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Easter in Dundee 2013

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Easter in Dundee

With the way Easter falls this year, Easter 2013 is the perfect time to take a holiday break or long weekend away to Dundee. With so much going on over this time in Dundee, there are loads of Easter treats for whole family.

Easter Outdoors

Glamis Castle is just 12 miles from Dundee and makes a great day trip; it opens this year on 29th March, just in time to see the gardens at their best, including a mile long avenue lined with daffodils. There's a lot to explore: on the Nature Trail you might see red squirrels, roe deer and heron, and there are walled gardens and kitchen gardens too. Oh, and the Castle itself is pretty spectacular too. http://www.glamis-castle.co.uk

Easter with the kids

For some family fun, try the Easter Wildlife Fun Day at Camperdown Wildlife Centre. Spring is a great time to see the animals - from lemurs to otters and highland cows - and there are family activities to try, too.

Sensation, Dundee's Science Centre, is another great place to visit with the kids. It's a fun, hands-on way to learn about science, and adults seem to enjoy it just as much as the kids.

For a more action-packed day, skater kids will enjoy the excellent community-run Factory Skatepark, while 5-11 year olds can go next door to the custom-built soft play extravaganza of Fun Factory.

Easter at Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa

If all of this sounds like too much effort and you just want to relax, we understand. At the hotel's own Yu Spa you'll be able to soak in the hot tubs, enjoy the steam room and sauna, or take a dip in the pool - all included in your hotel stay. If you really want pampered, Yu Spa also offers a range of spa treatments. Find out more about Yu Spa  

Book a stay at Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa on our on our Easter in Dundee offer: enjoy the benefits of a massive 25% off our best available rates and get an exclusive free gift of Easter chocolates – yum! With rooms from as little as £75 this offer is one not to be missed! View our Easter in Dundee offer

Edinburgh International Science Festival 2013

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Edinburgh International Science Festival (23 March - 7 April 2013)

It's a little known fact that Edinburgh pretty much invented the concept of a Science Festival, so it's not surprising that it plays host to one of the biggest in Europe. Over 70,000 visitors are expected over two weeks, whether they're here to see big bangs or big names from science and TV.

The Edinburgh International Science Festival creates and presents hundreds of events for adults, children and families across the city over two weeks around the Easter break. Celebrating 25 years of introducing audiences of all ages to innovative and entertaining science, this year the Festival looks to the future offering talks, workshops, experiments, activities and events on such diverse themes as our food, our play, our cities and our medicine.

EISF Director Simon Gage and Richard Wiseman

This year's programme isn't released until 31 January, so details remain top secret. (Update: it's here!) The 2012 festival featured more than 200 events, including food foraging with an expert from River Cottage, robot dance routines, the physics of DJing and a mass experiment that created the largest database of dreams ever. There were even mobile science workshops roving round Edinburgh on special bicycles.

One 2013 event has already been announced: the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on 7 April 2013. Described as "the hottest show (and tell) in town", this event will bring creative and ingenious DIY tinkerers together to show off their work using exhibits and workshops in a family-friendly, creative environment. Examples of the sort of homemade projects you might see range from robotics, 3D printing, and wearable technology through to traditional crafts like blacksmithing and crochet. You could walk away from the faire having learned a new skill like soldering.

It's a great time to bring your children to Edinburgh. Many of the daytime shows are aimed at different age groups of children. In the evening, the focus switches to events for grown-ups right through to LateLab's sociable, interactive nights for adults.

Find out about our Edinburgh hotels, and if you're here between 28 March and 2 April, check out our Easter Offer below.

Easter in London 2013

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Easter in London (29 March - 1 April 2013)

With Easter bunnies, Easter egg hunts and offers, Easter this year will be an exciting time. Easter 2013 is the ideal time to take a holiday break or long weekend away to London. Easter is not just for kids; with so much going on over this time in London, there are loads of Easter treats for all.


Over the Easter weekend, Buckingham Palace will open its doors to offer visitors a very exclusive insight into the history and use of the State Rooms as well as the works of art on display. With only 30 spaces per tour and a dedicated expert guide, you'll feel very special as you explore the Queen's official London residence. The complimentary glass of champagne served in the Grand Entrance will give the tour that extra VIP touch!


