Oliver Bonas is Coming to Perth

Oliver Bonas is Coming to Perth

Oliver Bonas is opening its first store in Perth  – in December 2017

Established in 1993 by founder and CEO Oliver Tress, Oliver Bonas has evolved from Olly bringing back interesting pieces from his travels abroad, into an ever-expanding team of creative individuals. Today, Olly is still at OB and his love of good design and innovation is one of the company’s guiding principles. Their buyers and designers travel around the world to inspire their latest creations, working with skilled artisans who are experts in their fields to craft new ideas. Their collections – from fashion and jewellery to homeware and furniture – are curated by Olly with the help of the OB team, focusing on high-quality materials with handcrafted touches.

At OB, almost all their products are designed in-house, from concept sketch to finished article. From the tiny details, like their hand-sketched cosmetics packaging, to statement sculptural lighting, their passion for design always plays a role.

The Perth will be their 79th store in the UK and will be found at 168 – 172 High Street, in the centre of the city. The Perth store will sell an edited collection across women’s fashion, accessories, homeware and jewellery.

They are actively recruiting in the Perth area for our new store – those keen to join Team OB can send a CV to joinus@oliverbonas.com.

Winter Photo Competition!

Winter Photo Competition!

Calling All Shutter Bugs!


Perth City Centre is holding a Winter Photo Competition and are looking for the best photographers from around Perthshire to put their trigger fingers to the test!


We want to see what winter in Perthshire looks like through your lens. Whether winter in Perthshire to you is a snowy landscape, a Christmas scene or some good old family fun – we would love to see it!

If this is something that interests you, take a look at the details below:


Competition Details:
  • The competition will run from the 5th December – 15th All entrants must have entered by 12:00 noon on the 15th of December.
  • Each Photographer can send a maximum of 5 photos
  • A title and location must be included on each submitted photo
  • Provide details of how you would like credit for your photographs. (social media page or website)


The Prize
  • Every photo entered will be displayed in our Winter photo gallery – with our photo galleries receiving 20,000 + views.
  • The submitted photos will be used across our social media this winter, with full credit being given to the photographers each time a photo is used.
  • Once the competition has closed, we will invite the public to select their favourite photo the winner will be selected depending on which photo got the most reactions (likes & loves).
  • The winning photographer will receive a £50 Perth Gift Card and the winning photo will have the Perth City Centre cover image on our social media and website for 2 weeks, which will be seen by approximately 200,000 visitors!


To Enter

If you would like to enter the Perth City Centre winter photo competition, please email your photos (and the required information) to sam@mi-cnx.com before noon on the 15th December.


Good luck!


Images by Chris Campbell and PK Perspective

Perth Purple Flag – City Centre Community Perception Study

Perth Purple Flag – City Centre Community Perception Study

Purple Flag is a prestigious town and city centre award – similar to Blue Flag awards which are presented to outstanding beaches.  Through the Purple Flag scheme the ATCM (Association of Town and City Management) aims to recognise and highlight those towns and cities that are committed to raising standards around the safety and wellbeing of visitors and residents.

In 2016 Perth was awarded Purple Flag status from ATCM in recognition of its Evening Night Time Economy.

We would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to answer this short survey.  Your answers will help us get a better understanding of how people use and view Perth. Just fill in the survey linked below for a chance to win a Perth Gift card worth £50!

The Battle of Corriemuckloch

The Battle of Corriemuckloch

December is upon us once again and the shops in the towns of Perthshire will be full of Christmas shoppers buying presents for friends and family.   Food and drink will be stocked up for the Christmas and New Year festivities as in this part of the world it has long been the custom to have a bottle of whisky at hand to offer visitors a wee nip “afore they go”.  

At one time, the best local whisky was said to be the illicit peatreek that was made in stills hidden in the Perthshire Hills. Excisemen or ‘Gaugers’ were paid by the government to arrest anyone caught making, dealing or drinking this illegal alcohol and it became a game of cat and mouse in the mountains between the customs officials and the smugglers. Sometimes the result would be a full scale battle erupting in the heather!  This happened at Corriemuckloch, which lies between Amulree and the Sma’ Glen to the north of Crieff.

A man called Donald McGregor operated a whisky still hidden in Glenquaich. In the early 1800’s he had been working extremely hard so he could supply his customers around Strathearn with drink for Hogmanay.  He had arranged to meet some other smugglers from Strathbraan and the convoy of pack ponies would head for the town of Crieff.  This was arranged with the utmost secrecy of course, but a local informer heard of this plan and tipped off the head Exciseman in the area.  A party of Royal Scots billeted in Auchterarder were summoned and on the night the whisky was to be moved, these mounted troops or dragoons rode into Crieff, up the High Street then on to Gilmerton and up through the Sma Glen.   

