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Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

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Virgin Money Fireworks Concert (1 September 2013)

Edinburgh’s International Festival will be brought to a spectacular end with a Fireworks Concert from Virgin Money. The Fireworks Concert always manages to attract a large gathering. Last year, it is thought around a quarter of a million people watched the fireworks from various vantage points across the city. As the Edinburgh Evening News puts it, it will be “a truly explosive evening”.

Edinburgh - Perfect Place for a fireworks concert

The fireworks performance will start at 9.00pm on Sunday 1st September 2013. You’ll need a ticket if you want to watch the fireworks from Princes Street Gardens. The entrance to the Gardens will open at 7.00pm, but if you buy a priority ticket, you’ll be allowed to enter the gardens through Kings Stable Road entrance from 6.30pm. We recommend getting there as early as possible to ensure you get a good position to watch the fireworks from.

The fireworks will be set off from Edinburgh Castle, lighting both the sky and the castle with a myriad of colours. The concert itself will last around 45 minutes. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will be providing the music while the fireworks have been specially choreographed by the international fireworks artists Pyrovision. Grant Stott, the Forth One presenter, will be on hand to introduce the fireworks and a lucky competition winner will get the pleasure of being the fireworks starter.

.In total, over 100,000 fireworks, tonnes of explosives and hundreds of firing sequences will be used to enhance the musical performance provided by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

You’ll be able to watch the fireworks from various vantage points across the city. Our very own Heights Restaurant at the Apex International hotel has a stunning view of Edinburgh Castle, making it the perfect place to dine and take in the occasion.

We’ve created a map detailing some of the best spots to watch the fireworks from. Read our ‘Where to Watch the Edinburgh Fireworks Guide’ blog post and pick the spot that’s best for you.

Have a blast saying goodbye to the summer festivals!

Location: Princes Street Gardens

Date: 1st September 2013

Website: eif.co.uk/virginmoneyfireworks

Edinburgh September 2013

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What's on in Edinburgh in September 2013?

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Virgin Money Fireworks Concert (1st September 2013)

This year’s International Festival will be brought to an end with a spectacular fireworks concert. With Edinburgh Castle sitting in the background, there really is no better place to witness a fireworks concert. The fireworks will be specially choreographed to the dynamic music provided by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Heights Restaurant at Apex International Hotel offers stunning views of the castle and fireworks. Read more in our Virgin Money Fireworks Concert blog post.

Location: Princes Street Gardens

Website: eif.co.uk

Miles for Macmillan (1st September 2013)

Take part in Miles for Macmillan this year and help raise valuable money for charities. The walk will be taking place in the beautiful setting of Holyrood Park, giving you the opportunity to marvel at the stunning extinct volcano that is Arthur’s Seat. The walk will take you past three beautiful lakes teaming with wildlife and will take you in a loop, around the historic village of Duddingston.

Location: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS

Website: macmillan.org.uk

Hairspray – September (3rd – 14th September 2013)

The famous West End musical comedy, Hairspray, comes to Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre (close to Apex Waterloo Place Hotel) this September. Mark Benton, star of various stage and screen productions, plays matriarch Edna in the show (John Travolta famously played Edna in the Hairspray movie). Newcomer Freya Sutton will play the big-hearted teen heroine Tracy Turnblad. Don’t miss your chance to see the musical comedy of the year.

Location: Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, EH1 3AA

Website: atgtickets.com

Richard Dawkins: The Making of a Scientist (16th September 2013)

Join Richard Dawkins in the Royal Lyceum Theatre on the 16th September for what promises to be a fascinating evening. Dawkins will be discussing his memoir ‘An Appetite for Wonder’. Find out more about the life of the world’s most famous atheist and learn who and what inspired him to become the man he is today.

Location: Royal Lyceum Theatre, 30b Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX.

Website: lyceum.org.uk

Edinburgh Doors Open Day (22nd – 23rd September 2013)

Don’t miss your chance to explore some of Edinburgh’s most architecturally and culturally significant buildings. Best of all…you’ll be able to explore them for free! Explore some of the city’s heritage landmarks as well as some of its newest architecture. If there’s a particular historic building you’ve wanted to visit or maybe you’ve just wanted to learn more about the city’s architecture… now’s your chance!

