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Stirling’s Hogmanay has sold out

Stirling's Hogmanay celebrations are set to be enjoyed by a capacity crowd as the final tickets sold out today Monday 17th.

The 7000 lucky ticket holders are set to enjoy arguably the best Hogmanay party in Scotland. Headline act The Proclaimers have been on a sell out Scottish tour warming up for this sell out end of year party at Stirling Castle. The guys are really looking forward to it, Charlie Reid said, “You can’t think of a more dramatic setting for a gig in Scotland.” Craig added, “We will have played many, many, many times on tour so by the time we play Stirling we should hitting all the right notes, it’s going to be great.”

The roads leading to the Castle will be closed from 8.30 p.m. and only those with tickets will be allowed access. Gates open at 10 p.m. with the first band on at 10.15. There will be hot food and drinks on sale, and if you want to bring some festive cheer, please make sure it is in a plastic bottle as glass will not be allowed. If you are drinking alcohol, please drink responsibly. Finally, dress for the weather, wrap up well and enjoy seeing in 2008 in the most dramatic location in Scotland.”


The distinctive setting and Victorian architecture of The National Wallace Monument is set to provide an impressive backdrop for celebrating the Christmas season this year, with a range of special seasonal events and activities planned for visitors at this famous Stirling landmark on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December.

A range of special attractions and activities have been planned for both days, with seasonal music on a Victorian barrel organ, balloon modelling and magic tricks, and events just for children (who can enjoy free admission to The Monument all weekend, when accompanied by an adult), including a ‘Monument Mastermind’ Quiz, with special prizes to be won.

All of the features and facilities at The Monument will be open for visitors and on both days rangers from Stirling Council’s Countryside Service will be leading guided walks of The Abbey Craig, the distinctively wooded outcrop on which The Monument stands.


Christmas Tingles at the Stirling Smith

Scottish contemporary art and crafts come to the Smith for Christmas. The wide range of beautiful gifts for the season includes jewellery, ceramics, etchings and paintings.

Early visiting is advisable for this stunning selection of art and crafts from all over Scotland. All works are for sale and ready to collect and the Smith offers a packing and postage service available for selected purchases to inland UK destinations.


The Stirling Press of Eneas Mackay

Publishing Scotland. The Stirling Press of Eneas Mackay
An exhibition at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
1 December - 27 April 2008 to celebrate 500 years of printing in Scotland

stirling smith - the stirling press of eneas mackay

From 1882 to 1955, the Stirling publishing house of Eneas Mackay issued a steady stream of books. With over 300 titles in a 70 year period, it was not a huge output, but the books are distinctive and Mackay appreciated the ability of a well-illustrated dust jacket to sell the books.

The exhibition looks at the Mackay Press’s cultural and artistic contribution to the history of printing in Scotland. The private collection of Stuart J. Campbell, who is engaged in the production of a Mackay bibliography, will be featured, together with memorabilia from the Smith’s own collection and the Stirling Observer Press.

The exhibition will be opened at 11.00am on Saturday 1 December by Martyn Wade, National Librarian from the National Library of Scotland, and members of the Stirling Gaelic Choir will pay tribute to Mackay in song


Stirling Tolbooth nominated as Best Venue

The Tolbooth, Stirling’s venue for live music and the arts, has been nominated as Scotland’s Best Venue at this year’s Scottish Traditional Music Awards.
The annual awards recognise the very best in the Scottish traditional music scene and are highly regarded, so it is a real honour to receive a nomination as the Best Venue in Scotland.

A public vote will decide the winner, which will be announced at the prestigious awards ceremony in Fort William on Sat 1 Dec.

Alasdair Campbell, Artistic Director, said, “It is really fitting that the Tolbooth should receive this nomination as Best Venue during our 5th birthday celebrations. The Tolbooth aims to provide the best live music experience for the people of Stirling and to be recognised for the quality of our work is very special.”

