This annual celebration of all things Festive, viewed as the official start of Christmas by many loyal visitors, is a must for anyone who enjoys a great day’s shopping.
We have 8 pairs of tickets for this Fabulously Festive Show to be won. If you don’t win you can purchase tickets saving 10% on the Advance Ticket price by visiting www.countrylivingfair.com and enter the code LIVING10.
Our lucky winners can source beautiful decorations and original gifts from gorgeous garlands and beautiful baubles, to glassware, scented candles and stylish cards. Arts and craft lovers can pick up haberdashery, ribbons, fabrics, sewing kits and craft essentials - everything required to get seriously creative this Christmas.
Over 300 of the UK’s finest craftsmen and women will gather together under one roof to offer unique gifts, decorations, crafts, food and inspired interior ideas, to help bring that magical Christmas sparkle to every home.
For the foodies, the temptations and treats are endless. An exclusive collection of food exhibitors will be offering authentic regional delicacies such as gourmet sausages and hams, local cheeses and pâté, Christmas cakes, puddings, chocolates and much more, to create a delicious festive deli.
This is also the ideal place to find that elusive Christmas outfit with a stunning collection of evening and designer daywear available, as well as unique accessories including bags, purses and jewellery. There will be gifts galore for the kids including handmade traditional wooden toys, beautifully-made soft toys, chunky knitwear, cosy pyjamas, pretty party dresses, bright wellies and hundreds of other items ready to be wrapped and placed under the tree this Christmas. And there will be lots of funky socks for dad.
The Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair is more than an exclusive shopping experience. There are lots of things to do and try with free entry to three informative theatres where experts will offer invaluable advice and entertaining demonstrations.
For further information or to book tickets call 0844 581 1385 or visit
before the closing date of Tuesday 14 November at 5pm.
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Free tickets to The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show
A visit to the Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Edinburgh this October will give you practical help to turn your plans into reality.
To claim your two free tickets and save £24* visit www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/pr5
*Saving based on two standard door price tickets. Offer expires when 500 pairs of tickets have been redeemed or 3pm 20 October 2017 whichever is soonest. Children 16 and under go free.
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GORDON SHEDDEN AND JIMMY MCRAE ADDED TO BUMPER IGNITION FESTIVAL LINE-UP
REIGNING TOURING CAR CHAMPION SHEDDEN TO RETURN TO GLASGOW STREET CIRCUIT
RALLY LEGEND MCRAE TO BRING SCOTTISH FLAVOUR TO INTERNATIONAL RALLY LINE-UP
SEC, Glasgow - 4 to 6 August 2017
Cat Stanford, IGNITION Festival Director, said: “We’re thrilled to secure another champion driver in the shape of Gordon Shedden. He’s at the top of his game and this year could complete a hat-trick of consecutive touring car Championship wins so we’re very lucky to have him return to IGNITION for a second year. Likewise, Jimmy is a house-hold name of Scottish motorsport and delivered a memorable performance at last year’s festival when he inaugurated our specially constructed street circuit driving Colin McRae’s famous Subaru Impreza World Championship winning car. This year will see him face-up to some old foes from our Rally Gods line-up which should prove a lot of fun!”
To celebrate his addition to the IGNITION line-up, Gordon Shedden this week helped to deliver a special driving experience for two lucky competition winners at Knockhill Race Circuit. Ben Mitchell (Aberdeen) and Blain McManus (Glasgow) were gifted a Father’s Day surprise with a difference as they joined Shedden for a rip-roaring day of fast-paced action, including some ‘hot’ laps in Shedden’s Honda Civic Type R. Watch the action here https://youtu.be/uyXrrkN7x88
Speaking at Knockhill, Shedden said: “I’m really excited to be coming back to IGNITION. I had a lot of fun driving the Ariel Nomad last year and can’t wait to get out there again in August. It’s always a privilege to perform in front of a Scottish crowd and the IGNITION audience will be no different. They are as knowledgeable and passionate as they come so I’m sure it will be another fun-filled weekend for all the family.”
Jimmy McRae will join some familiar faces at the festival when he links up with World Rally elite Ari Vatanen, Miki Biasion, Timo Salonen, Markku Alen and Stig Blomqvist – all of whom he tussled with for silverware during a golden era for the sport during the 1980s. An astonishing seven-time winner of the Circuit of Ireland, McRae reckons his old foes should be worried when he steps into his old MG Metro 6R4: “I managed to beat all of them in my old MG Metro and I’m confident I can do it again on home soil!” he joked. “In all seriousness, they’re all former World Champions so they are all pretty good at their job. It will be great to appear alongside them.”
