Taste of Perthshire Food Festival – 63 @ Parklands Competition

Taste of Perthshire Food Festival – 63 @ Parklands Competition

Fancy winning a seven-course tasting menu and a bottle of wine for two at 63@Parklands? 

Parklands Boutique Hotel with Dining has always been renowned for its fantastic food and this summer they’ve stepped it up once again with the appointment of a new Head Chef, Stuart Black, and the launch of a new tasting menu concept at their two rosette restaurant, 63@Parklands.

To celebrate the launch of the Taste of Perthshire Food Festival, we have teamed up with 63@Parklands to bring you this brilliant prize worth over £100! All you have to do is simply click the button below and enter your email address!

Get another bite of Perth and Kinross as Cake Fest returns

Get another bite of Perth and Kinross as Cake Fest returns

After a deliciously spectacular inaugural event in 2017, Cake Fest Perth and Kinross is back for a second ‘slice of the action’ in 2018 as part of the annual Winter Festival celebrations.

Bakers of all abilities, from beginner to expert, are again being invited to take up their wooden spoons and contribute to this year’s event, by reproducing their favourite building or place in Perth and Kinross in cake form. Each sculpture will then be placed on an edible map of the area, created throughout the day by Cake Fest head baker Simon Preston.

The grand unveiling of Cake Fest 2018 will take place on Sunday 18 November 2018 as part of the Perthshire Feast event in Mill Street and Horsecross Plaza. Once complete, and after an opportunity for the public to view the eyecatching cake map, it will then be sliced up and shared with festivalgoers.

New for this year, Cake Fest will feature a redesigned, larger map and will celebrate a range of local events and anniversaries, such as the 150th anniversary of Perthshire Rugby Club. Looking back even further into local history, the Cake Fest map will also be
inspired by an ancient tradition which was banned in 1577, when Perth bakers last paraded to celebrate St. Obert, the patron saint of their trade.

Bakers taking part can choose a landmark they love to be temporarily immortalised in cake or select from a list which includes:

McDairmid Park
Loch Leven Castle
The Scottish Crannog Centre
Huntingtower Castle
Perth City Hall
Fergusson Gallery
The Tower on Kinnoull Hill
Perth Racecourse
Perth College
Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery
Elcho Castle
Ossian’s Hall
Taymouth Castle
Drummond Castle
Smeatons Bridge
North Inch Park
Blair Castle and Hercules Garden
South Inch Park
Glenturret (Famous Grouse) Distillery
Dunkeld Cathedral
Scone Palace
Innerpeffary Library
Perth Concert Hall
The Gleneagles Hotel
Pitlochry Theatre
Queen’s Bridge
Perth Playhouse
General Wades Bridge and the Black Watch Monument
Birnam Oak
Atholl Palace Hotel
Enchanted Forest
Perth Leisure Pool
Balado Golf Ball
A K Bell Library
Glenshee
Perth Cenotaph
Perth Grammar School
Beatrix Potter Garden
St Matthew’s Chruch
St John’s Kirk
Black Watch Castle & Museum

If you don’t have a Gmail account, please just email your Name, Phone numebr and the building you would like to bake to simon@cakefest.org.uk

A Day at the Black Watch Museum

A Day at the Black Watch Museum

The Black Watch Museum in Balhousie Castle in Perth is a must for anyone interested in military history. The museum has been situated in the castle since the early 1960’s, and it is packed with historical artifacts from this proud old regiment.

The museum is currently running an exhibition entitled “There But Not There”. This is a fascinating presentation on some of the men lost to us during the First World War, in which nearly 9,000 Black Watch soldiers perished, and thousands more would have suffered both terrible physical and psychological wounds. The “There But Not There” exhibition has positioned around the museum life-size perspex images of a handful of these casualties with information about who they were and tales on their life and how they met their
death. There is an exhibition of artifacts that belonged soldiers fighting in the war that have been donated by their families. A very moving booklet accompanies the presentation, but perhaps the most poignant display is the outline of a life-size soldier, this can be seen as you enter the museum grounds from the car park. I have to admit I am biased as my great grandad fought in the Battle of the Somme while serving in the Black Watch. The There but Not There display can be seen at the museum until the 11th of November – Armistice Day.

