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The Scottish Maritime Museum on Irvine Harbourside has revealed a taster of what visitors will enjoy at the Ayrshire’s Summer Food, Drink & Craft Market which will take place in the Museum’s Courtyard and Linthouse this weekend.

The Market, which is free to enter and a collaboration with ‘Ayrshire Food An’ A’ That’, will be open from 10am and 4pm on both Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 2023

Visitors will discover a wide range of crafts by over 40 artisans, from glasswares, woodcraft, jewellery, scented candles and beauty products to art, gifts, fashion and homewares.

Everyone can also sample and buy from some of Ayrshire’s finest food and drink producers and pick up some new cooking ideas in Saturday’s Food Demo Theatre.

The demonstrations by Chef Mark Hunter and the Ayrshire Regional Food Group will take place at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm.

Visitors will also enjoy lots of baking and treats as well as savouries from Reggaelicious Food Truck.

FREE entertainment over both days will also include the chance to see a model railway layout in the Linthouse along with a display of model lifeboats. Irvine Model Boat Club will also be sailing craft on the outside boating pond.

On Sunday, the Scottish Fire Brigades Heritage Trust will be there with a vintage fire engine.

Entertainment in the Linthouse reception on Sunday will include Junkman’s Choir at 1pm followed by Garnock Valley Traditional Music Group at 2pm.

Visitors can also take a walk down memory lane with the fun and informative ‘Maritime History and Rum Tasting Tour’, which will run between 10.30am – 12.30pm on Saturday.

After a welcome drink of West Coast ginger wine, visitors on the ticketed tour will explore the maritime history of the Ayrshire coast and meet characters from the past – Saltcoats-born Betsy Miller, who was the first registered female ship’s captain, and Aggie MacIntosh as they tour the Museum and 1920s Shipyard Worker’s Tenement Flat.

The tour, which culminates with a tasting of three types of Scottish Rum at the ‘Captain’s Table’, suits individuals, families and groups. Tickets can be purchased on the Museum website.

Children will also be able to drop into a workshop for the Museum’s ‘My Fantastic Ship’ Competition. There they can build their own ‘fantastic’ 3D vessel and enter the competition which runs until 18 August.

The winning entries will go display next month as part of the Museum’s Summer exhibition Dream Destination’.

Christopher Woodland, Commercial Manager at the Scottish Maritime Museum, says: 

Ayrshire’s Summer Food, Drink & Craft Market is going to be another fabulous and fun opportunity for everyone to come along, taste and buy. It’ll be a great day out for all ages with something to see and do for all. We look forward to welcoming everyone at the weekend.”

Ayrshire’s Summer Food, Drink & Craft Market’ is one of the highlights of the Museum’s busy summer events and exhibitions programme.

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Joanna Harrison, Mobile: 07884 187404







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