Tuesday, 27 June 2017

What’s On In And Around Kirkcaldy, Fife This Weekend (Week Tues 27th June 2017) https://t.co/GL3DvXIyTr


Source: @AKCampbellSons June 27, 2017 at 04:39PM
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What’s On In And Around Kirkcaldy, Fife This Weekend (Week Tues 27th June 2017)

If you’re out and about at the weekend, why not come see us and we can help you choose a beautiful piece of jewellery to wow on your night or day out.

Visit our jewellery shop on Kirkcaldy High Street.

Or give Richard or Jackie a call on: 01592 264305 (We get unique pieces in constantly.)

As usual, we’ll break this post into:

Stuff to do with families, walkable pets, pubs, restaurants, gigs and things we just think look fun.

Stuff to do with families

Cairnie Fruit Farm & Mega Maze

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"Established in 1970, Cairnie Fruit Farm & Mega Maze is a popular award-winning local landmark set in the beautiful Fife countryside.

Farm shop and pick your own, mega maze and children's activities, indoor and outdoor country tea room."

Open 7 days, 10am-5pm

T: 01334 655610

Cairnie Farming Co.,
Cairnie, Cupar, Fife, KY15 4QD

SAT NAV post code: KY15 4QD

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Scholland Equestrian at Kilconquhar

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"BHS approved Scholland Equestrian at Kilconquhar is a main centre for the Riding for the Disabled Association and offers trekking, woodland hacks and trail rides for all competent levels. You can even get a little starstruck if you like as one of their tremendous Fell Ponies was part of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh's driving team! Plus the couple who run the place have a huge amount of experience in every area of equestrianism including being international competition riders!

Friendly and professional lessons delivered by experienced leaders are available for all ages over around 5 years; Private Lessons last around 45 minutes and will include experience in tacking up. Beach rides last at least 2 hours so you really get to know your mount and both acclimatise to and master the terrain before your session is done."

01333 340353

Kilconquhar Castle Estate, Kilconquhar, Elie, Kingdom of Fife, KY9 1EZ

Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

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Dog Walk of the week

St Andrews East Sands Beach

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"Located on the south side of the old harbour, St. Andrews East Sands is a popular beach destination for both locals and visitors to Fife. The sandy beach has a path on the inland side, making it an ideal location for walkers. It is also within close proximity to the harbour and sailing club, so perfect for a wide variety of water sports.

East Sands is situated on the Fife Coastal Path and is well serviced by a variety of amenities. A nearby car park, toilet facilities and first aid facilities make it one of the most accessible beaches in the area, while the children’s play area, on duty lifeguards during peak season and cafe make it a great destination for families.

Fishing, surfing, swimming, kayaking and windsurfing are some of the most popular activities at St. Andrews East Sands.

Beach users are encouraged to keep their dogs under control in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code"

Dogs are welcome on this beach but not the West one.

  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point
  • Childrens play area
  • Town centre nearby
  • Slipway

St Andrews KY16 8LB

Pub of the week

Feuars Arms Public House, Kirkcaldy

Feuares Arms Kirkcaldy near to A k Campbell and Son jewellery shop

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"A pub with real atmosphere,great staff and friendly natives,everything a pub should be.Nothing like the multi national soulless barns selling cheap alcopop and tasteless beers."

28 Bogies Wynd, KY1 2, Kirkcaldy

01592 205577


Restaurant of the week

Victoria Hotel

Victoria Hotel near A K Campbell and Son jewellery shop

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28 Victoria Road, Kirkcaldy
Fife, KY1 1DS
Phone: 01592 260117
Restaurant Hours
Mon - Sun, Lunch 12PM-2PM
Mon - Sat, High Teas 5PM-7PM
Sunday, High Teas 4PM-7PM
Mon- Sat, Dinner 5PM-9PM

See menu here

Gigs

The Bevvy Sisters with The Soundhouse Choir Edinburgh

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"A summer concert from The Bevvy Sisters followed by a performance by The Soundhouse Choir to celebrate their first year. The concert, within the legendary stunning acoustic surroundings of Greyfriars Kirk, will finish with a rousing finale when the two forces join together. Very special! A veritable vocal feast!"

