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

 

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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Glasgow Warriors to play Harlequins in pre-season encounter in Perth

Glasgow Warriors to play Harlequins in pre-season encounter in Perth

Glasgow Warriors have announced that they will play English Premiership giants Harlequins in Perth ahead of the 2018/19 season.

‘The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge’, in association with Perth & Kinross Council, will be held at Perthshire RFC’s North Inch ground on Saturday 18 August (kick-off 2pm).

The game will take place two weeks before the new Guinness PRO14 season gets underway.

A 5,000-capacity arena will be constructed close to the city centre and the event is being sponsored by The Famous Grouse.

The game 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.

It has also been confirmed that seven days later (Saturday 25 August) the Warriors will travel to play Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens to complete their pre-season preparations.

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach, Dave Rennie, said: “It’s great that we’re taking a game to Perth and have the chance to engage with supporters from across our region.

“We represent the West and North of Scotland, so we’re excited to get on the road again after the success of our game against Northampton in Stirling last year.

“Harlequins are a top side full of international players and will provide us with the type of challenge we need as we gear up for the new season.”

Leader of Perth & Kinross Council, Councillor Murray Lyle, said: “It is a great show of faith in Perth that Glasgow Warriors have chosen our city to play host to this high profile pre-season match.

“The North Inch is a fantastic location and it will be an excellent opportunity to see a professional rugby match in the heart of the city.”

John Laurie, The Famous Grouse Experience, General Manager, said: “We’re proud to be backing Glasgow Warriors in their pre-season preparations as they welcome one of the biggest names in English professional rugby to Perth, our home since 1896.

“We are excited to continue our long-standing backing of rugby in Scotland. This partnership gives us a chance to bring a new and unique experience to fans of the game.”

CEO of Perthshire Rugby, Allan Brown, added: “Perthshire Rugby are delighted that Glasgow Warriors have chosen the North Inch in Perth as the venue for this fixture and we welcome this high profile fixture to Perth as we embark on our 150th anniversary celebrations.

“We look forward to welcoming supporters from Glasgow and all over the Caledonia region to the North Inch, the home of Perthshire Rugby and we look forward to working with Glasgow Warriors and Perth & Kinross Council to make this a tremendous success.”

Tickets for this game will then go on public sale from glasgowwarriors.org from 10am on Monday 18 June.

Boating on the Tay

Boating on the Tay

Boating on the Tay

From May until September 2018 discover the River Tay with a range of fantastic boat trips. Take a trip from Broughty Ferry to Perth or discover Elcho Castle on a trip from Perth City Centre.

Due to the tidal nature of the river, the trips will run at different times of day meaning you get the choice to explore this beautiful river first thing in the morning, during the day or into the early evening.

Why not combine your trip on the Tay with a spot of shopping in Perth and breakfast/lunch/dinner from one of our great cafes and restaurants or try something new at the fab Willowgate Activity Centre.

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FAQs

 

 

FAQS

Can I cancel my booking and if so how? Cancellations must be made 48 hours before a trip for a full refund. Cancellations must be made via email to perth@mi-cnx.com

If a trip you have booked is cancelled due to bad weather or extreme river conditions, you will be notified by email 24 hours prior to the trip.

Please ensure at the time of booking that you are happy with the vessel that you have selected for your trip as it may not be possible to change this at a later date or on the day

Full payment must be received prior to the trip commencing.

Are there reduced rates for group bookings? Enquiries for group bookings should be submitted via email to info@perthcity.co.uk. When enquiring about a group booking, please be aware you will need to book the whole trip which will range from 8 seats to 12 seats, depending on the vessels/offering available. Group bookings should be sought as early as possible.

Can I buy tickets on the day? If there are tickets available for trips on the day of enquiry, customers have up until 1 hour before the trip departs to book a ticket.

What is the age limit for children’s tickets? 12 years of age

Is there wheelchair access? Please note that Marine Safety Regulations deem that the vessels are unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Are dogs allowed on the boats? Our boat trips are now dog-friendly! However, there is limited space on the boats and a limited number of dog life jackets, so please make sure you let us know if you are planning on bringing your dog along. You can do this by leaving a note in the comment section of the checkout.

Do babies and very young children qualify for free tickets? Yes. Children under the age of 3 years qualify for free tickets, however, tickets must still be chosen when stating passenger numbers i.e. no of passengers under the age of 3 years. Stringent safety measures restrict the number of passengers per vessel, so please ensure the number of tickets acquired accurately reflects the passengers who will be boarding the vessel as per booking.

