What to do this weekend: 11-12 August
Do you fancy escaping the festival madness of Edinburgh? Then head to Glasgow's Tontine Lane pop-up this weekend. The event is part of the Glasgow Merchant City Festival and you can expect plenty of streetfood alongside live music, art installations and cinematic projections. Even Turner prize winner Douglas Gordon's iconic 'Empire' neon sign will be re-illuminated and there will be a specially commissioned nine-hole crazy golf course. The pulled chicken bao buns by The Birdcage are worth alone a visit to Tontine Lane!
Did you know the world's first 100 seater amphiteatre has been constructed from upcycled pianos, right in the middle of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh? It's called Pianodrome and it is open every day until 26 August offering free piano concerts and public piano lessons. Check out the details here. While at the Botanics, why not check out the Handmade Edinburgh craft and design fair (ticketed) and The Lost Words exhibition (free).
11TH AUGUST, SATURDAY
Rediscover the West End
Meanwhile Edinburgh's West End is offering free guided walking tours for those wanting to escape the crowds of the Old Town. The free tour starts daily at 11am from the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian. While at the West End don't miss checking out the recently opened West End Character Project exhibition and the Lost Edinburgh exhibition at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian. Did you know that 'The Caley' used to be a railway station called Princes Street Station? You can still find its arch at Rutland Street and elements of the station interior still exist inside the hotel.
12TH AUGUST, SUNDAY
We have been wanting to join Porteous Studio's supper club for ages, and this weekend the event finally falls on a Sunday so we can make it. They have re-branded the supper club as 'Fóram' which is Gaelic for forum - a place of discussion and debate. The event is a celebration of local produce while diners share food and ideas together. The August Fóram's topic is possession, inspired by the recent sad destruction of the stunning Glasgow School of Art building. We are already booked in with Mr Enthusiast and very much looking forward to returning to Porteous. If you want to read more about Porteous Studio, check out our blog post here.
Have a nice weekend!