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Stylish imagination on show at Edinburgh College of Art's SHOW 2015

24 Apr 2015

This year's circus of a catwalk show proves there's some real talent at ECA

Filligree fancy, kawaii whimsy, sci-fi surrealism and haughty grandeur: last night’s SHOW 2015 at Edinburgh College of Art covered several hundred bases in just under 90 minutes, with its sprawling mix of theatricality and innovation. With John Foxx…

Luna Cinema announces biggest ever season of outdoor cinema in UK

9 Apr 2015

Open air screenings to tour England, Scotland, Wales and Isle of Wight

Fancy Jaws from the comfort of an inflatable dingy? How about Robin Hood Prince of Thieves in a castle? Or how about The Grand Budapest Hotel in a suitably royal botanic garden? Well, you can enjoy all of the above and more across the UK this summer…

Highlights from Glasgow Open House 2015

9 Apr 2015

Venues at this year’s festival include Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s home and the Shipping Container Bothy

Glasgow’s art community throws its doors open for another DIY festival. After a successful first year in 2014, this year’s programme continues to move art from conventional venues into other creative locations across the city, from disused buildings to…

Best outdoor challenges in Scotland – Summer 2015

9 Apr 2015

Colour Me Rad, King of the Mountains Sportive and Adrenaline Rush open for entries

Outdoor pursuits in winter can be tough: it’s cold, it’s dark and you have to dress entirely in reflective neon. But spring has finally arrived, so you can banish your running balaclava to the back of the cupboard, say ‘so-long’ to the full-body…

Take the Edinburgh Outlander walking tour

8 Apr 2015

You don’t need to travel the length of Scotland to enjoy the Outlander experience

Time travellers, leave your stone circles at home, now you don’t even need to leave Edinburgh to immerse yourself in the world of book and TV series Outlander. Capitalising on the booming demand for all things relating to the adventures of Claire…

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Best Festivals on a Low Budget

2 Apr 2015

Don't want to splash cash this summer, but still wanna party like it's going out of fashion?

Whether you’re flash with cash or counting the pennies, there’s a festival for you somewhere in this world. Charlotte Runcie sums up the best festivals for every budget, starting here with Best Low Budget Festivals. So if you're trying to keep the…

Best Festivals on a Mid-range Budget

2 Apr 2015

For those not letting money stop them enjoying the best music on the biggest stages

Whether you’re flash with cash or counting the pennies, there’s a festival for you somewhere in this world. Here Charlotte Runcie tackles the Best Mid-range Budget Festivals. So if you've got some coin to throw around and wanna see some of the biggest…

Best Festivals on a Big Budget

2 Apr 2015

For those whose budget is as big as their imagination: Glastonbury, Burning Man, Fuji Rock

Whether you’re flash with cash or counting the pennies, there’s a festival for you somewhere in this world. Charlotte Runcie has the big spenders covered with a guide to the Best Big Budget Festivals to splurge at this summer. No festival is too big or…

Edinburgh Dungeon hosts special Easter show Death By Chocolate

2 Apr 2015

Visit the Victorian sweet shop to hear the tale of Edinburgh’s own pantry poisoner

The season of chocolately delights is upon us, and to celebrate all things deathly sweet Edinburgh Dungeon has launched a show revealing the darker side of Easter. Visitors can enter the traditional Victorian sweet shop, where shelves groan with…

Edinburgh & Glasgow food and drink: what's hot and what's not

2 Apr 2015

Our 22nd annual Eating and Drinking Guide is released on Wed 22 April; who steps up to the plate?

Breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea, dinner, drinks, a full-on sesh or just a quick one after work: with around 140 new bars, restaurants and cafés opening in Glasgow and Edinburgh this year, it can be hard to decide where to spend your hard-earned. But fear…

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Got kids, will festival: how to rock out as a family this summer

1 Apr 2015

Doune the Rabbit Hole and Kelburn Garden Party welcome families alongside party animals

‘People are becoming more aware that a festival doesn’t have to be somewhere that isn’t child friendly,’ says Jamie Murray, director of Doune the Rabbit Hole festival, which happens on the Cardross Estate near Stirling every August. ‘They now know that…

Best family-friendly festivals in Scotland

1 Apr 2015

Top five fests for all the family, including Solas, Kelburn Garden Party and Doune the Rabbit Hole

Think festivals aren’t the right place for kids? Think again. Several of Scotland’s best boutique festivals are welcoming kids and families in their droves. Here, we pick out five of the best for 2015. Solas Enjoying a range of family and kids-only…

