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Forthcoming Events
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Dipping at the Dean 10/04/2018 - 10/07/2019 Dean Castle Country Park
Delve the depths to discover the aquatic species living in the park. Explore the world of newts, caddis flies and water tigers.

Contact: Rangers@eastayrshireleisure.com
T: 01563 554734

All events are at Dean Castle Country Park, unless otherwise stated.

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied an adult. Adults do not need to book a ticket.

Meet at the Visitor Centre Reception at 13.30 to start your session.
Transformers - Butterflies in Disguise 03/07/2018 - 04/07/2019 Dean Castle Country Park
Take home your very own caterpillar and watch it transform into a beautiful Painted Lady Butterfly.Learn how to care for it and prepare for it's hatching and release.

1 caterpillar per child.
Babes in arms free if not taking home a caterpillar.
Contact: Rangers@eastayrshireleisure.com
T: 01563 554734
All events are at Dean Castle Country Park, unless otherwise stated.
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied an adult. Adults do not need to book a ticket.
Meet at the Visitor Centre Reception at 13.30 to start your session.
Fossicking for Fossils 19/07/2018 - 18/07/2019 Dean Castle Country Park
Discover the secrets hidden in the bedrock of the Country Park. How different was the flora and fauna in the Country Park millions of years ago? Hunt for fossils and even make your own to take home.

All events are £5 per child. Adults free unless otherwise stated. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential. Meet at the Visitor Centre Reception at 1.30pm
Den Building 24/07/2018 - 16/07/2019 Dean Castle Country Park
Learn how to put a roof over your head using natural materials and practice different techniques. Will your den survive the Bucket Challenge?

All events are £5 per child. Adults free unless otherwise stated. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential. Meet at the Visitor Centre Reception at 1.30pm
Raftin' Daft 31/07/2018 - 11/07/2019 Dean Castle Country Park
Will Captain Spud safely sail the choppy waters of the river? Come along and put your raft building skills to the test. Spuds, string and top tips provided!

All events are £5 per child. Adults free unless otherwise stated. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential. Meet at the Visitor Centre Reception at 1.30pm.
Rainbow Ramble 09/08/2018 - 08/08/2019 Dean Castle Country Park
Join Ruby Rainbow and Pierre the Painter as they discover nature’s kaleidoscope of colours on our crafty woodland adventure.

All events are £5 per child. Adults free unless otherwise stated. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential. Meet at the Visitor Centre Reception at 1.30pm
Afternoon Tea Dances with Alan McPike 25/01/2019 - 21/06/2019 Cumnock Town Hall
Afternoon Tea Dance with Alan McPike
Fri 29 March, Fri 26 April, Fri 31 May & Fri 21 June
1pm - 3.30pm
£4 (price includes tea, coffee & biscuits)

If you like to dance and enjoy good music and good company then look no further! Our Tea Dances afternoons are the perfect way to enjoy everything about dance. Spend the afternoon away with Alan McPike and perfect your Cha Cha Cha (Ballroom), Foxtrot, Modern Tango, Quickstep, Rumba, Samba, Viennese Waltz and more! This is a wonderful way to exercise, perk up your afternoon and socialise with others.
Minecraft Club - Galston 27/03/2019 - 08/05/2019 Galston Library
Minecraft Club

This block will run for 6 weeks (final session 8th May, no session on 10th April)
Suitable for 8 -12 year olds,
All children must bring a parent or guardian to complete consent forms at the first session,


All children must bring a fully charged tablet device that already has a copy of Minecraft pocket edition or similar installed
Junior EAYT (Apr - Jun 2019) 16/04/2019 - 04/06/2019 Grand Hall
8-11 year group
Senior EAYT (Apr - Jun 2019) 16/04/2019 - 04/06/2019 Grand Hall
12 -18 year group
DO ART AT THE DI! APR - MAY 2019 18/04/2019 - 16/05/2019 Dick Institute
Come and get creative at the DO ART at the Dick Institute children’s art club! Be inspired by our visual art exhibitions in the galleries and create your own works of art using a range of mediums such as paint, print and ceramics!

AGE 7 - 13 YRS. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
ALL MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED
5 WEEK BLOCK: 18/04/19 - 16/05/19
4pm - 5.30pm £25 FOR BLOCK
Adult & Young People’s Art Classes APR - MAY 2019 18/04/2019 - 16/05/2019 Dick Institute
Watercolour
Develop your skills using this versatile and flexible medium, as artist Fiona Fleming helps you to understand how watercolour really works.
Apply some basic principles to achieve the luminosity and vibrancy this medium is so well known for, through use of wet and dry, lights and darks and the building and saturation of colour.

AGE 14+ · BOOKING ESSENTIAL
ALL MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED
5 WEEK BLOCK: 18/04/19 - 16/05/19
6PM-7.30PM
£30 for block
Dean Castle Stonework Tours 19/04/2019 - 09/08/2019 Dean Castle Country Park
Book a tour of the restoration project at Dean Castle. Find out about how the Castle’s stonework is being repaired and access areas that have been closed for some time. Meet the Visitor Centre in the Country Park to hear about the history of the Castle and its inhabitants. Then join CBC Stone’s Project Manager for a tour of the restorations, including the battlements, Laigh Tower and Great Hall.

Since the Castle is a live building site, there are some stipulations and health and safety rules which must be followed and these are explained at the start of every tour. The tour also involves climbing around 80 steps in quite confined spaces and therefore if you are claustrophobic or have health concerns this may not be the ideal tour for you. But if you are fit and over 18 years of age it is well worth coming along. If you would be interested in taking the tour, which is free, the next one will take place on 19th April and then 4 weekly thereafter. Tours are from 11.30am-1pm, please show tickets at the visitor centre.

Numbers for tours are limited to a maximum of 10 adults. If you book tickets but are no longer able to attend the tour, please contact 01563 554300 as there may be a waiting list for places.