Are there toilet facilities? Toilet facilities are available at the South Inch car park and Willowgate Café (during opening hours)

Is it safe to carry babies on backpacks or baby carriers on the boats? Babies will only be allowed on board a vessel when securely positioned in a backpack or baby carrier. Buggies or prams will not be allowed on the vessels and there are no storage facilities for buggies/prams at the pontoons.

How far in advance should I arrive at the boat before departure? On the day of your trip, please make sure you arrive in plenty of time as the boats keep to a tight schedule

What parking is available at the Perth departure point? Parking is available at the South Inch Car Park

What parking is available at the Willowgate departure point? Parking is available at Willowgate Fisheries

What happens if the trip is cancelled? Trips will only be cancelled in extreme weather or river conditions

Can I reclaim VAT on my ticket? Yes, you can reclaim the VAT on your ticket.

Can I phone to book? Bookings can be made by phoning Willowgate Activity Centre on 01738 637 245 during office hours.

What happens if I don’t turn up or cancel my trip after making a confirmed booking? Customers who have to cancel bookings should refer to the cancellation policy above (first question). If you don’t turn up, but fail to cancel your booking, the seat remains vacant. If the booking is cancelled 48hrs in advance, the seat will become vacant and available for re-booking.

No refunds will be given for late cancellations (less than 48hrs notice) which are not as a direct result of bad weather or extreme river conditions. Failure to turn up for a trip which has been booked does not qualify for a refund.

What should I wear? Check the weather and dress appropriately. Life jackets will be provided.

What safety measures are in place?
Safety measures are in place on the pontoons, life jackets will be provided and the operator has to pass stringent safety measures to enable the transit of passengers on commercial vessels. Operating conditions outlined by the Harbour Master has been issued to the operator. All trips are reported to the Coast Guard.

 

 

 

Partners

 

Partners

In partnership with Perth and Kinross Council and the Tay and Earn Trust these boating trips are provided by Taymara and David Anderson Marine.

Taymara (Tay Maritime Action) is a voluntary sector organisation which exists to serve the local communities of Tayside – ie the geographic areas of Fife, Dundee & Angus and Perth & Kinross – with their vessels and qualified crews providing safe access to the exciting Tay River marine environment to provide knowledge, qualifications, skills and memorable maritime experiences for all, but especially for those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable.

http://www.taymara.org/

http://www.davidandersonmarine.co.uk/

 

 

Terms and Conditions

 

 

Booking Terms and Conditions:

  • Cancellations must be made 48 hours before a trip for a full refund. Cancellations must be made via email to perth@mi-cnx.com
  • If  a trip you have to be booked is cancelled due to weather or river conditions you will be notified by email 24 hours prior to the trip
  • Trips will only be cancelled in extreme weather or river conditions
  • Please ensure at the time of booking that you are happy with the vessel that you have selected for your trip as it may not be possible to change this at a later date or on the day
  • Full payment must be received prior to the trip commencing
  • Children should be accompanied by adults on all trips

 

 

Getting Here

Perth is the most accessible city in Scotland with fantastic road, bus and rail links.

Getting to Perth by Car

Perth is easily accessible by road from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Stirling and Inverness. There’s a wide range of safe and secure, short stay car parks within the city centre.

Find out more about parking in Perth City Centre at http://www.pkc.gov.uk/cityparking

Getting to Perth by Bus

Perth can be reached by a network of fast and reliable coach services. Travelling around Perth is easy by bus, with many fast and reliable services available, from all over the City.

Getting to Perth by Train

Perth Railway Station is a short walk from the city centre. There are regular services to and from Stirling, Dundee and Pitlochry, with a journey time of around 30 minutes. Direct trains to and from Edinburgh run at approximately two hourly intervals.

Perth is a historic city set beside the beautiful River Tay and located just 90 minutes from 90% of Scotland’s population. It’s the perfect place to stay whether you are exploring the city itself or the huge range of attractions and activities available across Perthshire. Check out the accommodation section which provides details a wide range of options to suit every taste and budget.

Re:Cap – Saturday 5th May

Re:Cap – Saturday 5th May

See the city differently: arts, music, food and drink in the Perth City Vennels.

Eight local artists will transform the vennels for one day only. With video art, installations, street art, take this chance to imagine Perth and its public spaces differently. You will have your chance to give your opinion on how you want to better use public spaces.

With food and drink, plus performance from Rana Marathon and Craig Lithgow.

