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What's on around Stirling in February

Greer Ralston - What Lies Beneath

Greer Ralston - What Lies Beneath

An exhibition of Figurative Drawing and Painting

Greer Ralston graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a B.A. Hons. in Fine Art. She has worked as a freelance artist for a number of years and has works in public and private collections in the UK and abroad , including those of international sportsmen and entrepreneurs. She lectures and runs a variety of classes and is often called upon to present to Art Groups throughout Scotland.

She regularly exhibits in many well known galleries across the UK and uses her work to fund raise for numerous worthwhile charities, ranging from Cancer Research to Riding for the Disabled. Many thousands of pounds have been raised to date through exhibitions and having portrait commissions auctioned for charity by Christies in London.

She was awarded the prestigious Greenshields International Scholarship for figurative art and she has also exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

After many years working as a figurative artist ,Greer recently returned to equestrian painting with a tribute show in 2008 called 'The Horse' dedicated to her late father Gilbert Ralston. The Ralston family, for generations, have had a long association with breeding and riding horses. Many of Greer's paintings incorporate both her passion for the figure and her life long love for animals. A number of the paintings feature horses and dogs owned by the family. Recent commissions undertaken have included Scott Brashes horses commissioned by the BSJA.

23rd January - 5th March 2015 at &Collective Art Gallery, Bridge of Allan
at &Collective Art Gallery, Bridge of Allan


The Circus of Horrors - The Night of the Zombie

Circus of Horrors, Night of the Zombie in Stirling

The Circus of Horrors – The Night of the Zombie is appearing at the Albert Halls in Stirling on Sunday 1st February, 7.30pm. If Quentin Tarantino had directed Cirque Du Soleil then you would be only half way there.

The show that stormed into the finals of Britain's Got Talent and now a West End smash is back to mark its 20th Anniversary in spectacular style. The last few years has seen the profile of The Circus of Horrors jump tremendously after rampaging into the finals of Britain's Got Talent and to this date it is still the only circus ever to reach the finals.

Its appearances on various subsequent TV shows have turned what set out as a cult show into a household name – taking the Extreme to the Mainstream, Its TV credits now boast The X Factor, The Slammer, Daybreak, Fairground Attractions, Who wants to be a Millionaire, Body Shockers, Fake Reaction, This Morning, Ant and Dec, The One Show and A Royal Comand Performance.

Last year saw another giant leap for the show when it began a series of dates in London's West End becoming the first circus to appear in a West End Theatre for 100 years.

The show started it’s gruesome begging's at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival and became an instant hit, touring al over the world from Chile to Chatham, Argentina to Aberdeen, Japan to Jersey including festival appearances with Alice Cooper, Eminem, Motley Crue, Oasis, Iron Maiden, The Manic St Preachers, Marilyn Manson and many more. The latest incarnation ‘The Night of the Zombie’ is set in 2020, a decrepit and corpse ridden London, plagued by a swamp of Zombies. In a city ruled by the undead and climaxing in an awesome flaming apocalypse.

The story twists and turns with grisly murders and sensational shock’s – all interwoven with some of the greatest and most bizarre circus acts on earth, sword swallowers, knife throwers, daredevil balancing acts, astounding aerialists, a demon dwarf, a Guinness World Record holding ‘hairculian’ hair hanging beauty, Sinister Sisters, gyrating and fire limboing acrobats and much more.

Performed by an almighty cast with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek and the devil driver rock n’ roll of Dr Haze and The Interceptors from Hell.

The Circus of Horrors completely WOWED the audience The Daily Mail.

A Bloody Great Night Out The Times

Bloody Good Fun - Barnum Would be proud Time Out

Blood Thirsty and Burlesque The Independent

at the Albert Halls in Stirling
Sunday 1st February, 7.30pm
Centre balcony - £20
Side balcony and stalls - £18.50/£16.50 concession

http://www.circusofhorrors.co.uk

Find out more and book tickets at Whats On at the Albert Halls in Stirling


Stirling Farmers Market

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

Many of the producers are delighted to have won special taste awards over the years for their delicious products. All are passionate about the quality and provenance of what they bring to the market stall, and want you the customer, to enjoy some of the very best local and regional Scottish produce. Buying local/regional produce at the market means lower food miles, and benefits the local economy in terms of employment and growth.

