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62SUMMER 2012EVENTS?clothes and picnic. Admission£13/£9, family ticket £40. Forfurther information please call0844 493 2161.FYVIE CASTLERanger-guided Children'sSummer Quiz: Wildlife of Fyvie1 July-19 August, 11-5 Collect a quiz and follow thetrail to learn about the weirdand wonderful wildlife at Fyvie.Quizzes 50p each. Some trailsunsuitable for pushchairs. Forfurther details please call 0844493 2167.PITMEDDEN GARDENHMS Pinafore25 July, 7-9.30Illyria TheatreCompany stage theGilbert and Sullivan favouriteHMS Pinaforein the spectacularwalled garden. Dress warmlyand bring seating or rug and apicnic. Admission £12/£6,family ticket £32. Moreinformtion on 0844 493 2177.ARGYLL THE HILL HOUSEHMS Pinafore22 July, 7-9.15 In a new production ofthe Gilbert andSullivan classic, Illyria TheatreCompany gives an open-airperformance in this stunningsetting. Please dress warmly,bring a picnic and seating or arug. Hot drinks served at theinterval. For more informationplease call 0844 493 2208.ARRANBRODICK CASTLE AND COUNTRY PARKDinosaurs, Celts and Vikings4 July, 11.30-3.30A walk back through time alongthe Arran coast, all the way tothe Jurassic period, taking inDrumadoon and the King'scaves. Learn about the island'shistory, wildlife and geology.Admission £15/£7.50. Bookingessential on 0844 493 2154.ABERDEEN & GRAMPIANCASTLE FRASERJousting Tournament 21-22 July, 11-4A weekend of breath-taking jousting,archery, birds of prey, swordfighting, medieval cookerydemonstrations and more.Admission £8.50/£6, familyticket £23. Find out more on0844 493 2164.CRATHES CASTLEGrampian Woodturners23 June, 7 & 21 July, 4 & 18August & 1 September, 9-5An in-depth look at the art ofwoodturning, with exhibitionand demonstration. Admissionfree. For details call 0844 4932166.Roald Dahl's The Twits14 July, 6.30-9Pack a picnic andenjoy one of RoaldDahl's most loved stories, TheTwits. Touring theatre companyIllyria promises a slimily, stickily,revoltingly funny show from thehugely popular children'sauthor. Admission £12/£8,family £36. Further details on0844 493 2166.Aly Bain & Phil CunninghamPicnic Concert4 August, 7.30-9.30A collaborationbetween one of themost exciting and innovativeaccordion players of our time,Phil Cunningham, andScotland's supreme traditionalstyle fiddler, Aly Bain. A mustsee concert with sell outaudiences every time. Admission£19. For further informationplease call 0844 493 2166.DRUM CASTLEHMS Pinafore24 August, 6.30-9.30Illyria TheatreCompany performs theGilbert and Sullivan classic inthe beautiful garden. Pleasebring own seating/rug, warmALL THE WORLD'S A STAGEThis summer, the Trust is very excited topresent a season of fantastic outdoorproductions with a difference. Fromchildren's theatre to open-air concerts,there's something for everyone in thefamily. The Festival Players will be bringingShakespeare's Richard IIIto FalklandPalace and Twelfth Night-above -to Hillof Tarvit, while Heartbreak Productionsreturn to Newhailes with their award-winning adaptation of The RailwayChildren. Complete with red hankies andsteam, this performance is perfect for thewhole family. Roald Dahl's family favourite The Twitswill be brought to life at Crathes Castleby the Illyria team, who will also beperforming Gilbert and Sullivan's classicHMS Pinaforeat Pitmedden Garden,Drum Castle and The Hill House. Culzean Castle provides an atmosphericsetting for Jane Austen's Emma, while atDrum Castle Quantum Theatre will bepresenting The Tales of Beatrix Pottercomplete with old favourites Peter Rabbitand Benjamin Bunny. Remember, all of the performances areopen-air, so wrap up warm and bringrugs and seating for your comfort - anddon't forget your picnic. For dates anddetails see www.nts.org.uk/theatre Spotlight

WWW.NTS.ORG.UK63?AYRSHIREROBERT BURNS BIRTHPLACE MUSEUMThe Man Who Loved WomenDaily until 27 August, 10-5.30A new interpretation of the lifeand loves of Robert Burns byGlasgow artist AdrianWiszniewski, in a solo exhibitionof paintings, as part of the BurnsAn' A' That Festival. Free withmuseum admission. For furtherdetails please call 0844 493 2601.DUMFRIES & GALLOWAYGREY MARE'S TAIL NATURERESERVE50 Years in Trust1 July-31 August, 11-6 (closed Mon)The reserve celebrates 50 years inthe care of the Trust with astunning exhibition of wildlifeand landscape images at nearbyCraigieburn Garden and Cafe.Admission free. For furtherinformation call 0844 493 2249.Fossil Hunt11 & 25 July & 8 August, 2-3Join the ranger on a visit to a sitewith plenty of graptolite fossils.Route is fairly level but rough inplaces and involves a few burncrossings. Children must be aged8 or over. Admission £4/£2. Forfurther details please call 0844493 2249.THREAVE ESTATEScotland's Gardens Open Day5 August, 10-5 Highlights of these spectacularand constantly evolving gardensinclude a lush walled garden,well-stocked orchard andtemperate glasshouse collection.For the adventurous, there is achance to explore the circularestate walk for a spot of birdwatching, and join the ospreywatch near Threave Castle.Admission £6.50/£5.50. Forfurther information please call0844 493 2245.EDINBURGH & THE LOTHIANSGLADSTONE GALLERY Summer Exhibitions3 July-2 September, daily exceptMon, 10-7A packed art programme. 3-8July, Kindred Spirit - paintings,photography, pottery andwoodcrafts. 10-15 July, Designand Weave for Tweed -a seriesof two-day workshops; call SamGroates on 07748 014970. 17-22 July - Work by Howardand Mary Butterworth, seewww.butterworthpaintings.co.uk.24-29 July, Shores & More -landscapes by Sandi Anderson.See www.sandianderson.co.uk.31 July-5 August - Inspiringlight '12, work by MR Slater, seewww.lightb.co.uk. 7-12 August,Wildlife, Landscapes andTownscapes - photographs ofEdinburgh as well as landscapesand wildlife images. See www.edfieldingphotography.com. 14-19 August, The GlowingColours of Scotland - batik fineart by Jane Lannagan showingher unique interpretation ofScotland. 21-26 August, Eyes Inthe Water - Scottish coastal andrural scenery through theabstract eye of Gael Fisher. 28 August-2 September,Serendipity 2 - exhibition ofmixed media paintings by Kenand Moira Russell. All eventsfree except tweed workshops,which cost £120. Find out moreon 0844 493 2120.NEWHAILES The Railway Children14 July, 6-12Wrapped in a blanketof nostalgia, theHeartbreak company's award-winning adaptation delivers theheart and soul of this timelessclassic and guarantees to havethe whole family, no matterhow old, on their feet andcheering. Admission £12/£6.For further information pleasecall 0844 493 2125. Richard III29 July, 7-12The Festival PlayersTheatre Companybrings Shakespeare's enduringRichard IIIto life in spectacularfashion in front of the house atNewhailes. Dress warmly andwith wet weather in mind, andbring a picnic and rug orseating. Admission £12.50/£7.For more information pleasecall 0844 493 2125.Above left: DrumCastle is the settingfor a performance ofHMS PinaforeinAugust. Above: thefolk music duo PhilCunningham and AlyBain