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Misadventures in Wonderland: Edinburgh International Science Festival

24 Apr 2014

Our intrepid columnist Alice makes slime, touches a heart and makes giant bubbles

What is the Science Festival? It's packed full of activities to learn about our bodies. I went to the City Art Centre but there's other bits scattered about. It's, and I'm sorry if this causes offence, a lot more glossy than I thought it would be. It…

Edinburgh International Science Festival examines the science of whisky

24 Mar 2014

Scotland's national drink will go under the microscope at two GastroFest events

I have, I’m told, an excellent nose. It once helped me get a job at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. I still take it to work with me every day, because there’s nothing like whisky to make you realise the extraordinary range and perceptiveness of human…

Edinburgh International Science Festival finds room to grow at Summerhall

24 Mar 2014

The former veterinary school is now home to a wide range of family-friendly science events

For decades it was the home of scientific enquiry and medical research – so what better venue for Edinburgh International Science Festival to move into, than the former veterinary hospital-turned arts complex, Summerhall? One of a number of venues…

Edinburgh International Science Festival emphasises hands-on skills with Making It strand

24 Mar 2014

'People are using the products of a science literate society to develop new technologies'

In one of the flagship strands of this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival, Making It will reintroduce audiences to ‘maker culture’ and the sense that the sciences aren’t just a spectator experience, following on from the success of last…

Edinburgh International Science Festival 2014 presents nighttime LateLab strand

24 Mar 2014

The evening events will include a synæsthesia session and a Soylent Green screening

Presenting science for an evening crowd has proven to be such a winner that the Edinburgh International Science Festival’s LateLab strand has now rolled out across the year in a series of quarterly events, with a dozen of them being held within the…

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Edinburgh International Science Festival 2014: 5 GastroFest highlights

24 Mar 2014

Including Jelly & Gin's Sensation, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and The Feast of the Commonwealth

Sensation Edinburgh-based food pioneers Jelly & Gin host a sequel of sorts to last year’s Sensory Dining, with a selection of delicious food installations designed to explore the flavours, textures, shapes and smells of our food. Summerhall…

The Isle of Skye offers more arts and culture than you may think

21 Mar 2014

The island is home to a bustling calendar of visual art, live contemporary music and film events

The devastatingly good looking isle of Skye doesn’t like being patronised. ‘Please don’t call us “remote”,’ one local tells me with only half a smile, as we eat slippery langoustines and pints in the bar of the Eilean Iarmain hotel on a Saturday night.

Misadventures in Wonderland: Stand Up Paddling

21 Mar 2014

Our intrepid columnist Alice attempts to find her sea legs

What's SUP? I promise I won't make that joke again. Stand Up Paddling is like stand up kayaking on a surf board. You have a paddle, a wetsuit, a life jacket and your board, and the idea is you have a serene time on some of Scotland's best stretches of…

5 reasons to check out BBC Radio 4’s Character Invasion Day

21 Mar 2014

The station will be invading the BBC's Glasgow Pacific Quay base

1. It’s a unique chance to discover the inner workings of the BBC This is a day of nationwide events and programmes centred on characters featured on Radio 4, from Alan Partridge to Zaphod Beeblebrox, and the BBC’s impressive Glasgow Pacific Quay base…

Roddy Woomble, Rachel Sermanni and more announced for Bannockburn Live

19 Mar 2014

The celebration of Scottish culture will take place in June 2014

Roddy Woomble, Julie Fowlis and Rachel Sermanni are among the music acts announced for Bannockburn Live, a new festival commemorating the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. The event, which will take place on Sat 28 & Sun 29 Jun, will…

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Events round-up: International Women’s Day 2014

25 Feb 2014

Marking IWD with everything from parkour to breakfast

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh will be honouring International Women’s Day with some excellent events on and around the big day of Saturday 8 March. In the west, explore the lives of ladyfolk from thousands of years ago with a talk about ‘Women in Ancient…

5 reasons to see Keith Partridge: Another Day at the Office

25 Feb 2014

1. Get jealous about his job ‘I’m an 'adventure cameraman', says the 46-year-old, who was raised in Norfolk and is based in Fife. ‘So think of the stuff you've seen on TV or at the cinema that looks pretty adventurous and wonder how they managed to…

Events round-up: Middle Eastern Festival of Spirituality and Peace 2014

25 Feb 2014

The annual festival aims to counteract the media's narrow focus on the region’s political battles

While the cultural image of the Middle East is too often overshadowed by the region’s political battles as displayed in the news, this part of the world remains one of the most richly diverse in terms of its art and culture. The 11th Edinburgh…

Shrek theme park to open in London in summer 2015

24 Feb 2014

The attraction will be run by Merlin Entertainment, who also operate Madame Tussauds

A new theme park inspired by the adventures of Shrek is set to open in summer 2015. Shrek’s Far Far Away Adventure will open just ahead of Shrek's 15 year anniversary, and will feature an interactive walkthrough adventure, a character courtyard where…

Programme launched for Edinburgh International Science Festival 2014

14 Feb 2014

This year's festival aims to uncover the 'Science at the Heart of Everything'

'Science at the Heart of Everything' is the tagline for the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2014, which launched this morning. The festival, which will take place from Sat 5–Sun 20 Apr, hopes to bring together adults, children, students and…

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Artist Helen McCook discusses kids' embroidery event The Big Stitch Up!

28 Jan 2014

Back in the day, learning how to work magic with a sewing needle was essential for schoolchildren (well, the girls anyway). Opportunities for today’s young generation to get creative with fabric are few and far between – but Birmingham-based embroidery…

Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2014: a round-up of the best events

24 Jan 2014

The Glasgow Film Fest's youth strand presents films about young people for all ages

You might not think it at first glance, but the Glasgow Youth Film Festival isn’t just for children and teens. Now in its sixth year, the ten-day event attracts audiences of all ages to see its showcase of films about young people. Aside from the…

Burns Night 2014 - events round-up

21 Jan 2014

A selection of the suppers, ceilidhs and flings held in honour of the Bard's birthday

In this year of all years, the annual celebration of the Bard of Ayrshire Robert Burns’ life takes on a different tone, surely impressing a sense of national cultural pride upon both sides of the independence debate. If you’re celebrating somewhere…

5 Reasons to go to Mammoths of the Ice Age

21 Jan 2014

The prehistoric pachyderms are set to take over Edinburgh's National Museum of Scotland

1 Mammoths are cool The humble elephant’s woolly ancestors were fascinating creatures, existing up to 55 million years ago along with their shorter, stockier cousins, the mastodons. This brand new exhibition explores the everyday lives of these animals…

Celebrate the legacy of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, on Burns Night

7 Jan 2014

Find an event or create your own with our handy guide to Burns Suppers

It’s important, during the winter months, to keep in contact with close friends and loved ones. The cold weather and dark nights are best combatted with a mixture of food, drink and merriment, and while Christmas and Hogmanay go some way to making sure…

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Best Hogmanay events in Edinburgh and Glasgow 2013

12 Dec 2013

How to spend the Christmas holidays, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in Scotland

The best events in Glasgow and Edinburgh for Hogmanay 2013/2014. Plus, all the places open on New Year's Day. 1 Watch some pop lords. The former assistant editor of Smash Hits (that’s Neil Tennant, fact fans) and Chris Lowe bring their deadpan, yet…

A Dickens Christmas and Forgotten Carols ensure a very literary Christmas

9 Dec 2013

Both events celebrate the history of the holiday via lesser known folk songs and A Christmas Carol

Cast your imagination back to London at the beginning of the 19th century: it’s smelly, it’s dirty, it’s smoggy, and there’s a begging urchin on every street. No wonder the world of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel A Christmas Carol was so appealing. It…

Grant Stott shares his recommendation for what to do this Christmas

9 Dec 2013

The panto star and local celebrity will be heading to Edinburgh's Christmas - if he gets the time

It’s a funny time of the year for me: my home city is at its busiest, but I tend to always miss out due to my panto commitments. I guess I’m looking at this as something I *3wish*2 I could enjoy for myself this Christmas – and it’s a neat combination of…

The Star Flyer and Big Wheel - just two skyscraping attractions at Edinburgh's Christmas

26 Nov 2013

This year’s star attractions promise views you won't get anywhere else

There can surely be fewer bigger or brighter signs that the Christmas jamboree is in town than the arrival of the Big Wheel in East Princes Street Gardens Terrace. It’s as much a part of Edinburgh’s landscape for the festive season as the Castle and…

Edinburgh's Christmas - kids' events round-up

26 Nov 2013

From Santa's Grotto to Christmas Crafternoons, there's something to capture the kiddies' imagination

It is, of course, a massive cliché to say that this time of year is all about the children. But when you look at the amazing array of events laid on for the nippers this Christmas and New Year, you know it’s true. Naturally, Santa is going to be…