Get ready for the Holy Fair and Pipes in the Park!

 17 June 2019  |  


Four-legged fun at the Holy Fair

Four-legged fun at the Holy Fair

The spectacular Holy Fair with Armed Forces and Pipes in the Park takes place on Saturday 22 June from 12:00pm-4:00pm.

The free event organised by South Ayrshire Council is a family favourite with fairground rides, military attractions, stalls, dance arena, competitions and bagpipes galore!

The pipe band competition is a popular attraction each year as pipers compete in front of the backdrop of Ayr beach.

The Children's Fun Dog Show is always a favourite and the beach volleyball tour features for a second year with both male and female competitors. A fantastic new addition at the fair this year is Golden Ball Mania – can you find the golden ball in the giant ball pit?

This year organisers are also encouraging people to come along and find out more about Eco Bricks. Any eco-bricks that you bring along on the day will be collected and donated to local causes.

This hugely popular event which has been running for over 30 years is also an opportunity to support our Armed Forces as well as service families, veterans and cadets.

As always, an official flag raising ceremony marks the start of the Holy Fair. This is the formal aspect of the day with dignitaries and military personnel in dress uniform. This will begin at 11.45am. 

Councillor Brian McGinley, Economy and Culture Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "The 2019 Holy Fair promises to be the best yet, it's a great family day out and not to be missed.

"The fair grows year on year and is a prime example of the kind of event, South Ayrshire is becoming renowned for.

"The Holy Fair attracts people from far and wide giving us the opportunity to showcase the best that South Ayrshire has to offer and boosting the local economy at the same time."

Timetable of activities

Children's Tents

Bookbug Sessions
1:30pm – 2:00pm
3:00pm – 3:30pm

Jo Jingles Sessions:
12:45 – 1:15
2:15 – 2:45

Jo Jingles will provide 2 sing-a-long demos and will also be there for the full event with kids activities on offer.

Arena 1
Pipe Band Championships
12:30pm – 2:00pm
2:45pm – 3:30pm

Massed Pipe Bands and Presentation of Awards:  
3:45pm – 4:00pm

Children's Dog Show
2:00pm – 2:30pm

Arena 2 – Dance Arena
12:20pm - 12:50pm Karen Douglas Dancers
12:50pm - 1:10pm LJM Dance
1:10pm - 1:30pm Rennie Dance Academy
1:30pm - 1:50pm Team Ash
1:50pm - 2:10pm Aileen Robertson
2:10pm - 2:30pm Dansarena
2:30pm - 2:50pm New Road Academy of Dance
2:50pm - 3:10pm Sophie Oliver
3:10pm - 3:30pm Dawn Turnbull
3:30pm - 3:50pm Alloway Performing Arts

Official Armed Forces Flag Raising Ceremony
The Official Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Ceremony takes place at 11:45 at Arena 1. This is the more formal aspect of the day with dignitaries and military in dress uniform who lead a procession from County Buildings to the Low Green to mark the official opening of the event.

Walkabout Act – Big Rory & Ochie
12:30pm – 1.00pm
2:00pm – 2:30pm
3:15pm – 3:45pm