Friday at 7 PM - 10 PM

Greyfriars Kirk

1 Greyfriars Walk, EH1 2QQ Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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AUDIOFRAUD at The Duchess of Kirkcaldy

Music at the Duchess Kirkcaldy nearby A K Campbell and Son jewellers

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"A night of tub thumping R n R! Material from bands such as Stereophonics, Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Blur, Jet, AC/DC, Nirvana, T Rex, Led Zep, Anastacia, Kings of Leon, Stones, Queen, Fall Out Boy, Manic Street Preachers, Aerosmith, Pink, Bruno Mars, Blondie, Bryan Adams....and many more!"

Saturday at 9:30 PM - 12 AM

The Duchess of Kirkcaldy

Nicol street, KY1 1RP Kirkcaldy, Fife
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There you have it for another week, we hope you find something interesting to do here and have a great weekend, here’s hoping for sunshine!

Disclaimer:  A K Campbell and Sons are not affiliated with any event or outing we share here, it’s just stuff we think is fun and so, if you have any problems you have to go to the organisers of the event or whatever, not us!

Basically, we’re not being paid by anyone to post for them or making any money from any sales i.e tickets etc. And, if injured, it’s on your own head!
You are legally responsible for yourselves! πŸ™‚

What are you up to this weekend, got anything to add?  Comment below!

Hopefully see you in our shop on Kirkcaldy High Street soon!

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

How To Buy An Engagement Ring – A Full Guide For Him And Her https://t.co/ZRCsErbBY7


Source: @AKCampbellSons June 22, 2017 at 05:07PM
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How To Buy An Engagement Ring – A Full Guide For Him And Her

Hi there and welcome to our guide for how to buy an engagement ring.

First of all, we do suggest to buy engagement rings together.   This is a really beautiful experience to share together and it means that you get the engagement ring that your partner wants.

However, if you want it to be a surprise and propose whilst on a sun kissed, island beach somewhere, you need to do a bit of detective work to make sure you buy the right one!

This means looking at their jewellery box, asking friends and family or you can give us a call or pop in anytime to our shop on Kirkcaldy High Street.

We really do suggest to do this together as if you buy the style you like and it isn't what is wanted, it isn't a great start!!

However, we're across from the old cinema in Kirkcaldy and Richard or Jackie will be happy to point you in the right direction regarding cut, styles and carats and let you see our selection of beautiful engagement rings from classic and contemporary to antique and vintage and everything in between up to modern day.

Our number is 01592 264305.

You can have a look at just some of the different styles and designs we have available on our main engagement rings page over on our Kirkcaldy website here.

We won't go into the 4 C's of Cut, Clarity , as you can read our "4 C's" guide here and did we mention we have a code on that page for 10% off?

We will go into the 5th "C" which is price and the myth started by the jewellery company De Beers (who more or less own the diamond industry) and said that the engagement ring should be 1 to 2 months wages.  See what they're trying to do there haha!

We say whatever you are comfortable spending. End of.

So, onto the main meat and potatoes of the guide...

Diamond engagement ring

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How to buy an engagement ring

"1: Buying from a jeweller

There are alternatives to buying an engagement ring from a jeweller. You could, perhaps, consider buying an antique ring from a shop or auction, but if you want a new ring it is best to visit as many jewellers as possible to gauge what is available on the market.

It is worth remembering that major high-street jewellers are inevitably pricier than London's jewellery centre at Hatton Garden, so if you can visit there - many different shops, all in one street - so much the better.

Consider, too, that jewellers are busiest in the run-up to Christmas and before Valentine's Day. August is traditionally their slowest month, so it may be the best time to ask for a better deal.

Make sure you run this checklist through your head every time you visit a shop:

· Does the store have a long-standing and solid local reputation?

· Do the staff evidently possess a sound gemmological knowledge? Watch out for gratuitous and unexplained jargon.

