by Scarlett McQuillan

Fallen Brewery Beer Tasting on Thursday 15th June 7.30pm,  Inn at Kippen, FK8 3DT

Calling all craft beer enthusiasts!

Having had nearly a week to recover from the Kippen Street Fayre, the good folk of Kippen are back on the sauce this weekend with a rather splendid beer tasting. The traditional Inn at Kippen is collaborating with Fallen Brewery to provide a beer tasting night as the perfect end to your Thursday.

Starting at 7:30pm you will be presented with an eclectic selection of eight beers and treated to two brand new specials, as well as delicious food pairings. With Fallen Brewery’s award winning reputation, you are guaranteed to have an enjoyable and tasty experience, with their produce taking classic tastes and introducing modern twists. At only £6 with a souvenir pint to sweeten the deal, and your tastebuds, give yourself a treat.

Listed in Michelin Pub Guide ‘Eating out in Pubs 2016’, The Inn at Kippen was one of only nine new Scottish entries to be included in the latest Michelin Eating Out In Pubs Guide. Renowned for great nosh, and using fresh seasonal ingredients, it’s worth booking a table for some grub while you’re there. I love their ‘sharing’ boards;The Inn’s sharing board
£7.50 each (min. of two people)
Lamb fritter, Glengoyne whisky cured Shetland Salmon, Ayrshire Dunlop cheddar, ox cheek and tail fritters, home-dried tomatoes, pickles,
house chutney, Perthshire oatcakes, rape seed croûtes and Arran mustard dressed leaves
Dairy and gluten free adaptableThe vegetarian sharing board
£7.50 each (min. of two people)
Golden cross goats cheese, confit shallot and fig tart, marinated olives, Ayrshire Dunlop cheddar, home dried tomatoes, pickles, house chutney, Perthshire oatcakes, rapeseed croutes and Arran mustard dressed leaves
Dairy and gluten free adaptable

Summer Solstice Fayre, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of June, Tir Na Nog Holistic Centre, G63 0NF

Up for a more unorthodox weekend? Enjoy an enchanting and unique experience at Tir Na Nog Holistic Centre’s Summer Fayre with a wide selection of local craft stalls to peruse, pony rides and animal friends with Glendrick Roost Animal Welfare for the little ones, and a large scoop of vintage ice cream for everyone. Set amidst the rural countryside, what better place is there to whip out the bongos or discover a secret talent with the djembe or cajon? With workshops and displays by Arythmia grooves you can connect with your musical side, or if that fails enjoy a world percussion backtrack by the professionals themselves as you enjoy the (hopefully) sunny weather.

Food is available throughout the day at The Soup Dragon Cafe with its delicious seasonal menu (honestly, give them a go, the Greek Salad was huge and tasted phenomenal when I was last there), and in the twilight of 8pm Saturday, the Summer Solstice Firewalk will be lighting up to start your summer in a spiritual and magical way.


Stirling Armed Forces Day – Saturday 17th June 11am -5pm


If you’re free on Saturday, you might also want to head through to Kings Park Stirling to show your support for the Armed Forces. An action packed afternoon, spectators can enjoy military displays and parades with an array of drill competitions, inspections and vintage vehicles all taking place within the park. For those less military inclined there is music aplenty with a pipe band and choir, as well as  dancing to make it fun for everyone; so grab the kids, don some camo paint, get sweaty with a session of body combat and make it a weekend to remember.

    • 11:00 King’s Park gates open to public
    • 11:45 Parade assembles at Port Street
    • 11:50 Body Combat with Active Stirling
    • 12:05 Parade steps off from Port Street
    • 12:30 Parade arrives at King’s Park, Parade reforms, Vintage Military Vehicles Bikers Lap of Honor
    • 13:00 Veterans march into the main arena, Parade Inspection, Parade March Past
    • 13:45 Royal Burgh of Stirling Pipe Band
    • 14:02 The Kennedy Cupcakes dance troupe
    • 14:20 Body Combat with Active Stirling
    • 14:40 Dionne Hickey
    • 15:02 Infantry Demonstration
    • 15:15 Cadet Association Drill Competition
    • 15:35 The Kennedy Cupcakes dance troupe
    • 15:52 Soul Nation Choir
    • 16:17 Dance Connection
    • 16:30 Beating of the Retreat


Transition Stirling Workshops, Saturday 17th June, FK8 1AX

Transition Stirling is an environmental charity focusing on improving awareness of, and providing a positive local response to, climate change in and around Stirling.

They have two workshops this Saturday which are both fun and interactive, providing useful skills to take away, and through them you might just discover your new local charity to support.

This weekend get into your ‘make do and mend’ mindset! Earlier in the day from 10am-1pm jump into the fashion upcycling course; this week dealing with stains and concealment, bring that top you gave up as a lost cause after that wine spill of ’07 and leave with it restored or repurposed.

Alternatively, discover a new hobby with the Basic and Intermediate Sewing Workshop from 1:30-4:30pm, something both fun and practical which you are sure to take someone away from; both literally and figuratively!


Butterfly Safari RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond, 11am Gartocharn



For nature lovers not afraid of the mud, there is the splendid wing-filled Butterfly Safari at Gartocharn. Starting at 11am, bring a picnic lunch as you keep your eyes peeled for a variety of the winged beauties that fill the countryside this June. In particular the small pearl bordered fritillary (as shown above, because I had no idea either!). Apparently up here in the north they like moorland, and as it’s Scotland bring some sturdy boots. Sadly under 12’s are too young to join.


