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London July 2014

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What's on in London in July 2014

Event of the Month |TOUR DE FRANCE 2014
(7, 24, 25, 26 & 27 JULY 2014)

See the world’s top cyclists pass through London as part of the Grand Depart for the Tour De France or watch live coverage from a dedicated fan park.

Tour de France

Watch cyclists, including Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome, as they pass through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before going alongside the River Thames. The route through London will see them pass iconic landmarks such as the Tower of London, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, before finishing on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. Fans are expected to line the streets in celebration of the passing cyclists.

Come together with other supporters in the free fan parks around London. Featuring giant screens you can watch the Grand Depart and Tour De France live. Watch the Grand Depart live Trafalgar Square’s big screens followed by the Tour De France live screenings at Canary Wharf. Not only will there by live coverage at Canary Wharf but also plenty of French themed food, prize give aways and special celebrity appearances too!

The Tour De France is the world biggest cycling event, experience the excitement, atmosphere and dedication as the world’s top cyclists go head to head for the title.

Website: visitlondon.com  


Hyper Japan is the biggest Japanese culture celebration in the UK. Discover the world of anime, taste cuisine from the best sushi chefs in the UK, experience Japanese fashion shows and shop for unique hand-made gifts. There’s also a chance to join the COSParade and be in for a chance of winning a prize for best costume.

Location: Earls Court, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA

Website: hyperjapan.co.uk

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB (Throughout July)

A unique experience for film lovers - The Rooftop Film Club brings the stars of the big screen under the stars in the sky. During July there will be classics including Flash Dance and Top Gun screened from Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop. Book early to avoid disappointment as screenings are extremely popular.

Location: Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX

Website: rooftopfilmclub.com

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB (Throughout July)

A ten day “extravaganza” packed full of music, dance and comedy. From Tom Jones to Jake Bugg, Tim Minchin to Diversity – each day is filled with a variety of acts for every taste. Experience high quality festival food for a change with specially selected restaurateurs, artisan traders and produces available in Hyde Park.

Location: Hyde Park

Website: bst-hydepark.com


The annual summer opening of Buckingham Palace begins in 26 July. As one of the world’s last remaining working royal palaces, Buckingham Palace is an iconic London attraction where during summer you can visit the luxurious state rooms, full of royal treasures.

Location: Buckingham Palace

Website: visitlondon.com


Following a sell out last year, after hours zoo nights have returned. Unleash your wild side with comedy, cabaret and a silent disco all held within London’s very own urban jungle. Don’t miss out on this event held most Friday nights throughout July.

Location: ZSL London Zoo, Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY

Website: zsl.org


Bastille Festival is now in its 7th year, celebrating all things French including food, arts, theatres and film. You can experience wine tastings, creative workshops and many more activities all in Borough Market. There’s also an open air party to round up the day.

Website: visitlondon.com


One of London’s most spectacular venues, featuring panoramic views over London, is hosting a silent disco. Three DJs will travel to Level 69 to spin the decks and entertain those looking to party. Combining stunning views and excellent music The Shard’s Late Night Silent Disco is a truly unique experience.

Location: The Shard

Website: theviewfromtheshard.com


In their first live performance since 1980, The Pythons reunites for a hugely popular comeback show. Featuring the all-star cast including John Cleese, Terry Jones and Eric Idle, Monthy Python will be the talk of London’s comedy scene in 2014.

Location: The O2

Website: londontown.com

Edinburgh July 2014

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What's on in Edinburgh in July 2014

Event of the Month | Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
(18 – 27 July)

July in Edinburgh welcomes some of the giants of Blues and Jazz, including big name acts such as Van Morrison, Jools Holland and Bill Wyman. This two week Jazz and Blues Extravaganza features over 140 gigs, held across 13 venues within Edinburgh City Centre, featuring diverse musical styles ranging from bop, boogie-woogie, samba and soul.