St Paul's Cathedral is situated within walking distance of all three London Apex Hotels and this Easter will see it host its traditional, self-guided Easter Trail. Explore the cathedral and be led on a journey that will help you discover and learn more about Easter and St Paul's. Enjoy the iconic place of worship and experience live choral and orchestral music.

Book your stay at any of our Apex London Hotels and reap the benefits of a massive 25% off our best available rates and receive an exclusive free gift of Easter chocolates – yum!

Dundee March 2013

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What's on in Dundee in March 2013?

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Easter in bloom

Easter in Dundee (29 March - 1 April 2013)

Great ideas for Easter, from castle gardens in bloom to action-paced treats for the kids  - Find out more in our Easter in Dundee blog post.

Victoria Kerr – My Voyage of Discovery (Throughout March) - Follow a touching journey of Victoria Kerr as she endures a long road to become an artist, showcasing a series of diverse works. Drawing from her passions towards everything from the Equestrian world to VW campervans, Victoria's beautiful work of soft pastels, charcoal and watercolours represents her interests in both urban and rustic situations. Discovery Point Cafe Gallery, Discovery Quay, Dundee, DD1 4XA - www.rrsdiscovery.com/index.php?pageID=129

Kanjoos – The Miser (26 February - 2 March 2013) - This unique performance transports Moliere's traditional comedy Kanjoos (Hindi for 'miser') from 17th century France to Modern India. The performance tells a touching story of a man obsessed with hoarding his wealth; whilst his Bollywood obsessed wife and children have a different outlook – testing his Gandhian principles of relentless self-sacrifice to the maximum. - Dundee Rep Theatre, Tay Square, Dundee, DD1 1PB - www.dundeereptheatre.co.uk

Orchar Collection - Selected Artworks on Display (Until March 31 2012) - Dundee's Broughty Castle Museum will be showcasing a selection of artworks from the successful inventor, engineer and entrepreneur James Guthrie Orchar, whose art has become one of the most important Victorian collections of Scottish art. The display will include over 30 paintings including still life's by iconic artists such as Hugh Cameron and Will McTaggart. - Broughty Castle Museum, Castle Approach, Dundee, Angus, DD5 2TFwww.dundeecity.gov.uk/broughtycastle

East Meets West (10 March 2013) - Featuring a first-class line-up of international musicians this energetic whistle-stop tour has something for the whole family. This performance provides a global musical adventure, around the world in 60 minutes with no passport required. Enjoy the unforgettable sounds of a Chinese bamboo flute, the theatrical rhythms of the Argentinean tango, the adoring strains of a Parisian accordion and the toe-tapping tunes of a Scottish ceilidh. Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB - www.cairdhall.co.uk

Circus of Horrors (13 March 2013) - For one night only, the world renowned performers of the Circus of Horrors will ascend in to Dundee's Whitehall Theatre. Audience members will be entertained with a scary ventriloquist doll, shocking and bizarre circus acts and will witness out of this world stunt performances that are set to send a shivers down your spine. This is one circus act you cannot afford to miss, if you are brave enough! - The Whitehall Theatre, Bellfield Street, Dundee, DD1 5JA - www.circusofhorrors.co.uk/tour_dates.html

Hitmakers of the 20th Century (16 March 2013) - Fancy getting your groove on and hitting the dance floor, then this magnificent show is for you. Featuring the biggest hits of the 20th century, this high energy, fast paced performance guarantees genuine excitements from start to finish. Three of Europe's best tribute bands will perform hits from ABBA, Take That and The Drifters giving all pop fans a truly magical night out - Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB - www.cairdhall.co.uk

Boogie Nights – The 70s Musical in Concert (21 March 2013) - This March, Dundee's Caird Hall will welcome back Boogie Nights, a remixed concert featuring all the massive music classics. The hit evening will include performances from a massive all star cast, covering off classics such as Play That Funky Music, I will Survive, Le Frek, Love Train, Disco Inferno, We Are Family and many more – making for one the best Boogie Nights ever. Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB - www.cairdhall.co.uk

Moscow Ballet - la Classique Coppelia (22 March 2013) - Moscow Ballet - La Classique has thrilled ballet lovers and converted new fans throughout the world during their hugely successful tours, giving this talented company the hugely deserved international acclaim. Coppelia is a classical ballet that is regarded as the main star attraction of classical ballet and is constantly featured in the repertoire of the world's leading ballet companies, wearing its age with pride and a smile. Marryat Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB - www.cairdhall.co.uk

Edinburgh March 2013

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What's on in Edinburgh in March 2013?

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Edinburgh International Science Festival

Edinburgh International Science Festival (23 March - 7 April 2013)

Celebrating their 25th Festival, The Edinburgh International Science Festival will be hosting a special series of events that celebrates science in the future. This festival will ask scientists, artists, designers, technologists and futurists what the nest 25 years might have in store for us. Be prepared to be blown away and experience these futuristic adventures taking place all around Edinburgh this March. Find out more in our Edinburgh International Science Festival blog post.

Dirty Dancing - Touring (1 March) - For one night only the cast of the award winning London West End show are coming to Edinburgh's Playhouse. Watch the stage performance of arguably one of the best love stories of all time, featuring breathtaking choreography and classic songs. Get ready to have the time of your life! - Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA - http://www.atgtickets.com/venue/Edinburgh-Playhouse/243/

Scottish Motorcycle Show (9 - 10 March 2013) - Scotland's biggest and baddest motorcycle show returns to Edinburgh this March and is set to bigger than ever, providing a true haven for all motorcycle enthusiasts. Featuring major bike manufacturers, exclusive offers, stunt shows, a retail village and a classic bike pavillion, the Scottish Motorcycle Show is guaranteed to be jam packed with entertainment all weekend. - Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh - www.scottishmotorcycleshow.com

Kilomathon (17 March 2013) - The Kilomathon Scotland is the perfect run to step-up your potential and now offers three distances to choose from, including a 2.62k fun race for the kids. The majority of the Kilomathron path, is an extremely picturesque route. Contestants will run past the historic Royal Yacht Britannia, scenic Victoria Park and finish in front of Murrayfield Stadium. - Around Edinburgh - www.kilomathon.com/?scotland

St Patrick's Day (17 March 2013) - It's that time of the year again where it's time to dust off those Guinness hats and paint some Irish flags on our cheeks in order to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland will be hosting a five day celebration of the city's own Irish community. Join in and enjoy a pint of Guinness in a traditional Irish pub with Irish music and real Irish food. - Around Edinburgh - www.st-patricks-day.com/st_patricks_day_parades_scotland_edinburgh.html

Ceilidh Culture Street Fair (29 March - 1 April) - Soak up this unique shopping experience showcasing the best Scottish gifts, crafts, art, fashion and jewellery over the Easter weekend. The Ceilidh Culture Street Fair is back this year and will be held in the heart of Edinburgh under a massive marquee on Princess Street / Castle Street. With over 20,000 visitors attending last year's fair, this high profile event is set to be an even bigger success. - Castle Street and Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1. - www.handupmedia.co.uk/events

Harry Hill – Sausage Time (29 March 2013) - This March, Edinburgh's Playhouse welcomes Harry Hill, the man responsible for the hilarious TV hit Harry Hill's TV Burp. The self-styled, self-acclaimed genius is back with a live show that is set to provide indisputable proof that God exists. The show promises to have audience in stitches with laughter and will have an all-sighing, all-dancing finale (as well as a giant sausage). - Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA - http://www.atgtickets.com/venue/Edinburgh-Playhouse/243/

London March 2013

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What's on in London in March 2013?

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St Paul's Cathedral

Easter in London (29 – 31 March 2013)

Enjoy Easter in London with a special tour of Buckingham Palace and a traditional Easter treasure hunt at St Paul's Cathedral. - Find out more in our Easter in London blog post.

Barocci Exhibition: Brilliance and Grace (27 February – 19 May) - Throughout March Barocci's new exhibition "Brilliant and Grace" will be held at The National Gallery, showcasing some of his most extravagant altarpieces, along with his finest portraits, introductory drawings and oil sketches. This is your chance to witness one of the most celebrated artists of all time and enjoy Barocci's masterpieces, some of which have never been seen outside of Italy - National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN - www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/barocci-brilliance-and-grace

BBC Symphony Orchestra Playing Beethoven (1 March 2013) - The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Barbican on 1 March, located on the doorstep of Apex London Wall Hotel. Conductor David Robertson will lead the orchestra as they perform Beethoven's classical "Triple Concerto" and Tippett's traditional "Symphony No 3" - Barbican, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS - www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=13057

Girls Aloud (1-3 March 2013) - Calling all Girls Aloud fans, the UK's best girl group are back and are in high demand. With a new tour and new album, fans can also expect to see performance from some old material included the 2002 hit Sound of the Underground. Performing for three nights at The O2, Apex guests can enjoy the ease of the O2 Arena, conveniently located close to the Apex London Wall and Apex City of London Hotel - The O2 Arena, Millennium Way, Greenwich Peninsula, North Greenwich, London, SE10 0BB - www.theo2.co.uk/event/girls-aloud-20130301.html

La Traviata by Verdi (1 and 3 March 2013) - Watch one of Verdi's best-loved operas at the London Coliseum, home to the English National Opera and the English National Ballet. The production of Verdi's masterwork is built on the opera's premise of passion, love and tragic death. It combines a tale of society and morality, making it arguably one of the most emotionally engaging operas of all time - The London Coliseum, Saint Martin's Lane, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 4ES - www.eno.org/see-whats-on/productions/production-page.php?&itemid=2135

Madagascar live (1-3 March 2013) - The animated DreamWorks Madagascar Live is hitting Wembley Arena this March, bringing everyone's favourite Madagascar characters to life. Through the inventive sets and vibrant costumes the live production of the blockbuster hit Madagascar will allow audience members to let their imagination run free as they join Marty, Melmand, Alex and Gloria to their journey to Madagascar - Wembley Arena, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, HA9 OAA - www.wembleyarena.co.uk/artist/madagascar-live-tickets

Twilight Tour of The Tower of London (Wednesday 6, 13, 20 and 27 March 2013) - Throughout selected dates in March the doors of Tower of London will open and invite you to take a Twilight tour, if you are daring enough. Experience some of the frightening sights and listen to some spooky stories. Situated on the doorstep of Apex City of London, enjoy this unique tour during these exclusive afterhours and wrap up warm as it is an outdoor tour - The Tower Of London, London, EC3N 4AB - www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/WhatsOn/TowerTwilightTours

Late Night Jazz – The Robin Nolan Trio (7 March 2013) - The Royal Albert Hall's intimate Late Night Jazz series intorduces The Robin Nolan Trio, one of the world's most popular and most-loved Gypsy Jazz acts of all time. Enjoy the relaxed setting of the Elgar Room, sit back and prepare for some of the best guitar playing to ever grace your ears - Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP - www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/late-night-jazz/robin-nolan/default.aspx

Singin' In The Rain (8 – 9 March 2013) - For two nights only, The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be performing 'Singin' in the Rain' at one of London's favourite concert venues, The Royal Albert Hall. Showcasing the iconic film's soundtrack and original dialog the special performance will celebrate the 60th anniversary of one of the greatest musicals of all time - Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP - www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/singin-in-the-rain/default.aspx

Ideal Home Show 2013 (15 March – 1 April 2013) - The Ideal Home Show opens its doors for the 105th year and is jammed packed with seven dedicated show areas. For exclusive product launches and show offers this iconic British Home Show cannot be missed. This is the only place to visit for anything home associated, whether you are planning a large project or just looking for special finishing touches; make your house a home - Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA - www.idealhomeshow.co.uk

Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race (31 March 2013) - This March will see one of the oldest sporting events in the world take place as London celebrates the 159th Boat Race. This event has grown to become a much-loved date in London's social calendar as the iconic crews from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge battle it out once more - River Thames (between Putney Bridge and Chiswick Bridge) - theboatrace.org/men