New Year, New Events!
At the start of a new year many people may think there is little to see and do in the local area. In West Lothian however, there is no need to worry, as there are such a wide variety of options for a lovely day out; you’ll be spoiled for choice!
Sunday 8th January - The Regal Theatre in Bathgate are bringing many events to their stage in the New Year. First of all there is the New Year Brass and Folk Celebration, putting on a spectacular performance from some of the best brass and folk musicians the local area has to offer to celebrate the start of the new year! This is an event music lovers should not miss!
January 13th – 30th March – For both younger and older teens, how about an 100% free game of 5-aside football? From January 13th till 30th March, Craigswood Sports Centre, East Calder Sports Centre and Linlithgow Leisure Centre will be running games every Friday from 7pm-9pm for 12-17 year olds. Those interested can show up either as a team of 5 or individually and be organised into a team. These games are supervised but promise for lots of competitive fun, and being completely free, what are you waiting for?
Saturday 21st January - Why not take a New Years Walk at Hopetoun House and burn off some of those festive calories! Enjoy stunning views of Hopetoun House, the Forth Bridges, Abercorn Church, Staney Hill Tower and Blackness Castle. Taking place from 10am – 1pm, Cost: £4.25 Adults, £2.50 Children (includes Grounds Entrance Charge).
Saturday 11th February – Monday 20th February -Over at Almond Valley Heritage Centre, in Livingston, there is the The First Tingles of Spring event where you can dash around the farm in search of the first signs of spring, then retreat to the warmth of the museum to make stunning snowdrop hats, build a catkin tree, create some seedy creatures, and perhaps meet the first chicks of the year!
Friday 24th February – Another event which may suit those who appreciate good music and new talent is the Bathgate Regal Open Mic Night! Anyone can come along and ask for a quick slot to perform and showcase their talent to the audience and other performers, so this is a great opportunity for performers to gain some new fans and for an audience to be the first to find some new talent! Just £5 a ticket, don’t miss it!
Sunday 26th February - In February Hopetoun also have their Snowdrop Walk that I attended last year. As part of the Scottish Snowdrop Festival join the Ranger and explore Hopetoun’s Grounds and witness the beautiful, white carpet of snowdrops on the woodland floor. Grounds open 10.30am – 4pm, Guided Walk 2pm – 3.30pm.
Friday 2nd March - For adults and older teens, The Regal are also putting on a production of the thrilling play, Passing Through! Suitable for 14+, this play tells the story of a magician whose show “The Ace of Spades” is mistaken for a Motorhead tribute band. When he gets to the gig and realises the mistake he feels thoroughly down on his luck, however, after a meeting with a woman in a bar, his luck may be on the up after all! This romantic comedy is one to watch out for, £10 admission at the Regal on 2nd of March at 8pm.