10 things to do this week

30 October. Free. The Crusoe, 2 Main Street, Lower Largo, Leven, Fife KY8 6BT.

This festival at Crusoe Hotel is a must visit for families across Fife and beyond. There will be Halloween games and activities for kids alongside a bustling outdoor market with local food and drink makers. Talented musician Nick Mercer JR will also be performing.

If you fancy getting creative, there will be a pumpkin carving competition for kids in partnership with Largo Estate, for the chance to win a free dinner at The Crusoe. https://www.thecrusoe.com/ Craft Week Scotland 30-31 October.

Prices and locations vary (see event website for details). Craft Week Scotland returns for its second year to raise awareness of the vibrant craft sector and boost sales for both makers and craft destinations. This week-long event will showcase the work of internationally renowned and emerging makers working in everything from furniture to jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glass and more.

New for this year, workshops include everything from willow weaving to ceramic repair using the ancient Japanese technique of kintsugi. https://www.craftscotland.org/whats-on Handing On 30 October.

Tickets from GBP10. Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH11SR. As part of The Scottish International Storytelling Festival, mother and daughter storytellers will be bringing their live performance to audiences.

It will feature an atmospheric new piece of film, commissioned especially for the performance. https://www.botanicafabula.co.uk/handing-on And if not now, when?

1-14 November. Entry Free. National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF

This immersive, reactive, sound and film installation by Edinburgh artists Philip Pinsky and Karen Lamond invites visitors to experience a transformed urban reality. Filmed five minutes from the calm of the Museum, the sound and film installation replicates the heavy traffic, pollution and noise we all associate with modern urban life. Visitors can see how their position in the room directly impacts the environment around them and gain a glimpse into how our cities can be different; more accessible, more equal and more pleasant to live in. https://www.nms.ac.uk/

Society of Scottish Arts Annual Exhibition 1-27 November. Entry from GBP4.

Upper Galleries, Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL. This year’s installment of the Scottish Society of Arts exhibition will show some of the most exciting work being made by the Society’s members and other selected artists. To mark the centenary of the birth of former SSA president George Wyllie, the exhibition will also feature a selection of works generously loaned by the Estate of George Wyllie reflecting his time as SSA president. https://www.s-s-a.org/

Ghosts of Glasgow: Night Walk 30 October. Tickets from GBP5.49.

Glasgow Central Station, G1 3SL. The world’s most popular haunted city exploration games are hitting Glasgow after success across the globe. Learn the terrifying true stories behind the places you’ve never noticed and the true histories of the places you visit every day – all while solving puzzles, riddles and cryptic clues.

https://questoapp.com/events/ghosts-of-glasgow-night-walk Ardbeg’s Monster Ice Scream Truck 30-31 October.

Tickets from GBP10 per person. Various locations Edinburgh. Whisky lovers are in for a treat this Halloween with Ardbeg’s latest mobile creation.

Hitting Edinburgh this weekend, the truck will be serving up ice creams featuring three of the Distillery’s smoky single malts. Tickets include a 45 minute experience, one ice cream and one cocktail. https://www.ardbeg.com/en-gb Planetarium Nights with Gaia

30 October – 7 November. Tickets from GBP12. Dynamic Earth, 112-116 Holyrood Gait, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS.

Take in the wonders of Luke Jerram’s Gaia sculpture in the main entrance of dynamic earth before enjoying one of the magnificent planetarium shows. There will also be time to chat with one of their resident astronomers after the show. https://www.dynamicearth.co.uk/ Climate Crisis Film Festival

1-12 November. Free. Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, G51 1EA.

The third annual Climate Crisis film festival will be broadcast across the world this November. The festival features 12 days of screening and discussions, including the 2021 Ocean Bottle Film Award nominees. There will also be a VR exhibition taking place at the COP26 Green Zone in Glasgow.

https://www.climatecrisisff.co.uk/ Vital Signs of the planet Concert 2 November.

Tickets from GBP10. Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY. This concert from the Royal Conservatoire brings together a 100-strong symphony orchestra of young musicians members of the Junior Conservatoire, alongside internationally recognised conductor Emil de Cou and singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield, to create a 90-minute live spectacular blend of sound and cinematic visuals.

Highlights will include footage of climate change from NASA as well as messages from the International Space Station.


Charlotte Cohen