Up to 25 stalls offering an outstanding range of superb produce. And where else can you talk to the farmer/producer to find out how the food is grown/reared/made?

Highland beef, pork and bacon, venison and wild game, wild boar, fresh, smoked fish and shellfish, great bread in variety – continental and traditional recipes including sourdoughs, scones, cakes and puddings, gluten-free baking, jams, chutneys & preserves, Scottish cheeses and butter, free-range hen/duck eggs, organic vegetables, cold-pressed oilseed-rape products and dressings, fudge and tablet, savoury pies, country fruit wines, hand-made jewelry, wood crafts for the dining table, knitted baby clothes, garden plants.

Dates for 2015 March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12

Stirling Farmers' Market is a member of the Scottish Association of Farmers' Markets (SAFM) www.scottishfarmersmarkets.co.uk

Saturday February 14
10am – 4pm
Port Street, Stirling City Centre outside Marks and Spencer.


Guildhall Music Club at Cowane’s Hospital Stirling

The next Guildhall Music Club at Cowane’s Hospital event will be on February 28th 2015.

An informal evening of music, craft beer, wine, food and chat, bringing together musicians from across Scotland in an informal, intimate setting. From professional to keen amateur, musicians of all genres are invited to come along and join the open session which runs from 7.30pm to 11pm.

Sometimes we’ll feature visiting acts with international reputations, other times it will be a group of locals jamming with each other. Whatever the mix, wonderful music will fill the stunning 17th century, wood-panelled room.

Part of the proceeds from the Music Club will be donated to our Charity and will help us maintain this charming historical building.

February 28th 2015
7.30pm to 11pm
For more info visit Guildhall Music Club at Cowane’s Hospital Facebook Page or email info@stirlingfringe.com


The Scottish Cat Association International Show

Arrive at any time, see over 100 cats and kittens of around 20 different breeds from all over the UK and Europe. Unless officially entered by February 9th, cats cannot enter the hall (as we have strict vaccine and health requirements).

February 28th and March 1st 2015
Admission - adults £2, children and concessions £1
Start Time - 10am each day
Best In Show at around 3:30pm
Finish Time - following best in show
Location - The Dunblane Centre FK15 9EY
Event organiser - Steven Robertson, hubblebub@btinternet.com


What's on around Stirling in March


The Battle for Polmaise 1904-1985

The Battle for Polmaise - photograph copyright Alan Rae

March 1985 saw the end of the Miners’ Strike, the longest mass strike in European history. It ended without a negotiated settlement, but it had not been about wages, better conditions or material gain. It was about a principle – the right to work.

With the help of Daniel Tetstall, owner of the Polmaise Colliery FaceBook Page and Twitter account, the Smith has put together an exhibition to commemorate the titanic struggle of the Stirlingshire Miners to keep their jobs, their colliery open and their community alive. The village of Fallin was created in 1904 to house the miners brought to work in Polmaise 3&4 Colliery, one of the most productive deep mines in Scotland.

Through social media, interesting material has been brought to light. A photograph, showing a group of Fallin people, young and old, posing with their copies of the Workers' Weekly probably dates to 1923, when the paper was first published by the Communist Party of Great Britain. Fallin built a formidable reputation for strong unionisation; no picket was ever needed at Polmaise Collieries, as the work force was always in agreement when strike action was taken. Polmaise was on strike three weeks before the rest of Britain in 1984, and returned to work a week later than everyone else in 1985.

Polmaise 3&4 was also an award winning, record breaking pit, and a National Coal Board plan with an underground link to feed coal straight into Longannet Power Station, to be built in 1991, will be in the exhibition. Polmaise was closed, flooded and capped in 1987. Television clips, mainly from STV News, solely about Polmaise in 1984 -5 is an important part of the exhibition.

The Polmaise Banner of 1984, prominent in all of the major demonstrations during the Strike, is part of the Smith collections. Smaller items include colliery checks, triangular when going down the pit and circular when coming up, given to the miners so that missing bodies could be accounted for. The total death toll of the colliery, 1904 - 1987 was 55, as a commemorative plate shows. Miners' lamps, pit towels, laundry bags, a piece box and various portraits of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will also be in the exhibition, which will be opened by Dennis Canavan at 11am on Friday 6 March.

