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Dundee July 2012

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What's on in Dundee in July 2012?


Event of the month

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Robot - The Fantasy and Reality (until 30 September 2012)

This summer, Dundee Science Centre brings you a new and exciting exhibition all about robots! Featuring cutting edge technology and engineering, the show is split into two areas; Fantasy and Reality. - Sensation Science Centre, Greenmarket, Dundee DD1 4 QB - Find out more in our Sensational Robots blog post.


Infinite Jest (23 June 2012 - 26 August 2012) - Infinity is a tough concept for the human mind, but it's one we find ourselves drawn to. This intriguing exhibition, featuring three artists from around the world explores infinite loops, circular narration and möbius strips - Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY - www.dca.org.uk

A Wild Life: An Audience with Steve Backshall (2 July 2012) - Wildlife expert Steve Blackhall was last on our screens in his BBC series Lost Land of the Volcano. The Sunday Express called him "the next David Attenburgh" and his CV includes a spell as Adventurer in Residence at the National Geographic Channel, so he'll have plenty of stories as he comes to Dundee for this illustrated talk about his encounters with exotic wildlife - Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB - www.cairdhall.co.uk

Alfie Boe (11 July 2012) - Compared to other tenors in opera, Alfie Boe's rise to fame was as unconventional as some of the projects he's taken on since. He had years of conventional opera training and early dabblings with traditional opera, including a production in 1999 with Scottish Opera, before starring in Baz Luhrmann's Broadway production of La bohème. Since then he's had hit albums, sung in West End smash hit Les Misérables 25th Anniversary concerts, collaborated with Robert Plant and become a YouTube sensation by singing in Matt Lucas' kitchen. See the hugely popular singer in what will probably be a sold-out tour - Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB - www.cairdhall.co.uk

Factory Skatepark Annual Fun Day (21 July 2012) - The Factory has a long history in Dundee, from its initial home in an abandoned factory warehouse (now Dundee Contemporary Arts) to its current fantastic purpose built building. Charity-managed, it's a vibrant part of the local community and every year it hosts a fun day for all ages with bounces castles, climbing wall, face painting and maybe even some skating - Factory Skatepark, 15 Balunie Drive, Dundee, DD4 8PS - www.factoryskatepark.com

Scotland's Countryside Festival (28 - 29 July 2012) - There aren't many festivals to which you can take your dog and your ferret, but then this does call itself "Scotland's Friendliest Festival". This is real family entertainment with an emphasis on country pursuits. The events are unusual, even bizarre, but they're all the more charming for it. Watch The Drakes of Hazard's Indian Runner Ducks navigate an assault course. See dare-devil horseriding display team The Devil's Horsemen - legendary Hollywood stunt riders and horsemasters with credits including Game of Thrones and Merlin. View some of the 1300 vintage cars that will visit over the weekend. Or learn how to throw an axe. There will also be markets hosting a huge range of food, drink and craft producers, so you needn't leave empty handed - Glamis Castle, Angus, DD8 1RJ - www.glamis-castle.co.uk

Dundee Running Adventure Marathon and Half Marathon (29 July 2012) - Following Dundee's Green Circular Route over mixed and hilly terrain, this is not the race for you if you want to beat your fastest time. It's the big race in Dundee's running calendar, though, and it's very popular. If you want a challenge then you'll certainly find one to suit, whether it's in the marathon, the half marathon or the 3-person relay - Camperdown Park, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee, DD2 4TF - www.eventfull.biz/dramhalfdram.html

Edinburgh July 2012

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What's on in Edinburgh in July 2012?


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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (20 - 29 July 2012)

Edinburgh's world class festival of blues, jazz and a hint of world music is now in its 34th year. The programme hasn't been released yet, but expect legendary jazz musicians alongside rising stars, free outdoor concerts and colourful parades - Find out more in our Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival blog post.


Peppa Pig's Treasure Hunt (4 - 5 July 2012) - See the popular cartoon pig and her friends brought to life as puppets. The last show, Peppa Pig's Party, was a sell-out success, so book early if you want your kids to see this one! - Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT - www.fctt.org.uk

Taste of Edinburgh (6 - 8 July 2012) - In the pleasant, green, city centre parkland of the Meadows in Edinburgh, this three day food festival serves up Celebrity chefs, pop-up restaurants and gourmet produce to sample and buy. If you want to do more than eat, drink and be merry, there are also masterclasses and workshops so that you can pick up some tips from the pros - The Meadows, Melville Drive, Edinburgh - www.tasteofedinburgh.co.uk

Catherine the Great: An Enlightened Empress (13 July - 21 October 2012) - As Empress of the Russia Empire during what was considered its Golden Age, Catherine the Great was one of history's greatest art collectors. This major exhibition - exclusive to Edinburgh - features more than 300 works from her collection, illustrating her tastes, interests and achievements - National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF - nms.ac.uk

Starlight Express (3 - 14 July 2012) - The classic (and possibly only) musical on roller skates thunders into Edinburgh. Andrew Lloyd Webber fans will rejoice; anyone doubting the show's pedigree should take note that this is one of the longest running musicals in West End history - Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA - http://www.atgtickets.com/venue/Edinburgh-Playhouse/243/

High Flying Birds (17 July 2012) - Ex-Oasis guitarist, songwriter Noel Gallagher has a new band. Rumours of a radically different sound to Oasis may be exaggerated, but his gift for crafting a catchy tune is apparently still in place. Come and judge for yourself in the most spectacular venue in Scotland - Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG - www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/index/events/events_promo2.htm