Jane Eyre, Saturday 17th June, Stirling Castle

Doors open 6.45pm for 7.30pm start

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents the tale of a woman whose independence and bravery shaped her life. Orphaned in childhood, Jane endures loss, poverty, and a most bitter betrayal before finding the strength to follow her heart.

Tickets are available to buy online.

Cost: Adults £15, Concession £13, Children £10 (under 5s go free). Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £44.


Summer Garden Event, 17th June, Killearn



Loving the enterprising local businesses in the area – more details stolen from their Facebook page..

Emily Skinner – Stella & Dot
Gerry Ward – Fire & Peace( Wild camping trips and photography workshops
Jo MacCall – Local artist
Denise Howie – Ruby cottage gifts.
Lesley Svensson – Flyingbird designs
May Crawford – plants & hanging baskets
Sandra Smith – Killearn candy & homebaking
Forever living – Aloe Vera products
Rosie Brown – Clothing
Siobhan Brown- Inspired by glass
Kids enterprise stall
Sweetie stall…. and more!

Prosecco bar & Edinburgh gin liqueurs to sample


Loch Stock 2017, Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June, Ardlui, Loch Lomond G83 7EB


Come join us for a weekender like no other… World-class wakeboarding talent, great music, and great people all surrounded by some of Scotland’s finest scenery on Loch Lomond.

Friday Night

DJ sets in our NEW Stretch Tent Stadium in the Marina


DJ sets through the day to 10pm in the Marina

Ardlui’s best BBQ and the Marina Bar is open till 10pm

Live Music “Master Shafter” in the Ardlui Pub 10pm – Close!!!

Pro Wakeboard coaching all day

Liquid Force and O’Brien Demo Day – Try out the new 2017 boards and surfers


LOCH STOCK Wakeboard Competition – For all ages and abilities.

9.30am Rider Briefing

10am Wakeboard Competition Starts


Fun for the Kids, and a Farmer’s Market, 17th & 18th June, Loch Lomond Shores, Ben Lomond Way.

There are some fun fair rides for the kids, and I believe Mr & Mrs Mickey Mouse are scheduled to drop by. I’m guessing there is a bit of a domestic as Mickey is there Saturday 12-3pm, while Minnie plans to pitch up on the Sunday 12-3pm.

The Farmer’s Market is on the Sunday 18th June. Our producers vary dependant on the seasonal availability of their products, but at most markets you will find Aberdeen Angus and Highland beef, local lamb, Scottish pork, fabulous fish and seafood, rare breeds meats, cured meats, fresh home-baked breads, pies and cakes, handmade Scottish tablet, Scottish Gin, Caribbean cocktails, Coffee, seasonal fruits and vegetables, puddings, honey, a selection of cheeses, jams, chutneys and mustards, olives and humous, award winning meat pies, chilli products, local shortbread, confectionery, burgers, square sausage rolls and hot dogs, Artisan pizza and roast seafood, Scottish pork Bratwurst, coffee, tea and cakes, and more.



Knockderry Country House Hotels Midsummer Ceildlih – Saturday 17th 7-11pm £45

Knockderry House Hotel,Shore Road Cove, G84 0NX

Instead of waiting for summer weather to arrive, why not treat yourself or gather a group of friends to spend this Saturday having a hoolie with a midsummer Ceildlih at Knockderry Country House Hotel? An informal event, you can spend the evening enjoying the solstice kicking up your heels with traditional dancing, music by the renowned band Whiskey Kiss, and of course a large array of delicious food. After some hard work dancing and drinking, enjoy the hotels spread of seasonal meals at the buffet. Sure to be succulent, Knockderry Country House is not only voted to be the most romantic  hotel in Scotland by the Scottish Hotel Awards, but were also awarded with the Taste Our Best label by Visit Scotland for their incredible menus. 


Classic Car Show, Milngavie Pedestrian Precinct, 10am-4pm

We are delighted to host the 3rd Car Show in Milngavie Town Centre. We are expecting to fill precinct with almost 100 classic, vintage, veterans and supercars this year!

We teamed up with the British Transport Police and local community groups to make this event even more interesting!

We will have a number of kid’s attractions from face-painting to balloon twisting on the day. We also thought about adults as we will have safety demonstrations and free bicycle marking organised by local police! Not to mention about delicious food providers and market stalls at the event!


Posh Jumble Sale, Blanefield Village Club (next to bowling green) G62 9AJ, Sunday 18th June, 11am

I’m not sure what, exactly, constitutes a ‘posh jumble sale’, but I’m guessing they have been most discerning with the jumble and there will be lot’s of nice items rather than tat. Certainly worth a wee browse. Oh, and there is coffee and cake, so definitely worth popping along.


Further afield…….


Let’s Circus’,  The Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th June 11.30-4,30pm

An acrobatic circus show, and it’s FREE, as part of a Free Circus Weekend.

Circus Alba will be showcasing the best of Edinburgh’s youth circus talent in a brand new show developed exclusively for the Circus Weekend, taking place at 12.30pm each day.

Japan’s leading comedy circus street theatre duo, Witty Look, will be performing their 35-minute headline show at 3.30pm each day. The duo, which includes a former Guinness World Record world champion unicyclist, combine extraordinary acrobatics with unicycling.

From 11.30am – 3.30pm, visitors to the Circus Weekend can take part in the free Circus School, learning how to perform tight wire, trapeze, unicycle and acrobatics in the outdoor circus ring. There will be specialist workshops from each artist performing at the Circus Weekend.

So roll up! Roll up! Enjoy the family friendly fun… The circus is coming to the Old Town!

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