What’s on in Scotland: July 2024

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Here are some highlights from the July 2024 event calendar in Scotland, from food festivals in Edinburgh to wildlife tours in the Cairngorms

Whether you’re a foodie, an art fan, a lover of the natural world or in your element at a concert, there’s something for everyone in this What’s On Scotland guide.

1. After Hours at Spoiled Life

 

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When: Thursday 11 July
Where: 15 Greyfriars Gardens, St Andrews, KY16 9XX

Based in St Andrews, Spoiled Life is a lifestyle and fashion store that brings Scandinavian design, Moroccan style and European trends to Scotland. An extensive range of candles, scents, food, clothing, textiles and artwork are available alongside the Spoiled Life Café and event space.

This Thursday, founders Glenn and Steven bring a new After Hours event in support of local artists, makers and designers. You can expect exclusive discounts, drinks and music in this fun event – perfect for a mid-week treat.

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2. Dundee Cocktail Week 2024

When: Friday 19 – Sunday 28 July
Where: Cocktail bars across the city

Support local businesses and experience the very best of Dundee’s cocktail scene in this ten-day festival. Purchase a wristband for unlimited access to discounted cocktails in a hand-picked selection of Dundee’s finest food and drinks venues. Cocktails will start from just £5.

Limited offers in local Dundee salons, independent fashion retailers and local homeware shops will also be available to those with a Dundee Cocktail Week wristband.

Buy your tickets here. Wristband prices start at £7.95.

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3. ‘Another Weeping Woman’ by Diana Sosnowska at Agitate photography studio

 

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When: Friday 12 – Sunday 28 July
Where: 6 William Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7NH

Photographer Diana Sosnowska hosts her first major UK exhibition this month at Agitate, Edinburgh’s newest photography bookshop, gallery and event space.

Trained in Scotland, Diana’s self-portraits draw inspiration from contemporary literature and cinema. Her practice lies between performative and stage-set photography, making for an engaging exhibition for new and experienced photographers.

Emanuele Centi is the curator of the exhibition and Alexander Hamilton is the publisher at Studies in Photography, who is organising to exhibition.

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4. Edinburgh Food FestivalScottish Street Food Awards

 

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When: Friday 19 July – Sunday 28 July
Where: George Square Gardens, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

Celebrate ten years of Edinburgh’s largest free-to-enter food festival with mouth-watering street food, thirst-quenching drinks, live chef demos and much more.

Hosted in George Square Gardens, the Edinburgh Food Festival has previously featured food vendors like Moskito Bites (and Moskito’s Bacchus Mobile Bar), We Sell Dumplings, Prime Street Food, Jarvis Pickle and Chick & Pea.

Click here to stay up to date with announcements for this year’s vendors. Keep an eye out for Stranger’s Point Gin, all the way from the Isle of Mull.

The Scottish Street Food Awards will see traders go head-to-head to impress an all-star panel to earn their place at the final of the British Street Food Awards 2024. With Scottish traders winning big in 2022 and 2023 at both the British and European Street Food Awards, the 2024 competition is shaping up to be the hottest one yet.

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5. Opening of Elements fine dining restaurant in Bearsden, Glasgow

What's on Scotland - Elements, Glasgow, New food menu in new fine dining restaurant
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When: 11 July
Where: 19 New Kirk Road, Bearsden, Glasgow, G61 3SJ

The Elements menus will be characterised by handpicked ingredients from the surrounding areas of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. “I can’t wait to share all of our stories with our guests soon,” founder and renowned chef Gary Townsend says.

Spotlight dishes on the Elements opening tasting menu will include:

  • North Sea cod loin poached in butter and served with cockles, white asparagus, courgette, cod dumpling buttermilk and miso
  • Scottish lamb saddle featuring shoulder, sweetbread, BBQ gem lettuce, smoked aubergine, and chimichurri
  • Amalfi lemon & yuzu paired with Perthshire strawberries, preserved elderflower and basil

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6. Rewind Festival at Scone Palace, Perthshire

When: 19 – 21 July
Where: Scone Palace, Perth, Perth and Kinross, PH2 6BD

Pop stars from the 1980s return to the stage for a weekend of top tunes, plus a silent disco, funfair rides, kids zone, shops and stalls.

The lineup for 2024 will feature some of the decade’s favourite chart acts, including The Boomtown Rats, Kim Wilde, Altered Images and the Earth Wind and Fire Experience. Find the full list here.

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6. BOOKENDS at Agitate

 

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When: Wednesday 17 July
Where: 6 William Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7NH

BOOKENDS is the second edition of Agitate’s photobook critique club, designed for those at the beginning of a photobook journey, or reflecting on something previously published.

If you’ve been searching for somewhere to talk about the book-making process, this is for you.

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7. RSPB Wildlife Wander with Cairngorms Connect at the Insh Marshes, Cairngorms National Park

 

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When: Thursday 18 July
Where: meet at RSPB Scotland Insh Marshes Car Park, Ivy Cottage, Kingussie, PH21 1NT

This delightful summer adventure is for fans of the Scottish wilderness and the wildlife it harbours. Suitable for all ages.

On this leisurely walk through Insh Marshes, visitors will look out for seasonal wildflowers and plants as they come into bloom, hearing birds calling through the trees whilst spotting butterflies fluttering along the way.

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8. Version 10.312 at Sierra Metro

 

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When: Until Sunday 21 July, open Tues – Sun 10am – 2pm or by appointment
Where: 13-15 Ferry Road, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 4AD

Sierra Metro is a creative space and gallery based in Leith, Edinburgh. Version 10.312 is an exhibition marking ten years of Martin Baillie Studio.

Martin is a graphic designer based in Edinburgh, collaborating with cultural organisations, businesses and third sector projects across Scotland. His work is formed on the basis of effective communication, problem solving, and “making things look good”.

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9. The Mull Highland Games on The Isle of Mull

When: Thursday 18 July
Where: Tobermory, The Isle of Mull

Immerse yourself in the culture of the Hebridean islands in this day event. Visitors can expect an array of traditional cultural and competitive events at the Mull Highland Games, including art, music, dancing, athletics and traditional heavies activities. A great spot to experience the true spirit of Scotland.

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10. Beyond The Games, a photographic journey by Chris Leslie at Strange Field

 

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When: Friday 5 July – Sunday 28 August
Where: 105-109 French Street, Glasgow, G40 4EH

BAFTA Scotland New Talent award-winning photographer Chris Leslie is widely acknowledged as the most consistent chronicler of Glasgow’s recent history. Strange Field’s six-month artist residency with the photographer examines the changes in Dalmarnock over the past ten years, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Chris says, “The Dalmarnock I photographed over 16 years ago is almost unrecognizable today. The area’s physical transformation has been comprehensive and clearly visible to everyone.

“However, the lingering question has always concerned the Legacy of the Games and its true impact on the residents of Dalmarnock. This exhibition aims to provide a platform for the residents to voice their thoughts on the legacy and to explore what the next 10 years might hold.”

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Learn more about Scottish art with artist Andrea Geile in our feature about her newest exhibition, Amongst the Trees, held at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh.

Wander ‘Amongst the Trees’ at The Scottish Gallery with artist Andrea Geile

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