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What's on in Stirling 2014

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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


Stirling Castle Gun Salute 2014

This Spring/Summer will see Stirling Castle host three royal gun salutes. These will mark the Queen’s real and official birthdays as well as the anniversary of her coronation. The pomp and ceremony that surround the salute is a real spectacle and a fantastic treat for visitors with different entertainment on each occasion. So be sure to mark the dates in your diary.

Stirling Castle
2 June 2014
12noon
Event is included in the admission price.
For further information contact hs.events@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or telephone +44 (0)131 668 8885.


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


Stirling TOP Festival 2014

Stirling's Top of the Town Arts and Heritage Festival For Children, Young People and Families

The first ever TOP Festival, Stirling’s Arts and Heritage Festival for Children, Young People and Families will take place on Saturday 14th June. Happening in the historic heart of Stirling, arts and heritage organisations and the Council, are offering a programme of exciting and inspiring activities for children, young people and families.

From music to dance, drumming to medieval warfare, coding workshops to comedy, visual arts to heritage trails we hope there is something here for everyone and all ages. Look out also for street performances throughout the afternoon from young people supported by Conflux and also from the Kakatsitsi Drummers who will be performing at the Tolbooth in the evening.

All the daytime activities are FREE thanks to funding from Stirling Council and support from each of the organisations involved. Our hope is this makes it accessible to all. Some need to be booked before the 14th June and others you can just drop in on the day. We look forward to meeting you and hope you have a great afternoon.

Happening in the historic heart of Stirling
14 June 2014
various times
many events are free.
To find out more visit http://topfestival.org


Stirling Castle Gun Salute 2014

This Spring/Summer will see Stirling Castle host three royal gun salutes. These will mark the Queen’s real and official birthdays as well as the anniversary of her coronation. The pomp and ceremony that surround the salute is a real spectacle and a fantastic treat for visitors with different entertainment on each occasion. So be sure to mark the dates in your diary.

Stirling Castle
14 June 2014
12noon
Event is included in the admission price.
For further information contact hs.events@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or telephone +44 (0)131 668 8885.


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


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 2 July, Wed 23 Jul, Wed 13 Aug,
8pm
£8 in advance / £10 on door
the Tolbooth, Stirling Old Town

SEE Whats On at Stirling tolbooth


Marvellous Moths

This is an excellent opportunity to begin to understand the beautiful moths you can find in Scotland. Over 2000 species have been found in the UK and you will be amazed at the variety that will visit your garden.

There will be refreshments provided, wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch. Under 16's welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Please call 08452 777 000 or email countryside@stirling.gov.uk to book your place

Friday 4th July 2014
8.00pm
King's Park


Extreme Torque Show

At the Royal Highland Centre Ingliston 5th/6th July 2014

Loving Food pop-up night

Whether you’re a fan of monster trucks, motorbikes or the more urban sports of BMX and parkour, the Extreme Torque Show is the place to be. An all day spectacular of adrenalin fuelled entertainment to keep all the family busy, with performances staggered and repeated throughout the day appearing in various arenas.

Firstly check out the Monster Arena where our very own trucks Extreme and Lil’ Devil compete to prove they’re the best car crushing monsters in Europe. 2013 was a very busy year for these monsters. Performing at over 150 shows during the summer meant they were in need of some long overdue TLC. The Extreme workshop has been busy over the winter months to make sure the trucks are ready to keep up with the grueling workout the drivers are going to put them through. Both still pulling 1500 horsepower and car-crushing to the max, these machines are primed and ready for monster action.

Next up is the Bike Arena, where the street bike gang love to showcase their skills performing all manner of stunts including wheelies, burnouts and stoppies.

Don’t forget the Extreme FMX lads who can’t wait to tear it up with their death defying stunts including the can can, cliffhanger, lazy boy, kiss of death, nac nac, superman and everyone’s favourite the backflip.

The BMX Arena hosts the street vibes of BMX and parkour. Prepare to be astounded as our very own Extreme BMX team out perform each other with bunny hops, barspins, 360s, tailwhips, flairs and of course the backflip. The fantastic concept of parkour showcases with its’ feet running. Watch in awe as these guys propel themselves from platform to platform with ease. Finding the quickest route to get from A to B regardless of any obstacles in their way.