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

This exciting music festival takes place in stunning venues across the city; they’ll also be the opportunity to enjoy some alfresco Jazz on the Grassmarket, as musicians take to the street and entertain you whilst you enjoy some shopping, eating or drinking in the beautiful Grassmarket – right outside our Apex International Hotel and Apex City Hotel.

Find out more about the 2014 program by visiting theEdinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival website to find out more about all the artists and events that are taking place during this festival of all things Jazz and Blues. If you’re staying for the whole festival, why not choose Apex Hotels. All our properties in Edinburgh are ideally located and within easy reach of all the venues taking part in this groovy music festival.

Location: Various locations around Edinburgh

Website: edinburghjazzfestival.com  

A Capital View: The Art of Edinburgh (4 June 2014 – 6 July 2014)

This exhibition charts the history of Edinburgh through an exquisite collection of paintings, prints and sculptures. Don’t miss this opportunity to view some unique and rare artworks that show the development of this beautiful city. If you’re staying at Apex Waterloo Place, don’t miss this exhibition as it is only a short walk from the hotel.

Location: City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE

Website: edinburghmuseums.org.uk

Edinburgh Famers’ Market (Every Saturday)

The Edinburgh Farmers’ Market has become an Edinburgh institution. Held every Saturday, and located a short walk from Apex International Hotel and Apex City Hotel, you’ll find a fantastic array of Scottish produce to tickle your taste buds.

Location: Castle Terrace, Edinburgh. EH1 2DP

Website: edinburghfarmersmarket.com

River Dipping (3 – 29 July)

Keep the kids occupied and take them for a cooling dip in the Water of Leith to discover the diverse wildlife that inhabits our inner city river. Bring your waterproofs and wellies, and prepare to get wet as you and your children discover what creatures lurk beneath the Water of Leith. Children must be accompanied by an adult and booking is advised.

Location: Water of Leith Visitor Centre, Edinburgh, EH14 1TQ

Website: waterofleith.org.uk

The Art of Golf (12 July 2014 – 26 October 2014)

Learn about a Scotland’s other famous export: Golf, in this exciting exhibition about Scotland’s national sport. You’ll get the chance to see golf as it was in its early days, right through to the present day via a collection of beautiful artwork, museum pieces and memorabilia that sport and Scotland’s past.

Location: Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

Website: nationalgalleries.org

Pentlands Walking Festival (24 – 26 July)

Escaping to the great outdoors is easier than you think in Edinburgh. Located a stone’s throw from the city centre, the Pentland Hills Regional Park boasts some of the finest views of Edinburgh and the Lothians. Discover this national treasure during the Pentlands Walking Festival in July as you are led on a series of guided tours around the park.

Location: Pentland Hills, Edinburgh

Website: pentlandhills.org

Dundee July 2014

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What's on in Dundee in July 2014

(4 - 12 JULY)

The Ladyboys of Bangkok

Sizzling, sexy and seductive; a show like no other and not to be missed – The Lady Boys of Bangkok returns to the UK for its 16th year. Stopping for a week in Dundee, before appearing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ‘Red Hot Kisses’ will see temperatures rising in The Sabai Pavilion set in Baxter Park. Watch in astonishment as sixteen gorgeous and glamorous Lady Boys take to the stage in a truly unique performance.

With an array of extravagant costumes, plenty of cheeky humour and full-on glitz & glamour – this show is perfect for girl’s (or boy’s) night out or even as a first date ice-breaker! The travelling Sabai Pavilion allows you to be surrounded and enveloped in Bangkok’s exotic atmosphere as the aroma of freshly prepared Thai food fills the air, which you can enjoy with a drink from the fully licensed bar.

There’s also a Lady Boy’s Boudoir where you can buy some fantastic souvenirs from DVDs to masks and other novelties – a great way to remember a sparkling night out.

