Christmas in Perth

Make Perth and Whispers of the Past your destination during the festive season!

If you are ever looking for that special gift and you thought you have looked every where then look again. Whispers of the Past is an Aladdin’s cave of goodies with ideas and gifts you are unlikely to find anywhere else.

Whispers of the Past

Whispers of the Past



Perth Winter Festival

A programme packed with events in Scotland’s newest city promises to make this year’s Perth Winter Festival the biggest and best yet.A programme packed with events in Scotland’s newest city promises to make this year’s Perth Winter Festival the biggest and best yet.

Look out for history and horror tours of the city across the season. The excitement continued on 5 November with Bonfire Night firework celebrations in the city’s South Inch park.


Other highlights in November include The Handmade Show, a special chance to get some unique gifts at perth Concert Hall on 15 November.

Santa parade and Christmas Light Switch Onsanta On 21 November, the magic of Christmas begins with another outdoor event, the Lights Switch On Festival.

The city centre will be bursting with great things to do, including fun rides, watching street entertainers and fireworks. The Lord Provost will switch on the lights with the help of a rather special guest, who will is to be revealed nearer the time.

Then the live music and entertainment will continue into the evening as special acts (to be confirmed) take to the stage to perform. Look out for other fun things to see and do across the weekend, including ice sculpting and film-themed street displays to admire.

Chocolate festival If that’s not enough, the Perth Festival of Chocolate will also be taking place from 21 – 22 November. Enjoy market stalls selling everything from mouth-watering cocoa treats to chocolate-scented candles, as well as workshops and demonstrations to enjoy.

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Whats On from Horsecross Arts.

Please see the link for the latest Whats On from Horsecross Arts.

Perth Concert Hall 10th Anniversary | Sat 12 – Sun 20 Sep

Perth Concert Hall is throwing open its doors and inviting you to join in the party as it celebrates its 10th Anniversary!10 anniversary

We have put together two special weekends of community activities and concerts to celebrate a decade of adventurous programming, innovative join-in events and exciting activities in the popular Perth venue.

Farming Yesteryear Vintage Rally


The Scottish Vintage Tractor and Engine Club Farming Yesteryear and Vintage Rally 2015 will be on Sunday 13th September. The 2015 Rally will open to the public on Sunday 13th of September at Scone Palace by kind permission of Rt Hon Earl of Mansfield.

farming yesteryear 2Vintage tractors, stationary engines, steam engines and agricultural machinery will be on display together with vintage cars, lorries and other vehicles. Working demonstrations of vintage agricultural machinery including ploughing, combining and threshing, plus trade stands and auto jumble.

The 2015 SVTEC Farming Yesteryear Rally will be a special one as the club celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Rally coming to Scone Palace.

Entrance: Adults £10.00, Children and Concessions £5.00

Parking FREE

For further information, please visit The club looks forward to seeing you there.

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The Strathspey Railway Thunder in the Glens Special – 27 August

Just Over 1 Week to go until the ‘Beer & Burger’ Steamin’ Special Kicks Off Aviemore’s Biggest Annual Weekend of the Year!

They still have a few tickets available for purchase via the website (


A Great Weekend in Perth !!!

Saturday and Sunday (8th & 9th August 2015) saw a great weekend in Perth at the North Inch that everyone from young and old could enjoy. Even the sun put it’s hat on for both days and came out smiling (first time for 40 days and 40 nights).

Saturday saw the The Touch of Tartan event, an annual event beginning with the kilt run.


Where kilted athletes had a choice of walking or racing around marathon, half marathon and 5k circuits.

Then live music came from local act the Mad Ferrett Band and ’70s icons Eric Faulkner’s Bay City Rollers, and was brought to a close with local legend Dougie MacLean who led a mass sing-a-long of his hit Caledonia. There were also stirring performances by the City of Perth and Strathearn pipe bands and, from further afield, the carnival drumming group Beats of Brazil.

On Sunday Chieftain Brigadier Melville Jameson, Lord Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, presided over a packed programme of traditional competitions; Heavyweight Events, Tug O’ War, Highland Dancing, Solo Piping, Pipe Bands and the Track Events.