The troop movements created quite a bit of interest from the locals and a couple of boys were sent hurrying up the glen to inform the smugglers of the approaching dragoons.  Orders were barked in the darkness to bury the barrels of whisky in the marshy ground west of the roadway. The rest of the smugglers took up positions across the road, their flanks protected by marsh to one side and a stone dyke on the other.  

As the Royal Scots carefully approached they were suddenly met with shouting, quickly followed by a shower of stones causing a couple of horses to rear up and throw the riders.  Then the smugglers, armed only with wooden cudgels, charged into the mounted troops, and a fierce fight raged.  The Royal Scots Grays heroes of the recent Battl

e of Waterloo fought bravely with swords, they also held their pistols by the barrel and used the handle end as clubs, but in the pitch dark and being unable to manoeuvre due to the marshy ground the odds were against them.  Many of the red coats liked a wee dram when off duty and although they defended themselves they were in no mood to charge into the smugglers and make any arrests.  

As the battle raged some soldiers dismounted and fired above the heads of the smugglers but they were being attacked from the front and rear as the smugglers were using the wall as cover to get behind the government troops.  One of the dragoons was pulled from his horse and violently hit on the head with a wooden club. It quickly became clear that this man was seriously hurt and perhaps even dead. When the smugglers heard of this they withdrew into the darkness.  As the exciseman screamed at the officer in command to follow and arrest the moonshiners, the officer replied that his priority was to take the injured man to get medical aid.  The soldiers put the man on a horse and they all rode to the Inn at Amulree.  Once the troops had left, the smugglers were able to dig up most of the hidden barrels of whisky and deliver them to the good people of Crieff. However, it is said that not all the barrels were recovered and some may still be there to this day hidden in the moss at Corriemuckloch.

Have a very merry Christmas and happy New Year!

The force is strong for the new season in Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre

The force is strong for the new season in Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre

With a stellar line up of music, theatre, dance, comedy, events, art and activities, the force is strong for the new season in Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre!

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra plays some of the most unforgettable music ever written for cinema in The Music of Star Wars in Perth Concert Hall. Rising and shining stars of the classical music scene take centre stage in the popular Sunday afternoon Perth Piano Sundays series and regular Lunchtime Concerts and Perth Concert Series. There is a first visit to Perth Concert Hall from London Mozart Players, one of the UK’s most famed chamber orchestras and Opera North bring a concert performance of Richard Strauss’s exhilarating opera Salome to Perth.

A galaxy of exciting tribute acts land in Perth Concert Hall including Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael, Bowie Experience and Stevie Wonder tribute, Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Iconic Scottish band Belle & Sebastian returns to Perth Concert Hall for the first time since they performed at the hall’s opening weekend in 2005. The popular Celtic Sessions series of music inspired by celtic traditions features concerts by Eddi Reader, Hamish Napier, Duncan Chisholm and more.

Perth Theatre continues its relaunch season with modern classic Knives in Hens and a first Perth Theatre performance for Shakespeare’s Richard III for nearly 100 years, both directed by artistic director, Lu Kemp. Karine Polwart brings her critically acclaimed combination of story and song, Wind Resistance, to the theatre, and the new Joan Knight Studio is home to a series of theatre for kids and families, smaller scale performances and the return of weekly live music slot The Monday Night Thing. Step behind the scenes and discover the history of Perth Theatre – and its ghosts! – with tours for up to 20 people.

A sparkling dance programme includes All Night Long with Strictly’s Brendan Cole and Remembering Fred with Aljaz and Janette. Shaped by conversations with teenagers, parents and grandparents, Teenage Trilogy by Curious Seed and Tramway is captivating dance theatre for teenagers and anyone who has ever been one! Dance fans can get in on the action with Strictly Hx Dance, a new adult dance class from Beyonce to ballet!

Local comedian Bruce Fummey visits Perth Theatre’s Joan Knight Studio with How Can I Drive to a Gig with a Jakey on my Bonnet? and TV comedy stars Stewart Lee and Russell Brand bring brand new shows to Perth Concert Hall.

Art fans can join creative director for contemporary art for Coffee, Croissant and Art or Wine, Olives and Art – a guided tour round our current exhibitions in Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre’s Threshold artspace. Perth Film Society presents a series of films from home and abroad in Perth Concert Hall’s Norie-Miller Studio.

The new winter/spring brochure is available now from Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre. For tickets and info contact Horsecross Arts Box Office on 01738 621031 visit www.horsecross.co.uk.

Scottish Thistle Award for Top Perth Visitor Attraction

Scottish Thistle Award for Top Perth Visitor Attraction

The Black Watch Castle and Museum has been crowned Central, Fife and Tayside winner of Scotland’s Best Heritage Tourism Experience at last week’s Visit Scotland Thistle Awards regional finals.

