Our pick of the best going out and staying home activities in August and September…

07 AUG Join the Natural History Museum for their nature drawing club for free every Friday. nhm.ac.uk/events/nature-drawing-club.html

09 AUG The NTS has reopened the gardens and estate at Crathes Castle. Have a butchers at their borders. Entry is currently by donation.

11 AUG Ease your way back into a socially distanced social life by meeting friends at a beer garden.

13 AUG Wriggle into your tutu for some online tutorials and exercise classes courtesy of Scottish Ballet at scottishballet.co.uk/tv

17 AUG Take part in this year’s Deveron Arts Slow Marathon. Track your walking hours online and help reach the goal of collectively walking 26,000 miles around the world. As part of the project Under One Sky, artist Iman Tajik will combine photos people take of the sky while walking for an art piece. Find out more at deveron-projects.com/events/slow-marathon-2020/

19 AUG Take a wander along the beach

22 AUG Visit the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and take their virtual gallery tour. Later on, you can join their challenge to recreate some of their art works by using household items or dressing up at home. getty.edu/museum

01 SEPT Aberdeen Performing Arts are looking for musicians to take part in Beethoven 250: Cyber Sonatas. Film yourself playing a movement and send it to beethoven250@aberdeenperformingarts.com. Want to hear all the sonatas? Here’s a playlist. ow.ly/3UWH50AsZxl

04 SEPT Treat yourself to lunch and a catch up with a friend or dinner with your partner.

09 SEPT Always wanted to learn to paint or play a musical instrument? Start now. Sign up for a class online or with a local teacher.

12-20 SEPT NEOS Road trip: Spend a day visiting local artists and craftspeople in their studios. Plan your trip at northeastopenstudios.co.uk

15 SEPT Autumn makeover? Maybe now’s the time to get a new hair colour or update your autumn wardrobe.

17 SEPT Shows and performances are scheduled to begin again at all Aberdeen Performing Arts Venues from October. Book ahead for the winter season.

18-20 SEPT The Taste of Grampian Festival has gone virtual this year. Cookery demos and virtual gin tastings and much more at tasteofgrampian.co.uk

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