Running 10am to 10pm.

Find out more by following Re:cap on Instagram or Twitter.

See photos from last year’s event

Lorne Snaps Up Award – Perthshire Photographer Honoured By RSGS

Lorne Snaps Up Award – Perthshire Photographer Honoured By RSGS

On Tuesday night, the RSGS was delighted to present nature photographer, Lorne Gill with a prestigious Honorary Fellowship of the Society. The award was bestowed for his inspirational work in promoting the best of Scotland’s landscapes and wildlife, and for his support of both the RSGS and the next generation of photographers.

Though some may not recognise the name, most will have come across Lorne’s work on the covers of a raft of publications across Scotland and the wider world. For the past 26 years, Lorne has been the staff photographer for Scottish Natural Heritage, producing breath-taking images of Scotland’s diverse landscapes, flora and fauna in support of their influential work.

Over the course of his career, Lorne’s exquisite images have received many prestigious awards, accolades and commendations in competitions such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the British Photography Awards and the European Photographer of the Year.

In addition, Lorne has spent countless hours co-ordinating the Scottish Nature Photography Fair, a competition which celebrates the best of Scotland’s natural history and, importantly, the next generation of photographic talent – something which he is very keen to endorse in order to encourage more young people to take pictures, get outside and engage with the physical environment.

In terms of the RSGS, Lorne has greatly assisted the Society in recent years, volunteering his work on several occasions for use in the in-house Geographer magazine. He has also organised two beautiful exhibitions at the Society’s Fair Maid’s House Visitor Centre which were well-received and well-attended by locals and visitors alike.

Reflecting on the Honorary Fellowship, Lorne said: “I’m delighted to have been awarded an Honorary Fellowship, and flattered to be in such esteemed company as those that have been recognised before.”

Chief Executive Mike Robinson said:  “Lorne has done much to promote Scotland’s most iconic and beautiful places, a contribution which has helped further understanding of the country’s natural heritage, its vibrant communities of plants and animals, and what the future might hold for its wild spaces. We are delighted to welcome Lorne as our latest Honorary Fellow, and look very much forward to continue working with him in the years to come.”

Lorne joins an illustrious list of Honorary Fellows of the RSGS including famed photographers Brad Washburn, Doug Allan and Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Explorers, scientists and communicators such as Sir Ernest Shackleton, Sir David Attenborough, Lindsey Hilsum and Paralympic gold-medallist and adventurer Karen Darke also share this honour.

Dog Friendly Perth: Four-Legged Friends Welcome!

Dog Friendly Perth: Four-Legged Friends Welcome!

For as long as I can remember dogs have been a big part of our family.  The first dogs we had were two Dobermans, later on followed collies, a dachshund and now Baxter our Lhasa Apso.  As all dog lovers will understand dogs are a massive part of the family and it’s great being able to include them in more than just a walk in the park.

For nearly four years I’ve been blessed with having my little sidekick Baxter the Lhasa Apso.  From the beginning he became a huge part of the family.  We take him everywhere from shopping trips, nights out, road trips and holidays.  Baxter even played a very important role in our wedding as ‘Best Dog’ and came with us on our honeymoon in the campervan when we did the North Coast 500.  Everything is planned around him so he is never left alone for a long time if we can’t find a dog sitter.

When Baxter was around 6 months old I found out that a few of the cafes and pubs in town welcomed dogs. It was great as it meant we didn’t need to worry about how long we were away and Baxter loved coming with us and being fussed over by everyone he met. Over the past few years Perth has become more and more dog friendly with many shops, cafes, pubs and even hotels welcoming our four legged companions.  You are now spoiled for choice with the vast range of places you can visit with your dog.

A few years ago I set up Dog Friendly Perthshire to help inform other dog owners of all the great places that welcome dogs across Perthshire and to also benefit dog friendly businesses. Perth is quickly getting the reputation as the Dog Friendly Capital Of Scotland and it’s easy to see why with so many places welcoming dogs and genuinely enjoying them visiting their premises.  You are now able to visit Perth city centre and spend a whole day shopping and getting a bite to eat and something to drink without the worry of leaving your dog and having to rush back home to them.

Take a look at Baxter’s top 10 Dog Friendly places to visit in Perth here!

