What’s On

Welcome to our 2019 What’s On Guide for Marymass Festival. We have over 50 events taking place across the 12 day festival. Discover the latest list of events below:

What’s On Prior To Marymass:

Marymass Best Kept Garden Competition

After an absence of a year, the Marymass Festival Committee are thrilled to be including this event once again. The competition is open to both postcodes of KA12 & KA11. Judging will take place on Monday 19th August. Entries close at noon on Monday 12th August. Further information can be obtained by contacting Bill Anderson at gardening@marymassfestival.co.uk

Marymass Best Dressed Shop Window Competition

The Marymass Festival Committee are delighted to reintroduce the shop window competition for 2019. Shops will dress their window and also add an unusual item, creating a brand new kids competition for the town centre. Judging will take place on Tuesday 20th August. Further information can be obtained by contacting Dillon Green at shops@marymassfestival.co.uk Location: Irvine Town Centre

Global Village Market

A massive new arrival for Irvine in 2019 is the Global Village Market. The operators of the Glasgow Christmas Markets will bring a huge new market to Bridgegate in Irvine between Thursday 15th and Sunday 19th August, open 10am – 9pm daily, with a 5pm closure on the Sunday. This is one not to be missed!! Location: Bridgegate, Irvine

Irvine Carters’ Marymass Exhibition

Large displays of photos and videos of Marymass past. Take time to come in to our Marymass Shop in Bridgegate throughout the festival and see the fantastic displays and wealth of history. Brought to you by Irvine Carters Society. Shop open daily from August 13th – 23rd from 10am – 4pm. Location: Bridgegate, Irvine.

Thursday 15th August 2019:

Marymass Festival Opening Ceremony

Marymass Festival 2019 officially opens outside Irvine Townhouse & The Portal, with entertainment starting on stage from 8pm. The Captain of Irvine Carters’ Society 2019 will be announced at 9:40pm before the Marymass Queen elect and her 4 Marys are sashed by the present Queen and Marys. The Provest of North Ayrshire Council, Cllr Ian Clarkson will open Marymass Festival 2019 at 9:50pm. Location: Irvine Cross/Townhouse.

Global Village Market

A massive new arrival for Irvine in 2019 is the Global Village Market. The operators of the Glasgow Christmas Markets will bring a huge new market to Bridgegate in Irvine between Thursday 15th and Sunday 19th August, open 10am – 9pm daily, with a 5pm closure on the Sunday. This is one not to be missed!! Location: Bridgegate, Irvine

Friday 16th August 2019:

Irvine Neighbourhood Youth Forum Fancy Dress Disco

This free event is perfect for primary school aged kids. P1-P3 6:30pm – 7:30pm and P4-P7 8pm – 9pm. For more information contact Liz Sullivan on 01294 313593. Location: Redburn Community Centre, Dickson Drive, Irvine.

Global Village Market

A massive new arrival for Irvine in 2019 is the Global Village Market. The operators of the Glasgow Christmas Markets will bring a huge new market to Bridgegate in Irvine between Thursday 15th and Sunday 19th August, open 10am – 9pm daily, with a 5pm closure on the Sunday. This is one not to be missed!! Location: Bridgegate, Irvine

Saturday 17th August 2019:

Fourth Port Parade

This fantastic horse-drawn parade takes in the Fullarton and Harbourside areas of Irvine and focuses on community and tradition. The Carters’ run parade leaves Second Avenue at 11am and visits the 4th Port of Irvine. For more information, contact Danny Kerr on 01294 553595. Location: Fullarton & Harbourside, Irvine.

Fourth Port Mini Beer Fest

A new event hosted by The Ship Inn, Harbour Street, Irvine from 1pm. Ticket Price £10, contact 01294 279722 for more information

Low Green Gala Day & Duck Race

Returning after a few years away, the Low Green Gala Day is shaping up to be a fantastic afternoon. Held by the Incorporation of Weavers of Irvine, the event will include stalls, races, entertainment and more. The events take place from 1pm – 4pm, with the Duck Race taking place at 2pm. Location: Low Green, Irvine.

Irvine Classic Car Show

2019 will see the arrival of the 1st Annual Irvine Classic Car Show at the Low Green. The event will run from 12-4pm alongside the re-introduction of the Low Green Gala Day, an event which follows the conclusion of the Fourth Port Parade.

