This section gives details of special selected events taking place within Edinburgh and Glasgow and around the Central Belt this fortnight. Listings are compiled by date, lace and then event. Listings compi ed by Brian Donaldson.



Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour The Beehive Inn. Grassmarket. info: 226 6665. 6pm. 8.30pm. £6 (£5). Until 31 Oct. A great excuse to educate yourself through alcohol as the. tour follows in the footsteps of Rabbie. Sir Walter. Robert Louis and Irvine across the ale houses of the city.


Techfest 97 Various venues. info: 01224 274343. Until 22 Sep. For those ofa scientific and technological bent. this could be the answer to all your dreams. For those more I.uddite by nature. it may well open your eyes. Opening with a bang via a Night of Music and Technology and the Family Activity weekend at the Music Hall. Techfest offers a galaxy of learning and entertainment opportunities. You can make your own boomerang. discover the secrets ofjuggling. crawl through a giant stomach learning the ins and outs of the digestive system. hear David Bellamy on the environment orjoin seminars on food safety. ethics and engineering.


Battle of Stirling Bridge 700th Anniversary Various venues. info: 01786 401297. Until 9 ()ct. The celebrations continue apace with a re- enactment today marking the anniversary of the battle (see Theatre preview. page 61). And there‘s a big vote on this week as well. Funny. that.


Renfrew 600 Various venues. info: ()141 886 1997. Until 31 Dec. This fortnight's happenings to help the town celebrate its big year include .S'r'ourw'amu (Sat 13). a Mini Medieval Banquet (Thu 18) and the Citizen ()fThe Year Award (Tue 23).


Various venues

National Archaeology Days Various venues. info: 0131 225 7534. Until Sun 14. Edinburgh‘s Holyrood Park is one subject of interest as Scotland goes archaeology crazy this weekend. This has been a good year in this field with the discovery of the Cramond lionness and the launch ofArchaeolink. During the course of 48 hours. you can Step Into Medieval Alien/ecu. take a tour round Argyll's Saddell Abbey orjoin a club in your area. Dig it. man.

Various venues

Doors Open Day Various venues. info: 0141 221 1466. September sees a variety of doors which are often impenetrable being thrown open at the weekends for the public’s pleasure. ()ver 40 countries take part in the European Heritage Days and for seven years Scotland has been allowing its citizens free access to some architectural and historical landmarks. This year's highlights include Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian. Cockenzie Power Station in Prestonpans. Abbot House in Dunfermline and the first chance to see the SECC's new extension. The Armadillo. The information number can be used to find out about goings-on in your area.


RAF Leuchars Battle Of Britain Airshow Leuchars Airfield. info: 01334 839000. 9am—6pm. £8 (£6) family ticket £24. Advance prices £6 (£5) £18. A seven-hour. all~action display is the main attraction here but there is also a mile of exhibitions. funfair. Jordan Fl roadshow. prize draw. go-karts and kiddies‘ quad bikes.

Aberdeen Techfest 97 See Fri 12.

Aberdeen Techfest 97 See Fri 12.

Various venues Doors Open Day See Sat I3.

WALKATHON 97 Various venues, Glasgow info: 332 2211. The Walkathon Roadshow was launched earlier this year when HRH The Princess Royal met the event's mascot Shooey - that's him on the right. A joint

fundraiser between the Variet Club of Great Britain and the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland, t e walk invites Scots to partake in a fifteen-mile stroll along the pavements and grasses of Glasgow. The goal is to collect half a million for charities across the countr . Along the route is a range of entertainment and celebs to be announced.

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THE CRAFT MOVEMENT CONTEMPORARY ARTS FAIR Assembly Rooms. George Street, Edinburgh, info: 01373 813333. Until Sun 21, 10am—6.30pm, £2.50 (free). The Craft Movement is now in its sixth year and its fairs provide a showcase for the finest workers in the field today. Most tastes and bank balances are catered for with a range from inexpensive designed mugs to customised furniture. Ceramics, jewellery, glassware, metal, textiles and wood are all utilised in this event. Check out the objets d'art which are the heirlooms of the future.

Aberdeen Techfest 97 See Fri 12.


Aberdeen Techfest 97 See Fri 12.


Edinburgh Greenpeace Campaigning Group Bannerman's Bar. Cowgate. info: 557 5204. 8pm. free. Willi current campaigns on the go such as preventing deep sea oil exploration off the west coast of Scotland and nuclear discharges from Sellafreld. the group will be happy to greet new members.

Aberdeen Techfest 97 See Fri 12.


Aberdeen Techfest 97 See Fri 12.



The Craft Movement Contemporary Arts Fair Assembly Rooms. George Street. info: 01373 813333. l’ntil Sun 21. 10am ~ 6.30pm. £2.50 ( free). The 1'K's top craft designers com er‘ge on the Assembly Rooms to show off a feast of ceramics. furniture. jewellery and the like. l)oors close at 5.30pm on Sunday. See photo caption.

Aberdeen Techfest 97 See Fri 12.


Aberdeen Techfest 97 See Fri l2.

Various venues Doors Open Day See Sat 13.

Glasgow Walkathon 97 Various venues. info: 333

= 2211. £50,000 is the target for this year's

event taking walkers through the streets and parks of the city. See photo caption.


Fife Wedding Exhibition and Bridal Fashion Show Rotlies Halls. Rotlles

1 Square. 01592 612121. 11am-5pm. £1. i For those taking the plunge. this is an

opportunity to get excited or traumatised about the big day. I.ive catwalk shows

: throughout the day feature the latest designs and ideas in bridal gowns and grooms' gear.

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i Various venues

Doors Open Day (ilasgow has its bite at the cherry today with the Sli('("s new extension playing a major role. See Sat

Aberdeen Techfest 97 See Fri 12.