1. Shake Rattle and Roll!
Get ready to rock ‘n’ roll all night with the award-winning spectacular Return to the Forbidden Planet at The King’s Theatre, Glasgow (9-14 Feb). Packed with great hits – from Heard It Through the Grapevine to Great Balls of Fire – and featuring stunning special effects, it promises to be a night out to remember!
2. Hear Some Horrible History!
Visit Edinburgh Castle between the 9th and 13th of February and you might just encounter a very unscrupulous character indeed. Listen in to Gilbert Savage, a prisoner of the Scots, as he recounts the nature of crime and punishment during the turbulent times in Medieval Scotland.
3. Watch Coppelia Come Alive
The Russian State Ballet of Siberia brings the magic of Coppelia to the Edinburgh Playhouse on February 10. It’s a ballet classic set in a doll maker’s workshop: follow the mischievous Swanilda, her suitor Franz and eccentric toymaker Dr Coppelius as they are brought to life by sparkling choreography.
4. Journey To The Magical Musical Tree
Introduce your youngsters (ages 0-3) to the delights of theatre with The Pine Tree, Poggle and Me at various locations between the 10th and 13th of February. It’s a beautifully crafted piece of sensory dance theatre set in a forest and features live music, clapping rhythms and bubble popping.
5. See Design In Motion!
February 13 is the date travelling exhibition Design in Motion departs for a tour across Scotland. Part of a pre-programme for the new V&A Museum in Dundee, this travelling gallery will kick off in Dundee’s City Square showcasing the work of seven leading designers. View full dates here.
6. Get Your Geek On
The Arches, Glasgow, will be bringing an entire day of assorted geekery to its foyer on the 14 February. Vendors will be selling back issues, t-shirts, crafts and more at the event, which also includes a fancy dress competition so be sure to dress up!
7. Relax With An Evening of Scottish Music
Three of Scotland’s finest musicians will come together on February 14 for a night of folk music at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh. King Creosote, Catriona McKay and Chris Stout will perform new songs live for the first time as well as revisiting their own individual work as a trio.
8. Learn The Ancient Language Of Love
For a completely different take on Valentine’s Day, head to the McManus Museum, Dundee. Chances are you’ve never spent an evening quite like it. Makar W.N. Herbery will be sharing a selection of Roman love poetry followed by live music and a feast of nibbles in the Café Bar. Free, but booking essential. Over 18s only.
9. Browse ‘N’ Sup A Brew!
Make your Sunday (15th) with a leisurely browse around the Urban Market at Glasgow’s Drygate Brewing Co from 12-5pm. It’s a celebration of ‘the curious, original and creative’ – expect handcrafted gems and kooky gift ideas. It also happens to be the ideal opportunity to sample some of Drygate’s renowned brews!
10. Meet A Scots Magazine Expert
Our very own Jim Crumley will be making his 11th appearance at Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s Winter Words on February 15. This time around, he will be sharing his expertise on the majestic eagle. Jim will draw on his 25 years’ experience of observing these spectacular birds to paint an intimate portrait of their lives, and how they interact with the Scottish landscape.
For lots more ideas about things to do and places to go, pick up a copy of this month’s Scots Magazine. On sale in newsagents and supermarkets now or subscribe by clicking here.