Stuff to do in Tay Country: culture

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A fair amount of galleries and museums are managed by cultural trusts who are also great sources of information. Check out:


Art school and university exhibitions


At different times of the year there are exhibitions and degree shows at Tay Countries Museums and Colleges.




Dundee offers Cineworld and the Odeon multiplexes and independent cinema at Dundee Contemporary Arts (the DCA).

In Perth and Kinross there are cinemas in Perth and Aberfeldy.

Experience movies in IMAX at Perth's independent cinema. 7 Screens showing all the latest releases and old favourites.

A dedicated group of people in Perthshire got together to deliver a cinema and the result is

The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy.


Live Music and Performance

There live music and amazing talent across Tay Countries. It was T in the Pub started by promoter Stewart Clumpas that grew into T in the Park that wa a regular fixture in Perth & Kinross.


2018 will see The Bell rock Muic Festival at Arbroath.


Dundee has always punched above its weight musically and it still has a thriving scene.  With a compact city centre, it’s possible to catch several excellent live bands on weekend nights, and all for free in venues such as Clarks on Lindsay Street, Fat Sams LIve, Number 57, Dukes Corner and Buskers.

The home of The View, Model Aeroplanes, Ricky Ross, Danny Wilson, the Average White Band, The Associates and more, it’s not unusual to see some big names taking part in weekend jams.

The Waterfront's Slessor Gardens is a new venue for outdoor  performance and events with Marc Ronson, Olly Murrs and Little Mix during its first year. 



Fife has long been famous for its thriving live music scene with everything from opera and rock to indie at theatres and other venues like a leading live music venue, PJ Molloys in Dunfermline.

Perth & Kinross

The countdown is on for the most exciting live music event of the Summer, as BBC Music, Radio 2 and Radio 3 join forces to bring two days of spectacular performances to Scone Palace.

Rewind Festival also at Scone palace is celebrating a fabulous year 10.

And check out The Green Room in Perth.


Museums and Galleries

Angus Alive Museums and Galleries

There are eight museums and galleries in Arbroath, Brechin, Edzell, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Montrose. Each has a unique flavour, reflecting the different characters of these ancient Angus towns.

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre.

100 years ago on 1st April 1918 the Royal Air Force came into existence. Formed by merging the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service, the RAF became the world’s first independent air force.  Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre has a proud association with the RAF and in particular, No.2 Squadron who established Great Britain’s first operational military air station at Upper Dysart, Montrose in February 1913.  They are the oldest fixed wing squadron in the world.

Dundee Museums and Galleries

The amazing new V& A Dundee is due to open in September 2018.

Dundee has many museums and galleries including two actual sailing ships. Amongst them they celebrate the City’s Maritime past, its industrial heritage, its connections to historic transport as well as its present connections with the scientific and medical world.
Museums and galleries include RRS Discovery used for Captain Scott's Arctic expedition,, HM Frigate Unicorn, a powerful war ship launched in 1824, Scotland's Jute Museum@Verdant Works and McManus: Dundee’s Gallery & Museum
Dundee Museum of Transport

Get up close and personal with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and have a look at their recreation of Dundee’s first flying machine.


Fife Museums and Galleries

Fife boasts a whole host of museums and galleries, covering everything from social history right through to zoology collections and contemporary visual arts. Fife has  two collections of national significance and is arguably Scotland's public art capital.

Museums and galleries include:

Laing Museum - antiquarian artefacts of Newburgh's Alexander Laing.

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries - a spectacular new museum and art gallery in Dunfermline’s Heritage Quarter designed by award-winning architect Richard Murphy.

St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum - in a lovely 17th century house.

Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum - from Dunfermline to New York and Pittsburgh, unearth the story of one of the first billionaire philanthropists.

Fife Mining Museum - mining memorabilia

Tatha Gallery, Newport on Tay - some of the best twentieth century and contemporary  British art.

British Golf Museum, St. Andrews - the world's premier centre for the history of golf, set amongst the courses of St Andrews.

Glenrothes & Area Heritage Centre - the history of Scotland's second oldest New Town and the villages that surround it.

Crail Museum and Heritage Centre - the past life of this ancient Royal Burgh.

Scottish Fisheries Museum - within a wonderful set of historic buildings on the harbour of Anstruther, a nationally important collection of Scotland's fishing heritage.

Markinch Heritage Group, Markinch - the ancient town's history and heritage.

Scottish Vintage Bus Museum - Scotland's premier collection of vintage buses and memorabilia from the golden age of bus travel.

Methil Heritage Centre - the social and cultural heritage of the Levenmouth area.

St Andrews Museum - about this historic, world famous town.

Fife Folk Museum, Ceres - the past of the beautiful village of Ceres.

Burntisland Library & Museum - from an Edwardian fairground to a local history gallery.

Kirkcaldy Galleries - library, museum, art gallery, local & family history room, Visit Scotland information desk, cafe, gift shop and children's areas.

Buckhaven Beehive - events each year giving empowerment to the local community through the arts.

Bell Pettigrew Museum - Fife's only museum of Zoology at The University of St Andrews.

Museum Of The University of St Andrews (MUSA) - the history and collections of Scotland’s first university.

Museum Of Communication - Scotland's only museum of communication, with a regular programme of exhibitions and events.



Perth & Kinross Museums and Galleries

There are three museums and galleries to explore and enjoy in Perth and Kinross: Perth Museum and Art Gallery, The Fergusson Gallery and Alyth Museum. They offer an exciting programme of exhibitions and displays from the nationally important collections of the county, touring exhibitions and a range of special events and activities.





Webster Memorial Theatre

The Webster Memorial Theatre is a performance venue for drama, dance, comedy, concerts and music events.


Dundee Rep

A purpose built, contemporary building, Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre sit at the cultural heart of Scotland and the City of Dundee. Originally founded in 1939, the Rep is a centre of creative energy. In the true spirit of Rep, the theatre has its own company of actors , a space for engagement with a wide range of art forms, whilst also playing a lead role in arts education and engagement across the city and beyond.

The Rep has developed co-productions with some of the UK's other leading producers including the Barbican, the Young Vic, National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Traverse Theatre Company, Paines Plough, Birmingham Rep and the Tron Theatre, performing in all of Scotland's major venues.


The Gardyne Theatre

The theatre reopened in 2012 following an extensive refurbishment, and has quickly become a favourite with theatre-goers throughout Tayside and Fife, for a wide range of drama, comedy, musical theatre, live music, dance, and community productions.


Whitehall Theatre

London West End style entertainment.

Caird Hall

The Caird Hall is Dundee’s main Concert and Event venue, located in the heart of the City. The building is Grade A listed and has a Visit Scotland 4 star Theatre award.


Fife has fantastic theatres and venues that play host to concerts, shows and cultural events throughout the year.


In Dunfermline there are the Alhambra and Adam Smith Theatres and our very own Carnegie Hall with Fife also boasting Rothes Halls and The Byre Theatre in St Andrews.


Perth & Kinross


Theatres include:

Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre







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