Our What’s On guide to the most vibrant, most unusual and most unmissable events on offer this weekend, and in the coming week . . .
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The hotly-anticipated Hirda from New Opera In Scotland Events is the first opera to be performed in the Shetland dialect. It opens on November 26 in Lerwick before touring Haroldswick, Vidlin, Sandwick, Edinburgh and Glasgow. More info, here.
On November 28 and 29, visitors to the Wallace Monument can enter free as the staff celebrate St Andrews Day. Costumed actors will bring history to life, and games and quizzes will provide fun for all the family. Tickets must be pre-booked – click here to get yours.
As part of Book Week Scotland, Barry Mill near Carnoustie is hosting a special Books Aloud event on Saturday, November 28, featuring storytelling in the atmospheric Round Tower, a poetry walk around the pretty grounds and a Bake and Book Stall.
Haggis, honey and Highland Dancers are just a few of the many home-grown offerings that will be on display in Perth for its annual St Andrew’s Day Celebrations on Sunday, November 29, with a winter market and ceilidh bands on the main stage in King Edward Street.
Following their incredible performance of James and the Giant Peach last Christmas, the Dundee Rep ensemble are putting on another Roald Dahl classic, The Witches. The show runs from Nov 26, and there will be audio-described, captioned and relaxed performances, too.
On Sunday, November 29, Sunday Socials comes to Glasgow, where music guru Edith Bowman and local artist Mylo take the audience on a free musical journey through the sounds of the neighbourhood. Pop down to Hotel Indigo from 1pm for a seriously chilled out Sunday.
The stunning Hopetoun House is hosting a Christmas Fair with over 60 stalls of high quality and unusual gifts, all housed in the stately rooms. Christmas entertainment and lavish decorations will get you in the festive spirit! Runs 27-29. More info, here.
Glasgow On Ice
The ice-rink in Glasgow’s George Square opens on Friday, November 27 until December 31 for five weeks of outdoor skating, fairground rides and unmissable festive fun. Wear your Christmas jumper, dig out your winter woollies and get your skates on!
Mountain Film Fest
The UK’s longest-running continuous Mountain Film Festival is back from November 26 – 28 at Dundee University’s Bonar Hall. Film screenings and appearances are backed up by art exhibitions, photography, trade and voluntary organisations stands and displays. More here.
After the award-winning, five-star rated performance in 2012, Irving Berlin’s musical returns to Pitlochry Festival Theatre for a month-long run from Friday, Nov 27. Sing along to one of the best-loved Christmas musicals, and book your tickets, here.