The Tolbooth’s winter season continues this month with performances every week between now and the end of the year.

The City of Stirling's Hogmanay 2007

Stirling hosts one of the best Hogmanay parties in Scotland and this year, sensational Scottish pop group THE PROCLAIMERS will headline the event, with support and the traditional Pipes and Drums. The Proclaimers will take us up to the bells and as we say goodbye to 2007 the night sky will be illuminated by thousands of FIREWORKS in one of the biggest and brightest displays in the country.

June Carey - If Wishes were Kisses

Free demonstration at Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

Meet the artist and see a free demonstration at the Smith.

The artist, June Carey is coming to the gallery for a chat about her exciting new exhibition each Saturday afternoon from 27 October to 24 November inclusive from 1.00pm to 2.30pm. She will also be showing the stages of her printmaking in a special demonstration session to be held exclusively on Saturday 3 November, 1.00pm to 2.30pm.

Stirling printmaker June’s exhibition of new works is the result of her visit to India where she travelled with the help of a grant from the Scottish Arts Council. Carey’s work features in many art collections including that of the BBC, Scottish Arts Council, Oxford University and founder member of Genesis, Peter Gabriel.

If Wishes were Kisses runs from 13 October to 25 November and the Smith is open
Tues - Sat 10.30am to 5.00pm
Sunday 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Closed Mondays

FREE - The Tot Art Big Draw

Those of you who have not picked up a pencil in years can simply draw around your hand & write your road name or post code across your hand drawing. The more adventurous - NO ARTISTIC ABILITY NECESSARY - can join in with the big group drawing of The Wallace Monument.

The Tot Art Big Draw is taking place on Saturday 13th October 9.30 am - 12.30 pm at Logie Kirk hall. ADMISSION FREE. ALL WELCOME! COME & TAKE PART.

For 12 -18 year olds there is a ‘Designing for Sustainability’ competition running in conjunction with The Big Draw. TOT ART is the ONLY ORGANISATION SELECTED IN SCOTLAND (1 of 24 worldwide) TO RUN A COMPETITION BASED ON THE THEME OF SUSTAINABILITY IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE BIG DRAW.

FREE jazz workshops

Try your hand at jazz
A series of jazz workshops for Stirling Council primary and high school pupils is set to start at the Tolbooth in Stirling in October. The sessions, organised by Children’s Services in collaboration with the Tolbooth Arts Team, are an amazing opportunity to take part in free regular jazz ensemble workshops led by top Scottish saxophonist Laura MacDonald for both beginners and the more experienced.

The workshops, for all jazz instruments, look at improvisation and various jazz styles. The sessions are not about individual tuition but working as an ensemble in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Based at the Tolbooth on a Tuesday night the workshops, which are free due to funding from the Youth Music Initiative, run for beginners from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and for more experienced players from 6.30pm to 8.00pm and are open to pupils aged 10 to 18 from any Stirling Council school. The workshops are funded until June 2008 and start on Tuesday 23 October.

To find out further information about the jazz workshops or to register a place please contact Clare Hoare, Cultural Coordinator, Children’s Services c/o Tolbooth on 01786 274000 or hoarec@stirling.gov.uk.

Willie Rodger and Family Exhibition
willie rodger and family exhibition

University to mark 40th anniversary with unique exhibition by one of Scotland's best loved artists

The University of Stirling will be hosting this unique art exhibition, celebrating the works of Scotland's foremost printmaker, and will also be showing works by his family.

The free exhibition, commemorating the University's 40th anniversary, will be held in the Crush Hall, Pathfoot Building, one of the original University 1960s buildings. There will be a private view on 29 September, 12.00am - 3.00pm, the exhibition will open to the public on Monday 1 October and run for three months finishing on 21 December 2007.

Part of a series of events to celebrate the University's 40th anniversary, the exhibition brings together a diverse representation of printing, painting, poetry drawing, photography, ceramics, illustration by Willie Rodger, his wife Anne and his children Jana, Robin, Guy and Susan.