· Is the shop willing to sell you diamonds with a well-known gemmological certificate? If so, make sure you keep the original rather than a copy.

· Is the shop a member of a trade association? If so, which one?

· Will the shop present a detailed receipt with your purchase? This is key to any possible insurance claim or future repair.

· Does the shop appear to have a busy repairs service? (A good indication of customer trust.)

· Exactly which warranties and guarantees does the shop offer? Read them closely.

· Will the salesperson let you examine the diamond through a loupe and on a white background? If diamonds are viewed on a black background, the eye's perception of colour is hindered.

2: On the web

Buying diamond rings via the internet is not recommended because you should view the diamonds in person so that you can cover all of the above details. If you do choose to do so, only buy cert stones and pay special attention to the delivery terms and possible tax and duty charges if buying from a foreign-based site. But the internet does offer you a chance to do your homework."

See more from the original source here...

We don't suggest buying something that is going to be so precious as an engagement ring online as you really can't tell from the images what it's like or have a really good look at it before you buy.  You also need to  ask the questions above to the the jeweller personally to gauge trust.

Picking the Perfect Diamond Shape for Her Finger

"When it comes to engagement ring preferences, most women are particular about one crucial element: the shape of her diamond.

There are ten basic cut shapes for diamonds: round, emerald, princess, cushion, asscher, heart, marquise, oval, radiant, and pear. The challenge lies in choosing the right one.

You may have heard a few tips from your bride-to-be’s girlfriends about her ring shape preferences, but in the end, the right decision is up to you. (No pressure or anything.)

If either of you are unsure about what shape to go with, however, we have the perfect solution! Choose the shape that best flatters her hand.

Similar to picking clothes that look best for your body type, certain diamond cuts looks best on different hand sizes and shapes. So before you go hunting for that rock, take a look at your future fiancΓ©’s hand. Take a really, really good look. Then keep this in mind:

For Short Hand Shapes

If she has square-shaped palms with short fingers, go for a smaller sized diamond. A shorter, tiny hand looks best with a smaller-sized gem because then everything appears to be delightfully proportioned.

Don’t worry; this doesn’t mean her diamond will be dinky. Smaller sized diamonds look bigger on short hand shapes than they do on long, wide, or thin hand shapes, so the diamond will look appropriately large on her hand. Don’t pick bulkier cuts for her little finger.

Keeping the carat size on the smaller side means you have more room in your budget to focus on the colour and clarity of her diamond; the spellbinding sparkle of the rock that makes her friends go “ooh” and “ahh.”

Shapes to Wear:

  • Small Round
  • Asscher
  • Marquise
  • Princess
  • Oval
  • Pear

Shapes to Avoid:

  • Large Round
  • Emerald
  • Heart

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For Long Hand Shapes

A bride with rectangular palms and long fingers has many options, because long fingers accommodate many different diamond shapes. Round and princess diamonds tend to be the most popular choices, but if she is a little less traditional, an emerald could be the one.

Long fingers also allow you to explore options that are off the beaten track, like an asymmetrical-set oval cut diamond.

Shapes to Wear:

  • Round
  • Emerald
  • Cushion
  • Princess
  • Oval
  • Asscher

Shapes to Avoid:

  • Marquise
  • Radiant
  • Pear

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For Wide Hand Shapes

A woman with broad palms and wide fingers has more room for a heftier diamond. If she fits this hand type, it’s best to find the cut that allows for minimal skin to show on both sides of the rock because this will slenderize the finger. Don’t pick dainty shapes that will appear too frail for her strong hand.

A cluster of diamonds makes a wide finger look slim!

Ladies with wider fingers have more room to play with, which can be fun. She can pull off a larger than average carat size, a rock cluster, or something a little bolder.

Shapes to Wear:

  • Round diamond with cluster
  • Radiant
  • Marquise (Set on the horizontal!)
  • Princess
  • Oval
  • Pear

Shapes to Avoid:

  • Marquise (Traditional)
  • Emerald

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For Thin Hand Shapes

Trying to determine which rings flatter a woman with oval palms and narrow fingers is like trying to see which clothes looks good on Gisele Bundchen, pretty much everything works! Because of this, focus your choice of shape based on her sense of style and fashion preferences. Is she classic? Go for a round or princess cut? Is she edgy? Try the emerald cut.