 1. Brew & Chew, High Street

Brew and Chew leads the way when it comes to dog friendly venues. Dogs are welcomed just as much if not more than their owners and you always get a big waggy tail welcome from Burach the resident sproodle! It’s the perfect place to grab a bite to eat with your four-legged companion. There is an excellent menu and lots of homemade treats to choose from. Dogs are not left out and have their own special menu of sausages, popcorn, cookies and the most popular of them all doggy cupcakes!

 

 

 

2. Rose House Coffee Shop and Florist, St John Street

 

The Rose House Coffee Shop is another fantastic addition to Perth’s dog friendly eateries offering soups, sandwiches, afternoon tea and a great selection of yummy cakes! A couple of shops down is the Rose House Florist. As well as a love of flowers Audrey and her staff have a big love of dogs which is evident across both her shops. You will often be welcomed by the resident dogs the handsome Oscar and his little sister Daisy!

 

 

 

3. Whispers Of The Past, George Street

 

Whispers Of The Past is a gem of a shop that you do not want to miss if you are doing some shopping with your four-legged pal! Specialising in new and vintage home wear, jewellery, cards, candles and much more. Dogs are always welcome and a bowl of water is available along with a biscuit or two.

 

 

4. The Green Room, Canal Street

If you are looking for a drink a bit stronger than a coffee then The Green Room is a superb dog-friendly pub. With a fantastic atmosphere, live music most nights, 3 bars, over 580 drinks to choose from and two log fires for your dog to cosy up in front of it’s no wonder that it’s so popular with dogs and their owners.

 

 

5. Alan’s Pet Shop, Kinnoull Street

Probably every dogs favourite place to visit in Perth is Alan’s Pet Shop! Alan’s first shop has now been open an impressive 35 years and with the Perth shop being in business for 8, Alan is very experienced and knowledgeable with your dogs needs. Alan’s sells everything your dog could want from dog food, jackets, leads, toys, treats and bedding. Shop dogs Macy, Kobe and Yuna are always on hand to lend a helping paw too.

 

 

6. Gringos Bar and Restaurant, Canal Street

A recent addition to Perth’s dog friendly restaurants is Gringos’! Specialising in serving delicious Mexican & South American Street food along with a well stocked bar of tequila and cocktails. Whether its food or just a couple of drinks you are after you and your dog will always get a warm welcome at Gringo’s. The owners themselves are big dog lovers and their chihuahua’s Ruffin, Pablo and the famous Gringo himself love relaxing in front of the open fire.

 

 

7. Byers & Co, George Street

Byers & Co is another fabulous dog-friendly shop owned by the talented Linda who creates bespoke beautiful jewellery with her shop assistant Nevis the Labrador on welcoming

duties. As well as selling her own jewellery Linda can rework your own jewellery, create pieces from your own design and even holds jewellery workshops. Nevis even kindly shares his biscuits with four-legged customers.

 

 

8. BLEND Coffee Lounge, High Street

Dogs and their humans are always greeted with a warm welcome in BLEND! It’s a firm favourite for dog owners who return time and time again for it’s friendly atmosphere, great coffee, cakes and for being Perth’s first ever dog friendly coffee shop! The staff always make a huge fuss of all doggies that visit.

 

 

 9. Old Ship Inn, High Street

The Old Ship Inn is a traditional pub set in the heart of Perth city centre and said to be the oldest pub in all of Perth. It’s very welcoming with the bonus of a log burner for you and your dog to cosy up in front of. With a well stocked bar and a variety of drinks it’s the perfect pub to relax with a drink or two with your four legged companion. There are always plenty of doggy biscuit treats too so your dog is never feels left.

 

 

 10. The Cherrybank Inn, Glasgow Road

The Cherrybank Inn has everything you could want from a dog friendly pub and restaurant and is hugely popular with dogs and their owners. It has an excellent reputation for bar lunches and evening meals along with a well stocked bar that provides real ale and a large selection of malt whiskys. Dogs are given their own bowl of water and provided with lots of biscuits so there are plenty of happy faces and waggy tails when you visit!

 

About the Author

This article was written by Katie at Dog Friendly Perthshire. Dog Friendly Perthshire aims to promote all the dog-friendly in the areas around the county and to Perth recognised as leading ‘dog Friendly’ city in Scotland.

To keep up to date with the latest news, reviews and day trips make sure you follow their Facebook page here!

A Lens on Life in Africa – Photographer Harry Hook Shares Stories and Images from his Adventures in Africa

A Lens on Life in Africa – Photographer Harry Hook Shares Stories and Images from his Adventures in Africa

Having spent over 40 years taking photographs in Africa it’s fair to say that Harry Hook knows a thing or two about this wonderful continent. The collection of images he has amassed is astounding: vivid, dramatic, unusual and deeply intriguing. And the stories behind the pictures are equally fascinating too, shedding remarkable and emotional perspectives on the day-to-day lives of people across Africa.