Willie Rodger rose to prominence in the 1960s with his highly idiosyncratic work which is widely represented in both Scottish and National Art Galleries. Lino and wood cuts by Rodger were among the first works of art acquired by the Art Collection in 1967. The exhibition will feature paintings by the artist but will also display some of his relief prints.

Speaking about the forthcoming exhibition, University Art Curator, Jane Cameron commented: "We are delighted that this major exhibition will feature the work of one of Scotland's most influential and well-loved artists. We also are thrilled to have the opportunity to present visitors with a unique insight into the creative threads which have bound one family".

All Stitched Up

Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum New Exhibition All Stitched Up
29 September to 18 November

The 2007 Textile Art season at the Stirling Smith concludes with the latest exhibition showing the work of the Stirling & District Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild. Over 25 exhibitors bring their work together, displaying needlework skills and techniques. Also on display will be the embroidered panel made by members to mark the 25th anniversaries last year of both their local branch and Strathcarron Hospice. Workshops take place throughout the exhibition period with tutors from the guild.

The exhibition runs from 29 September to 18 November and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am to 5.00pm, Sunday 2.00pm to 5.00pm, and closed Mondays. For further details please contact Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK8 2RQ, telephone 01786 471917 or visit www.smithartgallery.demon.co.uk

Doors Open for St Ninian’s Well, Stirling

Doors Open for St Ninian’s Well, Stirling - first time in 125 years

St Ninian’s Day Sunday 16 September 2007

st ninian’s well, stirling The doors to St Ninian’s Well will open to the general public again, this Sunday, 12pm-4pm, for the first time in 125 years. The event is part of Stirling’s Doors Open Day, and the Well will be opened courtesy of Stirling Council and staffed by Friends of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum.

The happy co-incidence of Doors Open with the feast day of St Ninian means that St Ninian himself will put in an appearance at 12 noon to turn the key in the lock.

St Ninian’s Well has always been in the centre of the historic Wellgreen, the common washing green for Stirling. Wellgreen now accommodates a business centre, a nursery and a Residential home, and the Well is now part of the open-air car park. The Wellgreen was a very large piece of public ground, used for the first Stirling Highland Games in 1870. It was built over by housing and industrial premises in the early 1880’s. Only the lower half of the Well house, a barrel-vaulted structure built by Stirling burgh in 1737, survives. It was abandoned as a wash house in the 1880’s. Until 2001, it was used by members of the Forth Angling Federation as a trout hatchery to boost the fish stock of the River Forth.

St Ninian was one of the Celtic saints who brought Christianity to Scotland. He is associated with the Whithorn area, but also with the crossroads south of Stirling, where the village is still known as St Ninian’s. St Ninian’s Well is a clear, pure source of fresh water. Edinburgh’s poet laureate, Valerie Gillies, has written a fine poem in praise of the Well which will be read at the Stirling Book Festival.

The Friends of the Smith have done many things to support Stirling’s culture over the past 30 years. On Sunday, they will be hanging out their first washing to guide potential pilgrims to St Ninian’s Well - one of Scotland’s hidden treasures, which should not be missed.

For further information, contact Elspeth King, tel 01786 471917

The Changing Room 10th anniversary

Since 1997 The Changing Room has not only brought emerging and established artistic talent of international standing to Stirling - such as the solo commission A Public Announcement in 1998 with this year’s Turner Prize nominee Nathan Coley - but has provided a critical forum for vocational training and peer support for locally-based artists and young people to explore, develop and challenge their ideas and experience of art.

The Changing Room presents a group exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of the gallery. Voluntary Action showcases artwork from a roster of over 50 volunteers who have run the gallery over the last ten years and is organised by current volunteer staff.

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Forthside Development

Construction work has started on the 214 homes in the £35 million project at the Riverside end of the 40-acre £100 million new city quarter site.

