Events this fortnight

ben-lawersApologies to anyone who is reading this from further afield, I’m doing something a bit different in this post, not really chatting about toys as you can see. We hear about all kinds of different events that families are going to from conversations in the shop and I’m yet to see somewhere that mentions all these local events in one place so I thought I’d pop as many as I can down here. This is a list of events in and around Perthshire covering roughly the next two or three weeks, hope it helps someone out.

1st-12th April ‘Discovery Zone & Nature Crafts’ at RSPB Loch Leven Centre, Loch Leven Reserve, Kinross Perth Kinross KY13 9LX “Escape from the cold and drop into the ‘Hive’ to discover and get creative! Explore fascinating nature finds at the discovery tables – find out what an owl has been eating by looking at the bones in the owl pellets, have a look at a wasps nest, check out skulls & feathers, and peer through the microscopes! Get creative in the craft corner, turning recycled materials into easter animals or making bird feeders! Drop in event, no need to book. All children must be accompanied by an adult. NOT on Sunday 7th April 10am – 4.30pm” Cost: Free Telephone: 01577 862355

2nd April till the 12th Budding footballers (boys and girls) of 5-16 years can get a wee bit of training from SFA coaches for £5 a session (drop in, no booking required) at various sites around the area (we’ve missed the Strathearn Community campus one already), head along here for more information.

6th April Perth Farmers Market

7th AprilSwim, bubble and splash: Storytelling & Pond Dipping’ at RSPB Loch Leven Centre, Loch Leven Reserve, Kinross Perth Kinross KY13 9LX: “Gather round in our woodland den and join local storyteller Claire Milne as she leads us on a magical trip, diving underwater to find out about the secret lives of the slippery creatures of the pond! Claire’s interactive story session will be followed by a pond dip to see if we can meet some of the creatures from our story. This is an outdoor event, so please wrap up warm and waterproofed! All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. ” Time: 2 – 3.15pm Cost: RSPB members – £2, non members £4 Telephone: 01577 862355

8th April ‘Explore the world of Peter Rabbit’ storytelling and activity session for 3-9 year olds, 2.45 – 3.30pm in Loch Leven Community Library (free to attend)

8-12th April There’s the ‘Adventure festival lite’ where you can participate in Climbing (8th), Kayaking (9th), Coasteering (10th), Canyoning (11th) and White water rafting (12th)  (cost £30 per person, from 8 years and up, at Balhousie Primary School in Perth at 9am to return to the same location at4pm, minibus transport is provided), contact the Outdoor Education team at or call 01738 472236 full details here.

8th-12th April There’s the ‘Easter Dance Camp’ at The North Inch Community Campus in Perth, for high school age children, each day at 10am-4pm. Please note that they seem to require payment by cheque in the post so it may be hard to set up bookings. More information can be found here and the application form is available here.

10th and 12th April More Easter fun down at Macrosty Park see this link for details.

12th April Family Bushcraft Challenge at RSPB Loch Leven Centre, Loch Leven Reserve, Kinross Perth Kinross KY13 9LX: “Take your family into the wilds this half term, get close to nature & have some fun with our exciting bushcraft challenge.” Time: 1 – 4pm Cost: RSPB members – Adults £7, Child £3; non members – Adults £15, Child £6 Telephone: 01577 862355

12th April Fun day and craft fair Fri 10am – 3pm Oakbank Community Centre, Perth. Outside and inside craft stalls, balloon modelling, face painting etc in aid of the National Childbirth Trust Perth

12th April curtsey of Crieff Primary Parents Page “If anyone is looking for holiday entertainment there is a magic show in Muthill village hall 6.30pm Friday. You can get tickets at birdhouse bakery. £4 adult and £2 for kids or £10 family ticket. I am looking forward to it :0)”

13th April Crieff Country Market

14th April the Scottish Model Engineering Trust ( is hosting their open day on Sunday the 14th (mini railway rides) a few miles outside Methven, the web site list Trevor Goody (the membership secretary) as someone you can contact by phone on 01738 812479

20th and 21st of April You can join in with the Sports showcase weekend, hosted at many sites around the area. “Whether it’s as a spectator, player, parent or aspiring coach the sports clubs of Perth and Kinross definitely have something to offer you.” head along here for more information.

23rd April At Perth Theatre/Horsecross ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’ shows are at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 4:30pm Adapted for the stage by Lynn Robertson Hay, with music and lyrics by Frank Goodhind. Directed and designed by Bill Davies. ‘Based on the classic children’s book by Jill Tomlinson, this funny, gentle and reassuring tale is written especially for small people aged 3 – 7 (and grown-ups who sleep with the light on).’ for more information or to book tickets, go here.

28th April ‘Annual Celtic Food & Drink Festival’ at the Scottish Crannog Centre 11-4:30pm Discover Iron Age cooking including claybaked and smoking fish, spit cooked meat, crannog stews, locally foraged greens, breads and spreads, and themed beverages. Pop along here for more information.

Throughout the summer/year Perth and Kinross Cycling Summer is an event with loads of scheduled cycling events throughout the year, some set up for children to join, I don’t know any dates, times or loacations for this and I’ve only put it here as I came across it while browsing the web for events. Apparently you can get more information about times and locations by calling the Perth & Kinross Council Sustainable Transport Officer on 01738 476515

OK that’s as much as I can find at the moment, let me know if you come across anything else that’s happening and I’ll add it to the list, there’s more on than I thought, Cheers, John