Global Village Market

A massive new arrival for Irvine in 2019 is the Global Village Market. The operators of the Glasgow Christmas Markets will bring a huge new market to Bridgegate in Irvine between Thursday 15th and Sunday 19th August, open 10am – 9pm daily, with a 5pm closure on the Sunday. This is one not to be missed!! Location: Bridgegate, Irvine.

Festival of Light Parade

One of the biggest light parades the festival has seen for years, the 2019 celebrations are set to be better than ever! The procession leaves Irvine Cross at 9pm and heads along High Street, Eglinton Street and Kilwinning Road to Irvine Moor, arriving at 9:30pm. For more information, email contact@marymassfestival.co.uk

Marymass Firework Display

Start Marymass Festival 2019 off with a bang at our annual fireworks display. Returning once more to Irvine Moor, this spectacular annual show is a real family favourite. The fireworks begin at 9:45pm.Live entertainment and activites on the night. No parking is available at Irvine Moor this year due to new restrictions. Location: Irvine Moor

Sunday 18th August 2019:

Kirkin of the Captain

A traditional ceremony held at the Old Parish Church from 11.00am. Procession departs Irvine Townhouse 10.30am.

Marymass Jazz with the New Orleans Joymakers

A firm favourite at the Harbour Arts Centre, the New Orleans Joymakers are one of Scotland’s finest “traditional style” jazz bands and have been performing for many years. A wonderful toe tapping afternoon. 2pm-4.30pm. £8/£6. Location: Harbour Arts Centre

Global Village Market

A massive new arrival for Irvine in 2019 is the Global Village Market. The operators of the Glasgow Christmas Markets will bring a huge new market to Bridgegate in Irvine between Thursday 15th and Sunday 19th August, open 10am – 9pm daily, with a 5pm closure on the Sunday. This is one not to be missed!! Location: Bridgegate, Irvine.

Monday 19th August 2019:

Marymass Disabled Carpet Bowls Competition

An annual competition held at the Volunteer Rooms, Irvine between 10:30am and 2:20pm. Cost £3.00. Contact sbrowning@kaleisure.com

Irvine Carters’ Senior Citizens Concert

Entertainment and a cuppa to dance the night away. Contact: Ian Clarkson on 01294 275207 or any Carters Committee member. Starts at 7pm. Location: Volunteer Rooms

Harbourside Heritage Walk

Guided walk by Irvine Lasses Burns Club, will give explanations and the background to the rich heritage of Irvine’s Harbourside. Email irvinelassesburnsclub@googlemail.com to book a free place. Meet at 2pm at the Pilot House at the Harbour.

Irvine Incorporated Trades’ Heritage Tour

In Irvine Old Parish Kirkyard are many ancient memorials that display symbols of occupations times past. Weaver, Billy Kerr will act as guide and explain the lost meaning of these remarkable symbols & gravestones. Tours are free & begin at front gates of the kirkyard at 6:30pm. Contact Billy Kerr on 01294 271240.

Tuesday 20th August 2019:

Irvine Incorporated Trades’ Heritage Tour

In Irvine Old Parish Kirkyard are many ancient memorials that display symbols of occupations times past. Weaver, Billy Kerr will act as guide and explain the lost meaning of these remarkable symbols & gravestones. Tours are free & begin at front gates of the kirkyard at 6:30pm. Contact Billy Kerr on 01294 271240.

Irvine Carters’ Psychic Night

Hosted in the Volunteer Rooms from 7.00pm, this is traditionally a popular event with locals. Tickets are priced at £6 and are available on a pay at the door basis.

Wednesday 21st August 2019:

Marymass Disabled Special Highland Games

A superb event hosted in the Portal, Irvine between 10:30am and 2:20pm. Costs £3.00. Contact sbrowning@kaleisure.com

Dear Mister Burns

In addition to the usual tours of Wellwood Burns Centre & Museum, including an audio-visual presentation on Burns in Irvine, the Irvine BurnsClub is staging a unique exhibition from the collection of more than 300 letters of acceptance of Honorary Membership of Irvine Burns Club from 1828 onwards including John Galt, Charles Dickens and modern authors such as Ian Rankin, Janice Galloway and Andrew O’Hagan, Professor Liam McIlvanney, musicians such as Nicola Benedetti, Edie Reader and Annie Lennox, and others including Sir Sean Connery, Sir Chris Hoy, Graham Obree, Alistair McHarg, Professor Geoff Palmer, Professor Kirsten McCue, Emeritus Professor Ian Campbell as well as local Honorary Members Rab Affleck, Margaret Cook and Bill Nolan. Location: Wellwood Burns Centre & Museum, 28 Eglinton St KA12 8AS. 2pm-5pm, call Bill Nolan or Graham Hyslop on 01294 274511 for details.

