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Dundee May 2014

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What's on in Dundee in May 2014

Event of the Month | Dundead Horror Film Festival
(1 - 11 May)

Dundead Horror Film Festival

Dundee is the place to be this May for horror enthusiasts as the DCA welcomes back this frightfully good film festival for the fourth year running. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch some classic cuts as well as more contemporary features from the horror genre.

This is Dundee’s premiere horror film festival and the line up of films promises to be thrillingly good. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the Evil Dead Trilogy in its entirety and classics such as Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. There will also be an exclusive UK premier of The Unwanted. If you like your films full of suspense and horror, this is the ideal festival for you.

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

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Jongleurs Comedy Club (30 May)

Experience some of the nation’s finest comedians with an evening of comedy at Jongleurs Comedy Club at Dundee Rep. For one night only, a trio of the best of British stand-ups will tickle your funny bone as they take to the stage for an evening of comedy.

Location: Dundee Rep, Dundee. DD1 1PB

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Andy Warhol Class (24 May)

Get creative this May and get down to the DCA. This exciting Andy Warhol class will give you the opportunity to create your own modern art masterpiece. Bring along your own photos and learn how to create a Worhol style portrait from scratch.

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

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Dundee Farmers' Market (17 May)

Discover the freshest and finest local produce at the Dundee Farmers’ Market, held on the third Sunday of the month. This is an excellent opportunity to sample some fabulous produce from some of Scotland’s finest suppliers. Whether it's beer, bacon, cheese or jam, you’re sure to find the best and freshest produce at this traditional farmers’ market.

Location: City Square, Dundee. DD1 3BG

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Ed Byrne: Roaring Forties (9 May)

Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of Ireland’s funniest comedians, Ed Byrne, as he performs his latest stand-up show, Ed Byrne Roaring Forties. In this new show, Ed addresses some of the issues that we all face in midlife, with hilarious consequences. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the funniest comedians on the circuit at the top of his game.

Location: Dundee Rep, Dundee. DD1 1PB

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Edinburgh May 2014

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What's on in Edinburgh in May 2014

Event of the Month | Create:Eat:Whisky
(14 – 19 May)


Coming to Edinburgh this May is an exciting whisky tasting event, Create:Eat:Whisky. This one-off extravaganza will see the old Nestle Condensed Milk Factory in Edinburgh transformed into a thrilling wonderland for whisky enthusiasts and novices alike.

Come along and discover a unique whisky experience, as our national drink is presented in an innovative new way. Using lighting, projection, sound and scent, your senses will be heightened as you experience whisky in a completely new way. You’ll enjoy a dram with local food that will challenge you to think again about our national tipple.

Location: Nestle Condensed Milk Factory, 4 Wellington Place, Edinburgh. EH6 7EQ

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Old Town Street Food Festival (5 and 25 May)

If you’re venturing into the old town in May, be sure to check out this exciting pop-up food festival. Taking place just along from Apex International and Apex City Hotels at The Three Sisters in the Cowgate, you’ll enjoy a vibrant foodie experience with a range of stalls offering exciting food and drink.

Location: The Three Sisters, 139 Cowgate, Edinburgh. EH1 1JS

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Edinburgh's Free Walking Tours (Throughout May)

Get out into the sunshine and enjoy Edinburgh on foot this May. This series of free walking tours will take you through the winding closes and alleys of Edinburgh’s Old Town. You’ll be led around Edinburgh by an experienced guide who will share stories from Edinburgh’s rich past.

Location: Tron Kirk, Hunter Square, Edinburgh. EH1 1QW

Paulo Nutini (27 May)

Scottish songwriter, Paulo Nutini is back after a four-year hiatus. Come and see one of Scotland’s finest songsmiths perform tracks from his new album, Caustic Love, as well as some old favourites at the beautiful Usher Hall.

