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.

“Scotland Year of Food & Drink - Whisky Month”

May 1st to 31st – 12.00 to 5pm
“Scotland Year of Food & Drink - Whisky Month” 
Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier, Grandtully PH9 0PL.
Taste Chocolate & Whisky pairings in the Chocolate Shop, Whisky-themed Gifts & Prize Draw for Whisky Companion Box of Chocolates. Special Whisky-themed dishes in Legends Coffee & Chocolate House
Contact Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier, Legends of Grandtully between Aberfeldy & Pitlochry, Highland Perthshire PH9 0PL Tel. 01887 840775

The Atholl Gathering and Highland Games

24th May from 10am.
The Atholl Gathering and Highland Games 
Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH18 5TL
Local heavies competition starts at 11am. The Atholl Highlanders "March On" at 1.15pm. Scottish Heavy events 12.30pm. The Highland Gathering takes place on Sunday, with the Atholl Highlanders officially opening the Highland Games with a 'March On', led again by the sound of their pipes and the deep, sonorous booming of their drums. Following the March On, heavyweight strong men from around Scotland take centre stage to battle it out in the Highland Games, which includes traditional events such as tossing the caber, putting the shot and throwing the hammer. Highland Games date back many centuries, with most of the events tracing their roots back to ancient Scottish battle weapons and fighting techniques. Local heavyweight athletes from the Perthshire League compete in the morning. Visit www.phga.co.uk for more information. Plenty of other attractions, such as highland dancing events,  tug o' war, solo piping, trade stands and refreshments provide a fun day out for all the family. Admission: Adults £7, Seniors £5, Children 5-16 year £3. Under 5s FREE. Parking FREE. For more information on either the Parade or the Gathering please contact the Blair Castle offices on 01796 481 207.  

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

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

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

Solo Handbell Ringing Dunkeld Cathedral

Every Wednesday 2pm to 4pm 
Solo Handbell Ringing
Dunkeld Cathedral, Cathedral Street, Dunkeld, PH8 0AW
Weekly performances of Solo Handbell Ringing take place throughout the summer in Dunkeld Cathedral on Wednesdays  until 23rd September. Small Ensemble Ringing included once a month. Solo ringing is most unusual, fascinating to watch and lovely to hear. Come and enjoy the music for a while, Freewill donation.

Don Nicolson plays the Old Mill Inn

Friday 29th May from 9PM
Don Nicolson
The Old Mill Inn, Mill Lane, Pitlochry PH16 5BH 
Complex guitar picking and looping techniques make the lyrics come to life.  Don is a rare talent worth checking out. FREE Admission. Tel: 01796 474 020 www.oldmillevents.co.uk www.theoldmillpitlochry.co.uk 

50th Year of Highland Nights

Every Monday 7.45 pm

50th Year of Highland Nights
Pitlochry Recreation Ground (Wet venue - Pitlochry Town Hall)
Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, Highland and Scottish dancing and music. Gates open 7pm. Band marches down Pitlochry main street tot eh recreation ground at 7.15pm. Adults £6 Children £1

Explorer Garden Tours

Every Sunday 11.30am
Explorer Garden Tours
Beside Pitlochry Festival Theatre, PH16 5DR
Led by experienced guides who bring Explorers to life! Lasting approximately one and a half hours, our guided tours provide insights into the plants, trees, wildlife, history, art and architecture contained in Explorers. Fun, fascinating and informative! Price: £5, includes Garden entry

Aberfeldy Farmers Market

1st Sunday May to September 10am to 4pm.
Aberfeldy Farmers Market
Aberfeldy Town Square, PH15 2DD
The first Sunday of the month an eclectic mix of food, art and craftsmanship. So come along, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy what Highland Perthshire has to offer!  aberfeldymarket@btopenworld.com
Tel:- 07990834092 or 01887834092 

Explorer Garden Tours

Every Wednesday 11.30am
Explorer Garden Tours
Beside Pitlochry Festival Theatre, PH16 5DR
Led by experienced guides who bring Explorers to life! Lasting approximately one and a half hours, our guided tours provide insights into the plants, trees, wildlife, history, art and architecture contained in Explorers. Fun, fascinating and informative! Price: £5, includes Garden entry.

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

The Past (Le Passé) Heartland Film Society

Sunday 14 June 2015 8:15pm
The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy PH15 2DA
The Past (Le Passé) (2013 France/Iran Cert 12A) written and directed by Asghar Farhadi
Another finely-tuned drama by the director of A Separation.  Ahmad returns to Paris to complete his divorce from Marie (Bérénice Béjo), who is in a new relationship with Samir. Samir is still married, but his wife lies in a coma.  Ahmad keeps calm and listens to the secrets of others.  Nothing is clear-cut in this layered tragedy of relationships and revelations, of people trapped in limbo by the ghosts of the past. 
Join us after the film for a chat in the Chummies bar at the Birks. Online booking at www.birkscinema.co.uk or phone 01887 822845. HFS screenings are open to all, become a member at any time for just £10.00 and enjoy 12 months of reduced prices for all HFS films at The Birks.

Logierait Farmers Market

3rd Saturday April to October 10.00am to 2.00pm
Logierait Farmers Market
Mill of Logierait, Ballinluig, Perthshire, PH9 0LH
Selection of traders selling local produce and crafts, from fresh fish, meats, pies, bread, baking, vegetables to chocolates and preserves. Also find plants, soaps, fudge, dog treats, jewellery, art, woodcrafts and collectables. Free car parking, the local buses stop at the gate. There is somewhere to sit down, have a blether, enjoy a mug of coffee or tea, and a hot pie locally made by MacDonalds, and listen to some live fiddle music, and even nice loos! The Farm's Narrow Gauge Railway runs on Market days, from Midday. Tel:- 01796 482222

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