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Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Half-Price tickets for this year's The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Preview Night go on Sale on Monday 21st July.

A limited number of tickets for the Preview Show on 31st July will be available from the Tattoo Ticket Sales Office from 10am on 21st July. You can also book online at or call 0131 225 1188.

Tickets will be priced from £12.50 to £30 and will be in high demand.

Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo

Published: Monday, July 14, 2014
Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014

A spectacular concert Live at Edinburgh Castle with a glittering array of big names will be shown on BBC One, ahead of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Presented by The One Show’s Alex Jones on Saturday 19 July, Scotland's capital city will be welcoming a wide range of international musical acts, including Jessie J, Kaiser Chiefs, Culture Club, Smokey Robinson, Rizzle Kicks, Paloma Faith, Katherine Jenkins, Il Divo, OneRepublic, Alfie Boe, Ella Henderson and Pumeza – with more names to follow.

The music will also be interspersed with comedy on the night, as Bill Bailey performs his unique brand of musical humour with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Fred MacAulay makes a special guest appearance.

Alex Jones, Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson and Fred MacAulay launched the concert on the grounds of Edinburgh Castle on Thursday 5 June ahead of more than 8,000 tickets going on sale at 9am on Friday 6 June.

Some of the performances will be accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and a house band, led by Mike Stevens, who has worked with artists including Gary Barlow and Annie Lennox.

Comedian Fred MacAulay added: “This is a really great event to get the party started for the Commonwealth Games, and to get so many great artists on the one stage makes it very special. I hope that, not only the people of Edinburgh, but also the whole of the UK enjoy the show.”

Some of the performances will be accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and a house band, led by Mike Stevens, who has worked with artists including Gary Barlow and Annie Lennox.

Executive producer Guy Freeman says: “We are delighted that such an exciting array of incredibly talented artists are coming together for what will undoubtedly be a magical night, at this iconic venue. With rock, pop, classical and comedy performances, it will be a great summer party, for everyone in the family to enjoy.”

Wow, it is going to be a great night! Did you get your ticket and your accommodation booked?! See you then! Sonas :D

 One Republic at Edinburgh Castle

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

As Scotland’s foremost agricultural mecca, the Royal Highland Show is a firm favourite with farmers, foodies and lovers of the outdoors. In its 174th year, coinciding with this year’s Commonwealth Games and Homecoming, the rural extravaganza will be bigger than ever. If you want to navigate this vast four-day event, then look no further than this guide.

RHS 2014 tickets: adults £25.00, concession £20.00, children 15 or under go free

Show Dance tickets: £15.00 - £20.00

Food and drink

The RHS’ food and drink section, always one of its most popular attractions, is not just somewhere to stuff your face or fill your larder with some of Scotland’s finest and freshest produce. Over the show’s four days, a Cookery Theatre will present more than 30 demonstrations, led by food critic Wendie Barrie.

Animal magic

Cows, sheep, pigs, goats and other livestock are the RHS’ most visible attraction - more than 5,000 will be at the showground. Other events to entice the nippers include the The Ben Potter Eagle & Vulture Display Team, the Totally Terriers Event Display Team and Mordor Gun Dogs, all in the RHS’ Countryside Area. Centre stage in the prestige stakes goes to the horses: the RHS hosts the largest equestrian show in Scotland, with with classes for light and heavy horses, private driving, heavy horse turnouts, harness and grooming, as well as show-jumping. More than 3,000 horses and around 2,200 riders are expected to compete over the four days.

Child’s play

Event organisers go to considerable lengths to accommodate children at the RHS, and for good reason: 30,000 are expected to arrive this month. A dedicated children’s area, the Discovery Centre, will host a number of interactive sessions involving cooking, baking, arts and crafts, food tasting and even science experiments designed to teach children about agriculture, among other activities.

Retail therapy

As with the food and drink section of the show, the RHS aims to provide a high street experience that reflects the best Scotland has to offer. Gardening tools and gardening tools are the sort of things you’d expect to find at the RHS, but you’ll also discover high-end fashion brands, textiles, and homeware, affording visitors a well-rounded shopping experience.

Farmer’s market

Farmers are central to the RHS, so it’s little wonder that they are catered for handsomely. Ingliston is a giant hub of agricultural trade over four days, showcasing cutting-edge farming technologies and services, and is a dedicated centre for rural businesses to exchange information, products and ideas. The RHS’ Motor Zone and Forestry Arena are also aimed squarely at rural workers, but they can be enjoyed equally by anyone with an interest in cars and, er, chainsaws respectively. A renewable energy exhibit is also available to farmers looking to cut costs.


The RHS promises a diverse programme of music, inviting ceilidh musicians, pipe and drum bands and jazz ensembles to play over the four day duration of the show. More leftfield entertainment comes in the shape of the MacRobert Theatre’s sheep-shearing championship, set in a purpose-built facility.

Meanwhile, fitness freaks and masochists can try the assault course assembled by the Royal Regiment of Scotland in the Countryside Area.

Royal Highland Scottish Cow

Published: Friday, June 13, 2014

Who's looking forward to Glasgow 2014?

There are 40 days to go and tomorrow sees the Queen's Baton relay arrive in Edinburgh travelling around the city, out to Portobello and back into the centre!

On Saturday 14 June the residents of Coldstream and Edinburgh will welcome the arrival of the Queen’s Baton into Scotland in what promises to be a memorable inauguration on Scottish soil, with a range of extraordinary batonbearers gearing up to take part in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games’ Queen's Baton Relay.

It has been proudly carried through the length and breadth of the Commonwealth sharing the warmth and friendship of Glasgow and Scotland with some of the world’s most diverse communities. Early in the morning, in a touching ceremony in the Border town of Coldstream, the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton is to return to Scotland, marking the final straight of a 100,000-mile epic journey and the final countdown to the Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

In celebration of the longest day of the year, the gardens will remain open until 10.30pm on Saturday 21st June 2014.

Make sure you make the most of this opportunity to see the gardens in a different light. Join an attempt to break the world record for tree hugging at 20:00 and help calculate the environmental benefit of a tree collection by doing some tree measuring.

There will also be live music and performances throughout the evening, plus The Scottish Poetry Library will be there offering opportunities to write, share and perform poems.

6.00pm Corroboree stilt performance (30mins)

6.45pm Aerial performance with Vision Mechanics (5 mins)

7.00pm Harp performance (30 mins)

7.45pm Aerial performance with Vision Mechanics (5 mins)

8.00pm Tree Hug World Record Attempt (1 min)

8.15pm Midsummer Poetry with the Scottish Poetry Library (45 mins)

9.15pm Corroboree stilt performance (30 mins)


Free entry to Glasshouses from 6pm – 9.30pm (last entry 9pm)

Corin Sworn exhibition at Inverleith House (open until 9.30pm)

- Food & refreshments available at the Terrace Caffee and East Gate Lodge

Sounds like a fabulous free way to celebrate the midsummer!

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh