The weather is still wintry but looking ahead at this year’s calendar reveals plenty to look forward to.

We’ve selected five of the most eye-catching events from festivals and gigs to comedy and stage shows.

So take your pick, plan ahead and make the most of what is on offer to get you out and about in Ayrshire over the coming months.

Kelburn Garden Party

Kelburn Garden Party is back for another year, bringing psychedelic vibes to Kelburn Castle and proving why it is “the best festival in Scotland”, according to The Skinny.

The Ayrshire festival famous for its eclectic mix of music, art and adventure will take over the enchanting Secret Forest in Largs from Friday, July 3 til Monday, July 6, playing host to acts like Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5, Gentlemen’s Dub Club and Leftfield.

Festival-goers can also enjoy art installations, pop-up events and even special retreats where they can nurse their hangover.

With various kids and family attractions meaning that mini ravers can dance the night away, too, Kelburn is an inclusive experience and a real highlight of the Ayrshire Summer calendar.

Nathan Carter

Country sensation Nathan Carter brings his brand-new album ‘Irish Heartland’ to the Palace Theatre on Sunday, April 26, following his immense success with previously sold-out tours across the UK and Ireland.

Having outsold pop acts such as One Direction and Michael Buble, the Celtic singer is guaranteed to put on a foot-stomping, upbeat show in Kilmarnock in a few months’ time.

Tickets are £29 and can be found on the East Ayrshire Leisure website.

The Jersey Notes

Fans of the West End musical The Jersey Boys need to get themselves down to this fun-filled night at Cumnock Town Hall on Saturday, February 15, as tribute act The Jersey Notes recreate the sound of internationally renowned band The Four Seasons.

Performing instantly recognising songs including Big Girls Don’t Cry and Oh What A Night (Dec 63) along with impressive vocals, slick hairstyles and some cheesy dance moves thrown in for good measure, this is sure to be a great night out.

Treat yourself to an evening of nostalgia as they magically transport you to the 1960s and 70s.

Support comes from X Factor Runner up Nicholas Macdonald and tickets can be secured by phoning the venue.

Janey Godley’s Soup Pot Tour 2020

Comedy legend Janey Godley brings her Soup Pot Tour 2020 to the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock on Thursday, March 5.

Having recently appeared on satirical quiz shows such as BBC’s Have I Got News for You and BBC Scotland’s Breaking the News, get ready for side-splitting stand-up, bold banter and hilarious voice-overs from this unapologetic comic who always punches up.

Ms Godley is best known for her jokes about marrying into a gangster family and tackling tough subjects such as her mother’s murder and child abuse.

The challenging content doesn’t stop the laughs, with Billy Connolly calling her a “F****ing great comic”.

Phone or email East Ayrshire Leisure’s Box Office to book your tickets before it sells out.

Little Mix

Girl power comes to Ayrshire on Saturday, July 25, as pop sensation Little Mix headline Ayr Racecourse.

Having completed their hugely successful LM5 Tour last year, the international girl band are sure to rock the Ayr stage with hits such as Black Magic, Shout Out to My Ex and Wings.

The group have dropped exciting hints about potentially releasing a new album this year.

A new single, Bounce Back, is set to hit the airwaves on June 14 ahead of their Ayr performance.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and start from £50.