Find out more at Whats On at the Smith in Stirling

6 March until July 2015
Stirling Smith
open 10.30-5
Tuesday to Saturday and 2-5 on Sundays
Admission and parking free.


Sounds from Stirling Castle – A Military Concert

On the evening of Friday 13th March Sounds from Stirling Castle – a Military Concert will be held in the magnificent surroundings of the Great Hall of Stirling Castle, where up to 400 people will enjoy a unique evening of soul-stirring music provided by serving soldiers and the wives and children of serving military personnel.

The Concert, which is being held in order to raise funds for two proud Scottish military charities – Erskine and The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum Trust – will feature performances from The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Military Wives’ Choir and the Pipes, Drums and Dancers of Queen Victoria School. Our Host for the evening will be Alasdair Hutton, well-known as the Voice of the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo.

Erskine has been caring for Scotland’s veterans since 1916; providing first-class care to ex-Service men and women within its 5 homes across Scotland. In the past year the charity has cared for 1,100 veterans.

Friday 13th March 2015
7.30pm
Stirling Castle
Tickets: £15
For tickets please visit the website at http://www.erskine.org.uk/
For further information please contact Jen on 0141 814 4729 or jennifer.campbell@erskine.org.uk


Stirling Farmers Market

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

Many of the producers are delighted to have won special taste awards over the years for their delicious products. All are passionate about the quality and provenance of what they bring to the market stall, and want you the customer, to enjoy some of the very best local and regional Scottish produce. Buying local/regional produce at the market means lower food miles, and benefits the local economy in terms of employment and growth.

Up to 25 stalls offering an outstanding range of superb produce. And where else can you talk to the farmer/producer to find out how the food is grown/reared/made?

Highland beef, pork and bacon, venison and wild game, wild boar, fresh, smoked fish and shellfish, great bread in variety – continental and traditional recipes including sourdoughs, scones, cakes and puddings, gluten-free baking, jams, chutneys & preserves, Scottish cheeses and butter, free-range hen/duck eggs, organic vegetables, cold-pressed oilseed-rape products and dressings, fudge and tablet, savoury pies, country fruit wines, hand-made jewelry, wood crafts for the dining table, knitted baby clothes, garden plants.

Dates for 2015 March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12

Stirling Farmers' Market is a member of the Scottish Association of Farmers' Markets (SAFM) www.scottishfarmersmarkets.co.uk

Saturday March 14
10am – 4pm
Port Street, Stirling City Centre outside Marks and Spencer.


Mother's Day at Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle has been home to many mothers through the centuries from Mary of Guise and her daughter Mary Queen of Scots to the families of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders so where better to give your mum the royal treatment on this special day.

Visit our costumed characters in the palace and hear what life was like for women in times gone by.

We’ll also be hosting a jewellery making workshop, “Royal Jewellery for Mum” with local artist Laura Murray where you can create something unique for your mother. This will take place in the palace from 1.30pm-3.30pm.

The Unicorn Cafe will be serving up a lovely menu which includes afternoon tea, Sunday roast and delicious hot smoked salmon. Lunch will be served in the café from 12pm and afternoon tea from 2pm.

Buy your tickets Online in advance and beat the queues or you can purchase them on the day.

Sunday March 15
1.30pm - 3.30pm
Stirling castle


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Bo'ness Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema 2015

Bo'ness Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema 2015

The fifth annual festival of Silent Cinema, takes place at Bo'ness Hippodrome cinema from Wednesday 18th March to Sunday 22nd March. Scotland's only festival dedicated to silent cinema, where Music and Movies Come Alive will showcase classic films and forgotten gems as well as new commissions, and play host to an international array of talented musicians.

Offering a modern cinema experience year-round, the beautifully restored Hippodrome cinema first opened its doors in 1912 and is the perfect setting at the heart of this year's special programme of silent era films.

This year there is a special Scottish focus. 'Annie Laurie' is a romantic tartan Hollywood vision of Scotland, the Film Explainer unpacks Scot author Robert Louis Stevenson’s 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde', the life of so-called Scottish expat Eric Campbell is revealed in 'Chaplin’s Goliath'.

The festival programme is packed with rare and classic films from the world's archives and populating the Hippodrome and new venues across the town with a brilliant line-up of silent film accompanists from right across the musical spectrum. There is also have a glamorous photographic portrait exhibition, showing silent stars visiting Scotland.

