1. Enjoy The Botanics After Dark
Until 23 November, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is opening in the evening for a magical Homecoming event, ‘Night in the Garden’. As darkness falls, follow a trail of light through the Garden, where some of its best known features, including the Pond and the Victorian Palmhouse, provide the backdrop for extraordinary light effects.
2. Definitely Go Out!
Forget about staying in, comedian Lee Mack is at Edinburgh Playhouse on November 11 and 12. The multi-award winning star of Not Going Out and Would I Lie To You?, Lee’s back on the road with his first live tour in over four years. Get ready for a night of high energy banter, well-crafted gags and sharp one-liners.
3. Go Back In Time
Previously… Scotland’s History Festival runs from from 12 – 30 November and is the largest history event in the UK, with over 230 events across Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Moffat, Dunfermline and St Andrews. The Festival, which is a Homecoming Scotland event, addresses the important events and outcomes of our national history and merges them with a programme of cultural heritage.
4. Plan Your Winter Wardrobe
Be prepared for a spending spree after attending Breast Cancer Care’s annual Scottish Fashion Show at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow on November 12, when over 20 models who have all experienced a diagnosis of breast cancer will take to the catwalk to show off this season’s latest stunning fashions.
5. Go Star Spotting
Weather permitting, Clydeside Astronomical Society is holding an autumn star gazing evening at The National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride, on November 12. Fingers crossed for a clear, starry night!
I was lucky enough to have lunch with Edinburgh Fringe superstar Craig Hill this summer and I laughed until tears were running down my face! Experience Craig’s unique brand of Hill-arity at Dundee Rep on November 14 – and be prepared to laugh until you cry!
7. Experience A War of Words
Flyting is a battle of wit, learning and language which was originally performed in front of King James IV. This ancient art form is to be resurrected at Stirling Castle on the evening of November 14, when warring 16th century makars William Dunbar and Walter Kennedy will reveal their Flyting expertise.
8. Light Up The Darkness
At 6pm on Friday, November 14, a magical, torchlit procession will make its way through Dundee City Centre, sparking off this year’s Christmas Light Night, which includes Santa switching on the Christmas lights, spectacular street theatre and a fireworks finale.
9. Say Happy Birthday!
A special occasion calls for a very special concert so, on Friday, November 14, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra will toast Donald Runnicle’s 60th birthday with a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and then Beethoven’s Ninth at the Music Hall In Aberdeen. This concert will also be performed in the City Halls, Glasgow on November 13 and in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on November 16.
10. Experience the Silver Screen
From November 14-16, Aberfeldy Film Festival will feature screenings from Hitchcock to Disney at a variety of venues, including Castle Menzies, Dewar’s World of Whisky and the perfectly-restored Birks Cinema.