Holy Fair with Armed Forces Day and Pipes in the Park takes place this weekend

 18 June 2018  |  

The event starts at 11:45 with the flag raising ceremony on Low Green

The event starts at 11:45 with the flag raising ceremony on Low Green

The countdown is now on for the annual Holy Fair with Armed Forces and Pipes in the Park. The event, taking place this weekend (Saturday 23 June) on Ayr Low Green from 12noon – 4pm is a fun filled family day out with something for everyone.

The event starts with the Official Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Ceremony at 11:45am followed by market and charity stalls, a pipe band contest, military attractions, fairground rides, food outlets, children's activities and the ever popular children's dog show.

New for 2018 is the Highland Games 'Fling Zone' where you are invited to test your skills in Highland Games events including Shot Putt, Caber Toss, Weight Over the Bar, Welly Throw & Haggis Hurling.

Also new for 2018 is the addition of Beach Volleyball. The Scottish Beach Volleyball Tour has, for the first time, added Ayr to their tour where both male and female teams in various age categories will take to the beach in the next round of the tour.  

For an illustrated map of the site click here.

Girvan: Meanwhile an Armed Forces Day flag-raising is also taking place at Stumpy Tower, in Girvan with a broad range of community organisations joining together for a show of support.

Timetable of events for Ayr:


  • Flag raising ceremony

Arena 1

12 Noon

  • Official opening

Low Green


  • Pipe band contest starts
  • Provost judges stalls

Arena 1 stalls


  • Children's dog show

Arena 1


  • Pipe band contest continues

Arena 1


  • Massed pipe band awards (By Chieftan and Provost Moonie)

Arena 1


  • Close

Low Green

Arena 2 timetable

12:00 – 12:20

  • Karen Douglas Dancers

12:30 – 12:50

  • Aileen Robertson School of Dance

13:00 – 13:20

  • Lynne Crombie School of Dance

13:30 – 13:50

  • Dawn Turnbull School of Dance

14:00 – 14:20

  • Sophie Oliver School of Dance

14:30 – 14:50

  • Team Ash

Timetable of events for Girvan

1.00pm – All gather at the Stumpy Tower, Girvan to the sound of the pipes from Davie Clark

1.05pm – Introduction and setting the scene from the Rev. Ian McLachlan

1.10pm – Flag raised by representatives from the Uniformed Youth Organisations with support from Irene and Roddy Leitch

1.15pm – Prayer including Benediction from the Rev. Ian McLachlan

1.20pm – Sound of the pipes from Davie Clark

1.25pm – Vote of Thanks from Colonel John Dalrymple-Hamilton, Vice Lord-Lieutenant

1.30pm – All invited to tea and cake at the Girvan Town House