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Article published 01/04/2022

Spring is in bloom and it’s great to feel the change in the seasons, with longer evenings and warmer days on the horizon. It’s an exciting time of year for the events sector, as we look forward to a diverse programme of sport, cultural, and music events that will take place both indoor and outside over the coming months.

The events listed are supported through EventScotland’s National and International Event Programmes, Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, and UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, which are all helping to promote Scotland as the perfect stage for events.

The relaunch of the National Events Programme has certainly helped to see the return of more in-person events to Scotland, which are helping to bring communities across the country together and attracting visitors from further afield.

This is a positive time for Scotland’s events sector. Events will be delivered in new and innovative ways as we enter this new phase of normality. Event organisers have proven to be innovative and creative in their delivery of events throughout the past two years. I look forward to seeing what they have in store this year.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events

Seanchas

Hybrid event from April to December.

An Lanntair presents Seanchas, a programme of events, films and special commissions celebrating Outer Hebridean culture and stories. A creative look at the real and imagined, modern and ancient heritage of the Isles of Lewis and Harris, Seanchas celebrates the Gaelic traditions of these island communities and explore the untold stories throughout Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.

Visit the An Lanntair website for more information on Seanchas.

Youth Tour of Scotland

In-person event from 1 April to 4 April.

A flagship event in the cycling calendar, Youth Tour of Scotland will welcome over 160 riders to Strathallan School in Perthshire. There will be four stages to the competition and participants are competing for four major titles, to be immortalised in the Youth Tour of Scotland Hall of Fame.

Visit the British Cycling website for more information on the Youth Tour of Scotland.

Burrell Collection Opening Weekend

In-person event from 2 April to 3 April.

The Burrell Collection finally reopened its doors to the public and welcomes visitors, near and far, to the picturesque Pollok Park, Glasgow for a spectacular art collection. A weekend of family activities inspired by the art collection will take place to celebrate the reopening, including art stalls, music and dance, and even a visit from the park’s beloved Clydesdale horses.

Visit the Burrell Collection website for more information on the Opening Weekend.

Burrell Collection building lit up at dusk

World Squash Doubles Championships

In-person event from 5 April to 9 April.

Scotland is set to host the WSF World Squash Doubles Championship for the first time at Scotstoun Leisure Centre, Glasgow. Having been postponed due to COVID-19, the 2022 event will see the world’s best women’s and men’s players from around the world compete at this internationally acclaimed event in the build up to the Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022. 

Visit the official World Squash Doubles Championships website for more information on the 2022 event.

Scottish National Surfing Championships

In-person event from 15 April to 17 April.

The Scottish National Surfing Championships return to normal programming this year and will be held in Thurso later this month. Watch Scotland’s top surfers take centre stage along the dramatic North Coast 500 for a fantastic weekend of water sports.

Visit the Scottish Surfing Federation website for more information on the Scottish National Surfing Championships.

Surfer in the air above a wave

Community Campfires

In-person event from 18 April to 22 April in Ayrshire and from 25 April to 29 April in Inverclyde.

Scottish Book Trust brings Scotland's Stories: Community Campfires, a new series of story making residencies in communities across Scotland as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Working in partnership with local library services in North Ayrshire and Inverclyde to deliver residencies across April, they will bring a band of story makers, including Luke Winter and his Story Wagon, to support individuals to tell, make and share the stories that matter to them. Each residency will end with a Community Campfire, an event for the community to share the stories they have made over the preceding five days.

Visit the Scottish Book Trust website for more information on Community Campfires.

Storyteller in front of a wagon at the Kelpies

UCI Track Cycling Nations Cup

In-person event from 21 April to 24 April.

The highly anticipated UCI Cycling Track Nations Cup will be the first elite-level international event to be held at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome since December 2019. Hosting some of the very best international riders, the Track Nations Cup guarantees an exciting weekend of activities.

Visit the British Cycling website for more information on the UCI Track Nations Cup.

British Cyclists celebrate a win on the velodrome

Yoyo and The Little Auk

Online event on 22 April.

The animated premier of Yoyo and The Little Auk will take place online and is the perfect short film for little ones. Audiences are transported on a magical Scottish adventure, filled with colourful animation and classical music, played by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. This free animated concert film will be available in English, British Sign Language and Gaelic for all to enjoy.

Visit the RSNO website for more information on Yoyo and The Little Auk.

Animation image of a little girl with a bird

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

In-person event from 27 April to 2 May.

Whisky connoisseurs will be delighted by the return of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, which will see over 700 whisky-inspired events happen across six days. Events will take place in the Moray area, between Inverness and Aberdeen, promoting the iconic whisky region and welcoming visitors from all over the world.

Visit the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival website for more information on their 2022 event.

Dandelion: Unexpected Gardens

In-person event from 28 April to 11 September.

Dandelion, commissioned by EventScotland as part of UNBOXED, launches its ‘Unexpected Gardens’ across Scotland in April. Watch these gardens spring up in the most unlikely places, hosting seasonal events and installations across the summer, and growing herbs and vegetables for the whole community to enjoy at September Harvest celebrations.

Visit the Dandelion: Unexpected Gardens website for more information on the event.

Visit the UNBOXED page on this website for more information on the project.

People on a canal boat in front of the Kelpies

Muck n’ Mac Fest

In-person event from 29 April to 1 May.

Muck n’ Mac Fest is a unique cycling experience for keen gravel riders, as participants take to the tracks around Tanquair House, Scotland’s oldest inhabited house. The festival offers much more than just cycling, with morning yoga classes and evening DJ sets for all attendees to enjoy.

Visit the Muck n’ Mac Fest official website for more information on the website.

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