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What's on in Stirling 2014

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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


It's Vintage Darling

There will be a charity vintage fair in aid of Strathcarron Hospice at Bridge of Allan Parish Church on Saturday October 25th.

There will be stands selling vintage clothing and collectables and the chance to enjoy afternoon tea at the free event, which takes place in the Chalmers Suite from 11am-4pm.

If you'd like to take part as a stand holder, you can contact the Strathcarron Hospice Fundraising Department on 01324 826222, or email fundraising@strathcarronhospice.org for more information.

The cost of a stand for the day is £30.

Saturday 25th October 2014
11.00am - 4.00pm
Bridge of Allan Parish Church Hall
Entry by donation.
Tea, Coffee and Homebaking available.


Scottish Paranormal Festival in Stirling

Stirling Paranormal Festival

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

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

The main Festival will take place in the Albert Halls, The Tolbooth, The Smith Art Gallery and Museum, and Cowane’s Hospital. There will also be a film strand at the Macrobert Centre cinema. Visitors can also venture out on the famous Ghost Tours conducted by "The Stirling Hangman" himself, or take part in ghost vigils or make a visit to the Church of the Holy Rude and its ancient graveyard.

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

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

The Festival will feature

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

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

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

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


What's on around Stirling in November


Scottish Paranormal Festival in Stirling

Stirling Paranormal Festival

See details above

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


Gowanhill Action Day

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

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

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


What's on around Stirling in December

Rhodi Bash

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

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

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



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