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What’s On in Edinburgh September 2012

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September has an autumnal feel as we come to the end of summer.  What better way to celebrate harvest time than with a 'Taste of Scotland Masterclass'.  Hopetoun Farm Shop is hosting the evening with food writer Wendy Barrie, timed to coincide with the Scottish Food and Drink fortnight. The evening aims to take a fresh look at traditional Scottish foods whilst preparing, cooking and presenting a range of local, in-season produce as a gentle introduction to winter dining. The interactive cookery event takes place on the 13th of September from 7pm - 9pm, tickets cost £15 and are available to buy on: 01506830716. More local seasonal goodies can be found at the Hopetoun Farm Shop.

On the 17th head to Musselburgh at noon for the flat race meeting. This Race Meet is the perfect opportunity to experience the thrill of Flat Racing up close whilst enjoying a fun-filled day out at the races. Bring all the family to this rare free race day on the Musselburgh calendar. Book your free tickets on their website or upgrade your experience using one of the racecourse's specially designed packages. Book into the restaurant for panoramic views of the course and fine dinning while watching the racing and placing your bets, or opt for the Champagne and fish and chips packages for your place closer to the action. All information, packages and prices can be found on the website: www.musselburgh-racecourse.co.uk The gates open at 12 noon, the first race starts at 2.00pm and last race at 5.10pm. If you are new to racing have no fear, Musselburgh has a useful online guide covering everything from what to wear to placing bets and studying form here.

Why not visit the Scottish National Gallery this September for the Van Gogh to Kandinsky exhibition?  The exhibition presents a wide range of Symbolist landscape painting focusing on Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh and Edvard Munch but also introduces a group of lesser-know artists. The exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Van Gogh museum, Amsterdam and the Ateneum museum, Helsinki, and at £10 should be well worth a look. To buy tickets online and see all the other exhibitions the galleries have to offer see the website: www.nationalgalleries.org

For a real "feel good" story, book yourself into the Edinburgh Festival Theatre between the 21st and 29th of September for 'I Dreamed a Dream'. The musical that tells the story of Susan Boyle's unlikely rise to stardom has had rave reviews with an outstanding cast and orchestra playing many of the hit songs from Susan’s multi-platinum selling albums. Evening shows start at 7.30pm with tickets starting at £15. To book and for more information see the website: www.edtheatres.com

For a local challenge you could take part in the St Columba's Hospice 'The Great Pentland Push' taking place on Eastside Holiday Cottages' doorstep.  Join hundreds of walkers tackling gold, silver and bronze set routes in the Pentland Hills. The gold route is a hard 25 mile hike, but if you don't feel up to that there are easier routes to take that still present the opportunity to raise money for the charity.  They have even organised a "hub" at the end of the route with scrumptious food, well deserved drinks and plenty of pampering on offer to soothe those aching joints after the gruelling but spectacular climbs.

On the 23rd raise money for the charity "Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland" by taking part in their "Roadblock Run". The run is a fantastic event with obstacle course elements throughout to keep you on your toes, but most of all it's a lot of fun. Prizes are given to the best fancy dress as well as the fastest time and it's all set with the stunning backdrop of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh. For more information call 0131 225 4800 or visit the website www.roadblockrun.com.

To wrap up September, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are playing Wagner's Tristan and Isolde: Act 1 on the 30th. Donald Runnicles, one of the worlds foremost conductors of Wagner begins this series of concerts at the Usher hall, Edinburgh. For full information and tickets see the website: www.usherhall.co.uk

Hopetoun Farm shop

Hopetoun Farm shop ↑

Image courtesy of Hopetoun estate

Hopetoun Farm shop

Hopetoun Farm shop ↑

Image courtesy of the Hopetoun estate

Road Block Run raising money for Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland

Road Block Run raising money for Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland ↑

Musselburgh Racecourse

Musselburgh Racecourse ↑

Image courtesy of the Musselburgh Racecourse

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