EXPLORERS - Teeny, DICK INSTITUTE - APR-MAY 19 23/04/2019 - 21/05/2019 Dick Institute
Ignite your curiosity with our weekly EXPLORERS clubs for children to enjoy a creative interactive experience that immerses you in the stories, objects and spaces in and around The Dick Institute Galleries & Museum spaces. Experienced facilitators will use a range of expressive art activities including play, drama, movement, storytelling, performance, arts & crafts to discover and explore the fascinating displays, exhibitions and collections.

TEENY 3-5yrs - Engage the senses with creative fun, story, song, imagination, discovery, explorations and tactile sensations. For children and their grown-ups!

Booking essential
£2.50 per week, £12.50 per 5 week block
Child + accompanying adult must stay with child
5 weeks: 23/04/19 - 21/05/19
EXPLORERS - Teeny, BURNS HOUSE MUSEUM - APR/ MAY 19 24/04/2019 - 22/05/2019 Burns House Museum
Ignite your curiosity with our weekly EXPLORERS clubs for children to enjoy a creative interactive experience that immerses you in the stories, objects and spaces in and around the Burns House Museum. Experienced facilitators will use a range of expressive art activities including play, drama, movement, storytelling, performance, arts & crafts to discover and explore the fascinating displays, exhibitions and collections.

TEENY 3-5yrs - Engage the senses with creative fun, story, song, imagination, discovery, explorations and tactile sensations. For children and their grown-ups!
Booking essential
£12 /5 week BLOCK
Child + accompanying adult must stay with child
5 weeks: 24/04/19 - 22/05/19

EXPLORERS - WEE, BURNS HOUSE MUSEUM - APR-MAY 19 24/04/2019 - 22/05/2019 Burns House Museum
Ignite your curiosity with our weekly EXPLORERS clubs, for children to enjoy a creative interactive experience that immerses you in the stories, objects and spaces in and around our wonderful Burns House Museum. Experienced facilitators will use a range of expressive art activities including play, drama, movement, storytelling, performance, arts & crafts to discover and explore the fascinating displays, exhibitions and collections.

WEE 5-7yrs - Join in with fun play, drama, movement, storytelling, arts & crafts to discover and explore the fascinating displays, exhibitions and collections.
Booking essential
£4 per session, £20 for 5 wk block
5 weeks: 24/04/19 - 22/05/19
EXPLORERS - Teeny, BAIRD INSTITUTE - APR-MAY 19 25/04/2019 - 23/05/2019 Baird Institute
Ignite your curiosity with our weekly EXPLORERS clubs, for children to enjoy a creative interactive experience that immerses you in the stories, objects and spaces in and around the Baird Institute Gallery and Museum spaces. Experienced facilitators will use a range of expressive art activities including play, drama, movement, storytelling, performance, arts & crafts to discover and explore the fascinating displays, exhibitions and collections.

TEENY 3-5yrs - Engage the senses with creative fun, story, song, imagination, discovery, explorations and tactile sensations. For children and their grown-ups!
Booking essential
£2.50 per week, £12.50 per 5 week block
Child + accompanying adult must stay with child
5 weeks: 25/04/19 - 23/05/19
ELECTRICITY- Into The Light 26/04/2019 - 27/04/2019 Grand Hall
East Ayrshire Youth Theatre
Presents…

ELECTRICITY
Into the Light…

The Grand Hall, Kilmarnock

Friday 26th April 2019 7PM
Saturday 27th April 2019 2PM & 7PM
Tickets: £13/£11 (Concessions)

Join the young people of East Ayrshire Youth Theatre on a quest to the heart of musical theatre as they take you on a musical journey from Bellfield to Broadway. Following the success of The Wizard of Oz, they return to the magnificent setting of The Grand Hall to present an electrifying revue, showcasing musical theatre’s greatest moments and unearthing some lesser known gems along the way.

Featuring a unique set design and dazzling costumes, this unique theatrical experience will be presented ‘in-the-round’ to give a truly immersive experience to audiences of all ages.

Featuring songs from Billy Elliot, Into the Woods, We Will Rock You, Annie, Mamma Mia, Shrek, Ghost, Dear Evan Hansen & Hamilton.
Little Top 30/04/2019 - 30/04/2019 Cumnock Town Hall
Starcatchers and SUPERFAN present
LITTLE TOP – A magical circus show for babies
Venue: Cumnock Town Hall
Date: Tue 30 April
Time: 11am & 1pm
Age range: for babies aged under 18 months and their parents and carers
Running Time: 50 minutes
All tickets £5.00

Welcome to Little Top, a magical first circus experience for babies aged 0-18 months and their adults.
At a time in their development when young children are discovering their own physicality, and the pleasures and perils of gravity, Little Top invites babies to experience all the fun of the circus. Roll up for a gently thrilling performance which includes spectacular balances, astonishing tumbles and inventive juggling.
Little Top will transport you to a playful, joyous, upside down, topsy-turvy world where people can fly, patterns fill the air and anything is possible.

Children & Adults pay for tickets
Little Top 01/05/2019 - 01/05/2019 Grand Hall
Starcatchers and Superfan present…Little Top
Wed 1st May
11am & 1pm
For babies aged under 18 months and their parents and carers

Welcome to Little Top, a magical first circus experience for babies aged 0-18 months and their adults. At a time in their development when young children are discovering their own physicality, and the pleasures and perils of gravity, Little Top invites babies to experience all the fun of the circus. Roll up for a gently thrilling performance which includes spectacular balances, astonishing tumbles and inventive juggling.
Little Top will transport you to a playful, joyous, upside down, topsy-turvy world where people can fly, patterns fill the air and anything is possible.

Children & Adults pay for tickets.
Focus on Nature Bats and Nocturnal Animals 01/05/2019 - 01/05/2019 Dean Castle Country Park
Booking is Essential for this series of events

This series of walks and talks will be aimed at adults and young adults aged 16+ and provide an opportunity to focus on the natural world offering a more scientific and detailed approach then our regular family events. They are led by our friendly and experienced Ranger Service who will help you discover more about the wildlife on your doorstep. Meeting at the Visitor Centre.

