13th August, Mugdock Country Park
Do you and your canine companion have what it takes to be superheroes? Help save the world by supporting the Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Centre, and take part in Mugdock parks agility course and contests with your superdog! Great fun for beginners, owners enter for only £2 with all proceeds going towards the Rescue Centre.
17th-20th August, Botanic Gardens, Glasgow
For an unconventional night out in the West End, enjoy a viewing at the open air cinema in the Botanic Gardens on the 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th of August.
Celebrating the incredible works of acclaimed director Bill Forsyth, the cinema will feature viewings of;
That Sinking Feeling (1979) -Thursday 17th
Comfort & Joy (1984)- Friday 18th
Gregory’s Girl (1981)- Saturday 19th
Local Hero (1983)- Sunday 20th
Entrance is permitted at 8:30pm, with the film itself commencing at 9pm.
Traditional movie snacks will be provided on site, however you are permitted to bring your own food and drink choices with the exception of alcohol. To make it more comfortable, it’s suggested you bring along some of your own comforts such as rugs, blankets, seats or cushions so that the film can be enjoyed fully.
18th- 20th August, Cardross Estate, Port of Menteith, Stirling
A friendly and intimate festival, Doune the Rabbit Hole brings together a diverse range of music, art and crafts all produced in Scotland. Situated in the picturesque Cardross Estate near Lake of Menteith, it is a small hub for Scottish music legends such as The Vaselines and Mercury Prize nominees Polar Bear, new and upcoming talent, craft workshops, comedy, and a wide range of tasty local produce. This year also brings with it the additions of wild swimming and river tubing into the mix, so make sure you bring along swimwear and something warm to survive the Scottish summer!
With a capacity of only 1000, it excels in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere and its partnership with the Kidding Around Collective ensures the whole family can relax and enjoy the festival with acts and activities for all ages. The festival expertly manages everyones needs, and as well as available yurts, there is also a Family Camping area situated a distance from those partying on later to ensure all sleep requirements are met!
Ticket bookings can be found on the events websites.
19th-20th August, Loch Lomond Shores
Taking place at nearby Loch Lomond Shores, the Loch Lomond Wedding Exhibition is a hub for engaged couples attracted to the plethora of high quality Wedding suppliers and picturesque outlook onto the Loch. Travelling from all over Britain and the world, couples can browse over a hundred wedding suppliers of repute including many award winners such as Wedding Wise ( 2017 winner of the Confetti Wedding Awards) and Edinburgh Gin whose products have gained success on an international level (gold, silver and bronze winners at the International Wine and Spirit Competition).
Throughout the weekend there will also be live displays to admire the impressive wedding wear and entertainment on offer, as well as the chance to benefit from a range of competitions and promotions.
Ticket bookings can be found on the events website.
19th August, Balfron
A fun summers day out, the local bash features entertainment for all the family. With almost too many options to choose from, children will be entertained for hours by the mega slides, rodeo bull, classic cars and pony rides available, while adults can relax in the late summer sun (it doesn’t hurt to be optimistic) enjoying the live music and delicious food and drinks available.
19th August, Stirling Sports Village, Royal Stuart Way, Stirling
Enjoy your Scottish heritage with a trip into Stirling for the annual Highland Games. Starting at 10:30, competitors and spectators will take to the field overlooked by the famous Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. The event itself features traditional games and competitions, as well as impressive displays of Highland dancing and piping performances.
There will also be a traders village with an extensive array of food, craft, activities and whisky offerings from around Scotland to make it an experience to remember. This year is also the first to feature the brand new Stirling Foodie Fest which solely features food and drink from Scottish producers, as well as the presence of celebrity chef Gary Maclean; the 2016 MasterChef Professional Champion. Throughout the day, Gary will be able to answer questions from all food lovers as well as be present supporting the unique hands on experiences available to visitors by the range of winning producers.
19th August, Breadalbane Park, Main Street, Killin, Stirling
If free on the 19th, why not support the rural community and enjoy the sights at Killin show; the annual agricultural show celebrated at Breadalbane Park. Including both traditional sheep and cattle judging, competitions, demonstrations and the less traditional fancy dress parade, it makes for a fun day out. To perfectly round off the day, you can even enjoy a hoolie at the evening ceildlih with those celebrating their victories.
