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Things to do in Scotland this month

April is bursting with fun and adventure for all ages.

With its rugged landscapes and dramatic coastlines, Scotland is amazing at any time of year ­– and its cities are full of character too.

There’s Edinburgh with its age-old castle and enchanting Royal Mile, as well as its fabulous theatre scene and the Fringe. Home to some of the UK’s best live music venues, Glasgow is always buzzing with energy while history comes alive in the ancient capital of Perth. Plus, from Aberdeen and Inverness to towns in the Highlands, you’ll discover culture and arts, festivals, outdoor adventure and much more.

No matter where you choose to spend your time, Scottish cities boast an exciting mix of entertainment each month – and here’s just a small selection of what’s on offer in April.

Spotlight on: Easter and half term

Most Scottish school holidays fall at the beginning of the month, absorbing the first two weeks, with the long Easter weekend hopping along shortly after. That’s a lot of time you’ll have to fill with the little’uns. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Kids everywhere are crushing on Canadian heartthrob Shawn Mendes, and you can catch the singer on 6 April when he stops at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow during his global arena tour. On 10 April, twin brothers Max & Harvey will visit the Glasgow Garage to perform hits from their debut EP, Coming Soon.

Shawn Mendes

Easter doesn’t just have to be about bunnies. You’ll find loads of party-loving exotic animals who enjoy springtime fun in Madagascar the Musical which runs at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness from 9 – 13 April.

Another zany tale sure to delight the whole family is Aliens Love Underpants, playing at Edinburgh’s Kings Theatre on 12 – 14 April. Based on the best-selling children’s book, it’s full of singing, dancing and lots of pants!

Skating into The SSE Hydro in Glasgow from 11 – 14 April, The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice is your passport to enchantment.

Reality TV star Ant Middleton is hitting the road this month with a new fully immersive show. His Mind Over Muscle tour will stop at SEC Armadillo, Glasgow on 18 April and Aberdeen Music Hall on 19 April. With a special set, sound and lighting, Ant will be bringing some of his adventures – like his incredible Everest challenge – to life.

Ant Middleton

Bodies will be flying when WWE NXT Live storms into Glasgow’s intu Braehead Arena on 19 – 20 April. It’s the first time NXT has come to Scotland, so this is your chance to see Superstars like Pete Dunne, Moustache Mountain and WALTER in person.

Put on a pair of cowboy boots and mosey on over to Funbox presents The Wild West Show at Stirling Macrobert Centre on 27 April. Packed with sing-along favourites like Skip to Ma Lou, you’re in an awesome hoedown with Anya, Kevin, Gary and Bonzo.

Finally, don’t miss The Goonies Film with Live Orchestra at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall  on 27 April. One of the most popular family movies ever, it’ll teach your kids useful lessons – like how to do the truffle shuffle and to always carry chocolate in case of monsters.

Other things to do

You don’t have to be a child to have a great time in April. This month Scottish cities are also brimming with concerts, comedy, wrestling and much more.

Join a myriad of fans while listening to music from new bands, legends and everyone in between.

Reading rockers Sundara Karma and Watford four-piece The Hunna will appear at Glasgow’s Barrowland on 2 and 3 April, respectively.

One of the most acclaimed musical talents of our time, Giorgio Moroder – the man behind hits like Donna Summers’ I Feel Love and Hot Stuff as well as soundtracks for iconic movies like Flashdance and Top Gun – is heading to Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 4 April.

And you’re not hallucinating… Welsh post-hardcore band Dream State is doing three Scottish shows this month: King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow on 9 April, Krakatoa in Aberdeen on 10 April and Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh on 11 April.

Following the huge success of last year’s tour, Love From Stourbridge is back again for 2019. Catch it on 13 April at O2 Academy Glasgow where Pop Will Eat Itself and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin are set to come together for the first time since 1989.

Also at O2 Academy Glasgow this month, you can check out two hip hop artists who are fast on the rise – homegrown talent Dave on 12 April, followed by American rapper Fetty Wap on 14 April.

There’s no shortage of action for sports fans in April. Meet some of the biggest stars in American football when NFL Live UK comes to Edinburgh ICC on 18 April, and take in all the hoops hoopla of The Original Harlem Globetrotters when the basketball legends dribble their way into your hearts at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 25 April.

Ever heard of Beverly Moss? Discover the hostess-with-the-mostest, when Abigail’s Party – and 1970s suburbia – come to King’s Theatre in Edinburgh on 16 – 20 April. Courtroom thriller The Verdict starring Ian Kelsey and Denis Lill opens its session in the same theatre on 30 April.

Don’t miss your chance get tips on baking, biking and more while spending an An Evening with the Hairy Bikers. Big-hearted cooking duo Si King and Dave Myers will be wrapping up their UK tour in Scotland from 5 – 8 April with shows at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall, Aberdeen Music Hall, Glasgow’s Theatre Royal and Alhambra in Dunfermline.

Plus, enjoy some belly laughs courtesy of Julian Clary when he comes to Queens Hall in Edinburgh on 10 April with his saucy Born to Mince tour.

Live music venues

Looking for a gig to see? From arenas and world-class concert halls to historic theatres and hole-in-the-wall bars, we’ve rounded up some of April’s music offerings as a starting point.

Stadium and arena shows:

Mid-sized venues with big atmosphere:

New music to have on your radar:

Iconic attractions

Scotland is famous for many things – among them its pagan past. Celebrate the first signs of summer while ancient Celtic traditions come back to life at Beltane Fire Festival on 30 April. Held on Calton Hill in Edinburgh, be there when otherworldly creatures descend in a mix of fire, drumming, dance and acrobatics.

Something interesting is always going on at Edinburgh Castle, the historic fortress which dominates the city’s skyline. This month you’ll have the chance to be delighted by an Easter puppet show on 8 – 11 April and observe a gun salute in honour of the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen on 22 April.

You can do it all this and more in Scotland this April. For full details, head to our Scottish Cities Guide.

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