Joining the Rally Gods will be the infamous cars that helped to make their names: Miki Biasion will drive his Lancia Delta; Stig Blomqvist will be reacquainted with the RS200 and Audi Quattro; Markku Alen will take the wheel of the Lancia Stratos while ‘The Flying Finn’ Ari Vatanen, will be reunited with his RS1800. The combination will make for an unmissable rally spectacle on the streets of Glasgow.
Other festival attractions include an array of Hot Rods comprising: a 1933 3-window coupe; a 1931 Ford Model A; a flamboyant gold & white Buick Electra, plus a 1940 Willy's Coupe which will take to the track to burn some rubber.
IGNITION 2017 will also see the return of the Japspeed drift team; a celebration of 70 years of Ferrari and a supercar grid to rival any, packed with some of the world’s finest machinery including Lamborghinis, Porsches, McLarens, Mustangs, Mercedes and more.
Tickets for IGNITION 2017 are available from the festival website with prices to suit every pocket. Single tickets start at just £27.50 (pre-booked) for full day entry to the show and only £15 for a late entry single ticket from 2pm. A single ticket plus morning or afternoon grandstand seat costs £40, while a family day ticket for two adults and up to three children costs just £70.
THE IGNITE Club ticket at £129 is the ultimate VIP experience offering exclusive access to the IGNITE Club Paddock and grandstand, both conveniently located trackside and close to the private IGNITE club bar where lunch and driver Q&A’s are included.
A full breakdown of ticket types, prices and event news can be found at http://www.ignitionfestival.co.uk/tickets
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Join the Six-Legged Fun Walk to support Dogs Unite!
Dogs across Scotland are gearing up for special 'walkies' on Saturday May 20th at The Four Seasons Hotel, St Fillans
The Perthshire hotel is hosting a special, sponsored walk in the hope of raising money for Guide Dogs UK. This isn't your everyday walk though; it's your chance to sniff out more trees, have great fun and find more reasons to slobber!
The event promises to be a fantastic day for all the family and their pets; who can even get dressed up in their own superhero cape! Join in the excitement and walk with your dog to show support for a charity that provides help for those in the UK who are visually impaired.
Andrew Low, owner of The Four Seasons, is thrilled to be raising money for Guide Dogs, "This is something fun to do with our favoured companions, in a wonderful setting and for a great cause!"
The fun walk is five kilometres long and reasonably flat - perfect for beginners and the more senior K9s! The route will begin at The Four Seasons Hotel and take walkers along the old railway line, with views of the beautiful Loch Earn, before returning back to the hotel for K9 refreshments -we might even find a treat for those on the leads if they have behaved impeccably during the day.
The Four Seasons Hotel has a huge place in its heart for dogs; they are treated like royalty when they come to visit. The hotel's Pet Concierge service can offer a full grooming service, dog walker/pet sitter, personalized pet listening service, a delicious canine menu and a Pet Butler!
There are many ways to get involved in raising awareness and supporting Guide Dogs and the charity are forever appreciative of the involvement of businesses like The Four Seasons.
Alternatively, if you cannot make the event, but would like to show your support, you can donate at this dedicated Just Giving page online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/The-Four-Seasons-Hotel*
The Four Seasons Hotel in Perthshire Scotland is situated in a picturesque setting on the banks of Loch Earn. The natural beauty of this location is the first delight for every visitor to St. Fillans, and the position of the Four Seasons, looking south-west down Loch Earn, is one of the most enviable settings in Scotland. The views from the hotel are ever-changing throughout the seasons: fresh new colours of spring, long, light summer's evenings, spectacular sunsets to the west, morning mists shrouding the loch and the snow covered Bens. The hotel is a perfect wedding and honeymoon venue and is licensed for civil weddings too. With wedding packages available you can make you day extra special. Enjoy great dog walks in some of Scotland's finest scenery. Resident pet friendly canines welcome fellow pets free of change; please see their Pet Concierge Service for further details. They also offer self-catering accommodation in the form of an apartment. This has one double and one twin room as well as a sitting room, compact kitchen and bathroom. You can always eat in their fine dining restaurant or bar if you want a rest!
The Four Seasons Hotel, St. Fillans, by Crieff, Perthshire PH6 2NF
Did You Know ....
Guide Dogs UK have been expertly breeding and training guide dogs for more than 75 years, providing many thousands to blind and partially-sighted people of all ages and from all walks of life. They also deliver confidence-building rehabilitation services to adults, young people and children - including long cane mobility training and communication and daily living skills. Impairment is a fact of life for thousands of people, and with an ageing population many more will be affected by sight loss in the future. Guide Dogs campaign alongside visually-impaired people for rights that most sighted people take for granted. These include access to services and transport, freedom of mobility, and provision of better rehabilitation services. Working closely with guide dog owners, service providers, other voluntary organisation and MPs, they have won major victories and have successfully lobbied to influence policies and legislation. Guide Dogs carry out research that provides sound scientific evidence on which to base their services, campaigns, policies and operational procedures.