HippFest continues to bring together inspiring people and films, making for an experience much greater than the sum of its parts, so book your tickets now and get a taste of the magic.

Find out more at Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema 2015


What's on around Stirling in May


Poppies and Poetry - Memories of WWI

Poppies and Poetry at Stirling Castle

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum is proud to host Poppies and Poetry - Memories of WWI on the 15th-17th of May 2015, between 11am and 2pm. Three days of fun for all the family. Join Sylvia Troon, Scotland’s premier puppeteer storyteller, as she tells the wonderful tale of an Argyll soldier in the trenches and of his family at home during World War One.

Sylvia uses interactive storytelling sessions to engage the children in our regimental history, and brings our soldiers to life in beautiful, miniature detail! The whole family will be enthralled with her puppetry and the fascinating tales of local people doing extraordinary deeds.

Afterwards the children will be lead in an interactive arts and crafts project, where they can create their own poppies using materials we have here at the museum. They can bring this home as a souvenir, or leave them for us to display in all their glory - they may even get to dress up as a soldier.

Did you have a great-grandfather serve in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders during WWI? Or was your grandmother at home raising the family whilst the men went off to war? If children and families wish to bring their own memories of WWI and local history to the event, we would love to see treasured items or objects on the day.

No need to book, just come along. Entry to the museum and event itself is free, though Historic Scotland charges for entrance to Stirling Castle. Generously supported by Museums Galleries Scotland as part of the Festival of Museums.

Friday 15 to Sunday 17 May 2015
Between 11am and 2pm
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum
Stirling Castle


What's on around Stirling in August


Bridge of Allan Highland Games

Imagine the scene - 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.

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.

Highland Dancing
Enjoy the spectacle as hundreds of highland dancers display their graceful art.

Heavyweights
Marvel at amazing feats of power and skill shown by top international strongmen.

Piping
It’s the battle of the bands, as more than a thousand pipers thrill the crowds.


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.

There can be few more wonderful settings for a traditional Highland Games and a great family day out. Set in the former spa town of Bridge of Allan, the field is beautifully level – a blessing for spectators and competitors alike. The field itself is overlooked by the lower slope of Dumyat, at the western end of the beautiful Ochil Hills.

Visit the website at Bridge of Allan Games

Sunday August 2nd 2015
Bridge of Allan Games Park
Telephone 07437 329827
email info@bofagames.com

photograph copyright Bridge of Allan Highland Games
© Bridge of Allan Highland Games


Stirling Highland Games

The Highland Games is one of the areas most visited annual events with 5000 locals and visitors enjoying an affordable day out in central Scotland.

Stirling Highland Games is located behind Stirling Sports Village with spectacular views over to the Wallace Monument, Cambuskenneth Abbey and Stirling Castle.

We have a full programme of traditional Highland games competitions on offer including Running, Youth Running, Cycling, Highland Dancing, Heavyweights, Light Field, and Tug o War. We will also showcase several Piping Performances throughout the day.

Stirling Highland Games looks forward to welcoming you on the 15th August 2015 and we have made sure there is plenty to do in our traders village with a delicious range of food and coffee servers, craft and whisky stalls and activities to take part in. We also have an onsite bar so you can enjoy refreshments throughout the day whilst enjoying Games Weekend with friends. Tickets can be bought at the gate on the day or at a discount in advance through our online shop.

Events at Stirling Highland Games
Scotland in the early days was ever a warlike nation. If the Scots were not fighting someone else, they were fighting amongst themselves. Indeed, some of the bloodiest parts of Caledonian history recalls the feuds between clans.

Clan chiefs had to be ever alert to the threat from others and the need to keep his men sharp and battle practised. Presumably to stop them knocking lumps out of each other, games or competitions were organised to allow these warriors to test their strength and fitness against each other.

Over time these events were gathered together, forming the first Highland Games where clans could eventually compete in marginally less warlike situations.

Today's Highland Games are much more civilised, of course, although the echoes of history remain, particularly in the heavyweight events.

Visit the website at Stirling Highland Games

Sunday August 15 2015
Stirling Highland Games is located behind Stirling Sports Village
Ticket Prices at the gates - Adults £8 / U16's, OAP and Students £5
There are good transport links to the Games with Stirling Train and Bus Station less than 2 miles away and if travelling by car you will find parking at various locations around the grounds coming from the A91 by-pass.


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