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A guide to bonfire and firework events in and around Southampton and Portsmouth 2014

24 Oct 2014

Including celebrations in the city centres, Beaulieu, Cosham and Gosport

South coasters, celebrate Guy Fawes night this year at one of the many events happening in the 'English Riviera'. In Southampton there’s a choice of displays at the Royal Victoria Country Park (Sat 8 Nov) or the Ageas Bowl (Fri 7 Nov). We’d probably…

A guide to bonfire and firework events in and around Manchester 2014

23 Oct 2014

Including celebrations in the city centre, Tyldesley, Darwen and Stockport

Find your local fireworks display Search It’s nearly time to celebrate Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt to kill the King again. Manchester is well-prepared, with a host of bonfire and firework events line-up this year to help you celebrate with…

Gordon Buchanan brings his Lost Adventures to Scottish audiences

23 Oct 2014

Wildlife cameraman and tv presenter is embarking on 20 night tour across the country

Wildlife cameraman and presenter of The Bear Family and Me, Gordon Buchanan will host an evening of anecdotes compiled from his many years among the furry, scaly and downright dangerous creatures that inhabit the rarely-visited corners of our planet.

New theatre show The Voice Thief explores female voices for the over-9s

22 Oct 2014

Promenade performance at Summerhall takes audience on an adventure through eight rooms at the venue

Got a troublesome daughter? A wife or girlfriend who speaks her mind a little too freely? A sister who won’t shut up? Venture along to Summerhall this November, and for a small fee the annoying female in your life can be rendered speechless. It’s a…

Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2014

22 Oct 2014

Storytellers from across the world including Germany, Portugal and New Zealand to take part

’Storytelling is an art of performance and community with elements of improvisation and live audience interaction ‘off the page’,’ says Scottish International Storytelling Festival director Donald Smith, by way of explaining how different his event is…

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The best kids events – Oct / Nov 2014

22 Oct 2014

Including Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play, The Voice Thief and Big Ears, Little Ears

Family Arts Day: The Big Draw Join the nationwide celebration of the pencil and get drawing at this event inspired by Roald Dahl’s book, The BFG. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 17 Oct. Charlie And Lola’s Extremely New Play CBeebies…

A guide to bonfire and firework events in and around Glasgow 2014

21 Oct 2014

Including celebrations in the city centre, Clydebank, Paisley, Motherwell, Airdrie and Cumbernauld

Find your local fireworks display Search Glaswegians – get your gunpowder fix this year at one of the many events lined up to celebrate Guy Fawes night. In the city, head to Glasgow Green for a huge firework display on Wed 5 Nov. It’s…

Company Chordelia's Dance Derby set to tour Scotland

21 Oct 2014

Fascinating insight into how financial depression drove 1930s Americans to gruelling dance marathons

Lack of sleep, physical exhaustion, blisters, the ever-present risk of public humiliation – today they’re the consequences of a drunken night on the town. But in 1930s America, it was a very different kind of dance floor that brought about such…

A guide to bonfire and firework events in and around Birmingham 2014

20 Oct 2014

Including celebrations in the city centre, Solihull, Tamworth, Bewdley and Bromsgrove

Find your local fireworks display Search As the nights get shorter (and colder), Bonfire Night gets closer and Birmingham is ready to celebrate. In the city itself, there is the Birmingham Fireworks Spectacular in Pype Hayes Park, with…

Highlights of Edinburgh's St Andrew's Day 2014 celebrations include The Hazey Janes

20 Oct 2014

Plus ice skating, ceilidh dancing, storytelling and a Scottish Market in St Andrew Square on 30 Nov

Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square will host a full day of free activities to mark St Andrew’s Day this year. From 10am–10pm on Sunday 30 November, a series of live music, dancing and storytelling events will take place in the square. Organised by…

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Preview: Night in the Garden 2014

20 Oct 2014

Edinburgh's Royal Botanical Gardens will be lit up at night throughout November

Throughout most of November, Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden is hosting its inaugural outdoor lighting festival. Visitors will be able to see the city’s celebrated gardens – which have been at their current Inverleith site since 1820 – illuminated…

A guide to bonfire and firework events in and around Edinburgh 2014

17 Oct 2014

Including celebrations in the city centre, Fife and East Lothian

Whether you live in Edinburgh, or close by, this year there are more events than ever to help you celebrate Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow up the House of Lords. If you’re in the city centre then head to Meadowbank Annual Fireworks Display on Wed…

A guide to bonfire and firework events in and around Wolverhampton 2014

17 Oct 2014

Including celebrations in the city centre, Stafford, Bilston, Shifnal and Telford

