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The best child-friendly art galleries in Central Scotland

27 Feb 2015

Where to take your art-loving wee ones

Any contemporary art gallery with good accessibility and ideally a decent café and bathrooms is worth a visit with the kids – if only to get some interesting conversations about the art on the go and take advantage of the facilities. Yet many go one…

The best things for Dads to do with kids in Edinburgh

27 Feb 2015

Top activities and days out in the capital, including Dads Rock, Happy Ears and Rugby Tots

1 Dads Rock Trailblazers in the field of encouraging dads and male carers to spend more solo time with their kids, enthusiastic outfit Dads Rock run two play groups in Edinburgh on Saturday mornings featuring a fun blend of play, snack, stories and…

Best events for kids at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

25 Feb 2015

2015's programme has plenty in store for little ones

Dino Day It’s a dinosaur takeover at Summerhall, with a range of workshops and family activities. From robotic dinosaurs to dressing up, discovering fossils to hunting dino eggs, the prehistory fun never stops. Summerhall, Sat 4 Apr, times and prices…

The Scottish Tattoo Convention puts body art in the frame

24 Feb 2015

Admire others’ tattoos and display your own ink at this Edinburgh weekend

Anyone who’s into a bit of body decoration will be familiar with the curious stares that a visible tattoo can attract on the bus. If your skin is of an inky persuasion, it can get a bit tiring. The fifth annual Scottish Tattoo Convention should, then…

Edinburgh International Science Festival launches its 2015 programme

19 Feb 2015

This year's theme is 'The Ideas Factory'

A neuroscience ceilidh, a celebration of Disney’s Tron, and an exhibition of visual artists working with light – all are among the huge and eclectic programme for this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival, launched today. Subtitled ‘The…

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An (In)complete guide to the Year of the Sheep

18 Feb 2015

It's almost the Chinese year of the quadrupedal ruminant mammal, but what does it all mean?

The Year of the Sheep begins on February 19 2015 and runs until Feb 7 2016 – just think of all the puns ewe (that one's on us) can slip in over the next 50 weeks and three days. But what does it all mean? The Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival) is…

World Community Arts Day

13 Feb 2015

A worldwide celebration of community arts has its roots in 1970s Edinburgh

On Tue 17 Feb the eighth annual World Community Arts Day (WCAD) will take place. The event seeks to promote the value and impact of arts within communities, and while previous events have attracted participants from Israel, Canada and Australia, the…

Arenacross brings a rock concert vibe to Motocross

4 Feb 2015

The sporting spectacular sets out on its 2015 UK stadium tour

’It’s a very unusual event,’ says Arenacross organiser Matt Bates of a sporting phenomenon that was founded three years ago and which has rapidly built to the scale that it can fill indoor arenas like the Hydro, around the country. He describes it as a…

Half-term activities for kids in Edinburgh this Spring

3 Feb 2015

Our top five activities for wee ones this Spring half-term

Ah, to be young in Auld Reekie. In addition to all of the usual activities on offer, such as trips to one of the city’s famous museums, parks or attractions, there are plenty of creative goings-on to keep the kids occupied during the school break.

Guide to Scotland's Festivals 2015: Edinburgh's best festivals

2 Feb 2015

Scotland's capital fully deserves its reputation as the UK's festival city

August is the month Scotland’s capital really comes to life. And it doesn’t get any bigger – and better – than the mighty Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Brilliant and bonkers in equal part, the world’s largest arts festival welcomes acts from all over the…

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Guide to Scotland's Festivals 2015: food festival round-up

2 Feb 2015

Foodies Festival, GastroFest and more fly the flag in Scotland's Year of Food and Drink

Stick a pin in the map of Scotland, and chances are you won’t be far off finding one of the many food and drink festivals that take place across the nation. We’re rightly proud of our produce, and what better way to demonstrate that than by throwing a…

Guide to Scotland's Festivals 2015: Scotland's Year of Food and Drink

2 Feb 2015

There's much more to Scotland's food culture than deep fried Mars Bars

Hopefully, these days it’s only bad Edinburgh Fringe comedians that are making those jokes about all the food in Scotland being deep-fried. Yes, Scotland still does an excellent fish and chips (particularly good when eaten next to the sea, while dodging…

Guide to Scotland's Festivals 2015: the best festivals in the north of Scotland

2 Feb 2015

Howlin' Fling and Belladrum among the many festivals lighting up Scotland's north

With a veritable feast of culturally-inclined festivals throughout the year, there are plenty hotspots further up the country’s map that should not be overlooked. First up is Brew at the Bog (May), which celebrates both music and beer. Described by…

Top places in Edinburgh to watch Super Bowl XLIX

28 Jan 2015

Seattle Seahawks defend their title against the New England Patriots

The NFL Super Bowl XLIX kicks off on Sun 1 Feb, 11.30pm GMT. We've rounded up some of the best places in Edinburgh to catch the action.

Top places in London to watch Super Bowl XLIX

28 Jan 2015

The best places to watch America’s biggest game in 2015

The Seattle Seahawks’ Superbowl win in 2014 sent shockwaves around the world. As they prepare to defend their title against the New England Patriots, we take a look at some of the best places in London to catch all the action.

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Hogmanay 2014 in Edinburgh and Glasgow

12 Dec 2014

Not sure what New Year celebrations to enjoy? Plan your itinerary from live music to loony dooks

The Spiegeltent in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square is covering pretty much every performance genre this year. Comedian Al Murray has promised surprise guests each night at The Pub Landlord’s Festive Saloon (Mon 29–Wed 31 Dec), or there are terrifyingly…

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 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…

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…

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…

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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…

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.

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…

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…