South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership

Delivering outcomes that benefit users of the railway and the wider community


Ayr gets set for Tamfest 2017 

Ayr’s Halloween and Tam o’ Shanter festival returns on Friday, October 27th to Sunday, October 29th with another frighteningly good lineup.

Friday sees a special performance of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at the Gaiety Theatre. 

On Saturday, October 28th, Ayr’s Central Children’s Zone sees face painting, haunted story telling, pumpkin carving and more whilst the Spooky Street Entertainers will get you in the Halloween spirit with magic, circus performances and the odd zombie making an appearance.

The Ayrshire Produce Market will allow Tamfest visitors to sample the best food and craft from the west of Scotland. You will also be able to learn a lesson on the undead at the spoof Zombie Science Lectures at the Gaiety. 

On Sunday, October 29th, Tamfest kicks up a gear with the closure of the High Street allowing for a day of entertainment and one of the biggest markets ever to come to Ayr.

On the main stage, Mark Cox and Jane McCarry (Tam and Isa of Still Game) bring a unique performance which is sure to leave you spellbound. Emily Middlemass (X Factor 2016) and Clann an Drumma also take to the stage.

Tamfest 2017 culminates with the Day o’ the Deid Procession, a lively march of ghosts and ghouls down the High Street finishing at the Main Stage.

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Nearest Station Ayr: 0.5 miles from venue.


Big Burns Supper Dumfries 2018

Probably the largest Burns Supper Event in Scotland or beyond – 10 days, 20 venues and a Burns Night Carnival with a cast of over 5,000! Not one to miss – entertainment includes cabaret, comedy, music and poetry.This event takes place on January 19th to 28th, 2018.

Nearest Station: Dumfries 0.8 miles from venue.


Celebrating our railway heritage and helping to promote other community events 

We have a proud record of organising community celebrations related to the railway. Details of up and coming events being organised by the South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership and other community groups will be added to this page regularly. Details of some previous events are also shown below.


Previous Partnership Events

Steam excursion to Stranraer in 2010 one of a number of such visits the Partnership has sought to encourage. The crowds which gathered is evidence of one of the key reasons why the Partnership believes there is significant economic benefit to be derived from building of heritage train visits to this remote corner of Scotland.


In 2007, we helped celebrate the Ayr to Stranraer line’s 130th anniversary with local school children and their teachers in Girvan and Stranraer travelling to each others' schools by train in Victorian costume. The event, which spanned two local authorities, was a huge success. 


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