There’s so much to do in Perthshire during the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”. If you like getting outdoors among the red and gold leaves, there are so many ways to do it. If you prefer to wrap up warm indoors, we’ve got music gigs, theatre shows and much more to keep you cosy and entertained. From the Russian State Symphony Orchestra to Halloween fright nights, from the Fair City Enduro to kayaking on Loch Tummel, we reckon we’ve got something for everyone! This is a selection of highlights – for full listings check out Perth City Centre’s Events Calendar.
1) Outdoor Fun
Wednesday, 24 October
Further. Fitter. Faster. Join Colin, Live Active’s experienced, enthusiastic and energetic running coach for a running club for experienced and advanced runners. Over 8 weeks your technique and running performance will be improved through a range of athletic drills and training sessions that will include Fartlek, Interval and Hill running.
Saturday 27th October
Ever dreamt about shredding super-sick trails dressed as a Badger? Fair City Enduro, listed as one of Red Bull’s “must do” MTB Events in the UK, takes place around Halloween and is a mix of breath-taking trails, views… and outfits. You and hundreds of other bikers start the day in the city centre before climbing high above the city to some seriously tasty trails.
Sunday 28th October, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Loch Tummel is one of the best kayaking locations in Scotland. Wrap up warm and let Outdoor Explore guide you through the fabulous scenery, listening to tales and historical facts. This 2- to 2.5-hour-long guided tour is novice-friendly as there are single or double kayaks. Costs £45pp, but if you have your own kayak and kit, you can claim £20 off.
Sunday 4th November, 9:30am – 12:00pm, North Inch, Perth
MoRunning is back this November and they are proud to be returning to Perth! Brand new medals, more partners, great entry benefits and, of course, continuing their support for the Movember Foundation. So, all you MoBros and MoSistas, make sure you follow MoRunning on Facebook and get your entry secured. All the MoRuns have limited places so don’t miss out!
2) Music, theatre, books and museums
Wednesday 10th October, 7:30pm, Innerpeffray Library
What better as Halloween approaches than to share a spooky evening with the writer Alex Nye? Alex will share her inspiration behind the writing of a new and haunting mystery, with the aid of atmospheric sounds, music and images. This will be a lively end to the 2018 season in the beautiful Innerpeffray Library. Alex will base her talk around her novel For My Sins, a “lost memoir” written by Mary, Queen of Scots herself!
Various dates, Perth Concert Hall
A fun, informal singing group for adults. No previous singing experience or music reading is required. Featuring special themed nights throughout October and November including “Songs from around the world”, “Feel Good Scottish Songs” and “The Proclaimers”! Age 18+.
Wednesday 10th to Saturday 27th October, Perth Theatre
A powerful new piece of music theatre about memory and forgetting, friendship and betrayal, exploring what the Great War means to us today. Co-commissioned with 14-18 NOW, it is the concluding part of the 306 Trilogy, following 2016’s The 306: Dawn, and last year’s The 306: Day.
Thursday 11th October, 7:00pm, North Inch Community Campus
The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray is the family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962, and Tracy Turnblad has one dream – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When she finally gets her shot, she’s transformed from social outcast to sudden star.
Saturday 13th October, 7:30pm – 10:30pm, Perth Concert Hall
Richard Thompson is one of this country’s greatest songwriters and most distinctive guitar virtuosos, capable of breath-taking drama and sublime delicacy, hailed by Rolling Stone as “a perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist”. His songs have been covered by everyone from Alison Krauss to Robert Plant.
Sunday 14th October, 10:00 – 1:00pm, The Scottish Crannog Centre
The ancient loch dwellers who lived in crannogs were well-prepared as they entered winter with foods and fuel to keep them going. These preparations, such as woodworking, turning and whittling demonstrations, are featured in this event, with a chance to try them out. Smoked and cured foods, berries, apples and mushrooms, and rich meaty stews, will all be on offer for a donation.
Sunday 14th October, 3:00pm, St John’s Kirk
St John’s Music, running throughout autumn, winter and early spring, is a series of organ recitals and concerts promoted by the Kirk. It aims to showcase the best of local music-making and to provide a platform for the many talented performers in and around Perthshire. This concert features pupils from Morrison’s Academy.
Monday 15th October, 8.30pm – 11.00pm, Greyfriars Bar
If you enjoy playing traditional music, come along to Greyfriars Bar on the third Monday of every month for an informal and fun evening. All welcome – from complete beginners to experienced musicians! Meet from around 8.30pm.
Wednesday 17th October 2018, 7:30 pm, Perth Concert Hall
A fantastic evening of rich Russian romanticism with a superb international orchestra. Rachmaninov’s second symphony wears its heart on its sleeve with lush melodies and one of the most gorgeous slow movements ever composed. Chloë Hanslip plays Prokofiev’s ravishing first violin concerto and the programme is rounded off with the yearning beauty of a suite of movements – Tchaikovsky’s evergreen Swan Lake.
Thursday 25th October, 7:30pm, Birnam Arts
Award-winning Dogstar Theatre Company teams up with Sweden’s Profilteatern to create a punk musical comedy about global warming, environmental destruction and mass extinction. Come and enjoy eighty minutes of theatrical mayhem on the greatest existential threat outside The White House! Performed by a brilliant Scottish and Swedish ensemble.
There’s so much going on at Scotland’s Theatre In The Hills this autumn that we can’t fit it all in! Highlights of this season include smash-hit musical Chicago, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and The Last Witch, the powerful story of the last woman to be sentenced in Scotland for witchcraft.
