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 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!

Into the Abode of Death: Crossing Arabia’s Empty Quarter

Into the Abode of Death: Crossing Arabia’s Empty Quarter

Mark Evans MBE to tell Perth audiences of trek across largest sand desert in the world

Mark Evans will discuss the trials and tribulations of leading the first team to recreate Bertram Thomas’ 1931 crossing of the infamous Arabian Empty Quarter, the stretch of barren desert between Oman and Qatar. Evans will be speaking for the RSGS Inspiring People talks programme (in partnership with Tiso) on Tuesday 5th December at 7:30pm in The Salutation Hotel.  

In the early 1900s, the race was on to become the first westerner to successfully cross The Arabian Empty Quarter. In February 1931, Bertram Thomas, an RSGS Livingston medallist, did just that in an impressive sixty days. 85 years later, Mark and his team set out to recreate this historic journey, taking only 49 days to cross the largest sand desert in the world from Salalah in Oman, across Saudi Arabia to Doha in Qatar.

Mark will tell audiences what it was like to take on The Empty Quarter, or Rub Al Khali, one of the hottest, driest and most inhospitable places on earth. Temperatures here can climb to a staggering 50°C+ in the summer, and it is not unusual for them to drop below 0°C at night during the winter. There’s hardly anywhere to shelter from the sun, annual rainfall is less than 30mm, there’s little vegetation, and winds laden with sand whip across the dry ground surface. It’s no wonder so few people live there and it’s been dubbed the Empty Quarter!

Speaking about his upcoming talks in Scotland, Mark said:

“I am really looking forward to delivering this talk in Scotland. Oman is a nation with strong connections to Scotland that go well beyond oil. On completing his training at Sandhurst, the current Sultan of Oman was posted to The Scottish Rifles. This stimulated a long-standing affection for Scotland that sees an Omani bagpipe band regularly provide the half time entertainment at the national football stadium, whilst sporting the Qaboos Pipers Plaid, a tartan commissioned by His Majesty. More recently, the Sultan of Oman personally funded the restoration of a series of artifacts at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Hamilton, and it’s interesting to note that around 350 Omani students study in Glasgow, the highest concentration in the UK”.

Chairman of the Perth RSGS group, John McCrone, said: “The third talk in Perth by Mark Evans will highlight past endeavour and achievement in one of the most hostile environments in the world, the Arabian Empty Quarter, and encourage us to learn and challenge ourselves in the present day. The talk will be held in the Salutation Hotel in Perth City Centre which has proved popular with members and visitors alike, giving the opportunity to have food and drink, and be inspired by some amazing speakers”

Tickets to hear Mark’s talk are available at the door or online until noon the day before, see rsgs.org/events for links. Tickets are free to RSGS members, U18s and students, £10 to visitors and £8 for Tiso Outdoor Experience Cardholders.

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.

Buy your whole Christmas Dinner in Perth!

Buy your whole Christmas Dinner in Perth!

As any fans of Perthshire will know, we produce a wealth of wonderful food, from meats, poultry and cheeses to chocolates, fruits, fungi and vegetables. But did you know that you can buy your entire Christmas dinner right here in Perth from our amazing foodie shops?

We’ve put together an essential guide for every part of your festive feast, including the drinks. We even have suggestions for the perfect table décor. Hope you have fun compiling your Christmas dinner list – and don’t forget to tell us what you enjoyed!

The starter

A seafood starter can be a lovely light way to start Christmas lunch. George Campbell & Sons, a Perth favourite now managed by its fourth generation, offers a large selection of fresh seafood in its retail shop, including smoked salmon, smoked trout and smoked gravadlax. You can also order fresh seafood through Drovers Larder.

George Campbell


Or you could make up some canapés – Provender Brown offers canapé cases and all sorts of lovely things to put in them – or delicious antipasti from Duo Deli. Serve with a fresh salad from Martin’s Fruit Bazaar.

The main

You don’t have to order a turkey or roast joint from afar when we have brilliant suppliers of high-quality meats right here in Perth. Order your bird or roast from DG Lindsay or Simon Howie and you’ll get locally sourced produce from farms that they know and trust. They’ll also supply your sausages, homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, and goose fat for roast potatoes. (You can even order your steak pie for New Year!) Drovers Larder is another great place for Highland beef, lamb, sauces, oils and condiments.