Celebrating in a group? Book a premium or platinum table package and get the best seats in the house along with a souvenir brochure, Thai meal and a standard drink per person. Book through us and you’ll get £10 off tickets Sunday – Friday

Location: The Sabai Pavilion, Baxter Park Terrace, Dundee, DD4 6NL

Website: ladyboysofbangkok.co.uk  


A long-held tradition, Broughty Ferry Gala week is full of fun, frolics and a touch of fancy dress! Events include pet shows, competitions and treasure hunts. There’s also a window guessing competition with a prize of up to £50.00 for the winner (sorry parents, this one is for kids only!)

Location: Various locations in Broughty Ferry (very close to Dundee)

Website: cometobroughty.co.uk.


In the first performance to be held on Frigate Unicorn, four actors and their bicycles perform a Shakespeare inspired comedy. Using bicycles to power surprises and contraptions within the performance, this is a one of its kind show which audience members may even become part of.

Location: HM Frigate Unicorn, City Quay

Website: dundeecity.gov.uk


Although Dundee may not be a tropical paradise where you can swim with dolphins in warm waters it doesn’t mean you can’t see them in their natural habitat. Ancrum Outdoor Centre has teamed up with Dundee’s Countryside Rangers to offer two powerboat trips to see pods of dolphins and other local wildlife in Tay Estuary.

Location: Tay Estuary

Website: ancrum.com


Continue Without Losing Consciousness features three solo artist’s exhibitions tracing the development of contemporary in Scotland over the last 25 years. The DCA will be working with the artists to create three new projects for their galleries focusing around the artist’s original concepts.

Location: Dundee Contemporary Arts

Website: dca.org.uk


The perfect, fun packed day out for school holidays! Face painting, storytelling, safari trails and plenty of fun and games. Zoofest at Camperdown Wildlife Centre is a great way to keep the kids entertained this summer holiday (entry is less than £5.00 per person too!)

Location: Camperdown Wildlife Centre

Website: camperdownwildlifecentre.com

Edinburgh International Film Festival

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014

This June Edinburgh welcomes back the Edinburgh International Film Festival for its 68th edition. This world renowned film festival brings its usual mix of cutting edge feature films, documentaries, shorts and animation.

EIFF 2014

Edinburgh, with its numerous dedicated film venues, is the ideal home for such a long running and well respected International film festival. The programme takes place across the city at well known venues such as the Filmhouse, Cameo and The Dominion. The festival also includes unique festival events such as outdoor screenings, workshops and discussions at venues across the city.

Our four city centre hotels offer the perfect base for enjoying the festival and visiting the host cinemas. In this blog we look at some of the venues that will enjoy EIFF screenings.

The Venues

38 Home Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LZ

The Cameo - based in the Tollcross area of the city and not far from Apex International Hotel and Apex City Hotel - is one of Scotland’s oldest cinemas. This cinema with its huge main screen and comfy seats make it one of the best places to see film in Edinburgh.

Pick of the Festival: Teen Spirit Shorts – A look at some of the best International short films by the very best young film makers

88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ

No trip to the EIFF is complete without a visit to the Edinburgh Filmhouse, the official home of the EIFF. This beautiful Georgian building houses three screens that showcase the best in international independent cinema. It also has a great Cafe, where hungry filmgoers can fuel up or grab a beer between films.

Pick of the Festival: That Guy Dick Miller – A light-hearted documentary about one of Holywood’s most prolific actors. You’ve more than likely seen his face - you’ll know his name after seeing this endearing documentary.

18 Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh EH10 4RT

Venture south to leafy Morningside and you’ll discover this beautiful Art Deco Dominion Cinema nestled just off Morningside Road. This attractive and often overlooked Edinburgh cinema can be easily reached from the City Centre by bus.

Pick of the Festival: Welcome to New York – Gerard Depardieu stars in this UK Premiere about Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his fall from grace.

A full programme of showings and events is now available to view on the EIFF website.

Addendum pork burger

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Addendum Pork Burger


Our head chef Darren Thomson at Addendum Restaurant has been on a mission to source the finest, top premium quality meat. After much research, Darren and his team have purchased two of the finest pigs from Purely Pork at Ord Mains Farm in Berwick-upon-Tweed in order to serve the best locally produced pork in the United Kingdom.