The RSGS is delighted to announce that esteemed photographer Harry Hook will be presenting a richly illustrated public lecture about his photographic adventures in Africa on Tuesday 13th March in Perth. His talk will be the last of the 2017/18 Inspiring People series in Perth.

For his lecture entitled About Africa: In Pictures, Harry will focus predominantly on the theme of migration, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. In this part of the world, millions upon millions of Africans are heading for towns and cities, leaving behind their villages, land and possessions. And in recent years, the pace of this change has been staggering.

The effects of these mass movements have been felt across Africa, promoting massive cultural and societal change. African cities now loom large and dominate people’s frame of reference, and the many distinct rural societies and tribal groupings that once predominated in the countryside are becoming lost within these urban populations.

But fortunately, these changes have not been lost on Harry. His vast body of work – which will be skilfully shared with the audience in Perth – shines a bright and fresh light on these developments, illuminating the shifting ways in which people live in Africa.

Speaking about the upcoming talk, Chief Executive Mike Robinson said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming Harry to Perth. His talk is set to be beautifully illustrated with photographs from his collection, so it will be fascinating to discover the deeper meaning and stories behind some of his most exquisite images. This is a must for anyone with a passion for photography, travel, physical spaces or human geography.”

Harry Hook has been taking photographs since 1968. As a photographer for Getty Images his work has been published by leading newspapers and magazines around the world. Harry has also worked as an award-winning film writer, producer and director, most notably on titles such as Photographing Africa (2014), an emotional BBC4 documentary about his own career, Lord of the Flies (1990) and Silent Witness (1996).

Tickets can be bought or reserved online via the RSGS website. Tickets may also be available on the door: £10 to visitors and £8 for Tiso Outdoor Experience Cardholders. Entry is free for RSGS members, U18s and students.

The venue for the lecture is:

Salutation Hotel, 34 South Street, Perth, PH2 8PH

Year of Young People 2018

Year of Young People 2018

Scotland’s first ever Year of Young People is happening in 2018. It aims to inspire all ages through its young people (8-26) by celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine on a local and global stage.

Young people are at the heart of designing, developing and deciding what they want the year to be. The Scottish Government is working with youth partners and the events and tourism sector to deliver activities and experiences for communities across Scotland to enjoy and discover more about our amazing young people.

#YOYP

DiverseCiTay Festival – Saturday 23rd June 2018

 

We’ve got a diverse and talented bunch of young people in Perth, and they’re keen to share their skills and creative passions with you. On the streets and in the parks there will be performances to delight and amaze, and plenty of chances to join in.Whether it’s music, drama, art, or sport, there will be something for you to see and do.

Visit the young entrepreneurs market to buy from the next generation of budding business people.

Perth Theatre will showcase youth dance, theatre and drama and Perth Museum and Art Gallery will highlight issues that are important to young people.

The Two Inch Carnival – ( the shortest carnival in the world)–  features floats designed around the theme of diversity which will be developed by our young makers and creatives. The carnival also offers street performances, including Indian dance groups, Samba, pipes and drums, and other music and arts forms.

We round the event off with a special evening concert, then it’s on to the after-party events with options for over and under 18s.

 