Anne Kinnes, Chief Executive Officer at The Black Watch Castle and Museum said, “We are thrilled to have won this award. I give thanks to our talented team whose dedication to sharing The Black Watch Story and providing a world class experience for our visitors has made the Home of The Black Watch an award winning organisation.”

Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director, said: “I would like to say a huge congratulations to the team at the Black Watch Castle and Museum for this thoroughly deserved Scottish Thistle Award. The new Historic Environment Scotland – Best Heritage Tourism Experience Award celebrates Scotland’s rich and vibrant heritage and those who bring it to life. The Black Watch Castle and Museum is a shining example of that, always looking at new and innovative ways to tell the story of Scotland’s elite military regiment to audiences old and new. I wish them the best of luck in the national Scottish Thistle Award final next year.”

2017 sees the Scottish Thistle awards mark the ‘silver’ anniversary for the prestigious competition, which celebrates success, innovation, excellence and best practice in the country’s tourism and hospitality industry. Over the past 25 years, the Scottish Thistle Award has crowned over 350 national winners. This year 734 entries were submitted, including hundreds of nominations from members of the public keen to recognise those businesses and organisations who go the extra mile to provide customers with exceptional service.

All regional winners of the Thistle Awards will attend the National final on 15th March 2018 when the Scottish winners will be announced.

To find out more about the Thistle Awards visit www.scottishthistleawards.co.uk

Parking in Perth and Kinross is on us this Winter!

Parking in Perth and Kinross is on us this Winter!

Parking in Council-run car parks in Perth, Blairgowrie, Crieff, Dunkeld, and Pitlochry is FREE every weekend in December.
That’s no cost to you for parking while you browse, shop, eat and visit Perth and Kinross on Saturday and Sunday during the Winter season.


Eligible Car Parks

Canal Street MSCP
Mill Street East
Scott Street
AK Bell
Back Wynd
Canal Street
Charles Street
Leonard Street
MilL Wynd
Milne Street
Victoria Street
West Mill Street
South Inch


Excluded Car Parks

Perth Railway Station
SMART Parking – Kinnoull Street
SMART Parking – Watergate
Horizon – Mill Street
Horizon – Victoria Street
Live Active Leisure – Rodney Pavilion
Live Active Leisure – Dewars
Live Actiev Leisure – Bell’s Sports Centre


Atholl Road car park

Ferry Road car park

Rie-Achan Road car park


Tay Terrace car park

Atholl Street car park


Leslie Street car park

Croft Lane car park

The Croft/Ericht Lane car park



James Square car park

The 12 Days of Christmas (The Perth Gift Card version)

The 12 Days of Christmas (The Perth Gift Card version)

You’ve probably heard a lot about the Perth Gift Card in the two years since it launched, but did you realise just how many Christmas-present-buying dilemmas it could solve?

With all the people you have to buy for, Christmas shopping can be busy and complicated. But the Perth Gift Card is ideal for so many different people, as it’s easy to spend and extremely versatile!

Let us show you what we mean, with our fun ’n’ festive singalong – The 12 Days of Christmas (The Perth Gift Card version):

1. On the first day of Christmas, you could buy a Perth Gift Card for…..your Secret Santa gift!

Oh no, it’s the dreaded Secret Santa gift purchase! What will you get Sandra from Accounts? A novelty Christmas keyring? A set of “exotic liqueurs”? OR how about a £10 Perth Gift Card that she can spend in over 80 places in Perth? You know which one makes sense…

2. On the second day of Christmas, you could buy a Perth Gift Card for…..your other half

If you have a partner or spouse who’s tricky to buy for, and who prefers to choose their own treats, the Perth Gift Card is ideal! Simply load a card with any amount from £10 to £500 and they can choose whatever they want in the New Year – a Perth Concert Hall gig, a theatre show, a lovely meal or some fantastic purchases from Perth’s many independent stores.

3. On the third day of Christmas, you could buy a Perth Gift Card for…..your retired relatives

Whether it’s your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents, they probably have everything they need, so why not give them a gift that lets them choose from loads of brilliant experiences? Give them a Perth Gift Card and they could enjoy trips to the cinema, afternoon tea with a friend, swimming sessions, a boat trip on the Tay, art classes and much more.

4. On the fourth day of Christmas, you could buy a Perth Gift Card for…..the kids (your own or other people’s)

Children often get a lot of gifts on Christmas Day, and it can be a bit overwhelming to be surrounded by all that “stuff”. If kids, especially older kids and teenagers, get a Perth Gift Card or two, they can enjoy choosing their own things, going for a meal or having a cinema trip in the New Year when the festivities have calmed down!

