day of the year. Call for more details on the opening times of the gift shop and crafts unit. or for a ftill itinerary of countryside events.
Museum 01‘ Transport
Kelvin Hall. I Burnhouse Road. 287 2720, Mon—Sat I0am—5pm; Sun
I lam—5pm. Free. A museum crammed with buses. trams. fire engines. ships and other paraphernalia. devoted to the history of transport. Permanent exhibitions include Shipbuilding ()ii The River (’lvi/t' a large mural by David i'yIcFarlaiie: Hit/king I)rinn an interactive sculpture by Stephen Healy: and I'Tt‘lflll.\‘ ()f 'I'mns/mri by .lustin Carter.
People's Palace 8: Winter Garden Glasgow Green. 5540223. Mon—Sat l()am—5pm; Sun I lam—5pm. Free. Glasgow‘s best-loved institution has recently undergone a major facelift to celebrate its centenary year. The new displays are set out thematically with subjects including The l’uliw: Firm/iv ()f The ('iiv and Crime x‘llt/ Pnnix/inienl.
Pollok Country Park. 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 616 64 I0. Mon—Sun llam—4pm. Free. ()ne of the most elegant lSlh century buildings III the country. this historic house features some of the fittest Spanish paintings in Britain from the collection of Sir William Stirling Maxwell.
32 Dalmarnock Road. Rutherglen. 40!
l l I l. Opening times vary. phone for details: core hours are Mon—Fri 4—‘)pm. Sat ‘)am—6.30pm. Sun I lam—9pm. Skateboard and roller-blade heaven with three different zones catering to all abilities. There are also refreshments. video games and a soft play area to keep non-skating friends and family-members occupied. not to mention the Project I shop to keep you up-to-date with the latest boarding trends.
Scotland Street School Museum
225 Scotland Street. 42‘) I202. Mon—Sat I0am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Free. Designed in l‘)04 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and now home to archive material on education in Scotland from I872 onwards. Reconstructed classrooms give a flavour of Victorian. Edwardian. World War II and l‘)60s school days. Also on show \iiivuk/ii lit/liners: See Glasgow Art Listings page 75.
Atlas Square. Ayr Street. 557 I405. Tue-Fri I0.30am--5pm; Sat l0am~4.30pni. Free. By use of photographs and artefacts. arts and crafts. the museum brings to life the social and industrial history of the north of(i|asgow illustrated by two permanent exhibitions .llin/t' In The Ain't/r and Spring/writ l’ur/t'. I'i'sli'i'i/uv. 'IiIi/iiv .-lni/ 'linnurmu'.
St Mungo Museum of Religious Life And Art
2 Castle Street. 553 2557. .\Ion~Sal I0am~5pmz Sun I lain—-5prii. Free. A museum of world faiths. featuring a Zen garden. priceless art works from the world’s six major religions. Dali‘s ('lii'iyl ()f Sir/III .liI/III ()f The ('i'ms and the story of religion Ill Scotland through words and plL‘llIIt‘s. -\Is(\ ()0 \II()\‘.‘ /)('/lt'(’I'IIII‘L’ HU/H’. See (ilttsgtny' :\II l.lsllllgs page 75.
The Time Capsule I00 Buchanan Street. ('oatbridge. 0(236 44‘)572. Mon Sun I0ait)-—‘)pm. £38545. l0 (£3.05 £3.60). The pool area comes complete with wave machine. I'I\ er rapids. thirties and a rubber ring slide. and you can encounter a life-sized woolly mammoth on the ice rink. ()ther attractions include a gym and health facilities. plus a play area for clnldren aged 5-l l,
The Unknown Face Of Everest Thu I8 Feb. 7pm. £5. Assembly Rooms. George Street. 220 434‘). ()rganised by the Jacobites Mountaineering Club. this slide show and lecture comes from Stephen Venables. the man who in l‘)88 became the first British climber to reach the top of Everest without bottled oxygen. Apex Hotels Wedding Fayre Sun 2| Feb. noon—4pm. Apex International Hotel. Grassmarket. 300 3456. The second annual Apex Wedding Fayre brings together a selection of top names including Marks & Spencer. Charlie Miller Hairdressing and Pretty Woman Bridal Wear. All your wedding day worries about photographers. hats. cakes and cars will be ptit to rest.
Chinese New Year Sun 2) Feb. lpm. £3. Festival Theatre. Nicolson Street. 52‘) 6000. See hoto caption.
Cheer Technique Sun 21 Feb. l.3()pm. 4.30pm. £5—£I(). Marcos Grove Street. info: ()I737 822773/0I8l 66‘) 0380. There's more to cheerleading than girls looking pretty. screaming ‘ra. ra. ra.' and waving their pom poms around. It's actually an artistic combination of dancing. gymnastics. energy. enthusiasm and spirit and here is your chance to get into it. The I.3()pm event is a workshop for children from eight years onwards. while the 4.30pm programme is a professional seminar for anyone aged fifteen and tip.
MAD Mondays Mon 22 Feb. 6.30pm. Monboddo. Bread Street. info: 332 082‘). The Manifesto Architecture Debates (MAD) continue with lV/iui Kle/ 0/ Hurry/Ire [)m'x Ift/i/i/inre/i Neal." which questions the wisdom of our political leaders and their housing policies.
