1. Tiree Music Festival
Tiree, tomorrow to Sunday

The countdown to “Scotland’s Best Small Festival” is all but over as music fans get ready to flock to Tiree. With picture-perfect white sands and world-famous surf, the event is more than just a music festival. Highland-born accordionist Gary Innes, one of the new acts to be added to this year’s lineup, and Tide Lines’ front man Robert Robertson, are both set to perform. Social Enterprise group Cinemor 77 will bring their yurt to where they will offer special film experiences alongside a number of intimate gigs. Scouting For Girls will be headlining the big top tent, as Glasgow’s Have Mercy Las Vegas are set to bring their rowdy and eclectic mix of folk and blues.

Ticket prices start at £60.

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Under-eights go free. Visit tireemusicfestival.co.uk to book and to see the complete programme of all artists, food vendors and fringe events.

2. Paddle Steamer Waverley
Glasgow Science Centre, from tomorrow

Step aboard the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world this Glasgow Fair Weekend for a traditional trip Doon The Watter. Take the children to the seaside for the day tomorrow; children travel free to Dunoon and Rothesay. Then, on Saturday or Sunday, sail to Rothesay or through the Kyles of Bute to Tighnabruaich. Continue cruising on Sunday and take in the breathtaking sights of Loch Long. See out the weekend on Monday by visiting Rothesay, Largs, Millport or Lochranza. Passengers can eat, drink and relax in the dining saloon and promenade deck, whilst young adventurers can enjoy activities.

Ticket prices vary dependant on route. Visit waverleyexcursions.co.uk to know more.

3. Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
Various venues, Edinburgh, tomorrow to July 23

Now the biggest event of its kind in Scotland, this year’s programme ranges from star names to new Scottish-based players, and from traditional to the avant garde. Over the 10 days, the event will celebrate 100 years of jazz. Music heavy-hitters include guitar greats, John Scofield and Mike Stern, The Bad Plus, new star singer and pianist Kandace Springs and Sarah McKenzie, the successor to Diana Krall. The festival will take to the streets with two free events; Mardi Gras in the Grassmarket this Saturday and the Edinburgh Festival Carnival in Princes Street on Sunday.

Organisers are advising visitors to book tickets as soon as possible as some concerts are heading towards being sold out. Prices vary. Head to edinburghjazzfestival.com for more information.

4. Wet Wet Wet
Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh, Saturday

Celebrating 30 years of their debut album Popped In Souled Out, along with hits from the past three decades, the group are set to perform their incredible back catalogue of songs including With A Little Help From My Friends, Goodnight Girl and Love Is All Around. Bursting on to the music scene in 1987, the band has gone from success to success and has now sold in excess of 15 million singles and albums to date.

Ticket prices start at £47.80, plus booking fee. Book at ticketmaster.co.uk.

5. Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet
Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh, Sunday and Monday

The Three Inch Fools are a troupe of five actors performing a musical take on Shakespeare in unique and historic places around the UK. On Sunday, the group presents an inventive take on Shakespeare’s rib-tickling, good comedy of old-fashioned trickery and mistaken identity, Twelfth Night, with all manner of musical instruments. Monday will bring the infamous story of whirlwind romance and bitter tragedy with Romeo & Juliet. Both performances are outdoors, so visitors are advised to bring blankets or chairs to sit on as well as weather-appropriate clothing.

The venue will be open for picnics from 6pm before the performances start at 7pm. Tickets are £14 per adult and £6 per child. Book at usherhall.co.uk.

6. A Murder Is Announced
Dundee Rep Theatre, today to Saturday

Published in 1950, Agatha Christie’s 50th book is a staple of crime fiction and often considered the best of all the Miss Marple novels. Now adapted for the stage, audiences are taken to Chipping Cleghorn where the residents are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place this coming Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock. Unable to resist, the group gathers on time at the house. When the lights go out, a gun is fired. Enter Miss Marple, who must unravel a complex series events to solve the mystery of the killer.

Tickets are £21. Book at dundeerep.co.uk. The show then moves onto the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness from July 17 to 22.

7. Pirates Of Culzean Weekend
Culzean Castle and Country Park, Maybole, Saturday and Sunday

Fun-filled adventures will take centre stage in a packed weekend event where families will come and enjoy memorable experiences and pirates galore in the spectacular surroundings of the Ayrshire venue. The event invites adventurers of all ages to dress up, with exciting regatta prizes for the best dressed and a challenge where adventurers can enjoy games and activities in a specially-created port. Visitors can also explore the beautiful surroundings of the magnificent castle on a pirate trail or enjoy a seafaring storytelling session in the Boat House.

Entry is £7.50 per child and under-threes go free. Visit nts.cloudvenue.co.uk/home to book. Accompanying adults are admitted free.

8. Bryan Adams
Bught Park, Inverness, Sunday

The Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved global stardom with his 1984 album Reckless ends the UK leg of his European Get Up tour in Scotland where he will perform tracks from his latest studio album Get Up, which continues to receive much acclaim since its 2015 release for the way in which the material highlights Adams’ unique voice and depth.

Tickets are £53.90, with booking fee. Book at ticketline.co.uk.

9. Great Big Heritage Bus Tour
Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow, Saturday

Step on board a vintage bus as it takes you to different venues across the city, with activities at each one, including Kelvingrove, Kelvin Hall, Riverside, Tall Ship, the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, St. Mungo’s, Gallery of Modern Art, Fairfield Govan and Scotland Street School. There is no charge on the bus and admission to all museums is free. Passengers can hop on, hop off at any of the listed venues every 30 minutes, except GMRC which is every hour.

Visit events.glasgowlife.org.uk to see a complete list of all the activities each venue will offer.

10. Loch Lomond Highland Games
Moss O’ Balloch Park, Balloch, Saturday

Started in 1967 by a group of local businessmen, the games are now one of the top three in Scotland as it hosts the Scottish Highland Games Association World Heavyweight Championship and the 80 metre Sprint Championship. As well as this, about 350 competitors will competing in other events throughout the day such as piping, athletics, wrestling, cycling, dancing and other heavyweight events.

Ticket prices start at £3. Head to llhgb.com for more information.


Various locations, Dundee and Glasgow, ongoing

This free summer programme of events aims to make it easy for families to get out and make the best of their local park through a whole host of outdoor activities, including zumba, tai chi, football, badminton, tennis and much more. The main activity season for ParkLives is until the end of September in most locations.

Find out local details and book activities at parklives.com.