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Tales of home this winter with Homecoming Scotland 2014 events

27 Nov 2014

Featuring Station Stories by Sven Warner, Ae Spark o’ Nature’s Fire and The Home Straits

Pop-up theatre, fire sculptures, music and poetry are on offer during November and December as part of finale events celebrating Homecoming Scotland 2014. Taking place across the country in a variety of exiting and unusual place, check out these brand…

A guide to Christmas ice skating in Scotland

21 Nov 2014

Including rinks in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Motherwell and Perth

Princes Street Gardens Ice Rink The Princes Street Gardens Ice Rink has become a Christmas tradition in the city, with the stunning location beneath the castle hard to beat for setting the Christmas tone. Separate kids and adults ice discos are…

A guide to Christmas ice skating in Manchester

21 Nov 2014

Head to rinks in the city centre, Salford, Bolton and Tameside

Manchester Ice Rink This outdoor rink has a viewing terrace and onsite bar to keep everyone happy. There’s a big screen above the rink where Christmas films and music will be shown, as well as Christmas markets nearby. Spinning Fields, 10.30am–9pm…

Final details for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations revealed

17 Nov 2014

Including a Torchligh Procession through city centre, mini-festival Scot:Lands and the Loony Dook

The final programme for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations were announced today. Opening proceedings is the much-loved Torchlight Procession (Tue 30 Dec), in which 8 000 torchbearers will take to the streets to walk from George IV Bridge through the…

St Andrew's Day 2014 Scottish-wide celebrations revealed

12 Nov 2014

Over 200 events planned including Nessie hunting, skiing, theatre performances and local cuisine tas

People across the country are being encouraged to celebrate Scotland’s national day with a St Andrew’s day out. There are over 200 venues hosting special events throughout November. Everyone can take advantage of a wide range of free admission, 2 for…

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The best St Andrew's Day events in Glasgow and Edinburgh 2014

11 Nov 2014

Including St Andrew Square celebrations, The Saltire Spectacular and Glasgow Loves St Andrew's Day

St Andrew’s Day Celebration at Scottish Storytelling Centre Got your dancing shoes ready? St Andrew’s festivities at the Scottish Storytelling Centre begin with Café Ceilidh and a celebration of George Mackay Brown. At the weekend, there are…

A guide to the best winter events 2014

11 Nov 2014

Including Glasgow Loves Christmas, Scotland Street Santa School and Glasgow Comic and Toy Fair

After an ever more successful return year on year, Edinburgh’s Christmas (various venues, Edinburgh, Fri 21 Nov–Sun 4 Jan) is now bigger than ever, with fairs, markets, ice rinks, and theatre shows focused on St Andrew Square and the surrounding area.

Christmas 2014: Top five Scottish craft markets

7 Nov 2014

Including Scotland Re:Designed, FaD Festive Shop & Designer Market and the 3D/ 2D Fair

Scotland Re:Designed A department store, but not as you know it. Local designers get a chance to emerge from their studios for this four-month pop-up shop in Ocean Terminal. Pick up items from ERIBÉ Knitwear, Iona Crawford and Kirsteen Stewart.

Five Reasons to go to Previously … Scotland's History Festival

6 Nov 2014

Enjoy gin, Frankie Boyle, flyting, historical food and the supernatural at this diverse festival

Think of the gin Edinburgh Gin Distillery will let you search through their finest wares while learning about the history of Mother's Ruin. No celebration is complete without a drink or three, not even a historical festival. Bonus: an afternoon at the…

A guide to bonfire night fireworks display events in and around Chester 2014

5 Nov 2014

Including celebrations in city centre, Ellesmere Port, Frodsham, Halton, Tarporley and Whitchurch

Celebrate Guy Fawkes night at one of the many events happening in Cheshire this year. In Chester city there’s the Fireworks Fun Night at Chester Racecourse (Sat 8 Nov), where live music, a fun fair, face painting and clowns will keep the wee ones…

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A guide to the bonfire night fireworks display events in and around Liverpool 2014

5 Nov 2014

Including celebrations in the city centre, Birkenhead, Wirral, Wallasey and St Helens

‘Remember, remember, the fifth of November’. That’s tonight, so get celebrating if you're in Liverpool at one of the two city celebrations taking place in Newsham Park and Sefton Park. Both have a bonfire to keep the chill away and fireworks starting at…

A guide to the bonfire night fireworks display events in and around Bristol and Bath 2014

29 Oct 2014

Including celebrations in the city centres, Lydney, Weston-super-Mare, Dursley and Westbury

‘Remember, remember, the fifth of November.’ In Bristol there’s the free Fireworks Party at the Trinity Centre (Sun 2 Nov), or the Downend Fireworks Show (Fri 7 Nov) – a charity event with a kids display at 6.30pm before the main display at 7.30pm. Or…

A guide to the bonfire night fireworks display events in and around Leeds and Bradford 2014

29 Oct 2014

Including fireworks displays in the city centres, Wetherby, Bingley, Haworth, Keighley and Skipton

Celebrate Bonfire Night with a bang at one of the many fireworks evenings planned in and around Leeds and Bradford. In Leeds city there’s the free Bramley Park Fireworks Display (Sat 1 Nov) starting at 7.45pm or a display in East End Park (Wed 5 Nov…

A guide to the bonfire night fireworks display events in and around Dundee 2014

27 Oct 2014

Including fireworks displays in the city centre, Angus and Fife

If you’re in Dundee the night that Guy Fawkes failed to blow up the King, head to the free Lochee Park Firework Display (Wed 5 Nov), or the Baxter Park Firework Display (Wed 5 Nov), also free, but with the added bonus of live music and entertainment for…

A guide to the bonfire night fireworks display events in and around Southampton and Portsmouth 2014

24 Oct 2014

Including fireworks displays 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…

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A guide to the bonfire night fireworks display events in and around Manchester 2014

23 Oct 2014

Including fireworks displays 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…

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…

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A guide to the bonfire night fireworks display events in and around Glasgow 2014

21 Oct 2014

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

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 free and family friendly, with a fun fair from 4.30pm and…

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 the bonfire night fireworks display events in and around Birmingham 2014

20 Oct 2014

Including fireworks displays in the city centre, Solihull, Tamworth, Bewdley and Bromsgrove

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 the additional bonus of live music, dancers and a…

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…

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…