Also note that many people make the mistake of buying too many carats for a slender finger. You don’t want to give her premature arthritis, so think about proportion.

Shapes to Wear:

  • Round
  • Emerald
  • Cushion
  • Princess
  • Oval
  • Pear

Shapes to Avoid:

  • Radiant
  • Heart

Ultimately, the diamond most flattering for her finger will be the diamond that is given with love. When you put your heart and soul into picking the perfect diamond shape, she’ll know, and be proud to show off the diamond you picked just for her."

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10 Different Diamond Cuts

10 different cuts of diamonds

"The round cut diamond is the most popular cut since 1919. Roughly 75% of all diamonds sold are of this variety. Round diamonds usually costs 25-35% more than other cuts because of two reasons; One, the demand is very high and two, the yield is very low. This means that a lot of the stone has to be removed to make this shape.  Due to its proportion and symmetry, they utilize the reflection of light equally, thus giving out its maximum brightness.

The princess cut diamond was first created in 1980 and is the most popular fancy cut available. It is usually used for engagement rings and works with any style of rings, making it a popular choice. It’s a bit less expensive than round diamonds because a princess cut diamond can be made with a half of a whole diamond.

Cushion cut diamonds are a square cut with rounded corners. It has been around for 200 years and is popular for people who prefer the classic look. Refinements in the cutting process have recently made this cut more popular.

Emerald cut diamonds are most probably the most unique cut available. Only 3% of diamonds in the world are emerald cut. They have a very vintage and distinct look. It has a very subtle sparkle and it has a tendency to look larger due to the nature of its cut. This is known as the hall of mirrors effect. The cut creates flashes of light that contrasts the dark planes of the cut. Emerald cut diamonds costs 15-25% less than round cut diamonds.

The Asscher cut diamond is very similar to the emerald cut. It was created back in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers, hence the name. Asscher cut diamonds were very popular back in the 1920’s, that’s why they are mostly seen in antique shops. Recently, they have made modifications with the Asscher cut that gave it more brilliance, making this cut more popular.

Radiant cut diamonds were more popular back in the 1980’s. It is a bridge between the princess cut and the cushion cut. It is a square cut diamond with brilliant-cut surface pattern, which makes it really beautiful. It has a very modern look, combining the brilliance of round diamonds and the elegance of emerald cut diamonds, making really popular nowadays.

Oval diamonds were first created back in the 1960’s. It is a brilliant cut diamond, like round diamonds, but it gives the illusion of a larger size. It has the same brilliance with the round diamond, making this popular with those who want a more unique look. The shape also gives the wearer the illusion of more slender fingers.

Marquise diamonds are very distinct due its football-shaped appearance. It was created for King Louis XIV, who wanted a stone carved into the shape of what he described as “the perfect mouth”. It has a elongated shape, maximising the entire surface of the diamond and tends to give off the illusion of greater size.

The pear diamond is a combination of the round and marquise cut diamond. It has a conical point on one end and gives the wearer the illusion of elongated fingers. It typically possesses a very good symmetry, but most can only appreciate its beauty in larger sizes.

Heart cut diamonds are obviously made to represent love. It's a modified brilliant-cut diamond and is popular for pendants and rings. To fully appreciate the design, the diamond should be more than .50 carats.

So, those are the most popular diamond cuts. When choosing a diamond, make sure to know what you really like. Do you prefer the vintage look? Or the more brilliant type? But, above all the criteria stated, what’s really important when buying a diamond is the memory. Despite the particular diamond cut you choose, they are forever so make sure you love it."

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These days non-diamond rings are getting popular.  So, if you're looking for something a little bit more "jazzy", here's a few different ideas for stones.

