KIDS listings


334 9171. If you go along the winding path. you’ll come to a colourful workshop in the magical forest. Here, you can write a letter to Father Christmas and then visit him in his sparkling crystal grotto.

Winter Events Day Sun 30 Nov. 11am—4pm. Edinburgh Zoo. Corstorphine Road. 334 9171. £6 (£3.50); family ticket £16.50. included in the entry prize for the 200 are fun workshops including brass rubbing and touch tables. You can also go along to the animal handling classes. which carry a small charge of£l.


The Singing Kettle - Jingle Bells Festival Theatre. 13—29 Nicolson Street, 529 6000. Various times with morning and afternoon shows. Christmas wouldn‘t be complete without a festive show front the Singing Kettle. and this year. children are invited to dress up in bells and tinsel. With songs aplenty. both traditional and modern. jokes. rhymes and. of course. audience participation is compulsory. See competitions on this page. for a chance to win their new video.

Mother Goose Tue 2 Dec-3 Jan 1998. 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Bruttton Theatre. Musselburgh. 665 2240. See theatre listings. page 66 and Christmas shows. page 71.


Activrtles And Fun

Christmas Wonderland Until Wed 24 Dec. noon—8pm (opens at 10am on Sat & Sun). £5.50; family ticket £20. Strathclyde Country Park. Hamilton Road. Motherwell. 01698 333999. Board the Santa’s Wonderland Express to visit the big fella himself. in one of the world's biggest grottos. Travel through the illuminated forest. meeting Goldilocks and the Three Bears on your way. until you reach Lapland. where Father Christmas is waiting to hear all your wishes. Mum and dad cart enjoy a tipple of mulled wine. if the whole experience gets too much for them.


labyrinth (U) Sat 22 Nov. 7.30pm. Adam Smith Cinema. Bennochy Road. Kirkcaldy. 01592 412929.


Peter And The Wolf Sat 22 Nov. 2.30pm. £2.50; family ticket £8.50. Howden Park Centre. Livingston. ()1506 433634. Clydebuilt Puppets re-tell this classic stor '. Aladdin: The True Story Thu 27 Nov—Sat 27 Dec. various times (no performance Suns). £6.50 (£4.75): family ticket £19. Cumbernauld Theatre. Kildrum. 01236 732887. See theatre listings. page 66 and Christmas shows. age 71.

erlin The Magnificent Fri 28 Nov—Sat 27 Dec. various times. £8.50-£9.50 (£5.50-£6.50); family ticket £26. MacRobert Arts Centre. University of Stirling. ()l786 461081. See theatre listings. page 66 and Christmas shows. age 71.

e International Purves Puppets Biggar Little Theatre. Broughton Road. 01899 220631. £4.40 adults; £3.30 children (reductions for parties over 10). Shows on offer over the conting fortnight are as follows:

Peter Pan Sun 23. 2pm; Mon 24. 10.30am: Sat 29 Nov. 2th; Wed 3—Thu 4 Dec. 10.30am & 12.45pm. Adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic tale of the boy who doesn't want to grow up.

Pips And Panda And The Magic Egg Mon 1 & Tue 2 Dec. 10.30am & 12.45pm. Camping on the beaclt. Pips and Panda discover a magic egg which begins to cause them trouble. ()n discovering who its owners are. they now want to know what's inside.

90 THE “ST 21 Nov—4 Dec 1997



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. Extra Time istings compiled by Brian Donaldson.



Scottish Motor Show SECC. Finnieston Quay. 2.48 9999, until Sun 23 Nov. Fri noon—10pm; Sat 10am~ 10pm; Sun 10am—8pm. £7 (£4); £15 family ticket. The final few days of the Scottish Motor Trade Association's centenary event with motors and Gladiators galore. See photo caption.


Maltman Tour Royal Mile Whiskies. opposite St Giles‘ Cathedral. info. 624 7624. 7pm. £7.50 with two whiskies. £6 with one. The Scotch Whisky Connoisseur Tours proudly presents tutored nosings and tastings every Thursday. Friday. Saturday and Sunday until the end of the year. Your guide will let you in on the history and methods used to create the potent orangey stuff while you get torn into the sam les. OriginaFEdinburgh Literary Pub Tour The Beehive 1nn.Grassmarket. info: 226 6665. 7.30pm. £6 (£5). A great excuse to educate yourself through alcohol as the tour follows iii the footsteps of Rabbie. Sir Walter. Robert Louis and Irvine across the ale houses of the city. The tour is now running Fridays only.


