What's On in Highland Perthshire

The Event information on this page is supplied by www.HighlandPerthshire.com. While every effort is made to ensure the information is accurate all times, we strongly recommend that you check the details with the venue before committing yourselves.

Celtic Acoustic Music Session

Every Thursday 7pm to 10.30pm
Celtic Acoustic Music Session
Upstairs Birks Cinema Bar, Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2DA

You are welcome to join to play or just listen as like minded people share a variety of music from folk, blues, bluegrass or instrumental. Free entry. Contact Doug 01887 820165

Fozzie plays the Old Mill Inn

Friday 24th April
Fozzie
The Old Mill Inn, Mill Lane, Pitlochry PH16 5BH 
At the heart of it all Fozzie is a one man music machine. Tel: 01796 474 020 
Music Starts at 9PM with FREE Admission. www.oldmillevents.co.uk

The New Natives play the Old Mill Inn

Saturday 25th April
The New Natives
The Old Mill Inn, Mill Lane, Pitlochry PH16 5BH 
Perth based band who put their own spin on popular and cult covers with an array of genres from rap and hip hop to rock and pop. Tel: 01796 474 020 
Music Starts at 9PM with FREE Admission. www.oldmillevents.co.uk

Celtic Spring Food Festival

Sunday 3rd May 11am to 4.30pm
Celtic Spring Food Festival 
Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay PH15 2HY
Discover Iron Age cooking including clay-baked and smoked fish, spit-cooked meat, Crannog stews, locally foraged greens, breads & spreads and themed beverages.  Try our ancient craft activities while you’re waiting for a taste of what life was like 2,500 years ago. Tel: 1887 830583

Cairngorms Nature Festival

Sat 16 & Sun 17 May 2015. 

Cairngorms Nature Festival, 
Blair Atholl Information Centre
Events will be run throughout the weekend within a 20 minute drive of four Visitor Information Centre’s: Blair Atholl, Aviemore, Ballater,  and Tomintoul. Pop along to Blair Atholl for a ‘Wild Night Out’, ‘Become a Citizen Scientist’, contribute to the Woolly Woods or find out more about our ‘Special Upland Birds’. For more information go to http://cairngorms.co.uk/look-after/cairngorms-nature/festival

Miniature Killiecrankie

Saturday 16th May 2pm – 4pm
Miniature Killiecrankie
Killiecrankie Visitor Centre
Discover the miniature world of Killiecrankie.  Look closely at the plants and flowers, find out who or what is hiding in the undergrowth.  Bug boxes provided. Children £2; Accompanying Adults free. For all Killiecrankie events please meet in the stone circle outside the Visitor Centre. Further details please contact the ranger service on 0844 4932192 or Killiecrankie Visitor Centre on 0844 4932194.

Wild Night Out

16 - 17 May - Wild Night Out
6 - 10pm Sat; 8 - 10am Sun

Sleep out and experience the night-time sights and sounds of nature. Join the rangers for evening and morning wildlife activities. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Bring your own camping gear. Field and facilities provided. Who for: Families, Adult £12, Child £6. To contact the Atholl Estates Ranger Service, Tel: 01796 481355, or email pf@atholl-estates.co.uk www.athollestatesrangerservice.co.uk 

Spring Explorers Safari

Sunday 17th May 10.30am - 12.30pm
Spring Explorers Safari
Killiecrankie Visitor Centre 
Explore the Pass of Killiecrankie on foot, and discover some of it's secret corners.  Learn about our wildflowers and trees and find out about the larger animals that inhabit the woodland.  There will be an opportunity to see our live mammal traps in action and handle some animal skins and skulls.  Adults £4; Children £2. For all Killiecrankie events please meet in the stone circle outside the Visitor Centre. Further details please contact the ranger service on 0844 4932192 or Killiecrankie Visitor Centre on 0844 4932194. 