Irvine Incorporated Trades’ Heritage Tour

In Irvine Old Parish Kirkyard are many ancient memorials that display symbols of occupations times past. Weaver, Billy Kerr will act as guide and explain the lost meaning of these remarkable symbols & gravestones. Tours are free & begin at front gates of the kirkyard at 6:30pm. Contact Billy Kerr on 01294 271240.

Marymass Dog Show

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome at this annual fun dog show organised by Irvine & District Canine Club. There are 11 Classes for Pedigrees and Cross-Breeds including one for the dog with the Waggiest Tail. Rosettes awarded for 1 st -6 th place. Tuck shop available also a raffle. Entries on the night- £1.50 per class. Contact Leigh Richardson on 01563 540152 for details. Location: Volunteer Rooms, Irvine, 7pm.

Jim Young Marymass Festival 10K Road Race

Starts 7.00pm. Entry Fee is £11 or £13 if not Scottish Athletics registered and all entries in advance via www.entrycentral.com. This race is suitable for runners of all abilities and is held over fairly flat, scenic course in the Marine Drive and Harbour area of Irvine. Further information www.irvinerunningclub.co.uk

Marymass Fun Fair

All the fun of the fair, Irvine Moor, 6pm-10pm.

Thursday 22nd August 2019:

Marymass Disabled Lawn Bowls Competition

Held at Irvine Parks Bowling Green between 10:30am and 2:20pm. Costs £3.00. Contact sbrowning@kaleisure.com

Dear Mister Burns

In addition to the usual tours of Wellwood Burns Centre & Museum, including an audio-visual presentation on Burns in Irvine, the Irvine BurnsClub is staging a unique exhibition from the collection of more than 300 letters of acceptance of Honorary Membership of Irvine Burns Club from 1828 onwards including John Galt, Charles Dickens and modern authors such as Ian Rankin, Janice Galloway and Andrew O’Hagan, Professor Liam McIlvanney, musicians such as Nicola Benedetti, Edie Reader and Annie Lennox, and others including Sir Sean Connery, Sir Chris Hoy, Graham Obree, Alistair McHarg, Professor Geoff Palmer, Professor Kirsten McCue, Emeritus Professor Ian Campbell as well as local Honorary Members Rab Affleck, Margaret Cook and Bill Nolan. Location: Wellwood Burns Centre & Museum, 28 Eglinton St KA12 8AS. 2pm-5pm, call Bill Nolan or Graham Hyslop on 01294 274511 for details.

Irvine Incorporated Trades’ Heritage Tour

In Irvine Old Parish Kirkyard are many ancient memorials that display symbols of occupations times past. Weaver, Billy Kerr will act as guide and explain the lost meaning of these remarkable symbols & gravestones. Tours are free & begin at front gates of the kirkyard at 6:30pm. Contact: Billy Kerr on 01294 271240.

Marymass Bowling Finals

The grand final of the 2019 Marymass bowling competition takes place from 6pm. Location: Irvine Parks Bowling Club.

Marymass Fun Fair

All the fun of the fair, Irvine Moor, 6pm-10pm.

Friday 23rd August 2019:

Marymass Folk Festival’s Story Telling in Schools

Storytellers Michael Kerins & Tony Bonning will be in Irvine Schools telling stories to amaze, astound and entertain.

Harbourside Heritage Walk

Guided walk by Irvine Lasses Burns Club, will give explanations and the
background to the rich heritage of Irvine’s Harbourside. Email irvinelassesburnsclub@googlemail.com to book a free place. Meet at 2pm at the Pilot House at the Harbour.