5. On the fifth day of Christmas, you could buy a Perth Gift Card for…..your kids’ pals

If your kids want to buy gifts for their classmates, you know you’ll probably end up doing the gift-buying for them! So you can’t go wrong with the Perth Gift Card. You can buy all the cards in the same place (see Where to buy the Perth Gift Card, below), saving you time and energy. And their friends can spend them on whatever they like, including cinema tickets, meals, clothing, styling products or accessories

6. On the sixth day of Christmas, you could buy a Perth Gift Card for…..your best friend

They’ve always been there for you through the ups and downs of life. What better way to tell your best friend how much they mean to you than by giving them a Perth Gift Card for a bit of pampering? They could get a massage, manicure, haircut or personal trainer session – or the two of you could go out for drinks or dinner with it. After all, sharing is caring!

7. On the seventh day of Christmas, you could buy a Perth Gift Card for…..your colleague who’s leaving

They’ve always been there for you through the ups and downs of life. What better way to tell your best friend how much they mean to you than by giving them a Perth Gift Card for a bit of pampering? They could get a massage, manicure, haircut or personal trainer session – or the two of you could go out for drinks or dinner with it. After all, sharing is caring!

8. On the eighth day of Christmas, you could buy a Perth Gift Card for…..a brilliant teacher

Want to show your appreciation to the inspirational teacher who’s guided your child (or you, if you’re an adult learner!) through the year? A Perth Gift Card is a great way to do it – you could either buy one by yourself, or club together with some other parents or students and give them a really special gift.

9. On the ninth day of Christmas, you could buy a Perth Gift Card for…..your loved ones who live in Perthshire  

If your friends and family live in Perthshire, but you don’t, you might often shop online and get Christmas gifts delivered directly to them. But what if you also like to support local businesses and keep the high street thriving? Well, with the Perth Gift Card, you can do both! Simply order a Perth Gift Card online and get it delivered to the recipient. Easy purchase for you, and a win for local Perth businesses!

10. On the tenth day of Christmas, you could buy a Perth Gift Card for…..your friends who are getting married

Instead of having a wedding list at just one store, your friends could make the whole of Perth their wedding list! They could buy homewares and accessories, fine wines, a piece of art, concert tickets or some fabulous jewellery. (And if they want to check what balance they have left on their Perth Gift Card, they can just visit our website!)

11. On the eleventh day of Christmas, you could buy a Perth Gift Card for…..someone you want to thank

If you’re lucky enough to have someone who’s always there when you need them, who always helps out at the drop of a hat without expecting anything back, you could give them a lovely surprise with a Perth Gift Card to say thank you. And they’ll have a whole year to think about what they’d like to spend it on!

12. On the twelfth day of Christmas, you could buy a Perth Gift Card for…..someone who’s visiting Perth soon

Do you know someone who’s coming to Perth for a visit – a holiday, a short stay, a college exchange visit, a work assignment, or even a hen night or stag night? Or they might be moving house to Perth for the first time. What a brilliant treat it would be if you gave them a Perth Gift Card to spend. It’d help them get to know the city, too, discovering many of the 70-plus businesses they can spend it in!

So there you have it – 12 ways in which the Perth Gift Card can solve your gift-buying dilemmas. We hope we’ve given you some great ideas and helped you with your Christmas shopping. And we hope all those lucky recipients enjoy spending their cards in our beautiful city!

 Where to buy the Perth Gift Card

You can buy the Perth Gift Card at the following Perth businesses:

Byers and Co jeweller, George Street

McCash’s Country Store, Feus Road

Fun Junction toy shop, High Street

Tayberry Gallery, Princes Street

Or buy online and get it delivered directly to the recipient!

Where to spend the Perth Gift Card

You can spend the Perth Gift Card in over 70 different locations, from cafés to concert venues, jewellers to clothes and gift shops, galleries to great days out.

Check out the list of businesses accepting the Perth Gift Card

Get social with Perth City Centre

Make sure you follow Perth City Centre on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news, events, days out and activities in Perth and the surrounding area. There’s a lot happening this winter!

Matilda’s Musings – Chilly canter to Carnoustie and Christmas lights celebrations with Craig and Gillian

Matilda’s Musings – Chilly canter to Carnoustie and Christmas lights celebrations with Craig and Gillian

The “old git” and the “old gal” had invited good solo cycling friends Gillian and Craig to Matildas Rest for a weekend of fun! The plan was to head into Perth on the Saturday for Scotland’s biggest Christmas lights switch-on party before heading for a meal, back home for some zzzzs, then a planned gentle ride to blow away the cobwebs on the Sunday.

Perth Christmas Lantern Parade & Nativity Scene

Perth Christmas Lantern Parade & Nativity Scene

Join a beautiful lantern-lit procession through Perth City Centre, ending with the unveiling of the Perth Christmas Nativity Scene outside St John’s Kirk. A great way to celebrate your local community this festive season.  The celebration of Christmas continues with carol singing and bell ringing.