WHEN you think of a boat show it’s hard to imagine something other than just a lot of docked boats, but the Scottish Boat Show is here to change that assumption. Taking place next week, there’s a huge variety of activities including shopping, entertainment and a wide assortment of food and drink to get your teeth into. All alongside their main focus – boats – which will also be exhibited along with the opportunity to purchase one of the new or second-hand boats that will be on sale at the show.

One of their notable attractions will be TV chef Nick Nairn’s live cooking demonstration. Accompanied by some of the hospitality students from West College Scotland. On Sunday they will be cooking up a variety of dishes all made with Scottish ingredients. Food and drink stalls at the show include Alba Seafoods and Craft 56 Gin, among many others.

Visitors will also have the chance to climb aboard a Clipper Round The World race yacht and learn about what it’s like to sail the seven seas. There will also be a variety of talks from experts on all subjects from boats to gin. For a more physical activity, the RYA is hosting Scotland on Water training sessions where visitors can improve their skills on power boats with the help of expert tuition. Entry to the weekend is free so head along to see what the Scottish Boat Show has on offer.

Kip Marina, Inverkip, Inverclyde, Scotland PA16 0AW

Friday 11th- Sunday 13th October

Linda McCartney Retrospective

Daughter, designer Stella McCartney and husband Paul McCartney, have curated this photographic exhibition which is being shown for the first time in the UK in Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow. Along with photographs of big names and historic moments in music, the exhibition will feature cameras used by Linda and one of her diaries from the 1960s. Many of the items in the collection are being shown to the public for the first time. The exhibition will also show off a selection of the photographs Linda took in Scotland, featuring her family, self portraits and nature. During the exhibition, the shop at Kelvingrove will have products related to the exhibition such as limited edition prints, books, keepsakes and more.

Every day until January 2020 from 10am-5pm

Tickets from £5-£7 which can be booked online

Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG

Furniture Music

When you go to make your coffee in the morning, or put on a load of washing I can’t imagine you’ve ever thought, “I bet this would make great music” and I wouldn’t blame you – no on does. No one except Yuri Suzuki, a London-based Japanese sound artist and composer. The exhibition, beginning on the 5th of October showcases a variety of devices which suggest ways to improve the mundane sounds of everyday life. He wants the exhibition to “stimulate visitors to listen carefully to what sort of noises or sound exist in the world and consider if this is what our homes should sound like in the future”. The devices include an acoustic chamber table, a music box to replace the buzz of mobile phones and other everyday devices making music. It was first shown at Kingston University last year, but will be making its way to The Lighthouse in Glasgow this year.

Saturday 5th October-January 2020 from 10.30am-5pm and 12pm-5pm on Sunday.

The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, Scotland G1 3NU

9 to 5 The Musical

Dolly Parton’s smash hit song and film by Patricia Resnick has hit the stage in 9 to 5 The Musical, coming straight from the West End of London – where it received rave reviews and sell out crowds – to Glasgow’s King’s Theatre from Tuesday through to Saturday with matinee performances on Wednesday and Saturday. The musical tells the story of work colleagues rebelling against their sexist boss. Featuring Eternal’s Louise Redknapp and Love Island contestant Amber Davies the score for the musical was written by Dolly Parton and has been nominated for numerous awards including an Oscar, Grammy and Tony.

Tuesday 8th October – Saturday 12th October at 7.30pm (Matinee performances on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm)

Tickets are available from £13

The King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow

Return to the Forbidden Planet

Who would have thought that one of Shakespeare’s plays would be turned into a sci-fi musical? Join the Theatre Guild Glasgow in Eastwood Theatre this week to experience The Tempest in in space, with ray guns and a lot of singing. Return to the Forbidden Planet follows the mission of Captain Tempest and his crew as they travel through space. Full of rock 'n' roll hits including Good Vibrations and The Monster Mash, Bob Carlton’s musical (taken from the 1956 film) makes its way to Glasgow for one week only, so join the cast of Return to the Forbidden Planet and launch into space.

