Our team have swept the length and breadth of Scotland to find you the most vibrant, most unusual and most unmissable events on offer this weekend, and in the coming week . . .
Celebrating Scotland’s Golf Coast
Following the exciting of The Open and Links championships this year, Scotland’s Gold Coast is celebrating our courses in a week-long festival, October 18-24. There are challenges and trophies to be won on many East Lothian’s 22 courses – click here to find one near you.
One for the Kids
The Deep Sea World is hosting a blast from the past this week – Artie from the Singing Kettle is performing his new solo children’s show there on Wednesday, October 21, sparking nostalgia for the adults and great fun for the youngsters.
High Rise Hopes
Life in the Glasgow’s Gorbals in 1965 is brought to life in a new play at the Shed. Running from October 15 to 17, the play follows the Cairns family as they flit from their tenement block to a new high rise building. Click here for performance info.
Fit for a King
On Sunday, October 18, Scone Palace brings history to life as it celebrates the heritage of King Robert the Bruce. Expect re-enactments, replicas on display, falconry and axe-throwing. Click here for times and more information.
Make Life Worth Living
An exhibition in St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh, unveils previously-unseen images of Scottish slums taken 1968-1972. Taken by Nick Hedges for housing charity, Shelter, the incredible images can be viewed until October 31 as part of Shelter’s bid to improve housing conditions.
Biggar Little Fest
The Biggar Little Festival runs in (you’ve guessed it) Biggar from Thursday, October 15 until Sunday, October 25. From humble beginnings, this festival of the arts has grown each year to include live music, open days, art exhibitions and more. Full line-up on their website.
Theatre Community Tour
Dundee Rep has embarked on its sixth community tour, bringing their ensemble to venues across Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and Fife. This year’s offering is the quirky Midsummer (a play with songs) by Scottish playwrights, David Greig and Gordon McIntyre. Click here for venues.
The Highland Archaeology Festival runs until Saturday, October 18, with loads of great walks, tours and themed activities. As an added bonus, there’s a hands-on tour of the Clava Cairns by Inverness (believed to be the inspiration for Outlander) on October 20 – click here for details.
Aurora Through Time
Don’t miss the incredible illustrations of the Northern Lights at Timespan, Helmsdale, from October 17. Hand-drawn by Sophus Tromholt in 1882, they were entered into the UNESCO Memory of the World register in 2013, and offer a rare glimpse into the Victorian publishing process.
On Saturday, October 17, there’s a fun-filled evening of performance from acrobats, jugglers, aerialists and more at Full Cirqle, Portobello, Edinburgh. This entertaining night is to raise funds for building upgrades so do go along – and afterwards, find out how you can take part!