Things to do on Father's Day in Edinburgh and Glasgow 2015

1 Apr 2015

We look at ways to liven up the eternally less-popular of the parental holidays

With the third Sunday in June at least imaginable, Father's Day is not far off. Created by the daughter of a US Civil War veteran as a tribute to her own dad, who'd raised her and her five siblings after the death of his wife, it's never been taken…

Outlander dinner show comes to Linlithgow

30 Mar 2015

A Taste of Outlander features food, drink and music inspired by the books and TV series

If you haven’t had the chance to familiarise yourself with Outlander, allow us to summarise it for you: handsome red-haired men on horseback, plucky young women looking terribly good in plaid and a load of steamy under-the-kilt action. Based on the…

The Easter Bunny is coming: Easter activities for kids in Scotland

27 Mar 2015

An eggstravaganza of Easter egg hunts, crafts, Faberge face paints and eggcellent family fun days

Easter, a celebration of spring, eggs, cute baby animals and copious amounts of chocolate that once had something to do with the resurrection. Mascot to the festivities is the Easter Bunny, and unlike that pushover Santa who leaves your presents under…

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Top 10 Edinburgh Science Festival Events for 2015

26 Mar 2015

A selection of hot Edinburgh International Science Festival events for the grown-ups

Calling all grown-ups: get stuck into the Science Festival’s children’s activities for one night only. Roll up your sleeves and dive into the Blood Bar and ER.

The best Edinburgh Science Festival arts and culture events

26 Mar 2015

From drone orchestras to geek songs, we’ve picked our top tips for this year's science fest

The white coats are let out for the day to hop on their bikes as part of Edinburgh International Science Festival’s Street Science team. Engaging with audiences across the city, the aim is to shake up science, blow off the cobwebs and prove that it’s…

GastroFest at the Edinburgh Science Festival: from fermentation to head cheese

24 Mar 2015

We pick our way through the delights of the science festival’s food and drink strand for 2015

The nation’s obsession with the process of how food and drink reaches our table doesn’t just stop at the preparation worktop, it seems. As Edinburgh International Science Festival has been proving over the last few years with one-off events scattered…

Imaginate director Tony Reekie talks about his last festival

24 Mar 2015

The performing arts event for children and young people continues to push boundaries

Despite its size, funding climate and number of full-time children’s theatre companies (two to Denmark’s 130), Scotland has built a strong reputation for creating groundbreaking work for young audiences. That’s due, in part, to the people making it…

International Day of Happiness is today: can you dig it?

20 Mar 2015

Our guide to getting the most out of the UN-mandated annual celebration of happiness

Today is, whether you like it or not, International Day of Happiness. In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/66/281, recognising that 'pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal'

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The Big Glasgow Comic and Craft Fair finds a bi-monthly niche

18 Mar 2015

Thanks to the popularity of superhero movies, comic conventions in Glasgow are growing

The success of the Big Glasgow Comic and Craft Fair is symptomatic of just how much superhero movies have helped revive the industry they sprang from. Older comic lovers with more than two decades’ recall might remember Glasgow supporting just one major…

Edinburgh Zoo Nights returns with a dinosaur theme

18 Mar 2015

Edinburgh Zoo’s late night event focuses on the threat of extinction

Even though the name Zoo Nights sounds like it might be the title of a late-night Channel 4 shock doc with dubious morals, Edinburgh Zoo's series of after-hours special events are all totally legit. Nothing dodgy going on at all. Just good, clean…

Barter Swap Shop sees art exchanged for experiences

11 Mar 2015

Art made by people with learning disabilities to be swapped for lessons, makeovers and more

A new swap shop is coming to Edinburgh, which will see art that has been designed and made by people with learning disabilities swapped for experiences. Taking place at the Pig Rock Bothy in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, the work…

The best country parks near Glasgow and Edinburgh

6 Mar 2015

Central Scotland’s top parks for kids and families including Craigtoun and Mugdock Country Parks

Almondell and Calderwood Country Park, near Broxburn Bordering two estates, Almondell and Calderwood Country Park offer two parks in one, each with its own distinct personality. Calderwood is an unspoilt haven of wildlife and nature, perfect for walks…

Things to do on Mother's Day in Edinburgh and Glasgow

3 Mar 2015

Our guide to how to treat your Mothers-in-question on Sun 15 Mar

Mother's Day hoves into view, the day on which mothers all over Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland are expected to be delighted to be awoken from that all-too-infrequent sleep-in by an inexpertly cooked breakfast. It's easy to be cynical, but…