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Get in the Hallowe'en spirit with Tamfest

Tamfest 2023

Get ready for some ghoulish goings on in South Ayrshire as Tamfest makes a return this month for the 9th year!

The spooky festival will see something for the whole family with events running throughout the month, rounding off with the festival taking over the Cutty Sark Centre at the bottom of Ayr High Street on Sunday 29 October.

You can visit 'Tam's Auld Haunts' at Rozelle House, where his tale has come to life through the eyes and words of those closest to him with performances from the Gaiety. Visitors can wander through the transformed galleries, meeting the people who know Tam best - a chatty Inn Keeper, Tam's wife Kate, a long-suffering Farmer, and the eponymous Cutty Sark. You can buy tickets to the performances which start on Sunday 15 of October here.

The spooky route will be lined with more than 25 of Alexander Goudie's beloved paintings depicting the poem and is open now until Sunday 5 November.

The TamFest Hallowe'en Audio Trail is where history, mystery, and the otherworldly come together for an adventure like no other. As you venture through moonlit woods and misty fields, our captivating audio stories will transport you to a time when legends danced with reality. This spooktacular audio trail is completely self-led, allowing you the freedom to enjoy the haunted experience through Alloway at your own pace.

The fright-fest will really get underway in Ayr Town on Sunday 29 October. Make your way to the Cutty Sark Centre for a range of spine-tingling activities, including scary story telling; Hallowe'en arts and crafts by Moxie Creative Kids; music; dancing; and circus acts.   

South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Culture and Rural Affairs, Councillor Alec Clark, said: "We're celebrating the history and heritage of Tamfest as it returns for its 9th year.

"Not only does the festival celebrate Ayr's close association with our famous bard, Robert Burns, it boosts the local economy and brings people back into the heart of the town, helping us towards the regeneration of Ayr Town Centre."