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Leisure, parks, events & venues - Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Update, 24 March

Making Waves Festival

Due to COVID-19 our Making Waves Festival scheduled for 18 and 19 July has been cancelled.

We are working closely with our partners including Event Scotland to look into rescheduling the event for summer 2021.

Year of Coast and Waters

Two of the events that were part of the Year of Coast and Waters schedule in North Ayrshire have been cancelled or postponed:

Signal at Dusk was due to take place from 21 May – 24 May at Irvine Beach, it’s been postponed until September.

The Fife Regatta was due to take place from 4 June – 12 June starting and finishing in Largs. This has been cancelled.

Update, 23 March

New guidance on playparks, car parks, public toilets and open spaces

We have become concerned about the large number of people who have been gathering in various locations across North Ayrshire.

Despite well-publicised guidance calling for social distancing, large numbers of people are continuing to gather in parks, seafronts and other locations.

As a result, North Ayrshire Council has today (Monday, March 23) agreed that we will:

  • close all playparks to prevent parents and children touching the same play equipment, in an effort to reduce the possibility of transmission of Coronavirus
  • close Largs seafront car park to discourage the large numbers of people who have disregarded advice to stay indoors and have gathered in the promenade area in large numbers
  • close all public toilets which remain under Council ownership
  • monitor usage of Eglinton Country Park and Irvine Beach Park with the decision on access remaining subject to review

While we would encourage people to continue to exercise and go outside, this should be done in a safe manner which restricts the possibility of close contact with others.

COVID-19 outdoor access guidance

Please follow Government advice:

  • One outing for exercise per day - walk, run or cycle, alone or with members of your household.
  • Stay local - don't get in your car to drive to other areas.
  • Keep your distance - Stay at least 2 m away from other people when out and about, but do call a friendly greeting or give a wave.
  • Dogs need to be kept on a lead or under close control, do not let them approach others and as always pick up and remove all waste. 

Update, 20 March

Leisure facilities

The Harbour Arts Centre, Heritage Centre and Irvine Townhouse are closed for the foreseeable future.  If you have a wedding arranged at the Townhouse our Registration Team are doing their best to fulfill these bookings, please contact your Registrar to discuss.

Halls and community centres will be closed to external lets from close of business Friday 20 March.

Eglinton Country Park remains open as a public space but the cafe, visitors centre and toilets are now closed.

Greenwood Conference Centre will remain open for back office work until 4.30pm on Friday 27 March.

We note there are significant equalities issues in the closure of our public North Ayrshire Libraries and other facilities. We considered these issues, and the lack of available time to consult, and took the view that, notwithstanding such impacts, closure was a proportionate and necessary step.