Are you getting into the Christmas spirit yet?
Whether you’re big on the festivities or not, it’s certainly still a wonderful time of the year to enjoy plenty of live entertainment around the north and north-east.
From The Supervet to chuckling with top comedians, take a look at our top-five picks of things to do this weekend.
Comedians in the UK don’t come much bigger than Jason Manford.
He may have last performed in Aberdeen just nine months ago, but he’s bringing his Like Me tour back to the Granite City this Saturday at P&J Live.
Manford says that his show will allow people to ease off from the challenges of everyone’s day-to-day life. Stories of family friends are a core theme and a spectacular finale is also promised.
On Monday, Manford is also lined up to perform at Eden Court in Inverness. Visit pandjlive.com as well as eden-court.co.uk for more information.
Supporting arts and culture in rural areas is such an important task year-round.
One of the best that encourages this come the cold of winter is SEALL Festival. This nine-day multi-artform programme brings big music to small halls around the Isles of Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh with an emphasis on civic celebration.
Some of the nation’s finest traditional musicians, including Allan MacDonald, Patsy Reid and Duncan Chisholm, will be visiting these remote rural townships, with resident musicians leading concerts, workshops and sessions.
Visit seall.co.uk/small-halls for more information.
Knitting isn’t just a pastime purely for elderly generations to enjoy. People of all ages have made knitting cool in recent years, forming dedicated groups on social media and imbuing the traditional and often undervalued skill with a new sense of life.
With Christmas on the horizon, now is a great time to get your loom at the ready to make some inventive gifts. Scarves, hats, baby blankets and jumpers are all fun ideas to have a go at making, whether you’re an expert or beginner knitter.
Logie Steading’s Festive Mini Market
For the first time, Logie Steading is hosting Christmas mini markets on three consecutive Saturdays, with its first taking place this weekend.
Logie Steading is already home to a number of artisan makers and retailers. However, for these special festive events, it will welcome a whole host of other crafters, makers and food producers.
There will also be mince tarts at the café and gift vouchers for those who like to give the gift of choice.
Free entry. Visit logie.co.uk for more information.
An Evening with Noel Fitzpatrick
If you’re a fan of The Supervet, you’re sure to love this. The man himself, Noel Fitzpatrick, is touring across the country in his new show that promises to delight animal lovers of all ages.
He visits the Music Hall in Aberdeen this Saturday. There will be some unexpected surprises and thoughts about the nature of stress and survival against the odds. But overall, Fitzpatrick’s show – and own life mantra – strives towards a more loving and understanding society for humans and animals alike.
Visit aberdeenperformingarts.com for more information.