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The Enchanted Forest

A masterpiece of lighting in the outdoors – this popular multi-award winning show returns to fire your imagination.

It’s a great family evening, as the nights draw in and the forest becomes alive with sounds and scenes. There’s story-telling, mulled wine and food on offer too. Prices vary, but a peak family ticket costs £55 (two adults, two children). See the website for more information.

Photograph: Graham Smith


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Mar Lodge Mountain Film Festival

Back again for the second year – now over two days – and what better place to see some adventure films with a mountain theme than Mar Lodge – the former hunting pile now in the hands of the National Trust for Scotland.

There are five films on offer over the two days:

• Citadel
• Late
• A bit like Norway
• Valley Uprising
• Stone Free

Films will be shown in the Craggan Room, and refreshments will be served. Call venue for more information. Tickets from Braemar Mountain Shop, Ballater Outdoor Store and Mar Lodge Ranger Office.


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Scotland’s Boat Show

If you’re thinking of buying a dinghy, or some accessories, or just want to find out more about sailing and boating, this large-scale free event is worth a visit. Sailing taster sessions, fly boarding, a climbing wall, pipe bands, talks and children’s entertainment all add to the mix.


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Cockenzie Power Station Demolition

The Cockenzie Power Station chimney stacks in East Lothian have been considered a landmark since they opened in 1967. Generating more than 150 Terrawatt Hours (TWh) of electricity in its lifetime, the station closed two years ago. And now a date has been set for the demolition of the 149m tall twin chimney stacks. Spectators can view the controlled explosion on Saturday 26 September and ScottishPower will be releasing information about the best public vantage points in the weeks before the event.

A raffle has also been organised by Longniddry & District Rotary Club, with the winner of the raffle being the lucky person to press the button that begins the explosion. Raffle tickets are priced at £2 and on sale in various places in East Lothian until August 28. The winner will be announced at the end of August and proceeds from the raffle will be split between local charities and Scottish Power’s charity, Cancer Research.


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Cream o’ the Croft

View from the tent at the High Meadow

Neil Braidwood tries out some mtb trails ahead of the inaugural mountain bike festival in Perthshire. Read more ›

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SYHActive Day

Enjoy a day of adventure on the banks of Loch Lomond and beyond in this exciting new event organised by SYHA Hostelling Scotland. Entrants in the Outdoor Challenge join in a 10-mile walk or run round the shoulder of Ben Lomond, followed by a 34-mile cycle over a beautiful route starting at Inversnaid and returning to Rowardennan via Loch Arklet, Loch Chon, Loch Ard, Aberfoyle and Drymen. Entry is £20 and you are asked to commit to raising at least £50 in sponsor money to help fund activity programmes for disadvantaged young people. While all this is going on, back at Rowardennan there’s an outdoor showcase event, starting at 11.30am, with activities for all the family, crafts, refreshments, music and produce stalls. Scotland Outdoors will have a stand too, so come and say hello. There’s free magazines for anyone who signs up to our e-newsletter. There is no fee to attend the showcase, but you should register in advance by emailing [email protected] to receive information on transport and catering.


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Bike Week Workshops (Edinburgh)

Aimed at individuals or groups who might want to create their own cycling event or festival, this series of workshops goes around the country with a variety of speakers who have a track record in organising and managing this kind of thing. Gordon Reid from Pedal for Scotland will be at all three workshops, and will be joined by Frazer Coupland (No Fuss Events), for the Aberdeen sessions, Jim Napier (CamGlen Bike Town), Glasgow and Daniel McKendry, (Clarkston BID Cycle Saturdays), Edinburgh. The workshops are free, but you need to email to register: [email protected] Please note there is a morning and afternoon session. See website for more details.


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Bike Week Workshops (Aberdeen)

Aimed at individuals or groups who might want to create their own cycling event or festival, this series of workshops goes around the country with a variety of speakers who have a track record in organising and managing this kind of thing. Gordon Reid from Pedal for Scotland will be at all three workshops, and will be joined by Frazer Coupland (No Fuss Events), for the Aberdeen sessions, Jim Napier (CamGlen Bike Town), Glasgow and Daniel McKendry, (Clarkston BID Cycle Saturdays), Edinburgh. The workshops are free, but you need to email to register: [email protected] Please note there is a morning and afternoon session. See website for more details.


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