Kippen Street Fayre, Kippen, Saturday 10th June 10am-4pm


You’ve had a whole week to recover from the Killearn Beer Festival, so now it’s time to pull the drinking boots back on, and embrace the carnival that is the Kippen Street Fayre. This is a great gig, with stalls galore and no end of village shenanigans.

The fabulous hostelries, the Inn at Kippen and Cross Keys, will be open to provide much needed refreshment, and better still, this year’s Kippen Street Fayre coincides with International Gin Day, so the Inn at Kippen will be erecting a Gin Tent in the garden hosted by Alastair Allen from Woodwinters who will be showcasing a special selection of gins from around the world. Local Fallen Brewery will also be organising some special events on the day so you can try out their fine beers. There are four bands to entertain you while you sup.

Stalls include some really talented local business enterprises: jewellery, upcycled items, handmade home wear, arts & crafts galore and handmade bags and lots more.

The little people will love it; music playing all afternoon, a fancy dress parade, toy stalls and a fun dog show to entertain. There is also a Fairground Trailer and I’m going to guess there might be a face painting, but if not, felt tip pens should suffice. More importantly, there will be an ice cream van in attendance.


Bearsden & Milngavie Highland Games, West of Scotland FC, Milngavie, G62 6HX

Saturday 10th June 11am


‘Tradtional Highland Games with a Modern Twist.’

A great wee day out with the kids, the Jellympics will see local schoolchildren compete in fun events such as the World Jelly Hurling Championships and the 50m dash in Wellington boots filled with jelly. There is also the rather fascinating new family orientated event known as Jelly Wars, where players get to launch jelly-filled balloons at their opponents (book your team online).

This free event (donations appreciated) is popular with the whole family, and alongside the array of stall holders, fairground attractions and bouncy castle, there are the usual Highland Game events to please the traditionalists; wrestling, pipe bands, heavies, arm wrestling and Scottish dancing. A good old-fashioned Wappenschaw.


Drymen, Croftamie & Buchanan Gala Day – Drymen Football Field, Saturday 10th June, Midday – late

Parade led by Pipe Band leaves Drymen Primary School at 12 noon arriving at the football field at 12.30pm. There is judging of the floats and a Scarecrow competition.

Vintage Cars
Loch Lomond Ukulele Orchestra
7-aside Football
Wacky Races & Beat the Goalie
Children’s entertainer 2 – 4pm
Bouncy Castles
Beat the Goalie
It’s a Village Quiz (Sponsored by THE DRYMEN INN)
Fantastic musicians, THE DODGY CHARACTERS, will be providing the evening entertainment.
Food & Drink provided in the evening by The Drymen Inn.


Falkirks Holistic Fair, Erskine Community Halls, Sat 10th June 10am – 5pm

Lots of alternative and holistic therapies; we have a fantastic mix of crystals, singing bowls, salt lamps, incense, tarot/angel cards, psychic readers, therapists, Reiki, Aura readings, Angel goods, jewellery. Workshops/Talks/Demos, from Angel Talks, psychic demonstrations, kinnesiology, shamanic drumming workshop, Limbic Reflexology (good for pain management), Fibro, M.E. sufferers.

Did I say cakes, fantastic soul cakes made for you…

Demos in yoga/Blockfit, and much more……….



Society of Architectural Historians Stirling Tour, Glasgow Conference Centre, (Tour meets Level 2 Foyer) Saturday 10th June, £75 with transport and box lunch

Independent scholar Julia King will lead a tour of Stirlingshire that will include visits to Stirling Castle, Argyll’s Lodging, and Cardross House. Open to the public.

This tour will take in one of Stirling’s best-known sites along with one of its hidden gems. Stirling Castle is a fortified royal seat that occupies a volcanic outcrop commanding the Forth Valley. There are three main enclosures: the outer defenses, the main enclosure, and the nether bailey. Four royal buildings form a square: the King’s Old Building, the Great Hall, the Chapel Royal, and the Palace. The earliest surviving building in the Castle is probably the North gate of about 1370, but the development of the site continued through the nineteenth century. The castle has superb painted decorations, the remarkable Stirling Heads, tapestries, and the Regimental Museum. We will also tour Argyll’s Lodging, a very fine 17th-century townhouse near the castle gate that has wonderful painted decorations and fine period furniture. We will then drive to visit a private house in the Forth Valley. Cardross House is thought to have been built in 1598 by David Erskine, Commendator of Inchmahome Priory on the island in the Lake of Menteith nearby, where Mary, Queen of Scots, lived as a child. After some remodeling in the early 17th century, the harled house was neglected, but John Erskine of Edinburgh bought the estate in 1746 and carried out some alterations. Additions and alterations continued in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The attractive parkland is historically significant with some superb trees. Current owners Nicola and Archie Orr Ewing live in the house, which they have restored and modernized, and will welcome conference delegates.’


Professor Murray the Magician, Sun, 11 June, 12:00 – 15:00 Loch Lomond Shores, Ben Lomond Way, Balloch G83 8QL

Well, this is definitely one for the kids. Prof Murray is here to wow the little blighters with his amazing magic. Regular meets & shows through the afternoon.



West End Festival & Festival Fiesta, West End, Glasgow (various venues) 9-11th June

The West End Festival Fiesta is back for it’s second year, bigger and better than before! 2016s event saw established names including Sister Sledge, Billy Ocean, De La Soul and many more take the stages of the iconic Kelvingrove Bandstand.

The 2017 edition of West End Fiesta features International headliners Kool and the Gang and Chic ft Nile Rodgers and support from a host of Scottish bands & DJ’s, as well as a gourmet street-food market, craft beer & cocktail bar. Over 18’s.


Looking For Nessie by Talking Heads Puppets, Saturday 10th June 2pm, Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, G12 0QF

Do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster? What about Jack? Can Angus convince him that Nessie exists? Laughter and fun from Talking Heads Puppets including Cheeky Robert and Ben in a Basket, Roberts ever faithful and very funny dog!



Killearn Country Market, Saturday 10th June 10am – 1pm Killearn Village Hall, G63 9NL

Love Bites Dog Treats – posh new bunting for stall

With an emphasis on food, expect a diverse selection of stalls from local food producers, and possible a few craft stalls too. If you have a pooch, do pop by and pick up some healthy dog treats by Love Bites – they’re the dog’s rollocks, and are a favourite with my hounds. Teas and coffees, with some home baking, are served in the Village Hall to refresh you during you foray.



Art Beat, 10th – 18th June, Various Locations Central Scotland

Artists & organisations across Central Scotland host a variety of events from open studios, installations, temporary public artworks, popup shows, film, performance, and exhibitions in galleries and community spaces. Over 140 participating artists at 80 different locations

2017 Brochure

This year, in Stirling, Catherine King and Lesley Anne Derks will showcase their work at the Tolbooth Gallery. It is also interesting to note that the Smith Art Gallery will host an exhibition by the Glasgow Society of Women Artists (GSWA).

In Alloa at the Makers Gallery and Bistro there is also change. Over the past five years they have shown many art works from near and far…as well as very good coffee and food. From now on, however, only the Reach Out programme will continue. It is of great benefit to young people taking part, Artists at Marcelle House continue to flourish, as does Resonate Arts, with its many art classes and events.

In Falkirk Marjory Sime is hosting an exhibition in the Howgate Centre in aid of the Seagull Trust charity. Artist Lesley Banks is opening a studio in the former tearoom in Callendar Park and from there visitors can go to the nearby Callendar House to view an exhibition of her work. Lesley is the current Artist in Residence there.


Scottish Seafood BBQ, Bothy Restaurant, 11 Ruthven Lane, G12 9BG

Sunday 11th June

Every Sunday throughout the festival we’ll be firing up the BBQ on our outdoor terrace space, serving up some extra special Scottish goodness.

We’re talking venison burgers with kale and gherkin coleslaw. Finnan smoked haddock stovies parcels and whiskey, heather honey and lemon glazed chicken.

All available to enjoy al fresco in our outdoor space or to grab and go.


Bardowie Loch Swim Festival, Bardowie Loch

10th and 11th June

If you’ve ever fancied swimming under the stars, there is a safe night swim on the 10th, with the swim series the following day. Set amidst the picturesque scenery of Bardowie Castle at Bardowie Sailing Club, Bardowie, Milngavie, the Loch is an ideal setting for our first event of the year.  The Loch is very sheltered providing excellent swimming conditions with full changing & toilet facilities with on site car parking. Since this is the first event of the season the swim distances will be 1k & 2k, plus we are introducing a new circumference swim, you can either choose to swim round once which is 2k or twice round at 4k. Enter online.



Charity Garden Opening – Geilston Garden June 11th 1-5pm Main Road, Cardross, Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, G82 5HD

Geilston Garden has many attractive features including the walled garden with the herbaceous border providing summer colour, the tranquil woodland walks and a large working kitchen garden. This is the ideal season for viewing the Siberian iris in flower along the Geilston Burn and the Japanese azaleas. During the summer months, July to September, there is a range of fresh fruit and vegetables for sale from the large kitchen garden.

There will be a plant stall selling Geilston-grown perennials together with some early produce.


Strathmore Highland Games, 11th June, Midday, Glamis Castle, DD8 1RJ

Couldn’t say it better myself-

There’s lots going on like big strong men tossing cabers and throwing hammers.  Light footed highland dancer’s dancing.  There’s pipers piping, runners running and cyclist’s cycling. There’s also a crowd of men trying to pull a rope away from another crowd of men, they’ll likely be sitting a while but one team always wins!!  There’s ice-cream and a bouncy castle, and races to help keep the kids happy.  We’ve also got some lovely Scottish food and drink stalls, and some home grown crafts folk bringing along their wares for you to browse through.




Further afield…


Download Festival, Donnington Park, Leicestershire, 9-11th June


Tickets are still available for anyone that fancies a proper rock festival.


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