10 things to do this week from Ben Fogle to Peter James’ new play


October 3-23. To free. The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6HZ.

The Scottish Gallery is celebrating the birthday of the first Scottish Modernist Samuel John Peploe this month, coinciding with his 150th birthday. This celebratory exhibition features several of Peploe’s greatest paintings with key loans from notable private collections. Divided into four sections, visitors can explore works of still life; paintings of his models; Fauvist panels; and his drawings.


The party festival

October 7-16. Tickets vary (see event website). County Place, Paisley PA1 1BS.

The Paisley Festival of Popular Music, Comedy and Art returns with an exceptional lineup of artists such as The Twilight Sad, Arab Strap and Nadine Shah. The festival kicks off this week with innovative multi-instrumentalist Michael Rother. There are a multitude of musical acts, across a variety of genres.


The Spooktacular 2021

October 7-31. Tickets start at £ 12. Silverburn, Barrhead Road, Glasgow, G53 6AG.

The Spooktacular is an immersive spooky new event arriving in Glasgow in October. There will be plenty of activities including roller coasters, adult thrill rides, a festival wheel, Little Pumpkin rides, and a spooky maze. One of the main attractions will be the Gandey’s Circus Spooktacular, a 45-minute circus featuring talented performers from around the world.


Ben Fogle: Tales of the Desert

October 5. Tickets start at £ 29. Ayr Town Hall, New Bridge Street, Ayr, KA7 1JX.

Join Ben Fogle for his uplifting show in which he will share his stories of the wilderness. Ben has scaled Everest, swam with crocodiles, rescued elephants, dodged pirates, stranded for a year on an uninhabited island, and many other adventures. The beloved television adventurer will tell his stories in this intimate evening of stories from around the world.


Loch Lomond spooky fairy trail

October 4-31. Tickets from £ 8. Loch Lomond Fairy Trail, Luss, G83 8PA.

In October, the Loch Lomond Faerie Trail will once again be transformed into the Scary Faerie Trail. This year should be even better, with the trail dressed in spooky webs and lights, ending at Loch Lomond Arms in their custom Faerie Cafe. At the end of your adventure, the Faerie Pumpkin Patch awaits you, exclusively for Faerie Trail customers.


Krapp’s last tape with Go On

October 4-9. Tickets start at £ 14.50. Tron Theater, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB.

This thought-provoking double bill explores what happens when you dare to interact with previous and future versions of yourself. A combination of Last Tape and Go On by Samuel Beckett – the premiere of a new play by one of Scotland’s most important voices, Linda McLean.


Horror Walk Online

– Escape the ghouls

October 4-31. Tickets start at £ 8.50. Online event.

Stroll through Glasgow Necropolis, the final resting place of the great and the good of Glasgow. Stay close to your guide as he tells you the tales of Glasgow’s gruesome past. The event is online and will be available throughout October.


Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival

October 4-10. Ticket prices vary (see event website). Edinburgh Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ.

Bring a bit of Spain and Latin America to Edinburgh. Created in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and the Consulate of Spain, is the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival. There are a variety of theatrical adaptations as well as films from new and highly acclaimed directors.


You are looking for death

October 5-9. Tickets start at £ 23. Kings Theater, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ.

Don’t miss your chance to see the first tour of Peter James’ new play, Looking Good Dead. The # 1 multi-million-people bestselling author presents his exciting Looking Good Dead on stage in Edinburgh.


Tir an Airm

September 30-November 13. To free. Still image center for photography,

23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1BP

This latest exhibit by award-winning photographer Alex Boyd, titled ‘Tir an Airm’ (Land of the Military), shows Boy, below, exploring the largely invisible locations used to train the British armed forces and those of our allies in the United States. NATO. The exhibition also features the work of guest artist Mhairi Killin RSA, sharing pieces from his series Fata Morgana – an exploration of drone warfare testing in the Outer Hebrides.


Charlotte cohen

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