Pitlochry Summer Season - A Little Night Music

22nd May 2015 to 17th October 2015
Pitlochry Summer Season - A Little Night Music - Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, PH16 5DR
Sweden, 1900: a not-so-chance encounter between glamorous actress Desirée Armfeldt and successful lawyer Fredrik Egerman threatens to rekindle an affair which ended 14 years before – despite the fact that, now, neither is exactly unattached . . .
Fredrik has recently married the beautiful Anne, many years his junior – but all is not well in the marital bed. Desirée is involved in an amour with the irredeemably pompous Count Carl-Magnus – and that’s not going quite to plan either. 
Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece is a deliciously funny exploration of love lost, love found and love rediscovered. With an achingly beautiful score – including The Miller’s Son, The Glamorous Life, A Weekend In The County and the magical Send In The Clowns – this 1973 Broadway classic, performed by a large cast of talented actor-musicians, promises to be the most elegant, romantic PFT musical yet. Could there be a better way to launch the 2015 Summer Season? All tickets (From £15.00) from Tel: 01796 484626 or www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com

Ancient Textiles & Nettle Festival

Monday 25th May 11am - 4.30pm
Ancient Textiles & Nettle Festival
Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay PH15 2HY 
Enjoy this special day of fibre work, food and fun.  Demonstrations and exhibits, nettle fibre processing & spinning, nettle food, drink and textile art together with dyeing, spinning, weaving, braiding and rope-making. Tel: 1887 830583

A Moroccan experience day with Chef Paul Newman

Tues 26th May 9.30am - 4.30pm

A Moroccan experience day with Chef Paul Newman
Thyme to Eat, Cookery School, Errichel, Crieff Road, Aberfeldy PH15 2EL

Dips, Flatbreads, fluffy Cous Cous and a delicious Moroccan Tagine. Learn how to blend spices and make a delicious Moroccan Meal under the expert tuition of our Chef Paul Newman. 1 day course cost £150 per person. Includes lunch, refreshments & a Microstoven Terrine to take your creations home. To book or for further information Email fionasloan@errichel.co.uk
Call 07483 352 123 or 01887 820805

Pitlochry Summer Season - Improbable Fiction

28th May 2015 to 17th October 2015
Pitlochry Summer Season - Improbable Fiction By Alan Ayckbourn
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, PH16 5DR
It’s the week before Christmas and at a meeting of the Pendon Writer’s Circle, it’s clear that none of the group’s members are going to be winning the Booker any time soon . . .
Jess and Grace are struggling to get their pet projects – a bodice-ripper and a children’s story – underway. By contrast, Vivvi just can’t stop, having completed her sixth crime novel of the year. The geeky Clem is only part way through the most complicated sci-fi conspiracy adventure ever conceived, whilst Brevis is completely stuck due to his writing partner’s understandable disinterest in Brevis’s latest idea: a musical adaptation of The Pilgrim’s Progess.
The group’s chairman, Arnold, tries to inspire his colleagues by suggesting that they pool their ideas and collaborate on a joint work, but this revolutionary proposal meets with a distinctly muted reception. Until, that is, the meeting has disbanded, a storm begins to rage – and fiction suddenly becomes fact, when Arnold’s suggestion springs unexpectedly and chaotically to life . . . and the worlds of Wilkie Collins, Edgar Wallace and Arthur C. Clarke collide in the most spectacular way . . .
Alan Ayckbourn’s 2005 comedy is a dazzling, hilarious exploration of what can happen when you let your imagination run wild. If you enjoyed the hugely popular A Chorus Of Disapproval in 2013, then this is the one for you! All tickets (From £15.00) from Tel: 01796 484626 or www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com

Pitlochry Summer Season - Home And Beauty

4th June 2015 to 15th October 2015
Pitlochry Summer Season - Home And Beauty By W. Somerset Maugham
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, PH16 5DR
1919: with the turmoil of the Great War beginning to recede, life in Britain is returning to – well, not quite normal. For after four years of war, the staid Edwardian era is truly over and the Jazz Age is about to begin . . .
Society beauty Victoria definitely looks to the future. After her first husband, Bill, was killed at Ypres, she went completely to pieces, but managed to pull herself together - after a year’s dutiful mourning - by marrying her husband’s best friend, Frederick.
But then, out of the blue, Bill turns up on the doorstep, a touch of amnesia and a spell in a German POW camp having delayed his return. Surprisingly unaffected by his ordeal, Bill is cheered to see his wife, but a mite put out to discover that she’s acquired another husband. And that it’s his old chum Frederick . . .
Interestingly, Victoria seems unconcerned by the news that she’s
a bigamist. Perhaps that’s because she’s decided that soldiers no longer make fashionable husbands - and her solicitor has arranged more divorces
than any other lawyer in England. Does she already have eyes on husband number three?
Something of a missing link between Wilde and Wodehouse, Home And Beauty is a high energy, sharp-as-a-tack comedy of morals, manners and marriage by one of the greatest playwrights and novelists of the inter-war years. Don’t miss this rare revival of a classic period comedy! All tickets (From £15.00) from Tel: 01796 484626 or www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com