Types of gemstones that can be used in Engagement rings

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"Gemstone Engagement Rings

Non-diamond engagement rings are becoming almost as popular as traditional diamond engagement rings. Below are links to colourful a la mode gemstones which are suitable for eye-catching engagement rings.

Coloured Diamond Engagement Rings

Are you searching for traditional classic diamond engagement rings, or exquisite coloured diamond engagement rings? Use our helpful links below to find out more about the different types of coloured diamonds and diamond engagement ring styles.

Black Diamond Engagement Rings For a unique engagement ring that makes a statement.

Yellow Diamond Engagement Rings As one of the most popular types of fancy diamond engagement rings, yellow diamond engagement rings come in a wide range of beautiful soft to intense yellow shades.

Blue Diamond Engagement Rings From cool icy tones to rich warm summer blues, blue diamond engagement rings are famous for their depth, flash and fire.

Pink Diamond Engagement Rings Made with one of the rarest types of diamonds in shades of subtle coral to vivid rose, pink diamond engagement rings definitely make a romantic statement."

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Even if you're on a budget, there are plenty of engagement ring options available in our shop on the High Street in Kirkcaldy near the old cinema.

Pop in any time between between 10am and 4pm Tuesday to Saturday or give Richard or Jackie a call on 01592 264305

We will be honoured to help you choose a beautiful ring which is both affordable and will stand the test of time.

Here's a map with directions and our address below. We hope this has helped,  thanks for reading and we hope to see you soon!

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

What’s On In And Around Kirkcaldy This Weekend (Week Mon 19th June 2017) https://t.co/N3aqJb4Lzt


Source: @AKCampbellSons June 20, 2017 at 02:12PM
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What’s On In And Around Kirkcaldy This Weekend (Week Mon 19th June 2017)

If you’re out and about at the weekend, why not come see us in our shop on Kirkcaldy High Street and we can help you choose a beautiful piece of jewellery to wow on your night or day out.  Visit our website: https://www.akcampbell.co.uk/kirkcaldy

Or give Richard or Jackie a call on: 01592 264305 (We get unique pieces in constantly.)

As usual, we’ll break this post into:

Stuff to do with families, walkable pets, pubs, restaurants, gigs and things we just think look fun.
 

Family days out

 

Scotland's Secret Bunker - Secret Bunker Fife

 

"For 40 years Scotland kept a secret!
 
Hidden beneath an innocent Scottish farmhouse lies Scotland’s Secret Bunker. 2014 marked the 20th anniversary since the Bunker opened to the public, unveiling 40 years of secrets. We invite you to take the journey down the 450 foot tunnel and through the blast doors to discover the secrets of the bunker, which was built to help safeguard Scotland during the Cold War in the event of a nuclear attack.
 
The Secret Bunker lies 100 feet underground and is the size of two football pitches, one on top of the other so there is plenty of exploring to do! Come and discover how Scotland would have been governed from the depths of Fife and how they would have survived a nuclear attack from the most deadly bombs!"

 
Scotland’s Secret Bunker, Troywood, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 8QH
Enter the postcode KY16 8QH into your Sat Nav to find them.
Open 10am - last admittance at 5pm
Prices: Family with 2 adults and 2 children £33.00
 
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The Scottish Deer Centre

 

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"The Scottish Deer Centre is set in the Fife countryside and covers over 55 acres. Our collection includes 14 species of Deer from around the world, Fife's only Wolf pack, Otters and other rare Scottish species including the Wildcat. We also host Raptor World Bird of Prey centre!
 
Spend a day at the SDC looking at our many species with Play areas inside and out for the children, Ranger tours and daily Bird of Prey shows."

 

The Scottish Deer Centre
Bow of Fife
Cupar
KY15 4NQ

Telephone
01337 810391

For SATNAV use ....
KY15 4NQ

Opening Hours: Open every day (except Christmas and New Years Day)
1st July - 31st August: 10am - 5:30pm
1st Sept - 30th June: 10am - 4:30pm
Family 2+2 £26.00
 
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Dog walk of the week - don't need a dog!!
 