The new contemporary apartments will consist of 3 riverbank pavilion blocks, a Square and Crescent with a further single block with car parking. This is the first housing to be built in Forthside at the northern end of the former Ministry of Defence site. The project will also include a riverbank walkway and landscaping. There will be security gates to stop unauthorised parking by people using the train and bus stations and visiting the city centre.

A continuous footpath, set back from the water’s edge, will allow the public to take advantage of the magnificent views while avoiding the need for handrails and other major engineering works.

The first phase of the contemporary apartments are expected to be completed and ready for occupation by the end of the year.

Rowing and Canoe Club Open Day

Stirling Rowing Club and Stirling Canoe Club are hosting an open day on Sunday 5 August to launch the start of their partnership. Both clubs have been working together with Active Stirling and Stirling Sports Council over the past 8 months to develop both clubs, using the Rowing club as a base. The event is being held at Stirling Rowing Club in Riverside and will commence at 1pm.

On the day there will be an opportunity to try out rowing, canoeing and kayaking. Both clubs will have qualified and disclosure checked instructors on the water. The opportunity will be there to meet club members and to gain further information about either club. There will also be a BBQ so people are invited to bring along food and drink.

Everyone is welcome to attend on the day. For further information please contact Lauren MacTaggart or Steven Coulter on 01786 432323.

Trossachs Trundler

The Trossachs Trundler 2007 has now started operating for the summer season. The bus service is operated by Harlequin Coaches and funded by Stirling Council. Running between Loch Katrine, Kilmahog, Brig O’Turk, Callander, Aberfoyle, and the Port of Menteith, the Trundler can carry up to two bikes and is fully wheelchair accessible. Leaving Callander four times a day, six days a week, it stops on request and is timetabled to link up with sailings of the Sir Walter Scott and Ellen’s Isle on Loch Katrine.

The Trossachs Day Rover Ticket, priced £8 for an adult, £6.40 for a concession, £2.80 for a child and £19.20 for a family, gives unlimited travel for one day on the Trundler. Tickets can be on bought on board the Trundler or at Stirling Bus Station. National Entitlement Card holders travel free.

For further information contact the Public Transport Co-ordination Centre on 01786 442707 or local Tourist Information Centres.


Organisers and performers are gearing up for Stirling's unique outdoor music festival - The Scribbler's Picnic - which takes place on Sunday (June 24). Stirling's very own mini Glastonbury raises money for five cancer charities - CHAS, Strathcarron Hospice, Maggie's Centre, Macmillan Cancer Care and Marie Curie.

This year's event promises to showcase the best local music talent and give unsigned bands a chance to shine in front of a large local audience. Fantastic emerging local bands that have already signed up to play at the event include The Shermans, The Encierro and Bullitt For Pablo. Popular established bands like Bury The Hobbit and Albannach will also take to the stage at the family festival.

There are four music stages, which will cater for a broad range of tastes including the folk tent, young bands tent, acoustic café and main stage. Charity organisations will be present raising money for themselves on the day through a host of activities and stalls and there will be a five-a-side football tournament and a fully licensed bar.

Read more about the Scribbler's Picnic in the What's on in Stirling Guide

Briarlands Amazing Maize Maze

the maize maze - briarlands farm blairdrummond stirling Enjoy a visit to Briarlands Farm. Now open for 2007. A fantastic day out for the whole family.

Go on Safari near Stirling and find your way through the amazing Maize Maze, specially designed for Briarlands Farm by Adrian Fisher Mazes, who have now created over 500 mazes in 23 countries. The naturally grown maze covers an area of 5 acres and reaches a height of over 6 feet, creating pathways that will enthral, disorientate and infuriate.

After conquering the Maze you can visit the Family Fun Area and try the Jumping Pillow, Straw Mountain, Tyre Maze, Hay Bale Maze, Sand Pit, Football Skills Game, Puzzles and Mazes.
There is a Farm Shop stocked with the farm's own and local seasonal produce and you can enjoy a tea or coffee with a selection of delicious home baking from Mary’s Kitchen.