Location: Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh. EH1 2EA

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A Play, A Pie and A Pint (29 April – 3 May)

If you’re staying at our Apex International or Apex City Hotels then you’re perfectly placed to enjoy this unique theatrical experience at the Traverse Theatre. A Play, A Pie and A Pint does exactly what it says on the tin. Enjoy a spot of lunchtime culture as the Traverse presents the play The Queen of Lucky People, a black comedy about the joys of social networking.

Location: Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh. EH1 2ED

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In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion (Throughout May)

No trip to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Come and visit this historic palace and discover a diverse collection of clothing, paintings, drawings and miniatures that show off the style and fashion of the Tudor and Stuart periods. This exciting exhibition runs until 20 July, so don’t miss this chance to see some exciting relics from the past.

Location: The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. EH8 8DX

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It’s a Strange Auld Toon, Stories of Old Edinburgh (29 April – 11 May)

If the free walking tour of Edinburgh whetted your appetite for stories of Edinburgh past, get down to the Scottish Storytelling Centre this May for an opportunity to hear storyteller Callam Lykan tell some thrilling stories about a bygone Edinburgh. This event is part of TradFest 2014, a festival that celebrates traditional Scottish art, running until 11 May.

Location: Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, Edinburgh. EH1 1SR

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London May 2014

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What's on in London in May 2014

Event of the Month | RHS Chelsea Flower Show
(20 -24 May)

RHS Chelsea Flower Show (20 -24 May)


The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the main event of the year in the gardening calendar and is arguably the ultimate affair for all green-fingered fanatic.

The 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show promotes a greener, brighter future through shining the spot light on sustainable living. This year you can witness the latest trends in gardening and get inspiration from the show gardens, each one created with obsessive attention to detail by the world’s leading garden designers.

The show gardens will display cutting edge products, designs and techniques. The focus this year has additionally encouraged the leading garden designers to develop methods to preserve Britain’s horticultural heritage and protect some of the world’s most vulnerable people and gardens.

At the heart of Chelsea is the Great Pavilion, a covered space the size of two football pitches, where specialist growers exhibit everything from the familiar to the exotic, making it the main attraction for most Chelsea visitors.

Amateur gardeners flock to the Chelsea Flower Show for inspiration and leave with new dreams, firmly planted in the mind of each visitor. Visitors can explore spectacular show gardens and fresh gardens which demonstrate the very best in contemporary design. In addition to 150 exhibits from florists and nurseries, there are up to 250 trade stands, all making the Chelsea Flower Show the very best in the world.

Location: Grounds of The Royal Hospital, London, SW3 4SR

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The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition (1 - 18 May)

Just a few doors down from the Apex Temple Court Hotel, Somerset House will feature one of the world's leading photography competitions. The Sony World Photography Awards will display some of the best photographs from photojournalism, to fine art, to lifestyle - all set to evoke emotions from a range of topics that suits all tastes.

Location: Somerset House, WC2R 1LA London

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Wedding Dresses 1775- 2014 (3 - 15 May)

This exhibition will outline the evolution of the fashionable, iconic white wedding dress. Featuring some of the most alluring, romantic and extravagant wedding dresses of all time, the V&A's unbeatable collection will include Dita Von Tesses and Gwen Steffani's wedding dresses. The exhibition will cover the histories of the dresses, providing captivating details about the lives of the wearers.

Location: V&A Museum, London SW7 2RL

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London Sketchfest (1 - 4 May)

The London Sketchfest returns and is set to be bolder, bigger and brighter. This alternative comedy festival is jam-packed with some of the wildest comedy, where the unexpected should be expected. Taking over the Bethnal Comedy Comedy Club, the London Sketchfest provides the perfect platform for emerging comedians to perform some of the best sketch comedy in London.

Location: The Backyard Comedy Club, London E2 0EL

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Carnaby Shopping Party (1 May)

The capital's coolest shopping district will once again open one of the biggest fashion events of the season. The Carnaby Shopping Party will see over 100 restaurants, bars and fashion brands uniting to create the ultimate shopping experience. With live music, trend talks, pop up bars, discounts and money can't buy experiences - this is one event not to miss.