Marymass Folk Festival’s Friday Lunchtime Session

With Festival Guests. Hosted at The Ship Inn, Harbourside KA12 8PZ between 12.30pm and 2pm. This is a free event.

Marymass Folk Festival’s Concert for Senior Citizens

Sponsored by Rotary Club of Irvine Seagate. Hosted at the Volunteer Rooms, High Street, KA12 OAB between 2pm and 4pm. This is a free event.

Marymass Folk Festival’s Storytelling for Big People

Michael Kerins hosts this superb cultural event at Irvine Library, High Street, KA12 8AN between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. This is a free event.

Irvine Incorporated Trades’ Heritage Tour

In Irvine Old Parish Kirkyard are many ancient memorials that display symbols of occupations times past. Weaver, Billy Kerr will act as guide and explain the lost meaning of these remarkable symbols & gravestones. Tours are free & begin at front gates of the kirkyard at 4pm. Contact: Billy Kerr on 01294 271240.

Marymass Folk Festival’s Storytelling for Families

Hosted by Tony Bonning at Irvine Library, High Street, KA12 8AN between 4pm and 5pm. This is a free event.

The Danny Kyle Tea-Time Session

With Festival Residents and Friends. Hosted by The Ship Inn, Harbourside, KA12 8PZ between 4.30pm and 6pm. This is a free event.

Dear Mister Burns

In addition to the usual tours of Wellwood Burns Centre & Museum, including an audio-visual presentation on Burns in Irvine, the Irvine BurnsClub is staging a unique exhibition from the collection of more than 300 letters of acceptance of Honorary Membership of Irvine Burns Club from 1828 onwards including John Galt, Charles Dickens and modern authors such as Ian Rankin, Janice Galloway and Andrew O’Hagan, Professor Liam McIlvanney, musicians such as Nicola Benedetti, Edie Reader and Annie Lennox, and others including Sir Sean Connery, Sir Chris Hoy, Graham Obree, Alistair McHarg, Professor Geoff Palmer, Professor Kirsten McCue, Emeritus Professor Ian Campbell as well as local Honorary Members Rab Affleck, Margaret Cook and Bill Nolan. Location: Wellwood Burns Centre & Museum, 28 Eglinton St KA12 8AS. 2pm-5pm, call Bill Nolan or Graham Hyslop on 01294 274511 for details.

Friday Night Folk Festival Concert with Celine Donoghue & Friends

The night begins with the formal opening of the 52nd Marymass Folk Festival by the Provost of North Ayrshire, Cllr Ian Clarkson. The event includes Celine Donoghue, Neil Sturgeon, Thomas McCabe, Tom McConville & Andy Watt, The Alistair McCulloch Trio & The Stavanger Harbour Band. Event on between 8pm and 11pm, tickets £16 (BYOB). Location: Vineburgh Community Centre, Quarry Road, KA12 0PS.

Irvine Neighbourhood Youth Forum Marymass Family Games Night

Hosted at Redburn Community Centre, Dickson Drive, Irvine. This event includes games like musical bingo and a family quiz. This free event is on between 7pm and 8:30pm.

Ewan Macintyre Band: Road Junkie Album Tour

Harbour Arts Centre 7.30pm, £12/£10
An international music project, pushing the boundaries of contemporary folk. Live they are the dynamic quartet of cello, fiddle, guitar and upright bass, sonically compared to the likes of Jeff Buckley, Joe Cocker and Goat Rodeo Sessions. Led by puppeteer, musician and ex lead singer songwriter of the award-winning Edinburgh collective Southern Tenant Folk Union. Their new album Road Junkie is a genre smashing roots music monster and exciting collaboration between Scotland and Quebec. Featuring rich arrangements infused by elements of Jazz, blues, Celtic, bluegrass and theatre sound track, this is a project fueled by hitch hiking and self-discovery. www.ewan-macintyre.org

Marymass Football Derby

Irvine Victoria v Irvine Meadow. Victoria Park, 6.45pm Entry Adults £6. Concession £3. Playing for the Irvine Herald Marymass Trophy.

Marymass Fun Fair

All the fun of the fair, Irvine Moor 6pm – 10pm

Saturday 24th August 2019:

Marymass Parade

The main event of Marymass 2019. Starting from Broomlands Drive at 10.00am. The parade will head via Irvine Town Centre and streets in the Royal Burgh of Irvine including Clark Drive and Caldon Road. Join the Carnival atmosphere when one of the largest horse-drawn processions in Scotland leads the crowd to Irvine Townhouse to witness the Crowning of the Marymass Queen. Pre-Crowning Entertainment, Townhouse, 11.00am.