Ranger Talk
7.00pm – 9.00pm
Bats and Nocturnal Animals of DCCP
Discover more about the nocturnal creatures that inhabit the park including Tawny Owls, Badgers, Foxes and Bats. As well as learning what to look for your ranger will show you the latest camera trap footage before taking you on a walk to some of the best wildlife watching locations.

Bat detectors will be provided but please bring a torch and wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear. Cost is £3 per person.
Dean Castle - A Courtyard Castle Re-Imagined 02/05/2019 - 02/05/2019 Dick Institute
An illustrated talk on the 8th Lord Howard de Walden's restoration of Dean Castle during the first half of the 20th century, and a chance to look at the Castle collection displays.

Free event - booking required
Spontaneous Potter 04/05/2019 - 04/05/2019 Palace Theatre
Ladies and gentlemen, witches and wizards! Grab your wands, don your house robes, and apparate yourselves to The Palace Theatre on Saturday 4th May. A very magical improv show awaits...

Spontaneous Potter is an entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title. An entirely new Potter adventure is magically improvised on the spot - with live musical accompaniment!

Brought to you by the comedy improvisers behind the critically-acclaimed and award-winning "Spontaneous Sherlock".

Note: Spontaneous Potter is an unofficial show that is not endorsed by or affiliated with Warner Bros., JK Rowling or her publishers. All rights to the ‘Harry Potter’ books and associated trademarks are the property of JK Rowling / her publishers. All film / image rights associated with the film series are property of Warner Bros.

Over 16s only

Focus on Nature Songbird Symphony 05/05/2019 - 05/05/2019 Dean Castle Country Park
Booking is essential

Focus on Nature
This series of walks and talks will be aimed at adults and young adults aged 16+ and provide an opportunity to focus on the natural world offering a more scientific and detailed approach then our regular family events. They are led by our friendly and experienced Ranger Service who will help you discover more about the wildlife on your doorstep. Meeting at the Visitor Centre.

Ranger Talk
6.00am – 8.00am
Songbird Symphony
Celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day with an early morning stroll through the park listening to one of springs most delightful natural events. Improve your identification skills and learn more about why this phenomenon happens. Binoculars are available to borrow.
Cost is £3 per person.
Focus on Nature Amphibians Afterhours 08/05/2019 - 08/06/2019 Dean Castle Country Park
Booking Essential

This series of walks and talks will be aimed at adults and young adults aged 16+ and provide an opportunity to focus on the natural world offering a more scientific and detailed approach then our regular family events. They are led by our friendly and experienced Ranger Service who will help you discover more about the wildlife on your doorstep. Meeting at the Visitor Centre.

Wednesday 8th May
Ranger Talk
7.00pm – 9.00pm
Amphibians Afterhours
Come and learn about the underappreciated creatures that live in our lagoons and ponds. Your ranger will give you a short talk about the native amphibians of the UK including some fun facts and key identification features before we head off into the night armed with head torches to try and glimpse our slimy friends! Torches will be available to borrow if you don’t have your own.
The Red Lion 08/05/2019 - 09/05/2019 Palace Theatre
Rapture Theatre

In Association with The Palace Theatre in Kilmarnock

Presents

The Red Lion by Patrick Marber

Wednesday 8 May 2019 7.30pm Tickets £7.50
Thursday 9 May 2019 7.30pm Tickets £9.50/8

The Red Lion FC is a non-league side who have dreams of the big time. However, their manager, Kidd, will stop at nothing to realise his own ambitions of money and fame. So when a talented young player, Jordan, turns up for a trial, Kidd sees his golden opportunity. But Yates, the kit-man and club legend, has other ideas. A battle of wills ensues between Yates and Kidd over the future of Jordan and the future of the football club.

Following The Red Lion’s sell-out run in London’s West End, Rapture Theatre is delighted to present a brand new production of Patrick Marber’s hit comedy about “the beautiful game”. Emmerdale and Brookside actor John McArdle will lead an all-star cast in what promises to be a funny, touching and unmissable night at the theatre.
Ayrshire Infinity Choir Present Heart and Song 10/05/2019 - 10/05/2019 Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre
7.30pm
Fri 10th May 2019
Tickets £15.00

Infinity choir are excited to return to the Palace Theatre to present their brand new production for 2019 :

Heart and Song

Known for their diverse and imaginative repertoire alongside invigorating live performances the Infinity Choir have a reputation as one of Scotlands most Versatile choirs. They will be joined on stage by their very own Infinity band for this one night only performance.
Funbox Present The Wild West Show 11/05/2019 - 11/05/2019 Palace Theatre
Code Club - DI 14/05/2019 - 18/06/2019 Dick Institute
This block will run for 6 sessions (final session 18th June)
Suitable for 8 -12 year olds,
All children must bring a parent or guardian to complete consent forms at the first session,


Learn how to code presentations, animations and games at code club!
Minecraft Club - Whatriggs 15/05/2019 - 19/06/2019 Whatriggs Library
This block will run for 6 weeks (final session 19th June)

Suitable for 8 -12 year olds,

All children must bring a parent or guardian to complete consent forms at the first session,


All children must bring a fully charged tablet device that already has a copy of Minecraft pocket edition or similar installed
Minecraft Club - Patna 16/05/2019 - 20/06/2019 Patna Library
This block will run for 6 weeks (final session 20th June)

Suitable for 8 -12 year olds,

All children must bring a parent or guardian to complete consent forms at the first session,


All children must bring a fully charged tablet device that already has a copy of Minecraft pocket edition or similar installed
Annie Jr. 17/05/2019 - 18/05/2019 Cumnock Town Hall
SCAMPS are proud to present Annie Jr.

