Our pick of things worth going out or staying in for over October and November…

03-10 OCT Haddo’s annual arts festival is going online. Find out what’s happening at haddoarts.com

11 OCT Scotfreetours.com offers a free, socially distanced walking tour of Old Aberdeen. Pre-booking is essential. 

15 OCT Another of the city’s October festivals is taking a slightly different format this year. DanceLive! will include digital screenings, outside events and live performances. Check citymoves.org.uk/dancelive-festival for the latest.  

17 OCT If all goes well with the licensing arrangements, Turriff’s Firework Display in aid of cancer charity UCAN should be going ahead, but check at facebook.com/fireworksagainstcancer.

22-25 OCT Sound festival is taking a hybrid approach with some performances of new music and some online events. Find out more at sound-scotland.co.uk

28 OCT Build a hedgehog house. The RSPB has plans on their website at rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/giveahogahome/

31 OCT Hallowe’en Share some spooky stories or watch a scary film and wonder if it’s okay to throw sweets at small children to enforce social distancing.

02 NOV The Langar Band bring their Celtic Folk sound to Drummonds Café Bar. Visit facebook.com/drummondsAB10 for booking details.

05 NOV Dunedin Consort bring their moving performance of How Lonely Sits the City to Kings College Chapel. Book at dunedin-consort.org.uk/diary/lonely-city-aberdeen/ or stay home with some sparklers and baked potatoes for your own Bonfire Night Treat.

07 NOV Visit an independent bookshop or join your local library to stock up on reading material for the darker nights.

13 NOV Learn to make a silver ring in just two hours at Vanilla Ink at the smiddy. vanillainkthesmiddy.co.uk/

28 NOV Head out to Ballater for their winter festival at the Green. There’s a craft fair, Elf on the Shelf hunt and some carol singing. More details here: visitballater.com/events/ballater-winter-festival-2020/

29 NOV Take a country walk and kick through piles of leaves.

30 NOV St. Andrews Day. Time for some haggis and the collected musical stylings of Jimmy Shand or the Proclaimers?  

30 NOV Head out to one of Aberdeenshire’s towns or into the city and support independent shops. Wrap up warmly and walk the length of Union Street looking at the Christmas lights

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