Purely Pork are renowned for their care and attention to detail in where traditional native pig breeds are slowly grown in family groups, in low-density and low-stress outdoor conditions. It’s through these conditions that the pigs can live closer to the way that nature intended and therefore exhibit natural behaviours in grass and woodland environments. The direct advantage of all this care and attention to detail results in bacon, sausages and joints which provide exceptional taste and quality.



Darren has selected a Middle white breed, which is a traditional pig that has been improved by the introduction of Chinese bloodlines in previous centuries, resulting in quicker weight gain and a distinctive broad face. The Middle white used to be known as the London Porker as thousands were sent to the capital every week to supply the pork trade between the two world wars. They are gentle pigs, grazers rather than rooters and produce succulent, quality pork.

The second pig is the Tamworth, which is an old breed from Staffordshire that have roots in Ireland. The Tamworth is a large breed, which is slow maturing and is known as the ground hound of the pig world due to its running ability. Tamworth's tend to be noisy and boisterous pigs who aren't slow to tell you they are hungry.

The Middle Whites tend to produce succulent flesh and the Tamworth slightly more gamey. Darren has selected these rare breeds as they are far more superior in taste and texture to the commercial hybrids.


Through his own tasting experiences, Darren has created a sumptuous burger recipe to compliment these specially selected pork flavours. Throughout the World Cup we will we running a daily special where you can enjoy a delicious British Ale & British pork burger for £14.50. To make a booking you can call us now on 02079779500.

London June 2014

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What's on in London in June 2014

Event of the month | City of London Festival
(14 – 19 May)


Every summer the City of London Festival reveals the City's unique buildings and outdoor spaces with a wide-ranging artistic programme of film, music, visual arts, walks and talks. The festival celebrates some of the Square Mile’s best kept secrets as the City reveals its unrivalled collections, buildings and heritage like never before.

The City of London Festival has established itself as one of the UK's leading public events and best of all most of it is free to the public! The three week festival will entertain and excite all those that live, work and visit this extraordinary City of London, with exclusive events and world-class artists performing in stunning surroundings.

The City of London Festival will be offering over 100 free events across a wide range of art forms set to truly celebrate the City of London and demonstrate to everyone that it’s not just the London West End that has all the fun!

Location: Various Locations across City of London, EC2V 6BN

Website: Find out more.

Trooping the Colour - Queen's Birthday Parade (14 June)

oin in with the Queen's birthday celebrations and observer the impressive display of pageantry. Dating back to the 17th Century during the time of Charles II, the custom of Trooping the Colour is carried out to celebrate the Sovereign's birthday by her personal troops and the Household Division. Get ready to see the Queen herself and witness that iconic wave.

Location: Horse Guards Parade, St James, London SW1A 1DH

Website: Find out more.  

Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall (11 - 22 June)

The English Ballet returns to the Royal Albert Hall with the ambitious production of Romeo & Juliet. This performance is entangled with passion, love and tragedy as the glorious staging is brought to life with over 120 dancers, actors and swordfighters. Following on from the success of Swan Lake, this production has been universally acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.

Location: Royal Albert Hall, London, SW7 2AP

Website: Find out more.  

Wimbledon Tennis 2014 (23 June - 6 July)

The world's most famous and celebrated lawn tennis event returns to Wimbledon once again. Wimbledon is famous for its green grass and white clothing, making the heritage of Wimbledon almost as alluring as the game itself. All eyes will be on British contender Any Murray to see if he can repeat his achievement for the second year running.

Location: The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London, SW19 5AE

Website: Find out more.

Udderbelly (until 13th July)

The large upside-down purple cow returns to London's Southbank centre for its 6th incredible year. Featuring a program crammed with the greatest circus, comedy, family shows and performances Udderbelly is the pop up festival to check out this summer.

Location: Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

Website: Find our more.

