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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. All-Star 60's Show

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Perth

    Relive the swinging sixties with this unforgettable show which will have you rocking in your seats!

    Dates

    2 Nov 2015
  2. Sarah Millican: Outsider

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Perth

    Wry observations from the Geordie stand-up and writer.

    Dates

    7 Jul 2016
  3. A Little Night Music

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece is a deliciously funny exploration of love lost, love found and love rediscovered. With an achingly beautiful score performed by a large cast of actor-musicians, promises to be the most elegant, romantic PFT musical yet

    Dates

    22 May 2015 to 17 Oct 2015
  4. Gradings

    Pitlochry

    An informative talk about the show.

    Dates

    12 Aug 2015
  5. Gradings

    Aberfeldy

    Exhibition of over 30 local Perthshire artists.

    Dates

    25 Jul 2015 to 9 Aug 2015
  6. Gradings

    Pitlochry

    A demonstration of the basic steps to successful watercolour painting.

    Dates

    12 Jul 2015
  7. Gradings

    Perth

    The award-winning television adventurer talks about his expeditions.

    Dates

    19 Oct 2015
  8. Gradings

    Perth

    Anya, Kevin and Gary (formerly of the Singing Kettle) present their latest musical sing-along show f

    Dates

    4 Jul 2015
  9. Gradings

    Pitlochry

    An informative talk.

    Dates

    29 Jul 2015
  10. The Lady In The Van

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    A semi-autobiographical comedy by Alan Bennett.

    Dates

    18 Jun 2015 to 14 Oct 2015
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