PGA Ryder Cup Heritage Exhibition

Smith Museum, Stirling, until March 20.

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Delve into the history of golf's Ryder Cup ahead of the competition coming to Gleneagles later this year. The biennial contest between teams from Europe and the US is now one of the world's biggest sporting events, and 2014 marks its 40th staging since 1927. The exhibition brings together memorabilia, photographs, and displays charting the contest's evolution and links to Scotland. In Stirling until March, the exhibition moves on to Perth Museum from June 3, with the championship itself underway from September 23.

Electric Glen

Rouken Glen Park, Giffnock, Thursday to Sunday

East Renfrewshire Council's interactive after-dark illuminated trail walk was so well received last year it's back for an extended run from tonight. Mixing elements of performance, storytelling, and exploration with a series of spectacular sound and light installations, it can take up to an hour and 15 minutes to get round, so be sure to wear warm clothes, waterproofs and sturdy footwear. Running Thursday to Sunday from 5.30 to 8.30pm for the next two weeks, tickets are £5-£7, with family passes available for £20.

First Tingle of Spring

Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Livingston, Saturday

The earliest signs of spring are apparently out there, and Almond Valley near Livingston is celebrating this very welcome news with a day of activities. Younger visitors can plant beans, build nests and get creative with springtime crafts - and check up on chicks getting ready to hatch in incubators. The site is also a working farm and agricultural museum with loads of friendly animals, indoor and outdoor play areas, and plenty of woodland trails to explore. Admission is £6 (£4.50 concession, family ticket £19).

Spectra: Aberdeen Festival of Light

Aberdeen, today to Sunday

A new initiative bringing art installations, projections, and events inspired by light to the streets of central Aberdeen. Worth a mention are The Light Garden - 2000 LED flowers planted in Union Terrace Gardens - and Reclaim The Night, an audio-visual promenade piece taking in some of the city centre's lesser-trod backstreets tonight from 6pm. Elsewhere, there's a showcase of new works by veteran cinematographer and artist Adam Barker-Mill, and work by the likes of Tracey Emin, Nathan Coley, and Liliane Lijn on display in Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Fife Jazz Festival

Friday to Sunday

The mothballed St Andrews Byre Theatre is being reopened to form the main hub for the seventh Fife Jazz Festival, which starts in the Kingdom tomorrow night. The festival's three-day programme also includes shows bigger venues in Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline as well as more intimate, off-the-beaten-track spaces. Among highlights are performances from contemporary UK bluesman Ian Seigel, trad veteran Chris Barber, Scottish trumpeter Colin Steele, and Average White Band star Hamish Stuart. Tickets for most gigs are still available - for availability see

Field of Light

St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, until April 27

Another urban light-based art installation to check out while the longer nights are with us, Bruce Munro's immersive, otherworldy piece was unveiled on Monday in central Edinburgh. The first time it's ever been in Scotland, Field of Light transforms St Andrew Square Gardens into an eerily beautiful twinkling wonderland using 9500 spherical glass spheres on optical fibre 'stalks', encouraging observers to experience the space in new and different ways. Free to enter, and best viewed from dusk onwards, garden gates are open until late.

Glasgow City of Love

George Square, Glasgow, from today

To mark Valentines Day, that most tender of all greetings card holidays, funfair experts M&Ds are setting up in the city's George Square for the next 10 days. Adrenaline and romance combine on rides such as a 'Love Blast' bomber and 'Love Bug' dodgems, while a big wheel comes with an enormous LED screen designed for public declarations of affection. If love turns as cold as a day outside in February, there's also a selection of stalls laden with snacks and beverages to warm you up.


Edinburgh's Dungeon, from Saturday

The latest tour at the capital-based horror attraction arrives in time for mid-term school holidays. Expect a gruesome trip into the past mixing interactive live performance, macabre humour, and elements from Scottish history - in this case a new section taking visitors back 350 years to the time of the Black Death. Those found to be infected by infamous Edinburgh plague physician Dr Paulitious will be condemned to a ghastly end. Walk-up prices are a touch on the scary side, so book online for discounted tickets at around a tenner.

Scottish Snowdrop Festival

Across Scotland, until March 16

Flowers - remember them? With the first tingles of spring on the way (see above), you might actually be able to see some real ones by getting out for a woodland walk at one of 53 participating gardens across Scotland. Entry to many of these places is free, and some are opening to the public for the first time. Apparently, the further south and west you are, the earlier the plants pop up, so if in doubt, be sure to phone ahead before you set out.

Scottish Caravan, Motor Home and Holiday Show

SECC, Glasgow, today to Sunday

If over the next couple of days you find yourself glancing out of a rain-flecked window with a sudden pang for life on the open road, this huge consumer show at Glasgow's SECC could help turn that plaintive dream into reality. Along with stands from more than 150 caravan, travel, and accessories companies, there's also a farmer's market, wine sampling, and a free kids adventure zone with a climbing wall, bungee trampoline, and face painting. Day tickets are £11, with children free.

Don't Miss

Andy Torbet: Operation Iceberg

Today, Glasgow and Edinburgh

TV adventurer Andy Torbet makes the last couple of stops in a brisk Scottish speaking tour today, sharing tales of his adventures filming in the icy expanses of Greenland and Canada. Renfield St Stephen's Church, Glasgow at 2.15pm, and Appleton Tower, Edinburgh at 7.30pm Tickets £8 (students and under 18s are free).