Venue: Cumnock Town Hall
Date: Friday 17th May @ 7.30pm & Saturday 18th May @ 1pm
Price: £8/6

Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Tickets are available from SCAMPS members, Cumnock Town Hall & www.eastayrshireleisure.com
MHT-Music Hall Tavern 17/05/2019 - 17/05/2019 Palace Theatre
Coming to a theatre near you A Brand New comedy drag performance with dancers, live singing and comedy.
This is a highly entertaining, unmissable and amazing show for the whole family to enjoy!

Tickets full price £19.50 concessions £15.00
Summer Show 2019 19/05/2019 - 19/05/2019 Palace Theatre
Leah MacRae My Big Fat Fabulous Diary Spring 2019 23/05/2019 - 23/05/2019 Palace Theatre
Leah MacRae – My Big Fat Fabulous Diary

She’s Back!!!
After sell out performances in Glasgow and Ayr, LEAH MACRAE is returning to a Scottish theatre near you!!
Join the star of BBC’s River City, Gary Tank Commander and the huge hit stage comedy ‘51 Shades Of Maggie’ as she delves into the hilarious pages of her ‘BIG, FAT, FABULOUS DIARY’
With story’s including ‘Cleaning Cupboard First Winch’ ,‘The Hold In Pants Naked Truffle Shuffle’ some hysterical comedy songs and a belting ballad or two this show is one NOT to be missed!

‘Leah MacRae is an absolute star! Really funny and so clever. What a show! Just Brilliant!’
- Jane McCarry (Still Game)

‘Leah is a total force of nature on that stage! Bright, so talented and HYSTERICAL!! This is how you do a one woman show!’
- THE DOLLS

‘A fantastic performer full of energy and fun, able to have you laughing one minute and crying the next. A Scottish treasure, proud of her roots, deserving of her success.'

- Morna, Irvine


Age Recommendation 16+
The McDougalls presents Go Global 24/05/2019 - 24/05/2019 Cumnock Town Hall
The McDougalls presents Go Global BRAND NEW SHOW FOR SCHOOLS

Venue: Cumnock Town Hall

Date: Friday 24th May

Time: 11am and 1pm

Price £5 per person Teachers go free- 1 teacher for every 10 pupils go free.
All aboard The McDougalls Tour Bus and join Max, Auntie Aggie and a host of magical characters for a globetrotting musical mission to learn the lingo!
From the Highlands of Scotland, to the Mountains of China, from Sunny Spain to a fancy French Cafe, join the gang on the trip of a lifetime, packed with original music and singalong songs.
This show is designed for primary schools based on the 1+2 Languages Approach.
Recommended for P1-5.
The Benny Lynch Story 24/05/2019 - 24/05/2019 Palace Theatre
THE BENNY LYNCH STORY
Palace Theatre 24/05/19 7.30pm

STEPHEN PURDON(Shellsuit Bob from River City) plays Benny.HOLLY JACK(River City, Burnistoun, Waterloo Road) plays Benny’s wife, while BILLY McBAIN(Taggart, Holby City, Casualty, Monarch of the Glen, The Young Ones) plays Benny’s coach and mentor Sammy Wilson.
A national production touring in May and June 2019, the show tells the story of Scotland’s first ever boxing world champion. It is a poignant and entertaining look at his life, from his childhood in the Gorbals’ slums, to his boxing success and global stardom, and ultimately to his demise and untimely death in 1946 at the age of only 33.
It doesn’t matter if you’re not a boxing fan. This show is about the extraordinary life of a Scottish icon. It is the ultimate rags to riches to rags story.
Age recommendation of 14+ as the show contains strong language.


Prices £20 / £18 Concession
Focus on Nature The Darling Buds of May 26/05/2019 - 26/05/2019 Dean Castle Country Park
Booking essential

This series of walks and talks will be aimed at adults and young adults aged 16+ and provide an opportunity to focus on the natural world offering a more scientific and detailed approach then our regular family events. They are led by our friendly and experienced Ranger Service who will help you discover more about the wildlife on your doorstep. Meeting at the Visitor Centre.

Sunday 26th May
Ranger Talk
2pm – 4pm
Darling Buds of May
To many people they are simply weeds, but to us they are simply wonderful. Why not join us for a wander round the wonderful wild flowers of the Dean? Some smell great, others not so! Some can even heal us when we’re sick, and many have great stories to tell.


Livewire Theatre Co-Showcase 2019 29/05/2019 - 29/05/2019 Palace Theatre
Labyrinth Challenge 01/06/2019 - 02/06/2019 Scott Ellis
Welcome to The Labyrinth Challenge – the World's longest, continuous, widest inflatable obstacle course! A series of interactive and wacky obstacles spread across five unique themed zones. The Labyrinth Challenge features the Lava Zone, Jungle Zone, Toxic Zone, Combat Zone and Ocean Zone. Participants can choose to make their way through The Labyrinth Challenge in the quickest time possible (it’s certainly not for the faint hearted!) or you can go at your own speed! If you are feeling fit, then go for it...if not, a leisurely pace is just fine.

Group bookings - for every 10 tickets, you'll get 1 free. Discount will be applied at checkout.


Please note you must be at least 10 years of age to use the Labyrinth Challenge. However, there is a Mini Labyrinth for 5 - 9 year olds and some free activities for under 5s

Food and Drink will also be available to purchase within the village so why not make a day of it...

A few things to note before buying your ticket:

Please arrive 20 minutes before your timeslot
Please wear socks
Glasses, jewellery and loose articles must be removed
No drugs or alcohol
People with heart problems, head and neck problems and other medical conditions are not advised to take part. Please contact us if in doubt.
It is not advised for anyone who is pregnant
Please bring your ticket with you
Ticket is non refundable unless event is cancelled

Mini Labyrinth Challenge 01/06/2019 - 02/06/2019 Scott Ellis
Welcome to The Mini Labyrinth Challenge. Young people can choose to make their way through The Mini Labyrinth Challenge in the quickest time possible and have as many goes as they like within the hour timeslot.


Please note that young people have to be between 5- 9 years of age to use the Mini Labyrinth Challenge.

