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Dundee March 2014

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What's on in Dundee in March 2014

Event of the Month

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Italian Film Festival Scotland (7 – 20 March)

If you’re a fan of all things film, don’t miss this opportunity to see the highlights of Italian Cinema as part of the Italian Film Festival Scotland. You’ll be able to catch the pick of Italian film at Dundee’s Contemporary Arts Centre. Highlights include the classic, “The Great War” by Mario Monicelli and political drama, “long Live Freedom” by Roberto Ando.

Location: Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY.

Website: italianfilmfestival.org.uk

Brendan Cole: License to Thrill (16 March)

If you’re a fan of the hugely popular strictly come dancing, you’ll no doubt be aware of dancing superstar, Brendan Cole. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Brendan performing his brand new dance spectacular at the Caird Hall. You’ll be treated to an enthralling evening of ballroom magic and spectacular Latin dance routines by this extremely talented dancer and performer.

Location: The Caird Hall, Dundee, DD1 3BB.

Website: cairdhall.co.uk

Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty (19 March)

Experience the prestigious Royal Ballet - from the comfort of your cinema seat - as they showcase their signature work, The Sleeping Beauty. This classic fairytale tells the story of Aurora and her charming prince who wakes her from the deepest of sleeps. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to witness a live ballet performance by one of the premier UK ballet companies.

Location: Dundee Cineworld and Odeon Cinemas.

Website: list.co.uk

Resolution Run 5k/10k (16 March)

Did you make a resolution at the start of the year to get out and active? Are you struggling to find the motivation? Dundee’s Resolution Run may be the perfect event to enter to help you realise your fitness goals. This run has an option of 5km or 10km and you can change distances on the day if you feel you’re up to a bigger (or smaller) challenge.

Location: Location: Camperdown County Park, Dundee.

Website: stroke.org.uk

London March 2014

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What's on in London in March 2014

Event of the Month


Watch Tower Bridge Go Up (6 & 7 March)

One of the world’s most iconic structure, Tower Bridge is a must see on any tourist trip to London. Standing proudly over the Thames, Tower Bridge allows access to and from the Upper Pool of London for vessels reaching over 9m. The rising of the bridge is an experience not to be missed and, best of all, you can see it for free on both 6 March (7.30, 8.30 and 11.30pm) and 7 March (12.15am).

Location: Tower Bridge, London.

Website: towerbridge.org.uk

Tower Bridge Engineering Tour

If you’re looking to discover the history behind the bridge, to see the original Victorian Engine Rooms and also to experience striking panoramic views over St. Paul’s Cathedral - the Tower Bridge Engineering Tour will take you behind the scenes giving you a full insight into this world-famous attraction.

Location: Tower Bridge, London

Website: towerbridge.org.uk

St Patrick's Day Parade (16 March)

Witness a colourful parade of floats and marching bands with London’s 13th St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday 16 March. Starting at 12.00pm from Piccadilly and continuing to Whitehall, this magnificent event attracts over 100,000 tourists. There will also be a feast of Irish entertainment at Trafalgar Square after the parade with various performances, a food market and a comedy tent.

Location: Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DS.

Website: londontown.com

Russel Brand: Messiah Complex (2 March)

Russell Brand is back on stage for one night with this spectacular piece of comedy focusing on a disorder where the sufferer thinks they may be God. As always Russell’s cheeky humour combined with a quick wit, is sure to be a night of loud laughs.

Location: Theatre Royal Drury Lane (near Apex Temple Court).

Website: reallyusefultheatres.com

The Sleeping Beauty (Selected dates in March)

A classic fairy tale adapted into a stunning ballet performance. Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score creates an atmosphere that is sure to draw the audience into this wonderfully told tale of a cursed princess and the handsome prince who awakens her.

Location: Royal Opera House, London.

Website: roh.org.uk

Richard Hamilton at Tate Modern (13 February - 26 May 2014)

A key artist in the birth of pop art, Richard Hamilton was seen as one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Experience the full scope of Hamilton’s work at Tate Modern.

Location: Tate Modern, London, SE1 9TG. (5 minute walk from Apex Temple Court)

Website: tate.org.uk

Bailey's Stardust (6 February - 1 June 2014)

Visit a landmark exhibition personally selected and printed portraits from David Bailey. As one of the world’s most distinguished and distinctive photographers, David Bailey captured both famous and anonymous faces throughout his career and is giving visitors the opportunity to experience this extraordinary display.

Location: National Portrait Gallery, London, EC2H 0HE.