Nearly 50 pipe bands from 10 nations signed up to play more than 70 performances in six grades of competition. Bands are coming from Scotland, Austria, Australia, Canada, Jersey, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, South Africa, Switzerland and America.

With the bright blue skies and sun came large crowds.

There was also a special guest appearance from the School Brass and Percussion Band from Stabekk, just outside Oslo, which is touring Scotland to celebrate its centenary year.

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Calamity Jane blows into Perth


The calamity Jane production is coming to Perth for one week only and the staff and friends of Almond Villa Guest House cannot wait to see it. We were lucky enough to be fully booked with guests staying all week thanks to the British Open at St Andrews, so we could afford ourselves a night off for a trip to the theatre.

Following numerous highly acclaimed productions that include Sweeney Todd and Sunset Boulevard, The Watermill Theatre returns with an intimate new production of the classic musical Calamity Jane starring Jodie Prenger (Oliver!, Spamalot and One Man, Two Guvnors). Featuring a cast of multi-talented actor/musicians to create an unforgettable experience, this brand new production gets to the heart and soul of the musical.

calamity janeCalamity Jane can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood. Hard, boastful and desperate to impress, she travels to Chicago on the Deadwood Stage to recruit a star, Adelaid Adams. But things don’t go too smoothly for Calamity, as everyone in town favours the new girl and she struggles to keep her jealousy and pride in check. It takes her long standing enemy Wild Bill Hickok to make her see sense, and realise her Secret Love…

With an Oscar nominated score that includes The Black Hills of Dakota, The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away), Just Blew in from the Windy City and the Award winning song Secret Love, don’t miss this new production that blows into your city for one week only.

British Open Golf 2015

Old Course, St. Andrews

This week the 2015 British Open Championships will take place at the Home of Golf, The Old Course St. Andrews between the 16 – 19th July 2015. The Open at St. Andrews is always a special event and demand for tickets, hotels and hospitality packages is certain to be high.

The Open Championship returns to St Andrews “The Home of Golf” which will be the 144th Open Championship. Once again the world’s greatest golfers will gather to do battle for the famous Claret Jug over the Old Course; where Tiger Woods was victorious in both 2000 and 2005. Louis Oosthuizen was the most recent winner at the “Home of Golf” in andrews

It is unfortunate that British favourite Rory McIlroy is out after injuring his ankle during a “kickabout” with his friends. This may have deprived the British Open of having the world number one defend his title, but the potential storylines next week at St Andrews are still strong, starting with golf’s new golden boy Jordan Spieth.

The 21-year-old Texan has dominated the sport during the first half of this year, becoming the second-youngest winner of the Masters after Tiger Woods in April and last month becoming the youngest winner of the US Open since Bobby Jones in 1923.

Watching The Open at St Andrews is always a magical experience, with an unbeatable atmosphere. Don’t settle for watching the Championship on TV, try and come to be part of it. We are happy to say we are fully booked for the the championship. Perth is only an hours drive from St Andrews and most guest houses here (including ourselves) do not inflate the prices for the occasion.

The Black Watch Regimental Reunion 2015

The Regimental Reunion will be held in Perth on Saturday 20 June 2015. Those wishing to march should parade at 13.30 on the North Inch opposite Rose Terrace. The march will follow a short route to Balhousie Castle where the Reunion will be held.

Our favourite soldiers have returned to Almond Villa for another Regimental Reunion (left to right – Alf Wade, Joe Hubble and Ian Howard). They are joining in the march and will be standing as tall as ever.

black watch soldiers Joe is joining us straight from the memorial service for 200th anniversary of Battle of Waterloo. Where he was rubbing shoulders with the royal family, the prime minister, British soldiers and descendants of Nelson and also descendants of those who toppled Napoleon for the service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Hundreds Black Watch veterans will marched through Perth on Saturday as part of the regiment’s annual reunion.

The march is led by the Perth and District Pipe Band, the group departed from the North Inch and walked along Barossa Place, Balhousie Street and Balhousie Avenue, finishing at Balhousie Castle. Fingers crossed the day will stay warm and dry.