Food and drink will also be available to purchase within the village, as well as a range of free activities for younger children so why not make a day of it
National Reading Groups Day 15/06/2019 - 15/06/2019 Dick Institute
Love books? Enjoy reading and discussing books? You won’t want to miss our first celebration of National Reading Groups Day.
Maybe you are already in a book group or would like to join one; perhaps you would like to set up one of your own – do come along and find out more or simply relax and listen to our entertaining speaker.
Award winning author Mary Paulson-Ellis will be talking about her novel, the much praised The Other Mrs Walker. Enjoy a scone with jam and cream and a glass of fizz while browsing our collections of book group reads which are also available for external book groups to borrow.
An afternoon of books, conversation and fun - see you there!

18+ only
Guitar at the Opera - Davide Sciacca 27/06/2019 - 27/06/2019 Dick Institute
Davide Sciacca is a highly regarded, award winning classical guitarist with years of experience as a performer, lecturer and innovator. His talk and performance of works by Bellini, Mascagni and Rossini will place a focus on some of the early guitars for East Ayrshire's collection of historic musical instrument.
Summer programme - Transformers 02/07/2019 - 04/07/2019 Dean Castle Country Park
Booking essential.

Take home your very own caterpillar and watch it transform into a beautiful Painted Lady Butterfly. Learn how to care for it and prepare for its hatching and release.
Bushcraft 09/07/2019 - 09/07/2019 Dean Castle Country Park
Learn to leave no trace in the great outdoors, including different techniques for fire building, fire lighting, foraging skills and hammock building.

All events are £5 per child. Adults free unless otherwise stated. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential. Meet at the Visitor Centre Reception at 1.30pm
Mary Poppins Musical Theatre Workshops 15/07/2019 - 15/07/2019 Cumnock Town Hall
Mary Poppins Musical Theatre Workshops
Age: 8-18 years
Date: 15th and 16th July (2 days)
Time: 10am-3pm
Price: £25.00 per person

To celebrate the wonderful return of the iconic ‘60s classic, Mary Poppins, come and join us for a Mary Poppins Musical Theatre workshop and learn to sing and dance well-loved classics from the original Mary Poppins Musical. Step in time with us, it's going to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
MARY POPPINS MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP CONTENT
During the workshops you will:
• Work on storytelling through song and dance
• Learn songs from the original Mary Poppins musical
• Work on vocal harmonies
• Work on dance and song at the same time
This is a fun 2 day workshop where you get the chance to learn songs from the musical. Basic technique for singing will not be covered, but the workshops is open to all abilities. You’ll be feeling like Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in no time.
Special sharing at the end of the workshop for parents, grandparents, nannies and carers

To book please contact Cumnock Town Hall on 01290 421028
Places are limited so please book online in advance to avoid disappointment
Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect - Kirsteen McCue in conversation with Zoe Strachan 18/07/2019 - 18/07/2019 Dick Institute
Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect
Kirsteen McCue, Professor of Scottish Literature and Song Culture from the University of Glasgow, will entertain and enchant with an evening of Burns’ poems and songs. This annual event celebrates the anniversary of the publication of Robert Burns’ first book, Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, printed in Kilmarnock by John Wilson in 1786.
The event will be chaired by Imprint patron Zoe Strachan

Free Event but booking required
18th July 2019
Dick Institute
6.00-7.30pm
The McDougalls Safari Adventure 20/07/2019 - 20/07/2019 Cumnock Town Hall
Get ready to GO WILD with The McDougalls in their brand new live show
- Safari Adventure!

Join Max, Auntie Aggie and Morag the Rabbit for some musical mayhem as
they drive around on the look-out for colourful creatures and
critters.

From giraffes that laugh to monkeys going bananas - join the gang for
a roaring musical adventure for all the family, packed with action
songs, live music and audience participation.

Come dressed as your favourite animal!
Sneak Peek Comedy Preview - Craig Hill & Mark Nelson 25/07/2019 - 25/07/2019 Palace Theatre
Sneak Peek Comedy Preview - Micky Bartlett & Mark Nelson 26/07/2019 - 26/07/2019 Ingram Room
Sneak Peek Comedy Preview-Craig Hill & Gareth Waugh 27/07/2019 - 27/07/2019 Palace Theatre
EAYT Performing Arts Summer School 29/07/2019 - 29/07/2019 Palace Theatre
EAYT Performing Arts Summer School

Mon 29 July – Fri 9 Aug 2019 (excluding weekends)
9.00am – 4pm
Suitable for 8-18 years
£150 per person
No lunches provided

Sharing Event on Fri 9 Aug @ 6.30 pm


EAYT will be running a two-week performing arts summer school, perfect for aspiring performers of all abilities who want to experience all aspects of musical theatre. Over the course of the summer school, the students will take part in an inspiring journey that is packed full of creative activities. They will be put through an intensive rehearsal schedule where they will be challenged to pull together the production of Fame Jr and that will culminate in a one-off live musical show that will take place on the Palace Theatre stage on Friday 9th August.

Students will be working with professional musical and theatre directors on show stopping musical and will develop skills in singing dancing and drama. Fame The Musical Jr is nothing short of a global phenomenon. Fame JR. features a high-energy , contemporary pop score (which includes the hit title song) and a touching coming of age story.

This Summer School is open to all abilities and any member of the public can attend, not just those from EAYT.
Paws & Poo 06/08/2019 - 06/08/2019 Dean Castle Country Park
The country park is home to plenty of secretive creatures, so put your senses to the test and uncover the hidden world of our most elusive wildlife.

All events are £5 per child. Adults free unless otherwise stated. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential. Meet at the Visitor Centre Reception at 1.30pm
Milkshake Live 10/08/2019 - 10/08/2019 Palace Theatre
Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen!

Be part of this fantastic production as you learn the amazing songs and dances with your favourite Milkshake friends, and watch as the music, the lights, the costumes and stage come together. With great Milkshake friends, anything is possible.

