WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE CITIES? Thurs 12th -15th November

WHAT’S GOING ON THIS WEEKEND? by Nicole Heaney & Liam Menzies


Glasgow Christmas Market, Fri 13th Nov – Sun 20th Dec, St Enoch Square, 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas if you half close your eyes, ignore the weather and put some Christmasey music on in the background. Or…pop down to St Enoch Square and get stuck into the festive spirit with some good old mulled wine, beer and Bratwurst. Vendors galore will be selling all sorts of gifts and trinkets, times tbc.


Starting Again… A New Life In Scotland, Thurs 12th – Mon 30thNov, Kibble Palace, free


A powerful exhibition by Conor Ashleigh, Starting Again … A New Life in Scotland, captures the experiences of refugee families as they begin a new life in Glasgow. The families were forced to flee their homes and endured long periods of separation before being reunited in Scotland. The exhibition explores their experiences of separation, reunion and building a new life in a different country. With the memories of Remembrance still looming it makes you think how the plight is similar to World War two refugees who had nowhere to go until many countries took them in and they were given a home of their own.



Santa Dash in Ayr on Sat 14th Nov, entry £12

Prepare your body for all the Christmas grub you’ll be consuming next month by taking part in the classic 5K Santa Dash. Starting and finishing at the Central Shopping Centre at 3pm.



Botanic Lights, on until Sun 22nd Nov, The Royal Botanic Gardens

As darkness descends, follow a magical trail of light through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Take a path illuminated by fantastic effects and experience the unfamiliar sights and sounds of the Garden after dark. A unique event for everyone. Warming mulled wine, beers, hot drinks and snacks available at the East Gate Lodge and the Terrace Café in the Botanics. You may be lucky enough to catch glimpses of the Garden’s wildlife – bats, badgers and foxes. Bookable slots available between 5pm-8.30pm. Garden closes at 10pm. To book call 0844 573 8455 (open 10am-6pm, Mon-Sat, closed Sun). Tickets £14


Edinburgh Short Film Festival, on until Sun 22nd Nov, various venues,tbc.

Two weekends packed to the brim with a selection of short films from inspirational film-makers worldwide.


An Evening with Noel Fielding, Sat 14th Nov, venue 150 @ EICC,8pm

The first solo live tour from The Mighty Boosh and Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy legend. A guaranteed mixed bag of Noel’s eccletic and eccentric stand-up comedy, live animation, music and tv characters.


Foodies Festival Christmas Edinburgh, Fri 13th – 15th Nov, EICC, various times.

Food glorious food. Top chefs and retro recipes in the chef’s theatre, an artisan Christmas Market with vegan and gluten free options, Champagne ski bar and a Scottish gin theatre are just some of the festive features food-lovers can look forward to as Foodies Festival Christmas transforms the EICC into a culinary wonderland

Who doesn’t want to sample and shop from over 150 artisan producers at the Xmas market? You can pick-up everything you need to make this Christmas extra tasty and special. On the must check out list -the pudding hall for festive favourites like eggnog, mulled wine and cider, mince pies, Christmas cakes, marzipan bonbons and macaroons. Mmmmm.



Dundee Science Festival, on until Sat 14th, Nov, mostly free

Scotland’s science and innovation history is world-famous and Dundee gets to showcase it this weekend. Returning for its sixth year, events will run all over the city including fun days, debates and comedy shows.