Location: Carnaby Street, London W1F 9PS

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Museums at Night (15 - 17 May)

For one special weekend only, hundreds of museums, libraries, galleries, archives and heritage sites are set to unbolt their doors for a magical evening. Whether you are a museum goer fanatic or a complete novice, this weekend is set to provide nocturnal adventures for everyone giving you a rare opportunity to explore tours, debates, ghostly readings and much more.

Location: Various museums across London

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The London Wonderground (7 May - 28 Spep)

Roll up, roll up - The London Wonderground returns to the Southbank Centre, setting London's summer activities for the city. Featuring the epic circus show LIMBO, as well as performances from cabaret and circus world, this event is sure to enchant and amaze. Set alongside bars, sideshows and outdoor performances, The London Wonderground will help put London on the map this summer.

Location: Jubilee Gardens, SE1 8XX

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London Wellbeing Festival 2014 (23 - 26 May)

The Mind Body Spirit London Wellbeing Festival is a haven for all those into self-development, self-empowerment, yoga, meditation and wellbeing. This four day festival will be a gathering of a global clan, all seeking to leave a healthier, better balanced lifestyle.

Location: Earls Court, London SW5 9TA

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London April 2014

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What's on in London in April 2014

Event of the Month

The London Marathon

The London Marathon (13 April)

This April London will open its doors to host one of the most iconic events of the year – the London Marathon. Millions of people from all over the world will watch, scream and cheer on the runners from street corners and pubs right across the city. Such is the popularity of the race that some people even call it London’s 26.2 mile street party.

We're so lucky here at Apex, as the marathon route is right on the doorstep of the Apex City of London Hotel. We’ll be making sure that Edwin – the hotel’s duck in residence – will be there to applaud the runners as they whizz (or in some cases limp) past.

Some supporters may choose to run from the sidelines to show their support, or like the most of us, will choose to just cheer in admiration from the sidelines. Whatever you do, this is one London event you do not want to miss.

Luckily for our Apex City of London guests, the biggest crowds of spectators gather at Tower Bridge, which is less than a 1 minute walk away from the hotel.

Or you may choose to watch the emotional finish as the runner cross the line in front of Buckingham Palace. Make sure to experience this legendary race; gather your friends and family and enjoy this great day out with a fantastic atmosphere.

Location: All around London

Website: virginlondonmarathon.com

Easter in London (18 - 21 April)

Spend the first UK bank holiday of the year in London and make it an unforgettable Easter. With a whole host of Easter bunnies and treats for the whole family, the capital has so much to offer this Easter. Enjoy Easter egg hunts at Cutty Sark, V&A Museum and Kew Gardens - after all it wouldn't be Easter without a traditional egg hunt.

Location: All around London

Website: virginlondonmarathon.com

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (9 - 17 April)

Experience the first exhibition devoted to the icon that is Jean Paul Gaultier - France's most rebellious and iconic designer. The exhibition will feature 140+ outfits from the past four decades as well as never-before-seen footage of catwalk shows and concert performances displaying Gaultier's much lauded designs. Luckily for Apex London Wall's's guests, the Barbican is just a five minute walk from the hotel.

Location: Barbican Centre, London, EC27 8DS

Website: barbican.org.uk

Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square (21 April)

Celebrate St George's Day at the annual Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square this bank holiday. The feast of traditional English fare is a free and fun day out for the whole family. With an English farmer's market selling delicious treats, like hog roast and homemade pies, and a kids marquee full of activities and an outdoor games area, this is one festival not to miss.

Location: Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DS

Website: london.gov.uk

Explore the City's gardens and churches (Ever Saturday and Sunday in April)

Want to explore the real London? Then experience the award-winning tour and discover London's finest historic gardens and churchyards. Taking place every weekend, the walking tour starts at 1.30pm by St Paul's Cathedral and will provide two hours of historic insights into the City of London.

