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Purves Puppets presents 'Pips and Panda in Circusland' 2-3 Days

Purves Puppets presents 'Pips and Panda in Circusland'

Another adventure from the famous pair. This time Panda finds an unusual basket. Who does it belong to? Where did it come from? We’ll have to wait and see! They visit the circus, where they meet two funny geese called Jiffy and Jaffy, and Sugar the dancing horse. There are many songs for you to join in and lots of fun too! Especially for ages 1-7 years Tickets available from the Puppet Theatre on 01899 220631 or email:

Date: Sat 12, Tue 15, Fri 18, Sat 19 & Sat 26 October

Wellbeing Day for World Mental Health Day 2-3 Days

Wellbeing Day for World Mental Health Day

Drop in event at Gillespie Centre To mark World Mental Health Day, Biggar Mental Health Network invites you to a‘Wellbeing Day’. This will be a relaxed, informal drop in event to promote health, happiness and mental resilience! We will have taster sessions of creative arts, mindfulness, music, children’s activities and more. There will also be information and stalls from local and national projects, which are there to provide help and support when you might need it most. The Gillespie Café will be open as usual for refreshments. A more detailed programme will be given online nearer the time. See: Biggar Mental Health Network on Facebook. Please note a change of finishing time..

Date: Saturday 12 October

World Mental Health Day - film screening, music and poetry evening 2-3 Days

World Mental Health Day - film screening, music and poetry evening

“We Are All Here” film followed by music and poetry. Short, award winning documentary film, produced and directed by Biggar’s very own Hannah Currie, about Glasgow rapper Lumo (aka Calum Barnes), whose death in 2017 left a mark on the Scottish music community. Hannah commented: "Too many young men are still dying by suicide and we are determined to keep the conversation going and end mental stigma so that more people feel able to open up about their struggles." The film will be followed by local poets and musicians who have also had their struggles, performing to showcase their amazing creativity and talents. (suitable for 12+ years) ..

Date: Saturday 12 October

Puppetry Museum Tour at Biggar Puppet Theatre 2-3 Days

Puppetry Museum Tour at Biggar Puppet Theatre

Come along and enjoy an interesting guided tour of our extensive puppetry collection from all over the world. As seen in BBC’s ‘Antiques Road Trip’.  Meet some familiar faces: Pelham Puppets, TV characters and a Fairy Godmother who is over 200 years old! You can also have a go at working some puppets. Tickets available from the Puppet Theatre on 01899 220631 or email:

Date: Thursday 17 October

Biggar Day Out 2-3 Days

Biggar Day Out

This is an all-day great family occassion, with all the fun of the fair! Enjoy the Food & Craft Fair with afternoon teas, and find a welcome in shops, bars and restaurants. Visit the Gasworks Museum and get a tour from a Victorian guide. Take a break and rest your feet at the free Open Mike Concert. For children, there is a wide range of events from Puppet Shows to the popular Story Trail - "The Biggar Little Giants". Look out for our Free Street Entertainment for all the family to enjoy!..

Date: Sunday 20 October

Biggar Gasworks Steam Day New 2-3 Days

Biggar Gasworks Steam Day

Enter the last remaining town gasworks in Scotland – the only surviving example of a once familiar sight. For more than 130 years, this industrial plant made coal gas for Biggar and beyond before the advent of natural gas in the 1960s. See the coal fired boiler put to work and the steam driven machinery in action. Learn the secret of how gas was produced from coal from our Victorian guide on site...

Date: Sunday 20 October

Books and Art Fair New 2-3 Days

Books and Art Fair

Book lovers and collectors – come and grab an amazing bargain from our wide range of books and art. Large selection to suit all budgets. Stay a while and have a tea and cake in the tearoom too!..

Date: Sunday 20 October

Food & Craft Fair New 2-3 Days

Food & Craft Fair

Fine foods, arts, crafts, jewellery and much more are to be found at the Fairs in both the Municipal Hall and St Mary's Hall providing a superb shopping experience and a chance to sample local handicraft and quality produce. We will also be serving teas, coffees and scrumptious home baking in St Mary's Hall. Please note there may be a small charge for some events. ..

Date: Sunday 20 October

Pick 'n' mix - Taj Mahal 2-3 Days

Pick 'n' mix - Taj Mahal

We will be offering those dining with us an opportunity to try authentic homemade meals. A Choice of 2 menus and without restrictions on courses! You can pick a starter from the A La Carte menu and main from our special authentic menu or vice versa. Booking is strongly advised. We look forward to serving you! To book please contact Taj Mahal 01899 220801..

