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Once Upon a Time in South Ayrshire

Once Upon a Time in South Ayrshire

All year
Family friendly events
Free

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.

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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...
Girvan
Year of stories talk poster
Friday 23 September
2pm
Free
Family friendly event
Telling Your Family's Story at Girvan Library with Iain Wilson
Iain Wilson will talk about the two volumes of family history that hehas written, and will discuss some common themes in researchingScottish family history, including social conditions, employment, evendealing with family myths. To book your FREE pla...
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.
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