Olly Murs (20 July 2012) - The dust will barely have settled after High Flying Birds' gig when X-Factor runner up and chart success Olly Murs rolls into town. A third album is in the pipeline, with writing due to start in April, so an early preview of new material is a possibility - www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/index/events/events_promo2.htm

Madonna - World Tour 2012 (21 July 2012) - Believe it or not, in a career spanning 23 years as an entertainer, this will be Madonna's first concert in Scotland. She's touring a new album, "MDNA", but we'd be surprised if she didn't play a few classics, too - Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ - www.livenation.co.uk

Hitchhikers's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show... Live! (21 July 2012) - Douglas Adams' much loved and wholly remarkable books actually started life as a successful radio series. Now those programmes have been adapted for the stage, with the original voice actors in their roles. It's been applauded by critics and fans alike and since this is the last date on the tour it's not to be missed. Breaking news also reveals that for the Edinburgh show, bestselling author Neil Gaiman will be the voice of the book - Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA - http://www.atgtickets.com/venue/Edinburgh-Playhouse/243/

London July 2012

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What's on in London in July 2012?


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London 2012

London 2012 Olympic Games (28 July - 11 August 2012)

It's the biggest sporting event in the world and the most important event we have all been waiting for - the 2012 Olympic Games finally comes to London! Events will take place at Olympic Park in addition to venues all across London, including Earls Court, Hyde Park, ExCel and Hampton Court Palace. - Find out more in our London 2012 blog post.


Wimbledon Tennis 2012 (25 June - 8 July 2012) - The world’s most famous and prestigious tennis event is upon us. Wimbledon is iconic for its green grass and white clothing, making the tradition almost as appealing as the game itself. The 2012 Wimbledon game will see 60 countries compete in five different Championships events. As 2012 is London’s year, all eyes will be on British contender Andy Murray and we will all be behind him 100% to take home the title this July – come on Andy! - The AELTC, Church Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5AE - www.wimbledon.com

Wireless Festival 2012 (6 - 8 July 2012) - The Wireless Festival, held in Hyde Park, is a great day out and rivals the UK’s top festivals. A number of top acts have been secured including Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, Calvin Harris, Professor Green and DeadMau5 - with the emperor herself, Rihanna headlining! The festival boasts multiple stages, food halls and bars so you have everything you need for hours of musical fun – but move quick, as tickets are selling fast! - Hyde Park, London - www.wirelessfestival.co.uk

Thai Food Festival London (6 - 8 July 2012) - This is one food festival where you can truly lose your inhibitions and take your taste buds on an exciting, culinary rollercoaster. The Thai Festival is London’s finest, bringing together dishes from Northern Chiang Mai right the way down to the coastal south of Phuket. Enjoy classic Thai favourites or try something new and adventurous such as Moo Ping, and treat yourself to a Thai shoulder and foot massage from of the many traditionally trained specialists. - Ealing Common, Warwick Road, London, W5 3HN - www.visitthaifestival.com

WorldPride 2012 (7 July 2012) - 2012 really is an exciting year for London, as the city is set to host WorldPride 2012. The WorldPride celebrations will spread over two weeks with the main Parade event taking place on the 7 July. WorldPride will be raising awareness and campaigning for the decriminalisation of homosexuality around the world. The iconic, flamboyant and colourful parade is expected to attract over one million visitors. The high street after party will take over Soho once again with celebrations going on all evening. - Soho, London - www.pridelondon.org

Big Dance 2012 (7 - 15 July 2012) - Big Dance is the world’s biggest dancing event, breaking world record after world record - the event has grown to be the most influential dance initiative on the planet. The top five leading London dance companies coordinate the Big Dance to ensure all dance movements and eras are featured, with dancing taking place all over the city. Put on your dancing shoes and tap dance your way down to the Big Dance, you might even tango your way in to the arms of someone famous! - Across London - www.bigdance2012.com

BP Big Summer Screens 2012 (16 July 2012) - One of the greatest opera and ballet open-air events taking place this summer, and best of all - the event is completely FREE! The BP Summer Big Screens is the best way to introduce friends and family to the Royal Opera House, giving them the chance to enjoy the mesmerising world of ballet and opera. - Trafalgar Square and Canada Square Park - www.roh.org.uk/bp-big-screens

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening (30 June - 8 July 2012) - Visit Buckingham Palace and experience one of the world’s last remaining working Royal Palaces. This year will see Buckingham Palace celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with an exceptional exhibition of the dazzling royal diamonds, including a favourite crown of Queen Victoria’s with 1187 diamonds and the famous 18th century bloodstone box made of nearly 3000 diamonds! See the lavishly furnished rooms inside the palace as well as enjoy a guided tour of the Royal Mews. - Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA - www.royalcollection.org.uk

Madonna at Hyde Park (17 July 2012) - Following on from her hugely triumphant 2009 tour, Sticky & Sweet, the Queen of Pop is back with a new world tour to coincide with her new studio album, MDNA. Madonna will be performing new and old songs and will be joined in Hyde Park with special guests LMFAO. This is one event all you pop princes and princesses do not want to miss as Madge is back in London for one night and one night only! - Hyde Park, London - www.madonna.com

The One World 2012 Exhibition (17 July 2012) - Bringing together representatives of countries from all four corners of the world, including commercial organisations. This exhibition is a must see for all those who appreciate life, diversity and beauty! The Open World 2012 will showcase the varied exquisiteness of landscapes and people from across our magnificent planet and will be a unique event that celebrates the world’s culture, history and beauty. - National Hall, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX - www.oneworldexhibitions.com