A great place for a day out or birthday party.
Briarlands Farm is just off Junction 10 of the M9 - 4 miles from the city of Stirling. Right next door to Blairdrummond Safari and Adventure Park.

Read more about Briarlands Farm

Northern Fringes Textile Artists Exhibition
Northern Fringes Textile Artists Exhibition and Workshops at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

Textile artists from Northern Fringes, the north of Scotland based textile art group, return to the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum to display their creative talents.
Their forthcoming exhibition runs from 16 June to 19 August and will show a wide range of textile art.

The artists plan to hold workshops at the Smith to coincide with the exhibition.



25 to 27th May

Celebrating 10 years of Le Weekend - Stirling's annual event dedicated to inventive and experimental music and sound.

Ten years is a considerable achievement for any festival but for Le Weekend, a major force behind the renaissance in experimental music in Scotland over the last five years or so, it is a remarkable feat of musical magic.

This year is a very special year for the festival and there are 3 new commissions, one of which brings to Scotland Kaffe Matthew's brilliant Sonic Bed_Worldwide project and the first time ever performance in this country of the inspirational Nagisa Ni te.

See:What's on at the Tolbooth

Six Cities Design Festival in Stirling

17 May to 3 June

The Six Cities Design Festival is an initiative aimed at unlocking Scotland’s creativity and innovation as a means of competing in the global marketplace

There are three key strands to the Six Cities Design initiative: developing the use of design and creativity in business; raising awareness of design through education programmes; increasing public engagement with design through a three week Festival to be held simultaneously in Scotland’s six cities.

From 17 May to 3 June there will be a series of exhibitions, events, keynote speaker programmes, and one-off happenings around Stirling for all ages.

Shades and Textures

Moss, Bridge of Allan's unique and contemporary florist is holding the debut exhibition of local artists group 6artists.

The free exhibition invites visitors to experience a range of visual expressions, following the theme of 'shades and textures' and will feature a variety of works from the group including photography, wood carving, sculptures, collage, pastel and paintings.

The artists, who come from a variety of professional backgrounds, live on the same street in Bridge of Allan and formed the '6artists' group in November 2006 with the aim of bringing creative ideas together and encouraging each other in their art.

6artists member, Prentice Smy says, "Working towards this exhibition has provided us with a real sense of togetherness and motivation and we're looking forward immensely to displaying our work for the first time as a group. Our styles vary from symbolic and abstract images right through to landscape and we hope that whatever people's tastes in art, they will find something appealing in the variety of pieces in the 'shades and textures' exhibition."

The exhibition runs from 19 May to 2 June at Moss, 56 Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 - 5.00.

Big in Falkirk

Big in Falkirk, Scotland's National Street Arts Festival is back for its 8th year on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May 2007.

Since its inception in 2000, this award-winning, FREE weekend extravaganza has become one of the largest cultural events in Scotland, attracting over 100,000 people. Located in Falkirk’s stunning 180-acre Callendar Park, the cutting-edge entertainment features a wide variety of spectacular outdoor theatre, pyrotechnic displays, art, comedy and big name music acts alongside activities for all ages.

See: What's on around Stirling for full details

Stirling Old Town Cemeteries Restoration

Used for burials since the 16th Century, a Heritage Lottery Fund award of £824,000 will be used to fund restoration of Stirling's Old Town cemeteries. This unique heritage location is to be transformed and restored to its former Victorian splendour. The cemeteries incorporate a series of interconnecting gardens, three of which are burial grounds and are protected by Historic Scotland's highest level of listing. The sites also include a range of statues, public art and water features.
The project will include Mar Place Cemetery, the Holy Rude Kirkyard, the Valley Cemetery and Drummond Pleasure Grounds.