Tuesday 8th October – Saturday 12th October from 7.30pm (Saturday matinee at 2.30pm) Tickets from £16-£18

Eastwood Park Theatre, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock G46 6UG

John Newman

After deciding that the life of big performances to huge crowds wasn’t for him, John Newman has chosen to return to his roots and play smaller, more intimate venues, where he can really connect with the people who come to see him perform. Boasting a career with three number 1 hit singles, Newman now drives himself and the band around the country in a camper van. His autumn tour follows the release of three new acoustic songs and an EP. Talking about the tour Newman said that he feels re-energised and is “looking forward to scaling things up”. For fans old and new, this tour is for you.

Wednesday 9th October from 7pm

Tickets from £24.20

The Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs, Glasgow City Centre, G1 1NQ

An Evening with Chris Hoy

One of Scotland’s most successful sportspeople and by far the most successful Scottish Olympic cyclist of all time will be in Dunfermline this week for a one-off evening. In support of the East Neuk Wheelchair Appeal Charity, the evening will be hosted by TV and radio presenter Edith Bowman. Throughout the evening, Chris Hoy will share stories and experiences from his life and career on stage at the Alhambra theatre.

Tuesday 8th October form 7.30pm

Tickets from £28.75

Alhambra Theatre, 33 Canmore Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7NX

Jojo Moyes

Author of the renowned book trilogy beginning with Me Before You, Jojo Moyes will be in Edinburgh this week discussing her latest release The Giver of Stars which is being described by critics as her best book yet. The book tells the fictional story of five women brought together in a small community in rural America as we see their friendship, heartbreak and bravery. Jojo has said that her new book “aims to celebrate” the relationships women have with one another. To celebrate the publication of her book, Jojo will be interviewed on stage and will discuss how it felt to move away from her massively successful trilogy to write her new standalone novel. Copies of The Giver of Stars will be on sale after the event and Jojo will be doing a book signing after the interview.

Monday 7th October at 7.30pm

Tickets from £17-£25

The Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG

BBC Scotland’s Debate Night

BBC Scotland’s discussion programme, hosted by Stephen Jardine, is looking for members of the public to be part of the audience and put their questions to the people who are in power. Debate Night allows the people to lead the agenda and it’s their questions that dictate the course of the show. Each week the panel will be composed of politicians and people in public life. They have a variety of dates over the coming months, so if you can’t make it to the show on Wednesday then there are plenty of other opportunities to have your questions answered.

Wednesday 9th October from 6.30pm-9pm

Tickets are free and can be applied for at bbc.co.uk/debatenight

University of the West of Scotland, Assembly Hall, Beech Grove, Ayr, KA8 0SR

Shining Lives: Fortunes of Fate

New Lanark World Heritage Site are giving you the chance to witness the journey of New Lanark’s landscape on the side of the 230-year-old mill buildings. The show will bring to life new films and live characters with imagery from their archive. This light installation will tell the story of The Fortune Ship Highlanders, starting from their treacherous voyage from Skye to North Carolina and following them to their new life at New Lanark’s Cotton Mills. So whether you’re interested in learning more about the history of New Lanark, or just want to witness something pretty special, this should definitely be on your to-do list this week.

Friday 11th October to Sunday 13th October form 5pm-11pm (last entry is at 9.15pm)

Tickets are £6 for children and £15 for adults (under 3s go free)

New Lanark World Heritage Site, Lanark, ML11 9DB

Scotland from the sky

An unfamiliar sight for many Scots is seeing it from above, of course you can see it by looking out the window of a plane – but what is there to really see apart from a lot of green, the odd loch and maybe a stretch of road or farmland? Scotland from the Sky is showcasing a selection of aerial photography on a tour of some of Scotland’s most atmospheric properties. The exhibition will next be shown in the setting of Linlithgow’s Blackness Castle from the 10th of October until early next year. Head along for a chance to see Scotland from above.

Thursday 10th October – January 2020 10am-4pm (last entry is 3.30pm)

Tickets range from £1-£6

Blackness Castle, Blackness, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7NH

Ultrasonic Glasgow

One of the most important technological developments over the last 50 years was the invention of the ultrasound. At the heart of the invention and development of the technology was the city of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art. The exhibition follows the processes from the 1950s and 60s and also showcases current research from the Glasgow School of Art related to the topic and imaginings from School of Art students of the future uses of the technology. The exhibition will be open every day from Saturday until the end of the month, so why not have a look at how some of the most important technology was developed?

Open Monday-Sunday from the 5th-31st of October from 10am-4.30pm


Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