More details to be announced soon

What’s On

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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Playing with Dinosaurs
Playing with Dinosaurs @ Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Mar 17 – Jun 24 all-day
Playing with Dinosaurs @ Perth Museum and Art Gallery
‘Playing with Dinosaurs’ is a family fun-filled, interactive gallery which takes you on a journey to discover and play with Dinosaurs. With fun games and activities you will become an explorer uncovering fossils, bones and[...]
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Bouncy fun at the South Inch 10:00 am
Bouncy fun at the South Inch @ South Inch
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bouncy fun at the South Inch @ South Inch
Looking for something to do with the kids this may bank holiday Monday? We have the answer. Pop down to the glorious South Inch in perth and enjoy some bouncy fun. From our tots zone[...]
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ANIMALS 2:00 pm
ANIMALS @ Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Jun 3 @ 2:00 pm
ANIMALS @ Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Animals is a show about… animals. Big ones, little ones, wild ones, tame ones. It’s also a show about us, and our emotions. Big ones, little ones, wild ones, tame ones. Using real and imagined[...]
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Perth Youth Theatre S3-4: Blossom 7:00 pm
Perth Youth Theatre S3-4: Blossom @ Perth Theatre
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm
Perth Youth Theatre S3-4: Blossom @ Perth Theatre
Youth Arts Festival 2018 Perth Youth Theatre S3-4 present Blossom verb: blossom; 3rd person present: blossoms; past tense: blossomed; past participle: blossomed; gerund or present participle: blossoming 1. (of a tree or bush) produce flowers[...]
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Autism Youth Theatre Showcase 5:30 pm
Autism Youth Theatre Showcase @ Perth Theatre
Jun 15 @ 5:30 pm
Autism Youth Theatre Showcase @ Perth Theatre
Autism Youth Theatre present Join our Autism Youth Theatre group as they showcase an original performance devised entirely by the group members. Autism Youth Theatre is a partnership project between Horsecross Arts and Perth Autism[...]
Perth Youth Theatre S1-2: Play or Pass? 7:30 pm
Perth Youth Theatre S1-2: Play or Pass? @ Perth Theatre
Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm
Perth Youth Theatre S1-2: Play or Pass? @ Perth Theatre
Perth Youth Theatre S1 – 2 present g e i m/ noun 1. a form of competitive activity or sport played according to rules. 2. an activity that one engages in for amusement. Who wins?[...]
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PERTH YOUTH THEATRE SHOWCASE 1:00 pm
PERTH YOUTH THEATRE SHOWCASE @ Perth Theatre
Jun 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
PERTH YOUTH THEATRE SHOWCASE @ Perth Theatre
Perth Youth Theatre present Join our juniors for a fun-filled afternoon of devised performances, showcasing the skills participants have been developing throughout the last year. P1-3: 1.30pm P4-7 (a): 2pm P4-7 (b): 2.30pm P4-7 (c):[...]
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Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018 9:00 am
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Competition Format This is a “build and race” competition, so it’s not just about getting a fast race time.  Teams will also earn extra points for ingenuity and design before they’ve even turned a wheel. [...]
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Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018 9:00 am
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Jun 18 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Competition Format This is a “build and race” competition, so it’s not just about getting a fast race time.  Teams will also earn extra points for ingenuity and design before they’ve even turned a wheel. [...]
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Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018 9:00 am
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Jun 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Competition Format This is a “build and race” competition, so it’s not just about getting a fast race time.  Teams will also earn extra points for ingenuity and design before they’ve even turned a wheel. [...]
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Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018 9:00 am
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Jun 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Competition Format This is a “build and race” competition, so it’s not just about getting a fast race time.  Teams will also earn extra points for ingenuity and design before they’ve even turned a wheel. [...]
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Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018 9:00 am
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Jun 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Competition Format This is a “build and race” competition, so it’s not just about getting a fast race time.  Teams will also earn extra points for ingenuity and design before they’ve even turned a wheel. [...]
Summer Solstice Event 6:00 pm
Summer Solstice Event @ Willowgate Activity Centre
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Summer Solstice Event @ Willowgate Activity Centre
June 21st is 2018’s Longest day of the year, we plan to celebrate this with a 4 hour event. We’re have a mix of activities for all ages from 7 plus going on with activity[...]
Midsummer Music in the Crannog 7:00 pm
Midsummer Music in the Crannog @ The Scottish Crannog Centre
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Midsummer Music in the Crannog @ The Scottish Crannog Centre
The magical, atmospheric Crannog is the only place to be on Midsummer’s Night. Dont miss this fabulous opportunity to listen to acoustic music around the log fire in the iconic roundhouse. Line-up: Ruth Mackay – Scottish[...]
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Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018 9:00 am
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Competition Format This is a “build and race” competition, so it’s not just about getting a fast race time.  Teams will also earn extra points for ingenuity and design before they’ve even turned a wheel. [...]
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Diverse CiTay Festival
Diverse CiTay Festival @ Perth City Centre (Various Venues)
Jun 23 all-day
