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Earth Hour 2018

WWF’s Earth Hour is the biggest movement to protect our planet.

Hundreds of millions of people around the planet take part in WWF’s Earth Hour every year. Last year around 9 million took part in the UK alone.

People do a wide range of things around the hour to show they care about our planet’s future. Millions choose to mark Earth Hour by going ‘lights out’ for 60 minutes at 8.30pm – a symbolic show of solidarity for the planet.

South Ayrshire Council is very proud to be part of this global event, which now takes place in 154 countries across all 7 continents. The 60 minutes of darkness gives a graphic demonstration of support for people and wildlife threatened by our changing climate.

Now with a record 3 Local Authority Champion awards and one runner up award to our name, South Ayrshire Council is once again calling on local residents and businesses to back WWF's Earth Hour campaign.

It’s not just local landmarks being switched off, you can watch as some of the world’s and Scotland’s most recognisable landmarks go dark – including Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, Edinburgh Castle and even the Falkirk Wheel!

We want you to join in the fun and make your mark, by making a promise to our planet! This is a simple change that each of us can make that, collectively, makes a huge difference to the environment on which we all depend.

To register for this year's event and make your promise, please visit: www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour.

The success of our previous campaigns in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 is down to the phenomenal support we receive from the public, local businesses and South Ayrshire Council employees.

South Ayrshire prepares for Earth Hour 2018

South Ayrshire Council is encouraging people to get involved in this year's Earth Hour. They'll join hundreds of millions of people around the world in turning off lights for an hour, to show support for action on climate change and a more sustainable future.

This year's event, which includes switching off floodlighting on many of South Ayrshire's most iconic landmarks takes place from 8:30pm Saturday 24 March 2018. The event is supported by employees, partners, community groups and a range of local businesses.

Internally, the Council’s sustainability network, The Green Champions, will be working to ensure all our offices switch off and shut down for the event. In past events this has been shown to save up to 10% on energy consumption over a weekend!

In our schools, the fantastic young people working on the Provost’s School Footprint Challenge will be under taking switch off campaigns and all sorts of awareness raising activities to get their fellow students to reconnect with their planet.

You can see some of their outstanding actions last year below:

South Ayrshire – Earth Hour Activity 2018

Lighting will be switched off at:

  • Alloway Kirk
  • St Nicholas Church Ruin in Prestwick
  • Fish Cross sculpture, High Street, Ayr
  • Poet & Scholar sculpture, High Street, Ayr
  • Loudoun Hall Courtyard
  • Auld Brig, Ayr
  • Burns Statue, Burns Statue Square, Ayr
  • Kirkoswald church ruin, Kirkoswald
  • Stumpy Tower, Girvan
  • Dundonald Castle (in consultation with Historic Scotland)
  • Ayr Town Hall
  • Maybole Town Hall
  • Wallace Tower, Ayr
  • St John’s Tower, Ayr


Earth Fair

  • Ayr Central – Saturday 24th March, 12:00 – 16:00

The second annual Earth Fair will be held in Ayr Central with sustainable stalls, face painting, and crafts. Come along and make a Promise to the Planet with the WWF Panda.

Adventure Trail

  • Belleisle Park (meet at the conservatory) – Saturday 24th March, 13:00 – 15:00

Here in Belleisle we are all about sustainability, come and join us for an Earth Hour themed treasure hunt around the Park. We will also be making paper planters for you to plant a seed to take home. Meet at Belleisle conservatory.

Earth Hour Bookbug

  • Carnegie Library – Monday 19th March @ 13;45
  • Carnegie Library – Tuesday 20th March @ 10:30
  • Carnegie Library – Saturday 24th March @ 11:00

Come and enjoy our free, fun and friendly Earth Hour Bookbug events for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families to enjoy together!


  • Carnegie Monday – Monday 26th March @ 15:45

Join in the free, creative fun at Carnegie to design and build Earth Hour balloon powered cars. Ideal for ages 5-11

Girvan Off the Grid

  • Girvan Community Garden – Saturday 24th March @ 19:00

The second annual Off the Grid event will see locally sourced food and fun for all the family. Come dressed for the weather and enjoy a night off the grid.

Pick up for the Planet

  • Fullarton Woods (Main Car Park) – Saturday 24th March, 11:00 – 13:00
  • Dundonald Woods (Visitor centre) – Saturday 24th March, 14:00 – 16:00
  • Troon Beach (Barassie Beach) – Sunday 25th March @ 10:00

To celebrate Earth Hour this year, Friends of Dundonald Castle, Friends of Fullarton and Friends of Troon Beaches are teaming up to clean up and share knowledge about how we can all help to save our planet! Dress for the Weather.

Earth Hour at the Castle

  • Dundonald Castle (Visitor centre) – Saturday 24th March @ 19:30

Enjoy an exciting night in the castle, learning about living before electricity and the dangers plastics pose to our oceans and our planet. Take part in the Kid’s Challenge by making a creation at home from junk to bring with you; chose from a recycled junk castle, ornament or storage container!

Show your support to WWF Earth Hour