Starring Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and the Floogals, alongside two Milkshake Presenters, this brand-new show has plenty of laughter, audience interaction and great fun to get everyone up on their feet! It’s a family show not to be missed!

Saturday 10/08/19
12pm and 3.30pm performances
Adults £16.00
Under 16s £14.50
Please call Box Office 01563 554900 opt1 for family tickets & babes in arms prices.
Looking Behind collections, the Armoured Body from the Pat to our Days 15/08/2019 - 15/08/2019 Dick Institute
Nicolas Torniere and Soline Anthore Baptiste are PhD historians who specialise in body armour and historic costume

The Howard de Walden arms and armour at Dean Castle is typical of a gentleman and scholar’s lifetime collection. As a respected enthusiast for knighthood and chivalry, he commissioned a special suit of armour from an artist of the time, Felix Joubert, restorer of the Queen’s collections and Museums in London and who made the wonderful horse figure for Dean Castle. The armoured body from medieval times fascinated our ancestors in the beginning of the 20th century, for armour suits as well as costumes. In this talk we will analize their ideas, looking at historic collection pieces, as displayed and sometimes worn by their owners - inviting imagination!

Free Event
Gary Faulds Live-2019 Tour 17/08/2019 - 17/08/2019 Palace Theatre
Timelines of the Scottish Harp, from Before Burns to the 21st Century 22/08/2019 - 22/08/2019 Dick Institute
Martin John Henry and Gillian Fleetwood will guide the audience through an evening of Scottish music from the ancient to the contemporary. Exploring some of Scotland’s oldest music on one of its oldest instruments - the Scottish harp or clársach. We will look at the development of our country’s music through the eras of Robert Burns and the beautiful examples of traditional harps in Dean Castle collection and bring it up to date with contemporary songwriting.

Free Event - booking required
Magic Drifters 24/08/2019 - 24/08/2019 Cumnock Town Hall
Magic Drifters
Sat 24 Aug
7.30pm
£18

Collectively and individually, they have appeared in some of the most prestigious venues on both sides of the Atlantic. They have worked with artists such as Tina Turner, The 3 Degrees, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Olivia Newton John, Dionne Warwick and Ben E King to name a few. Their TV and Theatre credits include Des O'Conner Tonight, BBC's Children In Need, Miss Saigon, Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat and the Radio 1 Roadshow.

Together these 4 international entertainers combine their talents and incredible voices to bring you an evening of sophisticated entertainment that will take you dancing down memory lane. The music of an unforgettable era. The original soul men with slick routines, smooth talking and plenty of lovin'. A hit with every audience especially the ladies.

*Please note this performance will have theatre style seating.
Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers 30/08/2019 - 30/08/2019 Palace Theatre
Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers Friday 30 August 2019 7.30 pm £23.50

Bay City Rollers icon Les McKeown is at it again! What’s that you say?? Les
is back on tour, bringing his fantastic show to venues across the UK!!
The tour promises to be a unique voyage back to the 1970s, when Les and
his Legendary band ruled the world’s pop charts and The Bay City Rollers’ music
became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers. Les brings back the all
the thrill and excitement of Rollermania, performing all the original
hits including Bye Bye Baby, Shang-a-Lang, Remember, Summerlove
Sensation and Give A Little Love plus many many more as well as introducing
new songs from the new album Lost Songs. The current Legendary Bay City
Rollers bring a new energy to all the classic hits.
Les and his fantastic 4 piece band ‘The Legendary Bay City Rollers’ perform songs that
influenced the original group as they were forging there way in the music business, as
well as all the Roller hits. The show has been performing to sell out houses and has
been widely acclaimed by both audiences and the entertainment media.
The Bay City Rollers notched up nine UK top ten hits including two number 1’s.
Their first two albums, ‘Rollin'’ and ‘Once Upon A Star’, stayed on the album charts for a
total of 99 weeks from 1974 - 1976. ‘Bye Bye Baby’, the Rollers first number one, was
the UK's biggest selling single of 1975. They even had their very own syndicated
television show on both sides of the Atlantic.
The band were consistently hitting pop charts around the globe with songs such as ‘Give
A Little Love’, ‘All Of Me Loves All Of You’ ’, ‘Remember’ and ‘Money Honey’.
They were mobbed wherever they went and their trademark Scottish tartan trimmed
outfits seemed to be everywhere. The screams of a generation of young girls could be
heard around the world.
Over a period of five years, one of the world's first ever boy bands consistently reached
number one around the world.
Hotel California: A night of Eagles music 31/08/2019 - 31/08/2019 Palace Theatre
Hotel California: A night of Eagles music
Sat 31/08/19 7.30pm Palace Theatre
Ticket Cost £20.00

Hotel California Scotland return to The Palace Theatre to perform their concert experience of 100 minutes of pure Eagles nostalgia.

You’ll return to a dark desert highway, cool wind in your hair, or stand on that street corner in Winslow, Arizona when you join Hotel California as they faithfully re-create The Eagles and their Californian Sunshine Rock sound.
Whitney Queen of the Night 06/09/2019 - 06/09/2019 Palace Theatre
WHITNEY – Queen of the Night
Palace Theatre
Friday 06/09/19 7.30pm
Tickets £25/23

A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artistes, and together with a powerhouse and breath-taking performance in the spirit of Whitney, deliver a show that exceeds expectation on every level.

Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hit’s that include, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, My Love is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You, Saving All My Love, I will Always Love You, and many more, this show beautifully remembers the most highly awarded female artiste in the world ever!

Whitney’s one true legacy was her music which touched most of us at some time in our lives. Share her life and get ready for the greatest love of all in Queen of the Night!


“Spellbinding, the company delivered a flawless performance and captured the hearts of the sold out His Majesty’s Theatre”
Rita Brown. The PRESS & JOURNAL. Aberdeen. 15/4/16

“Hearts were pounding, feet tapping, people were feeling so good. It was a great performance and night; a must-see for Whitney fans.” Danielle Travis. The NEWS (Portsmouth & Southsea) 16/6/16

Mightily impressive……. this top notch show is a celebration of Whitney’s music and a fine and fit-ting way to ensure it lives on’ Simon Duke. 2/12/16 CHRONICLE LIVE / The Sage – Gateshead.

“Masterly recreated for the stage. A fantastic show with a tightness than can only be achieved after long hard sessions in the rehearsal room”. Owen J Lewis. 3/2/17 www.loveshrewsbury.com
Tony Stockwell Psychic Medium 12/09/2019 - 12/09/2019 Cumnock Town Hall
Tony Stockwell, Psychic Medium
Tony Stockwell, Psychic Medium
Thursday 12/09/19
First 5 rows £20.50 & £18.00 thereafter.

Remarkably compelling, amazingly detailed and always humorous
The popular star of TV’s Street Psychic, Psychic Private Eyes and Psychic Academy, Tony Stockwell has a long established credibility as one of the top Intuitive Mediums and has shared the stage all round the world with international mediums such as Colin Fry, James van Praagh and Lisa Williams. Tony demonstrates his belief that those who have passed can communicate with their loved ones with detailed messages frequently including names, dates and locations and all delivered with emotion, sensitivity and empathy. The evening may include psychometry, photographs readings and psychic prediction.

Recent legislative guidelines insist that any Evening of Mediumship should be billed ‘for entertainment purposes’. Tony certainly uses his natural wit, showmanship and Cockney charisma to entertain but more important, Mediumship has the potential to change someone’s life and instil in them a sense of peace, comfort and purpose. We hope that nobody can fail to come away untouched by the experience.
Keep It Country 13/09/2019 - 13/09/2019 Palace Theatre
Keep it Country Show on September 13th 2019 . Tickets £21.50 plus £1booking fee per transaction.


Join 4 of Ireland's top country Stars for an un missable " Keep It Country " show filled with toe tapping Country and Irish Classics , Music and laughter that will have you singing and clapping all night long. The show features a great mix with the hilarious Gary Gamble and his surreal impressions of Daniel O Donnell , the very popular David James from Donegal , the pure voice of the star of the Co Down Caitlin and Irelands most energetic performer fiddle sensation Ritchie Remo all accompanied by the fantastic Keltic Storm band making this a super show not to be missed . Book early and remember Keep It Country!
Gimme ABBA - 20th Anniversary Tour 2019 14/09/2019 - 14/09/2019 Cumnock Town Hall
Sat 14/09/19 7.30pm
Cumnock Town Hall
Tickets £16.50


“ABBA have left a fine musical legacy, and it's in good hands.”
Gimme Abba have been performing this fabulous tribute to ABBA for over 19 years, and in 2019 they will be celebrating their 20th anniversary!

After 20 years of performances, Gimme Abba are now established as one of the best loved UK tributes to Abba! This unique stage show has developed over the years into more than just another ABBA tribute show, reproducing the charismatic stage presence of the flamboyant and glam front four.

This complete and superb ABBA show comes with a repertoire that draws from the greatest hits of Sweden's most famous export. Totalling over two-hours, this performance is jam-packed with all the popular Abba songs and includes fascinating theatrical elements, many costume changes, choreographed dance routines and four-part vocal harmonies that come together to re-create that original ABBA party feel.

This spectacular show will wow the audience with fascinating lighting and special effects. This is not just another Abba tribute but a ‘truly complete and exciting Abba experience’. This show is suitable for all age groups and is not to be missed!

"The humour, energy and enjoyment generated on stage delights audiences" and provides a light hearted side to our ever evolving show, without compromising the integrity of the performance. Abba’s music has stood the test of time and is a testament to the exceptional song writing of Benny and Björn, "being able to perform them for you is both a privilege and an honour, and one that we do not take lightly!" - Lawrence, Benny.

Since forming 20 years ago, Gimme ABBA have enjoyed theatre shows, concerts and festivals worldwide with performances in France, Holland, Germany, Cyprus, Malta, Spain, Brazil, Portugal and nationwide in the United Kingdom.

So what are you waiting for?
Dust off those platforms! Put on those flares!
and come on our nostalgic trip back to the
Singin' I'm no a Billy he's a Tim 2 14/09/2019 - 14/09/2019 Palace Theatre
Chris Taylor Productions
Singin’ I’m no a Billy he’s a Tim 2
Written by Des Dillon

Sat 14th September 2019
7.30pm Palace Theatre
All tickets £15.00


‘Singin’ I’m no a Billy he’s a Tim’ is one of Scotland’s most successful touring shows of the past decade and now the sequel ‘Singin’ I’m no a Billy he’s a Tim 2’ is about to tour the country for the first time ever.
God gives a dying Glasgow ned the task of getting just one bigot to give up sectarianism before the end of an Old Firm clash. If he succeeds he lives. If he fails he dies - enter Billy and Tim….
This comedy play explores bigotry and sectarianism in Scottish football with Des Dillion’s familiar brand of dark humour firmly at its heart. Expect laughter, tears, and a few crazy surprises along the way.
The Rocket Man- a tribute to Elton John 19/09/2019 - 19/09/2019 Palace Theatre
The Rocket Man-A tribute to Sir Elton John
Palace Theatre
Thursday 19 September 2019
7.30pm


Are you ready for Love?

Get ready for take off as we bring you the number one tribute to one of the greatest musicians of all time, Sir Elton John!

Starring world renowned tribute artist Jimmy Love, no one else recreates the flamboyant megastar with as much vigour and brilliance.

Join us as Jimmy and our amazing live band take you down the Yellow Brick Road with two hours of glorious Elton hits, from Crocodile Rock to Philadelphia Freedom and the beautiful Your Song to I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues.