See: Ladies' Rock, Star Pyramid and the Valley

Dead Porpoise

A baby porpoise has been found dead in the River Allan. Stirling University Institute of Aquaculture think that the creature which, was probably less than six months old, may have been shot or bludgeoned to death by anglers. It could have followed the tidal upstream flow after losing its mother, struggled in the shallow water and been unable to get down again.

City Architecture

The City of Stirling is home to many splendid examples of the built environment. As part of the 6 Cities celebrations, the latest exhibition at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum spotlights some important architectural city landmarks, focussing on the architects who created Stirling's stunning built heritage.

The display includes some of the more unusual buildings, such as Walter Gillespie's post-war reconstruction of Norie's House in Broad Street, John Allan's 1902 design in Friar Street and Eric Bell's award-winning 1930s housing in Drip Road. Original artworks of historic buildings, many of which have long since disappeared, can also be seen.

From 24 March to 6 May


Fintry Amateur Dramatics Society present
Dogs breath Devereaux

Fintry Amateur Dramatics Society After last years success with in the finals of the Scottish Community Drama Association competition, Fintry Amateur Dramatics Society have won the first round of this years competition in the Stirling District.

Dogs Breath Devereaux, the Dastardly Doctor, had the audience roaring with laughter at the first round two weeks ago. The adjudicator clearly enjoyed it too and gave a good and fair crite.

Six plays were performed in Fintry over the weekend, with the others done by groups from Killin, Thornhill and Queen Victoria School in Dunblane. After the final performance the American farce performed by FADS was judged to be winner. So now they go on to the next round in Cupar at the end of the month.

There is an opportunity for members of the public to see the one act play on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th March. When in addition to Dogs breath Devereaux the Young Farmers will be performing their competition winning Talent Spot, as part of the American evening that FADS are performing.

Tickets can be obtained from Lorna Flisch on 01360 860 580

Forthside Multiplex - open by Christmas

A new eight screen, 1,150 seat multiplex cinema is due to open at Forthside by Christmas. Work has already started on the cinema and the conversion of the old barracks into offices and restaurants. The cinema is expected to attract 400,000 people a year to Stirling city centre. Future development of the 40 acre, former Ministry of Defence site, is planned to include office space, a 110 bed 4 star hotel, 500 seat conference centre and more than 200 homes.

Central Arts 21st Birthday EXHIBITION

With a stunning range of paintings in traditional and contemporary styles, as well as hand painted glass, sculpture, feltworks, prints and cards there is a stunning diversity of work at the first exhibition of CENTRAL ARTS 21st Year Celebrations. Over 30 artists will exhibit at this event many of whom have just joined. Well worth a visit.

The Gallery at G.R. McFarlane, Watchmaker and Jeweller
41 Mill Street, Alloa
Tel: 01259 723303
Email: enquiries@centralarts.co.uk
website: www.centralarts.co.uk
Saturday 10th Feb to Monday 28th May
Open Mon to Sat 9am till 5pm

Lindsay Anderson Exhibition

Is That All There Is? is the first public exhibition of material from the Lindsay Anderson Collection held by University of Stirling. It represents a unique and idiosyncratic overview of the life and career of one of Britain’s greatest filmmakers.

Anderson began his career by making documentary films in the 1950s and was a founder of the ‘Free Cinema' movement. He made a string of critically acclaimed films in the 1960s and 1970s including This Sporting Life, starring Richard Harris and If... starring Malcolm McDowell. Anderson remains a unique figure in British culture; his attitude to art and life was committed, personal and socially engaged. He made some of the most remarkable films in the history of the British cinema and was one of this country's leading theatre directors.

The exhibition uses objects from the collection to provide insights into particular aspects of Anderson’s work. It is not a straight biographical / educational display. Instead, the selected artefacts are interesting items in their own right and when viewed as a whole, provide a fuller picture of Lindsay’s life and career.

From 17 February to 31 March


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