SATURDAY 22 Glasgow Grassroots Seminars Grassroots. Woodlands Road. 353 3278. Grassroots prOvides a series of seminars aimed at covering health and gourmet food. Today. The Auld Alliance‘s Bertrand l-Zspouy lays strudels. sabayon and iced parfaits before your very eyes. In the next seminar (Sat 29 Nov) Kathryn Hamilton picks up on the Christmas spirit with etn hasis on side dishes and desserts. Tel abration 97 Landsdown Church. Great Western Road. info: 77‘) l 177. 3pm. £5 (£3); 8pm. £8 (£5). Today is 1'8 based National Storytelling Association‘s big day with events taking place from Tokyo to Tennessee and from Australia to Alaska. Glasgow's Contribution sees the likes of Ewan McVicar. Michael Kerins and Kate Ainsworth doing what they do best. Spanish Fiesta Club 2000. (ireat Western Road. info: 402 6396. Spur-2am. £4. In aid ofthe National Children‘s Home. a chance to don your most Spanish-tinged clobber and flamenco yourselfsilly.



Shine On Glasgow George Square. info: 553 1937. 2pm. The city's festive countdown continues with the unveiling of the Coca-Cola Christmas Tree Stage with music and lrivolities galore. Local groups will be performing festive and contemporary sounds on each weekend afterwards up to the great day itself.


St Andrews

St Andrew's Week Various venues. info: (11334 472021. Until Still 30 Nov. Where better to celebrate the nation‘s patron

salnt than in the place which. by some fluke of fate. shares his name. Events include a Festival of Food and Drink. a lecture on the Ice Age in Scotland. with the finale. a fireworks display at the harbour. Discounts available for Andrews and Andreas throughout the week. Arid I’m not joking.



Morningside Justice and Peace Group Open Door. Morningside Road. info: 445 1628/229 1020. 10.30-1 1.30am. 50p. These meetings are open to all with debates on issues of local. national and international interest. The autumn season concludes with I)i.\'tlf)ifili('.\'.’ Attitudes Ant/ Actions with Nick Watson front Edinburgh University's Department of Nursing.



Wild Places For Nature And People Patrick-Burgh Hall. Burgh Street. info: 01360 31 1811. 7pm. Free. Conservation issues surrounding land management on Skye is the subject at hand here with Keith Miller. the John Muir Trust Conservation Manager on Skye. holding cour' Christmas cards and books- can be bougi. ad refreshments will be available.

North lanarkshire

National Tree Week Various venues. info: 01236 780636. l’ntil Dec 7. For buffs of tree planting. seed collection. tree identification and rhododendron bashing. the week to end them all. Call the above number for details of not what your local shrubbery can do for you but what you can do for your local shrubbery.

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Amnesty International Ceilidh St Brides Centre. ()rwell Terrace. info: 557

2957. 8pm—midnight. £6 (£4). The Marwicks perform ceilidh-type sounds to raise roofs and consciences for Amnesty International. Home-made grub and a raffle add to the evening‘s entertainment.

SATURDAY 29 Edinburgh Craft And Design Fair Assembly Rooms. George Street. info: 661 6600. Until Sun 30 Nov. 10.30am-5pm. £1 (70p). The annual 3D/2D craft fair has been a staple Assembly Rooms event since 1981. providing the clueless with bright ideas for their festive shopping. This year. over 100 craft makers. designers and artists will be displaying their wares such as jewellery. candles. ceramics. patchworks. metalworks and tovs.



World AIDS Day Assembly Rooms. George Street. 220 4349. 6.30—8pm. Free. A public address session is followed by poetry and music before the streets are taken to with a procession down Frederick Street. along Princes Street to Waverley. At that point. the reading of names and placing of candles will occur.



The Royal Philosophical Society Of Glasgow McCance Building. Richmond Street. Strathclyde University. 334 4144. 7.30pm. The Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow continue their season of lectures as Elizabeth Telfer ponders on Fowl For Thought Some P/tilosop/tical _ Musings On Food.


Scotland’s Parliament Public Forum Lecture Theatre. National Museum of Scotland. Chambers Street (enter via l.othian Street). info: 225 7814. 7.30—9.30pm. Free. This public forum is chaired by Radio Scotland‘s Colin Bell and will look at the civic. political. planning and architectural aspects before you. the people. have your say.

SCOTTISH MOTOR SHOW SECC, Finnieston Quay, Glasgow, 248 9999, until Sun 23 Nov, Fri noon—10pm; Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 10am-8pm. £7 (£4); £15 family ticket. The biggest Scottish Motor Show yet comes to its conclusion with more than 150,000 visitors ex ected to have walked

through the exhibition centre's doors during t e centena

event. The

show is far from a glorified car showroom but is now a fu ly fledged family day out with top football and TV stars on parade. The Gladiator Challenge has proved to be a popular event, with schools, clubs and companies pitting their strengths and wits against each other, aided by the special talents of people with names like Panther and Vogue (above).