Take full advantage of this year's extra day with music, comedy, workshops, exhibitions and much more
30 days has September, April, June, and November… But do you know what's special about February this year? That's right, that all-elusive leap day has come around once more, and it's all the more special in 2020 because it falls on a Saturday. A whole 24 hours offers a lot of possibilities when it comes to entertainment, so we've done most of the work for you, and selected all the best things you can do this leap day in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
If the weather is not in your favour, the Scottish capital has plenty of indoor activities to offer. A great option for the entire family would be a trip to the Edinburgh Playhouse for The Lion King (until Sat 18 Apr), as the tale of lion cub Simba comes alive before your very eyes. Other options for theatre lovers include Dial M For Murder (King's Theatre) and Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti (Royal Lyceum Theatre, until Sat 21 Mar).
Still indoors, there are also plenty of exhibitions across a variety of topics that will surely appeal to all ages. You can celebrate the life of the acclaimed painter at Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing (The Queen's Gallery, until Sun 15 Mar), be in awe of the ferociousness of the great Tyrannosaurs (National Museum of Scotland, until Mon 4 May) or browse through Portuguese artist Paula Rego's work at Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, until Sun 19 Apr). Edinburgh is your oyster!
Further afield in Glasgow there is also plenty to do this leap day. The Glasgow Film Festival is taking over the city until Sun 8 Mar with plenty of screenings for all tastes, whilst young book lovers can mark the leap year by making some slime at a Leap Year Party (Waterstone's Argyle Street). Want a colourful and animated leap day? Then why not head along to Boteco do Brazil for their carnival Mardi Gras party, or celebrate Japanese culture at the Hina Matsuri Japanese Spring Festival (Kibble Palace).
If the weather isn't great, you can head indoors for a variety of events. Sit back and take in some great storytelling with We are in Time (Tramway), a unique production about a transplanted heart, Kieran Hurley's critically acclaimed look at class consciousness in Mouthpiece (Tron Theatre Bar), or take the little ones to Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre's Three Bears (Scottish Mask and Puppet Theatre).
Once the kids go to bed, why not go along to Leyla Josephine: Daddy Drag (Tron Theatre Bar), as she attempts to understand what it means to be a father through drag. For a good old laugh, there is always the Rotunda Comedy Club (Rotunda Bar & Diner, every Sat).
There is definitely no excuse for you not to enjoy this leap day, so go out and explore!
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When Tony discovers that his wealthy wife Sheila has been having an adulterous affair with crime writer Max, he decides to go to extreme lengths to keep his hands on her money. But will his plans survive their execution?
Written by: Roger Allers, Elton John (music), Tim Rice (lyrics), Mark Mancina (music & lyrics), Lebo M (music & lyrics), Hans Zimmer (music & lyrics), Julie Taymor (lyrics), Irene Mecchi
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