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Early Years - Storytime Sessions
On Now until Sunday 31 December 2017 : 10am to 5pm
Our Special Story Sacks are bursting at the seams with exciting stories and activities – bringing books to life for inquisitive and imaginative 3 to 5 year olds. Settle down with your little bookworms and find out where the story will take you.
Available at regular times throughout the day. See more at Dundee Science Centre
Dundee Science Centre
Dundee DD1 4QB
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The Solar System Show
On Now until Sunday 26 March 2017 : 10am to 5pm
Do you puzzle over planets, or get muddled about moons? Well fear not! Join us as we go "Out of this World" to explore our closest cosmic neighbours in this fun family show.
This show runs at various times throughout the day. See more at Dundee Science Centre
Dundee Science Centre
Dundee DD1 4QB
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Wed 09 Nov, 6pm - 8pm
At Douglas Community Centre, Balmoral Avenue Dundee DD4 8SD Drop-in Event
Thu 10 Nov, 1pm - 4pm
Fri 11 Nov, 1pm - 4pm
Menzieshill Community Centre, Orleans Place, Dundee, DD2 4BH Drop-in Event
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Witness over 42 million years of Scottish history - the Great Tapestry of Scotland
The 143m-long tapestry, officially the largest embroidered tapestry in the world, takes visitors on a journey through Scotland from the turbulence of the last ice age to the present day.
The brainchild of author Alexander McCall Smith, the 160 panels of intricate stitching illustrate a people’s history. It is Scotland’s largest community arts project and was completed by more than 1000 volunteers of all ages located across the country.
The inspiration for the Great Tapestry of Scotland stemmed from a visit to the Prestonpans Tapestry in 2011 by Alexander McCall Smith. Upon witnessing the emotional engagement of visitors with the artwork, McCall Smith approached the artist, Andrew Crummy with the suggestion that he design a tapestry that told the story of the entire history of Scotland.
Historian Alistair Moffat and Stitch Co-ordinator Dorie Wilkie were quickly drafted in to the project. Using a range of embroidery skills and over 300 miles of Appletons woollen yarn, volunteer stitchers worked for over 50,000 hours to translate Andrew Crummy’s descriptive artwork into a colourful, skilful and textural depiction of the history of Scotland.
For more information on where you can view the Tapestry see - http://www.scotlandstapestry.com
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Highland Fling Bungee Jumping takes the skill and the vision of experts and marries it with the iconic scenery of Highland Perthshire, Scotland.
The brains behind Highland Fling Bungee wanted the jumper to form a connection with an inspiring landscape through adventure and exhilaration.
They wanted Bungee in its truest form.
This is a first for Scotland! See www.bungeejumpscotland.co.uk
Scotland’s second permanent bungee jumping venue is the Titan Crane in Clydebank, Glasgow.
The iconic A-Listed Titan Crane, which helped launch some of the most famous ships in the world in its heyday, now launches thrill-seekers 164ft from its cantilever at 50mph towards the Clyde.
Bringing something totally new and unique to the West of Scotland.
Glasgow School of Art
Friday 23 May 2014 - The news of a horrific fire engulfing Glasgow School of Art affected more than just the students, staff of the infamous School and people of Glasgow. The sight of the flames bursting through the roof of the iconic Mackintosh building was, to say the least, depressing….but read on!
The ArtSchool was founded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design and it is now internationally recognised and renowned throughout Europe and the wider world.
A wee bit of history - Charles Rennie Mackintosh (7 June 1868 - 10 December 1928) studied evening classes at the School from 1883-1894 and also worked as an Apprentice Architect. In 1896 Mackintosh gained the commission to design a new building for the Glasgow School of Art. This was to be his masterwork. The ArtSchool also holds volumes of Mackintosh material including furniture designed by him.
These photographs were taken 2 days after the fire (thanks to KT). Due to the quick thinking and actions of the Glasgow fire crews, a huge part of the building and the majority of precious historic artifacts were saved. So, it is not all lost and thanks to the hard work and dedication of volunteers, staff and students, Glasgow School of Art will continue to be at the forefront of design and artistic achievements!
The Pitlochry Dam and Salmon Fish Ladder is just a short walk from the centre of Pitlochry surrounded by amazing Perthshire scenery. It is well worth a visit!
The Pitlochry Dam is opened at various times in the year to allow excess water into the River Tummel. The Dam was built between 1947/1951. There is a visitor's viewing room where you can get a glimpse of the engineering works of the dam.
The Salmon Fish Ladder was built to enable salmon to travel up and over the dam into Loch Faskally to get to their spawning grounds. The best time to view the salmon is between April and late September. Approximately 5000 salmon pass through each season.
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