Kippen Flower Show
20th August, Village Hall, Kippen
The traditional Kippen Flower Show returns this year at the Village Hall from 12:30-4pm. At it you can admire the local flowers, flower art, fruit, veg, home baking and crafts, with additions of brand new children’s classes and a competition for the best garden. Admission is only £1 for adults and half price for kids, so is definitely worth heading along for.
25th-27th August, art4you Scotland Studio, Ballochruin Farm, Balfron Station
This August the local art school and studio is supporting the Cancer Research UK with an exhibition of both teachers and student work going up for sale. Running from Friday 25th and over the weekend, it is an event open for all to come and support with the knowledge that everything generated is going to a rewarding cause.
26th August, Loch Lomond, Scotland
Loch Lomond is going to definitely be busy over the next couple of weeks! Why not join in the summer festivities and enter, or support, at The Great Scottish Swim? Events are now open with a large selection catering for those of all abilities.
Whether you choose the half mile course, 1 mile, 2 mile, 5k or the mammoth 10k you are sure to enjoy the beautiful, if slightly refreshing waters of Loch Lomond.
If you’re not too tired, you could also enjoy the retro night hosted at The Maid of the Loch, Loch Lomond’s paddle steamer. With live music covering classics from the 60s to the 90s you can enjoy a night celebrating your swimming success for only £10. Rest assured, there will be a bar onboard and although not compulsory, flares and bad hair are recommended.
26th August-10th September, Botanic Gardens, Glasgow
This month, Glasgow’s well known Botanic Gardens are going to be transformed into a prehistoric adventure, with the usual walks being overrun by dinosaur galore. With over thirty animated dinosaurs to discover and learn about, kids will be hooked by the fascinating and lifelike displays on offer. They can also put their Jurassic Park skills to the test with the excavation site, digging up bones from the various types of Dino surrounding them such as the Diplodocus or (everyone’s favourite) Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Visitors can also enjoy learning more in the educational marquee through the documentaries and projections available, as well as have the opportunity to purchase something to remember their day by.
Buchanan Flower Show
27th August,Buchanan Memorial Hall, Crietyhall Road, Milton of Buchanan
This year it is the 70th Annual Buchanan Flower Show. Keeping up tradition, the locals and outsiders (for open events) will display their fruit, flowers, veg and crafts, with the opening ceremony and awards being presented by the Duke of Montrose himself. Starting at 2pm, the show costs £1.50 for adults and 50p for children, with this including a delicious option of refreshments in the afternoon. There is also the chance for prizes to be won in the auction and raffle so be sure to bring along some luck!
27th August, Mugdock Country Park
Don the warrior paint; for only the bravest among us it is the ULTM8 Warrior Glasgow 2017. Taking place at nearby Mugdock Country Park, it is the UKs first series of obstacle racing for kids. Split into age groups, children of all ages can take part, with each course adapting to abilities.
Each heat will involve 1, 2 or 3 laps of the Warrior Obstacle Course which includes more than twenty five obstacles to attack, with the mini warriors taking on hurdles, nets, balance beams, sponge throwing parents and more, for their very own Warrior Medal. The three toughest boys and girls will even get to enjoy a podium victory!
For a day of fun for both those watching and taking part, you can register on the ULTM8 Warrior website.
27th August, Glasgow
Prepare yourselves prosecco lovers, all those following the call of the bubbly have now been promised their very own prosecco festival. So far a ‘secret’ day party, the organisers have yet to disclaim the location, but it’s certainly one to keep your ears open for!
From what we do know, it’s an event not to be missed with a diverse range of live music, a fully stocked bar boasting a total of twenty different types of prosecco, local ales, cocktails and the guaranteed presence of street food bringing you tastes from around the world to enjoy with your chosen tipple.
The Fintry Show
31st August, Menzies Hall, Fintry
A celebration of the local communities home-grown produce, the annual show takes place at Menzies Hall with the summer harvest of fruit, vegetables and flowers all being judged and winners awarded. There are also entrances for flower arranging, baking, crafts, art and a separate section for children. Starting at 2pm it’s a lovely summer afternoon out and easy on the wallet with admission at £1 and children entering for free.