Ten Things to Do This Week 19-25 Jan

Burns Supper Express

1. Discover A Real Life Heroine

Drop by the Broughty Castle Museum for a programme of guided tours and gallery talks on the 21 January at 11am. It’s the ideal opportunity to explore the museum’s displays and discover the fascinating story of 18th century missionary, Mary Slessor.


2. Go On A Shrek-tacular Journey

It’s the must-see musical that brings the Oscar-winning Dreamworks animation to life – don’t miss Shrek, Fiona and Donkey on their whirlwind big-city adventure to His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, from the 21 January. Featuring all new songs, as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, it promises to be an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza.


3. Go Wild For Nature

 Get ready for an after-dark adventure from the 21-23 January with Wildlights at Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Dundee. It’s a spectacular new outdoor light display with unique installations inspired by rare wonders from the natural world. You can also catch a glimpse of the centre’s nocturnal animals and navigate the night skies!


4. Celebrate Classical Music

From the 22-24 January, immerse yourself in the sound of classical music with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The world-renowned ensemble will throw a 150th birthday celebration for composers Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius featuring a concerto embraced by the principal clarinettist. Various locations available.


5. Revel In The Music Of Fiddler And Bard

Listen to some of the finest sounds Scotland has ever produced on Jan 23. Edinburgh’s Scottish Storytelling Centre presents an evening of traditional music written by Robert Burns and famed Scottish fiddler Niel Gow. You can also expect a full programme of events dedicated to celebrating Oor Rabbie.


6. Dance The Night Away

Get into the mood for Burns Night with an evening of traditional Scottish dancing. All-girl ceilidth band, Danse McCabre, will be bringing the party to Aberdeen Music Hall on Jan 23.


7. Walk Through An Electric Wonderland

 From the 23 January, you can see Glasgow’s iconic Botanic Gardens in a different light. The Electric Gardens offers a walking tour spectacular with dramatic lighting, sound effects and music and concludes with a special visit inside the stunning glasshouse, Kibble Palace.


8. Have A Good Laugh

Following a sold-out season at the Edinburgh Festival, award-winning comedian and actor, Omad Djalili, returns to the stage in the Scottish leg of his new UK tour. Be sure to catch him at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Perth Concert Hall and Aberdeen Music Hall between the 22 and 24 of January.


9. Pick Up A Vintage Bargain

Calling all ladies who love retro style – Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair will be bringing a touch of old-world glamour to the The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, on Jan 24. Traders will be showcasing new season stock for the January sale and retro hair and make-up styling will also be available.


10. Dine In the Bard’s Home

Celebrate Burns Night with a difference this year by dropping by the very place the tradition began! The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum will host a Burns Supper in the room the bard was born and where the first ever supper was held 214 years ago. Suitable for large groups only.


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Ashleigh Gibbs

Ashleigh Gibbs is a Digital Content Producer and is based in Dundee.