Date: Sun 20 October to Tuesday 22 October

Theatre Open Doors Day 2-3 Days

Theatre Open Doors Day

You’re welcome to pop in and we will show you around our wonderful Victorian-Style Theatre. Guided Tours start at 11am & 2pm. Tearoom will be open selling lunches and cakes! The Books and Art Fair is also on the same day, in the tearoom. Puppet shop, gardens and our own car park on site...

Date: Sunday 20 October

TajTastic Treats 2-3 Days

TajTastic Treats

It’s back and for one night only the ladies of the family will be preparing unique dishes that will leave your tastebuds tantalised. Wednesday 23rd October 2019 a 5 course meal served over the space of 3 hours. This will be a buffet style served to you so can eat as much as you like. 15 yes that’s right 15 different tastes from Punjab to feast on but not only that, Abed our multi Award Winning Maitre d will start the night of explaining the origins of the food and maybe a joke or two! Advance booking essential on 01899 220801...

Date: Wednesday 23 October

Red Squirrel Press presents a poetry reading in aid of MacDiarmid's Brownsbank New 2-3 Days

Red Squirrel Press presents a poetry reading in aid of MacDiarmid's Brownsbank

Poetry reading by 5 poets including some former Brownsbank Fellows, local poets, Red Squirrel Press poets in aid of MacDiarmid’s Brownsbank,  plus raffle and a free Red Squirrel Press publication. Tickets available from BLF Box Office or Atkinson-Pryce Books on 01899 221225 email: (cash only) Buy Tickets Once you have selected the buy button, click on performance time to purchase tickets..

Date: Thursday 24 October

Dancing Light Gallery & Bonham's Contemporary Art Auction 2-3 Days

Dancing Light Gallery & Bonham's Contemporary Art Auction

A contemporary art auction offering work by local and national artists including paintings, ceramics, glass, sculpture and jewellery. Many pieces without reserves. An enjoyable evening with a difference. Welcome drink and canapes (by AtlanticOrganic in the Whitmuir Restaurant) included in the price. Images of all art for auction will be available on the Dancing Light Gallery website from the beginning of October Tickets available from BLF Box Office and Dancing Light Gallery on 01968 660200 email: Buy Tickets Once you have selected the buy button, click on performance time to purchase tickets..

Date: Friday 25 October

The Local Larder 2-3 Days

The Local Larder

This celebration of local and regional produce will showcase the quality food and drink offering available from this charming coffee shop and delicatessen located in the heart of the historic village of Douglas.  Participants will enjoy afternoon teas (by prior arrangement only), tasting sessions and be able to indulge in a selection of artisan spirits and cocktails in the comfort of our licensed premises.  Visitors will also be able to visit the Open Studio of our neighbour, Carol Taylor, whose work will be hung in The Scrib Tree for the duration of the Festival and throughout October.  ..

Date: Fri 25, Sat 26 & Sun 27 October

Biggar Little Cinema  'Stan and Ollie' 2-3 Days

Biggar Little Cinema 'Stan and Ollie'

Biggar Little Cinema are delighted to bring to the Festival the screening of 'Stan and Ollie' starring Steve Coogan and John C Reilly. Stan & Ollie is a 2018 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Jon S. Baird and written by Jeff Pope. Based on the later years of the lives of the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, the film stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. It premiered in October 2018 at the BFI London Film Festival. The film was released in the United States on 28 December 2018 and in the UK on 11 January 2019. Laurel and Hardy -- the world's greatest comedy team -- face an uncertain future as their golden era of Hollywood films remain long behind them. The duo set out to reconnect with their..

Date: Sat 26 & Sun 27 October

The Concert for Brownsbank 2019 with Scots Makar Jackie Kay 2-3 Days

The Concert for Brownsbank 2019 with Scots Makar Jackie Kay

MacDiarmid’s Brownsbank Trust is delighted to present Scots Makar JACKIE KAY at this year’s Concert for Brownsbank. Included in the evening is the premiere of a new film by filmmaker Carolyn Scott which features first Brownsbank Fellow, author JAMES ROBERTSON at the cottage talking about his time there. Add into the mix readings of MacDiarmid’s work by Biggar High School students plus guest musicians and this promises to be a superb evening of mixed media. Brownsbank Cottage at Candymill was the home of poet Hugh MacDiarmid, a significant Scottish cultural figure of the 20th Century. All profits from the event will go to securing MacDiarmid’s Brownsbank for present and future generations. This event is a fundraiser for MacDiarmid’s Bro..

Date: Friday 1 November