Seven great ideas of what you can do in Scotland this week


1 FRESH from a stonking set at Glastonbury, Haim leaves California for Caledonia to play their “One More Haim Tour”. The band’s latest album, Women in Music Part Three, is their best album by a mile, though we love them performing with Swifty on No Body No Crime. They are at the SEC Hydro on Thursday. Follow the band, listen to the sounds and buy tickets at Tickets are priced at £40.

2 WATERSTONES book of the month is the fabulous The Fair Botanists by incredible Scottish author Sara Sheridan, a tale filled with the heady aroma of Edinburgh’s illumination, this vibrant period novel tells the story of two women who meet in Edinburgh’s fascinating Botanical Gardens. Sara is a big indy girl and an all-around superstar, so go see her do an author talk, which is announced periodically – but in the meantime, make this book an event, pour a gin and tonic, sit in your chair or maybe a bench at the Botanics, and enjoy.

3 ROLL up, roll up for all the fun of the funfair – and the circus – in Ayr. Yes, it’s time to pack the sarnies, bucket and shovel, wean and dug, and head to the city’s waterfront, home to a cruelty-free circus showcasing the traditions of Las Vegas and contemporary styles with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades. Audiences will be amazed by the crowded Circus Vegas with jaw-dropping performances that will have you standing on the edge of your seat. In addition to this, there will be aerial straps, roller skating, hula-hoop, comedy trampoline, juggling. and a troupe of dancers performing their numbers – all with unique twists, many of which have never been seen before in the UK. Cotton candy and good times, just £13 on the door. July 9-12.

4 NILE Rodgers and Chic visited their home away from home as they performed at the mighty TRNSMT. Top names playing today include Nina Nesbitt and Lewis Capaldi. Summer is the time for festivals. Come on, we’ve all been stuck in the house way too long. Go out in the sun and dance with all your heart. Tickets and the whole generation to Tickets still available for today…at time of writing!

5 It’s time for St Andrews to shine as Fife Town hosts The Open. It’s a beautiful city, and the fabulous Rusacks with some of the best views in the world of golf offer a range of food, drink and entertainment to delight all week long. Of course 18 is the crown jewel with stunning views of the Old Course. For more on what’s going on, follow them on social media @18standrews and check out the website

6 MISOGYNY and monsters, dungeons and dragons. Stranger Things has sparked renewed interest in the age-old game Dungeons And Dragons – a fantasy role-playing game that combines collaborative storytelling and improvisation with the randomness of dice rolls. Dungeon Matron Becky wrote this adventure with beginners in mind, but more experienced players are also welcome. It’s all done with a feminist twist at the Glasgow Women’s Library. I’ll run up that hill for a ticket. 1 p.m. today. For more events, go to

seven THE Stand has been brilliant during the shutdowns, entertaining us all at home, but now the comics are back and we could all enjoy a damn good night out. What could be better than the Stand in Edinburgh, which is hosting the best of Scottish comedy nights this week. This Thursday, July 14, doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. The comics will be unveiled this week. Hope this is great Gary Little. The funniest guy in Scotland.

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