This 6 day festival from Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd August is for the whole family will celebrate's Ballantrae's role in the history of smuggling in South West Scotland.
This year's festival will be bigger and better. It will involve "Smuggler Scarecrows" and a "Smugglers' Trail"; a creative writing competition about smuggling for children and adults; re-enactments of Ballantrae's Smuggling History; a Village Fayre; music, poetry, smuggling stories; fine wine and great Ayrshire food!
It will also include an event entitled "Ancestral Footprints". In the run up to the Festival we will identify the descendants of local smugglers and Excisemen and help bring their ancestors stories to life using information from the archives. The descendants will be invited to attend the Festival to hear their ancestor's story being told and they will receive a personal souvenir of their involvement in the event.
Here is the 'story' for this year's events:
"Rumours abound of a landing of salt, silks and fine wines on the
beach at Ballantrae on Monday 18 August... to be hauled away by
the locals, some distributed to villagers and some hidden away for
transportation inland. Will the authorities make an appearance
and will they be paid off, or will the ladies of the village be able to
distract them long enough for the goods to be moved? While the
search is on for the hidden contraband, "Smuggler Scarecrows"
are displayed by the villagers to create confusion. We hear stories
about the families involved in smuggling - but who are they?
The children tell stories of smuggling - some are true and some are
made up. Are the smuggled goods everything they are made out
to be or are some of the smugglers involved in shady deals at the
Village Fayre? As the men of the village build up their strength
for an even bigger shipment due to be delivered soon, will the
celebration of music, poetry and smuggling stories on the Friday,
the fun and games of the Village Fayre - with the sampling of the
best food and drink Ayrshire can offer planned for the Saturday - go
off without a hitch? Will the villagers get away with it and will they
light the beacon to signify they are ready for the next shipment?"
A short video clip of last year's event (our first) can be seen on YouTube below: