The new-look Burns an’a’that! Festival is creating quite a stir and promises more than before, with live music very much to the fore and most of it is free of charge.
The event kicks off with Festival Friday in Ayr town centre, where you can find out all about the weekend ahead and get a taste for some of the treats on offer.
Look out for Buzzbeak – a giant interactive bird made entirely from Landrover parts – and craft workshops where you can weave your own willow heart.
At night, there are various entertainment options, including Burns an’a’that! live music in Wellingtons Bar and Alloway Ghost Walks.
Musically, this year’s headline acts include former Del Amitri frontman turned singer/songwriter Justin Currie, 80s favourites The Bluebells and upcoming Scottish singer songwriter Rachel Sermanni.
They’ll all be taking to the stage in an exciting and brand-new live music tent at Belleisle for a new and exciting ‘Weekend in the Park’ event, as the Burns an’a’that! celebrates its 12th anniversary in style!
‘Weekend in the Park’ also offers a fairground, arts and crafts market, outdoor arts and performances – and much, much more.
The festival – which is supported by South Ayrshire Council and VisitScotland – is an annual tribute to Scotland’s internationally acclaimed poet Robert Burns, celebrating the best of Scottish talent.
This year it also forms part of The Year of Natural Scotland and is sponsored by Stobbs the Baker, Ayrshire Cancer Support and Costley and Costley.
The Saturday live music line-up is in association with UZ Arts and is completely free. This kicks off at 1pm and lasts right through until 10pm where you will be able to enjoy Rose Parade – with their own blend of folk, punk, indie and blues; Ruth Martin – accoustic folk blues; The “delicate and beautifully endearing” SIIGA; Celtic band Sketch, who perform traditional music for the 21st century.
You can also see Ayrshire’s own Little Fire and 80s favourites The Bluebells, who are best known for their hits Young at Heart, I’m Falling and Cath.
There will also be a buskers’ garden where young up-and-coming musicians can show off their talent.
The Sunday 1pm-5pm music line-up is also free and features The New Piccadillys, Indie pop from Pronto Mama and swing jazz sound from Rose Room.
The festival concludes with the finale gig starring Currie, supported by Sermanni.