Until 11th November, Black Watch Castle and Museum, Perth
To conclude the Black Watch Castle and Museum’s centenary programme they will host this silhouette installation until 11th November 2018. This project is linked to the There But Not There national initiative to educate all generations about the ultimate sacrifice made during the First World War.
The display features a 6-foot outdoor “Tommy” sculpture with 13 transparent silhouettes throughout the venue creating a remembrance trail. Each silhouette commemorates and shares the stories of some of the many Black Watch soldiers who displayed great courage, making the ultimate sacrifice. There is an exhibition of artefacts kept for years by soldiers’ families as a way of remembering those who did not return from the conflict.
3) Amazing Events
Until 4th November, various times, Faskally Wood (shuttle buses from Pitlochry)
This unique and spectacular event promises visitors a truly enchanting experience that they’ll never forget. Set amidst the stunning autumn woodland of Forestry Commission Scotland’s Faskally Wood in Highland Perthshire, The Enchanted Forest is Scotland’s premier sound and light event. The 2018 show, entitled Of The Wild, combines breath-taking visuals, interactive special effects and a dazzling music score to make it a magical show for all the family.
Thursday 25th to Wednesday 31st October, 6:00pm, Scone Palace
This October, round up your most fearless of friends and make your way to the Spirits of Scone, a fright-fest like no other! The nights are dark and the grounds will be transformed into a truly terrifying playground for menacing ghouls and horror film freaks. They’re lurking in the woods and hiding in the maze; this is where your nightmares come to life!
Friday 26th October, 8:00pm, Perth City Centre
History and Horror Tours are running a free tour of Perth City Centre as part of Perth’s Halloween weekend celebrations. Find out about the dark past of Perth on this walking tour of the city. Tours last for about 1 hour 15 minutes, and the recommended age is 8+. (Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for walking outside in our indecisive Scottish weather!)
Saturday 27th October, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Zombies, ghosts, and creepy crawlies will come out of the woodwork for free Halloween entertainment where the crowd become part of the performance. Dress up in your favourite Halloween costume and join in the parade from Horsecross Plaza or, if you’re feeling brave, try your luck in the misty maze and the zombie run.
Friday, 9 November 2018 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Ballathie House Hotel welcomes “Complete Mystery”, Scotland’s leading theatrical Murder Mystery Company, as they bring you an evening to remember. But be prepared… these are no ordinary sit-down Murder Mysteries. They ask all guest investigators (yes, YOU) to tread the crime scenes and gather the evidence as the story unfolds. You will find yourself in the midst of the action and witness the darker side of human nature as it happens!
For more information, visit the Ballathie House Hotel website, email email@example.com or call the Reservations team on 01250 883268
4) For the kids (young and old)
Sunday 7th October, 2:00pm, Pitlochry Festival Theatre
A show about eating and being eaten! With surrealist humour, an imaginative storyline and colourful characters including Giant Daisy, Dr Poo and Conceptual Cow, this show invites children and grown-ups to think about the fascinating world of food chains and our place in the natural world.
Week 2 – 15th to 19th October, 9:00am – 5:00pm
These fun-packed October holiday weeks, for ids aged 7 to 15, will keep them entertained – and tire them out! You can book for a full week or individual days. An example programme is as follows:
Monday – Kayaking, Canoeing & Aqua Zorbing
Tuesday – Raft Building & Bushcraft
Wednesday – Highland Games, Archery & Commando Challenges
Thursday – Stand Up Paddleboarding & Gameshow Bonanza
Friday – Mixed Paddlesports, Build your own assault course & Field Archery
Find out more about Willowgate Activity Week
Saturday 13th October, 11:00am – 12:30pm or 2:00pm – 3:30pm, Perth Theatre
From the cosy horsebox they call home, Andy and Andy take the bit firmly between their teeth and tell the classic tale of Black Beauty as you’ve never seen it before. Saddle up, jump on and gallop headlong into a story where loneliness gives way to hope, friends become heroes, and courage saves the day. Blending storytelling, music and puppetry, this vibrant re-telling of Black Beauty offers fun and adventure for fans of the book, classic TV show and those brand-new to the tale, and will warm your heart during the coldest of autumn days.
Monday 15th – Friday 19th October, starting at half-hour intervals
In a makeshift hospital behind the front line in 1914, the war’s casualties are treated. To boost morale, staff arrange for a Charlie Chaplin film to be shown for the bedridden, with the ward’s ceiling serving as the silver screen. For one soldier, the flickering images, whirring projector and Chaplin’s comic timing trigger complex emotions and memories. Cast from the trenches to childhood, from trauma to dreams, the film sets him on a journey into a personal no-man’s-land. An immersive sound installation for a small audience, lasting about 15 minutes. Includes some periods of total darkness. Age Guidance: 12+
Thursday 15th & Friday 16th November, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Join in the fun and play this energetic and enjoyable sport, in Perthshire Rugby Camps’ October holiday dates. The camps are for boys and girls in P4 to S2. To book a place on any camp date, please email Rory McKay at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each day costs £10.
Thursday 1 November, 7:30pm – 8:40pm, Birnam Arts
Stuff is about the hoarding of memories, emotions and things. Today the Council is coming to clear Magda’s house. She must find a way to deal with the constant shifting of stuff in her house and her head, as she revisits the past and struggles with the present to find a way to face the future. Told with humour and tenderness, this will resonate in its view of our attachment to things, and our need for attachment to each other. Suitable for age 12+.