Silver Sands Beach Aberdour

 
Picture of silver sands beach in Aberdour Fife

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"If you want to be transported to a tropical beach then visit Silversands. The water is crystal clear and the beach itself is award winning.
 
Silver Sands offers the freshness and variety of the seaside as well as the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. The shoreline has views to the Islands of Inchmickery and Inchcolm where there is a famous Abby. The Fife coastal path passes by this beach.

 
 

Pub of the week

 

Penny Farthing Kirkcaldy

 
Picture of the Penny Farthing on Kirkcaldy High Street, along the other end from A K Campbell jewellers

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"The Penny has been a historical part of Kirkcaldy high Street for nearly 40 years. We guarantee a warm, traditional and friendly atmosphere."

33-35 High Street
Kirkcaldy

Hours:
11am - 11pm Monday and Tuesday
11am - 12am Wed to Sat
12pm - 12am Sun

More info here...

 
 

Restaurant of the week

 

Giovannis Restaurant

 
Giovannis restaurant in Kirkcaldy about a 10 minute walk from A K Campbell and Son Kirkcaldy

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"A friendly restaurant with the best food and service in town."

Address: 66A Dunnikier Rd, Kirkcaldy KY1 2QN
Hours:
Tues to Sunday 5 - 11pm

Sun closed

Phone: 01592 200659

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Gigs

 

Kirkcaldy - Beyond Jovi Live in Fife!

Beyond Jovi at the Windsor Hotel in Kirkcaldy

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Beyond Jovi's first foray to the Kingdom of Fife!

Tickets priced £7 and will be available from the Windsor Hotel in Kirkcaldy and etickets using the link below

https://app.etickets.to/buy/?e=14884

Windsor Hotel Kirkcaldy
Friday at 8 PM - 11:59 PM
 
 

Silent Disco @ the Dean Park, Kirkcaldy

 

Dean Park Kirkcaldy silent disco

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"Tickets are available to purchase at the Dean Park's reception priced at £6 per ticket.*

Ticket numbers are limited so act quickly to avoid disappointment.

Dust off your dancing shoes guys, we can't wait to see you there! πŸ•ΊπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸ»

*there will be a £10 headphone deposit (per set) payable on the night and refunded when returned."

Saturday at 8 PM

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Things we just think look fun

 

The Fort - Walk On - 25th June

The fort walk Kirkcaldy

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"Everyone is welcome! There is no need to pre-book. Just turn up and we'll sort you out! :-)

Kick-Off: 10AM
FPS Limits:
Pistol/AEG: 360fps
Sniper/DMR: 500fps
Food: Burger Van
Cost:
£20 Walk-on
£35 Gun hire + Walk-on
£45 Full hire + 5000 BB's + Walk-on

Plenty of Hire Guns available.

ALL GUNS WILL BE CHRONO'D & TAGGED. Anyone caught with a hot gun or dense ammo during a game will be banned from both of our sites.

We'll be on site at 8:00am. Be ready to Skirmish by 9:45AM for safety brief. We'll be kicking off the games as sharp as we can."

Sunday at 9 AM - 5 PM
The Fort Fife
Strathore Road, KY1 4DY Kirkcaldy, Fife

 

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Royal Highland Show 2017

 

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"Come and join us at the Royal Highland Show and meet our award-winning nutritional team for helpful advice, free samples and money-off vouchers."

June 22 – June 25
Ingliston, EH28 8NB Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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There you have it for another week, we hope you find something interesting to do here and have a great weekend, here’s hoping for sunshine!
 
Disclaimer:  A K Campbell and Sons are not affiliated with any event or outing we share here, it’s just stuff we think is fun and so, if you have any problems you have to go to the organisers of the event or whatever, not us!
 
Basically, we’re not being paid by anyone to post for them or making any money from any sales i.e tickets etc. And, if injured, it’s on your own head!
You are legally responsible for yourselves! πŸ™‚
 
What are you up to this weekend, got anything to add?  Comment below!
 
Hopefully see you in our shop on Kirkcaldy High Street soon!

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