There will be countless opportunities to meet the stuntmen and check out the pit areas with performers and vehicles throughout the day.

Throw some good food, market stalls and fun fair rides into the mix and we promise to keep you busy from 10am to 5pm. Just make sure you bring plenty of enthusiastic energy with you to keep you going through the day.

INFORMATION LINE: 0203 3756506 (10am-5pm)
TICKET HOTLINE: 0844 844 0444 OR WWW.TICKETMASTER.CO.UK
GATES OPEN AT 9AM, ARENA ACTS COMMENCE FROM 10AM
TICKETS AVAILABLE EITHER ON THE DAY AT THE SHOW OR IN ADVANCE (DISCOUNTED) VIA TICKETMASTER
ALL STANDING ARENA – NO SEATS
DISABLED VIEWING AREA AVAILABLE
SHOW CONTENT MAY BE CHANGED OR ALTERED DEPENDING ON WEATHER AND GROUND CONDITIONS

Advance Tickets (receive a free brochure valued at £5 per booking)
ADULTS £15
CHILD/CONCESSION £7

Gate Tickets (on the day)
ADULTS £18
CHILD/CONCESSION £8

ADULT TICKETS are valid for ages 16 and over
CONCESSION TICKETS are valid for children (age 3 – 15 inclusive), OAPs, disabled and companions/carers of disabled customers.
Under 3's can attend the event for free.

5th/6th July 2014
10am to 5pm
Royal Highland Centre
Ingliston
EDINBURGH
EH28 8NB


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


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 23 Jul, Wed 13 Aug
8pm
£8 in advance / £10 on door
the Tolbooth, Stirling Old Town

SEE Whats On at Stirling tolbooth


Continental Circus Berlin comes to Stirling

Continental Circus Berlin comes to Stirling

Continental Circus Berlin brings its brand new spectacular show to Stirling

From the producers of the some of the world’s finest circuses comes a brand new show. Continental Circus Berlin with an amalgamation of brilliant circus acts, music and real youthful energy, incorporating fantastic performers from all over the world.

In an age where so much entertainment is unreal, made up of special effects, CGI and has a virtual reality, or is pre-recorded, multi-tracked, digitally enhanced or in some other way electronically created - the sheer reality of a live show is a breath of fresh air and the feats and skills seen at Continental Circus Berlin are often so amazing that the circus-goer literally can not believe their eyes.

This years spectacular features a unrivalled mix of genuine circus talent from every corner of the earth, including

The amazing Matrix Troupe Julio from Bulgaria.

Keyla Ramache the gyrating Spanish Hula Hoop Queen

Continental Circus Berlin juggler

From Romania Valentin and Partica unbelievable high wire artistes who not only walk the high wire but do so on stilts and even ride a bike along the wire with his wife precariously stood on his shoulders.

From the UK, Rowan Caeron-Brown on the flying cloud swing.

Denisa and Aurel ariel strap sensation from Bucharest

The Diamond Duo from The Czech Republic on the jaw dropping Wheel of Death

From Hungary Zel and Zorka hand balancing wonders.

From Tanzania the back flipping, fire limboing African Warriors

And from Spain, award winning clowns Los Remaches

All this is backed by a parade of good time pop and rock hits from the past four decades bringing an age old tradition into the new millennium.

This is the finest Circus to come to town under the Continental Circus Berlin banner. This famous name has always been your guarantee of a great show and a rare treat, great fun and with something for all ages.

Make certain that this sure fire hit is definite for your diary this summer.

Friday 25th July to Sunday 27th July
STIRLING King’s Park FK8 2QR

Fri 7.45pm
Sat 2pm, 5pm and 7.45pm
Sun 2pm and 5pm

For Tickets contact ticketmaster online or call 0844 453 9009
www.circusberlin.co.uk


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


Minibeast Safari Day

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 30th July 2014
10.00am
Plean Country Park


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 30th July 2014
1.30pm
Plean Country Park


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


What's on around Stirling in November


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


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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