Location: The City of London

Website: cityoflondonguides.com

London Coffee Festival (3 - 6 April)

The London Coffee Festival is back and is a great place to discover, experience and indulge in artisan coffee. The festival attracts more than 15,000 coffee devotees, food lovers and professional baristas and is full of coffee-fuelled activities. Love your coffee? Then is one event you must check out.

Location: The Old Truman Brewery, London EC1 6QL

Website: londoncoffeefestival.com

Oxford V Cambridge Boat Race (6 April)

The first University Boat Race was held in 1829, and has grown to become one of the oldest sporting competitions in the world -- and a favourite date in London's calendar. For the 160th time, Oxford will faced Cambridge in this prominent boat race. Enjoy the race from one of the many riverside pubs - the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Location: River Thames, between Putney Bridge and Chiswick Bridge

Website: theboatrace.org

English National Ballet: Lest We Forget (2 - 12 April)

Located conveniently close to all three London Apex Hotels, The English National ballet's artist director, Tamara Rojo has created a new performance, inspired by the First World War. Commissioned by Britain's top choreographers, this programme entwines classical ballet and contemporary dance in an exciting blend of techniques that is promised to be as touching as it is inspirational.

Location: Barbican Centre, London EC27 8DS

Website: barbican.org.uk

Silent Disco at The View from The Shard (1-2 April)

Silent disco is a craze that has gripped London revellers across the city. Now you can experience the silent disco phenomenon at new heights and dance the night away in Europe's tallest building. Pick your channels and watch three DJs battle it out, playing the best in rock, pop and part classics.

Location: The Shard, London SE1 9SG

Website: theviewfromtheshard.com

International Pillow Fight Day (5 April)

Take part in the world's biggest pillow fight and help put some fun back into the city's public spaces this April. People and pillows from all over the world will be getting involved in this annual festival as London's mass feathery fight will take place under Nelson's column. Make sure not to use any Apex pillows though.

Location: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DS

Website: timeout.com

Dundee April 2014

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What's on in Dundee in April 2014

Event of the Month

Dundee’s Children’s Festival

Children’s Festival (4 April to 11 April)

Give the kids a treat this spring at Dundee’s Children’s Festival. Now in its third year, the Children’s Festival features puppetry, drama and circus performances suitable for ages 0 and upwards. Aliens Love Underpants opens the festival – a story brought to life for a stage production which is sure to make you laugh your pants off.

Celeste’s Circus and Gingerbread Man follow suit with their absorbing tales for all the family to enjoy. Re-live Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped, especially adapted for younger audiences and full of storytelling and imagination. Bringing the festival to a dramatic close is a dance production brought to you by the Scottish Dance Theatre. Innocence invites children on stage to join the dancers on a magical journey.

Location: Dundee Rep, Tay Square, Dundee, DD1 1PB

Website: skiddle.com

Royal Shakespeare Company: Richard II (14 April)

David Tennant stars in the screening of the stage production of a classic Shakespearean tale, Richard II, directed by Gregory Doran. A five-star production which brings history to life, it is being screened only a half hour drive from Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa.

Location: Odeon Cinema, 1 Whimbrell Place, Fife Leisure Park, Dunfermline, Fife, KY11 8EX

Website: list.co.uk

Dundee Record, CD and Music Memorabilia Fair (6 April)

Calling all music lovers...Scotland’s longest running Music Fair is coming to Dundee. Rare, collectible and bargain vinyl and CDs will be available, and you’ll also have the opportunity to sell your own items. Entry is £1.00 which is refundable against any purchase over £10.00.

Location: Marryat Hall, Dundee

Website: cairdhall.co.uk

Charity Garden Opening @ Duntrune House (18 March – 25 May)

EEnjoy some peace and quiet at Duntrune House at their charity garden opening. This forms part of a project to encourage people to visit Scotland’s beautiful gardens. Be enveloped in stunning surroundings and experience true tranquillity.

