This section gives details of selected events taking place in and around the Central Belt oi Scotland this fortnight. Events are listed by area and then alphabetically. All submissions should be accompanied by a contact phone number for our information. Days Out compiled by Thom Dibdin.
CENTRAL & TAYSIDE
I SPRING FLOWER SHOW Sat 2/Sun 3. 10.30am—6pm. Caird Hall. Dundee. 0382 23141. £1.20 (80p). Flower show with trade stands. craft fair. demonstrations and talks as well as children‘s activities.
I SCALERAIL 94 Fri 25-Sun 27. 10.30am~-5pm. Keathbank Mill. Balmoral Road. Blztirgowric. 0250 872025. £3 (£1.50). Major model railway exhibition with twelve layouts. prize-winning exhibits and 30 trade stands.
I SCOTLANO’S CHARITY FASHION GALA Sat 26. 7.30pm. Blair Castle. Blair Atholl. Pitlochry. £25 from Pitlochry Tourist information Centre. ()796 472215. Catch the first glimpse of the new spring styles from James Pringle Weavers at this charity fashion gala in aid of the local Community Youth Support Group. The castle ballroom should perfectly offset a presentation of sumptuous costumes provided by the Perth Theatre. while a
I CHILDREN’S CINEMA: THE GOLDEN ACE Daily, loam-5pm. Sumerlee Heritage Centre,
‘future' selection will give a sneak preview of some of the innovative designs created at Jordanstone College. Dundee and Greys School of Art. Aberdeen.
Blair Castle Daily from Thurs 31. 10am—6pm (last entry 5pm). ()796 481207. £4.50 (£3.50). A good day out for castle and antiques lovers. The white. turreted baronial castle is seat of the Duke of Atholl. the only British subject allowed to maintain a private army: the Atholl
I Highlanders. The castle includes line
; collections of furniture. portraits. lace.
i china. arms. armour. Jacobite relics and ; masonic regalia. Deer park. pony-trekking i and nature trails in the grounds. Also
*. licensed restaurant. gift shop. picnic areas 'i and free parking.
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I MUSEUM OF COSTUME Daily from Fri 1. 11am—5pm. Shambellie House. New Abbey. Dumfries. 038785 375. £2 (£1). Built in 1856. Shambellie House now houses the unique costume collection of Charles Stewart. who gave both to the National Museums of Scotland in 1977. The collection. gleaned since the 1930s from market stalls and friends attics.
West Canal Street, Coathridge. Free. The very excellent Sumerlee Heritage Trust, venue for many a line Day Out, widens its briet slightly from industrial heritage to include this exhibition trom the Ian Rintoul Cinema Collection. Toys, books, magazines, projectors and sound-track records are among the items on display.
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includes examples of Victorian and Edwardian clothing displayed in attractive tableaux. including a wedding celebration of 1912. an afternoon tea party frotn the 1890s and glamorous holiday clothing from the 1920s.
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I GREAT DAY OUT EXHIBITION Sun 27. 2—4pm. Assembly Rooms. George Street. Edinburgh. Free. Presumably a must for all ujjicimtm/ns of the Days Out page. over 50 exhibitors showcasing anything a visitor to Edinburgh might want to get into. from high teas to the Tattoo.
I ALFORO TRANSPORT MUSEUM Sun 27 and daily. 10am—5pm. Grampian Transport Museum. Alford. Aberdeenshire. ()9755 62292 (phone for prices). The grand opening to the 1994 season is on Sun 27. 1—5pm. with visiting exhibits. trials and demonstrations. The museum is an excellent day out for you locomotion lovers. with diverse exhibits and exhibitions and plenty for the kids to do.
I ALL FORMATS COMPUTER FAIR Sun 27. 10am—4pm. Woodside Hall. St George’s Cross. Glasgow. All formats and all needs are catered for at this fair which offers discount access to the lnformation Highway. Second-hand equipment. business applications. games of all descriptions. educational tools and hobby machines as well as the latest advances in computing.
I BLACKSHAW FARM PARK Daily. 10.30am—5pm. Off the B781. West Kilbride. North Ayrshire. ()563 34257. £3 (£2.40). There‘s lots to do up on this working hill farnt at Blackshaw. from looking at the animals and helping to feed the calves. to quad bike riding and aerial runways. Just let the kids loose and go off for a walk over the farm's 300 acres.
I CHILDREN’S CINEMA: THE GOLDEN AGE Daily. 10am—5pm. Sumerlee Heritage Centre. West Canal Street. Coatbridge. Free. See photo ca tion.
I SCOTTISH WOOO'WORKING & WOOD- MOOELLING SHOW Fri 25/Sat 26. 10am—5pm; Sun 27. l()am~4pm. SFCC. Finnieston Quay. Glasgow. £3 (£2). An opportunity for modellers both young and old to make contact with local modelling associations who will be showing off their skills and handiwork. Lots of activities. demonstrators and folk to answer those knotty problems as well as trade and retail stands offering a wide range of kits. tools. materials and woods. But if you're a rnodeller. don't use that tropical hardwood. buy local.
To top off the best skiing season on record. the weather has had the decency to dump tonnes of snow on all the Scottish resorts. Where the cover had been thinning there is now plenty of fine powder snow which should stick around for a while. All reports correct as The List went to press. so don't blame us if the climate turns sub-Saharan.
I Ski Clubs For the social life and post- piste piss-ups. your local ski-club can't be beat. They also organise mini-buses to slopes on most weekends and can put you in touch with other people who might want to car share.
Glasgow Ski Club meet every Thursday at 9pm in The Scaramouche. lilderslie Street. Details from 041 424 1893 or ()41 883 6665.
Edinburgh Ski Club meet every Tuesday from 9.30pm at the West End Hotel. Palmerston Place. For an information pack phone 031 220 3121.
I GLENCOE Chairlift company: 08556 226. The closest resort to Glasgow and Scotland‘s first connnercial resort. The first tow opened in 1956. They’ve had snow like they've never seen before and had to dig out the lifts. Sadly. Glencoe has been particularly affected by high winds. so there hasn't been as much skiing as the snow has promised. The slopes are now open daily frotn Thurs 24 right through to Mon 11 April. wind permitting.
I NEVIS RANGE Chairlift company: 0397 705825. Scotland‘s newest and hence most modern ski resort boasts the UK‘s only gondola system. The highest pistes in Scotland are at the top of Aonach Mor (4006 feet). Creche facility: three to seven years. ‘Snow! Snow! Snow!‘ reported the Nevis press officer as The List skiing desk went to print. A11 runs complete with snow right down to sea level and the rare chance to enjoy knee-deep powder snow. I CAIRNGOHM Chairlift company: 0479 861 261. Scotland‘s most famous ski area. close to the skiing town of Aviemore so there are lots of things to do off-piste. The resort is reckoned to be Scotland‘s largest. boasting 28 runs. All runs complete. loads of snow and the opportunity to take part in a few ftm events over the Easter period. Phone for details.
I GLENSHEE Chairlift company: 03397 41320/41343. Edinburgh's closest resort. The three valleys of Glenshee offer 38 pistes on 40km of runs and a massive uplift capacity of 18.500 skiers an hour. Creche facility: over two years. Superb skiing reported. with nine inches of powder snow. all runs complete and excellent off-piste skiing. Do you want more‘.’
I THE LECHT Chairlift company: 09756 51440. Scotland‘s best resort for absolute beginners. with easy green and nursery slopes right next to the car park. Creche facility: over three years. More snow than you cart shake a ski-stick at up at The l.echt. with the by now customary deep. wide runs all complete.