Pitlochry Summer Season - The Lady In The Van

11th June 2015 to 14th October 2015
Pitlochry Summer Season - The Lady In The Van By Alan Bennett
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, PH16 5DR
Miss Shepherd used to drive ambulances in the war. She might also have been a nun. Now, she sells pencils and pamphlets, frequently hears voices and enjoys regular visits from the Virgin Mary. Oh, and she lives in a clapped-out, hand-painted Bedford van. Which one day she decides to park in Alan Bennett’s front garden in Camden Town.
Caught in two minds about his uninvited guest, Mr. Bennett debates with himself – quite literally – about the moral implications of playing landlord to such a tenant, whilst Miss Shepherd subjects him to bizarre observations, questionable hygiene practices, unusual (to say the least) political opinions and her very own brand of Catholicism: she was hoping to phone Mother Teresa for a chat, but Directory Enquiries drew a blank.
Friends, neighbours, relatives, doctors and social workers all come and go, yet Miss Shepherd’s van is still wedged tightly onto Mr. Bennett’s property fifteen years later. And Miss Shepherd clearly has no plans to leave, unless it’s in a van-shaped box . . .
Alan Bennett’s award-winning play from 1999 is a fascinating, true life story of a complex relationship, an experiment in tolerance and a unique tale of British eccentricity. If you enjoyed our production of Habeas Corpus in 2008, you’ll love this acclaimed, thoroughly entertaining play from one of Britain’s – and PFT’s – best loved playwrights. All tickets (From £15.00) from Tel: 01796 484626 or www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com

Perthshire and Angus Mod (Gaelic Festival)

A 'mod' is a festival of Scottish Gaelic song, arts and culture. Piping, fiddle, oral and solo singing competitions on Friday (mainly youngsters) and on the Saturday. Duets, quartets and choral competitions in the afternoon. Spectators welcome. Organised by the Perthshire and Angus Provincial Mod Committee under the auspices of the Royal National Mod. www.aberfeldymod.org.uk 

Mountain Wildlife Walk

14 June 11.00am - 3.30pm
 Mountain Wildlife Walk 
A walk to look for our special upland species including red deer and mountain hare. 6 miles, bring lunch. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Who for: Adults £6. To contact the Atholl Estates Ranger Service, Tel: 01796 481355, or email pf@atholl-estates.co.uk www.athollestatesrangerservice.co.uk

Midsummer Music Festival

Sunday 21st June: (8 pm to 11 pm)  
Midsummer Music Festival 
Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay PH15 2HY
Watch the sun go down and listen to Scottish music while soaking up the magical atmosphere around the fire in our Iron-Age loch-dwelling. Booking essential. Tel: 1887 830583 

Solstice Nightwalk

21 June 9.30pm – Midnight
Solstice Nightwalk
Walk into the darkness on our shortest night and investigate the dusk-time wildlife. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Who for: Adults £8. To contact the Atholl Estates Ranger Service, Tel: 01796 481355, or email pf@atholl-estates.co.uk www.athollestatesrangerservice.co.uk

Mar Lodge to Forest Lodge Walk.

23 June 9.30am – 7.00pm
Mar Lodge to Forest Lodge Walk.
A walk through from Braemar to Glen Tilt. 15 miles with a river crossing. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Meet at Blair Atholl, drive to start at Braemar included. Who for: Adults £40. To contact the Atholl Estates Ranger Service, Tel: 01796 481355, or email pf@atholl-estates.co.uk www.athollestatesrangerservice.co.uk

Kite Making for everyone

7 July Anytime from 2.00 - 4.00pm
Kite Making

Meet: Blair Atholl Information Centre. (Opposite Caravan Park Entrance beside Atholl Country Life Museum and Food in the Park). 
Have a go at making some simple kites and fly them too if it’s windy enough.  Who for: Families. Donations for materials. To contact the Atholl Estates Ranger Service, Tel: 01796 481355, or email pf@atholl-estates.co.uk www.athollestatesrangerservice.co.uk