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Robert Burns head next to a book.

Once Upon a Time in South Ayrshire

Once Upon a Time in South Ayrshire, as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, has officially launched. Offering a year-long programme of events, exhibitions and experiences with something for everyone to enjoy. There are lots of treats in store so please stay tuned as further details are revealed…

Being part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, Once Upon a Time in South Ayrshire will give the opportunity to celebrate stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland and recognising that every community has a different link to a story just waiting to be explored.

Once Upon a Time in South Ayrshire will reveal local tales and legends as well as iconic stories and also delve into the past of some of Scotland’s most colourful people.

Once Upon a Time Events

Many of the events for springtime onwards are still to be revealed but there’s sure to be something for everyone from campfire stories and family fun days to festive delights. South Ayrshire Libraries and Museums will also be offering a programme of activities throughout 2022.

Ayr
Sketch of John Fergusson
Friday 6 October
7pm
Free
Family friendly event

Robert Fergusson: his life and poetry at Carnegie Library

Join Bill Boyd as he gives an account of the life of Robert Fergusson. He is the little-known predecessor of Robert Burns, an Edinburgh-born poet whose poems in Scots were to become a huge influence on Scotland’s national bard, and whom Burns himself de...
Ayr
photograph of Andrew Carnegie
Wednesday 21 September
7pm
Free
Family friendly event

Andrew Carnegie Talks by Dave Dewar at Carnegie Library

At aged 12 Andrew Carnegie with his penniless family emigrated from Dunfermline to America. By 35, he was a millionaire and, when he sold his company Carnegie Steel at aged 66, he became the richest man in the world. But not for long, as he proceeded to...
Troon
photograph of Elsie Inglis
Wednesday 5 October
7pm
Free
Family friendly event

Elsie Inglis Talk by Dave Dewar at Troon Library

Join Dundonald based playwright Dave Dewar for this illustrated talk. Doctor Elsie Inglis was one of Scotland’s most inspiring women. Surgeon, suffragist, and founder of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals for Foreign Service during World War I. The British ...
Silhouette of a man holding a lantern carrying a shovel.
January - December
Open all day
Free
Family friendly

Shadows of the Past…Ayr’s Myths, Legends and History

As part of Once Upon a Time in South Ayrshire, Shadows of the Past…Ayr’s Myths, Legends and History is a self-led journey where you will encounter life-sized character silhouettes and experience Ayr and Alloway like never before! Visit iconic and p...
Troon
Old black and white photograph of a small boat being launched.
29 August – 3 September
During library opening hours
Free
Family friendly event

Shipbuilding and Seafaring: South Ayrshire's Nautical History

Drop in to visit our pop up museum that explores South Ayrshire’s nautical history at Troon Library.
Troon
RNLI lifeboat at sea
11 July – 20 August
During library opening hours
Free
Family friendly event

RNLI Exhibition at Troon Library

Drop in to visit our pop-up RNLI exhibition at Troon Library. Established in 1871, the lifeboat station at Troon covers the lower Firth of Clyde with its two lifeboats – a D-class inshore lifeboat and a Trent-class all-weather lifeboat. Crew members ...

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Supported by Year of Stories 2022
South Ayrshire Council