Ghostly goings-on at Tamfest

South Ayrshire's Halloween Tamfest has more bit than ever this year.
South Ayrshire's Halloween Tamfest has more bit than ever this year.

South Ayrshire’s spookiest festival Tamfest returns at the end of the month with a frighteningly good line-up.

The festival, on Sunday, October 28, celebrates Tam o’ Shanter’s ghostly tale with a Day o’the Deid procession and music, dance, food and street entertainment in Ayr town centre.

With over 70 acts and activities for all the family, the festival promises to be a real treat and best of all it’s free. The main Cutty Sark Stage will feature spellbinding performances from The Voice and X Factor stars Craig Ward and Ryan Lawrie as well as a host of other acts and entertainers.

The street entertainment will be a feast for the senses with fire breathers, stilt walkers and sword swallowers. In the Kyle Centre, the workshops with children’s author Alan Dupre are sure to be a big hit along with Punch & Judy, face painting and music.

The Ayrshire Women’s Hub are joining Tamfest for the first time with dancing, stories and songs from some talented young performers.

Expect witches, goblins and a few skeletons for the finale — the spectacular Day o’the Deid parade followed by a glow in the dark ceilidh at the foot of the High Street.

South Ayrshire councillor Brian McGinley, said: “Tamfest grows year on year and the festival is already a firm favourite with locals and visitors. It’s a real community effort with schools, dance groups and the wider public all joining in to make the event possible.”

The Day o’the Deid procession leaves Arran Mall at 4.15pm.