Marymass Queen Crowning Ceremony

Townhouse, Noon. Come and see Queen elect Kerris-Lee Galloway being Crowned Marymass Queen for 2019. The parade then departs Irvine Townhouse at 12:30pm and heads to Irvine Moor via Irvine Cross, High Street and Kilwinning Road. Thousands line the streets for this parade, it is one not to be missed!

Irvine Moor Events

From 1pm enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, including Scotland’s oldest horse race meeting on part of the former Scottish Grand National track. The Geasy pole competition, market, paddock, funfair, bar and the Irvine Beat FM Marymass Roadshow are just a small sample of the huge number of events taking place on Irvine Moor on the afternoon. Please note car parking at Irvine Royal Academy only.

Marymass Folk Festival’s Saturday Bash

With festival residents and friends, hosted at Woodlands Centre, Kilwinning Road, KA12 8RU between 11am and 3pm Costs: Adults £2/Children £1.

Marymass Parade Lunch

Si! Bar: Restaurant, Kilwinning Rd, Irvine from 12pm. Ticket £25.95, pre-booking is advised. Contact: www.si-restaurant.co.uk

Marymass Folk Festival’s Session at the Ship led by John Graham & Jim Jack

This free event is held at The Ship Inn, Harbourside, KA12 8PZ between 2pm and 5pm.

Marymass Fun Fair

The final day of the Marymass funfair at Irvine Moor. The fair is open between 12-10pm.

Weekend Special Marymass Indian Buffet

Gulab Restaurant & Bar, Stanecastle Road, Irvine. Available 4.30pm-8.30pm. Adults-£12.95, Kids-£6.50. Contact 01294 212222

Marymass Saturday Night Folk Concert with the Tannahill Weavers

Including The Jeremiahs, Tom McConville & Andy Watt, Stephen & Pernille Quigg, The Stavanger Harbour Band. Volunteer Rooms, High Street KA12 OAB. 7.30pm – 12 midnight. £16.

Sunday 25th August 2019:

Divine Service

Parade departs 10.30am from Irvine Townhouse to Irvine Old Parish Church, for a Service at 11.00am. After the Service Marymass Queen will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in an act of remembrance.

Watercolour Workshop: Nature

Harbour Arts Centre, 10.30am – 1.30pm £20
Aimed at all abilities these workshops provide a relaxed approach to experimenting with various watercolour techniques exploring the theme of nature. Some materials provided, please bring along your own brushes if you have any. To book please contact: mareehughesart@gmail.com.

Marymass Folk Festival Singaround with Festival Friends

Including the Annual Whammy-Diddling Championship and the World Chuckie-Chucking Championship. This free event takes place between 2 and 5pm. Location: Vineburgh Community Centre, Quarry Road, KA12 OPS.

The Big Marymass Folk Festival High Tea

Hosted at Vineburgh Community Centre, Quarry Road, KA12 0PS from 4pm. £5pp. Places must be pre-booked by phoning 07798572926 by Friday 23rd August.

Marymass Folk Festival Survivors’ Session at the Ship

Enjoy the final songs and tunes of the 52nd Marymass Folk Festival in relaxed surroundings. This is a free event taking place from 7pm. Location: The Ship Inn.

Divine Service

Departs Castle St at 5.40pm and proceed to St Mary’s Church, West Rd, for a service at 6.00pm.

Monday 26th August 2019:

Marymass Flower Show

The ever popular Marymass event organised by Irvine Horticultural Society. The Flower show includes Vegetables, Crafts, a Children’s section plus the Poster Competition for Schools. There is plenty to see and an excellent Tea Room to enjoy, organised by Irvine Flower Club. Doors open to the Public 2.30pm. Opening Ceremony 3.00pm. Presentation of Prizes at 7.30pm. Admission by Donation. All exhibits welcome. Contact: Bill Anderson on 01294 277461 for details including how to take part or contact Bill on the Irvine Horticultural Society Facebook page Location: Volunteer Rooms, Irvine.

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