There is much more to see at the Black Watch Museum. As you enter the first section takes the visitor back to the origins of the regiment which was formed when the government were struggling to control the Highlands. It was a time of civil war as the Jacobites sought to restore the exiled Stuart King’s to their lost throne. To help police the highlands and keep an eye on the Jacobite clans the government raised six companies in 1725. In 1739 another four companies were recruited, and they became the 43rd Regiment of Foot. It was first mustered at Aberfeldy in 1740, and by the river, in Aberfeldy, a distinct monument stands to commemorate this event.

The museum tells of the part played by the Black Watch at the Battle of Fontenoy in May 1745, despite the battle being a defeat for the British. The Black Watch fought so gallantly that a French officer described them as “Highland Furies”.  The regiment was sent to fight in the American War of Independence by this time it had been renumbered to the 42nd and titled the 42nd Highland Regiment of Foot, and in America, they fought with distinction.  The museum has an excellent section on the wars against Napoleons French with many weapons and uniforms on display.

As you can imagine World War One plays a significant part in the exhibition.  With many notable attractions on display.  A kilt belonging to Captain William Debnam McLaren Stewart from the Comrie area in Perthshire who was killed at the Battle of the Somme on the 25th of September 1916 is on display.  On this kilt traces of mud from the battlefield can still be seen. Captain Stewart features in the “There But Not There” commemoration.

The exhibition then goes onto the Second World War, I was fascinated by a “Tommy Helmet”.   It had been discarded by a Scottish soldier serving in the 51st Highland Division in France in 1940.  The 51st were ordered to surrender after acting as a rear guard thus allowing thousands of British and French soldiers to escape the advancing Germans and depart from the beaches of Dunkirk back to Britain to fight again.  This helmet was found in the sea at St Valery-en-Caux in 1990. For me it made an impressive display piece, I could not help wondering just who ditched this helmet and what happened to this man?

There are opportunities for the kids to dress up in uniforms and a chance to colour in with tables pens and paper provided.  So the Black Watch Museum is a thoughtful and humbling day out for all the family, I would recommend you try to take in the “There But Not There” exhibition before it ends on the 11th of November 2018.

Article by Gary Knight

Perth’s Festival of Yarn Returns This Weekend

Perth’s Festival of Yarn Returns This Weekend

Nominated earlier this year for the Best UK Knitting Show/Event 2017/18 in the prestigious British Knitting and Crochet Awards, Perth Festival of Yarn returns to it’s home, the Dewars Centre, Perth, on 8 and 9 September for it’s third annual celebration.


This year Perth Festival of Yarn has expanded to a two-day celebration in the Fair City, however, it’s purpose remains the same; bringing boutique independent businesses, sheep-farmers and those that practice the fibre arts together to celebrate the best in textile artistry through a large marketplace, with classes and lectures to inspire.

 

Festival Director, Eva Christie, and her team are excited to be welcoming festival-goers from 17 different countries this year to an abundant yarn and fibre marketplace boasting almost 80 vendors from across the UK as well as from France, Germany, Spain and Greece.

 

Classes will be led by internationally respected tutors including Karie Westermann and Janice Anderson, and the 2018 Keynote Lecture will be delivered by Fiona Wemyss of The Wemyss School of Needlework which dates back to the 17th Century.  Event sponsors, The Knitter Magazine, will be in The Knitter Podcast Lounge where festival-goers can meet their favourite textile crafting bloggers and podcasters throughout the weekend.

 

Advance tickets are available from www.perthfestivalofyarn.uk until 8pm on Tuesday 4 September. Day entry tickets will be available on the door priced at £12.00 (accompanied under-16s) free.

The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge | Glasgow Warriors V Harlequins

The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge | Glasgow Warriors V Harlequins

The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge | Glasgow Warriors V Harlequins

Glasgow Warriors will play English Premiership giants Harlequins in Perth in August.

‘The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge’, in association with Perth & Kinross Council, will be held at Perthshire RFC’s North Inch ground in a 5,000 capacity arena on Saturday 18 August.

The match is being sponsored by The Famous Grouse and will be part of a huge weekend of activity in the city, with the rugby arena also being used for other events.

Aviva Premiership champions in 2012, Harlequins have a squad packed full of international players, such as England’s Danny Care, British & Irish Lion Kyle Sinckler and former Scotland winger Tim Visser.

The London club last played the Warriors in 2016 when Harlequins edged a pre-season victory 22-17 at the Twickenham Stoop.

Categories and Match Ticket Pricing

Match Ticket prices now includes all fees.

  • ADULT Any match ticket purchaser not eligible for the below category
  • U18 Aged 18 or under as of 1 September 2018. Proof of age must be available upon request.

Match tickets for The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge will be priced as follows:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there dedicated parking?

There is no dedicated parking for this event. Please use one of the long stay car parks in the city centre. Please not parking for this event is not available at Bell’s Sports Centre.

How far is the event from the train/bus Station?

The North Inch is a 15-minute walk away

Is there any standing at the event?

There is a stadium with seating and also standing space at the event

Will there be refreshments at the event?

Perthshire Rugby are providing the bar and food provision for this event.

Can tickets be bought on the day?

A limited number of tickets will be available for cash purchases only.

Is the North Inch Golf Club still open?

Yes the golf course is open as normal

 

Artistic Opportunities in Perth

Artistic Opportunities in Perth

Perth and Kinross Council is offering an exciting new commissioning opportunity to create a major new artwork for the city centre supporting their City Lighting Strategy. The commission will see the creation of a large mural with integrated lighting features sited on a prominent building in a main city centre thoroughfare. Bold and imaginative submissions from professional artists are sought by 21 September 2018 and the full brief can be accessed here.

Public Art Commissions – Key Commissioning Principles

Culture Perth and Kinross, in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council and through a steering group including artist, business and education representation have developed a set of key principles which underpin commissioning activity and artists seeing to respond to open calls or develop their own proposals for creating new work are asked to demonstrate how their work addresses each principle.

Who are these for:
These principles help to guide anyone involved in both the commissioning and the making of work that animates the public spaces within Perth and the surrounding area. These can also be used to support any wider creative commissioning activity such as for public programmes, visual art works or residencies within organisations.

What are they for:
They reflect the values and qualities that have emerged from discussions about Perth’s identity and how the city and wider region hopes to understand itself and be understood by others.
These principles have been developed by the team responsible for developing the Plan to animate Perth’s Public Spaces, and tested with a steering group consisting of a wide range of Perth & Kinross’ stakeholders.

How you should use them:
These principles broadly define the tone and attitudes that should run through all work commissioned and created for Perth & Kinross’ public spaces. They underpin the Vision and Plan, providing an easy-to-use set of references that you can refer back to as you develop your approach.

Create Living Memories

Temporary interventions, fleeting moments in time and time-limited performances are as welcome in Perth & Kinross as large scale sculptures and permanent murals.

In the past, much of the public art that has been commissioned for Perth & Kinross has been monolithic and eternal in nature. Over time, a number of them have inevitably lost relevance and meaning.

Ideas that embrace a shorter period of time are just as valuable as those that stand proud for years. They have the ability to live on in memory for just as long if not longer than an anonymous bronze statue.

Work in any Art Form

We want to see performances, audio installations, neons and much much more in the public spaces of Perth and Kinross. While the term public art can bring to mind sculptures and perhaps murals, there are many different ways of conveying ideas within the public domain.

Any form of creativity and any form of cultural expression is valid and valuable.

Engage People

The work that animates the public spaces of Perth and Kinross must engage local communities.

This is where people live and work: it’s critical that any projects that appear are made with insight from the communities who inhabit any spaces used.

The work created can and should engage with the multiple communities that exist within Perth & Kinross. Talk to younger adults, talk to people who are older. Listen to people whose families have lived here for generations, listen to newcomers. Work with the blue-collar worker, as well as the unemployed. Engage in both rural and urban settings.

Generate Opportunities

Creating work for public spaces provides very real opportunities for people. These might range from job opportunities to the space to think differently about issues. Projects developed for Perth & Kinross should attempt to change the landscape in some way, no matter how small. They should provide people with the chance to try something, to extend their skillset, to expand their opinions.

Be Surprising

Show people just how extraordinary a place Perth and the surrounding area is. If they’re visitors, make them want to come back. If they live here, reveal new facets of the city or region to them. Make the work accessible. Think about different times of day and night: when and how do people want to engage with Perth and Kinross? Perth could have a reputation as one of Europe’s most vibrant small cities. Work developed for Perth & Kinross’ public spaces should challenge any perceptions that people may have of the area as old-fashioned or set in its ways.

Think Sustainably

Anything commissioned for Perth and Kinross must be sustainable. We want to make sure we contribute wherever possible to the health and resilience of our communities and places. Core to this is deep thinking about the materials we use and what happens to them next. What is our legacy, and how can we ensure it’s positive rather than wasteful? Thematically, we want to see projects that engage with conversations about what sustainable living means for Perth and Kinross. While this needn’t be the focus of your idea, we’d like everyone we work with to demonstrate what sustainability means to them, and what they’re doing to contribute.

Maggie’s Penguin Parade has made it to Perth City Centre!

Maggie’s Penguin Parade has made it to Perth City Centre!

For three months in summer 2018 the streets of Dundee and surrounding region (including Perth!) will be home to a trail of individually designed and beautifully decorated giant penguin sculptures. Each will showcase the wealth of artistic talent in the area, creating economic and cultural benefits for Dundee. This project is brought to you by Maggie’s Centre Dundee, in partnership with Wild in Art, and will raise significant funds to support Maggie’s vital work caring for local people affected by cancer.

Dundee has long had an association with penguins and replicas of these lovely creatures can be found throughout the city. RRS Discovery was the last wooded three-masted ship to be built in Britain and its first mission was the British National Antarctica, the home of the penguin. The penguin has become a symbol of the great explorers who set out from Dundee. Our 100-strong waddle (yes- really that’s the collective noun for penguins) will supplement their more indigenous friends. Wild in Art is the global leader in the organisation of mass participation public art events which bring together artists, communities and schools with private and public organisations to create memorable and significant events for all to enjoy.

Can you find them all??

Book Your Free DiverseCiTAY Bus Journey

Book Your Free DiverseCiTAY Bus Journey

Book Your Free DiverseCiTAY Bus Journey on Saturday 23rd June. We’re offering free return bus trips to Perth City Centre from Invergowrie, Blackford, Kinross, Alyth and Aberfeldy

Select the trip that suits you from the list of available options below. Don’t forget to book a return journey too! If none of the trips work for you, make sure to take a look at our sustainable travel page for more travel options.

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Boating on the Tay – Itineraries

Boating on the Tay – Itineraries

The popular River Tay boat trips are back! You can now explore the Tay in a new and exciting way, and see the city from a different angle.

And, to help you make a whole day or evening out around your trip, we’ve put together three fantastic Perth itineraries!

Daytime itinerary for Willowgate boat trips

If your boat trip is starting or finishing at Willowgate Activity Centre, you’re in for a treat.

Aqua Zorbing

Morning

Try your hand at one of the fantastic activities on offer at the Willowgate Activity Centre.

  • Take to the water for an adventure, with Aqua Zorbing, Paddle Boarding, Kayaking or Canoeing.
  • How about Target Archery or Field Archery*? Bring out your inner Robin Hood or Maid Marian as you let those arrows fly (safely and under supervision, of course).
  • Or make like Bear Grylls as you go on a Bushcraft adventure, exploring a range of survival skills such as shelter-building, knot-tying, animal-tracking, water filtration and fire-lighting. (Overnight survival courses also available on request!)

 

Most activities are suitable for kids aged 6 or 7 and up, so the whole family can have fun. *No animals will be harmed during this activity!

Lunchtime

Have a tasty lunch at the Willowgate Café, which is set in a wonderful location on the banks of the river. The café is a converted salmon-fishing station serving a range of delicious homemade soups, sandwiches, light lunches, home baking, artisan coffees, teas and hot chocolate. (Open Wed to Sun, 10am to 4pm.)

After lunch, take a stroll along the Tay, enjoying the beautiful views and looking out for local wildlife and plant life.

Afternoon

Back in Perth, just beside the Fergusson Pontoon is one of Perth’s best-loved attractions, the Fergusson Gallery. Named after the renowned 20th-Century Scottish colourist, the gallery features JD Fergusson’s work and that of his lifelong companion Margaret Morris, who was a pioneering artist, dancer and choreographer. Set in a former waterworks, the gallery is free to visit and sure to inspire.

If seeing all that natural beauty and dance has made you want to stretch your legs, head to the South Inch Park for a stroll or take the kids to the playpark, skate park or South Inch Pavilion Café.

A short hop from the South Inch are some fantastic independent shops – take a stroll up Princes Street and the surrounding area to find these and more:

After all that boating, walking, sightseeing and shopping, you’ll probably be ravenous! Check out our Evening itinerary  for loads of great Perth restaurants, evening activities, bars and more.

 

Daytime itinerary for Kinnoull Hill, Broughty Ferry and Elcho Castle boat trips

 These boat trips start and end at the Fergusson Pontoon, opposite the beautiful Fergusson Gallery. Here are some great ideas for daytime activities to fit round your boat trip.

Morning

Before you hop on your boat, why not grab some breakfast or a morning coffee at one of Perth’s many cafés? A short stroll from the Fergusson Pontoon are these lovely eateries, to name just a few:

You’re also a stone’s throw from a huge number of Perth’s independent shops, such as:

 

For a shot of culture and a beautiful building, head to Perth Museum and Art Gallery, where there are always fascinating regular exhibitions as well as its vast permanent collection.

Tucked behind the museum is the fascinating Fair Maid’s House, an historic building in its own right but also home to the HQ and visitor centre of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

Lunchtime

These city-centre restaurants are always popular at lunchtime with Perth locals and visitors – why not book a table for before or after your boat trip?

 

Or if you fancy a picnic, visit Provender Brown, The Cheese Byre, Duo Deli or the world-famous Murrays Bakers to make up your own delicious lunch.

 

Afternoon

For a lovely walk after lunch, it’s hard to beat the North Inch, right by the city centre. Stroll along the river, enjoy the green space, take the kids to the playpark, or sit on a bench and watch the people go by.

Black Watch Castle and Museum Perth

For a slice of Perthshire history, drop in to the fascinating Black Watch castle, museum, café and shop – and home of the Black Watch Regimental Association – right beside the North Inch.

After all that activity, you’ll be ready for dinner! Check out our Evening itinerary for great Perth restaurants, bars and evening activities.

Book a River Tay boat trip today!

Check out the Boating timetable and information leaflet

Evening itinerary for all boat trips

After your busy day in Perth, it’s time to take your pick from our fantastic restaurants where you’ll get a warm welcome and delicious dinner. Here are a few to choose from:

 

View our full restaurant listings

For evening entertainment, check out Perth Playhouse Cinema where you can choose from a wide selection of films as well as live-broadcast theatre and opera. You can also book tickets for one of the fabulous shows at Perth Theatre or Perth Concert Hall, or laugh / dance your socks off at The Green Room.

If you fancy a nightcap to end your evening, check out Graysons Wine Café, an intimate and friendly bar and café, or select a cocktail at Rocablu. Or be spoiled for choice at The Venue, which has a whisky and wine bar, a cocktail and gin bar, and a rum bar!

Check out the Boating timetable here. We hope you enjoy exploring the city and the river!

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Biggest Weekend Travel Information

Biggest Weekend Travel Information

If you’re coming along to Perth’s Biggest Weekend this May, you are going to have to start thinking about your travel plans. If you need some advice on travelling into Perth, make sure you have a look at our travel tips here.

To get to the Biggest Weekend from Perth City Centre you have a couple of options. Here you can find out more about the Shuttle Bus and Parking Tickets specially organised for the Biggest Weekend!

There is no drop off on the site for private vehicles, due to the volume of traffic expected.

 

Check this page to find out more details about transport, parking details and other useful information about getting to the event. This page will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Plan your travel in advance to minimise disruption. Access to the event is by car, shuttle bus or on foot. Private vehicles wishing to drop off passengers should drop them in Perth, from where they can walk or get the shuttle bus, as there will be no drop off on site. Please follow the signs rather than your sat nav, as some roads may be closed.

Travelling by car:

Car parking areas are next to the event site with a maximum of around 15 minutes walking. There will be limited public car parking available at the event location. Consider car sharing: check out https://liftshare.com.

Parking tickets are sold on a first come first served basis:

  • Tickets bought between 7 May – 20 May 2018: £15 (plus £2 handling charge) per car per day
  • Tickets bought between 21 May 2018 – 24 May (Show Week): £18 (plus £2 handling charge) per car per day
  • Car parking tickets must be purchased in advance of the event.
  • Buy your parking tickets here – https://booking.scone-palace.co.uk/event/bbc-biggest-weekend-car-parking

 

Travelling by bus:

Stagecoach East Scotland has teamed up with the BBC Biggest Weekend and Perth & Kinross Council to run a shuttle bus service for people travelling to the event from Perth City Centre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May. The bus pick up / drop off location is a 20-minute walk through grassy parklands. Please wear sturdy footwear.

Journeys will leave from the dedicated shuttle bus stop at the junction of Perth High Street and Tay Street from 11:30 am on Friday 25 May and run every half an hour to Scone Palace. Returning to Perth City Centre in the evening, the last journey from the Palace will depart at 00:30 on the Saturday morning.

On Saturday 26 May, shuttle bus services will begin at 10:00am from the same dedicated stop and run every 15 minutes throughout the day to Scone Palace. Returning in the evening the last departure to Perth City Centre will be at 01:00 on the Sunday morning.

Both return and single journey tickets cost £5.00 per person.

Please pre-book your seats for the shuttle bus service before 18 May, when online booking closes. After 18th of May you can still buy tickets in person at Perth bus station until Friday the 25th. Seats are likely to be extremely limited on the day for those who have not pre-booked.

Buy your bus tickets here – http://www.citylink.co.uk/e_biggestweekend.php

 

Travel Map

Take a look at our map to find out about road closures, walking routes and drop off points.

 

Question and Answers for the Biggest Weekend

Traffic and Transport

General questions

  1. How do I get to the event?

Site access is well signposted, so if you’re travelling by car or on foot follow the event signage to reach your destination. The route is not the same as a normal visit to Scone Palace Events, so don’t rely on sat nav!

  1. Where can I drop off passengers in my car?

Drivers of private vehicles who do not wish to park at the site should drop passengers in Perth, at South Inch car park, so that they can walk or get the shuttle bus. There is no pick-up/drop-off area on site, anyone who enters the car park will be asked to pay.

  1. Why can’t the public pick up and drop off at the venue?

This decision was based on traffic modelling which highlighted there was insufficient capacity on the local road network. Therefore the traffic plan concentrated on the shuttle bus operation supplemented with the car park and walking options.

  1. I’m driving a minibus, will I be able to use the taxi rank?

 Unfortunately the temporary taxi rank at Quarrymill Car Park will be unable to take the volume of minibuses which are now being predicted. Any minibuses, with the exception of those operated by a taxi firm, will be directed to the on site car park, and asked to pay the on the day ticket price of £20. Entries to the car park will stop at 9.00 pm on both nights, so if the minibus will be leaving and returning later that day you will need to be back in the car park before 9.00 pm.

Retain your parking ticket from earlier in the day to show on re-entry.

  1. How do I leave the event by walking/ car / taxi etc ?

Follow the event signage.

If you are walking temporary tower lights are being put in place on the A93 and Old Scone Brae to make your journey safer.

If you are leaving the car park follow the signage and directions from police/stewards.

If you are meeting a pre-arranged taxi, walk back down the A93 towards Quarrymill. Please note Quarrymill car park will not be acting as a taxi rank, so you will not be able to pick up a taxi from here if it has not been booked in advance.

Please remember there is no pick-up point within or near the site, so if you’re meeting someone for a lift after we advise you to arrange pick-up at the South Inch car park in Perth city.

Shuttle bus

  1. I didn’t buy my bus ticket by 18 May, can I still get the shuttle bus?

 There will be limited bus tickets available on the day. If you missed the online deadline, you can still buy tickets in advance in person at Perth bus station.

  1. Where do I go to catch the shuttle bus in Perth?

 There will be a queuing system in place, as large numbers of passengers are expected between 11am and 3pm. To enter the queue, please approach Tay Street from the south (ie from the South Street end).

  1. I am unable to walk for 20 minutes. Can I still get the bus?

Yes, transport from the shuttle drop off to the arena will be arranged for people unable to walk.

  1. Will there be enough tickets available for those who want to pay for the shuttle bus on the day?

 On the day tickets will be limited, you will have to queue to buy tickets on the day, and only once one has been purchased will you be allowed to join the next queue to get on a shuttle bus. If you haven’t purchased a ticket in advance you will get there, but you should expect a lengthy wait, particularly if you intend to travel during peak times.

  1. Do I have to stick to the travel time on my pre-booked ticket?

 No, the time chosen when you booked your shuttle bus ticket was for pre-planning purposes so we could get a sense of the busiest times. Your ticket will be valid all day.

  1. Will the A4 bag size restriction be enforced on the shuttle bus?

 Yes, one of the conditions of access to the event is that bags bigger than A4 will not be allowed, this will be enforced by stewards before anyone is allowed on the shuttle bus.

Parking private vehicles

  1. Will the parking pass count as a ‘permitted vehicle’?

If you are parking on site please follow event signage which will direct you to the car park. If you’ve pre-paid for parking please show a copy of your email confirmation and you will be allowed access to the site without re-paying. Parking passes will not give you access to roads closed by traffic orders.

  1. I’ve pre-paid for parking, but haven’t received a ticket, what should I do?

 Anyone who has pre-paid for parking online will have received an email confirmation, people who have booked more recently will also have received a PDF attachment. Either a printed copy of the PDF or a print out of the email if there wasn’t a PDF attachment will be sufficient to prove that you have pre-paid for parking. If you haven’t received a confirmation email or have any concerns, please contact Scone Palace directly.

  1. Are you allowed to leave cars overnight on Saturday and collect them on Sunday?

No, overnight parking is not allowed. Vehicles left in the event car park overnight may be removed.

Taxi

  1. Do taxis have to register?

No, although taxi drivers should follow instructions from stewards/police, and should be aware that they may be diverted away from Quarrymill when it is full.

Please note this is not a taxi stance.

Taxis can only drop off and pick up pre booked hires.

  1. Why are taxis not allowed to drop off nearer the venue?

This decision was also based on traffic modelling which highlighted there was insufficient capacity on the local road network. Therefore the traffic plan concentrated on the shuttle bus operation supplemented with the carpark and walking options. The taxi pick up and drop off is a few hundred yards from the pedestrian entrance to the site.

  1. Where should taxis coming from Blairgowrie go?

 Any traffic coming down the A93 from the Blairgowrie direction which is not heading for the event car park will be directed up Old Scone Brae, and southward through Scone.  Taxis can then access Quarrymill from the south (Bridgend) side of the A93.

Cycling/ Walking

  1. Will there be somewhere safe for me to lock up my bicycle on site?

 Cyclists should follow the main walking routes to the venue. Just north of the South Lodge Gate into the estate, on the opposite side of the road, cyclists will be directed into what was the former stable block area where secure cycle parking will be provided. Cycle parking facilities will be provided along with toilets and lighting, although cyclists will need to provide their own bike lock to secure their property.

  1. Where is the pedestrian access to the site?

 Pedestrian access is via Gate C which is on the A93 (Isla Road to Old Scone) – slightly further north of the normal Scone Palace visitor entrance. Signage will be in place, and stewards on hand to direct you.

Other access questions

  1. Are disabled / physically impaired visitors allowed to bring camping chairs?

Friday 25 May – BBC Radio 3 event

All event goers are permitted to bring with them 1 folding chair for use at the event.

These must come through the normal entrance lanes and are subject to security searches.

Saturday 26 May – BBC Radio 2 event

As a general rule no folding chairs are allowed into the event on Saturday due to the numbers of people expected. The only exceptions are for festival goers who have accessibility requirements which have been confirmed with the access co-ordinator for the event in advance (normally by indicating accessibility requirements at the point the event ticket was booked). The chair will be tagged at the check in cabin and will be granted access.

People travelling in the area, not attending the event

 

22. Which roads are affected by restrictions / closures on the Friday?

 Looking at the latest estimates, we expect numbers on Friday to be similar to those for previous events at Scone, and so we do not expect to have to implement the closures of Tay Street, High Street, George Street, Bridge Lane or Perth Bridge, although there will be parking and loading restrictions. Restrictions for local traffic will also be lifted on the A93 (Isla Road) to allow commuter vehicles to travel this road on the Friday.

A Google MyMap showing the traffic restrictions/closures on both days is available here: http://bit.ly/2GMQ5qO

23. Why do you need to put restrictions on Stormont Road on Friday when the traffic won’t be so heavy?

The road in question is a key route in the overall traffic management plan, as such it was identified by the Event Transport Sub Group, (this group consists of the Emergency Services, PKC, and other Traffic and Transport Professionals) as a prime location for indiscriminate parking by event goers. Therefore we were asked to promote a Temporary Traffic Restriction Order to prevent parking and to ensure that this main artery, is kept clear for residents, emergency services, and exiting traffic.

24. Why has there been so little communications and engagement with communities leading up to the event?

All affected residents, businesses and community councils have been contacted with details of the travel and road restrictions for the BBC’s Biggest Weekend. Unfortunately the travel plan took longer than anticipated to finalise, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Travel planning is a multi-agency responsibility, and we have consulted with partners as well as taken into account the latest event ticket sales and bus and car parking ticket sales, in order to ensure as little disruption as possible.

