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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


Bridge of Allan Fireworks

Bringing you the best show in town

Every year Stirling and Bridge of Allan Round Table welcome over 8000 people to Stirling’s only fireworks spectacular. Having raised over £75,000 in the last 10 years our aim is to ensure our community has a safe bonfire night with entertainment that everyone will enjoy.

Fireworks Spectacular

This year Stirling and Bridge of Allan Round Table are bringing you the biggest and most spectacular bonfire night ever. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers will be performing at the 2014 Bridge of Allan Fireworks display. With an explosive combination of bag rock, bonfire and fireworks, this promises to be the biggest and best show in around.

Tickets are available online now. You can still buy tickets at the gate on the night but exclusive discounted tickets for families and student groups are only available online in advance.

Ticket prices
ADULT £5 Standard ticket
CONCESSION £4 Student ID required
CHILD £2 Under 16
Discounted advanced tickets are available online from
stirlingboaroundtable.co.uk/bridge-of-allan-fireworks

Wednesday 5th November 2014

Strathallan Games Park Bridge of Allan, FK9 4RB

Timetable
17.45 Gates Open
18.00 Music act tbc
18.40 Red Hot Chilli Pipers
19.15 Bonfire Lighting
19.30 Fireworks
20.00 Close
Car parking at University of Stirling


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


FESTIVE FLORAL FAYRE

SCOTLAND’S GARDENS STIRLINGSHIRE BRANCH

DEMONSTRATIONS by Amanda Clayden, Green Pea Studio and Fiona Wallace, Bramble and Thyme

AUCTION FOR FESTIVE ARRANGEMENTS – SIGNING OF TWO BOOKS: COLLECTORS DAUGHTER by Sue stephens and SEEDS OF ADVENTURE by Sir peter Hutchison

SELECT STALLS AND RAFFLE

THURSDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2014
7.30PM
IN THE LIBRARY AT BLAIRDRUMMOND HOUSE,
CUTHIL BRAE, STIRLING FK9 4UT
TICKETS £20.00 TO INCLUDE WINE & CANAPES
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM:MANDY READMAN 01786 821 102
email info@scotlandsgardens.org
visit www.scotlandsgardens.org


Pudsey Bear Cruise - Loch Katrine

There will be a special sailing of the steamship Sir Walter Scott at 1.00pm on Sunday 16th November when we welcome on board Pudsey Bear for a cruise in support of Children in Need.

In conjunction with Callander and West Perthshire Rotary Club, Pudsey and his friends will be collecting donations in an afternoon filled with fun, fancy dress and face painting. The entertainment also includes a live band playing on the steamship and a pipe band playing at the pier.

Tickets are available from the booking office at Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, By Callander, FK17 8HZ or by calling 01877 376315/6.

November 16th at 1.00pm
Adults £10.00
Under 16s £5.00
All proceeds raised will be donated to the BBC Children in Need appeal.


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


What's on around Stirling in December

The Tolbooth Christmas Ceilidhs

FAMILY CEILIDH

EVENING CEILIDH

Our ever-popular Christmas Ceilidhs are back.

Be sure to book early if you want to take part in this year’s seasonal knees up.

What better way to spend the lead up to Christmas than celebrating the festive season with friends and family in traditional Scottish style.

Even if you have never been to a ceilidh before, our ace band will talk you through the dances and ensure a fun time for all.

Both ceilidhs are open to all, though the afternoon ceilidh is particularly popular with families of all ages.

Expect the usual pre Christmas fun with the ever-popular Brian McAlpine and his International Ceilidh Collective.

Find out more at Whats On at the Tolbooth

FAMILY CEILIDH
Sat 13 Dec, 3-5pm
£8

EVENING CEILIDH
Sat 13 Dec, 8-11pm
£10

The Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling FK8 1DE


The Albert Halls' Hogmanay Ceilidh

A sensational way to end 2014 and usher in the New Year. The annual Albert Halls’ Hogmanay Ceilidh is fast becoming one of the events of the year. With dinner, dancing, entertainment and a full bar, there really is no better place to celebrate with old friends or make new ones.

Your host, Moira Kerr, will provide the usual welcoming mix of Scottish songs, dances and spot prizes, to make sure that your evening will go with a swing.

All leading up to the countdown to the bells and 2015.

Find out more at Whats On at The Albert Halls Stirling

The Albert Halls Stirling
Wed 31 Dec, 7.30pm
£50 until 31 Oct / £55 thereafter


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