Perth Farmers’ Market is a wonderful opportunity to buy your Christmas mains, with suppliers offering venison, pork, beef, buffalo and much more. There are also many stalls supplying cheese, jams and chutneys, drinks, veg, breads (which you could freeze) and confectionery. There are two Saturday markets in December – on the 2nd and 16th.

Perth Farmers Market

You can also get a dazzling array of fruit and veg, including wonderful local tatties, sprouts and carrots, from Martin’s Fruit Bazaar.

For the veggies

If you’re looking for something inspirational for a vegetarian Christmas dinner, how about pre-ordering a Simple Simon’s Mediterranean Vegetable and Feta Pie from Provender Brown?

You can also find great pulses, flours, vegetarian and vegan chocolates and sweets, and lots of other tempting treats at Highland Health Foods

Or pop along to the Perth Farmers’ Market on 2nd or 16th December, or Martin’s Fruit Bazaar, to pick up veg, cheese, eggs, oils and more, and make your own! These easy and delicious recipes for Carrot Keftedes, Anster Cheese Soufflé and Chanterelle & Broad Bean Risotto, from the Perth Farmers’ Market Archives, will delight any veggie guest!

Perth Farmers Market

The drinks

Exel Wines and Provender Brown have excellent selections of fine wines, spirits and soft drinks. When your guests arrive, treat them to a light and bubbly Prosecco. Accompany your starter with a chilled crisp white and you’re off and running! Pair your main course with a spicy and full-bodied red wine, or try a fruity local favourite from Cairn O’ Mohr – also available from Provender Brown and Perth Farmers’ Market.


Cairn o’ Mohr

You’ll delight your guests if you serve the ultra-popular Pickerings Gin baubles, available from Graysons Wine Café, or a locally produced gin from one of our many Perthshire distilleries, available to buy from Provender Brown, Exel Wines or Drovers Larder.

Provender Brown

For the beer drinkers, you can buy directly from Inveralmond Brewery, one of Perthshire’s longest-established breweries, or from the shops mentioned above.

Later on, when guests are mellowing (and before they fall asleep in front of the Bond film), why not pass round a single malt from one of our Perthshire distilleries? You can buy these directly from the distilleries or from Exel Wines and Provender Brown. Check out our guide to some of Perthshire’s best distilleries and breweries!

The pudding

Fancy an alternative to the usual Christmas pud? Why not try a delicious, handmade panettone from Casella and Polegato, available throughout December, or Provender Brown? Or fantastically flavoured macarons from Duo Deli?

If you do fancy a classic fruit pudding, though, pop along to Provender Brown who’ll be able to supply some delicious options!

The cheese board and coffee

You can’t beat a delicious cheese board to finish off your Christmas dinner. It’s also great for a nibble later in the evening when you’re feeling peckish. Get your perfect selection from The Cheese Byre, Provender Brown or Perth Farmers’ Market (on 2nd and 16th December).

The Cheese Byre

And freshly roasted coffee or gourmet tea from The Bean Shop will provide the perfect conclusion to your meal.


The Bean Shop

The décor and crackers

Now that the food’s sorted, how about some ideas to make the room look amazing?

Festoon your Christmas table with beautiful greenery and wreaths from Perth florists The Rose House, Williamsons, McIntyres or Lorna Davies. Add some beautifully scented candles and gorgeous table decorations from Whispers of the Past and placemats and runners from Precious Sparkle. You’ll also get beautiful stationery to make your place cards from Dunns Art Store.

If you’re feeling creative, pop along to The Peacock and The Tortoise for fab ideas for Christmas tablecloths, runners and even fabric crackers you can make yourself!


Peacock and Tortoise

Keepsakes for guests

To make your Christmas dinner even more memorable and give your guests something to take away, you could make up mini hampers at Provender Brown, The Cheese Byre or Drovers Larder. They’re also great Christmas gifts for friends!


Keep in touch

We hope we’ve given you lots of ideas and inspiration for your Christmas dinner, and shown you that, when it comes to shopping, there’s no place like local! Follow Perth City Centre on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest local news and events.