The Carron Valley and District Community Open Day is a very much enjoyed annual event. Organised by volunteers and funded by VRG the Community Open Day is a welcome opportunity for residents, their families and friends, to gather together and enjoy an array of activities, hear from a fascinating variety of speakers, browse a range of stalls from local organisations and projects, and tuck into a delicious BBQ.

Generously hosted by Evelyn and Willie Crawford at Craigend Farm, Auchenbowie the Community Open Day takes place at the end of August, although during the 2020/21 pandemic it has been necessarily paused.

Past topics from expert speakers in the large event marquee have included local archaeology, the wildlife and the history of the region, permaculture, bee keeping, polytunnels and poultry management. Activities have included first aid demonstrations from the Trossachs Search and Rescue team. Interactive stalls have included willow weaving, flower arranging amongst a broad range of stalls for crafts, local produce. There are always fun activities for children to take part in including a storyteller and seed planting.

Those who would like to have a stall (for which there is no charge), run an activity, speak or perform music at future events are encouraged to get in touch using the Contact Us button on the right.

The open day is organised and run entirely by volunteers from within the local community, it is a big undertaking for a very small group and we’d be delighted to hear from others who would like to join us and be involved in the organisation of the event.


Evelyn Crawford, Iain MacFarlane and Rob Ferguson



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