A family-friendly festival and fundraiser combined

Rain failed to dampen spirits at last year's Scribbler's Picnic

Rain failed to dampen spirits at last year's Scribbler's Picnic

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This year’s ‘Scribbler’s Picnic’ music festival is set to be the biggest and best yet - with thousands expected at the charity extravaganza.

Held in and around the grounds of Stirling Rugby Club, the annual family-friendly event is dedicated to raising cash for cancer-related charities.

Eight stages of music, including acts as varied as cover bands, indie, rock, folk, DJs, a pipe band and a choir will delight expected crowds of around 2,000 people. There will be a range of charity and commercial stalls, tombola, raffle, 5-a-side football, dancing, food vendors, bar, kids shows and inflatables. There will also be an indoor room for children from 12noon-2pm with disco, face painting, crafts and bouncy castle.

All proceeds from the festival go to cancer related charities. Last year the charity group donated £10,000 to deserving causes including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Strathcarron Hospice, Maggie’s Forth Valley Build Fund and the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

The non-profit event is run entirely run by volunteers in memory of Stirling musician, teacher and writer Graham Whitelaw who died of cancer in 2001. Graham penned a column in the Stirling Observer called ‘The Scribbler’ which is where the name of the event comes from.

Graham’s daughter Katy Whitelaw, who helps organise the festival, said: “It is devastating watching someone you love die of cancer. This festival is a positive way to bring people together and help individuals touched by cancer. We might all need the help of one of the charities The Scribbler’s Picnic donates to one day.

“Music is a very emotive medium. It can evoke powerful memories, put a smile on your face or reduce you to tears. The Scribbler’s Picnic brings people together to enjoy some great music and help those affected by this terrible disease – it is not just musicians against cancer – it is Stirling vs. cancer.”

To purchase discounted tickets go to www.scribblerspicnic.co.uk and enter the code SCRIBBLERS14 at the checkout and it will take £3 off the price of a family or adult ticket. Discount finishes April 30 at midnight.

Tickets on the gate on the day will cost £25 family (3 children 2 adults); £10 adult; £5 under 16 and under 5s free.

For information on hosting a stall at the event email scribblerspicnic@live.co.uk.