Gun Salute at the Tower of London (10 June)

To celebrate The Duke of Edinburgh's birthday a gun salute by the Honourable Artillery Company will take place where 62 rounds will be fired to mark the Royal anniversary. The unique commemorative firings will take place at the Tower of London, on the Gun Park located on the Wharf. The good news is you do not need a Tower ticket to watch them as they can be viewed on Tower Hill.

Location: Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB

Website: Find out more.

Cirque Du Soleil's "Dralion" (4 - 8 June)

The world renowned circus troop Cirque du Soleil is back at the O2 with "Dralion". The astounding performance will be a mix of choreographed dance with aerial stunts and death-defying acrobatics. Drawing inspiration from the 3,000 year old tradition of Chinese acrobat arts, each of the elements (water, air, fire and earth) will be represented, bringing man and nature together as one.

Location: The O2, London SE10 0DX

Website: Find out more.

Greenwich & Docklands International Festival (20 - 28 June)

The Greenwich & Docklands International Festival returns this summer with some of best acts from all over the UK and the rest of the world will bring astonishing sights and sounds to Greenwich and East London. Expect the unexpected this year with the festival showcasing breath-taking night-time exhibitions, spectacular theatre productions and captivating dance performances.

Location: : Greenwich, London SE10 8RE

Website: Find out more.

The London Wonderground (Until 28 Sep)

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 shows that are set to enchant and amaze. Set alongside bars, sideshows and outdoor performances The London Wonderground is helps puts London on the map this summer.

Location: Jubilee Gardens, SE1 8XX

Website: Find our more.

Edinburgh June 2014

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What's on in Edinburgh in June 2014

Event of the Month | Edinburgh International Film Festival
(18 – 29 June)

 Scotland has a rich film tradition

Come to Edinburgh and experience the world’s longest running film festival. Now in its 68th year, the Edinburgh International Film Festival will be bringing its usual mix of cutting edge feature films, documentaries, shorts and animation.

Edinburgh really is the place to be for film enthusiasts this June, and the EIFF is the perfect opportunity to see exciting new films and explore Edinburgh’s unique cinema venues. If you want be at the heart of the action, why not stay at our Apex International Hotel or Apex City Hotel? Located just 5 minutes away from the Filmhouse, you’ll be perfectly located to enjoy this exciting film festival.

Location: Various locations around Edinburgh

Website: Find out more.

Edinburgh Farmers’ Market (Every Saturday)

The Edinburgh Farmers’ Market has become an Edinburgh institution. Held every Saturday, and located a short walk from Apex International Hotel and Apex City Hotel, you’ll find a fantastic array of Scottish produce to tickle your taste buds.

Location: Castle Terrace, Edinburgh. EH1 2DP

Website: Find out more.

Meadows Festival (7 – 8 June)

If you’re looking for a friendly festival featuring music, gift stalls, food and fun activities for the whole family, look no further than The Edinburgh Meadows Festival. Now in its 40th year, the Meadows Festival is a perfect way to unwind and relax in Edinburgh’s picturesque Meadows Park.

Location: The Meadows, Melville Drive, Edinburgh. EH9 1JU

Website: Find out more.

Whisky and Cheese Tasting (Various Dates in June)

No visit to Scotland is complete without experiencing its national tipple. Discover your favourite dram, and book this Whisky and Cheese Tasting package at Whiski. You’ll get the chance to taste some great whiskies, matched with the finest cheeses.

Location: Whiski Rooms, 4, 6 & 7 North Bank Street, Edinburgh. EH1 2LP

Website: Find out more.

Avenue Q (10 – 14 June)

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this TONY award-winning musical at the King’s Theatre. This is a puppet show with a difference; a musical about growing up that features some colourful characters, and that is definitely one for the adults. Tickets for this will show will sell fast so be sure to book your tickets now.

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

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Magic and Variety Gala Show (27 June)

Held every year as part of the Edinburgh International Magic Festival, this exciting gala performance features an exciting mix of magical talent from across the globe. The Lyceum is a short walk from our Apex International Hotel, and is an ideal location to base yourself during the Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

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

Website: Find out more.  