Celebrate Bonfire Night this year at one of the events taking place in and around Wolverhampton. In the city itself, head to West Park for a family-friendly Bonfire and Fireworks Night (Sat Nov 1). A kids fireworks display starts at 7pm and the bonfire…

Hallowe’en Round-up 2014

13 Oct 2014

Where to get your ghoul on when 31 October rolls round

Of all the inventive and entertaining events on offer across central Scotland to coincide with Hallowe’en this year, the opportunity to ‘dress as a plague victim’ at Night of the Black Death (Almond Valley, Livingston, Fri 31 Oct) is surely one of the…

Highlights of Edinburgh's Christmas and Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2014 programme

1 Oct 2014

Lily Allen, Al Murray, Briefs and Hot Dub Time Machine set to help city celebrate the festive period

Edinburgh's Christmas 2014/15 tickets are now on sale, with a programme that promises to be bigger and better than ever. Opening on Friday 21 Nov, the attractions span two locations in the heart of the city centre, at St Andrew Square and East…

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Simon Armitage and Bill Manhire headline StAnza poetry festival in 2015

1 Oct 2014

Sinéad Morrissey, Ian Duhig and Alice Notley also set to perform at annual event in St Andrews

StAnza, Scotland’s poetry festival, has revealed that Simon Armitage and New Zealand’s Poet Laureate Bill Manhire will be among its headliners for 2015. The annual event takes place in venues across St Andrews but has its hub at the Byre Theatre…

Edinburgh’s Christmas 2014 celebrations revealed

30 Sep 2014

Programme of festive markets, shows and events will kick off on Fri 21 Nov

Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations for 2014-15 were revealed this morning, at the Assembly Rooms on George Street. Run by Underbelly and Unique Events, this year’s collection of festive markets, attractions and performances will open on Friday 21…

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2014: Film highlights

19 Sep 2014

The annual arts fest features screenings of Ana Ana, The Crash Reel and Silver Linings Playbook

How’s your mental health? There is every chance you might have a lengthy answer to that question; and no less chance that you’d like to keep it to yourself. Mental health issues are vastly prevalent, but carry a stigma that can make them a good deal…

Head to the Highlands this Autumn!

19 Sep 2014

Homecoming Scotland 2014 has already enjoyed many brilliant moments over the past few months… but there are plenty more to come! Be part of it and check out the jam-packed Highland Homecoming programme; a two-month celebration of the very best of…

Ten days of music, film, comedy and spoken word at The Pleasance Sessions 2014

19 Sep 2014

Confirmed performers include The Twilight Trio, Vic Galloway, Roddy Hart, Neu! Reekie! and Paul Foot

It’s one of Edinburgh’s grandest venues, yet the Pleasance is often overlooked outside the month of August when it’s transformed into a bustling Fringe venue. Thankfully, after a successful first year – including a nomination for Best Small Festival at…

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Free monthly craft workshop Art Maker! for kids and parents alike

19 Sep 2014

Scottish National Gallery provides art materials and inspirational workshop setting

‘What a great place to hold an art workshop,’ said the Canadian man to his young son, as they both looked around the space. The young boy nodded before returning to the task at hand, the serious job of sticking his cabbages in the right place. The pair…

Illuminations: The Enchanted Forest and Night in the Garden

17 Sep 2014

Two festivals set to light up the autumn nights in Faskally Wood and Edinburgh's Botanical Gardens

For over a decade now, Faskally Wood has been drawing visitors from far and wide to see it spectacularly lit up and transformed into The Enchanted Forest. Even after Forestry Commission Scotland decided to stop putting on the event, a group of locals…

The Pictish Trail, Des Maclean and Alan Bissett among highlights of the Stirling Fringe 2014

16 Sep 2014

After the success of its launch last year, the Stirling Fringe is back for 2014. Running from Fri 19–Sun 28 Sep, the Fringe promises an array of colourful entertainment from both home-grown and international talent. With over 50 events, Stirling's…

Give your kids the chance to get creative through dance and drawing Tramway Family Day: Art Tracks

16 Sep 2014

'The event will allow children to explore natural materials, animal movement and sound'

There aren’t many cultural venues where the outside is as filled with potential as the inside. But with its abundance of treasures, Tramway – and the Hidden Gardens behind it – is perfectly placed to help children explore nature creatively. The latest…

Five Reasons to go to FRESH 14

15 Sep 2014

Glasgow University's freshers' fair promises free food, drink, dance and more

Drink up Far be it for us to perpetuate the broke student stereotype, but who says no to free food and drinks? There’ll be Keglevich vodka shots and Rekorderlig cider doing the rounds, plus Chicken Cottage and Crolla’s ice-cream. You know, all the…