1 Olly Murs SSE Hydro, Glasgow, March 3-4
The singer will make a triumphant return to the SSE Hydro when hestarts his two-night residency in Glasgow tomorrow. The former X Factor star will treat fans to a selection of new tracks and some old favourites. The tour is in support of Olly’s fifth studio album, 24HRS, which includes the No 1 single You Don’t Know Love.
Tickets cost £33.50-£147. Visit www.thessehydro.com.
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2 Anton and Erin: Swing Time Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, March 5
Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag will dance the afternoon away in Glasgow on Sunday. The show features big dance numbers, sparkling costumes, new choreography and the vocal talents of Lance Ellington. There will also be a 25-piece show band, conducted by Richard Balcombe, performing classics songs, including I Got Rhythm, Moondance and I Could Have Danced All Night.
Tickets cost £44.50. Visit http://www.antonanderin.com/
3 Hina Matsuri Japanese Spring Festival Kibble Palace, Glasgow, March 4
Celebrating Japanese culture, this exciting festival has something for everyone. Visitors will be able to learn the art of origami and enjoy a spot of taiko drumming during the festival. There will also be a chance to sample some delicious Asian sweets.
Entry is free. Visit http://www.japanese-matsuri-glasgow.org.uk/
4 Galloway Music Festival Various venues, Stranraer and Newton Stewart, March 6-11
Musicians will be able to test their skills at this competitive festival. Competitors will battle it out of a number of awards during the week, including paint, brass, woodwind and vocal. The competitions are open to visitors, who will also be treated to a special concert on the last day.
Ticket prices vary. Visit http://www.gallowaymusicfestival.org.uk/
5 Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival Tower Mill, Hawick, today until March 6
The natural world will take centre stage when this creative festival arrives in Hawick today. The festival features screenings of films that relate to the nature, landscapes, alchemy and mankind’s interactions with natural forces. As well as feature length screenings, there will also be art projects and experimental short films on show.
Ticket prices vary. Visit http://www.alchemyfilmfestival.org.uk/
6 Gin Festival The Briggait, Glasgow, March 3-5 Gin aficionados will raise a glass of the country’s finest tipples in Glasgow on Friday. Over 100 different gins will be on offer to sample during the three-day event. Producers will also be on hand to provide expert advice and masterclasses.
Tickets cost £10.46. Visit https://www.ginfestival.com/
7 80s Invasion Tour The Edinburgh Playhouse, March 5 Music fans will be able to take a nostalgia trip in the capital on Sunday. Eighties favourites, including Paul Young, Martika and Liverpool duo China Crisis, will perform during the show. Punk pop star Toyah Willcox completes this year’s line-up.
Tickets cost £38.65. Visit http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/edinburgh-playhouse/
8 Mark Smith: Slugboy Saves The world!
Waterstones, Dundee, March 4 Mark Smith will treat fans to an afternoon of superhero fun on Saturday. The best-selling author will meet fans and read the first chapter of his popular book Slugboy Saves The World. There will also be a superhero themed game of Who Am I?, a chat about heroes and the chance to create the world’s worst superhero.
Entry is free. Visit https://www.waterstones.com/
9 Aberdeen Boat Race Aberdeen Boat a Club, Aberdeen, March 4 Aberdeen and Robert Gordon Universities will battle it out for glory in the boat race on Saturday. Now in its 22nd year, Aberdeen will face five-time reigning champions Robert Gordon crews on the gruelling 3.5km course on the River Dee. With both teams smashing the course record last year, this is one race that will be exciting all the way.
Entry is free.Visit http://www.abc-dee.co.uk
10 Winter Cook S chool Ballintaggart Farm, Perthshire, March 4 Would-be chefs will be able to brush up on their cooking skills in Perthshire this weekend. Set in the stunning surroundings of Ballintaggart Farm, which is north of Dunkeld, guests will receive a cooking masterclass to help them master the basics, with all equipment and ingredients provided. Guests will also be able to enjoy a tasty lunch after the class. And when you get home you will be able to show off those new-found skills.
Tickets cost £110. Visit http://ballintaggart.com/kitchen.