With dazzling costumes, stunning vocals and sensational piano solos, this show has it all!
Jim Smith : Back To The Teuchter 21/09/2019 - 21/09/2019 Palace Theatre
Scottish Comedy Agency presents
Jim Smith : Back To The Teuchter

Due to phenomenal demand, Jim Smith has added more dates to his debut Scottish tour! Back to The Teuchter is the 3rd solo show from "comedy farmer" Jim Smith. It's ‘Countryfile’ meets ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ as Jim hits the stage using characters, regional accents and impressions to help explain to city slickers what the outside world looks like through the eyes of those that 'bide up the glen'. Hot topics will include internet dating for farmers, village nightlife and how to pimp your Land Rover. Suitable for both country bumpkins and dead trendy city folk.
With 2 sell out Fringe runs under his belt, when he's not on the farm Jim is in demand as a performer all over Scotland. TV and radio credits include BBC Radio Scotland's Breaking The News, Scot Squad and 'The Farm Diaries.'

Due to phenomenal demand, Jim Smith has added more dates to his debut Scottish tour! It's ‘Countryfile’ meets ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ as Jim hits the stage using characters, regional accents and impressions to help explain to city slickers what the outside world looks like through the eyes of those that 'bide up the glen'.
Quotes :
‘He is nothing short of superb’ Scotsman
‘Scotland’s funniest farmer comedian’ Guardian
‘Amusing, charming man’ ThreeWeeks

FULL: £16
CONC: £14
Concession applies to students, unemployed, people with health conditions or impairments and OAPs.

Only Fools and Boycie 27/09/2019 - 27/09/2019 Cumnock Town Hall
Only Fools And Boycie – An intimate evening with Only Fools And Horses actor John Challis.
Cumnock Town Hall Fri 27 Sept 2019 7.30pm

Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation's greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1's Only Fools and Horses. In this one-off show the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career.

Having worked with some of the biggest names in show business, he'll be spilling the beans about Only Fools and Horses co-stars like Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and friends and fellow performers like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best. He’ll also recall tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics.

Mr Challis will also meet fans after the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures, while signing copies of his autobiography, Being Boycie, and novel, Reggie: A Stag At Bay.

Show running time: 90 minutes with 20 minute interval.

Tickets, £18 + Booking Fee (£1 per transaction).
Lloyd Cole -'From Rattlesnakes to Guesswork' 07/10/2019 - 07/10/2019 Palace Theatre
Regular Music presents
Lloyd Cole
'From Rattlesnakes to Guesswork'
plus special guests
Palace Theatre
Kilmarnock
Monday 7 October 2019
£25.00 (stbf)
Doors 7.00pm
No Age Restrictions.
Reserved Seating.
Robert Temple: The Hypnotist 19/10/2019 - 19/10/2019 Cumnock Town Hall
Join leading hypnotist Robert Temple on a fast paced, laugh out loud, hysterical ride to the centre of your imagination! This is YOUR chance to become the star of this unforgettable show.
Forget tired old pocket watches and people clucking like chickens! This is a cutting-edge, thrilling show featuring incredible hypnosis and never before seen side splitting sketches...which are guaranteed to tickle the very naughtiest parts of your mind.
Whether you want to take part or just laugh at the people who do, this will be one of the funniest shows you'll see this year....so don't miss out.

*Not for the easily offended*
Dr Hook-50th Anniversary Tour 21/11/2019 - 21/11/2019 Grand Hall
DR HOOK-starring Dennis Lecorriere-the 50th Anniversary Tour-is a musical event not to be missed.
beginning in 2019, Dr hook will be on the road again with a spectacular show, that will cover their rich musical history from the biggest hits to album favourites. The reaction to past shows has been glowing & emotional, with people returning again & again
CINDERELLA 23/11/2019 - 29/12/2019 Palace Theatre
Neil Oliver: The Story of the British Isles in 100 places 29/11/2019 - 29/11/2019 Grand Hall
‘The Story of Britain in a Hundred Places’

‘I love Britain. I used to take the place for granted. Over the years I’ve learned how big a mistake that was. More recently I’ve wondered how many of us realise what a special place this is, how lucky we are. I’ve been round and round the edge, all over the interior. I’ve seen it all from land, sea and sky. Sometimes I think I’ve seen more of Britain than anyone else. A land shaped by ice, weather and us. A million years of human lives. Now I have my favourite places and together they have a story to tell – my own, unique story of Britain.’
Neil qualified as an archaeologist in 1988 and has also trained and worked as a journalist on publications such as The Scotsman, The Herald, The Guardian, The Edinburgh Evening News and The Daily Record, providing invaluable experience for when, in 2002 his career as a television broadcaster began. BBC 2’s Two Men in a Trench saw Neil and his friend Tony Pollard visit historic British battlefields and recreate the battle situation using state-of-the-art technology. Following this, in 2005 Neil joined the team on the highly acclaimed BBC2 series Coast and in 2006 he stepped into the role of lead presenter. This has shaped his career to date and Neil’s TV credits have been steadily building, and he continues to present both Coast Australia and Coast New Zealand. Neil lives in Scotland with his wife and three children.
The Legends of American Country 02/04/2020 - 02/04/2020 Palace Theatre
The Legends of American Country
Thursday 2nd April 2020
All tickets £21.50

Now seen by over 300,00 fans direct from Ireland Europe's No 1 award winning Country music show " The Legends of American Country " returns for another fantastic night of toe tapping Country classics . The 2020 tour will showcase highly acclaimed tributes to Dolly Parton , Johnny Cash , Don William , Patsy Cline and Kenny Rogers and 5 brand new tributes to icons Hank Williams , Charley Pride , Glen Campbell, Tammy Wynette and Jim Reeves with countless other well known hit songs in this must see extravaganza . The show features 4 fantastic singers who are all backed by the superb award winning live band and coupled with an authentic stage set that will transport you all the way hand clapping and toe talking to Nashville and back . One things for sure if you like Country music this is the only show in town !

Quotes to use :
Country Music Northern Ireland “ As good as Country show that you will see live “

CMT “ Pure Country at its Best “

Hot Country “ fantastic show of nostalgic country at its best with superb vocalists and musicians “ .



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