Location: Across Edinburgh

Website: eventsedinburgh.org.uk

Ready Steady Cook Live (25th September 2013)

The beloved cooking show is coming to Edinburgh! Television chef Lesley Waters will be live on stage battling against a guest television chef, in what is guaranteed to be a night to remember. Will it be the ‘Green Pepper’ or the ‘Red Tomato’ that comes out victorious? You’ll have to wait until 25th September to find out.

Location: Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre

Website: atgtickets.com

An Evening with Ray Mears – (29th September 2013)

Spend an evening with Ray Mears at King’s Theatre in Edinburgh. Ray has become a recognizable figure throughout the world as he has spent the last two decades traveling it. He is an authority on the subject of bushcraft and survival and has experienced surviving in some of the most uninhabitable and harshest environments this planet has to offer. Let Ray share some of this knowledge with you.

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

Website: edtheatres.com

Holyrood Park Archaeology Day (29th September 2013)

Holyrood Park will be opening up this September for a whole day dedicated to archaeology. The Historic Scotland Rangers Service will be on hand to explain the events of the Iron Age. You’ll have an opportunity to meet characters from the past and you could even try your hands at some of the Iron Age skills. Do you have what it takes to be an Iron Age human?

Location: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Website: list.co.uk

Memory Walk 2013 (21st September 2013)

Alzheimer Scotland will be partnering with Bupa Carehomes to put together this year’s Memory Walk. If you’re looking for a family day out this September, then look no further. There will be plenty of activities for the whole family. There will be face painting, home baking and lots of musical entertainment to enjoy. You can show your support for this great cause by either registering for the walk or by bringing your kids along to take part in some family fun.

Location: Dalkeith Country Park

Website: skiddle.com

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo (27th – 29th September 2013)

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo comes direct from Australia this September. It’s the perfect chance for children to get up close and personal with various prehistoric animals and the perfect opportunity to learn more about these prehistoric beasts. Children will be able to watch wide-eyed from a safe distance, or they can get right up close to the animals…if they’re brave enough, that is.

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

Website: dinosaurzoolive.com

Dundee Rotary Oktoberfest

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Dundee Rotary Oktoberfest (26 - 28 September)

Traditionally, Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival celebrating all things to do with beer which is held annually in Munich, Germany. More than 6 million people attend the event in Germany each year. Smaller Oktoberfest celebrations take place right across the globe and Dundee just so happens to be one of those places.

The Rotary Club of Dundee will be holding Dundee’s own Oktoberfest celebration in the stunning venue of the Discovery Quay (home of the RSS Discovery and a short walk from Apex City Quay Hotel). The three day event will run each evening from 6.00pm. Tickets to Dundee Oktoberfest cost £10, and your first drink is included in the cost of the ticket. You will need to be over 18 to attend the event and ID may be requested.

A variety off beers will be available at Dundee Oktoberfest

During the event you’ll be able to indulge in some of the finest authentic German food, listen to some brilliant live bands and of course, taste a variety of Real Ales and Continental Biers. Each evening, there will be performances from three live bands, including the likes of ‘Unknown on Sunday’, ‘Jack Rabbit Slims’ and ‘The Full Tin Tin’. Beers that will be on offer have still to be confirmed, but we are told that the selection will be as good, if not exceed, last year’s selection. Expect favourites from the likes of Belhaven and Thistly Cross to feature.

Dundee Oktoberfest was highly successful last year, so it’s expected that they will be forced to limit sales of tickets this year. If you want to guarantee your spot among the food, beer and music, make sure to grab your tickets in advance. It’s unlikely that there will be any tickets left to sell on the door.

Taking part in Dundee’s Oktoberfest is a great way to support local charities. All proceeds from the event will go to the Dundee Rotary Charity and from there it will be distributed to a variety of local charities and voluntary organisations.