Diverse CiTay Festival @ Perth City Centre (Various Venues)
  A two Inch carnival, youth market, sport & wellness village, theatre, live acts and after party events await you at the Diverse CiTay Festival where we’ll celebrate the very best of youth culture, as[...]
Diverse CiTay: Perth Theatre and Concert Hall Activities
Diverse CiTay: Perth Theatre and Concert Hall Activities
Jun 23 all-day
Diverse CiTay: Perth Theatre and Concert Hall Activities
Saturday 23 June 2018 will see Perth celebrating the Year of Young People 2018 (YOYP2018) in spectacular style with a day-long event putting young people aged eight to 26 in the spotlight. The FREE Diverse CiTay Festival is Perth’s signature event as[...]
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018 9:00 am
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Competition Format This is a “build and race” competition, so it’s not just about getting a fast race time.  Teams will also earn extra points for ingenuity and design before they’ve even turned a wheel. [...]
Diverse CiTay Festival: Perth Museum & Art Gallery Activities 10:00 am
Diverse CiTay Festival: Perth Museum & Art Gallery Activities @ Perth Museum & Art Gallery
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Diverse CiTay Festival: Perth Museum & Art Gallery Activities @ Perth Museum & Art Gallery
Saturday 23 June 2018 will see Perth celebrating the Year of Young People 2018 (YOYP2018) in spectacular style with a day-long event putting young people aged eight to 26 in the spotlight. The FREE Diverse CiTay Festival is Perth’s signature event as[...]
Perth Model Railway Exhibition 10:00 am
Perth Model Railway Exhibition @ The Dewars Centre
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Perth Model Railway Exhibition @ The Dewars Centre
Come and enjoy the second biggest exhibition of model trains in Scotland which attracts visitors and exhibitors from all over the UK. The Perth club will be displaying our Old Blarney layout, based in Ireland.  It[...]
Diverse CiTay Festival: The Carnival Parade 12:30 pm
Diverse CiTay Festival: The Carnival Parade @ Perth City Centre
Jun 23 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Diverse CiTay Festival: The Carnival Parade @ Perth City Centre
Saturday 23 June 2018 will see Perth celebrating the Year of Young People 2018 (YOYP2018) in spectacular style with a day-long event putting young people aged eight to 26 in the spotlight. The FREE Diverse CiTay Festival is Perth’s signature event as[...]
Diverse CiTay Festival: North Inch Carnival 1:00 pm
Diverse CiTay Festival: North Inch Carnival @ North Inch
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Diverse CiTay Festival: North Inch Carnival @ North Inch
Saturday 23 June 2018 will see Perth celebrating the Year of Young People 2018 (YOYP2018) in spectacular style with a day-long event putting young people aged eight to 26 in the spotlight. The FREE Diverse CiTay Festival is Perth’s signature event as[...]
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Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018 9:00 am
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Competition Format This is a “build and race” competition, so it’s not just about getting a fast race time.  Teams will also earn extra points for ingenuity and design before they’ve even turned a wheel. [...]
Perth Model Railway Exhibition 10:00 am
Perth Model Railway Exhibition @ The Dewars Centre
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Perth Model Railway Exhibition @ The Dewars Centre
Come and enjoy the second biggest exhibition of model trains in Scotland which attracts visitors and exhibitors from all over the UK. The Perth club will be displaying our Old Blarney layout, based in Ireland.  It[...]
Strathearn Junior and Youth Aquathlon 10:00 am
Strathearn Junior and Youth Aquathlon @ Strathearn Community Campus
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Strathearn Junior and Youth Aquathlon @ Strathearn Community Campus
We are delighted to launch the 3 rd Strathearn Junior and Youth Aquathlon which will take place on Sunday 24 th June 2018. About the event: Aquathlon events consist of a pool-based swim followed by a run.  Our[...]
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Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018 9:00 am
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Competition Format This is a “build and race” competition, so it’s not just about getting a fast race time.  Teams will also earn extra points for ingenuity and design before they’ve even turned a wheel. [...]
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Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018 9:00 am
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Competition Format This is a “build and race” competition, so it’s not just about getting a fast race time.  Teams will also earn extra points for ingenuity and design before they’ve even turned a wheel. [...]
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Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018 9:00 am
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Competition Format This is a “build and race” competition, so it’s not just about getting a fast race time.  Teams will also earn extra points for ingenuity and design before they’ve even turned a wheel. [...]
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Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018 9:00 am
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Jun 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Competition Format This is a “build and race” competition, so it’s not just about getting a fast race time.  Teams will also earn extra points for ingenuity and design before they’ve even turned a wheel. [...]
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Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018 9:00 am
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Competition Format This is a “build and race” competition, so it’s not just about getting a fast race time.  Teams will also earn extra points for ingenuity and design before they’ve even turned a wheel. [...]
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Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018 9:00 am
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Jun 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monster Balance Bike Challenge 2018
Competition Format This is a “build and race” competition, so it’s not just about getting a fast race time.  Teams will also earn extra points for ingenuity and design before they’ve even turned a wheel. [...]

