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We absolutely love Halloween, but unlike our friends over the pond who go all out in October we tend to only celebrate it on one day of the year here in Scotland (insert sad face).
If you’re like us and want to make the most of the spookiest holiday of the year then check out what’s happening on your very doorstep this Halloween! Ayrshire is home to some fantastic events over the Halloween weekend (and run up to!), so take a look at our guide below to see what’s on and when!
TAMFEST / AYR / 27th - 29th OCTOBER
Whether trick-or treating’s not really your thing or you’re looking for some fun activities the whole family can take part in over Halloween, then look no further than Tamfest!
A unique 3-day celebration of all things spookily good, Tamfest runs in Ayr town centre from Friday 27th – Sunday 29th October this year, and is packed with lots of things to see and do to suit all ages. There’s live entertainment, history tours, workshops and markets, and the ever popular ‘Haunted House Experience’ returns to Ayr’s town hall from Thursday 26th – Tuesday 31st October!
• Ayr Film Society’s one-off showing of ‘Shaun of The Dead’ at 7.30pm on Friday 27th and ‘Train to Busan’ at 7.30pm on Saturday 28th. Tickets are available for both on the day for £5 each, or members of the film society can attend for free!
• If you love a good scare, then you won’t want to miss this! The interactive horror experience ‘Ravenous’ brings audiences face-to-face with one of Scotland’s most notorious villains with their modern twist on the traditional haunted house. Click here for more information on dates and times.
• Ayr Central will be home to Tamfest’s Children’s Zone over the weekend, hosting lots of free fun for little monsters. Come along and enjoy activities like free pumpkin carving, face painting, Owl Magic, creepy puppet making and lots more on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th from 12pm-5pm.
Tickets will need to be booked in advance for some events over the weekend, so check the official Tamfest.co.uk website for more information.
ILLUMINIGHT / KILMARNOCK / 25th OCTOBER - 19th NOVEMBER
See Kilmarnock’s Dean Castle Country Park in a whole new light this Autumn with their magical Illuminight event. State of the art lighting installations along with specially commissioned visual and music effects will showcase the popular park grounds in a way you’ve never seen before.
The event’s 1.5km trail will take visitors through the historic woodland, alongside the Kilmarnock Water and through the fantastic new wetland areas highlighting the rivers, ponds and trees of the Country Park and, of course, Dean Castle itself.
Food and drink villages will also be set up at the event which runs from Wednesday 25th October to Sunday 19th November, offering visitors something to keep their hands and tummies warm on their journey through the park.
Notes about the event:
• As this is a family event, children and babies are most welcome! The route has been designed to entertain and educate, so small children are sure to have a fantastic time! Please note though that whilst the event and route through the grounds is fully accessible, certain areas are sloped and uneven which may require assistance for wheelchair users or those with infants in pushchairs.
• The Illuminight experience is a 1.5km trail (approx.) and involves being outdoors for approximately 1.5 hours.
• Sessions run from 6pm each night of the event, but tickets must be booked in advance! You can get more information on times and tickets from the official Illuminight.co.uk website.
MCGAVIN PARK FIREWORKS / KILWINNING / 5th NOVEMBER
Due to the collapse of Kilmarnock’s popular firework display this year, celebrating bonfire night at Kilwinning’s McGavin Park is going to be a night you won’t want to miss!
Situated at McGavin park on Dalry Road in Kilwinning, this year’s bonfire night will see two fireworks displays on November 5th. The first session of the night will be a low noise display for young families and those with low noise tolerances and will take place at 6pm for approximately 5 minutes. The main display will take place at 6.45pm for approximately 20 minutes.
As well as fireworks, there’s fun to be had for the whole family during the night including hot food and drink stalls, kids rides, fire acts and more!
There will be extra parking available this year, with the main parking area being at Kilwinning College and the surrounding area in the town centre. Please keep an eye on the Kilwinning Community Events page on Facebook for updates on parking and further on-site information nearer the time.
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