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  • A competitor in the open hammer event on the games field at the annual Atholl Gathering held at Blair Castle
    A competitor in the open hammer event at the annual Atholl Gathering held at Blair Castle
  • Piping and drumming Atholl Highlanders marching at the start of the Atholl Gathering held at Blair Castle
    Atholl Highlanders marching at the start of the Atholl Gathering held at Blair Castle
  • Purple and green light reflecting off tall trees at night time at the Enchanted Forest in Perthshire.
    Experience the other-worldly sights and sounds of the Enchanted Forest © Graham Smith
  • Bight blue Light shining through trees at night time during the Enchanted Forest in Perthshire.
    Discover a magical nocturnal world of dazzling colour and sound at the Enchanted Forest © Otto Koota
  • Drawings and paintings by local artists on display at the Perth Festival of the Arts
    Drawings and paintings by local artists on display in Perth

Perthshire plays host to a variety of arts and culture events. Whether it’s just for you or for the whole family, there are plenty of events held across Perthshire from live music and Highland games, to literary festivals and the spectacle of the Enchanted Forest.

Perthshire boasts a flourishing cultural and music scene which you can experience at a number of events and festivals. Attend the 11-day Perth Festival of Arts in May, a musical extravaganza which in recent years has featured performances from Jools Holland and Van Morrison. July sees the hottest acts around descend on T in the Park – a three-day outdoor music festival held annually in Kinross. Ever since its inception in 1994, it has boasted impressive line-ups which have featured Coldplay, Tom Jones and Kings of Leon.

Other musical highlights include Dougie McLean’s Perthshire Amber Festival held every autumn. Enjoy fantastic acoustic performances in a diverse range of venues across Perthshire including Blair Castle and the Scottish Crannog Centre.

Watch traditional Highland tests of strength and endurance such as the hammer throw and the tossing of the caber at one of the 14 Highland games held throughout the region during the summer months.

In October you can experience the outdoors as you never have before at the Enchanted Forest. Marvel as Faskally Wood near Pitlochry is transformed into a magical nocturnal wonderland with dazzling light and sound effects. 

January brings with it another superb event to the small town of Pitlochry, the Winter Words Festival. Nearly a decade old, this literary festival has grown over the year to become one of the highlights of Highland Perthshire’s cultural calendar. Enjoy ten days of poetry readings, talks, writing workshops, cookery demonstrations and more.

These are just some of the arts and culture events you can experience in Perthshire. Take a look through the listings below to discover more.

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  1. Mr Bolfry

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    A clever fable set in a sleepy manse in the Western Highlands in the Second World War.

    Dates

    21 Aug 2014 to 18 Oct 2014
  2. Gradings

    Pitlochry

    An entertaining, illustrated talk with Drew Scott.

    Dates

    18 Jul 2014 to 30 Oct 2014
  3. The Admirable Crichton

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    J M Barrie's classic comedy from 1902 about a redoubtable and unruffled man servant.

    Dates

    12 Jul 2014 to 15 Oct 2014
  4. A Night Of Dirty Dancing

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Perth

    Music and dance routines from the film.

    Dates

    9 Apr 2015
  5. Sleeping Beauty

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Perth

    Traditional family pantomime.

    Dates

    11 Dec 2014 to 26 Dec 2014
  6. Ross Noble: Tangentleman

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Perth

    Fast-paced improv from the Newcastle-born stand-up.

    Dates

    4 Oct 2014
  7. Perfect Days

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    Liz Lochead's sharp and poignant comedy set in a hairdresser's.

    Dates

    29 May 2014 to 16 Oct 2014
  8. The Drawer Boy

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Dunkeld

    A delightful, funny and bittersweet tale set in Canada in 1972.

    Dates

    24 Oct 2014
  9. The Fundraiser

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Perth

    An evening with Tina and Helen Baxter.

    Dates

    11 Nov 2014
  10. Outlying Islands

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Dunkeld

    Two young naturalists from Cambridge University are drawn into a primeval world of raw emotion, sexual passion, voyeurism and murder.

    Dates

    5 Oct 2014
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