Free Golf For Under 18s

 

Clubs across Perthshire offer all junior golfers under 18 years FREE golf when playing with a paying adult. We are delighted to encourage any combination of adults taking juniors out to enjoy a round in a two, three or four-ball.

A maximum of two children are permitted to play free, accompanied by one green fee paying adult. We recommend booking in advance as reservations are subject to availability. Some clubs may apply restrictions but whenever possible, they will do their best to accomodate and give junior golfers an opportunity to experience golf in Perthshire.

10 Things For Teenagers to do in Perthshire

No matter how old you are, there are plenty of amazing adventures and experiences to enjoy around Perthshire and adventurous teens are no exception!

Outdoor adventures, sporting activities and day’s out ideas – Perthshire is the place for Teenagers looking for an adventure or two!

Take a look here at someone of the amazing experiences toddlers and pre-schoolers can have, right here in Perthshire.

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Year of Young People 2018

Scotland’s first ever Year of Young People is happening in 2018. It aims to inspire all ages through its young people (8-26) by celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine on a local and global stage.

Young people are at the heart of designing, developing and deciding what they want the year to be. The Scottish Government is working with youth partners and the events and tourism sector to deliver activities and experiences for communities across Scotland to enjoy and discover more about our amazing young people.

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Top 10 Family Events & Festivals

Looking for some family-friendly events this year? If so, you are in the right place. We know how hard it is to find events and festivals that aren’t just suitable for the whole family but are enjoyable for visitors of all ages.

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The Biggest Weekend Fringe

The Biggest Weekend Fringe is a creative and comprehensive 10-day outreach programme which will take place in the lead up to The Biggest Weekend.

The Fringe will include live musical performances, industry insight, workshops and Q&A’s with BBC Radio DJ’s and influential figures, a UK wide tour with BBC Music Introducing, a new Ten Piecesinitiative, Radio 1’s Academy, employability events, work experience opportunities for young people plus lots more.

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Top 10 Digital Detox Experiences

Digital detox experiences are places of escape from the bustle of the 24-hour connected lifestyle. No Wi-Fi, no internet, so you can just switch your phone off and enjoy the peace. A digital detox is a great holiday for families to reconnect; for couples who just want to spend time alone; or even for groups of friends who don’t want technology to distract from having a good time together.

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Meet the Perthshire local who took on the Ninja Warrior Course

Most of us have wondered what it would be like to take on the Ninja Warrior course at one point or another. But if you, like me, suffer from chronic laziness then the chances are this has remained an intangible dream.

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Top 10 Toddler Adventures

No matter how old you are, there are plenty of amazing adventures and experiences to enjoy around Perthshire and tiny tots are no exception! With the first five years being crucial for physical, intellectual, and social-emotional development, Perthshire is the perfect place to let your child develop.

Outdoor adventures, sporting activities and wildlife – keeping them happy and amused has never been easier.

Take a look here at someone of the amazing experiences toddlers and pre-schoolers can have, right here in Perthshire.

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Top 10 Big Adventures

If you are looking to get the adrenaline pumping by taking part in a big adventure, you are in the right place. Perthshire is bursting with some amazing locations and activity providers which are guaranteed to bring you an adventure you won’t forget in a hurry.

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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

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Top 10 Glamping Sites in Perthshire

Glamping is perfect those who want to get out and get in touch with nature whilst retaining some home comforts we have all grown accustomed too.
Perthshire is bursting with brilliant campsites which specifically cater to glamping accommodation.

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Get Involved

Scotland is the first country in the world to dedicate a full year to celebrating young people. And we need your help to make it unforgettable. How can you champion and celebrate young people during 2018?

Share your ideas via #YOYP2018

 

 

stay social & spread the word #YOYP2018

 

 

BBC: A Handy Guide to Perth for Noel Gallagher

BBC: A Handy Guide to Perth for Noel Gallagher

BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend is coming to Perth as part of a four day music event across four nations. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsSimple MindsAmy MacDonald and The Shires will all be performing at Scone Palace on Saturday 26th May.

To help these fantastic artist make the most of their time in Perth this Summer the BBC has created a handy little guide! Their guide gives Noel and company an insight into Perth City Centre and the sounding area.  From shopping, culture and the city’s natural beauty, this is a great little guide to help Noel make the most of his trip!

Want to see the BBC’s guide to Perth City Centre? Take a look here!