In The Bag - Pieces In Pyramids Tue 23 8; Wed 24 Feb. Various venues. Phone 0l7l 323 3003 for exact venues and times. A variety of Scottish talent is brought together to launch Scottish Blend's Pyramid teabag. Artistic Director Nicola Burnett Smith is orchestrating a performance extravaganza of 50 nine- foot high Pyramids which will be popping tip all over Scotland. Look otit for The Poker Playitig Geese (Princes Street Gardens. Wed); The Shopping Grannies (Waverley Centre. Tue); and The Scottish Fairy (Botanic Gardens. Tue). ()ther venues to keep your eyes peeled at are the St James Centre. The Gyle. Calton Hill and The Mound. Morningside Justice And Peace Group Wed 24 Feb d: 3 Mar. l0.30ani. 50p. ()pen Door. Morningside Road. info: 445 l628/22‘) I020. The group's spring programme continues with Mark Ballard from the Scottish Green Party leading ill/Ll; /\ This T/N’ Rig/II llin 'Iir Rt'g’II/(Ilt' liii't'slnit'nl" (Wed 24 Feb) followed by Uni/emain/iiie I’i'n/i/e ll'i/li Antoni "Ht/ xix/icigt'i'k Sam/mine (Wed 3 Mar). The speaker here is Patti Smith from the Scottish Sociel)‘ For Autistic Children.
Brass Rubbing Centre
Chaliiters Close. Royal Mile. 556 4364. Mon—Sat l(lam—5pm. Free. but there is a charge for making a rubbing. lloused III the apse of a Gothic church dating back to NM). the centre houses a selection of church brasses atid ancient Prctrsli replicas — as well as lots ol'ci'ayons so you can get rubbing.
Castlehill (Royal Mile). 226 370‘). Daily l()am—5pm. Pick up a pedestrian in your hand at this attraction. which grxes visitors a real-time. 360 image of the city. There is also an exhibition devoted to holographs arid photography on the lower floors.
Carberry Candle Cottage Musselburgh. 665 5656. Mon—Fri ‘)am—5pni; Sat noon—5pm. If you‘ve a passion for candles. then take a drive out to this pandora's box of all things wax. Their factory shop is ftill of perfumed. aromatheraphy and feng shui candles. plus a bargain clearance corner. Professionals are on hand to demonstrate the art ofcattdle making. or you can have a go at carving your own.
Niddrie Mains. 66I 4445. Mon-Thu 8; Sat ‘).30am-4.30pni ( lpiii Thu); Sun 2~4.30pm. £I.t<0 (75p—£l.30). Fora real taste of history. take a drive otit to this ramshackle old castle. which although not quite as intact as Edinburgh Castle. is far more atmospheric and the scene of much plotting during the reign of Mary. Queen of Scots.
North Queeiisferry. 0I383 4| l880. Mon—Sun l()am—5pm (6pm Sun). £6. l5 (£3.55--£4.25). Famous for its underwater tunnel. which brings visitors face to face with a huge collection offiin native to our coastlines. Deep-Sea World also houses an Amazonian rain forest display. a touch-pool and educational facilities. Expert staff are on hand to answer questions and. thanks to the latest communications technology. visitors can even talk to divers as they feed the animals in the aquarium.
225 9846. Daily ‘).30am—5pm. £6
til I .50—£4.50). Although much of the castle's medieval character was lost when it was converted into barracks in the l‘)th century. continuing excavations aim to redress this. Other attractions include James IV's famous cannon. Mons Meg. lots of military silverware and. of course. The Stone ()f Destiny. used to crown Scottish kings since time began.
Corstorphine Road. 334 ‘)l7l. Mon—Sat ‘)am—4.30pm; Sun ‘).30am-4.30pm. £6.50 (£3.50—£4.50). Widely accepted as one of the finest zoos in Britain. there's plenty here to while away an afternoon.
or even a whole day if you take your time. The penguin parade at 2pm is a must and the newly built African planes afford a fantastic view of the city.
Gorgie City Farm
5| Gorgie Road. 337 4202. Mon—Sun ‘).30am—4pm. Free. Set up in I982 on a derelict council rubbish site. the farm is now home to a host of farmyard animals and equipment. as well as organic and herb gardens.
I42 Canongate. 52‘) 4 I43. Mon—Sat l()am—5pm. Free. Packed with historic artefacts. this restored I6th century mansion tells the story of Edinburgh‘s past and its people and houses important collections of Edinburgh silver and glass. Scottish pottery and shop signs. Also on show [3011i 'ﬁisi'eerein. See Edinburgh Art listings page 77.
Mary King's Close Tours
Meet at Mercat Cross (beside St Giles' Cathedral). 225 659l . £5 (£4). Tour times vary — call for details. Advanced booking necessary. Literally. a trip to Edinburgh‘s underworld. Mary King‘s Close is part of a now subterranean network of streets. walled off in the middle ages during an outbreak of the plague. Visit the restored (or at least made safe) street and hear the horror stories of the residents left. to die.
Midlothian Ski Centre
Hillend. 445 4433. Mon—Sat 9.30am-9pm; Sun 9.30am—7pni. £6 (£4). Europe's longest artificial ski slope is the perfect place to learn or bone ski-ing and snowboarding skills. The centre also houses a competitively prices ski repair and maintenance facility. A special deal on Saturday night gives you three hours skiing for the price of one. which can‘t be bad.
Museum of Childhood
42 High Street. 529 4l42. Mon—Sat l()am—Spm. Free. Founded in 1955. the museum has five public galleries with all manner of archive material and old toys relating to childhood through the ages. From antique dolls to 1980's computer games. there's plenty here to send you off on a trip down memory lane. Also on show Seen But Not Heard. See Edinburgh Art Listings page 77.
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CHINESE NEW YEAR Sun 21 Feb Jan, 1pm. £3. Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 529 6000. The Year Of The Monkey is dead. Welcome in The Year Of The Rabbit as the Chinese New Year gets underway. Edinburgh's Chinese community herald the celebrations which are open to everyone. Attractions include the lion dance, traditional Chinese music, dancing, martial arts displays and performances by the students of the Edinburgh
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