Website: npg.org.uk

The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race (4 March)

Get practising your pancake flipping for this event. All you need is your best flipping saucepan and three friends and you can join in the race. Flip your pancake as you run through the heats and into the grand finale for your chance to win an engraved frying pan. If you’re not so good at flipping you can always dress up and be in for a chance of best-dressed team.

Location: Old Truman Brewery (Less than a 10 minute walk from Apex London Wall Hotel)

Website: trumanbrewery.com

GQ Comedy Extravaganza (10 March)

Calling all comedy lovers...get down to the Apollo for the 3rd annual GQ Comedy Extravaganza. With appearances from all your favourites such as Omid Djalili, Russell Kane, Jason Byrne and many more, this is sure to be a night of great entertainment and laughs.

Location: Evantim Apollo

Website: eventimapollo.com

Sir John Sloane's Museum by Candlelight (4 March)

A truly intriguing house, filled with Sir John’s collection of artefacts, antiques and works of art from around the world. This night time tour is a fantastically popular (and free) event so make sure you’re in line early to witness this magical tour by candlelight.

Location: Sir John Soane’s Museum

Website: soane.org

Ideal Home Show (14 - 20 March)

Are you looking for some home decorating inspiration? Or just fancy a great day out? The Ideal Home Show is coming to London’s Earl Court for its 106th year’s event. Expected to be the biggest and best event to date.

Location: Earls Court Exhibition Centre, SW5 9TA.

Website: idealhomeshow

The Head of the RIver Race (29 March)

Witness a race along the Thames at the annual Head of the River Race. Over 400 teams of eight are taking part this year which, combined with fast paced action and a competitive atmosphere, is sure to make this 4 ½ mile race a highly anticipated event for all.

Location: Along the Thames from Mortlake to Putney, London, TW9 4EN.

Website: horr.co.uk

Edinburgh March 2014

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What's on in Edinburgh in March 2014

Event of the Month

Union by Tim Barrow

Union (20 March – 12 April 2014)

2014 is a big year for Scotland and there is sure to be one question on everyone’s mind this year. Whatever your opinion on the Independence debate, the Lyceum’s production of Union is sure to offer thought provoking insight into our relationship with our neighbours across the border, England.

Written by the talented Tim Barrow, Union tells the story of the Act of Union of 1707 and examines our early relationship with England. You’ll be lead on an energetic and exciting romp through bawdy Scottish taverns, elegant royal palaces and the original Scottish Parliament. The Lyceum is a short walk from our Apex City and International properties, so you’ll be perfectly located to enjoy a night at the theatre.

Location: Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX.

Website: lyceum.org.uk

NT Encore: Coriolanus (6 March)

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see the National Theatre’s live production of Coriolanus as the Cameo cinema brings the magic of the West End to Edinburgh. This live stage production will be broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse and features the fantastic acting talent of rising star Tom Hiddleston and Sherlock writer and actor, Mark Gatiss.

Location: Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh, EH3 9LZ

Website: picturehouses.co.uk

Brendan Cole: License to Thrill (17 March)

If you’re a fan of the hugely popular strictly come dancing, you’ll no doubt be aware of dancing superstar, Brendan Cole. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Brendan performing his brand new dance spectacular at the Festival Theatre. You’ll be treated to an enthralling evening of ballroom magic and spectacular Latin dance routines by this extremely talented dancer and performer.

Location: Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT.

Website: edtheatres.com

Hardeep Singh Kohli: Hardeep is Your Love (21 March)

Join comedian, broadcaster, journalist and chef, Hardeep Sign Kohli as he brings you his unique wit. This show follows on from another successful year at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe where this show enjoyed a limited run. This show will leave you tickled as Hardeep tackles some of the big issues of middle age.

Location: The Studio at Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT.

Website: edtheatres.com

Hidden Door Festival (28 March – 5 April 2014)

The Hidden Door Festival is a unique arts festival that takes place over 9 nights and features 70 artists in Edinburgh’s disused vaults. This exciting pop up arts extravaganza incorporates live theatre, cinema, music and spoken word from the best breakthrough creative talent that Scotland has to offer. This exciting event is only a short walk from Apex Waterloo Place Hotel.

Location: Market Street, Edinburgh.

Website: hiddendoor.org

Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland (11 March – 16 March)

Get ready for St Patrick’s Day and enjoy some of the Irish inspired activities offered by this family-friendly arts festival. This unique arts festival is a celebration of Edinburgh’s own Irish community and they’ll be plenty of opportunities to enjoy dance, story and song with a refreshing pint of Guinness.

Location: Multiple Venues around Edinburgh.

Website: edinburghsfestivalofireland.org