This section gives details of selected events taking place in and around the Central Belt of Scotland this fortnight. Events are listed by area and then alphabetically. All submissions should be accompanied by a contact phone number for our lnionnatlon. Days Out compiled by Thom Dibdin.


I CALL 999 Mon—Sat. 10am—4pm; Sun. 2—4pm. Museum Room. Old Gala House. Galashiels. Worth a peek ifyou're passing. this final exhibition for the season at the Old Gala House takes a look at the work of the emergency services in the Borders. both past and present. Exhibits include the Selkirkshire Birch and a list of offences committed in Galashiels during the 1890s.

I FUNGI: EDIBLE AND NON-EDIBLE Sat 8. 2—4.30pm. Harestanes Country Park. Visitor Centre. Near Ancrum. Jedburgh. Free. but phone the Borders Regional Council Ranger on 0835 830281 to book. A guided walk for those who would like to learn their fungal Amanita. Boletus and Cepe.

I SHEEP DOG TRIALS Sat 8. 7.40am—5pm. Haswellsykes Manor. signposted from the Glasgow road. about one mile outside Peebles. Free. Sheep dog trials with a sheep show. games. childrens‘ races in the afternoon and a hill race at lpm. Refreshments.


I MILLS OBSERVATORY Mon—Fri. 3—10pm; Sat. 2—5pm. Mills Observatory. Balgay Park. Dundee. 0382 67138. Free. As the nights draw in. the observatory starts its winter programme of evening viewing. Most of the observatory is open to the public. with slide shows and exhibitions. On a clear night you can use the 10in telescope. On the last Friday of every month there is an open night from 7.30pm with a talk about what can be seen in the night sky over the coming month. Start watching or. if it is cloudy. a look at the planetarium. Mills provide a free monthly star map. Phone for a c0py.


I VINTAGE MACHINERY WORKING DAY Sun 16. 10am—3.30pm. Charlesfield Farm. Near Annan (signposted off the A75). Free. Over 60 vintage farm machines (all pre-1955) are expected at this enthusiasts' day. Ploughing with horses and steam engines. Catering. but no other side attractions.


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I CLASSIC CAR SHOW Sat 8/Sun 9. lOam—Spm. Royal Highland Showground. lngiiston. Edinburgh. £4.50 (accompanied childred under fifteen free). Details from 0775 712100. See photo caption.

(Fri. 4" _. .ckford Hill. Edinburgh. (£1.50); Evening star-gazing

£1.50. Excellent exhibition ‘The

. Universe’ uses models. videos. computer games and photographs of space to

explain the workings of firmament. Also Star Chamber interactive science exhibition. ROE centenary exhibition and star shop. for that astronomical paraphernalia at ‘earthly‘ prices. The observatory‘s Popular Telescopes are open every clear week night from 7—9pm for a visual tour of the night sky with an experienced astronomer. Phone after 4pm

on the day to book. I SCOTTISH SUPERPRIX Sun 9.

l l—5.30pm. Knockhill Racing Circuit. By

Dunfermline. Fife. 0383 723337. £10 (12—16 years £5; under twelve free). Practice circuits from 10am. The final

. days racing at Knockhili this year sees the

culmination of the season long battle between the Team Loctite Yamaha. with number one rider Jim Moodie and Team Duckhams Norton with Ian Simpson and Phil Borley. Also appearing will be stunt rider Gary Rothwell. recently seen on BBC‘s Top Gear.

I WILDWOOD EXHIBITION Weekends until 18 Dec (daily Sat 15—Sun 23). 10.30am—3.30pm. Caledonian Hall, Royal Botanic Garden. lnverleith Row, Edinburgh. £1.50 (£1/50p). This major new exhibition and multimedia show at the Botanics tells the story of Scotland’s woodlands. past. present and future. The centre-piece of the exhibition is in the Caledonian Hall with three different

. strands. The Slide Workshop and Ross

and Cromarty District council have put together a multimedia presentation. there is a sculptured woodland environment evoking the atmosphere of a Caledonian pinewood and the ‘Will the Wildwood Rise Again?’ exhibit presents alternative views on the future of Scotland‘s woodland heritage from such diverse organisations as the RSPB. the Forestry Commission. the John Muir Trust and Trees for Life. During the exhibition‘s run there will also be a programme of public events. Further details from the RBG on 031 552 7171.

I ROYAL NATIONAL MOD Fri 7-Fri 14. Various venues around Dunoon. Full programme from M. Thome. 0463 231226. Tickets from The Mod Shop. Gateway Leisure. Dunoon. The annual competitive Gaelic Music Festival is in Dunoon this year with a full programme of fringe events.