Brodies Champions of Tennis (19 - 22 June)

Get in the mood for Wimbledon and catch some of the sport’s greatest players in action as they return to Edinburgh for some exciting ATP Champions Tour action. John McEnroe, Tim Henman and Goran Ivanisevic are amongst the tennis stars already confirmed to appear. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Location: Edinburgh Academicals Football Club, North Park Terrace, Edinburgh. EH4 1HQ

Website: Find out more.

Dundee June 2014

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What's on in Dundee in June 2014

Event of the Month | Sing-a-long Grease
(7 June)


Celebrate (almost) the beginning of those Summer Nights with an evening of Greased Lightin’... “Tell me more, tell me more” I hear you say. If you enjoyed the movie then sing-a-long-a Grease is right up your street and it’s coming to the Dundee Rep Theatre for one night only on Saturday 7 June.

Your evening will begin with a vocal warm-up led by the sing-a-long-a host, who will also show you how to use your special Grease magical moments fun pack and teach you to hand-jive just like the T-Birds. The action then begins at Rydell High – join Sandy, Danny and the rest of the gang as you sing your heart out to those classic, show-stopping songs. For those who aren’t hopelessly devoted to learning every lyric before you go, all songs are fully subtitled so you can still sing-a-long-a to the songs you’re a little less familiar with.

Oh, and did we mention the host will also judge a fancy dress competition – will you be a stylish Pink Lady, a sweetheart Sandy or a rockin’ T-Bird? Dig out your leather trousers, pink jacket, wigs or poodle skirts for an evening where you are the Rock’n’Roll Party Queen. Wear your best Grease outfit to be in for a chance of winning and don’t forget Grease is the word. We would love to see your outfits so be sure to share them on our Facebook or twitter pages.

To celebrate, we’re giving away three tasty prizes – perfect if you’re going to Grease sing-a-long-a (but still a treat for those who can’t attend). Prizes include:

Coffee and cake for two A glass of wine and your choice of dish from our Bar Food menu A scrumptious three course pre-theatre dinner for two in Metro Brasserie.

Visit us on Facebook to enter this electrfyin’ competition.

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

Website: Find out more.

Wrestling Entertainment Awards (27 June)

Open to fans for the first time the Scottish Wrestling Awards are taking place in Dundee’s Black Watch Club. Join the stars of SWE for an evening of celebration. Wrestling fans beware - tickets are limited so please buy in advance to avoid disappointment.

Location: Black Watch Club, 20 Arthurstone Terrace, Dundee, DD4 6RS

Website: Find out more.

Planetarium Show (11 June)

Experience a journey through the night sky at Mills Observatory’s Planetarium Show. Discover the curiosities of constellations, the mysteries of meteors and the glory of galaxies as you are guided through the stars.

Location: Mills Observatory, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB

Website: Find out more.

Wild About Nature (1 - 27 June)

Learn about the wildlife in your garden and how to create an idyllic environment for all the different species that live your local area. Camperdown also features wildlife such as lemurs, snowy owls and brown bears for you to see.

Location: Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee, DD2 4TF

Website: Find out more.

Spirit of the Place (1 - 30 June)

For those who are passionate about fine art or simply want to be amazed by beautiful drawings, prints and photography – the Ellis O’Connor exhibit is certainly worth visiting. With a strong influence from Ellis’s passion of the Highlands and North West Scottish islands – the exhibit is filled with emotive large scale displays.

Location: Discovery Point Cafe Gallery, Discovery Quay, Dundee, DD1 4XA

Website: Find out more.

Dundee’s WestFest (8 - 14 June)

Dundee’s WestFest is a weeklong festival featuring the best of Dundee’s creativity, talent and history. Enjoy live music and entertainment; literary and film events; various food and drink stalls - there’s something for everyone. Showcasing the enthusiasm of Dundee WestFest is a memorable occasion for all the family.

Location: Various locations in Dundee

Website: Find out more.