Location: Duntrune, Dundee, DD4 0PJ

Website: list.co.uk

Navid Nuur: Renderender (29 March – 15 June 2014)

Navid Nuur unveils his new show of unique and subjective pieces in Dundee Contemporary Arts. Featuring key, distinctive works of art including a wall painted created from the ashes of 2500 boxes of matches.

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

Website: list.co.uk

Edinburgh April 2014

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What's on in Edinburgh in April 2014

Event of the Month

 Science Festival

Edinburgh International Science Festival (5 April – 20 April 2014)

This April Edinburgh hosts one of Europe’s largest science and technology festivals, The Edinburgh International Science Festival. The festival has been going strong since 1989 and features an inspiring mix of events, activities and talks designed to encourage us all to discover more about the worlds of science and technology.

The festival consists of a range of paid and free events across various locations in Edinburgh. Please note that whilst some events are free, you may still need to contact the Box Office to book tickets for these events. To find out more about The Edinburgh International Science Festival, click here to view the programme, or follow the link below to view the website.

Location: Various venues across Edinburgh

Website: sciencefestival.co.uk  

Observers’ Walks (Runs until 29 April)

Get out and explore Edinburgh with this innovative and interactive audio guide created by The Collective Gallery. Simply head over to the website, download the audio guide and discover the monuments of Calton Hill. You’ll be led on an exciting and absorbing audio adventure, gaining new insight into Edinburgh’s past. This is ideal for those staying at Apex Waterloo Place Hotel and is completely free.

Location: Various venues across Edinburgh

Website: collectivegallery.net

Manic Street Preachers (3 April)

Get down to The Corn Exchange this April for some gloriously anthemic rock courtesy of Wales’ finest rockers, the Manic Street Preachers. The band will be showcasing songs from their new album Rewind the Film, as well as playing their hits. The Corn Exchange is easily accessible from Edinburgh City Centre via Bus and Taxi.

Location: The Corn Exchange,11 Newmarket Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ

Website: list.co.uk

Peppa Pig's Big Splash (12 – 13 April)

Treat the kids to a special trip to the theatre for Peppa Pig’s Big Splash. Peppa Pig is a huge hit with kids and they’ll be kept entertained with a show that will have them singing and dancing along with Peppa and the gang. The King’s Theatre is a short walk from the Grassmarket, making it ideal for those staying at the Apex International and Apex City Hotels.

Location: King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ

Website: edtheatres.com

Doug Allan: In the Company of Giants (13 April)

Doug Allan is one of the UK’s best wildlife photographers. Working with David Attenborough on the hit wildlife documentaries, Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Ocean Giants; Doug has been within touching distance of an incredible array of wildlife. Join Doug for an intimate evening at the Lyceum as he discusses his encounters with nature’s giants. The Lyceum is a five minute walk from our Apex International and Apex City Hotels: perfect for a night at the theatre.

Location: Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX

Website: lyceum.org.uk

RSC Encore: Richard II (15 - 17 April)

This is an exciting opportunity to see the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard II. This was the RSC’s fastest selling show in its history, and features the incredible acting talent of David Tennant. The Cameo is ideally situated between our properties on Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and the Apex European Hotel at Haymarket.

Location: Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh, EH3 9LZ

Website: picturehouses.co.uk

Beltane Fire Festival (30 April)

The Beltane Fire Festival is a thrilling festival inspired by the ancient Gaelic festival of Beltane which traditionally marks the beginning of summer. The modern festival takes place on top of Calton Hill and is a vibrant spring celebration featuring pagan characters such as the May Queen and the Green Man. Guests at our Apex Waterloo Place Hotel will be ideally located for this thrilling spectacle, as Calton Hill is located a short walk from the hotel.

Location: Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Website: beltanefiresociety.wordpress.com