I A FIRST FUNGAL FORAY Sun 16. 1pm. End of Glen Road. beyond the golf course entrance. Wishaw. Free. but booking essential on 0698 269696. FUNGAL FORAY Sun 9. 2pm. Chatelherault Country Park, Ferniegair. Hamilton. Free. but booking essential on 0698 426213. Two guided walks for those who would like to learn their fungal Amanita. Boletus and Cepe. I CULZEAN OPEN DAY Sun 9. 10.30am—5.30pm. Culzean Castle and Country Park. Maybole. Ayrshire. £5.50 (£3). 06556 274. Robert Adam‘s castle set in a 563-acre park opens its doors to those who’d like a peek at the day-to-day running of this National Trust for Scotland property. Always worth a visit. Culzean closes for the winter on Sat 23 October. I FLYING WEEKEND Sat 8. 10am—6pm/Sun 9. 1—6pm. David Livingston Centre. 165 Station Road. Blantyre. 0698 823140. £2 (£1). It’s ‘Come Fly With Me‘ at the David Livingston Centre this weekend. with kite-making in the African Pavilion on Saturday. from 2pm. On Sunday. the Scottish Aeromodellers’ Association prepare for a model air show with a display of flying throughout the afternoon. The centre is open daily. 10am—6pm (Sun. 1-6pm). I HALLOWE’EN FUN AND FRIGHTS Sat 15—Sun 23. lOam—Spm. Summerlee Heritage Trust, West Canal Street. Coatbridge. 0236 431261. Free. Lots of Hallowe’en activities for the kids. including facepainting. maskmaking and lantern making. Leave the kids at it while you go off round this major industrial museum celebrating 200 years of Scottish industry on a twenty-acre site. Or take them with on the Summerlee tram or down the underground coal mine. I MAGIC 'N’ MYSTERY Sat iS—Sun 23. 10am—6pm. Kelburn Country Centre. Fairlie. Ayshire. 0475 568685. £3.50 (£2). October holiday week activities at

Kelburn include a ‘Break The Witch’s Spell' competition in the new Secret Forest attraction. Kelburn is open daily. lOam—6pm. with plenty of attractions. indoors and out. to help keep the kids out of mischief.

I MODERN HOMES EXHIBITION Fri 7-Sun 23. 12.30—10pm (Sun, 12.30—6pm). SECC. Finniestoun Quay. Glasgow. 041 248 3000. £4.50 (£3. accompanied children under fifteen free). Everything you could want for your modern home. with a little bit more besides. in all five halls of the SECC. As well as the usual demonstration houses from the likes of Wimpey. new features for this year include ‘Health and Beauty‘. ‘Hobbies and Crafts' and ‘Antiques Question Time’. There will be daily cookery demonstrations. fashion shows and an international interior design maze with a ‘walk through treasure trove‘ of fabrics and wall coverings from around the world. Free creche.

I MOTHERWELI. BEER FESTIVAL Fri 7. 5—1 1pm/Sat 8. llam—l 1pm. Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre Complex. Civic Centre, Motherwell. £1. Over 35 premium draft and bottled beer and lagers from around the world. Continuous live music. Drink up!

I SCOTTISH ALTERNATIVE HEALTH FESTIVAL Sat 15/Sun l6. 10am—6pm. City Halls. Candleriggs. Glasgow. £3/£2 (£5/£3 both days). Over 100 stalls are expected at this major event for new age fanatics. Besides a full range of relaxation tapes. new age music. massage oils. crystals, holistic health books. herbal supplies. massage tables and the like. there will be the opportunity to try many of the hands-on therapies such as aromatherapy. shiatsu. massage and reflexology. During both days there is a full programme of lectures and workshops. covering a range of alternative health issues. from acupuncture to herbalism and hypnotherapy to tai chi. Creche run by the Glasgow Steiner School and wholefood cafe.

I CLASSIC CAR SHOW Sat 8/Sun 9, 10am—5pm. Royal Highland Showground, lngllston,

Edinburgh. £4.50 (accompanied children under illteeniS free). Details from 0775 712100. A must for classic car enthusiasts, with stands from such classic car clubs as Jaguar, BMW, Rolls Royce and Bentley as well as Individual collectors who will be exhibiting their cars on the Exhibition Hall and out on the lngllston Green. Also, autoiumble, accessory trade stands, parades of cars on the lngllston Circuit, and lots of cars for sale. Free entry for anyone arriving in a classic vehicle: phone for further


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