This one is for those who are constantly thinking about their stomachs. Running between the 8th and the 18th of October, the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival brings together some of the best restaurants and foodies in the city for ten days of demonstrations, events and most importantly great food. During the festival some of Edinburgh's most loved restaurants including the Tower Restaurant & Terrace, Kyloe Restaurant & Grill and Cafe Andaluz, will be offering three course lunches for £15 and three course dinners for £25. Full details about the restaurants taking part and the special events can be found on their website here.
Okay, calm yourself ladies, you can't see him in person so to speak as his performances are in London and all sold out, BUT Vue cinema is screening a LIVE performance for us poor souls who missed out on tickets to the real event. Screening on the 15th of October at 7pm, tickets are available online now through their website.
Agatha Christie enthusiast that I am, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see an Agatha Christie play live. The plot goes along the lines of 10 strangers end up on an island together off the coast of Devon but discover that their host is missing and then they are stuck there due to a torrential storm and well **spoiler alert** someone is definitely going to get killed. Running for one week only from the 26th to the 31st of October, you won't want to miss it! You can buy tickets online here.
Back for another year and being held once again at the stunning Mansfield Traquair, Cocktails in the City is the perfect excuse to get the girls together for a great night out. Some of Edinburgh's best bars and distilleries will all be in the one venue whipping up some of the best cocktails to ever tantalize your taste buds. I went to last year's event, and can't wait to get my hands on some tickets for this year.
Street Theatre at its absolute best, the Samhuinn Fire Festival is organised by the Beltane Fire Society and tells the story of Summer's transition into Winter. You can find some great background information about the event on their website - but there will be Summer and Winter Kings, a Goddess and some great music and theatre performance. The event takes place on the evening of the 31st of October and is held in the Grassmarket.
One of the many reasons that I love Ghillie Dhu is because they are holding a Hogwarts themed Halloween Feast this year.... enter squeals of sheer excitement here.... Tickets are £35 per person and include a three course dinner and then the scariest ceilidh you've ever seen (mostly because my ceilidh skills are so awful my dancing will be a true terror to watch). Pre-booking is a MUST and you might want to get in quick by visiting their website here.
If like me you are having some serious Outlander withdrawal symptoms as we eagerly await the next season, then The Outlander Experience from Mercat Tours should help in some way. If you haven't heard of the books or TV series Outlander then you have been living under a rock and I pity you (joke- just google it). Mercat Tours will take you back in time to experience some of the landmarks mentioned in the books by Diana Gabaldon- but you better hurry as the tours only run from April until the end of October. Full details on the website here.
If your October needs a little spicing up then I recommend heading along to Odyssey Boutique in the West End on Thursday the 8th of October from 12noon. The Lucile Trunk Show, which showcases some beautiful lingerie by designer Camilla Bolis will be on display and you have the chance to meet the designer in person. See the Odyssey Boutique Facebook page for more details.
What could be more romantic then an evening stroll through the beautiful Botanic Gardens when it is all lit up like a Christmas tree? Swoon! Back again due to popular demand, the event will take place every night from the 29th of October until the 22nd of November. Buy your tickets online, pack some hot chocolate and a picnic blanket and maybe drop a hint to that special someone in your life.
Time is running out for you to experience 'Photography: A Victorian Sensation' at the National Museum of Scotland. There are over 100 Victorian images on display and even the chance for you to pose in your own Victorian themed photograph....uummm awesome! Entry is £10 and the display is on until the 22nd of November.