25. Local media reported people in Stormontfield would need to take a 20 mile detour to buy provisions. Is this true?

The road restriction which caused this concern is only in place between 9.00 pm and 2.00 am following each of the events to support people exiting the event, during this time the U88 Stormontfield will be closed to westbound traffic. We hope that this small period of time, late at night, gives residents enough flexibility to stock up during the day

26. Are both bridges leading into Perth only open to buses?

Both the Old Perth Bridge and Queen’s Bridge are open to normal traffic, however, event traffic should follow event signage to reach the event. We would recommend that other road users avoid the Old Perth Bridge as far as possible as it will be very busy, particularly during peak travel periods.

 

Road Closures and Travelling around Perth/Scone during the event

Friday 25th May 

Looking at the latest estimates, we expect numbers on Friday to be similar to those for previous events at Scone, and so we do not expect to have to implement all of the road closures originally expected. The information below has been updated to reflect the closures and parking/loading restrictions which will be in place on the Friday.

Saturday 26th May

On Saturday, there will be unprecedented numbers travelling within a relatively short space of time, so we do expect to have to close more roads to cars. If you do not need to travel during the peak times for people travelling to (10:00 to 14:00) and from (22:00 to 01:00) on each day, then we’d recommend planning any journeys outwith these times., 

  • A93 Perth to Blairgowrie, Isla Road (Main Street to Old Scone) will be closed to all traffic apart from permitted vehicles from 08:00 Saturday 26th May to 10:00 Sunday 27th The diversion will be via the A94 to Scone. There will be local access as far as Upper Springlands. From 08:00 Friday 25th May to 10:00 Sunday 27th May there will also be a 20mph speed restriction, plus loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
  • U88 Stormontfield (A93 Old Scone to Race Course entrance) will be closed to all westbound traffic from 21:00 Fri 25th May to 02:00 Sat 26th May and also from 21:00 Sat 26th May to 02:00 Sun 27th May. The diversion will be via the A94 Scone to Redstone – C438 Redstone – C437 Guildtown – A93 – U88 Cambusmichael. This diversion will be extremely busy when people are leaving the event. There will also be a 20mph speed restriction, plus loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
  • U87 Old Scone (A93 to Stormont Road) will be closed to all westbound traffic from 08:00 Fri 25th May to 08:00 Sun 27th May. The diversion will be via the A94. There will also be a 20mph speed restriction, plus loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
  • U89 St Martins (A93 – C434) will be closed to all eastbound traffic from 08:00 Fri 25th May to 15:00 Fri 25th May and also from 08:00 Sat 26th May to 15:00 Sat 26th May. The diversion will be via the C434 – A93 – C437 – C438 – A94. There will also be a 20mph speed restriction, plus loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
  • Keir Street, Perth (A94 – A93) will be closed to all westbound traffic from 08:00 Fri 25th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May. The diversion will be via the A94. There will also be loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
  • Main Street, Perth (Strathmore Street – Perth Bridge) will have loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation from 06:00 Fri 25th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.
  • Stormont Road, Sandy Road, Spoutwells Road, Spoutwells Drive and Oakdene Road, Scone will have parking and loading restrictions (both sides) in place from 06:00 Fri 25th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May. This is to maintain the local bus services and prevent indiscriminate parking.

 

Loading and parking restrictions (both sides) will be in place on the following roads from 06:00 Friday 25th May to 10:00 Sunday 27th May. Details of road closures/other restrictions are as below.

  • Tay Street, Perth (Perth Bridge – Queen’s Bridge) will be closed to all traffic apart from buses from 06:00 Sat 26th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.
  • High Street, Perth (Tay Street – Watergate) will be closed to all traffic apart from buses from 06:00 Sat 26th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.
  • George Street, Perth (High Street – Charlotte Street) will be closed to all traffic apart from buses from 06:00 Sat 26th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.
  • Bridge Lane, Perth (Skinnergate – George Street) will be closed to all traffic from 06:00 Sat 26th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.

 

The following roads are also included in the Temporary Traffic Restriction Order. They have been included only in case they are needed and will hopefully not be necessary. However, there is expected to be a lot of traffic on these roads at the start and end of the event.

  • A85 Perth Bridge & West Bridge Street, Perth
  • C434 Balbeggie to St Martins
  • C438 Redstone to Gallowhill
  • C437 Gallowhill to Guildtown

 

The peak arrival times are expected to be 10:00 – 14:00 and the peak departure times 22:00 – 01:00 for both the Friday and Saturday events. Traffic will be significantly heavier on the Saturday.  Please plan around this, and where possible avoid travelling during these times unless it’s absolutely necessary. 

Pedestrian routes will not be affected and emergency access will be maintained at all times.