guide dogs..

Directions: Gean House is located on the Tullibody Road, Alloa.

Charities: Scottish Society for Autism receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

Tuesday 22 July
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Disabled Access: None
Admission: £4.00
children free
Tullibody Road, Alloa FK10 2EL


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - THE TORS

The Tors is an award winning Victorian garden of just over 1 acre with a secret woodland garden to the side and a small orchard and wild area to the rear. Many unusual maple trees and rhododendrons are the main interest of this garden and there are several wildlife ponds and water features. The Tors was featured on the 'Beechgrove Garden' for autumn colour in September 2010, but the best time to see this garden is at the end of July or the beginning of August.

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

Directions: The B803 to the south of Falkirk leads to Glenbrae Road. Turn right at the traffic lights into Slamannan Road and The Tors is a Victorian building immediately on the left.

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

Sunday 27 July
2:00pm - 5:00pm
By arrangement 1 May - 30 September
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: £3.50
children free
2 Slamannan Road, Falkirk FK1 5LG


Scotland's Gardens Stirlingshire openings - ROW HOUSE

Mature garden with wonderful views to the River Teith and Ben Lomond. Many unusual trees and shrubs and stunning herbaceous borders, including a newly planted lavender bed.

Directions: From Keir Roundabout take the B824 to Doune, Row House will be sign posted off the B824

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

Wednesday 30 Jul
2:00pm - 5:00pm
By arrangement 1 May - 30 September
Disabled Access: Partial
Admission: £4.00
children free
Dunblane FK15 9NZ


What's on around Stirling in August


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


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
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