Are you looking to see what’s happening that can tempt you out of your cozy armchair, then you are in the right place. Just sit tight for a short while and watch this page. If you are organizing a local event then why not tell us about it you can send us an email and we print the details in the Dunoon Calendar as well as mentioning it on the radio. We shall even be visiting some events with the infamous roving mike reporting for Community News. It could be a fund raiser, coffee morning, car boot sale or even a public awareness meeting. If you want folk to know – this is the place to go! Some weekly events are also listed under the Clubs and Orgnisations page
LIVE MUSIC SPORT ORGANISATIONS WORKSHOPS CRAFT FAIRS SHOWS
Every Friday April to October
Ardkinglas House Tours which include access to the house garden at 2.00 pm. Please contact us to ensure the tour is going ahead. £7.00 per person, £3.00 primary school children, younger ones free. It is possible to book a private house tour all the year round (minimum charge applies). Booking is essential for all house tours. Please phone 01499 600261 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodland Garden & The Gruffalo Trail Open dawn to dusk every day (including the winter months). Admission by donation £5 per person, £15 per family. All donations go towards the ongoing conservation and upkeep of this historic garden.
16th & 17th July 2016 – Saturday and Sunday
Benmore BioBlitz to record plant and wildlife. A BioBlitz at Benmore Botanic Garden, near Dunoon, will give visitors the chance to come and identify as much plant and wildlife as possible. The BioBlitz is designed to record Benmore’s weird and wonderful wildlife. A team of naturalists and enthusiasts will be on-site to record all the discoveries in the Garden. The BioBlitz is an opportunity to collect data which is vital to understanding changes in the populations of plants, insects and animals and the Garden is looking to recruit some volunteers who can take part in the recordings. This phenomenal team effort is expected to be a fun experience while also collecting important data. The Bioblitz will take place on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm. Normal Garden admission applies.
16th July 2016 - Saturday
COWAL PENINSULA SPORTIVE The Cowal Peninsula Sportive is set to become a classic. On Saturday July 16th, Dunoon town centre will come alive as the start/finish point for what will be a spectacular sporting occasion when groups of cyclists will head off around the roads on the Cowal Peninsula.
The routes offer stunning scenery and excellent road conditions including some of the smoothest tarmac in any location across the country. And as for those views!
The event offers a comprehensive event infrastructure including full route signage, marshals at main junctions, electronic timing, food stops, shower facilities, first aid provision, goody bags for participants and a broom wagon. There may even be a wee after party… Visit www.dunoonpresents.co.uk for further information
17th July 2016 – Sunday
Aria Alba – Opera for all. Presents an evening of opera including excerpts from Die Fledermaus. An open rehearsal at Uig Hall, 7.30pm.
18th July 2016 – Monday
A new drama group has emerged! The newly formed Dunoon Drama Group are planning to put on the comedy ‘A Bit of Land’ in the Burgh Hall once it has re-opened. ‘A bit of Land’ was one of the 1-act plays found in the Burgh Hall during renovations and they are would like to recreate this. The group are looking for anyone interested in participating. If you would like to find out more then please come along to the Burgh Hall pop up gallery at 8pm.
6th August 2016 -
DUNOON HALF MARATHON & 10K The ‘Toward for a Tenner’ half marathon race is a classic, fast and flat route on the beautiful coastal road south of Dunoon, passing through the idyllic west coast village of Innellan.The route is officially measured by a Scottish Athletics Federation accredited measurer. Come and join us for a wonderful day of running plus some great family entertainment. This year we’re also introducing a 10K race. Entry is just £10.
Enter online now at: www.entrycentral.com/
12th August 2016 – - 13th August 2016
DUNOON REVIVAL WEEKENDER, MOD, SKA & NORTHERN SOUL Get the date of the Dunoon Revival Big Weekender in your diary! It’s going to be another fantastic weekend of Northern Soul, Mod and Ska tunes in Dunoon. We can’t wait to see some of the country’s best Northern Soul, Mod and Ska bands live. Not to mention the stunning Vespa and Lambretta scooters that will be in town!
On Saturday we’ve got mod revival legends Secret Affair headlining, as well as Roddy Radiation & The Skabilly Rebels (yes, Roddy Byers, formerly of The Specials!), The Sell Out, Berry Tweed and the Chasers, The Underground Jam, Dogtooth, Esperanza and The Parliament of Owls. PLUS free pub gigs on the Friday.
24th August 2016 – Wednesday
Kirn Gala Live music, entertainment and a variety of stalls in the village of Kirn
25th August 2016 – Thursday
Sunset Ceremony A fabulous free celebration of Scottish music, culture and sport in Argyll Gardens from 6pm till 10pm.
25th – 27th August 2016
Cowal Highland Gathering Renowned for its unique atmosphere, world-class competitors from the world of Highland Dancing, piping and heavy athletica, beautiful Highland location as well as a wide range of family entertainment. Visit www.cowalgathering.com to see what 2016 has in store
26th – 29th August 2016
Artmap Open Studios showcasing 48 artistes in Argyll. See artmapargyll.co.uk for further information
10th & 11th September 2016
POC SCOTTISH ENDURO SERIES – ROUND 5 For the first time, the POC Scottish Enduro Series is coming to Dunoon. Some of the best mountain bikers will be battling it out on the trails behind Bishop’s Glen. The aim of the series is to find Scotland’s Best Enduro racers, while providing everyone with a race they won’t forget. There will be prizes for Junior through to Super Vet and Elite. As well as fantastic mountain biking, expect entertainment throughout the weekend in town. Visit www.dunoonpresents.co.uk for further information
8th October 2016 – Saturday
DUNOON PRESENTS ULTRA MARATHON Take part in Dunoon’s first ultra marathon. It could be the most scenic ultra in Scotland!
The Dunoon/Loch Eck 50k Ultra Marathon will start from the famous Benmore Botanical Gardens and will take you through some of the area’s top beauty spots. Climb up the gorge path through magical Pucks Glen and then race along the forestry trail and climb high above Loch Eck. You’ll be treated to fantastic views north and south of the loch, particularly as you reach the highest section of the run 600m above sea level. Descend through Glenbranter Forest and return south on the west side of Loch Eck. Then it’s back to Dunoon through the forest trails and natural woodland of Bishop’s Glen. This last mile stretches north alongside the beach giving you beautiful views of the hills above Wemyss Bay, Inverkip and Gourock. Don’t be tempted to cool off in the water! The finish at the iconic Dunoon Pier is just a sprint away. Visit www.dunoonpresents.co.uk for further information
All information is given in good faith, unfortunately we are unable to accept responsibility for any errors, please contact individual organisers to check details.